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Crystal Mines

Upbeat electro synths are undercut by disturbing images on this Alex Jones-directed video from Montreal DJ/rapper CFCF—with results that are, perplexingly, humorous at times.

"Crystal Mines" is off CFCF's full-length, Panesian Nights, out now via Paper Bag

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  • 01/28/2009

The Week in Tours: Dan Deacon, Efterklang

Never mind waiting for an artist's gratuitously decked-out MySpace page to load so you can peep their upcoming show dates. XLR8R already did the legwork on that, and below are six upcoming tours we’re more than looking forward to. This week: Dan Deacon, Sebastien Tellier, The Glitch Mob, Gui Boratto, Efterklang, and Evil Nine hit the road.

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  • 01/28/2009

Quasimoto Becomes a Toy

Stones Throw and Kid Robot generally wind up in XLR8R's annual Christmas gift guide, but both parties were surprisingly absent in the 2008 roundup. The reason: they were apparently holding out on us for February, as the indie hip-hop imprint and collectible toy company, respectively, have teamed up for the release of a vinyl Quasimoto figure.

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  • 01/28/2009

ABC's

In this music video for his song "ABCs," conscious hip-hop MC K'Naan cruises his stomping ground and spins danceable politics for friends and homies.

Off of Troubadour, out on February 24 via A&M/Octone Records.
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  • 01/27/2009

RIP Telefon Tel Aviv's Charlie Cooper

Charlie Cooper, one-half of Telefon Tel Aviv, has passed away at the age 31, it's been reported.

The cause of his death is still unknown, but bandmate and friend Joshua Eustis left the following message on the band's MySpace page.

"It breaks my heart to inform you all that Charlie Cooper, my better half in Telefon Tel Aviv, passed away on January 22.

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  • 01/27/2009

Cadence Weapon Drops New Album

Canadian alt-rapper Cadence Weapon (born Rollie Pemberton) has made his new album Separation Anxiety available digitally at his site for whatever price fans are willing to pay for it. The 70-minute album, a follow-up to last Spring’s Afterparty Babies, combines 20 exclusive tracks, remixes, and collaborations. Read more » 

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  • 01/26/2009

Buraka Som Sistema to Release Debut LP

Come April 7, the boys of Buraka Som Sistema (Lil’ John, Riot and Conductor, and MC Kalaf) will release their kuduro manifesto, Black Diamond. The album's title references corruption in the oil and diamond businesses, subjects that are close to home for BSS.

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  • 01/23/2009

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