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Digital video art and electronic music both move as fast as the engineers programming those new technologies, so it’s no surprise that techno culture has long been a testing ground for the latest developments in motion pictures. The Optronica Festival–held March 14-18 at the National Film Institute in London’s Southbank area–cements the connections between these two cultures, moving DV art out of the ghetto of rave VJing and DVD extras, and onto the BFI Imax, the largest movie screen in Europe.

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  • 02/26/2007

The XLR8R Office Top Ten Album Picks, Feb 26

Various Xiu Xiu: Remixed and Covered 5RC
Regardless of your stance on Xiu Xiu, this two-disc collection of remixes and covers slays. The covers disc finds an arsenal of artists–from Larsen, to Oxbow, to Kid 606–hammering out their own renditions of Xiu Xiu hits, while the remix disc features eclectic cuts from Gold Chains to To Live and Shave in LA to Grouper. There is a god.


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  • 02/26/2007

Junior Boys Get Remixed, Tour

Hamilton, Ontario residents Jeremy Greenspan and Johnny Dark (a.k.a. Junior Boys) started out as little more than label-rejected knob tweakers confined to their bedrooms. That was 2001, but things are different six years later. Greenspan's and Dark's distinct and smooth melding of '80s pop, champagne soul, and white-boy funk has become an instantly recognizable sound.

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  • 02/26/2007

OOIOO Tours Stateside

Leftfield Japanese group OOIOO arrives Stateside early this spring. Headed by Yoshimi P-We (Boredoms), the group successfully integrates the often frightening eclecticism of Japanese underground music with a punk aesthetic, and a focus on American art rock.

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  • 02/26/2007

Jeff Mills Opens Clothing Boutique

Clothing and music meet once again, but this time in an unlikely destination. Jeff Mills and his longtime partner Yoko Uozumi have culled from the many fashions seen on their world travels and opened a high-end boutique in Chicago called the Gamma Player Shop.

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  • 02/23/2007

Dub Tech

By 2006, Swiss dub producer The Interruptor had placed multiple tracks on the popular UK electronic compilation series The Roots of Dub Funk, released a debut album, and recorded a single with Jamaican vocalist Andrew Robinson for his own Interruptor imprint. But when it came to producing music, he realized that he was not entirely self-taught.

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  • 02/23/2007

The Friday Five With DJ Enki

Curmudgeons like me bemoan the slow, agonizing death of the album–which is being bludgeoned mercilessly by today's short-attention-span theater of singles and individual downloads–for a lot of reasons. Like, remember when you couldn't get over on a single, a remix, and a stupid video, but actually had to have a front-to-back solid album to be considered good? Remember concept albums that actually worked and didn't get smothered by their own pretentiousness?

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  • 02/23/2007

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