Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Fool's Gold Presents: Run The Jewels - "Get It" (El-P & Killer Mike AKA Mike Bigga)




Run The Jewels are already poised to be a little different than El-P & Killer Mike's previous collaborations because it'll feature the 2 emcees trading bars, rather than just acting as rapper/producer. The LL Cool J-inspired "dream team" are planning to unleash a currently untitled free album [mixtape] by June on Fool's Gold. "Get It" is our first LEGIT taste of what Run The Jewels really have in store for the unsuspecting world of Hip-Hop, unless you count that short and sweet 90-second "Banana Clipper" sample. Tom Breihan recently attempted to describe "Get It"'s overall sound as "someone beating up Kanye's "Clique" with an aluminum baseball bat," which I think is a pretty accurate description for El-P's borderline mainstream, robot squall-accented brand of Experimental Hip-Hop.


It's almost impossible to explain how HARD this track hits using mere words... so, here's a few sample lyrics, for those not yet fully sold: "The company of women with opinions and fat asses / That's my list of demands / You don't answer them, get the Gatling" (El-P) and "I exit stepping with my weapon with the Jefferson walk / If you expressing any objections, you can get left in chalk" (Killer Mike). Cancer 4 Cure & R.A.P. Music, arguably 2 of last year's best Hip-Hop albums, were released roughly a week apart; I copped them from Amazon about a month ago for $20 and while I haven't spun R.A.P. Music as much as Cancer 4 Cure, both CD's are utterly fucking incredible! El-P & Killer Mike are soon headed out on a summer-long tour with Despot and former Das Racist emcee Kool A.D., which is currently set to run from July 10-August 14th.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Return of The Metal-Faced Villain: Clams Casino & DOOM - "BOOKFIEND" (Lex Records?)




It's a collaboration that no one really expected, but everyone secretly dreamt about and longed for: [MF] DOOM & Clams Casino! We're talkin' about the most mysterious man in Hip-Hop and rising Cloud Rap beat-maker, Mike Volpe (Clams Casino). The Nutley, NJ native's self-released Instrumentals 1-2 mixtapes (2011-12) are arguably right up there with classic DOOM albums Operation: Doomsday, Mm.. Food, and MADVILLAINY, and MF DOOM Meets Clutchy Hopkins. @clammyclams Tweeted early Monday morning, "new track (feat. DOOM) available now at new site CLAMMYCLAMS.COM," which in turn, linked to Soundcloud. "BOOKFIEND" essentially features DOOM spitting wordy, dense rhymes about occult leader Alistair Crowly, Kindle tablets, allusions to "November Has Come," whatever the Hell Tetragrammaton is, and Netflix over a spaced out Clams Casino beat... "It's Netflix to the head, second best trick to get chicks to the bed." The track's likely to appear on a rumored upcoming DOOM/Lex Records album, who vaguely laments, "Look out for more DOOM collaborations on Lex coming later this year;" an album which may or may not include last year's one-off with Jay-Z DJ-producer Young Guru, "DOOMSAYER."

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Nothing Feels Right... in Cars: J Dilla - "Trucks" (Lost MCA Album, 2001-02)




Pay Jay, quite arguably the "Holy Grail" of unreleased J Dilla material, briefly leaked online a few years ago; The infamous MCA-commissioned vocal album that Dilla recorded with friends-producers ?uestlove & Karriem Riggins, Nottz, Kanye, Pete Rock, Supa Dave West, Hi-Tek, and Bink! [Dawg]. From what I can remember, it featured a pre-"Takeover" Doors ("Five to One") sample flip, a Funky Vanity 6 "Drive Me Wild" cover, and just one previously released track - "Fuck The Police." Thankfully, Maureen "Ma Dukes" Yancey recently re-gained the rights to a storage locker full of old DAT and 2-inch tape masters, which were obviously used to re-mix/master the 11+ tracks. Pay Jay Productions plans to release The Diary sometime during 2013-14 and it's material represents the unknown period in-between J Dilla's self-produced Rap albums, Welcome 2 Detroit and Ruff Draft EP (2001-02).


Standout track "Trucks" is essentially a downright DIRTY, head-nodding Hip-Hop take on Gary Numan's 1979 New Wave hit single, "Cars." Seasoned LA-based mastering engineer, Dave Cooley went back in a slightly re-tweaked "Anthem/Trucks" for a 12" release, with assistance from close friends and family Egon, J.Rocc, House Shoes, Jeff Jank, Ma Dukes, and Illa J. "Trucks" (Dilla's Original Mix) was most likely unearthed from that aforementioned Jeff Bubeck discovered Detroit storage locker, complete with alternate rhymes and an extra [third] verse. The roughly 7-8,000 Dilla-owned records housed inside have since been returned to J Dilla's estate and are slowly being auctioned off on eBay with a bulk of the proceeds going to the J Dilla Foundation.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Ride Like The Wind: Los Porcos - "Do You Wanna Live?" (Formerly WU LYF)




Los Porcos are a band of self-proclaimed "Disco House Pigs" hailing from New Pork City; Consisting of 3 former members of recently defunct Manchester band WU LYF, as well as musicians from FAMY and Profondo. Tom McClung, Joe Manning, Evans Kati, and the rest of the band played their first show in London last night, April 25th @ Jones' Disco (Salon Club). Los Porcos' Facebook page was mysteriously registered way back in Sept. 2012 and 2 Yacht Rock-inspired tracks, "Do You Wanna Live?" and "Jesus Luvs U Baby," were uploaded to Soundcloud last month. Honestly, I think the Jones' Disco show flyer describes Los Porcos' 1960-70's Funk-drenched sound best, "pumpin' the smoothest tracks of New Pork City all over town, coming up through the dancefloor & into your trotters. Said we got the groove! "You fake The Funk [and] your nose'll grow."'


Needless to say, WU LYF/Los Porcos didn't really generate a lot of headlines til NME posted a short interview with drummer Joe Manning, the ex-WU LYF members' first published reaction to frontman Ellery Roberts' sudden departure: "We all knew it wasn't working. There's no one explanation for it. There's a million reasons that don't amount to much more than it just didn't work. No one is trying to cover anything up. If it doesn't work, it's going to break eventually." No word just yet on if/when Los Porcos plan to release a full-length, which would be the proper follow-up to WU LYF's lone album, Go Tell Fire to The Mountain (2011). "Do You Wanna Live?" is a smooth, bass-heavy nearly 6-minute long Soft Rock romper. It's kinda hard to judge a new band based solely off 2 formative tracks... But I think I'm gonan stick around to see what Los Porcos have in store next for the music world!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Watching Movies with The Sound Off: Mac Miller & Flying Lotus - "S.D.S." (Somebody Do Somethin')


While he's arguably years past his heyday, Marshall "Eminem" Mathers really set the stage for white-bred rappers and seems to have inspired a whole new generation's-worth of angry young white men: Atmosphere, Macklemore, RiFF RAFF, Asher Roth, Mac Miller, Action Bronson, etc. Mac Miller just never really seemed interesting enough for me to wanna check out. But it looks like he's starting to align himself with a slew of genuinely skilled rappers/producers that includes Earl Sweatshirt, Ab-Soul, Freddie Gibbs, Hodgy Beats, ScHoolboy Q, Thundercat, Pharrell, and executive producer Diplo. Mac Miller's become a lot more interesting since he started releasing material under his assorted Larry Fisherman, Larry Dollaz, and Larry Lovestein & The Velvet Revival aliases, too. We're talkin' about beautiful Bright Eyes and Elliott Smith covers, hard-hitting Hip-Hop beats, a 5-track Jazz EP, and an instrumental mixtape called Run-on Sentences (Vol. 1).


Miller's latest note-worthy track comes courtesy of rising LA-bred Electronic/Jazz-tinged producer turned rapper, Flying Lotus (Captain Murphy). It's the first single from Mac Miller's upcoming sophomore album, Watching Movies with The Sound Off, for which he's supposedly recorded 400+ tracks. Director Red Arrow arranges a cheese-tastic duel to the death scene between Mac Miller's "Without Me"-reminiscent super-hero and a menacing villain played by washed up 80's heart-throb, Corey Feldman. Miller somehow manages to weave references to Dawson's Creek, Dylan from Making The Band 2, and David Duchovny into his rapped verses, which are then laced in and out of Flying Lotus' Experimental Hip-Hop-leaning beat. Whether you're a diehard Mac Miller fan or a skeptical on-looker like myself, just go ahead and give "S.D.S." a watch/listen; It's a welcomed breath of fresh air in comparison to the Pittsburgh native's run-of-the-mill "Ringtone Rap" Blue Slide Park era material. Watching Movies with The Sound Off is currently slated for a TBD June 2013 release on Rostrum Records.

Guess Who's Back, Back Again!?: Quasimoto - "Planned Attack" (Yessir Whatever)




Quasimoto is one of producer/rapper extraordinaire Madlib's many alter-egos; But this one's a brick-wielding yellow critter with a high-pitched voice and an affinity for weed smoke. Rumors of a new Lord Quas album titled Yessir Whatever began to swirl earlier this month, which ends up being a 12-track "Odds & Sods" style comp. album. Stones Throw lamented that "Yessir Whatever collects 12 tracks made by Madlib & Quasimoto over a roughly 12-year period. A few were released on rare and out-of-print vinyl, while a few others are previously unreleased, now mixed and mastered for the first time" in a recent press release. I'm almost positive that this collection includes 4 previously unreleased tracks, too: "Planned Attack," "Brothers Can't See Me," "Catchin' The Vibe," and "LAX to JFK," which don't seem to have appeared anywhere else prior.


Madlib's scattered post-The Further Adventures of Lord Quas/The Unseen discography includes Microphone Mathematics, Hittin' Hooks 7", Astronaut EP, Broad Factor 12", and The Front/Youngblood 45. "Planned Attack" is arguably being pushed as Yessir Whatever's lead promo single, for all intensive purposes; Miskha Bloglin staff writer beholdthedestroyer quite fittingly described the track's overall sound as "like you're eavesdropping on a conversation between a child genius and his blunted uncle while someone flips between Blaxploitation movies in the background." Yessir Whatever is now available for pre-order over @ Stones Throw on LP/CD, complete with a peel-off cover sticker revealing Quasimoto's guts and bonus Hittin' Hooks 45 (expected to ship by or before June 18th).


Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Federal Prism Presents: Kelis & Dave Sitek - "Jerk Ribs" (Brazzaville Teen-ager)




Since we're being honest, I don't think I've ever actually heard anything from Kelis besides "Got Your Money" and "Milkshake;" "My milkshake brings all the boys to the yard and they're like, it's better than yours..." After a few rough years full of shelved albums, label drama, and the dissolution of her marriage to Nas, Kelis has signed to TV on The Radio multi-instrumentalist/producer Dave Sitek's new label imprint. Federal Prism plans to unleash 2 Kelis albums and a single by year's end, along with new material from Scarlett Johansson, Maximum Balloon/Miguel, Freddie Gibbs, CSS, Chuck Inglish, and more. Kelis uploaded "Call On Me" to Soundcloud mid-Monday afternoon, which was later re-upped in substantially higher quality as "Jerk Ribs." Dave Sitek weaves a densely-layered soundbed that includes squalling horns, Funky basslines, and African drum rhythms; It almost has sonic accents reminiscent of Graceland (1986), Stevie Wonder, Fela Kuti, TV on The Radio, etc.


"Jerk Ribs" is essentially 4 sweet minutes-worth of sun-soaked Space R&B/Dance @ it's finest, just in time for Summer...if Mother Nature ever decides to warm up! Federal Prism has yet to announce a solid release date for either of the 2 Sitek-produced albums, but since the single's out now, I'd imagine it won't be too much longer. From what I understand, Kelis has shelved material recorded with Cee-Lo, songwriter Guy Chambers, and Annie Lennox (Eurythmics) dating back to 2007-10, which may or may not ever see the light of day. Michael Cera enlisted Kelis for his JASH/direcotorial debut, Brazzaville Teen-ager that follows a young man's "self-effacing attempt to save his father from a death by deterioration." It seems as though TV on The Radio have parted ways with long-time label, Interscope and are currently recording pressure-free material, which could eventually be released on Federal Prism in some way, shape, or form.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Let's Get Weird: David Guetta, Akon & Ne-Yo - "Play Hard" (Alice DeeJay)



Let me just start by pointing out that my old Loyal Lanes bowling crew and I were into world-renown DJ David Guetta [light]years before 1/2 the free world even knew who he was! Now, I'm talkin' about EPIC strikes/spares soundtracked by "The World Is Mine" (2004), which was practically eons before Fergie & will.i.am, Flo Rida, Kid Cudi, LMFAO, Rihanna, or Usher even knew how to pronounce Guet-ta. His latest video-single, "Play Hard" samples an already infectious Alice DeeJay Dutch-Eurodance track, "Better Off Alone." It's ridiculously zany companion music video plays out like some sort of twisted gangster flick... complete with pointy toed Mexican cowboys, unibrow-sporting pageant queens, heavily tattooed cholos, a fake Tron dancer, Les Twins, a pint-sized prize champion dancer, and disjointed cameos from David Guetta along with guest singers Akon & Ne-Yo. But general weirdness isn't always a bad thing; Although, I'd have to say, this is the most crazy/random video I've seen in quite a while, maybe since 2 Chainz & Kanye's big booty hoe-assisted "Birthday Song." "Play Hard" is actually the ninth overall single pulled from Nothing But The Beat (2011) and it's deluxe edition re-release, Nothing But The Beat 2.0 and it's similarly-named Ultimate re-packaging.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Record Store Day 10" EP: G. Love - "Early Rising/Back to Boston" (Jack Johnson)




Garrett "G. Love" Dutton is a Philly-based musician who's been making Blues-infused Hip-Hop for the better part of the past 20+ years. If you ask me, close friend/frequent collaborator Jack Johnson basically aped his whole "Funky [acoustic] surfer dude" style, ran with it, and got commercially successful. But maybe G. Love belongs in the underground music scene; I personally have damn near 100 G. Love & Special Sauce tracks in my iTunes library and 2011's Fixin' to Die was his 12-13th studio album. For those of you who are un-familar with G. Love (WAKE UP!), I'd say he's equal parts rapper and singer-songwriter; almost like a Beastie-Boys-meets-Johnny-Cash kinda guy. Bloodshot & Blue, a 10" EP limited to 2,000 copies, was released this past Saturday for Record Store Day... and I was lucky enough to score a copy on wax!


G. Love recently described the sheer genesis of the EP's creation to Rolling Stone, "I found the Blues walking through the aisles of Third Street Jazz, my independent record store. That store and those records changed my life... The eclectic, unique, and diverse collection of records which indies always have is why those stores turn people onto music, not just sell them music." Recorded last fall during a 2-day session @ Jack Johnson's Brushfire Records home studio, G. Love drew inspiration from infamous Delta Blues guitarists like Mississippi John Hurt and Bukka White. No doubt about it, this shit is downright Funky, gut-churning Blues music that Dutton made with a little help from his friends: Matt Costa, Zach Gill, Juan Alderete, and Johnson, who also produced Tracks #1-6. A recent subscriber to the phillyglove YouTube channel, G. Love has been regularly active since about July 2006. While "Cold Beverage," "Baby's Got Sauce," and all the hits are great, his personal channel is full of gems including "sympathy for the devil," "Milk and Cereal," "CAN I KICK IT?," "Smokin,'" and all sorts of impromptu song break downs.

90-second Review: Beyoncé & André 3000 - "Back to Black" (Amy Winehouse)




Aside from co-headlining Budweiser's second annual Made In America Festival, Mrs. Carter recorded an interesting new track for what's poised to be one of Summer 2013's biggest blockbusters, The Great Gatsby. While Bryan Ferry Emile Sandé contributed a "Crazy In Love" cover, Beyoncé & André 3000 managed to conjure up their own unique re-make, "Back to Black" (2007). Needless to say, Bey & Dre have TOTALLY flipped Amy Winehouse's breakout Neo-Soul hit; and from the sounds of this just-released 90-second snippet, "Back to Black" has been effectively turned into a modern day Electro-Funk jam. But with that said, it's pretty damn hard to judge an entire track off a brief 90-second preview!


Almost every time André 3000 randomly spits a few sub-par bars like this, it just makes me want that long-rumored OutKast reunion album even more, which I'm beginning to question will ever really see the light of day. Beyoncé's latest pair of tracks, "Bow Down/I Been On" and the Pepsi-backed "Grown Woman" just might be a sign of her currently untitled fifth studio album and I guess André 3000 is still working on that Jimi Hendrix biopic soundtrack, All Is By My Side. The Jay-Z orchestrated Great Gatsby soundtrack is also set to feature Lana del Rey, Q-Tip, Florence + The Machine, Gotye, The xx, Fergie, and Jack White. Baz Luhrmann's long-awaited Leonardo DiCaprio-starring film is based off F. Scott Fitzgerald's beloved 1925 novel; Luhrmann's luxurious-looking film is currently slated for a May 10th release, while it's companion soundtrack will be in stores 3 days prior.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Record Store Day Wax: Mike Watt + The Black Gang - "Rebel Girl" (30 Days In The Hole)


Damn near the furthest thing from a pothead or Neo-Nazi, while being an avid music fan/vinyl-collecting "champion," Record Store Day is my kinda holiday; already in it's sixth annual year of festivities, I trucked up to my favourite record store, Tunes (Turnersville) around 10:30-11ish with 2 wish lists in hand. After assembling quite a few stacked, re-stacked, and un-stacked 45/LP piles, my final haul included: Mike Watt + The Black Gang, Surfer Blood, Pornography, G. Love, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. some J Dilla from the postman... Bob Dylan, Rob Zombie, and Dio/Killswitch Engage (for my buddy waiting tables @ Friendly's). Based solely on Thom Yorke & Flea's involvement, my co-pilot Mr. Moot bought a copy of Atoms for Peace - AMOK, which ended up being pure fucking garbage!


Like anybody, if I had an endless cash-flow, I would've gotten a lot more. But I'm very happy with what I got an how they sound on wax. Needless to say, Mike Watt + The Black Gang - "Rebel Girl/30 Days In The Hole" was definitely my ace-in-the-hole find of the day. Recorded live between 1998-99, Watt recruited friends Nels Cline (Wilco) and Bob Lee (Claw Hammer) to record 2 spirited, previously unreleased Bikini Kill/Humble Pie covers. It's without a doubt a righteous-sounding 45 that was recorded by 3 suspiciously angst-filled then 40-somethings. The 7x7"'s back sleeve also lists some additional info: Oct. 16, 1998, New York, The Knitting Factory, Steve Reed [Back-up Singing], July 4, 1999, Irvine CA, and "This Ain't No Picnic" Festival. While The Black Gang went through a few line-up changes over the years, Mike Watt said around 2008 that he'd like to re-form the Cline/Lee incarnation, after fulfilling commitments with Iggy & The Stooges and The Minutemen.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Gravely Rhythm & Blues: Daughn Gibson - "The Sound of Law" (Sub Pop)


Daughn Gibson is a former truck driver who looks like he could be a flannel/chainsaw model and sings kinda like a disjointed mix between Joy Division, Crash Test Dummies, and Johnny Cash. Gibson's new label, Sub Pop is gearing up to release his second album, Me Mean, this upcoming July 8-9th; It was recorded with producer, Benjamin Balcom and features guitar work from John Baizley (Baroness) and Jim Elkington (Brokeback). I really don't think that calling Daughn Gibson's unique style of music Americana would be totally inappropriate or wrong... Sub Pop laments that "if All Hell was a gritty black-and-white movie, Me Moan is a widescreen IMAX 3-D extravaganza." Just unleashed late Thursday afternoon, "The Sound of Law" is a deep, gravely-voiced progressively dark track that makes use of a wide array of live instrumentation including drums, pedal steel, horns, house strings, bagpipes, and organs. Daughn Gibson was born and raised in Nazareth, PA and currently hails from Carlisle; Before aligning with Sub Pop, he was previously signed to Matt Korvette's own Philly-based White Denim imprint and previously spent some time drumming with revered Stoner-Metal outfit, Pearls & Brass.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Kool A.D. Presents: PARTY ANIMAL - "I LOVE SOCIETY" (OIL! OIL! OIL!)





"BRAND NEW HIGH BUDGET MUSIC VIDEO FOR OUR NEW WEST COAST POWER JAZZ SINGLE "I LOVE SOCIETY (OIL! OIL! OIL!)"" read a short, sweet Wednesday night Tweet from Victor "Kool A.D." Vazquez's re-united high school Hardcore Punk band, PARTY ANIMAL. Seated behind the drumkit, Vazquez is joined by buddies Loren Moter, and Malosi. PARTY ANIMAL make some pretty bare-bones, loud, fast, comedy-filled, good time-havin' Hardcore and "I LOVE SOCIETY"'s a prime example. It's 49-second music video re-appropriates found footage of 3 musically-inclined 80's robots, which is intro'd by a "women be shoppin'" sound bite. PARTY ANIMAL's self-titled debut was uploaded to Bandcamp back in February and it's 19 tracks clock in right around the 20-minute mark. These guys kinda remind me of the Punk Rock that I first "cut my teeth" on from 12-15: Black Flag, Misfits, Fugazi/Minor Threat. But whether or not PARTY ANIMAL will ultimately stand the test of time like their forefathers remains to be seen. Kool A.D. & Loren Moter have teamed up with super-producer Amaze 88 to form Future Grammy Winners and they're supposedly working on an AWESOMELY-titled mixtape, "Bohemian Rap CD."

12 Reasons to Die: Ghostface Killah & Adrian Younge - "Rise of The Ghostface Killah" (Soul Temple)


Professor and record store owner-turned-Blaxplotation producer Adrian Younge somehow managed to find time to pen an intricate Rap opera that's loosely based on Ghostface Killah's infamous Tony Starks character. It's set in 1960's Italy where The DeLuca Family crime mob wreaks havoc throughout an innocent small town. Tony Starks falls in love with the kingpin's daughter, soon falls to his tragic end, and is eventually re-born. Twelve Reasons to Die narrator/executive producer, RZA tells is best, "The DeLucas pressed Tony's remains into 12 vinyl records; One for each member of the family. But little did they know, he would return..." Adrian Younge & Venice Dawn successfully weave together a badass Neo Soul-Funk, guitar-drenched soundtrack for Ghostface Killah to lace up with raps. He then recruited a band of tough as nails Wu-Gambinos including Inspectah Deck, Masta Killa, U-God, Cappadonna, Killa Sin, and crooner William Hart (The Delfonics).


The RZA's own imprint, Soul Temple Records put together a number assorted packages ranging from $8-40 and include vinyl, CD's, T-shirts, an Apollo Brown remix cassette, companion comic book, etc. Recent single, "Rise of The Ghostface Killah" chronicles Tony Starks' re-birth as black super-hero who's of course named, Ghostface Killah. Adrian Younge & David Wong co-directed a Crime Thriller/B-movie Horror flick to go along with it, which okayplayer fittingly described as "Rosemary's Baby meets Vampyros Lesbos meets Kojak." What just might be the linchpin to a 12-part Twelve Reasons to Die video series includes allusions to some sort of Satanic cult, The Catholic Church, a masked Ghostface Killah Greg Malone, a cloaked band that's probably Venice Dawn, and a creepy RZA intro. Twelve Reasons to Die is without a doubt chock-full of sheer 90's-tinged Experimental Hip-Hop @ it's finest!

Monday, April 15, 2013

Saint Laurent Presents: Daft Punk, Pharrell & Nile Rodgers - "Get Lucky" (High-Res Preview)


Monday mornings almost always suck; whether it's waking up in a drunken haze, with vaguely spotted memories of the weekend, or in sheer disdain of the impending week... Nothing incredibly good/bad ends up happening most Mondays. Daft Punk's new pseudo-video for "Get Lucky" kinda feels like a hazy, weekend-spun memory, too. It was initially released via some grainy cell phone-shot footage that was filmed @ Coachella Friday night. The band's third Random Access Memories [May 20-21st] TV commercial aired Saturday night during the new Vince Vaughn-hosted episode of SNL. One would most likely assume that this is all the clever build-up to an upcoming "Get Lucky" music video, which would feature Daft Punk, Pharrell & Nile Rodgers outfitted in bedazzled Saint Laurent suits.


Temporary frontman Pharrell recently told The Creators Project that "the robots" sought him out @ a Madonna party, drugged him, an flew him out to a Paris recording studio (not exactly in that order). He then recounted that "Get Lucky"'s ideally exists on "some kind of exotic island where it's forever 4 in the morning... [No,] getting lucky is not just sleeping with her, but meeting someone for the first time and it just clicking." I've never been a huge Daft Punk fan, but I've always admired the fact that they've somehow been able to become world-famous Rockstars without having to deal with exhausting fan/media attention; Thomas Bangalter & Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo were supposedly standing stage right, mid-crowd amongst unsuspecting fans as "Get Lucky" debuted across the surrounding Jumbo-tron screens @ Coachella late Friday night.

Bandcamp Leak or Pirated Booty?: Jai Paul - "Jai Paul CD-R"(16-track Album)




Jai Paul is a painfully mysterious British-Indian singer-songwriter/producer who's really only released 2-3 tracks since signing with XL Recordings in 2010: "BTSTU," "Jasmine," and "Flip Out" (Str8 Outta Mumbai). Paul's forward-thinking brand of Space R&B has been embraced by Drake, Beyoncé, rapper XV, and he even appeared on Big Boi's recent solo album, Vicious Lies & Dangerous Rumors. Practically out of nowhere, during Coachella's weekend-spanning festivities, Jai Paul quietly uploaded his long-rumored self-titled debut album/mixtape to Bandcamp. It's selling for 7 GBP's, which converts to about $10.35 or "Name Your Price" and that gets your a download folder containing 16 untitled tracks. Jai Paul CD-R kinda sounds like a mixed bag full of rough demos, fully fleshed out songs, and random skits; Track titles have been speculated to include "Baby Beats," "A Thousand Light-Years from You," "Genevieve," "Chix," and "All Night."


A blatantly sample chopped cover of 90's Dance Pop hit, "Crush" is also pretty damn AWESOME - Just sayin'! Until XL Recordings or Jai Paul himself decide to properly address this guerrilla-style album/mixtape release, here's Paul's handy-dandy Bandcamp description: "#ANONCD-R #WASTEFIELDMULTISTORE #SS #SW1 #SHOOTTHEPIGEON #XXL #DSLR #HYPATIA #JORDANV."

UPDATE: Jai Paul's first ever Tweet (Monday morning) really sums it all up... "To confirm: demos on bandcamp were not uploaded by me, this is not my debut album. Please don't buy. Statement to follow later. Thanks, Jai." Jai Paul's laptop was supposedly stolen quite recently and British news outlets are already reporting that he'll be releasing an official statemtnt to address all the hoopla around 3:00PM [10:00AM EST].

Saturday, April 13, 2013

The Boys Are Back!: Daft Punk, Pharrell & Nile Rodgers - "Get Lucky" (Coachella Teaser)


Spearheaded by a guerrilla-style video "performance" that was broadcast @ Coachella late Friday night, the robot helmeted men behind Daft Punk have finally revealed some concrete info about their upcoming album, Random Access Memories. Eager fans rushed to pull out their cell phone cameras as a 2-minute teaser clip for "Get Lucky" with Pharrell and Nile Rodgers flashed on-screen; about 1 minute+ worth of shaky video was haphazardly captured by a few tech-savvy concert go-ers. It also revealed Daft Punk's genre-blending list of friends-collaborators: Julian Casablancas, Panda Bear, Giorgio Moroder, Paul Williams, Chilly Gonzales, DJ Falcon, and Todd Edwards. Rolling Stone then posted fragmented pieces of a featured article/interview, which will most likely be released to coincide with Random Access Memories (May 20-21st). Funnyman Aziz Ansari soon Tweeted, "Can anyone confirm the rumored Daft Punk show at the Palm Springs Chuck E Cheese? #Coachella."


Sounds like this is what those 2 vague 15-second SNL commercials were building up to and I'd almost bet that a "Get Lucky" music video's coming up next. Thomas Bangalter describes the 2008-12 recording sessions for Random Access Memories as, "After three records, there was a sense of searching for a record we hadn't done... We wanted to do what we used to do with machines and samples, but with real people;" eventually recruiting session musicians who worked with the likes of Eric Clapton, Herbie Hancock, Michael Jackson, and Chic throughout the 1970-80's. While working between rigorous sessions, Daft Punk somehow found time to record 2 tracks with Kanye, which could possibly end up on his new album, Rich Black American. Director Michel Gondry, who has heard both rough tracks, describes one as sounding "solid and powerful -- I envisioned a cube when I heard it."

Friday, April 12, 2013

G.O.O.D. Music Presents: Pusha T - "Numbers on The Boards" (Kanye & Don Cannon)




Released just a few mere hours after "Open Letter" [below] and Tweeted along with a Kanye-fied message, "Our family HOV brought that real Hip-Hop shit this morning, so me and Pusha T wanna keep that feeling going." G.O.O.D. Music approved, Kanye/Don Cannon co-produced, and DONDA-commissioned artwork... "Numbers on The Boards" pulls a Jay-Z vocal sample from "Intro/A Million & One Questions/Rhyme No More" (1997). I'm pretty white and I still caught the whole "Ballers, I put numbers on the boards" basketball reference utilized on the track's hook. "Numbers on The Boards" is Pusha T's first major release since his critically-acclaimed Wrath of Caine mixtape @ the top of the year; It might re-appear on My Name Is My Name, his long-rumored solo debut, which should be out sometime this upcoming May.


Not unlike "Open Letter," from a sonic perspective, "Numbers on The Boards" really shouldn't work as a modern Hip-Hop beat. But on the other hand, it works incredibly well in that goofy 90's Hip-Hop Biz Markie/Digital Underground kinda way. Here's a few choice bars, transcribed thanks to Rap Genius: "Hard to get a handle on this double-edged sword / whether rappin' or I'm rappin' to a whore / Might reach back and relapse to wrappin' up this raw / Givenchy fittin' like it's gym clothes." Thematically, My Name Is My Name is supposedly inspired by Keanu Reeves & Al Pacino's film, Devil's Advocate (1997) and Marlo Stanfield's infamous catchphrase from The Wire Season 5. It's 13 tracks will likely feature production work and guest verses from the likes of Pharrell, Hudson Mohawke, The-Dream, Future, Rick Ross, Clipse member/brother No Malice, Just Blaze, Hit-Boy, and of course, Mr. West.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

We Made It In America: Jay-Z - "Open Letter" (Brooklyn Nets & Cuba-gate, 2013)




Rather than just issue some dumb, pre-concieved press release/statement, veteran lyrical assassin Jay-Z decided to step into the studio and record a track about his involvement in a few current events. "Open Letter" bravely delves into slightly questionable shit like The Carters vacationing in Cuba (a restricted tourism zone) and having to sell his small fraction of the Brooklyn Nets in order to become a sports agent. Timbaland and Swizz Beatz co-produced the track, which also somehow manages to work in references to Kevin Hart's infamous "You gon learn t'day" comedy skit and Bob Dylan's Blood on The Tracks era single, "Idiot Wind" (1975). It's worth noting that Jay-Z most likely isn't working on a new album, cause his hair is pretty shaped up and well-kept ha, which in itself, basically alludes to time NOT spent in-studio.


Here's a few well-written bars pulled straight from the painfully short Life + Times-backed track: "Boy from the hood, but got White House clearance / Sorry y'all, I don't agree with y'all appearance... Would've brought the Nets to Brooklyn for free / Except I made millions off it, you fuckin' dweebs... The world's under new management / The new role model, fuck this Zoolander shit." As of Thursday night, The White House already issued a 1/2-assed statement in response to Jay-Z's rhymed allegations. I addition to plotting a summer-long [baseball] stadium tour with comeback kid Justin Timberlake, Jay-Z somehow found time to hand-pick performers/bands for Budweiser's second annual Made In America Festival. Taking place Labor Day Weekend (August 31-Sept. 1st) on the Ben Franklin Parkway, ticket prices are $99.50 and rising. We're talkin' about a line-up that includes: Beyoncé, Nine Inch Nails, "Black Hippy," Phoenix, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Miguel, Queens of The Stone Age, A$AP Rocky [& his "nigga Skrillex?"] Solange, Public Enemy, Imagine Dragons, Gaslight Anthem, AlunaGeorge, Wiz Khalifia, Mord Fustang, HAIM, and many more genre-blending artists!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

He White, But He DOPE!: El-P & Killer Mike - "Banana Clipper" (Run The Jewels)




Rapping friends El-P & Killer Mike already produced one critically-acclaimed joint album together last year, R.A.P. Music. But it seems like they've made their Hip-Hop group a little more official - That's now been re-christened Run The Jewels and are currently nearing completion of a second record; Sounds like El-P's decided to step out from behind the boards and back onto the mic this go-round, too. After a few solid months-worth of vague teasers, El-P uploaded an 84-second snippet of "Banana Clipper" to his Soundcloud Tuesday afternoon. It's a short but sweet sampling of what Run The Jewels upcoming album might sound like, which is rumored for a Summertime release. El-P's also busy writing/recording new music along with Nick Diamonds (Islands) that they're calling Stepson, and possibly working with Big Boi/T.I.


Killer Mike, on the other hand's about to head out on a MASSIVE 40+ date tour with frequent collaborator, Big Boi. Tom Breihan quite fittingly describes his "Villain[ous]" new track as "rapping from a super-powered bad guy standpoint over a stormy synthetic Goth-churn," which will be featured on DC Comics' new video game, Injustice: Gods Among Us. The Shoes for Running Tour kicks off on April 18th in Georgia and runs through early July (Boston). Stay tuned for further Run The Jewels release details and in the meantime, check out Killer Mike/El-P's latest solo albums, R.A.P. Music and Cancer 4 Cure. Killer Mike later lamented on Twitter, "For all y'all that wanna hate on my man James Todd Smith, remember he inspired #RUNTHEJEWELS, the best thing for race relations ever!" seemingly in reference to Brad Paisley & LL Cool J's controversial single, "Accidental Racist."

PARTY FUN BLAST: KEN Mode - "Counter Culture Complex" (Warrior Chicks?)


It's very likely that "Counter Culture Complex" is the first Sludge Metal-associated music video to feature leather-clad warrior chicks running around, wreaking havoc across a barren wasteland. No, KEN Mode doesn't have anything to do with Barbie's crotch-less boy toy, it actually stands for "Kill Everyone Now." Formerly titled "Party Fun Blast," the track's pulled from KEN Mode's fifth and latest alum Entrench, which was released on Season of Mist this past March 15th. "Counter Culture Complex" is a nearly perfect Metal/Hardcore/Noise-Rock hybrid that formally introduces the band's new bassist, Andrew LaCour. Brothers Jesse & Shane Matthewson formed KEN Mode in their hometown of Winnipeg, Canada way back in 1999 and have gone through about 3-5 bassists over the years before discovering LaCour (2011). These guys would've been perfect for Headbanger's Ball...especially with a video like this that comes complete with hot warrior chicks, snow-covered performance shots, an angry demon, Heavy Metal guitar riffs, Satanic imagery, sword fighting, FIRE, etc. From what I'm led to understand, Shane & Jesse Matthewson just recently quit their swanky/unfulfilling office jobs as accountants. So, support "the good fight" and go pick up a copy of KEN Mode's new album, Entrench!

Sunday, April 7, 2013

DA GRODDFATHER, Part III: Sean Price - "Bar-Barian" (Duck Down)


Sean Price is kinda like a one-man Run-D.M.C., when you really think about it; a no bullshit, low gimmick guy with outta-this-world rapping abilities! Price could easily out-rap your favourite Ringtone Rapper on an off day, while hooking up with your mom (Yeah, he's THAT kinda dude) ha. Long-time label, Duck Down have invested a good-sized chunk of change into producing 4-6 simplistic music videos for Mic Tyson and some of it's bonus cuts: "The Genesis of The Omega," "Haraam," "STFU (Part 2)," "I See," and "BBQ Sauce." Now, we're talkin' about videos that re-cast Sean Price as a crazed lumberjack, jet-setting humanitarian, cartoon robot ape fighter, ruthless drug dealer, and a sharp-tongued emcee. Duck Down unleashed the gritty Isaac Aguirre-directed "Bar-Barian" video just in time for the weekend; It's a short and sweet snow-covered clip that features Sean Price spitting cold hard rhymes and looking like a barbarian, while his Boot Camp Clik[?] brethren wield primitive weaponry. Mic Tyson doesn't even have a single FF-worthy track and remarkably, Sean Price's already writing/recording it's proper follow-up, which could tentatively be titled either Tackleberry or Slumlord.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Let Your Fingers Do The Walking: Pharrell Interviewing Henry Rollins (Parts 1-2)


No matter, how old I get, Black Flag and The Neptunes (N*E*R*D) will always be amongst my first favourite artists. While I deeply love and appreciate their separate outputs, Pharrell & Henry Rollins are 2 of the last guys I'd ever figure would get along. With that said, Rollins and Pharrell get along like a couple reunited long-lost friends; Reserve Channel & Noisey recently uploaded a 2-part sit-down interview/conversation between the 2 prolific artists. Born and raised on the East Coast between DC and Richmond, Henry Rollins (52) and Pharrell (40) quickly bonded over the shared D.I.Y. nature of their Hip-Hip/Punk roots and early projects. Part 1, hosted by ARTST TLK, covers everything from Black Flag, weight lifting, the advent of Grunge, Regan-era tattoos, spoken word, sobriety, etc. Prenatal Hardcore fans should start out with Rollins' first Black Flag album, Damaged right on through to their sixth and final album, In My Head (1986). Might as well grab a copy of Miles Davis' 1957 compilation album, Birth of The Cool while you're @ it as per Mr. Rollins' request.


It's a damn shame that Henry Rollins wasn't included in either re-formed incarnation of Black Flag set to tour this upcoming spring-summer... But it's nice to still hear him speak rather candidly of his time spent fronting the band. Here's Rollins on how he accidentally joined Black Flag for 90 seconds back in 1981: "I'm lookin' at my watch goin', 'I have to be at work in like 7 hours and I have a long drive back to Washington. And I said, 'Hey fellas, you know that song you do "Clocked In" (which is about going to work and what a drag it is) I said, 'Can you play that for me, cause I gotta go to work?' And the singer at that time, Dez [Cadena] said, 'Uh, this is for Henry, cause he's gotta go to work.' And then Dez kinda looked at me and like reached the mic out like, you wanna sing it? I'm like, well, I don't mind if I do!" Noisey then uploaded Part 2 online late Friday afternoon as part of their on-going Back-and-Forth series, which has been conveniently described as, "hash[ing] out the major issues of our day from education reform and politics to dealing with personal challenges."

Friday, April 5, 2013

Wu-Tang Forever: James Blake & RZA - "Take a Fall for Me" (tumblr Link)


James Blake's music has always had an underlying, vaguely Hip-Hop feel to it; from his early Harmonimix tracks to his work with Grime rapper, Trim. But now, it seems like Blake is fully embracing his inner beatsmith on his upcoming sophomore album, Overgrown... having worked with legendary Wu-Tang Clan emcee/producer RZA, sampling Big Boi for a bonus track, and most likely logging some studio time with Kendrick Lamar in the near future. James Blake recently linked up with former R&S Records manager, Dan Foat to form a new imprint, which has been dubbed 1-800-DINOSAUR. Overgrown hits shelves next week, April 8-9th and it will be their second (first major) release. James Blake lamented, "It was like sending it for mastering. It was like, 'Just see what comes back.' [RZA] really nailed it though. I mean, he's obviously a consummate professional. He also did it with such a level of intimacy and sensitivity that I got it back and I got shivers," about [not] working in-studio with RZA. I can't exactly figure out how to embed "Take a Fall for Me," so here's a tumblr link and check out one of James Blake's latest video-singles, "Retrograde."



Thursday, April 4, 2013

Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg Present: "This Is The End" (Red Band Trailer #2)


This Is The End, the movie formerly known as The End of The World/The Apocalypse, is quickly nearing it's June 12th nation-wide release. First time directors, Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg just unveiled it's second Red Band trailer this past Monday, which follows one that was released on "the dawn of the apocalypse" (just in case). Thinly veiled behind a Pineapple Express 2/Sony-backed April Fool's prank, This Is The End's new trailer naturally reveals a lot more of the film's plot than it's predecessor; Mishka Bloglin laments that "the movie plays out an end of the world scenario at a party hosted by James Franco -- including everyone who's ever been in a Judd Apatow comedy," plus Rihanna, Emma Watson, Mindy Kaling, Martin Starr (Bill) from Freaks & Geeks, and maybe even a semi-misplaced Backstreet Boys cameo ha.


Franco's RAGER is soon interrupted by the impending apocalypse, pesky Earth quakes, etc... as soon as everyone rushes out of his house, a giant sinkhole erupts in his front lawn. Aziz Ansari is one of the first celebrities to perish and nearly pulls Kevin Hart down into the Earth-torn abyss along with him. When push comes to shove, James Franco, Seth Rogen, Jay Buruchel, Danny McBride, Jonah Hill, and Craig Robinson are seemingly amongst the last survivors on Earth! It doesn't really help anything that their food/water supply includes, as Seth Rogen blatantly puts it: "12 bottles of water, 56 beers, 1/2 ounce Sour Diesel, 1 ounce Shrooms, CT Crunch, a Milky Way." Man, Emma Watson's a TOTAL badass - Just watch the trailer [above] and see it for yourself!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

"Here's The Thing:" Alec Baldwin Interviews Thom Yorke (Atoms for Peace, Radiohead)




While Alec Baldwin's first major post-30 Rock endeavor, "Here's The Thing" only has about 4,000+ Facebook Likes, Baldwin's still been able to book some pretty A-List-worthy celebrity talent for his bi-monthly podcast series: Brian Williams, Lena Dunham (Girls), Billy Joel, Judd Apatow, Andrew McCarthy, Fred Armisen, and most recently, Thom Yorke. Randomly littered with mid-conversation Capitol One drops, Baldwin's latest podcast is a rare sit-down with a mysterious an who really doesn't give a lot of interviews; Alec Baldwin & Thom Yorke's nearly hour-long conversation covers everything from getting impromptu singing lessons from Björk and Micahel Stipe (R.E.M.), computer-based recording techniques, just being able to email guys like Flea to join a band, etc. Here's a choice quote pulled from their "Here's The Thing" interview: "I got Ed [O'Brien] because he was dressed like Morrissey and he had some cool socks, and I saw he had a guitar. I had no idea whether he could play or not. I didn't really care. I got Colin [Greenwood] because I knew Colin could play very well and I needed a bass player who could play very well, but he'd never played bass before. And his brother Jonny [Greenwood] was this mythical musical prodigy, so I roped him in, and then Phil [Selway] was the only drummer we knew anyway, so - and he had a house down the road that we could rehearse in." Atoms for Peace unleashed their long-awaited XL Recordings debut, AMOK back on February 25th. Alec Baldwin's upcoming projects, on the other hand, include AmeriQua, Blue Jasmine, Caught Stealing, and made-for-TV movie The Natural Heart.