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  • 09/05/2007

Richie Hawtin and Minus Go Green

Waxing poetic about the impending environmental crisis is common enough in Hollywood and the political arena, but electronic music is rarely found in the same sentence as phrases like "global warming," "green lifestyle," and "carbon neutral."

Enter techno icon and head of Minus and Plus 8 Records, Richie Hawtin. A quick peek at the label's site reveals the following message from the DJ and producer:

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  • 09/05/2007

Pon Di Wire: The Marley Family, Anthony B, Wailing Souls

Jamaican national elections take place this week. Early, pre-election polling shows that Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller's ruling Peoples National Party is trailing Bruce Golding's Jamaica Labor Party by several percentage points.

The Marley Family's Fifty Six Hope Road Music Limited estate filed a lawsuit against Universal Music Group and Verizon Wireless to counter an alleged, fraudulent agreement to utilize Bob Marley's name, likeness, and image to promote ringtones.

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Tour: Holy Fuck, Wolf Parade

Holy Fuck has built quite a reputation touring with the likes of !!! and Mouse On Mars. Now, the Toronto-based quartet is sending its scratchy synth-noise message across North America on a tour supporting fellow Canadian outfit Wolf Parade.

The band has further reason to celebrate. Beggars Group's newest sub-imprint, Young Turks, recently signed Holy Fuck, and is set to release a forthcoming, aptly titled long-player, LP. Canada is the new breeding ground for all things killer.

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  • 09/05/2007

Making of the Album

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  • 09/04/2007

Artist Chart: New Young Pony Club

Now that the Modular Records five-piece has released its debut long-player, Fantastic Playroom, New Young Pony Club is giving XLR8R a taste of the tracks that keep the tour wagon moving and rehearsals in sync. Perhaps hinting at some of the upcoming tours this year, the band has compiled a contemporary list of tracks from both popular and little-known friends around the globe. These disco-fueled anthems are what's most likely booming on a soundsystem in your neighborhood.

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  • 09/04/2007

The XLR8R Office Top Ten Album Picks, September 4

East Of Underground East Of Underground Wax Poetics
The back story behind this LP is reason enough to give it a listen: a group of US troops stationed in Germany during Vietnam get together and record a bunch of funk and soul covers, and leave one lone copy in the Army archives. On top of that, the tracks are amazing. This is pummeling early ’70s funk at its most poignant.


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