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Artist To Watch: Stephen McGregor

Who: Stephen McGregor
Location: Kingston, Jamaica

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  • 04/22/2009

Strut Releases Ze Records Retrospective

Cult imprint Ze Records will mark its 30th year in the biz with an all-star comp set for release entitled Ze 30: Ze Records 1979 – 2009 . Launched in 1979 by French art student Michel Esteban and British journalist Michael Zilkha, Ze tapped into the art-fueled, post-punk goliath that was New York City’s underground music scene in the early '80s. The label signed artists like James White & The Blacks, Suicide, Lizzy Mercier Descloux, and Marie Et Les Garcons. Judging by the tracklisting, we can’t think of a better way to celebrate this special occasion.

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  • 04/21/2009

Two-Song EP Dedicated to Charlie Cooper

The end of January brought the tragic news of Charlie Cooper's untimely death. The Telefon Tel Aviv member disappeared one evening and was later found in the Near Northwest Side neighborhood in Chicago, and many are still reeling from his death.

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  • 04/21/2009

No Age, Deerhoof in New Design Collection

Most music heads want to rep their favorite band or artist via their wardrobe, but finding an original getup in this age of mass production is no easy task.

Enter Soundscreen Design's Summer 2009 collection, for which the music-inspired product design company (owned by Insound) commissioned three studios to create original artwork on t-shirts, hoodies, and totes for the likes of No Age, Gang Gang Dance, Deerhoof, Fucked Up, and a few other prominent indie rock darlings.

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  • 04/20/2009

Ropes

Detroit MC Invincible teamed up with soul queen Tiombe Lockhart for this conscious hip-hop number, whose lyrics swirl around the subject of mental health. "Ropes" nearly made the cut on MTVU, until the network dropped it for being "too problematic, due to suicidal undertones." Invincible retaliates at the beginning of the video, with a message about the song and why its subject matter is an important one to broach.

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  • Filed under: video
  • 04/20/2009

MUTEK 2009 Full Lineup Announced

The initial lineup that MUTEK announced last month for its 2009 Montreal festival looked promising enough, but we're two clicks away from hitting the "purchase" button on Expedia after getting wind of the finalized artist roster for this year's festivities.

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  • 04/20/2009

The Field Tours With The Juan MacLean

The Juan MacLean's new album, The Future Will Come, dropped last week via DFA, while meanwhile Axel Willner (a.k.a. The Field) awaits the May 25 release date of his sophomore album, Yesterday & Today on anti-/Kompakt. Read more » 

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  • 04/20/2009

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