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Friday, June 8, 2012

See you Monday

Pretty busy few days coming up, so take this time for yourself. Have fun. Go look at birds.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

New Bass Drum of Death - White Fright

Garage rock two-piece Bass Drum of Death debuted their first single from their forthcoming sophomore release, which, as of yet, doesn't have a title or release date. Check out "White Fright" below.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Stream SpaceGhostPurrp's 'Mysterious Phonk' album

You've probably heard the name SpaceGhostPurrp bouncing around the blog-world. Another rapper in a growing collection of emerging names with otherworldly, eccentric beats straying more and more away from the typical hip-hop drone, and into the, well, Mysterious. Stream the brand new album in its entirety below.

The Walkmen on Fallon

Last night The Walkmen made their first run in a probable string of late night television performances supporting their new album Heaven, on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Check out the supreme title track below, along with a bonus performance of "The Love You Love."

New Sigur Rós video - Varúð

The latest from Sigur Rós's series of videos from Valtari, their latest album, comes the slow snowy buildup of "Varúð." While the video isn't much, the song sells it again, which is what you expect from the band. Strong, emotional buildup, crashing elements, and tears. Oh god the tears. Watch below.

New Four Tet - 128 Harps

The latest from Four Tet's steady stream of singles, "128 Harps," is the usual Hedben output; lush strings coupled with romantic contrast, lined up with subtle mechanics. Check out the stream below.

New Kanye West video - Mercy (ft. Big Sean, Pusha T, and 2 Chainz)

The first taste from Kanye's upcoming G.O.O.D. Music, "Mercy," the all-star laden single released back in April, has a new video to go along with it, featuring Big Sean, Pusha T, and 2 Chainz, along with Kid Cudi just off in the background. Check out the expensive looking video below.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

St. Vincent - Some Of Them Are Old (Brian Eno cover)

Annie Clark, who's beginning to earn a reputation for strong covers, recently performed this version of Brian Eno's "Some Of Them Are Old" in Paris. Check the cover below, filtered with a Mojave Desert imagery.

New Grizzly Bear - Sleeping Ute

The next in line of the gamut of highly-anticipated 2012 releases is Grizzly Bear's as-of-yet untitled follow up to 2010's standout Veckatimest. And for the first time, we can actually hear something from it. "Sleeping Ute," a Daniel Rossen-led track, is the first off the album (tracklist below), which is set for release September 18, via Warp.

  • Grizzly Bear (TBA) Tracklist
1.) Sleeping Ute
2.) Speak In Rounds
3.) Adelma
4.) Yet Again
5.) The Hunt
6.) Simple Answer
7.) What's Wrong?
8.) Gun Shy
9.) Half Gate
10.) Sun In Your Eyes

Monday, June 4, 2012

Albums of the Month: May 2012

Albums of the Month - May 2012

Without much question, May has been the standout month of 2012 in terms of new music. There have been quite a few masterful releases during the span, including the highly-anticipated Beach House and Sigur Ros albums. But just like last month, the most-expected releases didn't make my final three. Here are my three favorite albums from last month.

3.) Royal Headache (Self-Titled)
It's tough to say there's anything more to Royal Headache's self-titled reissue than conveniently well-packaged, murky garage rock. There's an inherit vagueness that plagues most of the lo-fi structure of the genre, meddling much of the West Sydney punk vocalist known as 'Shogun.' But despite the near-classic muffled choke of vocals, you can get an easy sense that there's more style thrown into the album than what the lo-fi template originally offered. Songs like "Down the Lane" and "Distant and Vague," despite following a fuzz-rush of garage punk tracks, stick to a soulful idea, sounding as eternally sweet as the other songs filter their vigor. The attachment is there, despite only 26 minutes of endurance to the album's more endearing finishers, culminating with "Honey Joy," the most sincere the band has ever sounded.

2.) Japandroids - Celebration Rock
There's a total vibrancy that comes with the exhausting youth that is Japandroids. Two men, Brian King and drummer David Prowse, sound bigger than themselves, parlaying echoed chorus in between energetic crashes, as they had on their previous release Post-Nothing. But with Celebration Rock (Insound), an album that follows much of the same structure (eight tracks, youthful sentiments), everything begins to resonate a little more. The fury is more clear, the emotions more bright and earnest. But what made Japandroids so profound in 2009 is the same in 2012; unhinged, accessible, and flourishing with potential.

1.) El-P - Cancer For Cure
It's not simply the verses for EL-P (Jaime Meline) that do him justice anymore, or since his last studio album, 2007's I'll Sleep When You're Dead. There's a chasm of industrial technique behind his Brooklyn-centric diatribes, not merely settling for dead-end typical hip-hop production. With the album's first half, culminating with all-star standout "Tougher Colder Killer" featuring Killer Mike and Despot, Cancer For Cure (Insound) kills as much with eye-popping verses as it does with claustrophobic metal beats. There's so much packed together within the first six tracks, that if it had stopped it there it would almost seem acceptable. But the songs continue to trek with sophistication unreal to the rest of modern hip-hop, spilling mind-out-of-matter lines from the alter egos that we, and El-P, understand.