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The XLR8R Office Top Ten Album Picks, August 27

Wooden Shjips S/T Holy Mountain
We rarely get to give the Holy Mountain bros dap, but the San Francisco-based label has just given birth to one triumphant piece of prog-history. Wooden Shijps figured out that organs, Alice Cooper-esque vocals, and lo-fi guitar fuzz are the recipe for one legitimate stoner soundtrack. Grass will be fired up to this on the immediate tip.


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Podcast: Mad Decent

For the newest installment of XLR8R's Podcast DJ Mix Series we wrangled up Mad Decent's Paul Devro to mash up some of the Diplo-owned label's choicest cuts, in addition to a crop of contemporary party staples. Like Diplo, Devro mashes up tracks from every angle of the club spectrum. Featuring tracks from Radioclit, Bonde Do Role, Santogold, and Garth Brooks, this is an exclusive treat from the party gods.

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  • 08/24/2007

Soul Explored: Jennifer Johns Lights It Up

Her fans and admirers include KRS-One, Les Nubians, and Zion-I. She has shared stages and performed with Lauryn Hill, Mos Def, Common, Mary J. Blige, Chaka Khan, Zap Mama, and The Roots. Yet Oakland-based Jennifer Johns has remained a steadfastly underground local phenomena. All that may be about to change.

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  • 08/24/2007

I Get Around

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  • 08/24/2007

Tour: Diplo with Switch

Globetrotter, entrepreneur, and all-around busy guy Diplo is making a dash for the tour bus soon, this time for a handful of dates with DJ/producer Dave Taylor, better known as Switch.

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  • 08/24/2007

Gear Alert: Gemini MM-3000 Mixer

DJs, get your wallets out, because Gemini just provided another item to clutter your studio, bedroom, or club. The MM-3000 professional mixer is equipped with five channels of connectivity potential, with two phono/line RCA inputs that come with a three-band EQ (with a cut feature) for each separate channel. The M-3000 is also bundled with an iPod connector.

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  • 08/24/2007

Daily Download: Gaudi & Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan "Bethe Bethe Kese Kese"

Qawwali is the music of the Sufism faith, and Pakistan-born Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan was one of the genres legendary producers. London-based composer Gaudi uses some recently-discovered vocal samples from one of Nusrat's recording sessions to create Dub Qawwali, a tribute album of sorts that blends reggae, dub, electronic music, and the late Nusrat's melodies.

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  • 08/24/2007

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