Bitter Bastard: Worst of 2006

1. Ponderous band names Where once there were “The” bands (The Strokes, The Hives, etc.), 2006 was the year of seeing how many nonsensical words could be crammed into one band title. Clap …

New York's Blip Invasion

If hearing the Castlevania theme song remixed in the style of MegaMan is enough to get your joystick jumping, then hightail it to New York City’s Blip Festival (December 1-3, 2006). Nerds and n0…

Lutan Fyah: Rasta Ambassador

Jamaican singer Lutan Fyah has a reputation for succinct, spiritually charged language, which lifts the artist (born Anthony Martin) above the pack of just-arrived cultural reggae singers. His third a…

Getting Restless: London's Snappers

You may not know what to call the hybrid house sounds being made by Jesse Rose, Solid Groove, and company, but there’s no mistaking its potent mix of mind-numbingly crisp techno/house beats, gri…

Ice Cold: Trentemøller Steps Out

“Making The Last Resort (Poker Flat) was a very personal thing for me,” asserts Anders Trentemøller of his debut long-player. “It was like therapy. The music on the album reflects my…

Annuals: Normals That Deliver

The Panera Bread Company in downtown Chapel Hill, NC is filled with a bunch of average Joes hunched over pricey sandwiches. Picking at chips and sipping cups of soup, no one in the joint bats an eyela…

Mixed Signals: Digital Dillema

Think back to that first time that you saw a laptop onstage at a club. Now think back to the last time you didn’t see one onstage. It’s no stretch to say that the digital world has taken o…

Fidget House: A Guide

A guide to these five producers’ many aliases. Induceve Members: Dave Taylor & Jesse Rose Where it all started. Induceve is an amalgamation of crunchy, cut ‘n’ paste Herbert-sty…

Monome & Me: MIDI Mayhem

For the past couple of years, I’ve been fidgeting with an odd invention that an equally odd musician, Brian Crabtree, came up with: The monome 100h. It’s a combination of sequencer, Lite-B…

Juggaknots: Schooling the Masses

Before sitting down to record their new album Use Your Confusion (Amalgam Digital), Bronx hip-hop trio Juggaknots hadn’t recorded a sizeable amount of material together in five or six years. For…

Brian McCarty Gets His Hands Dirty

Brian McCarty spends a lot of time on his knees. Get your mind out of the gutter, perv–he’s just taking photos. Then again, these aren’t just any portraits; they’re painstaking, cris…

Make the Most of Your Audio

Ever wanted to mod your iPod, set up your stereo properly, or organize your record shelves? Six experts explain how. How to Digitally Process Your Guitar With Christopher Willits Not only does San Fra…

Tim Hecker: Static and Hum

Give Tim Hecker 50 minutes. Anything less is a waste, ’cause the Canadian sound artist–who was born in Vancouver, but resides in Montreal–ain’t a three-chord rocker, and he’s not a d…

Geared Up: Independent Gear Shops

XLR8R’s Brandon Ivers gets wired at teh country’s best independent gear shops. Nova Musik 608 N Broadway, Milwaukee, WI 53202 (414) 270-1948 Tony ‘Tone’ Gral has operated downt…

Professor Murder: Transit Steez

“There’s a certain sound or aesthetic that people associate with being a ‘New York band,'” notes Mike Bell-Smith, lead vocalist and percussionist for five-borough denizens Prof…

Aspohdel's Bold Control Center

One day, this too will all be obsolete. Why? Because San Francisco’s Recombinant Media Labs–built by Asphodel label heads and industrial music experimenters Naut Humon and Mitzi Johnson–puts int…

MIDI Mafia In The Studio

Since the mid-’60s, production teams like Gamble & Huff and Holland-Dozier-Holland have masterminded the regional innovations and aesthetics behind R&B and soul. Studio partnerships li…

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