Friday, June 28, 2013

Video: The Pixies - "Bagboy"

Not even two weeks since Kim Deal announced she was leaving the Pixies, the legendary band, seemingly out of nowhere, dropped their first new track in nine years, a song called "Bagboy". You can download it below and watch a video for it directed by Lamar + Nik.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Download: EL-P & Killer Mike – "Run The Jewels LP"

The day is finally here,  Run The JewelsKiller Mike and El-P’s new collaboration, is now available to download for free below in exchange for your email address.  If you like what you hear you are also encouraged to splurge a little and pick up a copy via the double deluxe vinyl edition or digipack cd.  

You should already know what you are getting into with this as we have shared several tracks leading up to the release, ten hard-hitting EL-P productions featuring venomous lyrics from both Mike and Jamie alongside some guest stars including Big Boi and Prince Paul.

01 Run the Jewels
02 Banana Clipper [ft. Big Boi]
03 36" Chain
05 Sea Legs
06 Job Well Done [ft. Until the Ribbon Breaks]
07 No Come Down
08 Get It
09 Twin Hype Back [ft. Prince Paul]
10 A Christmas Fucking Miracle    

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Video: The Weeknd - "Kiss Land"

We shared The Weeknd's new single "Kiss Land" last month, whose art work teased with themes of Asian flavored pornography only to be echoed again in the heavily distorted video which dropped today.  Check it below and watch for the LP of the same name later this year.

Video: Alela Diane – “About Farewell”

Back in March we shared the first official sampling of Alela Diane’s new LP, About Farewell. Today we got the title track and video to share with you, which you can also purchase now via iTunes before the physical copy is made available in July. Michael Palmieri directs the intimate black and white clip.

Listen: Delorean - "Spirit"

Keeping things on a Summery vibe Spane’s Delorean will be following up 2010’s Subiza LP with the ten track  Apar, out September 10 via True Panther/Mushroom Pillow. Our first taste comes via "Spirit" which is accompanied by some Jorge Oteiza inspired visuals, give it a spin below…

Video: M.I.A. - "Bring The Noize"

After sharing an audio stream of M.I.A.’s latest taste of forthcoming LP Matangi last week via "Bring the Noize" comes the video. While the visuals aren’t as memorable as last year’s “Bad Girls” a pink haired M.I.A. delivers her message via a slamming beat. 

Listen: Washed Out – “Don't Give Up”

Washed Out shared a second taste of his upcoming LP, Paracosm, due out August 13, in the form of “Don’t Give Up.”  This one is a little more of a traditional pop song than “It Feels Right” and reminds me of genre mate Toro y Moi, which is to say they both seem to have a great feel what summer sounds like.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Video: The Art Of Punk - Episode 2: Crass

From the black and white photo-realistic paintings of protest, anarchy, and social satire, to their legendary adopted brand and two headed snake and cross symbol  the latest installment of The Art of Punk is an inside look at the art and music of Crass..  In the video Gee Vaucher, and founding Crass member, writer, and activist, Penny Rimbaud discuss the art and the lifestyle stemming from the infamous Dial House, where they have lived, worked, and crated their own brand of anarchistic beauty, for more than 3 decades.  Onomatopoeia favorite, artist Scott Campbell, also chimes in to talk about how the art of Crass, and how one single t-shirt created a fork in the road of his own life and career. Finally British graphic designer Dave King - the creator of the infamous snake and cross symbol, discuss’ post war England, hippies, punk, graphic design, and more, that led him to the creation of the symbol made legend by the band. 

Video: Phonat - “Ride the Prejudice”

Italy’s Phonat released a new EP by the name of Identity Theft last week, his first new material since 2009’s super fun self-titled LP.  “Ride the Prejudice” is pretty representative of the 6 song ep’s sound which most certainly has changed in the four years since said LP dropped but is every bit as enjoyable. The video is made up of some 3d animation that matches the whimsy of the song.

Video: The Yeah Yeah Yeah’s – “Despair”

The Yeah Yeah Yeah’s return with their latest video for “Despair,” off of their recently released Mosquito LP. Directed by Patrick Daughters, who also worked with the band on their “Maps” video, we see the band return to New York appearing at various locations throughout the city before ultimately ending up on top of the Empire State Building for a performance.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Listen: Deltron 3030 - "City Rising From The Ashes”

Deltron 3030, the trio consisting of Del the Funky Homosapien, DJ Kid Koala, and producer Dan the Automator, are gearing up to release Event II, the follow-up to their 2000 debut, on September 17th. As of now we have already heard one tune in the form of “Pay The Price” but now we got a second to share with y’all by the name of “City Rising From The Ashes” which shouldn't disappoint fans of the intergalactic trio. Stream and download below and take note of the Alex Pardee artwork attached.…

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Video: The Dillinger Escape Plan – “One Of Us Is A Killer”

The Dillinger Escape Plan dropped their latest video from last month’s One of Us is a Killer LP. This one is for the title track and like the visuals for “When I lost My Bet” there is a bit of blood and gore involved and Mitch Massie handles directing duties.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Listen: M.I.A. - "Bring The Noise"

M.I.A. has shared the first taste from new album Matangi in the form of "Bring the Noize." As you never quite know which M.I.A. is going to show up, I’m happy to report that this latest track ain’t half bad.  The pounding party production by Switch and Surkin keeps things light and fun, which for my money is when M.I.A. is at her best, opting to let the lyrics take on her more serious side. Look for a video on the 21st of the month. 

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Video: These New Puritans: "Fragment Two"

These New Puritans have shared the video for "Fragment Two" off their recently released excellent third LP,  Field of Reeds. The clip was directed by Daniel Askill in conjunction with the Creators Project and is true with most things of the band, dramatic and first class all the way.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Video: The Art Of Punk - Episode 1: Black Flag

Whenever we can share something that combines our love of art with our love of music it’s always a good thing. The Art Of Punk, a new web show from MOCAtv premiered yesterday with an episode focusing on the art of Black Flag and is just that.

The show which was created, directed, and executive produced by writer/author of 'Fucked Up + Photocopied', Bryan Ray Turcotte (Kill Your Idols), and Bo Bushnell (The Western Empire) and traces the roots of the punk movement and the artists behind the iconic logos of punk bands such as: Black Flag (Raymond Pettibon), The Dead Kennedys (Winston Smith), and Crass (Dave King.) So you are basically getting some top tear experts in the subject matter and it shows throughout the twenty-two minute run time.

From the iconic four bars symbols, to the many coveted and collected gig flyers, singles, and band t-shirts, all depicting the distinctive Indian ink drawn image and text by artist Raymond Pettibon. The episode starts off in Los Angeles talking to two founding members of Black Flag, singer Keith Morris and bass player Chuck Dukowski, about what the scene was like in 1976 - setting the stage for the band’s formation, as well as the bands name, and the creation of the four bars symbol. Raymond Pettibon speaks from his New York art studio while  back in LA we hear from Fleaof the Red Hot Chili Peppers, about how the art, the music, and that early LA scene impacted his own life and career. To wrap it all up Henry Rollins chats via MOCA Grand Ave in Los Angeles, about all of the above and more.

Episodes exploring the visual identities of Dead Kennedys and Crass will debut soon at the MOCAtv YouTube channel. In addition to profiling the artists, the series includes intimate interviews with former band members, notable artists, and celebrities who have been heavily influenced by the art of punk rock including Jello Biafra, Tim Biskup, Scott Campbell, Steve Olson, Penny Rimbaud, Owen Thornton, and Gee Vaucher to name but a few.

The filmmakers Bryan Ray Turcotte and Bo Bushnell take a unique approach to exploring the rich histories of these three seminal punk legends by focusing on the influential imagery and seeking out stories that have not been told yet through the artwork, which is integral to the importance and influence of each band.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Listen: Washed Out - "It Feels Right"

Ernest Greene, aka Washed Out, is gearing up to release his latest LP, Paracosm, on August 13 via  Sub Pop.  Today he shared the first single "It All Feels Right” via a lyric video directed by Mad Decent collaborator Ferry Gouw. Ernest continues his love affair with the dreamy and hazy which works great as those steamy sweaty summer nights approach us.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Listen: Run The Jewels (EL-P & Killer Mike) – “36” Chains"

As previously reported Run The Jewels,  Killer Mike and El-P’s new collaboration, is set to drop at the end of June, and with two tracks having already found their way onto the internet, including last week’s collaboration with Big Boy titled “Banana Clipper,” things are getting exciting.   “36” Chain” is another hard-hitting offering that coincidentally will also be a part of The Adult Swim Singles series, which begins on June 10, and will continue to release singles for 15 consecutive weeks to the benefit of all of us.

Listen: Nacho Picasso & Avatar Darko – “Vampsterdam” Full LP

Having already shared several tracks from the new joint project Vampsterdam, featuring Nacho Picasso and Avatar Darko, you should pretty much be in the loop on this one; but if not,  you can now stream/purchase the album below which boasts production from old and new friends of the duo including  Clams Casino, AraabMuzik, BlueSky Black Death, Cardo, Raised Byy Wolves, and more.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Listen: Forest Swords - "Thor's Stone"

For those who don’t know, Forest Swords is a musical composer, performer and producer from The Wirral, United Kingdom. His music is notable for containing elements of R&B, dubstep, ambient, post-rock and electronic music. Today, he's shared a new track by the name of "Thor's Stone", off an upcoming release for the always great Tri Angle label, check it below…

Video: Crate Diggers - Hank Williams III

It’s been a moment since we last checked in with Fuse TV’s Crate Diggers series, the show that visits some of your favorite people in the biz and checks out their personal record collections. I’m happy to see that the series isn't just sticking to hip-hop/electronic oriented folks as it could have easily had.

In last weeks episode, Hank Williams III got the treatment  and talks about the hundreds of metal records his mom burned, a rare Hank Williams recording that's never seen the light of day, and his punk rock rebellion, check it below…

Video: The xx - "Fiction"

The xx have shared a new video for "Fiction" from their sophomore LP Coexist. The monochromatic clip was directed by Young Replicant who also gracefully handled the bands last video for “Chained.” 

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Video: Father John Misty – “Funtimes In Babylon”

Ex-Fleet Foxes member Josh Tillman, aka Father John Misty released a new video for Fear Fun cut "Funtimes in Babylon." The clip was co-directed by Tillman himself alongside Grant James and has an old VHS tape type quality to it.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Download/Listen: Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire – “Kismit Mixtape”

As previously discussed Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire was hard at work on his latest mixtape, titled Kismit, with a June release date in mind. Well here we are on June 4th and it officially dropped a short while ago.  The sixteen track mix offers a diverse mixture of the many sounds eXquire has been experimenting with as of late and has some notable gust stars in the form of rappers Danny Brown and Nacho Picasso to name but a few. Star King and Constrobuz lead the way on the production side of things, stream below and download HERE.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Video: Shlohmo – “Don’t Say No” Feat. How to Dress Well

Shlohmo drops a video for “Don't Say No” the collaboration with How to Dress Well off his recent Laid Out ep.  The visuals focus on Tom Krell, who delivers his vocals while buried in layers of washed out colors.


Video: Vampire Weekend - "Diane Young"

Vampire Weekend released the first official video from their latest LP Modern Vampires of the City. "Diane Young" was directed by Primo Khan and sees the band attending a wild dinner party full of characters.

Listen: Run The Jewels (EL-P & Killer Mike) – “Banana Clipper" ft. Big Boi

Last month we shared a first taste form the upcoming Run the Jewels project, the latest partnership from El-P and Killer Mike which is due out sometimes in June via Fool’s Gold. On Friday the duo dropped a second song featuring a guest verse from Big Boi called “Banana Clippers” which you can stream below…