AlterNet: Sense And Nonesense

In the aftermath of the 2004 election, countless scribes have performed autopsies on the Democratic body politic–unfortunately they’ve emerged with a message that’s about as coherent as Jo…

Adult: Hearts of Darkness

Adult. once said they made uncomfortable music. How fitting then, that I have just taken them to the most uncomfortable place on earth: New York’s Museum of Sex. And now I’m standing next …

Little Brother: Major League

It’s 6 p.m. and Midtown is gridlocked with commuters trying to escape from New York. As office lights dim and commercial properties empty, the business of music doesn’t cease, not at 1290 Avenue of th…

Mathew Jonson's Jungle Roots

If you were looking for someone to map the incestuous interbreeding of the electronic music community, look no further than Vancouver, BC producer Mathew Jonson. In the past year, Jonson has become vi…

South Rakkas Crew: Bionic Dancehall

“I met [producer] Alex G in Canada years ago while I was working security at a rave,” says South Rakkas Crew’s Dennis “Dow Jones” Shaw of the genesis of his team’s musical partnership. “It was during …

Moonstarr: Machines Sing by Moonlight

He’s 6’7” tall, but no, he doesn’t play basketball. He’s Canadian, but (despite the back cover of his 2002 album Dupont) he doesn’t play hockey. Kevin Moon a.k.a. Moonstarr’s game is making beats, and…

Prince Paul: The Clown Prince

It’s easy to rattle off Prince Paul’s resume–boy wonder DJ for Stetsasonic, producer of the first three De La Soul albums, inventor of the hip-hop skit, sound bwoy for Chris Rock, one half of the cate…

Labels We Love 2005

People want products that feel personal, and no one puts more blood, sweat, tears, and hard-earned pennies into their craft than small label owners, who have to be part parent, part curator (and somet…

Eclectic Method VJs In the Studio

Ever seen Method Man rapping with The Muppets or Andre 3000 drumming for The Beatles? If not, you’ve probably never been to an Eclectic Method show. Like renegade DJs for the MTV generation, the three…

Os Gemeos: Favela Walls and Fine Art

Located on walls around São Paulo, the fantastically bright paintings of Os Gemeos (“The Twins”) grab the attention of passersby like a float from Carnival. Full of fluid lines, eye-popping colors (of…

War Inna Babylon

Most Jamaicans can’t be bothered with the War on Terror, but the music tells another story. When the US invaded Iraq, I was living in Kingston, doing research for my dissertation. As I waited for a bu…

Whitey: Causing an Electro-Rock Riot

By his own admission, the electro-rock powerhouse named Nathan J. Whitey is a lazy, alcoholic bookworm. “I’ve spent most of my life either drunk or reading, but I learned how to play instruments in be…

Boom Bap Project on Rap's Formulas

“The goal of the Boom Bap Project is to preserve the hip-hop culture through music,” proclaims MC Karim, known as Nightclubber Lang to those who have helped him and his Boom Bap comrades Destro and DJ…

Monika Enterprise: Offbeat Electronics

Germany’s Monika Enterprise arose from living rooms full of refugees. Label founder Gudrun Gut remembers “the Wohnzimmer [living room] scene” of 1997, when homespun venues were some of the only places…

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