Friday, October 31, 2014

Video: Arca – “Now You Know”

Arca has been keeping pretty active as of late and with the release of his new LP, Xen on November 4th, it only makes sense to be out their promoting the material with appearances, remixes and videos. “Now You Know” is the latest song from the forthcoming LP to get the video treatment and it stays true to the Venezuelan’s aesthetic matching the producer’s creepy alien like sounds to a T. Jesse Kandra once again handles the animation on this one, choosing to find inspiration from fireworks.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Video: The Afghan Whigs - "Lost In The Woods"

Following the Western-themed revenge drama of "Algiers" and the kinetic "Matamoros" videos, comes the dream like "Lost in the Woods," the latest visual from The Afghan WhigsDo to the Beast, once again directed by Phil Harder.

Listen: TĀLĀ - "Everybody’s Free"

London-based pop artist/producer TĀLĀ has shared another new song from her arsenal; this one is called “Everybody’s Free,” a song made famous by Quindon Tarver, and it continues down the path of spiritual euphoria with it’s clever use of Arabic influenced samples and ghostly vocals which have come to define the artist. The track will appear on the forthcoming Alchemy EP due out  in the near future.

Listen: The History of Big Black From Bulldozer To Atomizer

FKA Twigs - "Video Girl"

I’ve made it no secret how much I love FKA TwigsLP1, in reality I love all of the artist’s work and LP1, much like her first two EP’s, will absolutely make my year end list, actually LP1 will top the list. “Video Girl” is just one of the many highlights from the record and now it has a Kahlil Joseph directed video to boot.

There is a whole lot going on in the clip, which is a variation of the track as it appears on record. A man is being executed as Twigs acts as a fly on the wall of sorts in a world that juxtaposes the clean and sterile with the dark and gritty, something Twigs and her co-producer for the tune, Paul Epworth, do in their music extremely well. Keep an eye out for Travi$ Scott who makes a cameo. 

Friday, October 24, 2014

The Chargeboard

A student designer has built a skateboard that harnesses the kinetic energy from the motion of the wheels to store power and charge your device. It's called the Chargeboard, and its creator, Bjorn van den Hout, who designed the board as a school project for the Willem de Kooning Academy of art and design in the Netherlands explains, "The two dynamos in the in the rear axles generate 6V each, this electricity is then converted back to a 5V current and gets stored in to a powerbox. So when you'll plug your iPhone in the dock your phone gets charged and in the meanwhile you can listen to some of your favourite tracks."

That last part calls to the Chargeboard's third function, an iPhone boom box. Van den Hout has added an extra component to the underside of the board, between the two axles, a dock speaker. When you dock your iPhone you can play music through the speakers.

According to the specifications, one hour of skating will generate enough energy to charge your phone, and the built-in battery can store enough power to charge your phone eight times over.

Although it's a graduation project, van den Hout would like to take his Chargeboard further. "Chargeboard is now still a prototype in development," he wrote. "If there is a brand, product developer or anyone else interested in Chargeboard it can hopefully be further developed."

Of course no self-respecting skater would be caught dead riding a long board as they tend to be viewed as a tool that allows people who can't skate to sort of hop on the skateboarding culture but in theory this should be able to work on any type of deck with some modifications. 

Contribute to the Kickstarter campaign HERE and start getting that playlist ready!

Thanks to Matt for the tip.

New Hanksy Work - "Eazy-E Bola"

Posted with the caption "Straight Outta Congo,"(bad geography Hanksy)  a play on the NWA hit "Straight Outta Compton," Hanksy’s latest work is topical; in fact it’s THE topic of the moment as newspaper headlines throughout NY had one thing to say this morning, Ebola has hit NYC.  The artwork depicts the late rapper, in the form of a strain of the Ebola virus, holding two guns next to a bottle of prescription pills. Hanksy calls the piece "Eazy-E Bola."

The art was pasted on the corner of Division and Canal Streets in Chinatown.

"Don't get me wrong, Ebola is like hella serious omg," the artist told ANIMAL. "But American media just loves to sensationalize things." 

Onomatopoeia Exclusive Download: /ˈjedˌīak/ - "Drowning Bird" (Eminem vs. BANKS) & "Falling Horse" Katy Perry vs. BANKS)

Happy Friday! I figured why not share some more exclusives as we end the work week and approach the freedom of the weekend. I got two new remix/mashups to gift you, both featuring music from BANKS

First up is “Drowning Bird” which pairs up Eminem’s “Mocking Bird” with one of Jillian’s bigger hits, “Drowning.”  The Soundcloud police said no can do in regards to uploading and sharing of this bad boy but our standby Mixcloud has absolutely no issues with the untouched BANKS intro and let me proceed. For those who grabbed our latest edition of the Onomatopoeia Playlist Series earlier in the week you already got the tune ahead of everyone else as part of that package so good on you.

/ˈjedˌīak/ - Drowning Bird (Eminem vs. Banks)
Eminem - "Mockingbird vs. Banks - “Drowning”
Recorded October 2014 in LIC, NY
84.58 BPM Key Bm
Design by Jediak

Next up is “Falling Horse” which finds inspiration via Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse” featuring Juicy J, and “Fall Over” from BANKS.  Pretty happy with how they both turned out, let me know what you think and be sure to download and share via the players, playa’s!

/ˈjedˌīak/ - Falling Horse(Katy Perry vs. Banks)
Katy Perry - "Dark Horse vs. Banks - “Fall Over”
Recorded October 2014 in LIC, NY
132.00 BPM Key D#m
Design by Jediak

Download: Run the Jewels - "RTJ2" (Full LP)

I had a pretty strong feeling Run The Jewels would share their album ahead of schedule and low and behold late last night EL-P and Killer Mike did just that! RTJ2 was to see an October 27th release date via Mass Appeal, but in this day and age why wait, if that shit’s good to go I say let it go, apparently El felt the same way.

As previously reported RTJ2 features collaborations with  Zack de la RochaTravis Barker, Boots, and DianeCoffee on the record which you can download in full HERE.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Exclusive: Onomatopoeia Playlist Series: Vol.5 - "/həˈbiləmənt/"

It’s been about four months since I last shared a new playlist, it was June,  hot,  and New Yorker’s were out in full force doing their seasonal impression of someone who has always loved hiking and mountain biking before opting to move to a city that's totally inappropriate for either.  But hey, we all like to live out a fantasy from time to time and what better represents that then Halloween? So in celebration of all things make believe here is volume 5 in the series, “ /həˈbiləmənt/". The festive mix includes over three and a half hours of music from the past, present and future, spanning a wide range of genera’s alongside a healthy dose of remixes, mashups and exclusives that should help move some asses come the 31st.  

I will not be posting any of the track information here or in the metadata normally attached to the mp3 files. If you would like a copy of the full track list you can contact us via email and we will gladly send it your way. 

Onomatopoeia Playlist Vol. 5 -  /həˈbiləmənt/
61 Tracks, 3 hours 36 minutes
Art: Jediak

Monday, October 20, 2014

Chvrches – “Get Away”

Zane Lowe and the BBC have teamed up for a project that frankly is kind of weird. Lowe will be “rescoring” Drive by curating artists for new music to go with the film on a BBC Three airing this October 30th at 10 p.m. The project features new music from artist such as BANKS, SBTRKT, The Neighbourhood and Chvrches amongst others. 

Get Away” is the the first new music we have heard from Chvrches in quite some time given the rapid fire nature of how music is distributed and shared now days on the internet. It’s not my favorite song from the band, I find it less appealing than pretty much every track on The Bones Of What You Believe but it’s a good sign that the group is working on new material. Give the song a spin from below..

Banksy Takes On The Girl With The Pearl Earring

More Banksy work to share today, it would seem that the famous graffiti artist has been pretty active as of late with no less than four new pieces making their street debut in the last month. Perhaps it's in lieu of the upcoming documentary on HBO?

There was also a false arrest report floating around the web this morning with a mug shot of some cat who not only didn't look anything like Banksy but wasn’t even the right age, it would seem the public’s thirst to learn the true identity of the artist never wanes.

Moving on to the news at hand Banksy takes on Johannes Vermeer’s legendary "Girl with a Pearl Earring," The artist goes for what he does best and utilizes the existing environment, check out some before and after shots from the site.

On a side note if you haven't watched the documentary "Tim’s Vermeer" make sure you do so, it’s one of my top films from 2013 and anyone I have recommended it to thus far has been equally impressed.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Video: LUH. – “Unites”

WU LYF only lasted for one album but it was a killer one, so while I was bummed when they broke up a two years ago I was happy to see some of the band continue on as Los Porcos.  Odd man out Ellery James Roberts put his focus on solo efforts and a now new group that teams him up with Ebony Hoorn. “Unites” is our first taste of a project called LUH. (Lost Under Heaven) and includes additional beat sequencing and arrangement by Kult Country’s Yousif Al-Karaghoul, check out the video below…

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Video: Youth Code - "Consuming Guilt"

Grant Singer directs the new video from LA industrial duo Youth Code and it’s a graphic one at that.

"We wanted to use this video as an opportunity to show the public the inhumane practices of animal testing," Singer said in a press release.

To accomplish that, they've cleverly recreated some of the more well-known acts one would associate with testing on animals and flipped the script.

"Consuming Guilt" is off the pair's A Place to Stand EP, out now on Dais.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Listen: Run The Jewels ft. Zach De La Rocha – “Close Your Eyes And Count To Fuck”

Run The Jewels’ second free album RTJ2 is set for release on October 28th, till now El and Mike have shared two tracks, “BlockbusterNight Part 1” and “Oh My Darling Don’t Cry,” which have both been pretty great  but I’d be lying if I didn't mention my worry when I saw the guest list for the forthcoming LP. It’s not that I don’t like the names that were shared, I do, I‘m just not a big fan of guests on hip hop records, especially when the artist or artists in question already do a bang up job on their own.

“Close Your Eyes And Count To Fuck,” features former Rage Against The Machine frontman Zack De La Rocha, not just providing the vocals for the repeating hook, but also gifting us with a couple of versus. I can breathe easier as it’s still clear who’s running the show and gives me hope going forward that RJT2 is going to be just a solid as its predecessor. 

Onomatopoeia Exclusive Download: /ˈjedˌīak/ - Milquetoast Intolerance (Nas vs. Helmet) & Driver’s Helmet (El-P vs. Helmet)

Happy Columbus Day y’all! I’m at the office but I know there are a bunch of you out there who probably got the day off, this one is for the worker bee’s who are stuck behind the desk today and my buddy Stel.

/ˈjedˌīak/ - Milquetoast Intolerance (Nas vs. Helmet)
Nas - "Hate Me Now" vs. Helmet - “Milquetoast
Recorded October 2014 in LIC, NY
90.42 BPM Key F#m
Design by Jediak

/ˈjedˌīak/ - Driver’s Helmet (El-P vs. Helmet)
El-P - "Drive" vs. Helmet – “Wilma’s Rainbow"
Recorded October 2014 in LIC, NY
109.09 BPM Key Am
Design: Jediak

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Video: The Blood Brothers Live @ Warsaw, Brooklyn October 5 2014 (Full Set)

The Blood Brothers reunited this year, and made their way to NYC over last weekend where they first played Central Park's Modern Sky Fest on Saturday and then headlined a show at Warsaw on Sunday. The crowed was definitely hyped and full of fans as the venue erupted when the Seattle band took the stage. From that point it didn’t let up with continuous, dancing, stage diving and crowd surfing from all in attendance. This was my sixth time seeing the band, the last being in 2006 or so and they sounded awesome, even more impressive since this was only their fourth show together since 2007. Looking in the crowed you could spot Blood Orange's Dev Hynes and Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitarist Nick Zinner, who plays with Jordan Blilie and Cody Votolato of The Blood Brothers in Head Wound City, all enjoying the set list made up of songs from the majority of their LP’s.

Set List: Guitarmy,  Trash Flavored Trash,  Fucking's Greatest Hits,  Laser Life,  Ambulance vs. Ambulance,  Burn Piano Island  Burn,  Mutiny on the Ark of the Blood Brothers,  Crimes, Beautiful Horses,  Peacock Skeleton With Crooked Feathers,  Camouflage Camouflage, Teen Heat, We Ride Skeletal Lightning,  Vital Beach,  1 2 3 4 Guitars,  Love Rhymes With Hideous Car Wreck,  Cecilia and the Silhouette Saloon.

Encore: Set Fire to the Face on Fire, Feed Me to the Forest,  Jennifer, Birth Skin/Death Leather,  The Shame.


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Video: Son Lux - "Easy"

Easy” is one of many highlights from Son Lux’s 2013 album Lanterns, I believe it appears on either our first or second edition of the Onomatopoeia Playlist Series so you know I’m a fan. Director David Terry Fine’s video keeps things moody and dark for the tasteful sorta NSFW video.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Video: Caribou - "Our Love"

Caribou's new LP, Our Love is officially out today; I have to believe most fans heard the record when it leaked back in July which makes this post a bit awkward right? But the truth of the matter is the record is great, arguably Daniel’s best work to date, and now we can share something that should be fresh for everyone eyes and ears as a video for the title track has made its way onto the internet today in conjunction with the release. Directed by Ryan Staake of Pomp & Clout, the narrative is a look at the seeming limitless of youth with the reality of death in later years.

Listen: TV On The Radio - "Careful You"

TV On The Radio have shared another new tune from their forthcoming LP, Seeds. “Careful You” made its way onto the web this morning with an accompanying lyric video for our enjoyment.  No surprises here, more quality work from the Brooklyn crew so if you are a fan of the band’s sound this should please you, if you aren't maybe today's the day you become one. Seeds is out via Harvest Records on November 18th.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Download: Childish Gambino – “STN MTN” Mixtape

Childish Gambino released the first part of his  two-part project STN MTN / KAUAI (STN MTN stands for Stone Mountain, Georgia, where Donald grew up. Kauai is a Hawaiian island,) an 11-track mixtape hosted by DJ Drama as part of the Gangsta Grillz series. STN MTN features production from Nick Banga, Black Party, Kari Faux, Zaytoven, Big Soj, and his partner in crime Ludwig. Guest emcee’s are sparse with an appearance by Young Scooter. Grab the tape HERE.

Video: Kid Moxie & The Gaslamp Killer - "Museum Motel"

Fellow Greek, Elena Charbila, aka  Kid Moxie has teamed up with the Gaslamp Killer for a haunting new orchestral  tune and accompanying  video by Markus Hofko, The song will appear on Moxie’s  forthcoming album 1888, which is due to drop on November 11th. The Los Angeles resident is also said to have collaborated with legendary Twin Peaks composer Angelo Badalamenti on the new record which should add an extra layer of eccentricity to this already unique project.

Kid Moxie & The Gaslamp Killer - "Museum Motel" from stereogum on Vimeo.

Video: Liars – “I’m Not Gold”

The Liars really have had a great year, their new record Mess is still one of my favorites with only three more months to go in 2014 so this is me saying it WILL be on my year end list come December. The accompanying video’s for Mess’ singles so far have also been super entertaining and different from anything else that's going on out there and today’s new addition of “I’m Not Gold” is just another notch in that belt of accomplishments. Angus Andrew’s hallucinatory anguish is on full display in the video that was directed by LaurieLynch, great stuff to watch, annoying to screen capture!

New Banksy Work Goes Up Only To Be Promptly Removed

Authorities in southern England were embarrassed but defensive Thursday after telling workers to destroy a mural they later realized was created by Banksy.

The latest piece, which featured pigeons carrying anti-immigration banners, appeared at Clacton-on-Sea, the site of a special election next week featuring the anti-immigration U.K. Independence Party. Tendring Council spokesman Nigel Brown said that the mural was chemically removed from the wall after complaints that it was racist.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Video: Cloud Nothings – “Now Hear It”

Just so no one accuses me of dropping our rock coverage in favor of all the beat driven music, here is a new video from Cloud Nothings. “Now Hear it,” which may or may not appear on the last Onomatopoeia Playlist Series edition, looks like what would happen if you mashed together old VHS footage with the Arcade Fire’s current obsession with papier-mâché bobble head masks. Maybe in the case of the Cloud Nothings, with an extra sprinkle of paranoia on top.  The clip was directed by Carpark labelmate Toro Y Moi’s touring guitarist Jordan Blackmon and follows Toro Y Moi bassist Patrick Jeffords as he travels around various scenic California locales.

Listen: Djemba Djemba – “Macking In The Car (I Don't Drive)”

Continuing with the onslaught of new beat-driven music I’ve been throwing up this week I have another great tune to share with y’all that should fit in nicely with everything else I’ve been sharing.  The name Djemba Djemba might ring a bell to some of our readers, through his experimenting with polyrhythms, 90’s FM synths, and the all-important 808 Kick, the young producer has been steadily releasing solid tunes for the last several years. But don't take my word for it,  whispers on the dance floor say that he sometimes acts as a ghost writer for Diplo’s releases which even if not true is a compliment if you ask me. Whatever the case I can relate to the title of Djemba’s latest tune, “Macking In The Car (I Don't Drive)”, as I don't get behind the wheel either but more importantly it’s a super fun tune.

Listen: Mr. Carmack – “Drugs”

Mr. Carmack aka Aaron Carmack is back with a new 13-track EP by the name of Drugs, you can grab the whole thing for one dollar right now over at his Band Camp, yeah one dollar, it’s a great deal no matter how cheap you might get when it comes to paying for music. The Hawaii-based producer continues to blur the lines between hip hop and dance music in a progressive way , stream the title track to get a taste of what your missing from below…

Listen: Eyedress ft. GEoRGIA – “When I’m Gone”

Idris Vicuña,  better known as Eyedress shared the first track from his forthcoming 2015 LP, Astral Traveling Man. “When I’m Gone” continues down the path explored in his fantastic Hearing Colors mixtape from earlier in the year, further experimenting and improving on the Chromatics inspired sleazy disco after dark feel.  The  appropriately distant and dreamy vocals where provided by London’s GEoRGiA.