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Top 25: Portishead, Daedelus, Foals

We were too busy giving thanks this week to write out the usual Top 10, so instead, we've unrolled this list of our favorite albums of the year. Without further ado, we present, in no particular order (besides the fact that titles are alphabetized), the XLR8R staff's quick 'n' dirty 2008 Top 25.

Atlas Sound Let the Blind Lead Those Who See But Cannon Feel kranky

Beach House Devotion Carpark


Adidas Originals Turns 60

Besides a new president and a better economy (fingers crossed), 2009 also has something to look forward to where footwear is concerned, as Adidas Originals is celebrating its 60th birthday.

Founded by Adolf "Adi" Dassler (who apparently used to make his own sports shoes in his mother's wash kitchen), the companyhas become synonymous with all things cool over the years, rolling out jackets, trainers, in-store events, and campaigns with the likes of Missy Elliot and graf artist Fafi.


  • Filed under: news
  • 11/26/2008

M83 to Tour with the Killers

When your album debuts at number one on the charts, it no longer suffices to play mid-sized venues with your fellow indie artists. Therefore, M83, after a very successful year that saw Saturdays = Youth win the hearts of every critic and fan between S.F. and Sheffield, will hit the arenas of the world for his latest batch of tour dates. December sees him traveling through the U.K. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 11/25/2008

Lemonade Readies a Few More Tour Dates

Last chance to catch the Lemonade boys on the road. The hedonistic trio of psychedelic noisemakers had a busy year, what with relocating to New York and releasing their self-titlted debut album. They'll finish up 2008 with a few dates in some major U.S. and Canadian cities.

11/25 Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
11/27 Toronto, ON - El Mocambo
11/28 Montreal, QC - Les Saint
11/30 Philadelphia, PA - The Barbary
12/02 New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge

MP3: "Sunchips"

  • Filed under: news
  • 11/25/2008

Brand New

Streetwear gets haute this season with looks inspired by high fashion.

Brian Lichtenberg for Blood Is The New Black Balenciaga and RIP YSL t-shirts
$33, bloodisthenewblack.com

Rocksmith Tokyo Getto Boys crewneck
$60, rocksmithtokyo.com


Restiform Bodies Hold Remix Contest

On September 30 of this year, freak-hop super-group Restiform Bodies released its album, TV Loves You Back. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 11/24/2008

No Age, Pinback Play Noise Pop 2009

San Francisco will once again welcome the end of winter with its annual Noise Pop festival, now in its 17th year. The multi-day music and film event is set to take place February 24 - March 1, 2009, in various locations around the city.


  • Filed under: news
  • 11/24/2008

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