As much as there is a Berlin techno sound, there is a Berlin techno look: clothing is cut comfortably but cleverly, lines are clean, colors muted and minimal. It’s not flashy or fraught–it’s fashion designed to take you from a luxury hotel to the apocalypse in style. And perhaps no one sports this look better than Ellen Allien, DJ/producer, Bpitch Control label head, and, in the last few years, fashion designer. Read more »
When one's in the great outdoors, nothing passes the time more than destroying things. Don't worry, the Oxford, U.K.-based indie rockers in Foals aren't burning trees or killing birds. Rather, joined by a crew of floppy-headed young lads, the band goes bezerk in the wooded enclave and smashes some TVs and furniture, not to mention the odd plastic crate and tire swing. Perhaps it's a statement of what man might become if left to his own devices in the wilderness. Perhaps we should ask David Ma, who directed the video.
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James Murphy makes an appearance on this, the third video for a track off Hot Chip's Ready for the Floor album. An apparent jujitsu master, Murphy shows off his skills by pounding the shit out of a punching bag whilst the members of the band lift weights, wear garbage bags, and sing on rooftops. We have to say, Murphy does actually pierce the camera with a slightly intimidating stare in this one, and if you didn't know him as the erstwhile member of disco-punk outfit LCD Soundsystem, you might actually be a bit scared. Read more »
Releasing Alopecia in March and traversing the world almost non-stop (and getting the mumps at one point on the tour) isn't enough to satisfy the three members of WHY? and convince them it's time to go home and sit in the armchair a few minutes. The Oakland-based outfit is kicking off yet another lengthy slew of dates tonight in Los Angeles. They'll be joined along the way by a number of pals, including anticon. labelmates Tobacco and Alias, Asthmatic Kitty's Rafter, and others.
09/04 Los Angeles, CA: Echoplex*
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Next up from Heaps Decent, Diplo's charity program designed to give underprivileged youth in Australia the chance to learn about DJing, production, and releasing music, is an electronic-heavy number from Koori Girls, otherwise known as 16 and 17-year old Heather and Janey King. The young ladies were joined by Chris Devlin, of Spank Rock fame, who produced the track, simply titled "Koori Girls," and Pase Rock, who stopped in to add some vocals to the wobbly basslines, stabbing synths, and revert-drenched voiceovers here.
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