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Video: Laurel Halo "Metal Confection"



Brooklyn-based leftfield-pop crooner Laurel Halo sent over this video for a cut from her King Felix EP, released last year on Hippos in Tanks. While Halo's preciously spooky number "Machine Confection" rises and falls along with her operatic singing voice, archaic computer graphics twist and turn, looking like the animator of Lawnmower Man took a swing at making his own iTunes visualizer. Read more » 

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  • 01/06/2011

Frank Bretschneider to Drop New Album Via Shitkatapult This February

One of the minimalist-minded music men behind the austere Raster Noton label, veteran producer Frank Bretschneider is set to release his seventh solo album via Shitkatapult. The new LP, entitled Komet, will feature seven tracks of impeccably crafted minimal- and ambient-techno—all of which were recorded and arranged live in the studio—spread over the course of 40 minutes, and will be released on February 4. Read more » 

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  • 01/06/2011

See XLR8R Photographer Shawn Brackbill's Polaroids

It's no secret to photography buffs and lovers of vintage tech that instant film is on the move again. From the Impossible Project to Polaroid and FujiFilm Instax coming back into the game to produce their own instant emulsions, there's nary a Tumblr blog that doesn't in some way feature the stuff. Read more » 

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  • 01/05/2011

Video: Blondes "Virgin Pacific"



One of our favorite qualities of the kind of expansive, warm psych-house that Brooklyn duo Blondes makes is the feeling of transportation that each of the outfit's lengthy sonic journeys deliver. In fact, we love it so much, it helped land the pair's Touched EP in our list of favorite releases from 2010. So, it's wholly appropriate that the closing track from that record, "Virgin Pacific," is treated to a music video made of footage of flying through the air over a number of locales. Read more » 

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  • 01/05/2011

Grab Fresh LuckyMe Mixtapes From Brenmar, Untold, Roska, and More

Well, this totally slipped by us in the midst of our holiday gorging and revelry. As part of Glasgow music/art/party hub LuckyMe's Christmas celebrations, a whole mess of excellent DJ/producers (12, to be exact) crafted original mixes for the label to offer for free stream/download on its website during the 12 Days of Christmas. Among the ranks are some of the UK's finest party starters, including Untold, Roska, The Blessings, and Elijah & Skilliam, as well as a couple of American mixers like Brenmar (pictured above) and Salva. Read more » 

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  • 01/05/2011

Watch Drop the Lime In the Studio



In their continued support for niche strains of music, the Scion Music(less) Music Conference is now knocking on the studio doors of artists they've often championed. Read more » 

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  • 01/05/2011

DJ Marky to Deliver Next 'FABRICLIVE' Mix

Veteran drum & bass producer DJ Marky is next in line to release his own FABRICLIVE mix for the illustrious London mega-club. About 25 years into the Brazilian artist's music career he was finally approached to craft and release his contribution to the ongoing mix series, an opportunity he'd been anticipating for some time. As DJ Marky puts it: "When I got offered to work with Fabric, the first thing I asked was, 'When do I get to do a [mix] CD?' There are so many people that I love who have done them. Within a day of being asked to do the mix, I'd recorded it. It's so important to me and for my career; Fabric is famous all around the world and since my first Marky & Friends event here, it's been brilliant." Read more » 

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  • 01/05/2011

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