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Tuesday, Mar 24, 2009

It was a mere four years ago this week that the pre-“Paper Planes” M.I.A. dropped her full-length, non-mixtape debut Arular on the listening public. Like most critics, we loved it. Adrien Begrand raved that “Ms. Arulpragasam has delivered the best UK debut since Dizzee Rascal’s Boy in da Corner.” Here are the three videos from the album.


 

“Sunshowers” (single released 5 July 2004)


 

“Galang” (single released: 14 September 2004)


 

“Bucky Done Gun” (single released: 26 July 2005)


 

 



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Monday, Mar 23, 2009
Vote for your favorite tracks, in honor of Warp's latest milestone.

Warp Records, aka the label that made you fall in love with “IDM” before you knew how corny the term was, is set to celebrate 20 (!!) years in existence. In honor of being almost old enough to drink in the US, the label is asking YOU to vote for your 10 favorite Warp tracks. Click here to participate. And make sure to give good consideration to B12’s “Soundtrack of Space” and Autechre’s “Second Peng.”



Last decade, you may recall, the celebration was marked by the release of three compilations, celebrating Warp’s influences, early singles, and then asking other artists to have a go at remixing the Warp canon. This time around, the top 10 tracks (from 10 different artists) will be released as a compilation in August 09, complete with liner notes featuring user-submitted comments about the tracks.


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Monday, Mar 23, 2009

Here’s the fourth no budget music video Neil Young has made for his upcoming album Fork in the Road. “Cough Up the Bucks” addresses these hard economic times and asks “where did all the money go?”


Watch the other Fork in the Road videos here. The album hits stores April 7th.



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Friday, Mar 20, 2009

Follow this linkto check out all the latest news, tour dates, and a free EP featuring unreleased and rare tracks from Nine Inch Nails, Jane’s Addiction, and Street Sweeper. Wake up, late ‘80s and ‘90s music lovers, this is for you.


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Friday, Mar 20, 2009

Four Tet (Kieran Hebden) is on a short tour in advance of a new album scheduled for release later in 2009. The tour includes North American dates, including a DJ set at Santos Party House in New York, as well as his first show in Mexico. Also noteworthy is his return to Plastic People in London, where he will resume his DJ residency.


TOUR DATES
Friday 20th March - Echo, Los Angeles, CA
Saturday 21st March - Mezzanine, San Francisco, CA
Thursday 26th March - Holocene, Portland, OR
Saturday 11th April - Santos, New York, NY (DJ set)
Friday 17th April - Sonotheque, Chicago, IL
Saturday 18th April - WIUX Culture Shock, Bloomington, IN
Thursday 23rd April - Wrongbar, Toronto, ON
Thursday 30th April - Pasaje America, Mexico City, Mexico
Friday 29th May - Plastic People, London, UK (DJ set)
Saturday 1st August - Field Day Festival, London, UK


 


 


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