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The XLR8R Office Top Ten Album Picks, Feb 5

Plan B Who Needs Actions When You Got Words Cordless
You may have heard his grim tale "Sick 2 Def" on Vice's Run the Road Vol. 2 last year, but this U.K. lyricist's full-length pushes harshness to new levels. Setting tight rhymes over lots of acoustic guitar strumming, Plan B owns the gamut of rugged tales of street life and gnarly livin'.


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  • 02/05/2007

Video: Wooden Shjips "Dance California"

San Francisco-based band Wooden Shjips ran through the 300 free copies of its "Dance California" single in just a few short weeks, but stay calm if you missed out. A new run of this track is on the way, soon to be available in select record stores. In the meantime, see the track's wailing guitar riffs, woozy distortion, and droning melodies set to old movie clips and grainy pictures of, um, ships, by watching the "Dance California video."

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  • 02/05/2007

Spectral Sound Launches Multi-City Residency

Spectral Sound launched the first installment of a new multi-city residency, Death Is Nothing To Fear, on the West Coast this weekend. The bi-monthly events should keep the label's artists busy as they take turns performing at a series of venues in many major US cities.

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  • 02/05/2007

Damero Debuts on Bpitch Control

Marit Posch may be working under a new alias (Damero), but this lady is hardly new blood in the BPitch family, and she is certainly no stranger to the label's sound. After a chance listening of Posch’s homemade tracks, BPitch founder Ellen Allien realized the artistic potential of her promotional director and Happy in Grey was born.

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  • 02/05/2007

Dance California

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  • 02/05/2007

The Week In Music, Feb 2

Music isn't all about forthcoming LPs, multi-city tours, and special haircuts. Once a week XLR8R likes to turn its attention to the more obscure and sometimes bizarre news from last seven days. Today we bring you some music industry politics, groundbreaking (literally) discoveries about ravers, and one or two items that are just plain weird.

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  • 02/02/2007

Long Gone John Documentary Premieres

Long Gone John (born John Mermis) has accomplished a lot for someone who struggled to make ends meet from an early age. He spontaneously began Sympathy for the Record Industry in 1988, a label that sought to maintain a diverse artist roster including the psychedelic drone of Skullflower, country-flavored goth of Gun Club, offbeat punk from Turbonegro, and even the first three White Stripes albums.

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  • 02/02/2007

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