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Artist to Watch: Ghosts on Tape

Who: Ghosts on Tape
Where: San Francisco, CA

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  • Filed under: news
  • 06/17/2009

Tortoise Goes Touring

With Beacons of Ancestorship ready to drop on June 23, Chicago's finest post-rock crew Tortoise is planning a round of performances for the summer. Beacons... marks the first full-length for the band in over five years, and we received a taste of the album's freeform, jazzed-out mayhem on the record earlier this spring. Now, catch the tracks in the live setting at one of these dates:

07/11 Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour
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  • Filed under: news
  • 06/16/2009

New Mix from Salem

Michigan-based trio Salem recently made a mix for MP3 blog 20 Jazz Funk Greats, and in the words of those kids, it's "a disarming patchwork of haunted juke hall malevolence, cave crunk atmospherics, rain breaking tekno noise, and crackling transmissions from a childhood spent floating down beautiful starlit rivers in the constant glare of hidden monsters."

Download it here for free.

Salem:
01 Pearl - "Pearl’s Dream"
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  • 06/16/2009

Gumball Machine Weekend

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  • Filed under: video
  • 06/15/2009

Tim Hecker, Junior Boys Up for Polaris

The nominees for this year's Polaris Prize are in, and we're thrilled to see a number of XLR8R favorites making the list for what is Canada's annual nod to its best album. By all accounts, 2009 is shaping up to be a good year in music for our northern neighbo(u)rs.

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  • 06/15/2009

Simian Mobile Disco Returns

Exactly two years and two months after the release of their debut album, Attack Decay Sustain Release, the Simian Mobile Disco boys will release their long-awaited follow-up, Temporary Pleasure, on August 18 via Wichita.

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  • 06/15/2009

Greg Wilson Mix for Free

Music blog Cosmic Boogie's latest podcast features none other than the ex-Hacienda DJ Greg Wilson on the decks (in case you didn't have enough mixes from the ever-prolific guy). The mix was recorded in 2006, at an event that apparently took place beneath a highway and next to a gypsy camp. Which means it must be a killer mix.

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Greg Wilson:
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  • Filed under: news
  • 06/15/2009

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