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Wiley Prepares Final Solo Record

Grime blew up a few years back, and credit for its popularity must be given to London-based MC/producer Wiley. Hailed as the godfather of the genre, the man born Richard Kylea Cowie made history in East London history with his 2004 debut on XL Recordings, Treddin’ On Thin Ice. Affiliations with the Pay As U Go Cartel and Roll Deep Entourage further solidified his position as a grime innovator.

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  • 06/27/2007

Daily Download: JPLS "Green01 (Skoozbot's Twilite Remix)"

Minus' JPLS need not pound his way through peak-time, because this version of "Green01" was made for the sunrise. Sparse, bleep-driven, and as psyched-out as Timothy Leary's corpse rolling around in MDMA, Skoozbot's Twilite remix of this track is the perfect companion to a sleepless night.

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  • 06/27/2007

Thurston Moore Returns to the Solo Academy

Imagine hanging out on the top floor of Dinosaur Jr. guitar virtuoso J. Mascis’ house (a.k.a. Bisquiteen Studio) and recording a solo record at your own pace.  It’s about noon, and you’re in need of a shredding guitar solo. You holler, “Jayyyyyy!” and quite suddenly, the indie legend appears and does his business. Well, that was Sonic Youth frontman Thurston Moore’s experience while prepping Trees Outside the Academy, his first solo record in 12 years.

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  • 06/26/2007

Fledermaus Can't Get It

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  • 06/26/2007

Diplo Launches Non-Profit

Diplo loves the kids. When the DJ and Mad Decent label founder isn’t flying from gig to gig, or signing acts like Bonde Do Role to his roster, he's doing things like starting Heaps Decent, a new non-profit dedicated to giving underprivileged Australian kids access to music education.

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  • 06/26/2007

The Return of Alan Vega

After a series of energetic live performances this spring (All Tomorrows Parties, Donau Festival), the legendary post-punk howler is back with his first solo endeavor since 1999’s 2007 (you got that?). Now that it’s actually 2007, the Suicide front man is fulfilling a prophecy of sorts with Station.

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  • 06/26/2007

XLR8R TV Episode 14: Black Milk

Brianna Pope invades the studio of Detroit's go-to hip-hop producer, Black Milk, as he takes the helm on the upcoming Sean Price and Guilty Simpson collaboration. Black talks technique, inspiration, and tips while Sean Price rolls around on the floor and goofs on "rappity-rap." Both show mad respect for Beanie Sigel.

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Previous Episodes
Episode 10: Recombinant Media Labs, Part I
Episode 11: Pole
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  • 06/26/2007

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