The drawings by French electro-crooner Joakim, on his new album, Monsters and Silly Songs, inspired XLR8R's first annual Monster Caucus, along with a whole episode of monster talk and monster sketching. In this episode, Joakim discusses rolling corpse hands in couscous with XLR8R TV's Vivian Host, while a team of monster artists across the country ponders a weighty question involving the pus of a dead man and the treacherous Snot Mountain.
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Following the arty noise-pop tradition of Baltimore's Warm City crew (Ecstatic Sunshine, Dan Deacon), Videohippos have taken pop to another dimension. Featuring a collision of driving drums, catchy synths, and the remnants of '90s punk, VH is the B-More gift from the most accessible warehouse in the city.
Chromatics are the new face of swanky disco. Once a spastic-punk band fueled by jangling guitars and hollering vocal fury, Chromatics have evolved into a post-Italo-disco outfit that’s helped spearhead a new wave of analog luster (see Glass Candy, Farah, and Mirage). The duo’s unique passion for lo-fi, minimal drum programming, cosmic piano leads, and subtle female vocals makes for the sexiest dance this side of Cerrone.Read more »
Stefan Betke (a.k.a. Pole) is one of the most respected producers in the history of dub-tech, responsible for not only mastering with the Basic Channel/Rhythm & Sound camp, but also for founding the ~scape imprint (Jan Jelinek, Deadbeat).
San Francisco sound-nerds and old techno heads will be thrilled that a yet-to-be announced location is hosting one of the most anticipated electronic events (at least to us) of 2007–Pole’s live invasion of the city.Read more »
Adult Swim’s ongoing giveaways continue, with Warm & Scratchy, a compilation of FREE new and previously unreleased material. Fennesz, Jesu, and the Liars are among the many indie bands and artists that contribute to the sampler, which also comes packaged with a video of TV on the Radio’s new track “Me-I” (created by none other than the Adult Swim team).Read more »
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