In November 2005, the late J Dilla embarked on a final tour throughout Europe. Fellow Detroit residents and friends Frank N Dank, Phat Kat, and DJ Rhettmatic came along for the trip, which according to sources included "blunts, stunts, jokes, good music, and history in the making." Fortunately for all of us who couldn’t make it, the entire tour was recorded and edited down to one DVD–and now it’s being released. Read more »
Russian-born, London-based Vadim Peare (a.k.a. DJ Vadim) has been sampling and mixing for over a decade, and his recent album, The Sound Catcher, finds him doing more of the same. New to our video section is a track from that album Peare completed with Zion, entitled “Got to Rock.” Vadim’s forward-thinking production and Zion’s lyrical delivery–pleasantly old-school in style–work together in making a party track with a timeless feel.
Indie hip-hop’s hyper-articulate MC Regan Farquhar–known to his fans as Busdriver–recently toured cross-country with Deerhoof. XLR8R cornered him on the San Francisco leg of the tour to chat about having fun and playing for the kids on Episode 5 of XLR8R TV. Here, the L.A.-based know-it-all pinballs between serious and silly, with a sober backstage demeanor and some high-energy onstage spazzing.
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New York-based record store Other Music–a longtime haven for the city’s crate diggers–recently joined the ranks of the digital music world. The store proper was born in 1995, coincidentally the first year mp3s became more widely available. But, as even the casual music fans know, times are a changin’, and the decision to swing open its digital doors was an effort to prove, according to the store, that "real record stores run by real music fans can still survive and thrive."Read more »
Pittsburgh-bred Greg Gilles (a.k.a. Girl Talk) had a frantic 2006. The mash-up kingpin juggled life as a biomedical engineer, remixer, and consistently touring party-crusher for the better part of the year, not to mention gave countless interviews for a mass of magazines and probably answered a heap of love letters via Myspace as well.Read more »
Moodmusic is a Berlin-based label that’s shed light on DJ crates across the planet for a decade, responsible for 12”s from tech-house magnates like Sasse, Dirt Crew, and most recently, Spirit Catcher. The 10 Years Compilation, which commemorates, uh, ten years of releases, is a 2-disc piece of Moodmusic’s prolific history. Disc One sees Sasse mixing unreleased tracks from the label’s new crop, including artists like Code-E, Naughty, World of Apples, and others.Read more »
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