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Magic Doors

“Magic Doors,” the third single off Portishead's Third, is a dizzying, emotional collage where a radar-tracking device at the video's beginning hones in on a pulsing, rhythmic blue solar system of noise. Once Beth Gibbons’ trademark vocals creep in, this figure transforms into a fast-paced, grainy, psychedelic reel, juxtaposing what appear to be home videos with images of robots, chalk-board scribbles, a banana, and even Gibbons herself–looking decidedly preoccupied. Via Stereogum. Read more » 

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  • 12/01/2008

Beirut Announces Double EP

Not all artists can extensively tour the world and simultaneously write massive amounts of new material. Beirut's man-in-chief, Zach Condon, just happens to be one of the lucky few. 2007 saw the release of the band's The Flying Club Cup, a boat load of tour dates in support of the album, and enough new material written on the road for yet another release, due out February 16 of next year.

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  • 12/01/2008

Mangnen l'boulé feat. Nyk Mio

This is the third video from Ghislain Poirier's No Ground Under, released earlier this year via the good people at Ninja Tune. Singer and fellow Montreal resident Nyk Mio stopped by to lend his vocals to the track, while directors Guillaume Simoneau and Jimmy Hayes manned the visual aspects of the video, which include lots of light bulbs breaking, a dark haired lady dancing in an alley, and little to no color amid the black-and-white footage. Read more » 

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  • 12/01/2008

Top 25: Portishead, Daedelus, Foals

We were too busy giving thanks this week to write out the usual Top 10, so instead, we've unrolled this list of our favorite albums of the year. Without further ado, we present, in no particular order (besides the fact that titles are alphabetized), the XLR8R staff's quick 'n' dirty 2008 Top 25.

Atlas Sound Let the Blind Lead Those Who See But Cannon Feel kranky

Beach House Devotion Carpark

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Adidas Originals Turns 60

Besides a new president and a better economy (fingers crossed), 2009 also has something to look forward to where footwear is concerned, as Adidas Originals is celebrating its 60th birthday.

Founded by Adolf "Adi" Dassler (who apparently used to make his own sports shoes in his mother's wash kitchen), the companyhas become synonymous with all things cool over the years, rolling out jackets, trainers, in-store events, and campaigns with the likes of Missy Elliot and graf artist Fafi.

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  • 11/26/2008

M83 to Tour with the Killers

When your album debuts at number one on the charts, it no longer suffices to play mid-sized venues with your fellow indie artists. Therefore, M83, after a very successful year that saw Saturdays = Youth win the hearts of every critic and fan between S.F. and Sheffield, will hit the arenas of the world for his latest batch of tour dates. December sees him traveling through the U.K. Read more » 

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  • 11/25/2008

Lemonade Readies a Few More Tour Dates

Last chance to catch the Lemonade boys on the road. The hedonistic trio of psychedelic noisemakers had a busy year, what with relocating to New York and releasing their self-titlted debut album. They'll finish up 2008 with a few dates in some major U.S. and Canadian cities.

11/25 Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
11/27 Toronto, ON - El Mocambo
11/28 Montreal, QC - Les Saint
11/30 Philadelphia, PA - The Barbary
12/02 New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge

MP3: "Sunchips" Read more » 

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  • 11/25/2008

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