When New York's DFA Records came barreling down the hipster pipeline in the early 00's, it seemed as though none of its artists could top founder James Murphy's snotty electro-rock band LCD Soundsystem. But if anything, the Juan Maclean (which is one guy) easily rolls in a close second. This comes as a bit of a surprise because, unlike LCD, TJM's jerky Krautrock-inspired electro gets pretty abstract. The story goes that Murphy, who'd previously produced Maclean as Six Finger Satellite, convinced the rehabilitated and recently relocated artist to make music again after a long bout … Read more
The glacial gloom of contemporary Canadian post-rock, the arty noiseology of the Pixies, the shrill, tenuous revelations of Modest Mouse--all are channeled in this Alberta indie rocker's weary marchers. And if things can get a bit sludgy, or loose around the fringe, consider how far Chad and Co. have come from their start playing "improvised stoner rock."
In a bid to help novice downloaders jump-start their digital-music collections, Universal Music Group is offering "curated" playlists to Dell PC buyers.
Starting at $25, selected bundles 50 or 100 DRM-free songs can be added while building a custom PC on Dell's Web site. The songs will come preloaded on the computer, ready to play as soon as it's booted up.
The music option is available only on the Inspiron 1525, Studio 15, and XPS 1535 laptops and Inspiron 530, 530s, Studio Desktop, and XPS 420 desktops. The XPS One and Dell Mini 9 netbook are … Read more
Hard-edged hip-hop veteran Freddie Foxxx remains one of the most respected and feared self-governing MCs in the game today. He's earned the right to stalk the rap world like a beat cop with a chip on his shoulder. If you step out of line, you'll be assailed by his rugged, street-smart rhymes. A guest appearance by the late Tupac adds extra meatiness to Foxxx's beefy boom-bap raps.
ThinkFree, a company that specializes in "next-gen" office productivity solutions, announced Tuesday that it has launched its ThinkFree Netbook solution, which will deliver word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation applications for Netbooks running Intel's Atom chipsets, like the Asus Eee PC or the Acer Aspire One.
According to ThinkFree, its Netbook Edition offers a simplified user interface and compatibility with Microsoft Office 2007 files. Most importantly, the software is optimized for a small screen and features integration with ThinkFree's online service that allows users to collaborate with each other and synchronize documents on-the-go.
"In today's … Read more