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Skinny Puppy Tours North America

Industrial sludge masters Skinny Puppy will tour North America for the first time in three years, beginning May 25. The group–originally from Vancouver but now based in L.A.–has an output that spans two decades, 12 albums, and yet another album on the way. The live show will no doubt feature Puppy staples like Budd Dwyer’s suicide video, mock vivisection, and mutants on stilts.

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  • 05/15/2007

Dub Documentary Set For Release

Brazilian journalist, DJ, and XLR8R contributor Bruno Natal has conceived and will soon release a startling new reggae documentary, Dub Echoes. The film explains the structure of the genre's sound, and features discussions and music clips from some of its chief architects, both current and past.

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  • 05/14/2007

Tesco vs. Sainsbury's

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  • 05/14/2007

The XLR8R Office Top Ten Album Picks, May 14

Various The Unexpektheadz Chapter 2: A Space Conquest Soundtrack Ekleroshock
Ekleroshock's The Unexpektheadz Chapter 2: A Space Conquest Soundtrack features cosmic electro tracks from Crunc Tesla, LOD, Data, and Terry Poison. Between the thick and rugged synth lines and deep kicks, your danceparty may soon become an intergalactic battlefield.


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Pit er Pat On Tour

Thus far, 2007 has been a good year for Chicago-based label Thrill Jockey, who has had standout releases from Adult., Trans AM, The Sea and Cake, OOIOO, and now, Pit er Pat. The latter has long spearheaded the artful post-rock movement, with a formula that revolves around hazy guitars and lots of clanking, lo-fi percussion. Following 2005’s Shakey, Pyramids, the trio's latest full-length offering, finds the band at its most ethereal and transcendently ambitious (even more spacious, effect-heavy rhythms).

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  • 05/14/2007

Daily Download: ellul "Esophagus"

Somewhere in between the darker side of late '90s indie rock and dissonant shoegaze sits the San Francisco duo ellul. The band's self-titled debut was recorded along the California coast in places as diverse as churches, industrial warehouses, and living rooms–which isn't too surprising, given the the guys' lust for indie guitarscapes.. Anyone old enough to remember Caulfield Recordings will have their second coming.  

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  • 05/14/2007

The Week in Downloads

IAMISEE (a.k.a Invisible Man) opened the week with some dark boom-bap rhythms, while Phat Kat kept us in the hip-hop loop with gritty beats straight from the Detroit underground. Strategy mellowed us out with a post-ambient composition, Someone Else had us pulling out the old Pokerflat releases, and the UK's Maximo Park finished the week off with a guitar-driven track off their latest full-length.

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  • 05/12/2007

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