In the early ’70s, Hamburg-based Krautrock outfit Faust made history with its avant-garde, improvisational music. One signing with Polydor later, the band began to incorporate electronic cut-and-paste editing techniques, bizarre field recordings, and lush noise to its tracks, thus defining a new era of experimental music. The group eventually released the epic beast, Faust IV, on Virgin.Read more »
Transitioning from vinyl snob to digital DJ just got easier, with Native Instruments’ Traktor 3 Tutorial DVD. Featuring extensive videos that will guide novices as well as seasoned turntable pros, insider tips from DJs like Chris Liebing, and an interactive interface, this tutorial is more than just a lecture from some dude that gets paid to talk. The lengthy movie covers each function of NI’s Traktor software, from preparing improvisational loops to integrating effects and changing tempos.Read more »
Detroit-based Paul Randolph boasts quite the musical resume, which includes a stint in Sao Paulo, collaborations with Underground Resistance, Carl Craig, and John Arnold, and tracks encompassing every genre on the planet. Definitely an artist to know, for fans of all things Detroit.Read more »
It seems like ages since Luke Vibert dropped Kerrier District 2 on Rephlex, and the techno veteran is back, this time with a release for the Planet Mu imprint. For Chicago, Detroit, Redruth, Luke’s trademark acid-style production remains, but the album also sees intricate piano melodies, church organs, and shades of (dare I say it) free jazz and even lounge-oriented disco. As usual, Vibert has tossed the masses another diverse piece of electronic mastery.Read more »
Brooklyn-based outfit Grizzly Bear continues to carry the post-indie rock torch from city to city across the US, while Ninja Tune’s longstanding future-jazz producer Bonobo makes a few stops in select North American epicenters. Next, the cheerleading soulsiders of The Go! Team take to the road, and the definitive robot-rock duo Justice please a nation of followers with its long-awaited live performance.
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