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Madlib and Guilty Team Up as OJ Simpson

One of Detroit's finest MCs, Guilty Simpson, has teamed up once again with Madlib for a full-length on Stones Throw under the OJ Simpson moniker. With Simpson's gruff baritone flowing over Madlib's dark and chunky carnival beats on "Coroner's Music," the album's title track and first single promises some real hip-hop, echoing J Dilla's productions with shades of DJ Premier coming through. Read more » 

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  • 07/22/2009

Why? Tours Eskimo Snow

You already know that Why?'s new album Eskimo Snow, due for release in September. Hell, you better have already downloaded "The Blackest Purse," too. But did you know that the Oakland threesome is tuning up for a U.S. tour as well? Check the dates below.

09/24 Cincinnati, OH Northside Tavern *
09/26 New York, NY Le Poisson Rouge / Wordless Music Series +
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  • 07/22/2009

Gonzales' Solo Piano Gets Release, Tour

After what feels like a decade, Gonzales' acclaimed Solo Piano is finally getting a North American release via Toronto indie Arts & Crafts, after sitting in Euro-distro purgatory since 2004. Solo Piano: The Deluxe Edition includes Gonzales' titular instrumental piano album as well as a bonus DVD, which features the From Major to Minor, a documentary about the singer/songwriter/rapper/producer/bon vivant, and other special extras. Read more » 

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  • 07/22/2009

Ghostly Releases iPhone App Today

Today, musical juggernaut Ghostly International released a unique application for the iPhone and iPod Touch called Ghostly Discovery . The application works as a sort of mood-reading jukebox containing Ghostly's and Spectral Sound's vast catalogs, allowing users to construct parameters for what they want to listen to based on their emotional state, desired tempo, and digital/organic preference. Read more » 

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  • 07/22/2009

A Place to Bury Strangers Explodes Heads

Brooklyn-based A Place to Bury Strangers will continue its sonic assault on the world this fall with the release of a second full-length and a massive North American tour. Exploding Head, arriving from Mute on October 6, is the result of the band attempting to create "the craziest, most fucked-up recording ever," and with shades of heavier My Bloody Valentine and Steve Albini projects sneaking into the group's sound, it's fair to say that they have succeeded. Read more » 

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  • 07/21/2009

A First Look at Propellerhead's Record

Initially announced back in mid-May, and currently knee-deep in beta testing for its scheduled ship date of 09/09/09, Propellerhead's Record) software (Mac/Windows, $299 for new users/$149 Reason users) promises to be the recording software for artists, not engineers. Read more » 

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  • 07/21/2009

Return of the Rub-A-Dub Style Trailer

The majority of the population would cite Bob Marley as the original harbinger of the reggae movement. But filmmaker and director of Beck's "Loser" music video Steve Hanft might have you think otherwise with his documentary, Return of the Rub-A-Dub Style, which features interviews and live footage of real roots-reggae legends and soundsystem pioneers Ranking Joe, Sister Nancy, U-Roy, Brigadier Jerry, Ranking Trevor, Welton Irie, Sugar Minott, Philip Fraser, and Triston Palma. Read more » 

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  • 07/21/2009

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