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XLR8R TV Episode 9: Monster Mash with Joakim

The drawings by French electro-crooner Joakim, on his new album, Monsters and Silly Songs, inspired XLR8R's first annual Monster Caucus, along with a whole episode of monster talk and monster sketching. In this episode, Joakim discusses rolling corpse hands in couscous with XLR8R TV's Vivian Host, while a team of monster artists across the country ponders a weighty question involving the pus of a dead man and the treacherous Snot Mountain.

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  • 05/22/2007

Daily Download: Videohippos "Kool Shades"

Following the arty noise-pop tradition of Baltimore's Warm City crew (Ecstatic Sunshine, Dan Deacon), Videohippos have taken pop to another dimension. Featuring a collision of driving drums, catchy synths, and the remnants of '90s punk, VH is the B-More gift from the most accessible warehouse in the city.


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  • 05/22/2007

Weekly Chart: Chromatics

Chromatics are the new face of swanky disco. Once a spastic-punk band fueled by jangling guitars and hollering vocal fury, Chromatics have evolved into a post-Italo-disco outfit that’s helped spearhead a new wave of analog luster (see Glass Candy, Farah, and Mirage). The duo’s unique passion for lo-fi, minimal drum programming, cosmic piano leads, and subtle female vocals makes for the sexiest dance this side of Cerrone.

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  • 05/22/2007

Pole and Kode 9 Invade San Francisco

Stefan Betke (a.k.a. Pole) is one of the most respected producers in the history of dub-tech, responsible for not only mastering with the Basic Channel/Rhythm & Sound camp, but also for founding the ~scape imprint (Jan Jelinek, Deadbeat).

San Francisco sound-nerds and old techno heads will be thrilled that a yet-to-be announced location is hosting one of the most anticipated electronic events (at least to us) of 2007–Pole’s live invasion of the city.

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  • 05/22/2007

Fennesz, Jesu, Liars Contribute to Adult Swim Comp

Adult Swim’s ongoing giveaways continue, with Warm & Scratchy, a compilation of FREE new and previously unreleased material. Fennesz, Jesu, and the Liars are among the many indie bands and artists that contribute to the sampler, which also comes packaged with a video of TV on the Radio’s new track “Me-I” (created by none other than the Adult Swim team).

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  • 05/21/2007

Michael Mayer Heads Stateside

Cologne-based producer and Kompakt Records founder Michael Mayer is due to arrive Stateside this Thursday, with Brazilian superstar Gui Boratto in tow. Producing under his own name, Mayer’s work–characterized by his lush arpeggios and minor-key melodies–compliments Boratto’s pop experimental music, which is influenced by everything from Madchester rave bass to the starker, more dance-friendly sound of the K2 sub-label. These guys should keep the dancefloor full until early in the morning.

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  • 05/21/2007

The XLR8R Office Top Ten Album Picks, May 21

To My Boy Messages XL
First of all, James Ford (Simian Mobile Disco) helped produce this piece of gold. Second, Messages is the best thing to happen to pop music since Tears for Fears. Possessed by the spirit of MTV circa 1989, To My Boy has manipulated the synthesizer into a tool of mass destruction. Andrew WK is tame compared to this pop action.


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