Thursday, May 31, 2012

Video: Purity Ring: “Belispeak”

Canadian duo Purity Ring have dropped some visual material from their forthcoming long player, Shrines. This is the first official video from the duo and it’s for a familiar song from Corin and Megan, “Belispeak.” The Directing duties came from Brewer with visuals that pretty much fit the ghostly vibe that the song.  Look for the LP to drop on July 24 via 4AD and Last Gang.

Shepard Fairey & Glen E. Friedman MCA Tribute (Los Angeles)

Images via the artist

It’s been just under a month since the passing of legendary artist/musician Adam Yauch (MCA) of the Beastie Boys and the tributes have been popping up around the world. Recently Shepard Fairey put up several tribute pieces around the Los Angeles area that utilize iconic counterculture photographer Glen E. Friedman’s shot of the band with the words “Posse In Effect, R.I.P. MCA 1964-2012.” 

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Listen: Childish Gambino Featuring Beck – “Silk Pillow”

So this is pretty random. Childish Gambino and Beck have teamed up for “Silk Pillow,” which will presumably appear on the rappers forthcoming mixtape. Beck not only raps on the tune but co-produced it with Gambino as well adding some major credibility to the project for those that need it. I know I keep on saying this but really now, how many cuts from this project are going to leak before we get the full album?

Video: Kilian Martin – Altered Route (a Skate Film)

Freestyle street skater Kilian Martin and filmmaker BrettNovak have once again teamed up to create Altered Route (a Skate Film) sponsored by Mercedes-Benz. The short conceptual video is full of spectacular moments as Killian adds a lot of fun and whimsy to his tricks. Check out the Spaniard interacting with his environment at an abandoned water park, inspirational stuff for sure.

Video: El-P - "The Full Retard"

It’s been a busy day in the world of music videos and it doesn’t seem like it’s going to calm down just yet. El-P drops his first audio visual treatment from his just released Cancer For Cure Lp. I’ve already stated my allegiance to the record and if you haven’t heard it yet make sure you do so ASAP. Directed by Timothy Saccenti, “The Full Retard,” see’s El and a furry friend raising hell in NYC, taking part in all the classics, including drug use, partying, guns, hookers, violence and more.

Video: M83 - "Reunion"

M83 released the latest visuals from 2011’s Hurry Up We’re Dreaming track “Reunion.” Directed by Fleur & Manu, the striking video continues the storyline from the video for "Midnight City" as a group of paranormal children go to battle. Watch out for an  AdamYauch tribute 48 seconds or so in.

Video: Florence & The Machine - "Spectrum"

Florence& The Machine return with a new visual for their single "Spectrum" which was featured on their 2011 LP, Ceremonials. The video was handled by David LaChapelle and John Byrne so it all looks very shiny and decadent.

Video: Jay-Z & Kanye West – "No Church In The Wild”

The latest visuals from Kanye West and Jay-Z’s joint LP Watch The Throne are here and it’s for the truly great  album opener “No Church In The Wild” featuring Odd Future’s Frank Ocean.  The clip was directed by Roman Gavras, who if you recall, directed M.I.A’s "Bad Girls" video. What I didn’t know until now, is that Roman was born in Athens Greece, which could have easily served as inspiration for this video given the country’s current political state.  Anyway the video is shot incredibly well giving it an epic feel with a elephant thrown in towards the end just to remind you these guys are kind of a big deal.

Watch: Grand Theft Auto III: 10 Year Anniversary Edition - Trailer (feat. "O Mio Babbino Caro" remix by Hudson Mohawke)

Rockstar Games announced a re-release of the infamous classic video game Grand Theft Auto III for mobile devices on the 10th Anniversary since the original.  The trailer for the release features a huge (tired of using that word to describe this guy's music but it really is fitting) remix the opera classic "O Mio Babbino Caro" by Hudson Mohawke who's EP Satin Panthers featured some of our favorite party tracks from last year and recent production work for Azealia Banks and Kanye West found us breaking our necks in delight.  Watch the trailer below or if you'd rather listen to the track without the trailer bits click here.  For more of HudMo's remix work check out his rework of this Battles track and Bjork's "Virus".

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Listen: Summer Camp – “Always”

Several weeks back we shared something new from retro pop act SummerCamp in the form of “Life” off of the soon to be released Always EP.  Today we bring you the title track, a slice of synth-pop with a driving beat and the trade mark split vocals and breeziness the band is known for, listen below...

Listen: Azealia Banks – “1991″

Harlem MC Azeilia Banks returns with “1991” the title track from her new ep produced by American electronic artist Machinedrum. This one isn’t as fun as the steel drums and circus vibe of “Jumanji” but the rapper spits her rhymes with equal furry over the the dub meets dancehall vibe. The 1991 EP is out today digitally and 6/12 physically via Interscope. It’s a package that also includes the previously released “212” and “Liquorice.” Her mixtape, Fantastic, is out July 4th, and apparently the aforementioned “Jumanji” will find a home there.

Video: Raiders Of The Archives – The Skateboard Museum Part 5 of 5

This week brings part five of Skateboarder Magazine's five part video series entitled Raiders Of The Archives, featuring NikeSB sales rep, Nick Halkias’ skateboard collection. Episode five continues to focuses on original art work in Nick’s collection. Nick shares some illustration work from Neil Blender, Mark Gonzales, Big Brother Magazine as well as his massive collection of skate stickers. Once again Nick has some fun stories to share in regards to the collection including one about some amateur porn he found rummaging through his neighbor’s curbside trash.

Listen: Childish Gambino Ft. Nipsey Hussle – “Black Faces”

Last week we got to hear the Heems-featuring cut, “Tell Me,” this week Childish Gambino lets loose another new tune called “Black Faces.” This one features Nipsey Hussle and production by Boi-1da. Look out for a new mixtape to drop soon before Gambino has run out of tracks to leak.

Video: Chromatics - "These Streets Will Never Look the Same"

Chromatics have released their 6th video from the truly great Kill For Love LP. "These Streets Will Never Look the Same" was shot on videotape live on location in Las Vegas, Mexico City and Montreal. Once again directing duties came from Alberto Rossini, who has shot a number of videos for the band.

Listen: Liars – “WIXIW” Full LP Stream

Back after the holiday weekend picking up right where we left off last week. Liars release their sixth album, WIXIW (pronounced "wish you” via Mute on June 4 in the UK, and June 5 in the U.S. You've heard "No. 1 Against the Rush" and "Octagon"; now you can listen to the full LP below.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Video: Quakers – “Fitta Happier”

Quakers are back with their most high budget video to date.  “Fitta Happier,” featured some months back as a stream, guest’s Guilty Simpson & M.E.D. The clip was directed by Eric Coleman and indirectly  samples Radiohead’s  “The National Anthem” by way of marching band. Quakers is a 35-person hip-hop collective, centered around three producers - Fuzzface (Geoff Barrow), Katalyst (Ashley Anderson), and 7Stu7 (Stuart Matthews). Quakers 41-track album is out now on Stones Throw.

Video: Cloud Nothings - Our Plans (Bowlegs Session)

Cleveland punk band Cloud Nothings stopped by Bowlegs for a for a raucous run-through of  “Our Plans” off of the spectacular Attack On Memory LP, check it below…

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Listen: Childish Gambino Ft. Heems – “Tell Me” (Radio Rip)

It’s been about a week, which means yet another ChildishGambino tune has leaked. This one features Heems from Das Racist and is titled “Tell Me”.  Like many of the recent dropsTell Me” signifies a change in sound for the rapper. What ever the case two of my favorite MC’s collaborating is always a good thing. Check the radio rip out below…

Listen: Ty Segall's "Goodbye Bread", recreated with analog synths

To help celebrate Mr. Bob Moog's birthday I thought we should post something some what fitting. Recently Marty Marquis of Blitzen Trapper recreated SF-based Ty Segall's kickass album Goodbye Bread using "Moog Taurus 3 and Voyager XL plus Moogerfooger array”. Enjoy!!!

New Banksy Work

Yet even more new work from Banksy. The artist has been keeping things simple but I’m loving the interaction with the existing environment, humor shining through and though and reminding us all why he is so poular in the first place.

Listen: Liars – “Octagon”

The new Liars album, “WIXIW” (pronounced "wish you") is just around the corner from being released. We have shared the excellent “No. 1 Against the Rush” with you as well as a video on the recording process just  earlier this week. Seems the band dropped another tune for our listening pleasure in the form of “Octagon.” Much like “No. 1” the song lives in an electronic world more so than the rock one that the band is known for.   WIXIW is out 4 June 2012 (UK) / June 5 (USA) and has artwork designed by John Weise, you can pre order the CD, deluxe vinyl (with CD) and limited edition vinyl with silk screened embossed covers hand dipped in black wax by the band HERE. Check out the tune below or over at Mute's Soundcloud page.

Shepard Fairey – “Ebony Magazine – Trayvon Martin”

Shepard created this artwork a few months ago for a commission by Ebony Magazine. Although he was  not able to show the artwork until the issue hit newsstands this week. “I have followed Trayvon’s case closely and I think any compassionate human being can relate to Trayvon as a brother or son and would want to see a thorough investigation into the killing of an unarmed person. In my portrait I wanted to emphasize Trayvon’s humanity as well as the public outcry for a just investigation into his death.

Video: Afghan Whigs – “I’m Her Slave” Live on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon

One of my all time favorite bands, TheAfghan Whigs, recently reformed for a reunion tour which kicked off last night on "LateNight With Jimmy Fallon". This marks the Cincinnati band’s first public appearance in 13 years and you can watch the web exclusive of "I'm Her Slave", off the 1992  classic Congregation LP, with a little help from ?uestlove of "Fallon" house band the Roots below. And if you haven’t already make sure to grab the free download of "See And Don't See," a cover originally recorded in 1970 by Marie "Queenie" Lyons, the first new recording in over five years from the guys.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Video: Sleigh Bells – “Demons”

SleighBells are back with another video from their sophomore LP Reign of Terror.  "Demons" was directed by the band's Derek Miller along with Gregory Kohn and features footage from live shows in Omaha, Oklahoma City, Dallas, and Houston. It was apparently inspired by classic Pantera videos.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Video: Liars - WIXIW (A Short Film)

The new Liars album, “WIXIW” (pronounced "wish you") is just around the corner from being released. We have shared the very, very excellent “No. 1 Against the Rush” with you so far and if it is any indication of what the rest of the album will sound like than I have a midyear guess for  what my favorite LP of 2012 just might be. WIXIW is out 4 June 2012 (UK) / June 5 (USA) and has artwork designed by John Weise, you can pre order the CD, deluxe vinyl (with CD) and limited edition vinyl with silk screened embossed covers hand dipped in black wax by the band HERE.

Video: Woodkid – “Run Boy Run”

We first shared some music and visuals from Yoann Lemoine’s Woodkid project a year ago in the form of the excellent “Iron”. In that year Lemoine‘s star has grown brighter with his Lana Del Rey video’s and remix’s and although Yoann was already known for his sleak music videos for the likes of  Katy Perry, and Moby he is poised to make Woodkid just as successful in it's own right. Check out the breathtaking video for new single "Run Boy Run" which Yoann of course directed himself, if you like what you hear head to iTunes to grab the Run Boy Run EP released today.

Video: Vegan Black Metal Chef Episode 10 – “Buffalo Seitan Bites”

VeganBlackMetal Chef has once again risen from his dark sleep to provide us with only the most black of recipes. Episode 10 focuses on Buffalo Seitan Bites divided into three easy steps.  In part 1 you will learn to make your own seitan. Part 2 will have you at your caldron whipping up a vegan ranch dressing and part 3, hellfire in the form of buffalo sauce.  May the spicy meal burn forever in your soul and taste buds…

Video: Raiders Of The Archives – The Skateboard Museum Part 4 of 5

This week brings part four of Skateboarder Magazine's five part video series entitled Raiders Of The Archives, featuring NikeSB sales rep, Nick Halkias’ skateboard collection. Episode four focuses on original art work in Nick’s collection. Nick shares some illustration work from issue two of Transworld Skateboarding comic strip, Wrench Pilot, some Big Brother magazine cover art, and the infamous Mark Mckee graphic, “Sleeping Negro,” that was used for Jovantae Turner’s 1993 World Industries pro model. As always the pieces come with some fun stories, enjoy and see you next week with part 5 of 5 in the series.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Happy Friday!/Go Buy This: “Superb Tyrannosaurus Skeleton “

That’s right you can buy a dinosaur!  For the collector that has everything, the ultimate talking piece, a true “ballers” trophy. With only one day left to bid you could put everyone who has ever appeared on MTV’s Cribs to shame with this Tyrannosaurus skeleton. The Estimate: is $950,000 - $1,500,000 and you can bid on it HERE.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Kaws Balloon To Appear At Macys Thanksgiving Parade

Here is some exciting news from KAWS. The former graffiti turned contemporary artist has been asked to contribute a balloon to Macys famous Thanksgiving parade this November. Donnelly will join Jeff Koons and Takashi Murakami in the exclusive hundred-feet-high club for artists whose work has floated in the event. The artists trademark Companion will be the adapted character for the project, more specifically a recent rendition who sits with gloved hands covering his face, as if he were ashamed or crying.

“I grew up in Jersey City, watching the parade on TV,” Mr. Donnelly said. “It was more important than the holiday itself. To have my character in a lineup with Snoopy and Kermit is a real dream.”

For more on the story visit the NY Times.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Listen: Childish Gambino – “We Ain’t Them”

Yet another new Childish Gambino song to share this evening in the form of “We Ain’t Them.” Gambino pulling the double duty with this one acting as vocalist and co-producer. There is a definite change in direction in these last couple of songs, things seem to have gotten more serious. What say's you?

Listen: Summer Camp - "Life"

Retro pop act Summer Camp are returning with a new EP this summer, their first release since last year’s super fun debut album Welcome To Condale. New track “Life” leans towards the duo’s electro side and will appear on Always, their new EP released via MoshiMoshi on July 9th/10th.

Listen: Fang Island – “Asunder”

Riff warriors Fang Island have unveiled the first track from their forthcoming new album, Major, which is released on July 24th via Sargent House. In the time since their debut album the guys seem to have kept their trademark sound intact so expect plenty of fingerboard acrobatics and soaring vocals. Check out "Asunder" below...

Video: El-P (ft. Nick Diamonds) – “Stay Down” On David Letterman May 15, 2012

Master producer El-P stopped by the Late Show with David Letterman last night to promote his forthcoming record. El brought Islands frontman Nick Diamonds along to do “Stay Down,” a song from his excellent new album Cancer For Cure, due out next week. Diamonds guested on vocals and synth, alongside El’s live band who have the difficult task of recreating the ultra layered bombastic beats that El is known for in a live setting, thankfully they killed it.

Listen: Yeasayer - "Henrietta"

Two weeks ago, Yeasayer announced a summer tour on their website with a cryptic teaser tag saying “NEW SONGS?” Well, as hinted, here is at least one new song from the band in the form of “Henrietta”. This fits in  nicely with Yeasayer’s existing sound, flexing the things they do better than most in the soaring melodies and harmonizing. Good timing for those summer days that lie ahead.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Video: Death Grips: "Hustle Bones"

Sacramento’s DeathGrips have released a self-directed video for "Hustle Bones" from their latest album The Money Store. At this rate the band will make a video for each and every song on the LP before the year is over!

Listen: HEALTH - "Tears"

Man oh man have I been waiting for this to drop ever since it was announced some months back. Los Angles noise band HEALTH created the score for Rockstar Games latest blockbuster franchise release, Max Payne 3, which drops today. If you have seen the onslaught of commercials for the game on TV and are a HEALTH fan like me than it goes without saying that the 2 minutes of “Tears” have been a very big tease and left you wanting more. Available today via iTunes, you can download the single tune for a dollar, or for the gamers out there, as part of the special edition packaging of the game which includes the score in its entirety. It’s a pretty breathtaking tune in my opinion and having not heard the full album yet makes we want more.  For those who don’t want to shell out a full $100 just to get the score (maybe you aren’t a gamer) have no fear as it will be available in its entirety on May 23rd via iTunes and in the future as a physical vinyl release. Unfortunately I don’t know the details of the vinyl drop yet or even how long the score clocks in at but you can be sure I will feverishly continue to track down the info and share it with our readers. For now enjoy all 4 plus minutes of lead song “Tears” below….

Listen: Azealia Banks - "Jumanji" (prod. by Hudson Mohawke and Nick Hook)

Azeilia Banks, the twitter happy, immensely talented female rapper with an attitude (problem?) knows how to pick her producers.  In the recent past she's worked with likes of bass music all stars such as Lone and Machinedrum, yet on her latest single she enlisted recent Kanye West collaborator Hudson Mohawke, alongside Nick Hook, to deliver one of the most massive beats you've heard being rhymed over in a long long time. HudMo's even got tympanies and steel drums in the same song!  The whole affair sounds like an over the top hip-hop circus act.  Listen to or download "Jumanji" below:

Listen: Childish Gambino ft. Schoolboy Q – “Unnecessary”

Childish Gambino has been steadily dropping news tunes as of late, some rumored to be from his forthcoming mix tape while others have been confirmed by the rapper to not be appearing on the tentatively titled Royalty. With “Unnecessary” Gambino goes for something a little darker than we are used to from the often light hearted rapper.  Donald also produced this one and gets some help on the mic from Schoolboy Q, enjoy below…

Monday, May 14, 2012

New Banksy Work in London

Photography: the lonely villein
A new Banksy piece has appeared on the side of Poundland, Whymark Avenue, London. The stencil depicts a child hard at work sewing some Union Jack flags. A commentary on child labor I assume.

Video: Danny Brown – “Detroit State of Mind”

Pitchfork and Youtube  got together to produce Detroit State Of Mind, a 20 minute documentary on rapper Danny Brown and his hometown of Detroit.  The footage gives a unique behind the scenes look at the animated MC with his mother, father and brother, getting his haircut, recording in the studio with the Bruiser crew, performing some shows and talking about the city he grew up in.

Produced & Directed by Eavvon O'Neal
Shot & Edited by William Colby
Mixed by Jeff Curtin
Concert Audio provided by Dana Bartle
Special Thanks: Fool's Gold, Emeka Obi, Dana Bartle, Toya Sewell, Charles Sewell, Charles Strong, AND Danny Brown
Executive Producer: RJ Bentler

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Sunday Matinée - Celebrating Sunday's With A Live Clip: Action Bronson At Princeton House Party

A couple weekends back, at a private house party at Princeton, Action Bronson rapped his way through a crowd of students. While spitting rhymes the very likable MC moved around freely, grabbing a bagel, smoking joints, posing for pictures and getting the occasional head rub without missing a beat.  Check out the antics below in this weeks Sunday Matinée.