Last week the XLR8R crew made its way to the grand ol' NAMM Show (Jan. 18-21, 2007) in Anaheim, CA, where we scoped out some of the hottest new bits and pieces on the music-gear front for '07. Keep your eye on XLR8R's Machines sections for full reviews in the coming months.
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The view from the outside.
Restructuring. It's a favorite word of the majors, used to soften the blow when two powerhouses decide to join forces. And while it might be nice to give people the benefit of the doubt, yesterday's announcement that Capitol and Virgin are to merge sounded a tad too cheerful, which means a lot of folks are about to lose their jobs over this joyous union.
They call him the one-man disaster squad, and he's been known to scream "Muthafucka!" into a cardboard cellphone, so we anticipated that the debut album from Panther would be a nutty ride. Finally, after a long wait, Charlie Salas-Humara, as he's more commonly known, is ready to unleash Secret Lawns. If that means nothing to you, think fractured soul, broken synths, manic lyrics sung entirely in falsetto, spastic dance moves, and you'll get the idea.
There are lots of reasons to go and see Japanese band OOIOO when they make some rare and highly anticipated U.S. appearances this spring. Here's just a few:
1. The band hasn't toured in the U.S. since 2005.
2. It came into being as a fictitious outfit for a magazine in '96 and had opened for Sonic Youth by '97.
3. It's still unclear exactly how one should pronounce the name "OOIOO," which gives it mystique.
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