Best of 2008: Nosaj Thing

L.A.’s experimental beats ingénue Nosaj Thing was awed by Cornelius, but not blog house. Who was the best artist of 2008? Cornelius. His live show with synchronized video and concepts was amazing and …

Best of 2008: Megan Whitmarsh

The L.A-based visual artist Megan Whitmarsh loved Ratatat and Tauba Auerbach. They Might Be Giants, not so much. What was the best album of 2008? Ratatat LP3 (XL). Their songs give me deja-vu. They fe…

Best of 2008: DC Recordings

James Dyer, label manager of the British prog/disco/electro imprint, DC Recordings, has his squirrelly alter ego pick the best and worst of the year. Who was the best artist of 2008? Zombie Zombie. Go…

Best of 2008: The Alchemist

Hip-hop’s beloved producer, The Alchemist, gives his picks and pans of ’08. What was the best album of 2008? Blu and T’raach’s collaboration as C.R.A.C. I don’t like any individual s…

Best of 2008: Magda

Minus’ minimal queen, Magda, on new school perms and soulless techno. Who was your favorite DJ in 2008? Patrick Russell. He has great track selection and a unique style. I especially love his slow tra…

Best of 2008: Hercules and Love Affair

Andy Butler of DFA’s retro-disco darlings, Hercules and Love Affair, serves up a terse selection of the year’s highs and lows. What was the best album of 2008? Who buys albums anymore? Wink, wink̷…

Best of 2008: Peter Beste

The NYC photographer filled his year with black metal and Devin the Dude. Who was the best artist of 2008? For me it’s a tie between Devin the Dude and TV on the Radio, both of whom continue to …

Best of 2008: Worship Worthy

Jennifer Wannarachue of the style blog and clothing brand Worship Worthy talks cut-offs and snap caps. What was the best style trend of 2008? Denim cut-offs worn with tights, cardigans, platform booti…

Best of 2008: Jose James

Brownswood’s acoustic jazz vocalist, Jose James, got inspired by dubstepper Benga and hip-hop experimentalists Gnarls Barkley. Who was the best artist of 2008? Benga. A contemporary genius: live and d…

The 12 Days of Christmas, Day 8

Each December, the XLR8R staff takes a few minutes every morning to spout off about what we’d like to see wrapped up and under the tree come December 25. Next, Ken Taylor takes us on the ultimat…

Best of 2008: Plump DJs

UK breakbeat dons, Plump DJs, celebrate bassbin-quaking from Fake Blood and Burial. Who was the best artist of 2008? Fake Blood. A string of excellent remixes and now top tune “Mars” has put this arti…

The 12 Days of Christmas, Day 7

Each December, the XLR8R staff takes a few minutes every morning to spout off about what we’d like to see wrapped up and under the tree come December 25. Today, web editor Jennifer Marston gets …

Best Of 2008: CTRL

Freeman, of free-thinking Finnish clothing brand CTRL, on hipsters, high heels, and Henrik Vibskov. Who was the best music artist of 2008? I thought about this really hard and didn’t get anywher…

The 12 Days of Christmas, Day 6

Each December, the XLR8R staff takes a few minutes every morning to spout off about what we’d like to see wrapped up and under the tree come December 25. Next, Maverick Newberry livens up the mo…

Best of 2008: Mochipet

San Francisco’s electronic iconoclast Mochipet on Daedelus, Snoop Dogg, and starting his own boy band. Who was the best artist of 2008? Jantsen from Boulder, Colorado. This kid makes some serious bass…

The 12 Days of Christmas, Day 5

Each December, the XLR8R staff takes a few minutes every morning to spout off about what we’d like to see wrapped up and under the tree come December 25. Today, Ken Taylor drools over classic fi…

Best of 2008: Holy Ghost

Hall & Oates fanatics Nick Millheiser and Alex Frankel, a.k.a. Holy Ghost, praise new disco, and diss high-waisted jeans and Serato DJs. Who was the best artist of 2008? Tracy Morgan, or any of t…

Best of 2008: The Death Set

The Death Set’s Johnny Siera and Jahphet Landis sing the praises of clean underwear and Ninjasonik. Who was the best artist of 2008? Johnny Siera: Ninja fuckin sonik, Sonik fuckin ninja! It’s an…

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