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Morning Roundup

RA's top live acts, The Prodigy's samples deconstructed, and if you thought the Grammys sucked before, just wait til you see this

By Ken Taylor
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So, the Grammy nominations were announced last night, and we’ve got to say, we are absolutely astounded by the nods given for Best Dance Recording. Sure, there’s Calvin Harris, Avicii, and the usual suspects, but—with all due respect—who the heck is Al Walser, and how did his flat-out horrible “I Can’t Live Without You” become a contender? Read on to see who this dude is, and to watch the video for his Grammy-nominated tune.

- So, hey, we’re all about dark horses winning the race, but the fact that Al Walser’s “I Can’t Live Without You” is nominated for a Grammy for Best Dance Recording is pretty darn shocking—especially when you see this video. (full story)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJEdy301yVo


- Ever tried to pick apart the samples in the Prodigy’s classic Fat of the Land album? MTV Hive does an comprehensive job of it to celebrate the album’s reissue. (full story)

- SoCal beatsmith Nosaj Thing opens up his studio for the folks of XLR8R in anticipation of his forthcoming record Home. (full story)

- NYC-by-way-of-Denver house/dance/trance experimenter Pictureplane is always on the cusp of underground culture, so it’s fortuitous that Germany’s Electronic Beats magazine has got him penning a new column on the topic. Here’s his first installment: (full story)

- Yep, it’s definitely that time of the year, when all the best-of lists start cropping up. Resident Advisor’s now got their Top Live Acts of 2012 on the site, so click on through to see who took top honors. (full story)

- Scott Walker may be a bit of an anomaly to the Beatport crowd (despite the fact that we’ve got his new album here), but perhaps this amazing review will open up some ears and minds to the legendary vocalist’s oeuvre.