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The XLR8R Office Top Ten Album Picks, April 30

Barbed Double Click Countryside Loaf
Unlike labelmates Black Devil Disco Club, Barbed kicks out dark, experimental free jazz. Lush pads melt into skittery drums and horns that make you want to jive and then crawl under a rock. Double Click Countryside is creepy, pretty, and danceable all at once. Nice.


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  • 04/30/2007

Summer Reggae Heat

Jamaica, Queens, New York reggae imprint VP is preparing for one of its most active summer album release schedules in recent years. The label has recently seen success with ’07 recordings from Richie Spice (In the Streets to Africa), Lady Saw (Walk Out), and the King Jammy Selector’s Choice series.

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  • 04/30/2007

Yacht Extends Tour

Portland-based weird-rocker YACHT takes his art (and name) pretty seriously. Also one-half of K Records’ electro-pop duo The Blow, Jona Bechtolt’s work under his solo moniker is about as punk as you can get without actually being punk.

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  • 04/30/2007

Historic Castle Succumbs to Graffiti

Blame it on Brangelina’s presence at Banksy's Barely Legal exhibition last September, Neck Face's foray into the gallery scene, or even Claw Money's overpriced fashion line, but street art–at least a large portion of it–is no longer the stuff of train yards at midnight and other dark places of the urban netherworld.

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  • 04/30/2007

Motown Gets Remixed, Latin-Style

Though Motown has been lauded as defining one of the most innovative and energetic eras in American musical history, there are still people courageous enough to refute such genius and try reinterpreting the hits. On Motown Remixed Vol. 2, 11 different producers chop up and reinterpret classics from Diana Ross, The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, and The Jackson 5 (pictured below), to name a few.

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  • 04/30/2007

Now Playing At Peepshow: Christopher Glancy

While foraging through the XLR8R archives, we came across this photo shoot from Issue 85 of the magazine. Mort a l'Aube, shot at Freeman's NYC in October 2004, features photographer Christopher Glancy behind the lens, a striking title design by Surface To Air, and a slew of stick-thin models showing off their goth side.

See Mort a l'Aube now, only at Peepshow.




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  • 04/29/2007

The Week In Downloads

It’s been an eclectic week at XLR8R’s Downloads Section, to make an understatement. Venezuelan breakcore master Cardopusher kicked things off, Joakim schooled us on monsters and the finer points of dance-punk carnage, Brother Ali served up a helping of politically enraged boom-bap, and !!! and Yacht delivered funked-out house beats and weird electro-pop, respectively.

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  • 04/28/2007

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