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Maps Signs to Mute, Preps Digital-Only Releases

Mute records is enjoying a very good year thus far, having already announced The Knife’s Silent Shout Deluxe CD/DVD, Motor’s metal-meets-electronic Unhuman, and now the debut full-length from British wunderkind Maps. The one-man act also known as James Chapman may not fall in the household-name category yet, but NME already featured his “Lost My Soul” in its top 50 singles of 2006, and, well, he just signed to the same label responsible for releasing the new Throbbing Gristle record.

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  • 04/26/2007

Daily Download: Yacht: See A Penny (Pick It Up)

Jona Bechtolt’s work under the Yacht moniker is the culmination of a punk-rocker's past butting heads with the possibilities of electronic production. As one-half of the electro-pop duo The Blow, Bechtolt has proven he knows his way around a laptop. As Yacht, he redefines pop, fusing Beach Boys-eque melodies with hard-hitting, synth-heavy, electro grooves.

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  • 04/26/2007

I Swam With the Otter

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  • 04/25/2007

Haiti's First International Music Festival

Jacmel, Haiti has never seen a music festival, but from May 25-27, the region will get a taste of international glory as more than 24 bands and musicians take the stage for Festival Mizik Jakmel.

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  • 04/25/2007

Pon Di Wire: A Weekly Reggae Roundup

Link Up Media in Atlanta revealed that “The 'Original Gold Tooth, Front Tooth, Gun Pon Teet' Don Gorgon Ninja Man graced the LinkUp Radio Studios this week (pictured below), on his first trip to New York since the infamous deejay received clearance to travel to the U.S. for the first time in 15 years.” In the interview, Gorgon shared his controversial views about the current state of dancehall, and his new direction in music and life.

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Caribou Signs to Merge

Ontario-based Caribou recently left his longtime home at Leaf to join Durham, North Carolina’s Merge Records, and is preparing to release both a new EP and full-length, Andorra, of his Kraut- and psych-rock-hybrid sounds later this year.

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  • 04/25/2007

Daily Download: Joakim “I Wish You Were Gone”

Tigersushi founder Joakim Bouaziz has shaped the newest incarnation of post-punk with his often-remixed and lusted-after LP, Monsters and Silly Songs. Passing through chunks of ambient noise, minimal-electro, and dance-punk carnage, Joakim's production takes no prisoners. "I Wish You Were Gone" is emblematic of this Parisian powerhouse's uncompromising vision.

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  • 04/25/2007

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