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    Grime, any recommendations

    I know very little about Grime. recently heard some songs by Ruff Sqwad and totally love it. this song, Xtra, is great YouTube - Ruff Sqwad - Xtra anything similar? Recommendations on where to start (other than Dizzee Rascal)? where do you buy this stuff, I can't locate any of the Ruff...
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    Kompakt Records

    If I had to choose a single favorite record label it would probably be Kompakt. The consistency and strength of their Total compilations almost makes Kompakt more like a band than a label, particularly since so many of their artists only release hard to find singles. What are you favorite...
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    Blu (of Blu & Exile)

    I really love the album Below the Heavens which Blu did with producer Exile. Some of the most refreshing hip hop I have heard in the past couple years. anyone heard his solo or non-Exile projects? I know he had one called C. R. A. C., pretty sure there was another called Johnson and Johnson...
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    hey you indie-types, discuss some music, local scenes or whatever

    For some reason it feels that in the past few years the amount of discussion on indie type stuff has subsided. no longer! what have you guys been listening to recently, liking or disliking and why. what city or area has the best music scene do you think? what concerts have you seen...
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    help: Creative Zen V Plus frozen

    My creative zen v plus 16gb player is frozen... Froze last night while I was trying to change songs, battery was almost full at the time, never had any problems in just over a year of use. Player froze, stopped playing music, couldn't turn it off or anything. By the time I got back to my...
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    Taking a year off from school- what did/would you do?

    Taking time off from school during undergrad/grad school seems to be more common now than ever at least between my friends and our parents. I will be taking a year off from school this year after two years of undergrad but am not really sure what to do to be honest. Would love to stay in...
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    Subletting- experiences and advice

    I am looking for a summer sublet in New York. I have never done this before and want to be careful now so that it might save some headaches a couple months from now. How have your experiences with short term sublets been? What are the unexpected things which came up for you? What...
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    muxtapes.com - a site to share mixes

    Anyone else use this site at all? It lets you upload songs and create 12 song playlists which other people can stream. I have found out about a couple cool groups from checking out other people's and have been trying to make my own playlist with some good songs and good transitions...
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    Waiting in Lines

    What is the longest/most-adjective lines people have dealt with? Funny line stories? What do you think is worth waiting for and what makes you say "forget it I'll stay at home/go later"? A friend wants me to buy her a limited edition Supreme shirt on Thursday, Snoop Dogg is making a Best...
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    Spring break relaxing escape options

    Spring break is coming up in mid March and I, more than ever, want to make sure I get off campus and do something relaxing. I was thinking/fantasizing earlier today about visiting a small town somewhere in the near-East Coast and just getting away from NYC for a little while. Is this...
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    Philip K. Dick

    I read my first Philip K. Dick novel, A Maze of Death, yesterday and liked it quite a bit. Interesting story, technology and religious aspects. The ending... well, no spoilers at least not yet. I know Dick has tons of published work out there and that some of it is reputed to be quite...
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    Best Concerts of 2008

    Anyone have some good shows coming up? Last year was really great for me. In the Spring I saw tons of good shows at the Grog Shop, a small venue in Cleveland, then during the summer saw shows at my favorite places around San Francisco and since the school year started again I have been...
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    Best place online to find concert pictures

    I never bother bringing a camera to shows since I know there are going to be twenty plus other people with digital cameras there and always fingured that at least some of those make it to the internet. However, earlier today I was trying to find pictures from some shows I attended recently and...
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    Anyone listen to the band 'S'

    While I was uploading music onto my computer earlier today I remembered how good some of the songs on Suicide Squeeze's Slaying Since 1996 compilation are. In particular there is this one song, 5 Dollars, by a group called S which I like a lot. I did a couple searches and found that they have an...
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    New Architecture in Helsinki album- Places Like This

    I got the new album today, and have got to say I really like it. Pretty much the whole thing feels like I am at an Architecture concert, which is a good thing. Sometimes I don't like concerts that feel like albums, but the other way around is cool. In comparison to In Case We Die it feels...
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    North American release of Creative Zen V Plus 16GB

    I saw that they are planning to release this in North American instead of just Singapore, but does anyone have an idea of when exactly it will be in stores? Here are a couple announcements I found, but they just said 'soon.' 16GB is pretty impressive for such a small player. I wonder how long...
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    Matching the right mp3 player with the right media software

    I am looking into buying my first mp3 player in the next couple weeks before school starts. It seems like a lot of players out there are very similar, and what is different is the software with which they are designed to run. (Correct me if I am totally wrong here. I do know that it is...
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    Another sunglasses thread..

    So I finally am going to buy some sunglasses. This summer I'll be driving east for about half an hour every morning and seven, and the sun has been killing my eyes. The biggest problem I have is that I just don't like a lot of the popular styles of sunglasses. I did find some stuff I liked...
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    Denim-Fi

    Anyone here into really nice denim? I have just started reading about the japanese denim scene and then last week bought a pair of Flat Head 3001s at this San Francisco store Self Edge on Valencia. So I soaked them over the weekend, and am now ready to start the six month break in period...
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    Interesting Ultimate Ears article in current issue of Inc. magazine

    http://www.inc.com/magazine/20070601...re-volume.html I didn't know a lot of this stuff about how they started. It is cool that they were so seat of the pants about everything. I always figured this audiophile stuff had to be developed by 'professionals' in labs or something similarly vague...
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    Help me buy my first computer

    Well, I made it though my first year of college without owning a computer, but I'll be transferring to a new school in the fall and think it's time to explore this idea of "efficiently not having to go to the library five times a day." I really have no idea where to start. Any tips where to...
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    Best music video DVDs

    What are the best music video DVDs you guys have seen? I want to get into watching more videos, but the quality of most of the stuff online is really low, and videos on television are rarely from artists in which I am even remotely interested. MTVU has some surprisingly underground stuff on...
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    El-P's new album

    Anyone else a fan of his? I first got into him through the production work he did for other artists on Def Jux. About a year ago I picked up Fantastic Damage and was amazed. I bought I'll Sleep When You're Dead yesterday but so far haven't really been able to get into it. It seems like a more...
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    the Ultimate Breaks and Beats series

    Does anyone have any experience with the Ultimate Breaks and Beats series? They recently came out with a complete collection that I was thinking about picking up. Twelve hours of beats sounds sick. Additionally, where would be the best place to buy it? I was thinking of just going through...
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    What is the last song you put on repeat?

    Every once in a while I get really into just one song and can't stop listening to it for a few days. Right now it's My Little Underground from Psychocandy by The Jesus and Mary Chain. So good. I'm on day two and a half and throw it on anytime I'm in my room. A nice thing about it is that the...
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