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Lady Sovereign’s best tracks were written before her newfound fame, and the midget who acts even younger than she looks has worked hard to cultivate her dramatic reputation. This week a video surfaced of her in total meltdown mode at Studio B in Brooklyn–and it’s great. Before crying and being dragged off stage, Sovereign commented that she was only playing the show because she was broke and imparted these words of wisdom: “America fucks you up.

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  • 05/25/2007

No Age Rips

Fat Cat Records has gotten its second wind. Over the past year, the label has released an array of dynamic releases ranging from Vetiver to Mûm to Animal Collective to Nina Nastasia, and Fat Cat shows no sign of slowing down. The proof lies in No Age.

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  • 05/25/2007

The Distance

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  • 05/25/2007

Mike Brooks Is Back

Jamaican music has seen plenty of singers come and go; a few old-timers even come back for another shot at the business. Among the more successful longtime singers who’ve regained prominence are Earl Sixteen, Cornell Campbell, Anthony Johnson, Robert French, and the regal Winston Rodney (a.k.a. Burning Spear). But there are far more great vocalists who reappear only infrequently despite their time-tested talents.

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  • 05/25/2007

Daily Download: Phonique "Always Wanted"

Michael Vater (a.k.a. Phonique) is one of those producers that straddles the tech-house-pop-everything else fence. Good Idea is filled with deep kick drums, the occasional vocal-house track a la Matthew Dear, and features a slew of collaborators from Gui Boratto to Steve Bug. "Always Wanted" is only a fraction of this Berlin-based producer's capability.

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  • 05/25/2007

Podcast: Star Eyes "On Smash Mix"

Man I went through some ish to get this one done!

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  • 05/24/2007

Hieroglyphics Introduces Clothing line

The early-to-mid-’90s was a great time for hip-hop–especially in the realm of fashion. Who could forget the oversized denim with Timberlands? But hip-hop style has developed in many different ways throughout the years (see one gold tooth as opposed to grills), in ways that have ultimately become adorned with larger fits, more colors, and a much higher price tag (with the exception of the white tee). But if one hip-hop ensemble has managed to retain the vibe of old-school hip-hip flavor, it’s been Oakland’s Hieroglyphics collective.

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  • 05/24/2007

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