Monday, February 28, 2011
"This is the 1st leak of my new album Returnof4eva (artwork by Eric Bailey) The song is called "Dreamin'" I produced the beat as well. I feel this is a perfect representation of my music at this exact moment in time bc it could have gone either way for me. This was all a dream a year ago. Now I am living out my dreams everyday.
This is a personal & special record to me & I hope it inspires you to follow your dreams like I did. Motion Family shot the video for this yesterday, That's coming soon. In the meantime, u can get the song & all updates from me at Returnof4eva.com"
- Big K.R.I.T.
Kanye and Mos Def were "surprise guests" @ the second of 2 consecutive Lupe Fiasco and Robert Glasper Experiment/Blue Note Jazz Club, NYC gigs. Towards the end of show #2 (Sat.), the G.O.O.D. Music founder/new signee pairing burst out onto the stage, starting to freestyle. Part of a larger "cypher," Kanye and Mos spit rhymes over an assortment of J Dilla "donuts" (beats). Mos had previously worked with Dilla on a variety of projects as part of The Soulquarians [Collective], and Kanye produced a beat on the [now-shelved] "Dilla/MCA album."
Lupe's Lasers is out March 4, 7, 8 and 23 in Australia, UK/France, US, and Japan respectively.
Sunday, February 27, 2011
Saturday, February 26, 2011
A truly "classic" on its own, the Vans Old Skool model has just become even more supreme. Formerly known as "Van Doren Rubber Co.," Vans has just unleashed a hybrid of old/new styles - the Old Skool (Street Style version). One of the brand's most recognizable shoes, Old Skool (Style #36) dates back to around 1977, features varied 2-tone leather color combos, a black/white rubber sole, and the now infamous "jazz [side]stripe." Plastered across the red back tag, it's unclear as to whether or not the "Street Style" logo actually pre-dated/followed the popular "Off the Wall turtle" design.
Moreover, this new model mashes-up the 2 throwback styles. Highlighted here in a green/black/white colorway, the BRAND NEW Vans Old Skool Street Style'd model is available now @ select retailers. One of these including Encino, CA's Primitive Shoes.
Friday, February 25, 2011
Here, we have the cover and first track sampling from TV on the Radio's new album, Nine Types of Light. The cover image was photographed by guitarist-producer/[new] Jane's Addiction "member," David Andrew Sitek. "Will Do" is the title of Track #1 off the April 12th release. One can assume that further details regarding the album's tracklist and accompanying tour will soon be forthcoming.
I really haven't been too into any TV on the Radio/side-band material since their 2004 release, Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes. A great collection of songs [by nearly all accounts, their "commercial break-through"], it was one of the first Indie albums that I really got into at a young age. Below, are a couple of my favourite tracks from that album - Desperate Youth Blood Thirsty Babes...
Earlier today, This Is 50 let loose this clever [yet brief] collaborative video-single. It marks the first Tony Yayo/Lil B joint track, following 6+ months-worth of rumblings concerning a Based God/G-Unit (50 Cent) team-up.
The track presented here was produced by Frank Dukes (Ghostface/Red Bull Big Tune '09 winner). "Based" is scheduled to appear on an upcoming Yayo mixtape - GPG3.
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Hangover 2 is scheduled to be released Memorial Day Weekend [May 26,] 2011. The "teaser trailer" above is supposedly going to start being looped along with new release, Hall Pass this coming Fri. Available, yet slight, info on the film is available here and here.
The latest addition to Stones Throw's ever-growing, Hip-Hop genre-straying roster are The Stepkids. Tim Walsh (drums), Jeff Gitelman (guitar), and Dan Edinberg (bass/keys) - 3 singer/songwriters - [along with live additions, Fred Dileone and Jesse Mann] make up the group.
Together crafting a brand of Psychedelic [Zappa-esque] Jazz/Folk Rock, the 3 core members have previously spent time touring with Alicia Keys, 50 Cent, Lauryn Hill, and Indie Punk band Zox, as well as recording commissioned music for movies/TV commercials.
The Stepkids join the likes of Stones Throw's varied genre signees (Tony Cook, James Pants, Mayer Hawthorne, Dâm-Funk, and Gary Wilson). Rumored 2011-12 additions also include Vex Ruffian, Bryant K., and the artist formerly known as "Danimals" - DJanimals.
The Stepkids' [limited edition] "Shadows On Behalf" / "La La" 12" will be released in April, with their self-titled Stones Throw debut LP to follow in the Fall.
A few other assorted tracks are available over @ the band's webpage, in the form of mp3 downloads and "cheap music videos."
Felt is the side-band of Slug (Atmosphere) and MURS (Living Legends). The 2 joined forces in about 2000, seemingly wanting to create more chill "Summer-time, girls and beer"-centric music. Since their inception, Felt has crafted/released 3 album-length "tributes" to B-List actresses: ...Christina Ricci (2002), ...Lisa Bonet (2005), and ...Rosie Perez (2009).
Each album also features a handful of tracks named after/mocking(?) other various celebrities, with each individual set fully helmed by a separate producer (The Grouch, Ant [Atmosphere], and Aesop Rock respectively).
Drifting from the B-List, Felt 4 is currently in-the-works... with a rumored title of "A Tribute to Heidi Fleiss."
Here, is a sampling of P.A.M. (Australia) and Stüssy's Spring/Summer 2011 collaboration, in the form of a lookbook. The inexpensive, DIY-looking photo set was shot by NYC-based photographer, Peter Sutherland. Artists/filmmakers Keegan Mchargue, Ari Marcopolous, Julia Chiang, and Clara Cullen served as "models."
The companies description of the Spring/Summer 2011 collection: "For the Stüssy capsule collection, P.A.M. graced a range of artfully modified separates with its signature captivating graphic touch in the form of bold polka dots and Roman iconography."
Pieces will be available in April, @ select P.A.M. (Someday)/Stüssy [chapter] stores.
This is the latest offering from Summer Camp; A nice little Pop gem, which can be obtained after joining the band's Mailing List. Jeremy Warmsley and Elizabeth Sankey plan to include the track on their [untitled, Summer 2011] full-length debut album. The [still] unsigned band worked with producer Steve Mackey (Pulp) - who has previously prod. for the likes of M.I.A., Florence + The Machine, Kelis, and DFA 1979 - on the collection.
Odd Future's Hodgy Beats and Mike G over Flying Lotus' "Camera Day." The same beat was also [previously] rapped over by Killer Mike (AKA: "Mike Bigga") and titled "Swimming." In it's previous incarnation, the track was featured as part of Adult Swim's "8 Singles, 8 Weeks" campaign (Week #3).
Chicago's Chip tha Ripper (CuDi's homebro) and Chuck Inglish (The Cool Kids) link up for the long-rumored Gift Raps. The project is the follow-up to their previous collaborations, "Fat Raps" and From Me, to You (EP #1)/a precursor to the "Pulled Over By the Cops" posse cut. Gift Raps has a release date of March 1st and is said to feature Sir Michael of The Rocks (Mikey Rocks), Tennille, and Boldy James. Chip/CuDi's collabo album, "The Almighty GloryUS" and The Cool Kids' When Fish Ride Bicycles will both [supposedly] be unleashed soon after.
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Confirming what Billboard had previously reported last Fri. [Feb. 18], The Cool Kids will release their major label debut album on a TBD Spring date. Teaming up with Green Label Sound/Mountain Dew, When Fish Ride Bicycles will drop on iTunes in the coming months... with a physical release soon thereafter.
"Bundle Up" is the first [promotional] single to be pulled from the long-awaited Chuck Inglish-prod. collection. Album #1 will follow it up as the first release issued under "The Green Label Sound/iTunes Experiment" umbrella.
"Named Turtle Jacket, the aluminium 'iPhone  camera case' contains UV filter, and is compatible with any 37mm lenses. The company also offers 60mm (for close up), 21mm (for long shot) and 8mm (for fish-eye-view). The two holes in the bottom are for tripod. The case is also compatible with other brands such as Manfrotto Modo. Paired with a camera strap, it looks almost like a digital camera."
Get some tricked-out, "old school"-style accessories to compliment the ACE-quality camera of the new iPhone 4; The Turtle Jacket, as well as a variety of lenses (Wide, Tele, and Fish Eye) are available over @ Turtleback.
Presenting... Episode #2 in the Highsnobiety TV/Money Making Jam Boys/10 Deep [web-]"series." In the piece, Dice Raw quickly details the group's inception and outlines each members' "role" in the overall group entity.
The Jam Boys' debut [album-length] mixtape, The Prestige: Jam Boy Magic is available now.
This may just the be weirdest, most nonsensical "interview" EVER! Maureen (an "average Jane") talks to J Mascis about the color purple, guests on the new album, hats, guitars, his [dis]like of fingerless gloves, and gets a tour of his home studio.
J's new [acoustic] solo album, Several Shades of Why, is out March 15th in the US (Sub Pop).
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
On April 12th, Atmosphere and [label] Rhymesayers will release the long-awaited The Family Sign. The Minnesota MC/beatsmith duo's Album #7 will also feature keyboard/guitar work from Erick Anderson and Nate Collis respectively.
"Just for Show" is the first taste of Slug and Ant's new project - Their first full-length since 2008's When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Sh!t Gold (excluding a 2010 tour-exclusive "double EP").
Slug recently gave Pitchfork a unique look into the album's creation/backstory, via a Feb. 7th "featured interview." Atmosphere are currently on a US trek dubbed "The Family Tour," which will run through June.
Earlier today, Jack Davey♀ and Brook D'Leau♂ unleashed their latest effort - Evil Christian Cop: The Great Mistapes (Part 2).
The boy/girl duo previously released a collection of 2 EP's, The Beauty In Distortion/The Land of The Lost (2008), along with Dec. 2009's Boudoir Synema: The Great Mistapes (Part 1).
While it's still yet to be determined if the 2 mixtapes/EP's together create one concurrent story, Part 2 indeed features a Nevermind-era Nirvana cover and 4 additional tracks.
J*DaVeY are currently on tour with Blu; The NeWest [US] Tour runs through early April. Along with producers Greg Wells, ?ustlove, and Khari Farrai, the band is prepping their Warner Bros. debut ["New Designer Drug"] for a TBD Summer 2011 release.
Puma has created a new pair of sneakers in collaboration with the deceased designer's brand, billed as "Alexander McQueen for Puma." fairly self-explanatory, the grey leather sneakers feature 2 "twisted" yellow/brown/grey curved segments, in-layed with lemon yellow stitching.
Now available @ Browns (Note: Italian sizes).
Monday, February 21, 2011
Together, James Brooks and Josh Clancy make up Elite Gymnastics. The Minneapolis duo's Facebook page list their brand of Club-inspired Chill-Wave as "SLIME." The [companion] Elite Gymnastics MySpace page describes the band's sound as: "ROBERT DE NIRO IN "HEAT."" and "If Albert Einstein(INTP) and Michael Jordan(ENFJ) started a band."
"WΛKΛ" is included on their most recent release GIZZARD GREENS V.2. It also features a track titled "GΛGΛ" - A "Paparazzi" cover. James and Josh have released 3 additional 2-4 tracks Digital-EP's (NEU! '92, GIZZARD GREENS V.1, and REAL FRIENDS) since their Summer 2009 inception; FreEP's including Cheryl Crow/Rusko x Caribou/Jim Jones(?) covers, album/track artwork, original tracks, and download-able PDF booklets.
Grab the gaggle of tracks [as well as album art, videos, Pop Culture nuances, etc.] over @ the band-run "Psychadelic sUrf clUb" tumblr page.