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Ableton Bridges Gaps With Serato, Plus a New Akai Controller

At the NAMM 2010 Conference in Anaheim, CA, Ableton has made two announcements that are bound to shape the way electronic music is produced and performed for the foreseeable future. The first announcement is perhaps the most exciting, as it involves what is being called The Bridge, a program that promises to span the gap between music production and DJing, creating a natural link between Ableton Live and Serato Scratch Live/ITCH. More details after the jump! Read more » 

Lali Puna to Release First Album in Five Years

Five years after their release of Faking the Books, the German quartet Lali Puna, which features Markus Acher of The Notwist, has readied their fourth album, Our Inventions. Read more » 

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  • 01/15/2010

Autechre Announces New Album for Warp

The wonderfully confounding music of UK-based veteran production duo Sean Booth and Rob Brown, known best as Autechre, will soon be taking another leap in, well, some strange direction, to be sure. Read more » 

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  • 01/14/2010

The Numero Group to Release Al Jarnow Documentary

Chicago's Numero Group is delving into the world of film for the first time with Celestial Navigations, a collection of films and articles documenting and celebrating the work of filmmaker Al Jarnow. Perhaps best known for his work doing short animations for public television shows such as Sesame Street and 3-2-1 Contact! from the late 1960s onward, Jarnow was also heavily involved in the experimental film world of New York City, working alongside Harry Smith and Stan Brakhage on numerous works. Read more » 

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  • 01/14/2010

Download Bleep's 100 Top Tracks From '09

Seems like the think-tank over at online music retailer Bleep has one-upped the plethora of year-end lists from 2009. The music store already put together their 100 favorite songs from last year, but now they've also compiled every one of those tracks into a single download of pure contemporary classics. The songs are all DRM-free, high-quality mp3s, and include music from such luminaries as Animal Collective, Hudson Mohawke, DOOM, Bok Bok, Dam-Funk, FaltyDL, and so many more. Read more » 

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  • 01/14/2010

Wax Trax! Co-Founder Passes Away

Dannie Flesher, co-founder of Chicago's legendary Wax Trax! Records, passed away of AIDS-related pneumonia on Sunday in Hope, Arkansas. With Jim Nash, Flesher helped foster the burgeoning industrial music scene, putting out countless records from the likes of the Revolting Cocks, Front Line Assembly, Meat Beat Manifesto, Coil, and many others. Though the label was bought by TVT in 1992, and was further stymied by Nash's death in 1995, it is still considered by many to be one of the most original labels to ever come out of the United States. Read more » 

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  • 01/13/2010

Singer-Guitarist Jay Reatard Dead At 29

Memphis-based punk and indie-rock musician Jay Reatard was found dead early this morning in his home. The cause of his death is not yet known. The talented yet overwhelmingly negative Reatard (born Jay Lindsey) leaves behind a legacy of garage-punk and synth-trash records, as well as a host of friends and fans. His last album, Watch Me Fall, was released on Matador last August. For more about Reatard and his often tragic life story, read the 2008 XLR8R profile on him. Read more » 

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  • 01/13/2010

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