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Chris Watson to Appear in S.F.

Itinerant traveler, sound recordist, and ex-Cabaret Voltaire provocateur Chris Watson stops in to San Francisco for a rare presentation of three pieces–“Storm” (composed with BJ Nilsen), “Midnight at the Oasis,” and “Tortuga Bay”–at the end of November. Renowned for not only his musical experimentation, the U.K.-based Watson also regularly creates field recordings for film projects and BBC-produced natural-history documentaries. Read more » 

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  • 11/09/2007

Sonar 2008 Dates Announced

Screw Miami. This year I'm saving my money (and brain cells) and crossing the Atlantic for Barcelona's Sonar Festival, which will be celebrating its eleventh installment this summer.

Perhaps it's unfair to compare the two. The former is a bunch of haphazardly put together parties, the other is a set of carefully curated electronic music and multimedia showcases which, in 2007, hosted everyone from Justice to Devo, along with master classes from the Red Bull Music Academy and an unlikely appearance by the Beastie Boys.

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  • 11/09/2007

Instone

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  • 11/09/2007

Get Lucky

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  • 11/09/2007

Brad Laner Scores Shoegaze Documentary

Rather than sit down to ponder a follow-up to his first official solo album (Neighbor Singing, released Tuesday on Hometapes), Medicine member Brad Laner has chosen to score a film. Read more » 

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  • 11/09/2007

Del the Funky Homosapien Preps New Full-Length

Founding Hieroglyphics crew member Del the Funky Homosapien is taking a break from his Hiero Imperium homebase to release The 11th Hour on EL-P's Definitive Jux label. Read more » 

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  • 11/08/2007

Blue Note Preps Most-Sampled Compilation

You don't have to be a jazz aficionado to have heard of Blue Note Records. Formed in 1939, the label has been both an important landmark in American jazz and also one of the top go-to places for sampling, particularly true where hip-hop is concerned. Jazz icons like Lou Donaldson, Ronnie Foster, and Donald Byrd have, over the years, found their way into tracks by everyone from DJ Krush to Dr. Dre, and whether the kids know it or not, have wielded much influence on hip-hop’s creative geniuses.

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  • 11/08/2007

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