Sunday, July 31, 2011

J. Cole - Any Given Sunday #1 (Extended Play)

1. "Like a Star" - Was saving this for the 2nd album. Due to some other shit beyond my control, I'ma let this out now.

2. "Knock On Wood" - One of my fav. freestyles. OG Dreamvillains gotta be reminded, new fans gotta get put on.

3. "Pity" - BRAND NEW... J. Cole, Omen & Voli. Produced by Voli @VoliTheEntity.

4. "How High?" - At one point, this was "guaranteed" to go on The Sideline Story.

5. "Unabomber" - Just heard this today for the first time in a longgg time. Love these raps!

Every Sunday til the album drops, I'll be back with something. Maybe just 1 song, maybe a video, depending on how I'm feeling. [Cole World: The Sideline Story will be released] September 27! We almost there. Until then...

Love all y'all,
"Cole World" @ Dreamvillian


Saturday, July 30, 2011

Skrillex Tour Video-graphy ("Rock N Roll")

"It's been a wild year for the Los Angeles Electro-Dubstep DJ Skrillex: He's performed and collaborated with Korn, toured with rave-master deadmau5, and released a handful of club-wrecking EP's, including June's More Monsters and Sprites EP. In his new clip for the buzzy, party-starting track "Rock N Roll (Will Take You to the Mountain)" -- his first official video -- the man born Sonny Moore documents his wild life on the road. Check it out here.
"There were too many good times to choose from," Skrillex says of piecing this video together. By the looks of it, he's right: "Rock N Roll" features all sorts of backstage high-jinx, including a seemingly endless flow of booze consumption and hang time with [Tommy Lee, A-Trak, Rusko, Datsik,] Steve Aoki, deadmau5, Jonathan Davis & James "Munky" Shaffer (Korn)... [Diplo, The Bloody Beetroots, Benga, and 12th Planet]. But the most visceral moments are those that capture Skrillex's notoriously unhinged live shows, especially shots of Moore stage-diving headfirst into adoring crowds. Hot!"

- SPIN's Kevin O'Donnell (June 22)

Cults x Menahan Street Band - "Go Outside" (Remix)

In essence, Menahan Street Band is a collective ensemble Super-Group of El Michels Affair, Budos Band, Dap-Kings [Sharon Jones], Antibalas, Charles Bradley, and "Mark Ronson;" All concurrently active under Daptone Records... an indie Funk-Soul label, established by Gabriel Roth & Neal Sugarman in 2001 (Brooklyn).
Backed by a string of 7" singles, Menahan Street Band released their full-length debut -- Make the Road By Walking -- in Fall 2008. Of that record's 10 contained tracks, 3+ were soon thereafter sampled by artists like Jay-Z, KiD CuDi, Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, and Curren$y... Flipping "Make the Road By Walking," "The Traitor," and "Tired of Fighting" - respectively.

"Menahan Street Band make a grandiose return with their latest release. Led by a hypnotic, haunted ukulele and intersected by thick, sorrowful hornlines - "The Crossing," a dark, powerful slab of Down-Tempo Soul conjures moods both reflective and triumphant... A loose, languid swing eases you into the warm, tropical vibe of "Every Day a Dream." Punctured by swirling organ and reinforced by the steady breeze of the rhythm section, this song develops into the soundtrack for summer cocktails and easy livin.'"

- Daptone Records 45 (July 2011)

Friday, July 29, 2011

Lady GaGa for Shark Week #25 ("Teeth")

Woodshop 101 with AJ Fosik ("Black Tongue")

G.) Does your favourite Sludge Metal band have a colorful sense of humor... with track titles like: "Blasteroids," "Curl of the Burl," "Dry Bone Valley," and "Stargasm?"

N.) Would they dare commission a modern-day "Renaissance Man" [wood carver] to design their latest album cover?

A.) Have they worked alongside producer, Mike Elizondo? (Eminem, Fiona Apple, 50 Cent - "In da Club," Nelly Furtado)

R.) Would they be oh so "kind" [naive] as to cast a troupe of violence-prone Muppets puppets in their latest music video? @ "Deathbound"

L.) Has their drummer [Brann Dailor] ever dressed up like a "Punk Rock Mr. Rodgers" for the sake of a 30-second video intro bit?

Y.) Is their frontman [Brent Hinds] a full-time carpenter... and active member of 2 separate Surfabilly/Acoustic Hobo-sexual side-projects?

Mastodon - The Hunter (Sept. 27th) is a "jump-on-your-bed, get naked, and go streaking kind of record... It's just fucking awesome!" Brent Hinds told SPIN back in May.
Limited Edition Packages are now available for pre-order @ Mastodon Rocks.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Hoodie Allen, Post #2 (Leap Year)

For all intensive purposes, this is a "follow-up post" of sorts. What, you ask is it in fact following up? Show of hands - Anyone recall the "Real Talk with Hoodie Allen & Patrick ("Pllllat") Meehan" Interview posted roughly a week or 2 ago? Hopefully it's been picked up on by now... But the centerpiece of THIS post is actually Leap Year. Yes, that's the mixtape that Hoodie Allen spoke of during the interview segment with Mr. "Pllllat" Meehan.
Leap Year was quietly "leaked" to Soundcloud @ 12pm of July 26th. I think Hoodie himself captured the important, yet fun-loving "Summery" vibe of the album in a recent [pre-release] blog post: "i'll be real with you... i haven't been sleeping well. i'm just so anxious/nervous/excited to release [leap year] on tuesday. it's been about 6 months in-the-making. i feel like i've put my whole soul into the record and definitely leave myself pretty exposed to criticism both personally and musically. worried about how some special records will be received. but i also know that i 100% believe in it and that's also exciting... maybe i'm just nervous that there are only seemingly 2 results after releasing it. (1.) it exceeds my expectations, and my life starts to become [legitimately] different... or (2.) it's underwhelming and i feel like i'm trapped in a rut. either way, i'll be looking at a different world for myself and that's always an interesting crossroads to be at."

* After surfing a bit through today's Twitter News Feed(s), I learned that @HoodieAllen was in the process of tallying tumblr, Facebook, and Twitter comments... in an effort to determine the Top 3 Fan Favourite Tracks. The count ended up showing that "#WhiteGirlProblems," "James Franco," and "Song for an Actress" were indeed the front-runners. Hoodie said that he will, in turn, create music videos for Leap Year's assorted tracks... based off the numbers above. ["I think I'm gonna try to make as many videos as possible for Leap Year. Maybe I should make a movie."]


Frankensteez & The A-Z's - "Mister Jason Has a Posse"/"Skeleton Key"

"Mister Jason Has a Posse"

1.) At its most simplistic element, a sly Andre the Giant [Has a Posse]/OBEY sticker campaign nod.
2.) On the more "complex" side of things, the track is essentially an A-Z Posse Cut; A practice which seems to have "grown out of style," the collective, round-about artform was once mastered by a number of 80's Hip-Hop acts.
The 26 various MC's featured within "Mister Jason Has a Posse" - in Alphabetical order - are: Akrobatik, Bad Newz, Checkmark, D-Tension, Esoteric, Forcefeeld, Edo G, Masstapeace, Indy Jonez (I.D.), Jaysaun, Falsehood, Moe Pope, Nabo Rawk, Oak Lonetree, Q-Unique, Reks, Slaine, Termanology, Dizzy [Ugly Duckling], Thirstin Howell III, Will C, YZ & J-Zone... each spitting roughly 4 bars.

"Frankensteez" is Mister Jason (Dr. Frankensteez)'s latest "solo" effort, of sorts... as it additionally showcases the talents of K-No Supreme (The Monster) - raps and Rain (Ygor) - co-producer/DJ/engineer. Himself a part of Boston's Porn Theater Ushers, Jason has had the loose idea for a Frankenstein-themed LP in-the-works since about 2004, with real, earnest effort going in hard for the last 2-3 years. Listed on their Facebook page, some of the trio's more interesting "Influences" include: Van Halen, Slayer, Bob Dylan, Bomb Squad [Public Enemy], Donovan, Bob Moog, Neil Young, Blue Note 1966-74... Greek, Bollywood, Johnny Cash, Turkish, Circle Jerks, and The Pogues. Frequent news updates and album ordering info are available over @ Frankeensteez's Facebook.

Weird Clothing with tAz Arnold & DRx. ("The Americans")

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Stereogum's Pretty "ST(R)OKED" About This Is It's 10-Year Anniversary

As a 23-year-old recently graduated college student... who's being thrust into the "real job" force, I feel "old" sometimes. It doesn't help that I'm slowly but surely losing my hair and everything around me just seems to be changing @ a rapid pace. An avid music fan, lately I've been hearing a lot about Popular album anniversaries - Records that have achieved "classic" status within the span of my lifetime. This makes me feel a tad bit older... but @ the same time, it's comforting to revisit a handful of the first records I really got into as a kid-teenager.
The Strokes' debut album (Is This It) was first released Across the Pond [UK] with the original "Spinal Tap - Smell the Glove"-esque artwork fully intact on August 27, 2001. As usual, it was then released @ a later date in The States [USA]... In lieu of 9/11, Is This It was finally liberated in Oct. of 2001; Omitting "New York City Cops" for obvious reasons and packaged with alternate artwork.

"Back when Is This It was released, everyone was going crazy over how much The Strokes sounded like [Velvet Underground], Television, and Iggy & The Stooges. But to me, there first single "Last Nite" always felt like a Beatles song. The way the rhythmic elements always stay out of the way of the vocal, that one note guitar line a la George Harrison, even Julian's vocal has that combo of snotty grit and melody that reminds of Lennon. But beyond all that, the reason it really feels like a Beatles song is the structure. It's classic, early Beatles-Lennon, and an approach to Pop [music] structure that still hasn't really been tapped into.
There's no clear verse or chorus, just one main hook and melody. The only other section is a short bridge, that really just acts as a kind of propeller for the main melody, giving it the momentum it needs to come back over and over and over again. That's good Pop [music]! And of course the middle 8 is replaced by a guitar solo because, well, they're The Strokes. For our cover, we turned that structure on its head. The sections still occur in the same order, but we have re-imagined them. The main "Last Nite" melody/lyric becomes a proper verse, and the section that used to be a short bridge becomes the proper chorus/hook. At the end, everything intersects with each other and we have a melodic party. Pretty fun, right?"

- Chris Chu (the morning benders)

Much thanks due to my buddy Kev's earnest research, a few additional landmark releases with upcoming "birthdays" were uncovered: Sublime - Sublime (15 July 30th), Soundgarden - Badmotorfinger (20 August 10th), Pearl Jam - Ten (20 August 27th), and Nirvana - Nevermind (20 Sept. 24th). Last week, SPIN let loose a free download of "Newermind:" Nirvana Tribute Mixtape online... complete with a new Nevermind-centric issue of the print magazine. In a similar vein, the good people over @ Stereogum assembled their own batch of Indie bands and had them record their takes on The Strokes' album tracks; The result - "STROKED: A Tribute to Is This It," which includes: Peter Bjorn & John, the morning benders, Chelsea Wolfe, Heems (Das Racist), and Wise Blood. The complete, 11-track deep covers album can be downloaded and experienced [read] in full over @ Stereogum.

The Flaming Lips with Lightning Bolt 12" EP

Sunday, July 24, 2011

"Beavis & Butt-Head Clearwater Revival" (Comic-Con Trailer)

* White Zombie - "I Am Hell"_CD Single

It was the year "1997" - a brisk November day, in fact... A sad day for television, Pop Culture, and the world alike; For unknown reasons, MTV had cancelled [The Chronicles of] Beavis & Butt-Head. After an honorable 200 episode run, "America's Favourite Idiots" were now cast off into the oblivion of space/time. Series creator, Mike Judge then got involved in a number of mediocre [in comparison] projects: Daria, Airheads, King of The Hill, Office Space, and Beavis & Butt-Head Do America, as well as minor "acting roles" and cameo appearances.
Fast-forward to the present (Summer 2011): After years of desire-filled rumblings, the MTV Execs. have finally fished their heads of out their asses... Resurrecting Beavis & Butt-Head from the dead! While details are still scarce, it seems as though Judge has grown tired of King of The Hill - A show which in all honesty, has seen its better days.

FRESH Beavis & Butt-Head (2.0) episodes are scheduled to premier during MTV's Fall 2011 Line-Up [October]. The 2 teenagers will remain the same age that they were during their original run... nearly 15 years ago! Since then, they've been come even more size-able "Pop Culture Icons." Instead of giving their opinions on Popular 90's music videos... This time around, Beavis & Butt-Head will riff about Jersey Shore, Lady GaGa, UFC fights, amateur YouTube videos, review current movies, and knock more of MTV's own staple programming.
The nearly 5 minute-long preview gloriously featured above was unveiled by Mike Judge himself @ this year's annual Comic-Con (San Diego). Titled "Holy Cornholio," the selected episode scenes... which are executed in Judgemental Films' signature "sketchy" style, house a number of classic hi-jinx. - "Beavis screwing his hand" with a G.I. Joe and the resulting ER trip. As Beavis & Butt-Head aimlessly wonder through the hospital halls, they run into new parents, whimpering "cripples," and even cloaked members of a cult. As Beavis morphs into "The Great Cornholio" [from prescribed drugs], the cult mistakes him as their new messiah. They then stock-pile massive amounts of TP for his bung-hole... Stay tuned to Your Local MTV Network! - OCTOBER '11, KIDDIES!!!

Kendrick Lamar & Johnathan Rivera - "Violin Freestyle"

Just a few days ago (July 21st), while walking the dark streets of Union Square, New York City... Kendrick Lamar & Co. just so happened to run into one Johnathan Rivera. Lamar then proceeded to jump in on Rivera's impromptu busked [Classical] riffs - Flipping a raw, endearing freestyle over top. The result has been dubbed "Violin Freestyle" and is indeed an extremely original, DIY experience. Pay attention @ the end of the video, as Kendrick and Johnathan [seemingly] trade contact info... So, stay tuned for more recordings on the horizon from the FRESH pair!

Johnathan Rivera ("hahagofetch") @ Facebook.
Kendrick Lamar @ Twitter.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

R&B Crooner Amy Winehouse "Kicks the Bucket"

Special Correspondent @rickyrozay put it best: "Wanted to collab w/ Amy Winehouse... R.I.P. - Smoking 1 in your memoryyy!!"
The Internet, music industry Twitter, and myself were [personally] saddened to learn that British R&B Songstress, Amy Winehouse passed away today @ the tender age of 27; Not unlike fellow Forever 27 Club "inductees" Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain, Jim Morrison, Brian Jones (Rolling Stones), and Janis Joplin.
Jewish-raised Amy Jade Winehouse burst onto the scene in 2006 with the release of her sophomore album, Back to Black. Its Salaam Remi-produced predecessor (Frank) was released 4 years earlier and garnered much critical success, but essentially "flew under the radar." Back to Black, which was jointly produced by Remi and DJ Mark Ronson, ushered in a throwback Doo-Wop lending sound with help from The Dap-Kings. The complete album would go on to win 5 Grammys and rack up some 10 million+ units sold.

While everyone's familiar with instant Winehouse hits like: "Rehab," "You Know I'm No Good," "Valerie," "Back to Black," "Cupid," and "Love Is a Losing Game" - Her eventual mass success was often marred by drug addictions, alcohol woes, domestic disputes, cancelled tour dates, brawls, breakouts, and countless arrests, as well as various health/medical issues. During her short career, Winehouse paved the way for like-minded alternative artists like, Adele, Duffy, "El Michels Affair" (Dap-Kings), Janelle Monáe, Mayer Hawthorne, Florence + The Machine, Bruno Mars, La Roux, and even [seemingly] influencing Christina Aguliera.
Prior to the event of her untimely death, Winehouse successfully completed a rehab stint and was reportedly hard @ work on "Album #3". New collaborators included/were set to include but not limited to: ?uestlove, D'Angelo, Tony Bennett, Q-Tip, Raphael Saadig... and of course, Ronson/Remi. Amy Winehouse's last active release was a cover of Lesley Gore's 1963 hit, "It's My Party" - Produced by friend Mark Ronson and featured on Quincy Jones' compilation album, Q: Soul Bossa Nostra.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Robert Lopuski Documents Kanye & Jay-Z Album

Ever wonder what the "average day off" entails for a Hip-Hop Mogul/jet-setter? Imagine no more because director-photographer, Robert Lopuski has now documented and released [10 minutes-worth] of behind-the-scenes Kanye & Jay-Z footage. Filmed in a number of 5-star hotel rooms and private estates, from Sydney-New York City... The short-film documents Jay-Z's birthday dinner, the pair vibing out to their own recorded tracks * [with Russell Crowe], haircuts, scenic landscapes, earnestly writing/recording Watch the Throne, pick-up basketball games, artwork layouts, and more; All littered with still photographs, album cut previews, and archival Roc-Nation footage throughout.

* Aziz Ansari @ Letterman (2009): "I'm one of the first people to get there and I walk into [Kanye's] house... and I hear 808's & Heartbreak playing, which is HIS album. And I walk in and he's just sitting in his living room, just like bobbing his head like, Bum, boom, bum. And I was like, "Hey Kanye, are you sitting in your OWN house, bobbing your OWN head to your OWN music!?" And he goes, "Yeah, these beats are dope!" ha ha. And I was like, "Well, ya know, that'd be like if your came over to my house and I had my stand-up album [Intimate Moments for a Sensual Evening] on and was like, "Hahaha... These jokes are dope!""

The King of Pop - "Rock with You" (1979)

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Kyle Rapps & Nate G. Flip Air (French-men) for New Mixtape

"New Jersey/Harlem-based Indie rapper, Kyle Rapps & producer Nate G. craft upcoming mixtape made up ENTIRELY of Air [French Electronic duo] samples."
Simply reads like an oddly-structured sentence and idea, for that matter... But with that said, I'm really looking forward to hearing the final outcome of this project. Be sure to stay tuned, as the afore-mentioned Kyle Rapps mixtape ("On Air") will see a proper release this coming Fall Equinox.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Pusha T & Tyler, The Creator "Bring da Ruckus"

"omg god. you guys have no fucking idea. like, this is crazy. im a legit stan. and the beat. pharrell was fucking with some drums and i was like, "do this and that, use this, add your voice with that UHHH sound." then he did some keys and i was like, "nah, do the other way." then chad did the guitar part. then i told chad to "add something, like brass or some shit," he added the horns. then i went and added the strings, cus i thought it was missing something. pharrell had a flight to catch so he left, and chad went in the other room. so, i arranged the ["trouble on my mind"] instrumental in pro-tools how i wanted to rap to it, just with the strings during the hook, and yeah..."

- Tyler, The Creator x The Neptunes

Kanye & Jay-Z Flip "Otis" [Redding]

Jay-Z & Kanye - DIRTY_"Otis"

Watch the Throne's out the week of August 1-6 and here's the first single! The CD-Q [digital] single version of "Otis" is coming August 1st. Debuted by Jay-Z @ Life+Times earlier this fine evening.
The sample flipped here is Otis Redding - "Try a Little Tenderness" (1966) * and Riccardo Tisci designed the accompanying cover artwork. Meka has the tracklist/prod. credits over @ 2dopeboyz... and if you like what you see/hear, pre-order 1 of 4 various packages; Priced from $11.99-16.99.

TEKSTartist Draws Pepper's "Wake Up"

Kailua-Kona, HI's very own Pepper commissioned visual artist TEKSTartist to design their latest music video; Essentially ["high-speed"] scribbling down the lyrics to the Reggae/Ska-tinged "Wake Up," in the end a stylized PEPPER logo is revealed. Bret, Kale & Yesod are currently touring the country [USA] as part of Vans Warped Tour 2011. Catch the band on stage from June 24-August 3, with additional [Pepper] Tour dates to follow - through early Oct.
TEKSTartist's pieces can be viewed/purchased over @ Myshopify. "Every line in every piece is a letter from a word from a sentence that means something to the piece." Contact the mysterious artist known as "TEKST" by means of phone: 760-687-9994 or email: and be sure to mosey on over to his personal YouTube Channel.

Riveting "Gunplay" with Beastie Boys (1989)

Earlier this morning, I was part of a surprisingly well-versed Beastie Boys conversation... @ work (Shop Rite), of all places. Topic of interest: The sheer AWESOME-ness that is "Looking Down the Barrel of a Gun." Having always been a personal favourite of mine, it was the sole fleshed out "full band" track on The Beasties' sophomore album - Paul's Boutique (1989). What is now widely considered to be their "Magnum Opus," the record featured some 105 Dust Brothers-found sample sources [songs] and was essentially a "commercial failure" @ first. Because of sample clearance rules/laws established since its release, Paul's Boutique would be EXTREMELY expensive to make in this day & age. For all intensive purposes, this album is most definitely in my Top 5... and with that said, it deserves a lengthier, more in-depth post of its own. Stay tuned!

Now, back to "Looking Down the Barrel of a Gun" - For those who don't know, The Beasties started out as a Hardcore Punk band (NYC 1981-83) and are very talented musicians; Ad-Rock on guitar, Mike D on drums, and MCA on bass. Aside from the Kerry King (Slayer) solo ["No Sleep till Brooklyn"], their commercial debut, License to Ill, featured little-no live instrumentation. Even with its chugging, Heavy Metal/Punk riffs, "'Barrel of Gun" also showcased a number of short samples: Incredible Bongo Band - "Last Bongo In Belgium," Pink Floyd - "Time," Mountain - "Mississippi Queen" @ 1:50, and Ocean - "Put Your Hand In the Hand."

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Wiz Khalifa, Curren$y & Big Sean Team-Ups (Unreleased)

Not an excess of information available here, by any means... But here's 2 cuts released [without prior announcement] by @RealWizKhalifa through Twitter... over the course of the past 2 days. Both "Flowers" and "O.T.T.R." seem to be Wiz tracks, billing Curren$y & Big Sean as "feat." - with beats produced by Big Jerm.
While details regarding date(s) recorded and album placement(s) are still rather "hazy," the parties involved have worked together in various facets: First on Curren$y & Wiz's collaborative mixtape, How Fly (Summer 2009). Big Sean featured Curren$y on a recent mixtape track, "Five Bucks (5 On It)," along with Chip tha Ripper. Wiz was later featured on "High" with Chiddy Bang, from Finally Famous [The Album]. Wiz-Curren$y have a long history... appearing together on a few Khalifa mixtape/album tracks ("Rooftops," "Glass House," and "Friendly").

M83 Unveil Double LP's Lead Single ("Midnight City")

Earlier today, Los Angeles' very own French import, Anthony Gonzalez (M83), released a handful of details about his upcoming [double] album; Hurry Up, We're Dreaming will see an Oct. 18th release by way of Mute. CD1 Track #1 - "Midnight City," which features smooth, Dream-Pop harmonies and a sax solo, was unveiled... along with the 22-song deep tracklist/titles. Surf on over to ILoveM83, enter your email address, and unlock an mp3 download of "Midnight City" by sharing a little "promo blip" via either Facebook or Twitter.

Anthony Gonzalez - "Midnight City"

Although it will [presumably] be a good while before more record tracks are heard by "the masses," album features are set to include: Justin Meldal-Johnsen (Beck, NIN, Mars Volta) behind the boards, Zola Jesus, Brad Laner (Medicine) on guitar, and Morgan Kibby... When talking "influences" in a recent press release, Anthony Gonzalez cites Smashing Pumpkins' 1995 2LP-spanning Mellon Collie & The Infinite Sadness: "I saw when I was a teenager, that I could dig into [the album]. It was like a treasure! If I were a teenager nowadays, I would try to find something as creative as this album. They had so much to say in their songs." Gonzalez revealed a few further details in 2 recent interviews - SPIN on June 26th and Pitchfork from Nov. 2010.

Beastie Boys & Santigold: A Spike Jonze Action (Figure) Film

"K people, please get ready for the World Premiere of the [Official Full-Length, Ultra HD & Explicit Director's Cut] music video/short film for "Don't Play No Game That I Can't Win."
Though no Yeti's were harmed in the making of this video... Please remember, that there are some scenes that are a rugged and raw depiction of a world that is at times violent, and even frightening.
That being said, please heat up the butter and the popcorn, sit back and enjoy.
Directed By: Spike Jonze and Written By: Adam Yauch (Oscilloscope). We hope you have fun."

- El Bando

Monday, July 18, 2011

Washed Out - "Eyes Be Closed" (video-single)

While Ernest Greene is indeed the thinly-veiled frontman behind pioneering "Chill-Wave" act Washed Out, he's most definitely NOT featured within this most recent video release. The [visual] follow-up to what was originally released as a free digital download, "Eyes Be Closed" [now] plays out like a cycle-led trip through the future.
The mysterious "girl behind the 'bars" is actually Fashion Model/Actress, Coco Young; Under the direction of Timothy Saccenti + Alan Bibby, she rides through a number of lush, scenic landscape backdrops. Washed Out (Greene)'s official "debut" long-player, Within and Without, was recently released on Sub Pop-Domino... and is currently available @ Your Friendly Neighborhood Record Store.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Zombie Gang (Squid) - "Tu Come la Scheiße y Mourir"

At its primal core, Zombie Gang is much like a broke, early version of Wu-Tang Clan; One large collective that can easily be broken down into smaller groups (Awkward Silence), solo acts (Squid, i2i, T-Cannon), and works well in various alternative formations. Millville/Vineland, NJ's finest, ZG is also similar to Wu-Tang in the respect that they're already working on a gaggle of projects - Concurrently prepping an untitled "Killa Beez"-esque Zombie Gang mixtape, "Hair & The Hatter" debut mixtape & "The Complete Scissorhandz Collection" (Awkward Silence)... "Lyrical Mindfuck" (i2i), untitled Squid mixtape, T-Cannon solo, "Dollar Menu" tape?, and a miscellaneous Pauly Patey effort?
The erroneously-titled "Tu Come la Scheiße y Mourir" was unleashed via YouTube over the weekend and is technically * a Squid [-feat. Dollar & i2i] track. Edited/produced by Dylan & Company, "Tu Come"'s primary sample source is Aceyalone - "All for U," an RJD2 Production lifted from the pair's 2006 joint LP (Magnificent City). When questioned about the running background chatter, Dylan [eloquently] said: "It's "You eat shit and die!" in Spanish, German & French." [Then] the chorus is me saying "wrist, fist" in Spanish lol."

Zombie Gang

Awkward Silence = Dylan Sutherland ["Dollar"] & Pauly Patey
"Squid" = Nick Curio
"i2i" = Joel Lozano, Jr.
"T-Cannon" = Terrance Cannon

* "EAT SHIT & DIE" is the first sampling of Squid's upcoming untitled mixtape. Stay tuned @ Zombie Gang's Social Mediums: Facebook, ZombieGangTV Channel & Twitter's @ZombieGangBang - for further release details on the Zombie Gang collective's various releases.

Theophilus London Discusses the Importance of "Girls, Girls & $" (Money)

After releasing a string of successful mixtapes and digi-singles, Theophilus London is finally readying his debut long-player titled, Timez Are Weird These Days. The Brooklyn by way of London (Trinidad) native worked with a wide array of artists composed of: Dave Sitek (TV on the Radio), Jokke, John Hill, Liz Lee, Sara Quin (Tegan & Sara), KREAYSHAWN, Holly Miranda, Solange [Knowles], Ariel Rechstshaid, Devonte Hynes, and Playboy's Christina Curry.
"Girls Girls $" is the latest in a stream of recent promotional singles... This including: "I Stand Alone" [How to Make It (Trailer)], "Field of Dreams," "Century Girl," "LAST NAME LONDON," "Flying Overseas," and "Why Even Try?" The companion video clip for "Girls Girls $" premiered over @ Vulture back on Wed. the 13th. I'll let Mr. Theophilus London himself explain the rest...

"This video * was built on the hype and importance of the Internet. NYC legends and hotspots, Twitter personalities, quotes, and everything hyped - weather good or bad. I was intrigued by this character my friend Ben Solomon had on his avatar ["King Solomon"] and approached him via Twitter and email to talk about a concept. He came over [and] we sketched out a few things and brainstormed. This is the modern-day Waldo... Can [you] spot anyone? #isityou?"

* Illustrated by Tim Walkiewicz (OG Artwork), Animated by Nate Kim, and Produced by Ben Solomon. Pick up a copy of Timez Are Weird These Days, when it's released this coming Tues. July 19th. And be sure to hit up Theophilus London @ his assorted Social Mediums.

N.O.R.E. & Pharrell Love College ("Like the Way")

Friday, July 15, 2011

What Stephen Malkmus Wants... Is Another Word for "Blowjob." (Matador Records)

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks' long-rumored collaboration with Beck (Mirror Traffic), will finally see a wide release this coming August 23rd. The Jicks laid down a set of 15 tracks with Beck behind the boards [producer], way back in the early part of 2010. When Malkmus went on tour with a re-united and now defunct Pavement (Sept.-Nov. 2010), the completed recordings were imminently shelved.
Now back on track and currently in midst of a promotional jaunt, "Senator" has been unleashed as Mirror Traffic's lead single. There's one small problem though... The catchy refrain @ the track's forefront ["I know what the senator wants - What the senator wants is a blowjob."] isn't exactly "kosher" for radio-play by FCC standards, that is. Hitting this minor "speed bump," SM & The Matador Records Camp have now enlisted fan help; Starting a contest of-sorts, appropriately dubbed "Help Stephen Malkmus write a song."

Further details straight from Patrick @ Matador: "Come up with a replacement for the word "blowjob" that radio stations can air. Stephen will sing the winning entry for the radio single when we send it to stations @ the end of September. PLUS, you'll win a one-of-a-kind 7″ single featuring your version of "Senator" on one side, and the original version on the flip – the rarest Matador release ever. Deadline for entries: August 23/Winner TBA: September 15." Send contest submissions and pre-order Mirror Traffic over @ The "Senator" mirco-site.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Blink-182's Comeback Single ("Up All Night")

"12:30 @ night here in los angeles. sitting on the floor of my hotel room, listening to the first mix of the first track to come back from the new [blink-182] album. stoked beyond words to be listening to new music from our band... on the OTHER side of the creative process. listening to the songs not to figure out what and if it needs more of. listening just to hear the music. i love ["up all night"] and the mixer did a great job - it sounds amazing. i can’t wait until this album * comes out, and i hope that when it does you all are as excited as i am... sitting here by myself in the middle of the night, cross-legged on the floor of a hotel room, with headphones on, listening to ["up all night"] over and over. thank you for supporting our band. blink-182 life, for life."

- Mark Hoppus @ Young Heezy

* Final mixes of Blink-182's new album are due into Interscope-Geffen-A&M July 31st. The still-untitled record has been in-the-works since Blink's post-Grammys (2009) reunion. An album title "Neighborhoods," release date Sept. 27nd, specs, music video, etc. have been selected and will be announced VERY SHORTLY - Stay tuned! Blink-182 & My Chemical Romance are currently on tour (August-Nov.) with Manchester Orchestra, Rancid, Against Me!, and Matt & Kim. Honda Civic [2011] Tour dates and tickets can be viewed/purchased over here.

Wais P - Random Pimp EP (mixtape)

Wais P (The Pimp) was so "inspired" by Random Axe's [Black Milk, Guilty Simpson & Sean Price] recently-released debut LP, that he essentially remixed and flipped Tracks #1-7. This including: "Zoo Drugs" (Instrumental), "Random Call," "Black Ops," "Chewbacca," "The Hex," "Understand This," and "Everybody, Nobody, Somebody." All Black Milk productions, Wais P generated new concepts (fresh blood) into the beats and even [slightly] re-named each track, for all intensive purposes.
It should also be of note that the front and back covers are basically flipped Old-School images of Marilyn Monroe fanning skrillz [ca$h] and rockin' a swimsuit. @SeanMandela (Sean Price) has already co-signed the tape... Tweeting, "@waisthep YOU FUCKIN CRAZY B #SALUTE ON RANDOM PIMP PIMPIN.'" and then (again) later, "@waisthep IM A SQUARE FROM DELAWARE WHO RAP GOOD LMAO!!" Simply head on over to DJ Booth to download the complete Random Pimp EP (mixtape) and Marilyn cover(s).

Shabazz Palaces - "bronny on a breakaway" (bop hard)

Shabazz Palaces is the latest artistic vehicle of one Ishmael ("Butterfly") Butler, sometimes alternatively referred to as "Palaceer Laz[aro]." To paraphrase Butler himself, the only known member of the group: "Everybody that's in it is the same. We don't really say names, who did what. It's just really... about the final product. There's no credits on the album [Five W's], because we just don't feel like that's the point." While interviews and press contact are scarce, Palaceer Lazaro and company -- THEESatisfaction (backing vocals), Blood (record mixer), and Knife Knights (producer) -- seem to be warming up to mild media/fan attention.
"Butterfly" is/was previously a member of both Digable Planets and Cherrywine. Linking up with "Doodlebug" and "Ladybug Mecca" in 1992, Digable Planets were originally active until 1995 and then re-formed in Winter 2005... The group's feature-less Jazz/Funk-sampling 1993 debut, Reachin' (A New Refutation of Time and Space), spawned 1 wildly successful hit single - "Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)." After releasing 1 album with his Hip-Hop/Blues effort, Cherrywine, Butler formed Shabazz Palaces around 2009. Their discography includes 2 self-released EP's (Of Light & Shabazz Palaces/Eagles Soar, Oil Flows)... As well as their just-released, critically acclaimed major label debut for Sub Pop - Black Up. "bronny on a breakaway," showcased here, is an Exclusive iTunes Bonus Track.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

"Henry Rollins Beats Up a Fan" (The Weeknd)

Over the course of this past weekend, Abel Tesfaye ("The Weeknd") posted a 30-second grainy, amateur video @ his personal XO Til We Overdose blogspace; Within is a clip of a roughly mid-80's Black Flag era Henry Rollins... knocking out an unruly fan. I'm not TOTALLY sure which is better - The video's contents OR the sheer fact that Abel [a possible fan] is even aware of Rollins/Black Flag! Here's to hoping that 1 of The Weeknd's 2 upcoming mixtapes (Thursdays & Echoes of Silence...) will feature an R&B-stylized Black Flag "cover!?" ha

Summer [1992] Jam-age: Snow - "Informer"

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Black Milk Meets Jack White - "Brain"/"Royal Mega"

"Brain" (Side A)

"It's a pretty crazy feeling when you're going about your regular, every day routine in the studio and all of sudden, you get a phone call that Jack White wants to work with you. The email to my manager came from Jack White himself. My first reaction was one of shock that an artist like him, who most people would categorize as a "Rock Star," would want to work with an independent Hip-Hop artist. My second reaction was surprise that he even knew I existed, even though we're from the same city [Detroit]. Of course, my response was "Hell yeah! When and where do I need to be to make this happen?" A few back and forth emails led to my band (Keyboardist AB, Drummer Daru Jones, and Bassist Malik Hunter) and I taking a trip to Nashville to record at Jack's home studio.
Upon our arrival, Jack was the first person to greet us. From our brief discussion about music and things of that nature, I learned he discovered my music through the "Deadly Medley" music video. Jack, a team of his musicians, my band and I wasted no time starting a jam session. I immediately felt the pressure of having to create 2 great songs in 2 days. Not only were we able to produce 2 tracks that we felt were great, but we were able to capture our individual sounds. I was prepared to follow Jack's direction with the songs... But not long into the creative process, it became clear that he wanted me to take the lead role as the producer. For a guy who is so well-respected and musically accomplished to humbly step into the recording room as one of many musicians and to trust me as the producer to do what I do best was pretty crazy and such an honor."

"The jam sessions were recorded to tape, all on the first day. On the second day, I chose 2 of them to write to and spit my verses back-to-back. No "Edit/Undo" like recording digitally in Pro-Tools. On the third and final day, we toured Third Man Records (the most amazing place ever), shot photos for the project cover and sound checked for our show later that night. It was a great performance for an amazing crowd... But the craziest part of the night was seeing (and hearing) Jack White in the crowd, cheering us on like a fan and seeming to have more fun than everyone. As a bonus, the live show was recorded to tape ("Black Milk Live @ Third Man Records"), and will [soon] be released on vinyl.
The time we spent in Nashville collaborating with Jack White was one of the greatest moments in my music career. It not only inspired me to continue to work hard as a producer... But also confirmed that staying true to my art, without compromise, can manifest into the type of rewards that money can't buy."

- Black Milk @ Biz Blog

@black-milk Tweet: "You can purchase your 7" vinyl of "Brain" & "Royal Mega" here. Also available on iTunes."

"Royal Mega" (Side B)

GHOSTDOOM - "Victory Laps" (Madlib Remix)

While we're still without any solid album release details, "Victory Laps" (Madvillainz Remix) marks the second physical release from DOOMSTARKS. - Second only to 2 different versions of "Angels" from Natural Selection and Born Like This. In addition, an mp3 version of "Chinatown Wars" for Grand Theft Auto was released online back in 2009. "Victory Laps" additionally credits Otis Jackson, Jr. (Madlib) as co-producer... since the track is also slated to appear on the long-rumored/upcoming? "MADVILLAINY #3" record.
The involved parties include: Ghostface Killah, [MF] DOOM, and Madlib; All of whom who have previously worked together in various facets - Miscellaneous solo album features MADVILLAINY #1-2, DANGERDOOM, Fishscale/More Fish... "Sniperlite" (Dilla Ghost DOOM). A collaborative GHOSTDOOM project has been in-the-works/spoken of since 2006-07. Devin Horwitz @ Nature Sounds has described "Swift & Changeable" as about 75% done, with the majority of beats crafted by DOOM, 1 J Dilla Donut, and a track that flips Michael Jackson - "Thriller" to "Killah!" Stay tuned? In the meantime, pick up "Victory Laps" on cassette and/or LP picture disc here and here, respectively. Product(s) will ship around August 30th.

Real Talk with Hoodie Allen & Patrick ("Pllllat") Meehan

Hoodie Allen was in fact raised by wolves. After a few years inheriting hunting & gathering skills, Allen became a Rapping Teenage Werewolf at the tender age of 15. born one Steven Markowitz ["Steve Witz"] in New York City, 1989. Raised in a Jewish household on Long Island, Hoodie was always drawn to both Hip-Hop/Indie and then attended UPenn. Since quitting his job @ Google and committing full-time to music-making in 2009, Allen has released a size-able amount of tunes - Even garnering a Hype Machine #1 single with "You Are Not a Robot" (Marina & The Diamonds).

So, Hoddie was gracious enough to let us ask him a few questions... concerning Pep Rally, his upcoming mixtape (Leap Year), and even The Office.
Very cool of you to take time to talk to us - So, here we goooo!
Question 1: When I listen to your songs and hear the samples you use, I'm often reminded of Chiddy Bang. You recently shared the stage with them at Bamboozle (in April), how was that?

It was a good time, we've actually had a few shows together -- They bring a lot of energy!

Question 2: Would you say that Chiddy Bang has influenced you in any way? What would you say are your musical influences? Does Woodie Allen have much influence over you other than a play on his name?

Nah, I've been making music since I was 13 years old. My influences are groups like OutKast, Little Brother, and Beastie Boys. I try to really only focus on what I'm doing as far as contemporary music goes.

Question 3: You worked at Google coming out of college. What made you wanna leave there and pursue a career in music? Was it harder than you had expected?

Music is my passion and you only get one shot in life. So, I made the decision to go all in.

Question 4: On your Twitter (@HoodieAllen) you mention "Two big announcements" coming in the next couple days. Do these have to do with the release of your new mixtape (Leap Year)? Or possibly signing to a record label?

It has to do with new music for sure.

Question 5: You sample a lot of good Indie Rock... with my favorite being "Swimming With Sharks." How do you determine which song would be best to sample? Do you get your lyrics down first or do you hear the song you wanna sample first than go from there?

I just listen to a lot of Indie and Pop music and often times, I'm inspired to re-invent something that sounds special.

Question 6: What's currently playing on Hoodie Allen's iPod?

"Leap Year" and the latest Jamie Woon CD [Mirrorwriting].

Question 7: Ever been put in the "Friend Zone"?

Absolutely, I think we all have at some point haha.

Question 8: Who should be the new manager on The Office? I personally say Jim.

My man Andy Bernard ALL THE WAY!

Well, thanks for taking the time to talk to us, man! We REALLY look forward to hearing Leap Year... Keep up the good work!

- Pat Meehan (Special Correspondent)

Much thanks goes out to Pat and Hoodie Allen alike! Follow Patrick Meehan on Twitter @Pllllat. Hoodie can be reached (via Social Mediums) @ either wearehoodie YouTube Channel, HoodieAllen * Soundcloud, hoodieallen.tumblr, @HoodieAllen (Twitter), and Facebook; ALL OF his previously released works are available for FREE download @ Facebook - 1 mixtape, 2 singles, and 1 EP. Be on the look out for Allen's next project (Leap Year), TBR very shortly!