In honor of my Mom’s big **th birthday (a true lady never divulges her age), this month I’ll review these releases with a bit of Carol Kerpan Evans’ unique Croatian-Catholic-Democrat flair. Not that she can be found listening to much of this stuff outside of when she’s entertaining her many surrogate sons and daughters at the RedWine Social. But I owe all my weirdness and lust for life, as well as a sizable and eclectic musical collection, to this Chicago-area expat, and I thank her daily for every moment of my upbringing. Read more »
Sound library company Puremagnetik has announced a new free download that will, like, totally stoke '80s videogame enthusiasts. Available for Ableton Live, NI Kontakt, and Apple Logic digital audio workstation (DAW) users, Puremagnetik’s Blip collection contains instruments, kits, and looped beats sourced from the original Atari 2600 sound chip, which generated class notes for Space Invaders and Pong. According to the company’s site, the collection is “lo-fi, gritty, and nostalgically charming, [and] will instantly teleport you back to 1982.
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Yes, it feels as though we've just seen the wrap of Sonar 2008, which featured performances from the likes of Boys Noize, The Field, Flying Lotus, Neon Neon, Ricardo Villalobos... you get the idea. The annual music and multimedia festival, held in Barcelona, is a mecca for top-shelf electronic music artists and labels, so it's worth saving up the pennies and booking an early flight for the 2009 edition. And without further ado, the dates are:
June 18, 19, and 20, 2009.
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Doseone and his band, Subtle, will head out on the road soon, supporting the release of this year's ExitingARM, which XLR8R scribe Chris Martins described recently as "music like you’ve never heard: a cold/hot combination of prog, rap, pop, rock, and electronic sound that swirls together as shapely solid and many-layered as a tornado."
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To deaf ears, BJ sounds off on the most atrocious things to wear (or attend) this fall.
1. Weight-loss sneakers
Why run, now that there are shoes that make you lose weight just by walking in them? There are so many: Fit Flops, Kangoo Jumps, and the clown-like MBTs–whose name, ironically, stands for Masai Barefoot Technology–but you really haven’t lived until you’ve seen a very overweight person teetering on Z-Coil’s spring-loaded high-heels.
2. Native American everything
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Jimmy Edgar is a dark, dark dude. Of course, we've always known that about the Detroit-area native, who's been making sinister beats for a number of years now and was once praised for being one of the few men to make wearing eyeliner look cool. His latest video, for the single "Nothing is Better," features the producer's bristly electronic beats and a very skinny young lady getting rather hot and bothered under a flashing red light. It's a visually stimulating watch, though anyone with epileptic tendencies should proceed with caution. Read more »
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