Mr. Dead: Off the Deep End

If MF Doom is hip-hop’s vaudeville villain then horror/B-movie makeup artist and MC Mr. Dead is rap music’s Vincent Price-or maybe its Peter Sellers. Best known for his absurd cameos on Pr…

Nicolay In the Studio

The Foreign Exchange’s Connected was one of 2004’s biggest surprises, simply because of how it was produced. The hip-hop record was proof-positive of how far the internet has taken recorde…

AG: Andre's New Posse

Andre Barnes (a.k.a. AG) no longer lives in the Patterson Houses-where he saw Grandmaster Flash and Grand Wizzard Theodore scratching in the park as a small child, and scribbled the impeccable rhymes …

Caroline: A Degree In Dream Pop

A fascinating voice has ascended from the bustling musical circuitry of Japan: Caroline. With dreamy vocals and captivating programming-somewhere between the melancholic charm of The Cranes’ Ali…

Prozack Turner: Comes Back Hungry

When Prozack Turner (of Bay Area hip-hop act Foreign Legion) left the States last year for a six-week retreat in Ireland, he wasn’t exactly on a quest for rest and relaxation. He headed overseas…

Edu K: A Brazilian Punk Hauls Ass

The raunchy, distorted crunch of an electric guitar’s power chords; the chest-convulsing thump of a speaker-wall of beats; a soccer mob chanting the booty-worship refrain “Vai, Popozuda!&#…

Border Crossing: Soul Survivors

It’s been nearly three years since Boder Crossing’s debut, Ominous, was released in the UK. After their first label, RG, went out of business back in 2004 and the duo-which now consists of…

Alden Tyrell: Disco Fried

While gallons of ink have been ceremoniously spilled over the music scenes of Detroit, Berlin, and Chicago, the southern Dutch shipping port of Rotterdam remains a neglected focal point of electronic …

Vybz Kartel's Favorites

Every few years, some know-it-all music writer (ahem) makes the bold proclamation that dancehall is on the verge of blowing up in the States, but if I were you, I wouldn’t hold my breath for the…

Freerange Records: 10 Years Deep

Whether fish or fowl, non-vegetarians know that food tastes better uncaged. Apparently, Jamie Odell also knew this when he began gathering his cast of animals for the Freerange Records label 10 years …

The Streets: Coming Clean

Sitting across from me-barefoot, in an Agnès B suit jacket and diamond pinky ring, and fidgeting mercilessly with the hotel’s cordless phone-is 27-year-old Sagittarian Mike Skinner, who, as The …

MSTRKRFT: Dirty Looks

In the video for MSTRKRFT’s first single, “Easy Love,” four well-endowed women in tight business attire sit patiently in a room. After suggestively drinking four strawberry milkshake…

Gnarls Barkley: Totally Gnarly

Gnarls Barkley isn’t what you expect. The culmnation of a years-long musical conversation between super-producer Danger Mouse and Southern soul machine Cee-Lo, it strays from the already-esoteri…

Nobody: Trip Fantastic

My obsession with ’60s psychedelic rock started around 1997, shortly after I joined college radio station KXLU 88.9 FM in Los Angeles. At the same time, I was also spinning rare groove and funk …

Addictive TV: Habitual Visuals

Pioneering digital rights organizations like Creative Commons and the Electronic Frontier Foundation are probably drooling over the possibilities that have opened up thanks to the work of audio/visual…

Deanna Templeton: Life from SoCal

It’s impossible to discuss Deanna Templeton without mentioning her husband of 15 years, pro skater and Toy Machine founder Ed Templeton. Despite the couple’s successful marriage and frequent collabora…

People Under The Stairs

Since 1998, the duo known as People Under the Stairs has been purveying down-to-earth hip-hop ideal for backyard barbeques and cruising down the avenue. For Thes One and Double K, it’s always be…

Delphi Collective's Favorite Things

San Francisco’s Delphi Collective adds a humble touch of class to an over-hyped design world. In the past four years, Matt Irving’s company (which encompasses a t-shirt line, an online por…

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