International Documentary Association Awards Shortlist Includes ‘Apollo 11,’ ‘The Cave,’ and ‘Honeyland’

The final winners will be announced at the IDA Awards on December 7. The International Documentary Association (IDA) has revealed the 35th Annual IDA Documentary Awards shortlists for the Best Feature and Best Short categories, culled from 785 submissions: 375 documentary features, 153 documentary shorts, 124 documentary series, 89 student films, 44 podcasts, and 48…

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Pelada: Movimiento Para Cambio

When Chris Vargas and Tobias Rochman first met as coworkers in a Montreal clothing shop, they clashed—“like oil and water,” Rochman says. But after Rochman’s solo project shared a bill with Vargas’ industrial band Pelvic Floor, something clicked. “We’re both strong-willed individuals,” says Rochman. “It’s better if we’re on the same side.” Together, as the…

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The Comet Is Coming: The Afterlife

Since their debut was shortlisted for the Mercury Prize in 2016, the Comet is Coming’s saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings has become a formidable presence in the international jazz scene in his own right, making fans of Beyoncé and Virgil Abloh along the way. Hutchings landed not just one but three different bands on the Impulse label…

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Techno veteran DVS1 will hold free electronic music event “Support, Organize, Sustain”

Techno maven DVS1’s new initiative, S.O.S., could not be more aptly named. The one-day event of panels and seminars was independently created in hopes to bring respect and community back to the electronic music art form. S.O.S, an internationally recognized acronym usually signaling a distress call, in this case means “Support, Organize, Sustain.” The October…

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Telefon Tel Aviv: Dreams Are Not Enough

There was a time, not long ago, that Joshua Eustis doubted whether he would ever make another Telefon Tel Aviv record. Between 2001 and 2009, Eustis and his duo partner Charlie Cooper recorded three albums, establishing a singular fusion of maze-like circuitry and soulful melancholy that is part Autechre and part Depeche Mode. Then, the…

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Frank Ocean working on new album of club music

Over the summer, Frank Ocean promised that a vinyl release of Channel Orange was on the way. Apparently that’s not all the reclusive Grammy-winner has been up to lately. In a cover story for W Magazine, Ocean divulged new details about his upcoming album. The follow-up to 2016’s Blonde and Endless appears to be influenced by the club…

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Arca’s Mutant;Faith Was A Captivating, Challenging Display Of Experimentation

“Performance art” can be a dirty word. “Pretentious” and “impenetrable” are terms that may come to mind. But what about performance art by one of our most unpredictable electronic music provocateurs? If Arca’s recent Mutant;Faith performance series had to fall on one side of “concert” or “performance art,” it would be the latter. With that…

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Frank Ocean Talks New Music in Rare Interview

Frank Ocean has discussed his creative headspace and new music plans in a cover story for W Magazine. An album influenced by “Detroit, Chicago, techno, house, French electronic” and other “iterations of nightlife” is in the works, he tells W’s Diane Solway, though there’s no news on a release date. Asked whether the record would…

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The only tracks you need to hear in September

In our round-up of September’s best new music, we’ve highlighted FKA twigs’s “Holy Terrain”, an unexpected collaboration with Future; Danny Brown’s “Best Life”, a jubilant hip hop track from the psychedelic rapper’s upcoming new album uknowhatimsayin¿; and “Warm”, Charli XCX’s open-hearted collaboration with HAIM, from the pop singer’s self-titled new opus Charli. Not all of the artists in this month’s playlist are such…

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Frank Ocean Reveals What’s Influencing His New Music, Talks Political Activism & More in Rare Interview

Frank Ocean graced the cover of W Magazine on Monday (Sept. 30) and sat down for a rare interview, in which he dished on plans for new music, his goal to swim four consecutive laps underwater, political activism and more.  The New Orleans native is pulling on an array of nightlife scenes for inspiration at the moment, and they're playing…

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Frank Ocean Shares His Fashion Obsessions & Keeping Music Offline for ‘W Magazine’

Frank Ocean rarely gives interviews and his W Magazine feature was as surprising, thoughtful, and as occasionally mystifying as you’d expect from the enigmatic artist. The interview is peppered with the kinds of tidbits that keep Ocean fan’s fascinated between social media hiatuses and the often lengthy stretches between new projects. For example, the 31-year-old singer-songwriter is working on “doing…

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rRoxymore: Face to Phase

The most interesting dance music right now isn’t coming from house and techno; it’s happening in the margins, where producers are unafraid to fuck up a steady groove every now and then. Where mainstream house and techno (and their standard-issue “underground” variants) are concerned with getting everything just right—the right EQ on the drums, the…

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Noir’s Ode to Ecological Rebirth

PARIS, France — Sustainability is fashion's latest mantra, and the origin of another bunch of marketing clichés. Leave it to the Japanese to offer a highly imaginative, emotional and ultimately poetic take on the subject. It came from the designer Kei Ninomiya, the mastermind behind the Comme des Garçons label Noir and, on purely creative terms,…

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Barker, Berghain resident, has found his voice – and meaning – in electronic sound

Barker’s Utility is a tour-de-force – economical but sensual, precise compositions that nonetheless sound immediate and personal. And there’s deeper thought behind those sounds, too. The LP is out since early in September on digital and vinyl with Ostgut Ton, house label at Berghain. Sam continues to helm his long-running series and label Leisure System.…

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FACT mix 730: Ani Klang

Ani Klang dives into her personal history before pushing club music in death-defying new directions. Experimental producer, DJ and visual artist Ani Klang cut her teeth in New York City, studying at the prestigious Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, developing a sound that fuses hi-def club energy with piercing sound design and anxious rhythms.…

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listen to Sturgill Simpson’s ‘Sound & Fury’ (and watch the anime)

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Have you played… Stardew Valley?

The best gift I ever bought Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day, perhaps for all time.My partner doesn’t play that many games. She’s probably got more hours logged into Bubble Shooter than I’ve put into Rocket League, but besides that, nada. So the opportunities to tempt…

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Discover Armada Invites ADE Marathon

Armada Invites ADE Marathon. Courtesy of Floris Heuer. Floris HeuerMusic label Armada is returning their Armada Invites ADE Marathon event for a fourth year.  The four day event to celebrate Amsterdam Dance Events (ADE) begins Wednesday, October 16 with an industry mixer and is followed by three days of performances by label tastemakers such as…

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Explore the Sights and Sounds of Durban, South Africa With Citizen Boy

The Highsnobiety Soundsystem Curator Series invites metropolitan DJs, curators and musicians to guide us through the unmissable sights, sounds, stores, and food spots of their city – each time with an exclusively curated playlist. Subscribe to Highsnobiety Music on Spotify and Apple Music now, and catch Citizen Boy on October 12th at Burg Schnabel, Berlin, with Mike Q and Rosa Pistola.…

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Topdown Dialectic: Vol. 2

Six years after Topdown Dialectic put out their first limited-run cassette, we still know little about them besides what can be gleaned from the crackle and throb of their recordings, which take the facelessness of techno to Vantablack levels of opacity. Anonymity in music is often a ploy, but it can also be a form…

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