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Pon Di Wire: Dancehall TV, New Riddims and Did Sting '07 Flop?

The past week was all about the drama and rae-rae at Guinness Sting ’07, and live Christmas concerts in general in Jamaica. Thankfully, OutARoad kept things in perspective with their humorous best dressed artists at the Sting round-up. Who was top-a-top in the dancehall threads category? Read more » 

The Mars Volta Preps Album, Tour

In November of 2007, The Mars Volta released The Mars Volta's Descent into Bedlam: A Rhapsody in Three Parts, which documented the band's history and the creation process behind its fourth album, The Bedlam in Goliath (due out January 29 on Universal). Said to be inspired by a ouija board picked up in Jerusalem, bad luck, and neo-spiritual forces, the album is as conceptual as any of the Mars Volta's previous works, which should bode well for the lengthy tour about to commence. Read more » 

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  • 01/01/2008

Pon Di Wire: Lucky Dube Tribute, Dancehall Street Battles, New Tunes for 2008.

Members of Mavado and Vybz Kartel’s entourages squared off at the popular street dance Bembe Thursdays in Kingston. A reporter from OutARoad commented: “Mavado and him crew did stand in the direction of the bathroom, and it seems like Kartel and a few men from his entourage was heading in that same direction when Mavado’s thugs tried to stop them from passing through the middle, and then things got ugly. Bottle mash in a head, kick and punch and all sort of things erupted.” Police moved in quickly to break up the incident.
 
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Story of the Year: Distribution Distress

Goya Music UK’s November 30 announcement that it was closing after 10 years as broken-beat and nu-jazz music’s most respected distributor only furthered speculation that niche vinyl distribution may finally be breathing its last gasp. A press release posted at Bugz In The Attic’s CoopR8 online social network read in part: “Last week our good friends and partners, Goya Music Distribution Ltd, filed for liquidation. Read more » 

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  • 12/28/2007

Trentemøller Announces New Single

Andrers Trentemøller doesn't like to sit still. In 2007, the Danish producer and remixer unleashed The Trentemøller Chronicles, a double-disc collection of original tracks and remixes, his own fashion line, and reworked numerous tracks for other artists. You'd think he might want to sit back, drink a beer, and view his achievements from afar, but instead, he'll go right back to work in the new year, with another release for Poker Flat sublabel Audiomatique.

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  • 12/28/2007

M83 Announces New Album

It's not even January and Frenchman Anthony Gonzales has announced the release and tracklisting of a new album, Saturdays = Youth, under his M83 moniker. The goods are slated to drop April 15, 2008 on Mute.

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  • 12/21/2007

AudioCubes: Colorful Controllers Get Updated

Ready to play musical cubes? If there was ever any doubt that 2008 could be the technological “future” we’ve been anticipating for decades, here’s one instrument that will get your head spinning. Belgian music technology company Percussa will debut new software for its AudioCubes hardware platform this January, at the winter NAMM show in Anaheim, CA.

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  • 12/20/2007

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