Friday, September 30, 2011

Ty Segall Chills In The Middle of THE PARTY!!?

Ty Segall is a San Francisco-bred Garage-Psych Rocker who's recording output is similar to say... The Beatles. Since bursting on the music scene in 2006, Segall has released a countless, varied array of albums with different groups and on the solo T.I.P. 2010's Melted (Goner Records) may very well be one of the earliest and most note-worthy solo offerings. A self-proclaimed "rapidly-recording artist," Ty Segall teamed up with buddy, Eric "King Riff" Bauer, chilled out a bit, and slowly recorded Goodbye Bread over a 6 month period.
To the best of my knowledge, "Goodbye Bread" is Segall's first officially-sanctioned and produced music video; The title track from an album of the same name, Drag City released Goodbye Bread back on June 24th, 2011... a mere 2 months after they unleashed "Ty-Rex" (Record Store Day). The result: a simple, single shot, Matt Yoka-directed affair, which chronicles a night out with Ty Segall - as he [unknowingly?] "attends" a true RAGER of a costume/dance party.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Hodgy Beats & Jonti - "Nagoya" (Japan)

These here, my friends, are a few of the things that "Blog Dreams" are made of: 1-3 buzz-worthy new-comers, chemistry, kinship, spur-of-the-moment collaboration, creativity... sex, drugs, and violence. With little-no concrete information to springboard off of, this post will almost purely consist of cold, hard reporting! Hodgy Beats' complex rhyme schemes are cleverly strewn across the bleeps and blips of a Jonti-produced beat. Overall, the final product [dubbed "Nagoya"] is truly a brilliant juxtaposition of the interesting pair's Pop tendencies and sheer aggression.
A beat which was reportedly created, flourished, laced, and completed over the course of one mere night (9/27-28). Hodgy Beats is a flourishing member of LA-based Odd Future and it's sub-crew, MellowHype; While Jonti [Danimals] is a talented multi-instrumentalist /producer, hailing from Sydney, Australia and Stones Throw Records. Be on the look out for Jonti's debut long-player, Twirligig (Oct. 18) and retain high hopes for a proper Hodgy Beats & Jonti collabo album..?

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

2-on-2 Basketball Game with Ford & Lopatin

GAMES - "No Disguise" (Ford & Lopatin)

Long before adopting the current "Ford & Lopatin" moniker, Daniel Lopatin and Joel Ford were musically active as Games. While initially musically active from 2009-10, Brooklyn's very own Games managed to craft their own brand of "Throwback" Electronic music... Imminently releasing Spend the Night with [Games], "Everything Is Working"/"Heartlands,", 3 volumes of the Heaven Can Wait mixtape series, [Games] That We Can Play EP, a hand-crafted CFCF Remix, and a few other miscellaneous WorldWideWeb-housed goodies. After receiving a mild amount of initial media attention and success, that OTHER playground games-related artist/Interscope Records pretty much forced Daniel Lopatin and Joel Ford to change their project's name... to Ford & Lopatin.

From that point forward (2011), the dynamic duo would be referred to as "Ford & Lopatin." Quickly signing to Mexican Summer, they inked a deal to run their own label imprint - Software and prepared to release their sophomore debut offering. "Emergency Room" was pushed as the lead single from the collection, Channel Pressure... which ended up being produced by Glitch-Hop mastermind, Prefuse 73. A sprawling, loosely-based concept album, Channel Pressure eventually managed to yield 2 fairly-successful singles: "Emergency Room" and "World of Regret" [above].
For all intensive purposes that phase of the band went down between March-June 2011; Since then, Ford & Lopatin have remained fairly inactive... Until this past Sat. Sept. 24th: "No Disguise," a BRAND NEW Games track was liberated, via Ford & Lopatin @ Soundcloud! The track harkens back to the group's former sample-based musical style, taking full advantage of The Manhattans' 1983 hit, "Crazy" [below]. Only time will tell where this new Games-Ford & Lopatin track will be permanently placed, but let's hope for a new/old full-length!

Monday, September 26, 2011

"Blink-182 Follow-Up Post" (Fall 2011)

Let me simply start out by saying that Blink-182 have always been and will be one of my utmost favourite bands. Ever since first hearing Enema of the State (1999), Blink's albums and respective side bands have without a doubt soundtracked my summer days and nights. I've since delved back into the previous 2 albums [Cheshire Cat-Dude Ranch] gaining a solid sense of respect for 90's Pop Punk. Blink-182 went on to release two more albums: Take Off Your Pants & Jacket (2001) and "Blink-182" (2003) - along with a string of chart-topping hits before disbanding in 2005. "Another Girl, Another Planet" and "Not Now," 2 note-worthy non-album tracks were then included on Greatest Hits (2005) and release as successful radio singles.

After what seemed to be a pretty messy [intense] fall-out, Mark Hoppus, Travis Barker, and Tom DeLonge broke off into a few respective separate side bands... (+44), Angels & Airwaes, Transplants, and TRV$DJAM. Various fans took too the different releases in the appropriate manners, some favoring (+44) over AVA and vice versa. But nothing could fill the void left by the original band... Countless prayers to The Gods of Rock "N" Roll were answered when Blink-182 miraculously reunited on the 2009 Grammys, following a life-changing near-death experience for Barker.
The band has earnestly been hard @ work Neighborhoods, the imminent follow-up, since 09; A collection which will finally see the light of day upon its long-awaited release tomorrow (9/27/11). While I have yet to hear the majority of said collection, I'm sure it'll be worth the wait! I, for one, know that I'll be venturing out to the ACTUAL record store tomorrow to purchase a PHYSICAL CD copy... and you should, too; Fuck iTunes and their over-priced/compressed "sound quality" mp3 files!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

This Is... The Fucking Champs (Justice) Remix!!!

--- subject: band name

If you must use the f - word in your band name, which there is no need to. you should change your name to the F***ING LOSERS. All you are, are loser wannabe's going from bar to bar trying to make it big some day. Won't happen, Won't happen. Get a life, and change your band name. There is far to much bad words used in society today. It's no wonder kids today are growing up and stealing cars, robbing people. It's no wonder, when their parents, with their body full of tatoo's, rings in the nose, lip, eye brow, you name it. When the kids see and here all this from the people they look up to, then they don't know any better them selves. And the cycle goes on, and society and the world keeps getting worse. That's why we'll never have peace in this world. THINK ABOUT IT: Is there really a good reason for naming your band the F***ING CHAMPS when there are litterly thousands of great names to call a band, I can't think of one. Consider it, for society sake. THANK YOU.

- Susan [Cantspell].

--- The fucking champs wrote:

oh no. thank YOU, susan, for the most insightfull revelation. you made us finally come to terms with our responsibility for parents with lip,nose and eyebrow rings and the havoc they've wrought on impressionable young minds such as yourself. hereafter we will be known as the friendly champs. honestly, i don't know why we didn't think of that name in the first place!

yours in fellowship,
the fucking ch*mps

Friday, September 23, 2011

The Tale of "Honey Bunny," As Told By: A Couple of Girls

"Honey Bunny" is a loaded American [slang] term that generally refers to a person of particular endearment. The music video for Track #1 from Father, Son, Holy Ghost was directed by Girls guitarist Chet "J.R." White with Ivan Shumaker, features Christopher Owens (vox) as leadingman, and co-stars his real-life girlfriend, Hannah Hunt (Dominant Legs).
It all starts out with Owens in a belly-shirt sweater... scouring the sun-drenched streets of Downtown LA. While on a valiant quest for true companionship, he runs into a couple of duds, gets tangled up in their van, and then proceeds to hi-jack a sleek, white Corvette. All the while, the jangling, Surf Rock (Beach Boys) tune progressively builds and crescendos in the background. Almost instantaneously, Christopher Owens proceeds to pick up his own personal "Honey Bunny" - Hannah Hunt. Let the gushiness, lovesong, and FUN-TIMES ensue! Girls' latest record: Father, Son, Holy Ghost, is now available for your listening pleasure - Thanks to the kind people @ True Panther Sounds.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Will Sessions Showcase Real-Life Abilities on "Live Mixtape"

Live instrumentation is essentially the elementary basis for nearly any and all Hip-Hop compositions; Whether it be sample source(d) material or the interpolation [re-creation] of said raw audio. During a time period in which Hip-Hop was proclaimed "dead" (2006-10), groups like Will Sessions have since re-invigorated a sense of new-found life into the genre as a whole. Will Sessions are an 8-10 musician deep Detroit crew fronted by trumpeter, Sam Beaubien.
Making good use of a full-bodied "throwback" sound, which features drums, bass, guitar... in addition to trumpet, keys, sax, trombone, and percussion. Since forming as a solo endeavor in 2007, Will Sessions has progressively morphed into something much larger and greater. Live in concert, they've moonlighted as The Guilty Simpson, Black Milk, and Phat Kat Big Band(s)... Plus having separately logged studio-time with the likes of Elzhi, Mayer Hawthorne, Slum Village, 14K, Black Milk, and Buff1.

Riding the wave of success that emerged from the after-math of the 2009-10 Detroit shows (their first foray into Live Hip-Hop), Will Sessions tracked a set of various projects to tape in 2011: Elzhi's re-creation of Nas' landmark 1994 debut, Illmatic (Elmatic) and the companion instrumental version - The Elmatic Sessions. Fat Beats Records is gearing up to release the latter, in a number of multi-media formats, this coming Sept. 27th... Just yesterday, a precursor mixtape of sorts, dubbed "Real Sessions," was leaked released online to the masses. It houses 10 mixed/mastered live cuts recorded @ the afore-mentioned 2009-10 Guilty Simpson, Black Milk, and Phat Kat gigs. Head over to 2dopeboyz to download a copy of The Complete Real Sessions (Package): 11 tracks, front-back covers, and an 18-page [digital] CD booklet.

Porcelain Raft Celebrates Kurtvana By Liberating "Come As You Are" (cover)

I'll be the first to admit that I'm a sucker for a good, solid cover (band's take on another's original composition); A "good cover," in my eyes, displays equal parts respect, admiration, and creativity all @ once. "Come As You Are" is the latest addition to my desktop mp3 download file... recorded in a single take by Porcelain Raft [Mauro Remiddi] in London, the day before he laid down "Amateur's Feeling" - lead track from Fountain's Head EP.
Seemingly recorded and released in celebration of the 20th anniversary of Nirvana's Grunge staple LP, Nevermind (1991). Remiddi takes the liberty of gutting and re-arranging the track's trademark instrumentation, adding in his own Italian-bred brand of SWAGGER. Having already independantly reelased a set of 4-6 EP's, Mauro Remiddi is currently hard @ work on Porcelain Raft's debut long-player for Secretly Canadian.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire: This Decade's "Biz Markie?"

New-comer Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire reminds me very much of Biz Markie... wherein @ any given moment in time, you're not entirely sure if he's fucked up, prolific, "mental" [zany], or TOTALLY serious. Last week, Мишка (Mishka) liberated eXquire's debut mixtape, Lost In Translation, to the masses. It's 18 contained tracks channel that raw energy/talent that Tom Breihan & I have [very] recently championed. The mixtape features beats pain-stakingly crafted by Charli Brown Beatz, Necro, El-P (Cannibal Ox), Constrobuz, Jake-One, BoweryBeats, Esoteric, and eXquire himself. Note: The young New York rapper's vocal stylings may remind seasoned fans of Wu-Tang Soldier, Method Man's notorious rhyming abilities.

For all intensive purposes, "Huzzah" is being pushed as Lost In Translation's lead single. Directed by TKTK Media and filmed entirely in black-and-white, the music video for "Huzzah" (Bonus Remix) features fellow Indie Hip-Hop figureheads: Despot, Das Racist, Danny Brown, and El-P; In a sense, re-invigorating the long forgotten art of the posse cut... Hip-Hop aficionados will quickly be reminded of "The Golden Age" and may also conjure up memories of another Popular [1994] remix: Craig Mack - "Flava In Ya Ear." One can assume that the Bad Boy Production was indeed a source of visual inspiration for TKTK Media, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire & Friends. My personal favourite scene plays out @ approximately 2:05 - Heems (Das Racist) raps his verse from a fuzzed-out TV set, placed on a coffee table... as Dapwell sits in a rocking chair, watching and "chairdancing" along with the swinging Necro beat.

Мишка Presents... Lost In Translation: Digital download link.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Re-Progressive Rock (2011 A.D.) with Justice

Xavier de Rosnay & Gaspard Augé will be the first to admit that they're far from classically-trained musicians. But over the course of the 4 years since the release of their break-through debut, † ("Cross"), they've noticeably upped their musical chops. When compared against Justice's original Dance-inspired sample-based sound... Audio, Video, Disco is said to be a lighter-sounding Arena/Prog Rock nodding affair; Soft-violent "daytime [Electronic] music," if you will.
Particular artists of influence have been said to include: Supertramp, The Eagles, Black Sabbath, Queen, The Beatles, and Yes. Yet the most interesting factoid concerning the 11-track set [Oct. 25th] may very well be that the 2 DJ's played EVERY single instrument! Thusfar, our ears have been graced with 2 singles and 1 leaked track: "Civilization," "Audio Video, Disco," and "Helix." Read more about Audio, Video, Disco's tedious 1.5 year-spanning cut and paste creation over @ Pitchfork... compliments of an introspective AIM interview between Ryan Dombal and Justice's own Xavier de Rosnay.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Swimming Lessons with Frank Ocean & NABIL

The final scenes of "Swim Good" feature a mysterious panda-masked man, limousine explosion, blood by the ocean... and do little-nothing to help clear up the amassed sense of confusion. Syncopated along with Tricky Stewart's drumbeat, Frank Ocean does his best to stay true to the overall lyrical theme of said track. Behind the wheel of a vibrant orange Lincoln limo and under the direction of NABIL, Frank Ocean manages to get roped up in a number of hi-jinx. Those including but not limited to: forest-surrounded crusin', ninja sword tricks, passionate love-making [murder?], ocean crest stock footage, a pair of Air Jordans, and FIRE!

"Kanye's 808's & Heartbreak album is more influential than we think... It helped to free other hip hop artists to experiment. Visually speaking, Kanye and André 3000 are the most influential to this generation, whether we want to admit it or not. I don't think it will stop with wearing saggy "jeggings" and deep [v-neck] t-shirts... By year 2013, you'll see rapping niggaz wearing Dracula capes, facepaint (like David Bowie) and Mozart-powdered white wigs LOL."

- Garfield's Lasagna @ Miss Info

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Rockin' In The Free World: Guns N' Roses - "Use Your Illusion I-II" Turns 20. (1991)

"Guns N' Roses headlined the first show I ever saw. This was July 1992 at RFK Stadium in Washington, DC, the first night of their massive co-headlining tour with Metallica. A couple of weeks later, a Montreal show would end in a riot when both bands ended their sets early: Metallica because James Hetfield caught on fire, Guns N' Roses because Axl Rose was upset after being upstaged by the guy who caught on fire. As legend had it, Axl had attempted to recruit Nirvana as the tour's opener, but Nirvana turned it down because Kurt Cobain didn't like the way Axl talked about women in his songs. Faith No More ended up opening instead. As a 12-year-old, I was happy about Cobain's decision - Not because I supported his reasoning, but because I was more excited to see Faith No More than I was to see Nirvana. (Back then, I thought The Real Thing was a better album than Nevermind. When I'm in the right mood, I still think The Real Thing is a better album than Nevermind. Listen to "Falling to Pieces" again before you tell me I'm wrong.)"

"Anyway, that show: I actually saw more of the other two bands than I saw of GNR. Faith No More's set gave me the first live-music image that imprinted itself deep in my memory: A sea of fists, seen from the stadium's upper deck, pumping in time to "Epic." (This was what people did at big Rock shows before moshing became mass-culture cool.) Metallica played a blistering hours-long show and absolutely reduced the place to smoking embers. GNR, meanwhile, made everyone wait something like two hours before they made their entrance, which was a pretty normal thing for them. I saw all of 20 minutes of their set and then had to leave because the DC Metro stops running at midnight and my dad didn't want to park in the city. I heard the opening bars of "Welcome to The Jungle" ringing out when I was walking across the parking lot to leave; it was heartbreaking. The 20 minutes I did see included a long and breathless Axl rant against the city of St. Louis, where he was facing criminal charges after inciting a riot a few months beforehand. (His opening: "They told me not to say anything derogatory about St. Louis. [Dramatic pause] Well, St. Louis can suck my dick.") I had to sit there quietly while my dad, a St. Louis native who never liked Axl [Rose] in the first place, fumed. The little bit of set I did actually get to see was a disjointed and awkward mess, then. But when school started up in September, I still told everyone else right away that I'd seen Guns N' Roses over the summer. If you were an adolescent 20 years ago, they were the only band that mattered..."

- Tom Breihan @ Stereogum

"[They] were huge hits when we were in elementary school. We actually almost called our band Use Your Illusion IV - This is actually true. But I will say those albums were EVERYWHERE. I remember all the videos; Axl Rose and supermodels and weddings and Slash playing giant guitar solos in canyons. But I also remember that they kind of brought back the ballad, which really changed my world. "November Rain" was, like, a huge monster hit, and it actually did change the way I thought about music. I saw them play, I went to this concert with my friend's parents, and Axl Rose warmed up on the piano for 35 minutes before playing "November Rain." But, like, he wasn't a good piano player... so his warm-ups were, like, scales that you and I would've learned at piano lessons as a kid. And it was one of the worst things I've ever seen in my life, so I did learn also what not to do from watching Guns N' Roses in the Use Your Illusion era."

- Joshua Epstein (Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Jr.)

Like (Pac Div) Flips James Brown - "Funky Drummer"

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Some Like It [Red] Hot: "Lana del Rey"

"Lana del Rey" is the recently-implemented stage name of one Lizzy Grant, a doe-eyed singer-songwriter from Brooklyn. After garnering lackluster responses as a solo artist, 24-year-old Grant went back to the drawing board... and along with her PR team, conceptualized the alter ego that is now better known as "Lana del Rey." There's even rumored to be an album named after the persona, which was released before the complete ["package"] concept was fully realized (2009-10); It seems as though the album has since been pulled from all major online retailers.

Of the 5-6 Lana del Rey mp3 tracks that I've managed to locate... 3 seem to be fairly recent, noteworthy, and official: "Video Games," "Blue Jeans," and "Kinda Outta Luck." Having dubbed herself "The Gangster Nancy Sinatra," that illusive SWAGGER is eloquently plastered across the 3 above-stated del Rey tracks. Fans of these compositions, may also want to check out "Kill Kill," "Diet Mtn Dew," and "Yayo" - which were more than likely originally featured on the 2009-10 leaked/pulled album.
Grant's overall sound can best be described as Throwback R&B crooning, backed by Florence + The Machine-esque string arrangements with added Electro bleeps and blips. A slightly Poppier, sun-drenched affair, "Kinda Outta Luck" [above] is my current favourite. The other night, Lana del Rey played a "secret" warm-up show @ Glassland's Gallery... in preparation for her first string of live dates: Sept. 21, 27, 30 and Oct. 5th. Stranger Records will release "Video Games" as a vinyl single on Oct. 10-11th, with "Blue Jeans" featured on the B-side.

The Stepkids - "Horror Mixtape" (All Hallow's Eve)

"EXCLUSIVE HORROR-THEMED MIX FROM THE CONNECTICUT PSYCH-FUNK MARVELS: Connecticut's suave Psych practitioners The Stepkids have gifted The Stool Pigeon with a ghoulishy weird mixtape of horror-themed tracks... ahead of the release of their self-titled debut for Stones Throw on September 26-27th. The hour-long mix comprises a truly mind-messing array of artists; From kindred freak-funk souls in Screamin' Jay Hawkins and Funkadelic right [on] through to cosmic creepiness from Frank Zappa and Thelonius Monk. Watch out, this one'll blend your brains into a pink protein shake and not leave you a tip!"

- The Stool Pigeon

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Kanye & Rhymefest - "Alligator Boots" (Shelved Pilot)

Based off the Jimmy Kimmel Live stock footage in the clip's opening sequences, I believe this "Alligator Boots" pilot dates back to about 2006-08; As the track performed on Kimmel ("Brand New") was featured on Rhymefest's 2006 album, Blue Collar, and indefinately pre-dates Kanye's 808's & Heartbreak (2008). Basically, Kanye & Rhymefest were hardcore fans of Crank Yankers... imminently got together with its creators, Jimmy Kimmel, and Jack-Hole Industries (The Man Show) to create a puppet-based [ghetto] sketch comedy show; 30-some various puppet characters were carefully made and pretty much wasted. One can TOTALLY tell that this show had a lot of "potential" ...even from this rough outline of a pilot episode.

What we have here is essentially a behind-the-scenes look @ the creation of the various aspects of the canned show. I wonder what halted Comedy Central from green-lighting "Alligator Boots?" Pretty sure this was around the same time as one of Kanye's [initial] highly-publicized outbursts. Regardless, the newly-liberated 10-minute clip features guest appearances from Kim Kardashian as Princess Leia, Tom Stern (pilot director), "Pork Troy" (AKA: Rhymefest), Jimmy & Jon Kimmel, "Beary White," Daniel Kellison (co-creator), and David Alan Grier. Let the felt-on-felt action ensue; Watch and enjoy, my friends! Here's to hoping that Comedy Central goes back and [strongly] re-thinks their decision to shelf "Alligator Boots."

Monday, September 12, 2011

"Scroobius Pip Spits Rhymes Like a Girl!" (Sandlot)

Plain and simple... From a long-time music aficionado's point of view, the concept behind "Let 'em Come" (music video) is a very original and intriguing premise. For all intensive purposes: Nina Kate, Carmen Pie, and Michala Vano are Scroobius Pip, P.O.S. (Doomtree), and Sage Francis - respectively. @ the video's start, we see the girls getting ready and pre-gaming... But then, as they fervently walk downtown to the bar, carefully sequenced raps start coming out. Ever so slyly rhyming and wreaking havoc throughout the pub, "The Real Scroobius" soon has a run in with Nina Kate and the gang [roughly 2:15]. Subsequently getting kicked out, they once again begin roaming the dark London streets. As Michala (Sage) comes into the fold, they hop into a cab and eventually bail without paying fare.

The camera begins to wobble and pan out, as Nina, Carmen, and Michala progressively hit the bottle harder and harder. Leaving the apartment, we are again met by an image of Scroobius Pip... walking down the roadside the next morning? Movie-like credits roll, announcing the specifics of Scroobius' upcoming debut for Strange Famous Records. Set to be released on Sept. 19-20th, Distraction Pieces is set to feature appearances from Travis Barker, Worgie & Yila, Danny Lohner (NIN), Richard Russell @ XL, new-comer Natasha Fox, and Radio 1's Zane Lowe. Distraction Pieces marks Pip's first departure from long-time friend/collaborator and beatsmith affiliate, dan le sac.

Kassa Overall Flips Norwegian-produced Katy Perry, Rihanna, Tinie Tempah, Wiz Khalifa & J.Lo "Donuts" for Stargate Mixtape (Greedhead)

Let's face it... It's almost 2012 and by now, most of us have heard of Stargate, weather we're aware of it or not. Since their 1997 inception, the Norwegian production team, consisting of Tor Erik Hermansen and Mikkel Storleer Eriksen, has managed to fine-tune a number of Grammy-winning hit for artists like: Rihanna, Katy Perry, Beyoncé, Chris Brown, Wiz Khalifa, and Marina & The Diamonds. I have to admit, I'm a [casual] fan of many of their radio singles - Not even knowing who was behind the creation of these lush, layered tracks. One could even go as far as to say that Stargate was [partially] responsible for honing the genre-bending sounds of Popular albums: Rated R-Loud, Rolling Papers, and Teenage Dream.

Kassa Overall, it seems, is a fan of Hermansen & Eriksen's varied array of works, as well. For all intensive purposes, the Harlem-based drummer/rapper-producer's latest aptly-titled mixtape is based around nothing but Stargate productions. Over the course of the 13-track journey, Kassa Overall & Friends #KILL the backing music of tracks including: "Till I'm Gone," "Lose Control," "Black & Yellow," and "I'm Into You, "Take a Bow" (2008). Stay tuned, as Kassa's next projects in line will be titled "Coffee and Cigarettes" (solo CD) and "KASS & KOOL," a collaborative mixtape with Kool A.D. of Das Racist... Expect more info on those to come shortly. For now though, head over to KASSAOVERALL.COM to download a FREE copy of Stargate Mixtape.

Ariel Pink - "Witchhunt Suite for WWIII" (Animal Charm 9/11)

"Yesterday, Ariel Pink released "Witchhunt Suite for WWIII," a one-off digital single. LA native Pink (born Ariel Rosenberg) first began writing and recording the 16-minute sprawling epic 10 years ago while the events of September 11, 2001 began to unfold. "Witchhunt Suite for WWIII" was originally released in 2 parts on a limited tour-only CD-R in 2007 entitled Yas Dudette... But Ariel Pink wished to make a newly-recorded version of the song available in its entirety in tribute to the 10th anniversary of 9/11. "Witchhunt Suite for WWIII" is now available to buy exclusively from iTunes. Watch the Animal Charm with Ariel Pink-directed music video for the one-off single below."

- 4AD (Beggars Group)

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Itiswhatitis: Jelly Jells - "B€/\UT!FU{_" (Beautiful)

Attaching the adjective mysterious onto the artist formally known as "Jelly Jells"' name would be a true understatement and [misguided] mistake... As Jelly's official bio notoriously reads: "JELLY JELLS is the half African-American, half Italian son of a prostitute. He is a musician, magician, inventor, aesthete, dreamer, do-er, and believer!" Yes, I know, this statement has been plastered all over the Internet by now... But to be honest, it's essentially the crux of Jelly Jells' sheer existence; A feeling that's repeatedly echoed throughout his music.
Included along with the "B€/\UT!FU{_" mp3 file was the phrase "Jelly Sammich" - what seems to be an eventual album title. One can assume that this will be the next [career] step for Jelly Jells... in the not-so-distant future. But for now, we have 2 samplings from said full-length: "Itiswhatitis" and "B€/\UT!FU{_." From the sound of it, Jelly doesn't want Summertime to end; @ their respective core(s), the rhythms on Jams # 1-2 ooze textures reminiscent of Reggae riddims & Caribbean music, drinking, PARTYING, assorted "island sounds," Tribal drums, originality, Boom Bap Hip-Hop, sex, and happiness.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Back from the Dead: Joe NO Say Reviews Foster The People (Kendrick Lamar Remix)

We have witnessed time and time again, attempts from new artists to make a breakthrough each year. Some succeed, but many prove that music as a profession is not as easy as it seems. To survive as a musician in modern times is as easy as shopping on Black Friday; Not a simple task. The division of genres make an easy target for hipster's crazed opinions, often damaging a reputation or two. Marketing strategies; The key to a successful career. A catchy hook/bridge, controversial lyrics, and a mixture of genres can gain the attention needed to fuel a ride to the top.
The golden ticket needed, may have landed in the right person's lap at the right time... when Hip-Hop freshman, Kendrick Lamar decided to leave his mark on the ever-so-popular chart-topping single "Pumped Up Kicks" by Foster The People. Lamar proved his infinite potential earlier this year when he released his first charting digital album Section.80. The Cali native stirred up heavy media buzz by displaying heartfelt lyrics... with such influences as the "late" Tupac Shakur, Nas, and DMX. The album is highly recommended for fans of "Real Hip-Hop" and will not disappoint.
Foster The People, a group of three which was formed in 2009, gained publicity in the summer of 2011 with the release of their album Torches - A refreshing start to the new Pop Rock culture. An album with "trippy" vocals, meaningful lyrics, and melodies to groove to (What more could you ask for?). Foster's influences include The Beach Boys, Gorillaz, MGMT, and other Alternative greats. Two of the greatest additions to the music industry have finally come together... as showcased on DJ Reflex's re-make of the summer's biggest hit: "Pumped up Kicks." Enjoi!

- Joel Lozano B.K.A. "Joe NO Say" (Zombie Gang Gnar)

Thursday, September 8, 2011

XL 2011 Roster Sampler 12" x 2 Give-Away

"We work with some amazing artists, and we appreciate the support you show them. To celebrate their work, and say thank you to you, we've made a limited edition, double 12" vinyl sampler. It features a track from each of the artists we've worked with this year. It won't be available to buy anywhere.
We would love to give you a copy of the XL Recordings Sampler 2011. If you'd like a copy of the sampler, email your postal address to and we'll send you one, wherever you are in the world. We have 1,000 copies to give away. First come, first served... [I know that I quickly put in to get my 12" copy around 12-1pm!]

Thank you to everyone who asked for a sampler. The response was overwhelming. If you emailed us we will reply soon."

XL Recordings Sampler 2011 tracklist:

A1 Adele - "He Won't Go"
A2 Gil Scott-Heron & Jamie xx - "I'll Take Care of You"
B1 Radiohead - "Supercollider"
C1 Tyler, The Creator - "Yonkers"
C2 Friendly Fires - "Show Me Lights"
D1 The Horrors - "Still Life"
D2 Jai Paul - "BTSTU" (Edit)

Thank you,

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Ryan Adams Slows Down "Wasted Years" (Iron Maiden)

Ryan Adams - "Wasted Years" (Iron Maiden)

Many years ago [2000], when I was first REALLY "getting into" the Indie Rock music scene... my tech-savvy, older cuz Josh passed me a Led Zeppelin Greatest Hits 3-CD set, a box of cassette tapes, and a collection [Read: "stack of data CD-R's"] of shit to check out. Contained within the bounds of one of those CD-R's was "To Be Young (Is to Be Sad, Is to Be High)," a playful, little ditty from Alt. Country singer-songwriter Ryan Adam's debut long-player, Heartbreaker.
Since his 2000 inception, Ryan Adams has released 6 individual solo albums, 4 records with his [former] band The Cardinals, got married to Mandy Moore, released a Heavy Metal album as "Orion," upstarted his very own record label imprint, and unleashed a handful of mp3's from his assorted "side endeavors." In the mix of what may easily seem like to some a schizophrenic musical career, Adams managed to release a batch of sound, cohesive covers. Recorded and officially released cover versions include: Oasis, Alice In Chains, The Strokes, and Vampire Weekend. Live-tackled cover renditions range from The Smiths-Grateful Dead.

The audio file located @ the top of this post is for all intensive purposes, Ryan Adam's latest edition to his [non-existent] Covers Mix CD. A laid-back, Country-tinged take on Iron Maiden's 1986 hit single, "Wasted Years" was originally featured within the confines of Somewhere In Time; The album's lone synth-less track, it's lyrics were also the first to be penned by bandmember Adrian Smith (guitar). "Ashes & Fire" is the title cut from Ryan Adam's forthcoming album, his first solo set since Easy Tiger (2007). Ashes & Fire is now available for pre-order, which will ship in due time to be received on release day: Oct. 11, 2011. Track #10, "Lucky Now," is also currently available for your listening pleasure, compliments of Pitchfork.

"Justin Timberlake, Make Music Again" (NikkiSaraComedy PSA)

"You guys think this is bad? Try waiting over a decade for Dr. Dre's Detox album. A guy who says he'll release it for sure, then gives us musical blue balls by extending the release date. Last year and this year, he teased us with music videos, but still no word of Detox. WTF DRE!!?"

- regulatorzone (YouTube)

Monday, September 5, 2011

Asher Roth to Teddy Ruxpin: "Is This Too Orange?"

Asher Roth professed his immense love for college on the aptly-titled break-out hit ["I Love College"] from his 2009 debut, Asleep In the Bread Aisle. While one could easily tell that Roth indeed had a lot of potential, I'll be the first to admit that the collection as a whole wasn't exactly a "Classic Album." But with this said, tracks like "Lark on My Go-Cart," "Be By Myself," "She Don't Want a Man," and "Sour Patch Kids" without a doubt hold a certain amount of re-play value. Shouts are also due to friend and fellow new-comer, Oren Yoel [producer].
I have always been a champion of the theory that Asher Roth's between-album mixtapes are his utmost best source of recorded output. Case(s) in point: The Greenhouse Effect (2008) and Seared Foie Gras with Quince & Cranberry (2010). Freestyling over Popular tracks from the likes of Jay-Z, The Cool Kids, Clipse, Britney Spears, OutKast, Lil' Wayne, John Mayer... Madlib, Ryan Leslie, Talib Kweli, Saigon, Little Brother, GZA, and J Dilla. In my eyes, Asher Roth has single-handedly re-invented the remix/freestyle; Brutally massacring the instrumental of any "Hit Single" he can get his grubby hands on.

In a recent video-interview dated Sept. 2nd, 2011, Asher Roth revealed some EXCLUSIVE info to the beautiful Rikki Martinez @ Power 106. The crux of their 4-minute conversation included: Roth's past albums and mixtapes, sources of inspiration, Miley Cyrus, [video] gaming... and announced the titles of his forthcoming projects: Is This Too Orange? / Paps & Jazz. While no release dates were yet revealed, Paps & Jazz (mixtape) will serve as a first taste and will indefinitely precede the album's release.
Production Duties will be handled by Chuck Inglish (The Cool Kids), Blended Babies, 1500 or Nothin, Oren Yoel, Nottz Raw, and Organized Noize, amongst others. It can be assumed that recently-released tracks such as: "Another One Down," "G.R.I.N.D." "Last Man Standing," "Summertime," "Ampersand," and "In the Kitchen" will be included... on either Is This Too Orange? or Paps & Jazz. "The Spaghetti Tree" a rumored 12-track, Pharrell-produced album is in fact completed, but shelved for the time being.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Marilyn Manson & Shia LaBeouf - "Born Villain" (Short Film)

"Born Villain is the title of the new Marilyn Manson album. While looking to experiment in unlikely collaborations, I met Shia, and we spent a long night at my studio. After seeing "Maniac," his [KiD CuDi] short film, which is somewhat inspired by Man Bites Dog, I was astonished by his directing ability. So, I shared quite a few of my favorite inspirations in art, literature, and obviously film. I was impressed with how Shia [LeBeouf] digested my world, and made what I'd like to think, is both an homage and a mockery of the history of cinema. We ended up writing a short film. The score is from my new album, and is, in the words of Macbeth, "Full of sound and fury.'"

- Brian Warner (Marilyn Manson)

Shai LeBeouf put it best when he recently confessed that "In my teenage years, [Marilyn Manson] was the scariest thing in the world, so part of me has always been intrigued." As Shai and I are generally the same age (24-25), I share the same general sentiment and can vividly remember when Manson first became a house-hold name. As a matter of fact, I can also remember a roughly a concurrently-running moment in time... when LaBeouf first broke onto the scene with Even Stevens (Disney). It was a glorious time period: Way before Transformers #1-3, the mass consumption of The Internet-Social Medium, Wall Street [2], post-"The Beautiful People"/"Dope Show." A time when Limp Bizkit were still at the top of the charts, but before Wes Borland joined and quickly left Marilyn Manson [band], pre-dating Dita Von Teese and Evan Rachel Wood.

All throughout the latter part of grade school (pre-2000), Manson was relentlessly lampooned in the press; Headlines were casually plastered with empty rumors: "Paul" from Wonder Years, the third coming of The Anti-Christ, "the rib cage story" ha, ruthless on-stage antics, human/animal sacrifices, allegedly frivolous spending habits, Columbine, the removing of eyeballs, etc. But I must admit, I've always been a slightly intrigued, casual fan. Marilyn Manson just seems to have this way about him, this presence... Yeah, we've all heard the stories and read the "articles," but I believe that it's all just an act. At times, you can tell that in reality, Manson is no "monster." Over the years, his built up this super-human, Shock Rock public persona - But I think under all that, in his down time, he's just a [slightly eccentric] average guy like you or I.