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Randy Records Turns 50

Producer Clive Chin, son of Randy’s Records founder Vincent “Randy” Chin, has a great story about how his father recruited the Trinidadian singer Lord Creator to voice an ode to Jamaica’s independence. “[Creator] came to the island in 1962 to perform with a set of musicians from Guyana and Trinidad, and my father liked what he heard and said, ‘why don’t you do a song for my label–but do an independence song,’” recalls Chin, from his home in New York. Read more » 

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  • 09/05/2008

Get Physical Launches Get Digital

Berlin's Get Physical imprint is keeping up with the times. The dance music label run by the members of M.A.N.D.Y. and Booka Shade just launched a brand-new, digital-only sister label, the cleverly named Get Digital. The imprint will function as a digital platform for many of Get Physical's future releases, though the company's founders are quick to point out that this is not the end of the original label, but rather, a new development. Read more » 

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  • 09/05/2008

Jake One Readies New Album

Jake Dutton, who prefers to go by the graf-writer handle Jake One started off making beats in the mid-'90s for Seattle-based Conception records. Since then, he’s been able to straddle both independent and mainstream hip-hop, working for the G-Unit production team, while maintaining ties with underground artists.

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  • 09/05/2008

Olympic Airways

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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  • 09/05/2008

Ellen Allien: Fallopian and Galactic Fashion

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 » 

Wrestlsers

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 » 

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  • 09/04/2008

WHY? Readies Yet Another Massive Tour

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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  • 09/04/2008

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