Call me creepy but I've been fascinated with horror movies since I was a little kid and what are usually the best parts of horror movies? When someone gets decapitated, or ripped in half, or impaled on a spike, or squished by giant pane of glass, or sliced in half, or blown up. Yeah those are the parts you would tell your friends about the next day in school.
Well Liquid Generation compiled "25 Most Awesome Horror Kills" so I could relive some of the most gruesome scenes from some classic and not so classic films.
This piece of video gore was directed by Ace Norton, who also did the latest Bloc Party and Simian Mobile Disco videos that we've been digging. He took this video to a whole new level. Good golly! File this video right up there with Animal Collective's "Peacebone" as one of the best of the year!
The Midnite Hour Is Close At Hand
Creatures Crawl In Search Of Blood
To Terrorize Y'awl's Neighbourhood
And Whosoever Shall Be Found
Without The Soul For Getting Down
Must Stand And Face The Hounds Of Hell
And Rot Inside A Corpse's Shell
The Foulest Stench Is In The Air
The Funk Of Forty Thousand Years
And Grizzy Ghouls From Every Tomb
Are Closing In To Seal Your Doom
And Though You Fight To Stay Alive
Your Body Starts To Shiver
For No Mere Mortal Can Resist
The Evil Of The Goli Maaaaaarrrrrr!!!!!!!
According to a semi-cryptic MySpace bulletin that he posted, one of the tracks from Saul Williams' upcoming online release 'Niggy Tardust' was leaked. So rather than asking people not to download it, he simply posted a Megaupload link for the leaked track, "Tr(n)igger." The zip file also includes lyrics to the song, press release, album track listing and cover art.
Clever marketing if you ask me...
Here's the link Saul Williams posted in the bulletin.
Porter Wagoner was a country music singer, a television celebrity and a superb songwriter. He was part of the Grand Ole Opry and was Dolly Parton's duet partner for many years, before she decided to go solo (It was for Wagoner that Parton wrote her classic song "I WIll Always Love You").
Wagoner had recently released his album 'Wagonmaster'. He died after a brief battle with lung cancer.
The Fader had an amazing article about him in Issue 46. You can read it here.
Australian New-Raver Muscles slipped his new video, for the track "Sweaty," into our blog, and it was awesome, and it was special. Mostly because of the uber-cute Asian hipster girl who stars in the video.
You can find Muscles' long-awaited (at least by anybody who writes for or reads blogs, or who just likes super-awesome dance music) debut album 'Guns Babes Lemonade' in stores now on Modular Records.
New York-based quartet Holy Hail is one of those cool Indie-Dance revival bands that just so happens to feature Cat from Fannypack on vocals. Their demo made some noise when it leaked on the internets last year, but so far their only official releases have been a couple of 12''s. Their newest joint is called "Cool Town Rock."
The "Cool Town Rock" 7'' (backed with a track called "Samo") drops on the Adventures Close to Home label on November 26th.
Okay remember how I just mentioned that I was done with picking up any new sneakers this year? Yeah well I lied. I completely forgot that Supreme was dropping these Nike Air Trainer TW's that I profiled back in the summer.
They will be released on November 8th here in the States and November 9th in Japan. Someone do me a favor and grab a size 10.5 for me in any color. Unlike half the douchebags lining up tonight I'll actually wear them.
Head on over the Hypebeast for more pics. Peep the matching jackets. Nice!
Oh and remember those Optimus Prime inspired Nike Air Trainer III's? Yeah those are slated to hit stores this weekend. Oh yeah, and they are part of a "Transformers Pack" that feature some slick Air Max 90 Boots and Air Trainer Huaraches inspired by Megatron and Starscream. Hit up Freshnessmag for a closer look.
Just when I begin to doubt their Pop music supremacy, Sweden teases me with more tasty morsels of sweet, gooey, musical goodness. Coming off as something of a more optimistic Morrisey, Swedish troubadour Jens Lekman is the guy kicking ass and taking names on behalf of the Nordic nation right now. His album 'Night Falls Over Kortedalla' is too smart, too pretty, and too ambitious for it's own good, kind of like most of the girls I fall in love with. "Sipping on the Sweet Nectar" is a big band Disco jam that sounds like a Swedish version of Dr. Buzzard's Orginal Savannah Band or something.
I wish I'd had the 'Let's Go! EP' from Murfreesboro, Tennessee based Nerd-Pop quintet How I Became the Bomb a couple weeks ago when I posted that Black Kids track. The two bands' brands of brainy but danceable Pop-Punk just compliment each other somehow in my estimation. The track "Killing Machine" is both disturbingly pretty, and disturbingly disturbing.
I'm kinda surprised that Italo-Disco revivalists Chromatics are putting out another album so soon after 'In Shining Violence.' Yet and still, they've just released another new album titled 'Night Drive' via the Italians Do It Better label. It's exactly what you'd expect from the group, and exactly what you'd expect from an album called 'Night Drive,' sultry, sometimes lurid downtempo Disco sexiness. "Running Up That Hill" strikes a balance between the cold robotoic quality of the music and the sensual warmth of the people creating it.
You should already have Kenna's long-awaited, much-delayed sophomore LP 'Make Sure They See My Face.' Me and Emeyesi both do, and it's been one of the most played CDs in either of our collections for the last few weeks. As if you'd need any more reason to buy a copy, here's one of our favorite tracks, "Baptized in Blacklight." It's the song I've been singing in the shower every morning since I got the CD.
"Peacebone," the lead single from Animal Collective's new album 'Strawberry Jam,' is still my profile song on MySpace. And the video is still one of my favorite clips of the year. But the band is preparing to release another single, for one of my other favored selections from the album, "Fireworks," and they've uploaded a video for that too!
"Fireworks" will be released as a limited-edition, one sided, colored 10" vinyl single in the UK and Europe on November 5th via the Domino Records label.
Rhymesayers Entertainment co-founder Musab (formerly known as Beyond) gives whatever Joe Donut rapping dudes Just Blaze is producing for this week a run for their money with "Baaang!," the Rock guitar sampling first single from his new album 'Slick's Box.'
The twelve-track 'Slick's Box' LP is available in stores now on the Hieroglyphics crew's Hiero Imperium label.
I'm sure Murray will be totally confused because coming November 6th we will be able to enjoy our favorite AustrailianEnglishScottish New Zealand folk/comedy duo Flight of the Conchords on DVD in Season One of their HBO show.
This show was one of the best things on television this past year and I know that myself and the Imageyenation crew are eager to relive the first season on DVD, and are looking forward to more episodes in 2008.
I am holding out hope though, at least with an R rating this film will hopefully be quite a bit more violent. Blood, violence and gore may save the day. Oh and that day is December 25th 2007. Happy Birthday Jesus!
If you do not own a copy of 'Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?' I am going to send a monkey to your house to pet YOU!
See the Polyvinyl people and get the hook up. Do it!
The Of Montreal clan is about to start the second leg of their "Gender Mutiny Tour" so go see them. Always amazing. I suck real bad for not snapping any pics or taking any video when Miss Behavin and I saw them earlier this month at The Roxy in Boston. So don't suck like me. Go see them and then send us glitter or footballs or t-shirts or banana peels or whatever else gets tossed into the crowd. Gracias.
For someone that has quite a large number of sneakers it seems I rarely give the online community a glimpse into what I've got on my feet. In the coming year I'll try to fix that.
I won't be fixing it this year because I don't see anything too exciting on the horizon in the world of sneakers. At least at retail price. If I see a sale I can't resist then I am powerless!
Anyway, pictured above are the "Dawn of the Dead" Nike Air Trainer 1 SB's that I mentioned last month. I need to thank the good folks at Concrete Wave in Worcester, MA for hooking me up with these bad boys. They went out of their way to make sure I got my feet in a pair and if you are looking for something, especially anything exclusive from Nike SB or Vans check them out!
I've been a huge fan of the Nike Air Trainer line since Bo Jackson was pimping them back in the day, and it's kind of funny that I quoted my dad because HE had the Trainers before I did! In fact I used to boost his low top Cross Trainers with the lime green tongue when he wasn't looking. OOH!
Sneaker Freaker has an excellent piece on the Air Trainer and the Nike Cross Trainer phenomenon. Check it out here.
Pretty-boy British DJ/producer and fellow Hebrew Mark Ronson and his Brooklynite homies The Dap-Kings have remixed the hell out of legendary Folk artist Bob Dylan! They bring their signature Daptone Funk t grooves to the classic 1966 tune "Most Likely You Go Your Way." And yes, there's even a cute little video for the remix as well!
Queens, New York-based duo 100dbs and Ryan O'Neil bring back the DITC-esque beats and humorous rhymes reminiscent of Dres from Black Sheep at his flyest on their new self-released LP 'The Adventures of the One Hand Bandit and the Slum Computer Wizard.' The track "Get Down!" finds beatmaker 100dbs flipping some of the illest vocal samples I've ever heard as emcee Ryan O'Neil talks junk about an unsuccessful attempt at getting some ménage à trois action popping off.
I'm not even gonna mince words here, 'Egoclapper,' the new "solo" album from Boston underground Rap legend MC Esoteric, is one of my favorite Hip-Hop albums of the year. Eso and his producers just went totally bananas on this one, turning an emcee who came off like a Beantown knucklehead for a lot of years into an affable, "real man talk" spitting step-son of Kool Keith, Ced Gee, and MF Doom. I mean the dude made a song called "Frank Miller Tank Killer" where he raps about Destro, slaps poseurs, and calls the shit that passes for Hip-Hop culture today "pathetic" while paying homage to Ultramagnetic MC's.
The Definitive Jux label has had a helluva year so far pimping out their brand of "dusty but digital" independent Hip-Hop. Washington DC's Food for Animals isn't signed to Def Jux, but they sure as fuck sound like a group that would be right at home on their roster. Their new full-length, 'Belly,' drops November 27th on Cock Rock Disco, and it's basically an exercise in post-modern underground Electro-Rap a-la Def Jux, smacked with a Hip-Hop version of electronic "Noise-Rock." Shit's ill. The track "Shhhy" is a jittery Grime-ish banger.
If you ever wondered what Outkast would sound like if they ever made a record with J Dilla then you need producer Jneiro Jarel's new "fake" group project Shape of Broad Minds debut full-length 'Craft of the Lost Art.' Drawing on the influences of all the cities he's called home, including New York, Philly, Houston and Atlanta, Jneiro's crafted one of the most forward-thinking Hip-Hop LP's this year. "BuddaFly Away" is essentially a hard, braggadocio track where Jneiro flips a multitude of different vocal styles and tells the competition to step the fuck off in the softest way imaginable, over a pounding, synth-heavy track.
Emeyesi played this new track "Antibodies" by panty-wearing French retro Disco guy Poni Hoax last night on our Urban Alternatives radio show. I was not prepared for the dopeness which I was to receive at all, and the song, particularly the ill dramatic piano and strings change-up on the chorus, blew my mind so hard that I wanted to get up and throw the chair I was sitting in through the station window. Now you too can desire to throw furniture through your own window!
If you thought I was joking about Indonesia taking over the Swedish Indie-Pop game when I posted that Annemarie video back in May, prepare to have your thoughts shoved right back in your face! The band doing the thought shoving is none other than co-ed sextet from Jakarta called White Shoes and the Couples Company and their cute as hell, '60s Pop throwback sounding single "Windu & Defrina!"
White Shoes and the Couples Company "Windu & Defrina"
Spoken-word poet and rapper extraordinaire Saul Williams is not so much following in the footsteps of Radiohead and the groundbreaking internet release of their 'In Rainbows' album earlier this month, as blazing his own path to a similar destination with his new release. It's called 'The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of Niggy Tardust,' it's produced by Nine Inch Nails front-man Trent Reznor, and it will only be available as a digital download from his website!
My Dearest Friends and Fans,
It is my greatest honor to present to you The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of NiggyTardust!,
my new album produced by Trent Reznor and mixed by Alan Moulder. The wall of sound that we've created is tagged with such graffiti that a passerby would seek out doors and ways to ENTER. Once inside a world defined by dreams come true they'd find aligned with the simplest act of sharing what we treasure. Most people aren't aware of the world of art and commerce where exploitation strips each artist down to nigger. Each label, like apartheid, multiplies us by our divide and whips us 'til we conform to lesser figures. What falls between the cracks is a pile of records stacked to the heights of talents hidden from the sun. Yet the energy they put into popularizing smut makes a star of a shiny polished gun. The ballot or the bullet for Mohawk or the mullet is a choice between new times and dying days. And the only way to choose is to jump ship from old truths and trust dolphins as we swim through changing ways. The ways of middlemen proves to be just a passing trend. We need no priests to talk to God. No phone to call her. And when you click the link below, i think it fair that you should know that your purchase will make middlemen much poorer...
The 15-track album, produced entirely by Reznor, is available for pre-order now, in 192kbps MP3 format for the low-low price of $0, or a number of different file types (192kbps MP3, 320kbps MP3, and the lossless FLAC format) for an "artist donation" of $5. The album isn't set to be released in any other format in the future. Download links will be e-mailed out to those who pre-ordered starting November 1st.
"Hot Chip return with a new album ‘Made In The Dark’ in early 2008 through EMI Records. ‘Made In The Dark’ is the amazing & ambidextrous follow up to the massively acclaimed, Mercury Music Prize nominated album ‘The Warning’ recorded and self-produced during the last six months from their home London studio base, off the back Informed by two solid years of touring (many of the songs you may already know from their live shows).
‘Made In The Dark’ is the definitive Hot Chip record and could have been made by no other band. It would probably be easiest to say that ‘Made In The Dark’ is faster and rockier than ‘The Warning’, but that is only beginning to scratch the surface. Within its 13 tracks there is rhythmical chaos (Shake A Fist’, ‘Bendable Poseable’), soulful introspection (We’re Looking For A Lot Of Love’, the title track ‘Made In The Dark’ & ‘In The Privacy Of Our Love’) and even contemporary wide-screen pop (Ready For The Floor, One Pure Thought)…The songs are propulsive, repetitive, rhythmical, methodical, wonky, intimate, beautiful and uniquely Hot Chip.
The album contains the mentalist Todd Rundgren sampling anthem ‘Shake A Fist’ which has already caused a massive stir since it crept out on limited edition etched 12” earlier."
Google Adsense has been serving a shitload of ads for Atlanta-based rapper Soulja Boy to this website, despite the fact that we've never once posted about him. So, in honor of their not exactly tailored to our content advertisements I thought I'd go ahead and do something I've wanted to do for months, remix the smash hit single "Crank Dat!"
Hey Sweden! Norway is about to steal your motherfucking thunder thanks to the pure, innocent, Indie-Pop goodness that is The Lionheart Brothers! Listening to their album is like going back to the '60s in a time-traveling De Lorean only to give some sweet group of guys playing poppy Rock in a their garage some synthesizers and Disco records to chew on. "50 Souls and a Disco Bowl" is the song you play with the band while your parents make out at the prom.
A homie of both Gregg "Girl Talk" Gillis and Luke "Drop the Lime" Venezia, Ohio-bred, New York-based musician Joe Williams, a.k.a. White Williams isn't that easy to pin down stylistically. His debut album 'Smoke,' out November 6th on Tigerbeat 6, is sort of random in its musical disposition, but is held together by a vague commitment to the dancefloor. The title track "Smoke" is the type of Funk jam that someone far less cooler than me now, but far cooler than me in 1976, might call "the bomb."
Wait, when did Prince start smoking crack? Oh, he didn't? Well what the fuck is this shit then, son? It's Brooklyn, New York's Dragons of Zynth dude, so get familiar like that Hip-Hop radio DJ douchebag always tells you to! Their album 'Coronation Theives,' which was co-produced by TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek is a masterpiece of noise, and volume, and experimentalism, and funkiness, and beats, and everything awesome about awesomeness. "Funky Genius" is just weird though. It seriously sounds like Prince on crack. Or Sa-Ra if they actually gave a fuck.
Endorsed by Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore and Imageyenation's DJ 12XU, Hartford, Connecticut-based Noise Rock duo Magik Markers is probably pissing off a lot of their fans right now. Their newest album 'Boss,' out now on Thurston's Ecstatic Peace Records, is less noisy and more songy, and as you might expect, people who like noisy might be a little bummed out by that. But fuck them, the album is dope, especially the sleazy, bar-room sounding Noise-Blues of the track "Taste."
Back when I was little "Add-Mmm", my parents used to let me watch way too much television. Time for Timer was this weird blobular cartoon character that tried so hard to trick me into eating healthy during my Saturday morning cartoon ritual. I usually do have a "hankering" for a hunk of cheese so I guess his efforts paid off in the long run. Too bad that obsession has been the leading cause for my Calcium Oxalate Kidney Stones.
I have to wonder, when real Southern emcees like Big Boi do guest-verses for meatball-ass rappers like Gorilla Zoe, do they go in the other room after recording their shit and laugh because they know how much better they are then everybody else on the track?
Gorilla Zoe "Hood Nigga (Remix)" feat. Jim Jones, Big Boi, Young Joc, and Young Jeezy
I literally just wrote a post about this dude Unsolved Mysteries for my "Blogarhythms" column on Okayplayer. It'll be online today after 12 noon eastern time, so you can read it and figure out what I'm talking about. But let me just say, listening to the album made me feel like the guy in this video's face looks.
The song is "The Ocean." It's from Unsolved Mysteries' debut CDR 'Lost Love,' which you can purchase from the artist, at Marc Jacobs stores wherever they may be, and online from iTunes.
1 bag Perdue® Short Cuts grilled chicken breast meat
1 package Damascus Bakeries Roll Ups sandwich wraps
1 package Kraft™ 4 Cheese Mexican shredded cheese
1 package Oscar Mayer® turkey bacon
Plug in electric grill and let it heat up.
Remove pre-packaged food products from refrigerator and open packaging.
Lay three strips (or as many as needed) of turkey bacon on hot grill.
While bacon cooks, lay out two sandwich wraps (or as many as needed), adorn wraps with a mound of cheese a piece, and top with broken-up pieces of grilled chicken.
Carefully remove sizzling bacon (don't burn your fingers) from grill, break up into small pieces and crumble bacon pieces over mounds of cheese and chicken.
Fold over bottom of wraps and roll the sides so as to enclose cheese and meat filling, then place wraps on the hot grill. Close the grill cover and heat wraps until grill marks appear and wraps feel hot to the touch.
Put leftover food ingredients back in refrigerator, prepare a plate for your food.
Once sufficiently heated the wraps can be plated and eaten. A couple of added steps and wraps can be enjoyed with chips or fries, but two wraps are a substantial meal on their own.
Remember to un-plug your grill!
After enjoying your tasty meal, clean-up should consist only of brushing the well-cooled grill surface with a dry paper towel.
Based off the best-selling novel of the same name, 'I Am Legend' is a movie about the last man on earth who has to deal with vampires. The last man in this case happens to be Will Smith, which means that the movie has a 50/50 chance of being somewhat decent Still, as far as "end-of-the-world" films go, this one has a really amazing trailer that sort of gets into the back story of the film's plot. Not only that, but it is also like watching the pages of a comic book come to life.
Simian Mobile Disco have a new video for their song "Hustler" in which sexy women eat junk food. It starts off ok, but sort of ends up being, um, gross. It's vastly different from the original video for "Hustler" (which I sort of prefer) but I guess each has its own unique quality. Also does the new video remind anyone else of MSTRKRFT's "Easy Love" vid?
"Hustler" is off of SMD's album 'Attack Decay Sustain Release' which is out now from Interscope.
Pennsylvania band Black Moth Super Rainbow have a new video out for their single "Sun Lips". It shows what happens after you call Animal Control to come pick up that dead skunk lying in your backyard. Except the way that director Matt Dilmore directed it, there is a certain poetry between the dead animals and the men who come to collect their carcasses. Juxtaposed with the music, the visual provides an eerily heart-warming tale to match a song that is both haunting and calming.
This past Sunday, a friend of mine took me to "Kojo's Comedy Club" which is held in a tiny wine bar just off of Oxford Street. What I didn't realize was that the whole evening was actually an audition where some of London's best black comedians auditioned for Def Comedy Jam's Stan Lathan. Tim Westwood was even there to open up the show with a DJ set.
The main event for the evening however was the promise that Dave Chappelle was going to do a set. So the place was packed. Everyone sat paitiently through a number of comedians, some of whom were better than others. When 11 PM rolled around and there was still no sign of Dave Chappelle, I figured it was alot of false hope. But then Kojo, the host, assured everyone that Chappelle was in a cab on his way over. Sure enough, a little while later there was a clamouring at the door and lots of cameras flashing before a bewildered Chappelle walked on stage and took the mic. When he lit a cigarette as part of his act, security told him to put it out and even gave him an unlit cigarette to use instead.
And while everyone from the management to the host to Stan Lathan was telling people not to video tape his set, you know someone did. Chappelle even mentioned somethng about getting "YouTubed." So here below, along with a couple of photos is a recorded video of Dave Chappelle's act.
Do Jacksonville, Florida's Black Kids have the best band name ever? Possibly. They're definitely my favorite new band of the moment though. I described them to a friend earlier today as "like The Cure, but funky." All they have out right now is 'Wizard of Ahhhs,' a internet downloady demo/EP thing (all of which is available via their MySpace), but I'm hoping more is forthcoming, and soon.
While Oakland, California may be the home of one of the awesomest girls I've ever met, it's also the stomping grounds of experimental poster Aaron McEvoy, a.k.a. Change!, and his "Legion of Musical Superheroes." I picked up his album 'When Spaceships Collide because of the boss title. But it's proven pretty interesting, particularly the bass-heavy, Post-Punky ode to emoness "My Sadness is a Special Thing," which might as well be my current theme-song.
If you ever wondered what David Bowie would sound like if he made a record produced by Prince during his Starr Company phase then Providence, Rhode Island's San Serac, and his new album 'Professional,' might be right up your alley. He's nudged Chromeo out of the top spot on my retro-Disco playlist with his smartypants Electro-Funk. "Tyrant" is a good example of why.
I'm sure you've downloaded your copy of Radiohead's 'In Rainbows' by now. And if you haven't, then shame on you son. But if you crave more Radioheadishness you might want to check out Nashville, Tennessee's Canon Blue's debut LP 'Colonies.' It's a gooey, Prog-Rocky, piano-ballady ball of Thom Yorkian goodness. "Pilguin Pop" has the big beats, pianos, tape loops and other crazy awesomeness you'd expect from somebody who sounded like Radiohead, but isn't.
The Spitzer Space Telescope identified large quantities of freshly made space dust in a quasar about 8 billion light years from here.
Astronomers used the telescope to break down the wavelengths of light in the quasar to figure out what was in the space dust. They found signs of glass, sand, crystal, marble, rubies and sapphires, said Ciska Markwick-Kemper of the University of Manchester in England. She is the lead author of a study that will be published later this month in Astrophysical Journal Letters.
Dust is important in the cooling process to make stars, which are predominantly gas. The leftover dust tends to clump together to make planets, comets and asteroids, said astronomer Sarah Gallagher, a study co-author at the University of California Los Angeles.
"In the end, everything comes from space dust," Markwick-Kemper said. "It's putting all the pieces of the puzzle together to figure out where we came from."
The authors of 'The Bible' and the 'His Dark Materials' series, which both posited similar notions, could not be reached for comment.
Swedish Indie label Hybris keeps making me want to buy all their records by dropping another ridiculously catchy single by another ridiculously awesome band. The single is called "Young and Hairy," even though it sounds like they're saying "young and happy" in the song. The band is called Elias and the Wizzkids. And they've got some of the most amazing facial hair I've seen in a very long while.
I really want an album by these dudes, but it looks like they only have a couple of singles, including "Young and Hairy," out for now.
The Jewish, Swedish (even though they deny it), and French Anti-Folk group Herman Düne have released another video clip for a track from their slept-on 2006 release 'Giant.' It's for the sappy but goofy love song "1-2-3 Apple Tree," and it's got puppets in it!
I kind of feel like this song is exactly what cable television's Flight of the Conchords would sound like if they made the same sort of songs they make as comedians now, but totally seriously, not all jokey.
Remember when Swedish Indie popsters Peter Bjorn & John's "Young Folks" made whistling cool again? Well, another Swedish band, Club 8 is about to make whistling, clapping and absent-mindedly singing "doo doo doo" cool again with their new single "Whatever You Want."
"Whatever You Want" is from Club 8's retro-fabulous new album 'The Boy Who Couldn't Stop Dreaming,' which is out now on the best Swedish Indie label ever, Labrador Records. And is it just me, or is the shot of homegirls' legs and shoes in this video a little "exciting?"
Speaking of surreal imagery, Glitch-Hop guru Prefuse 73 makes use of some of his own in the clip for "Class of 73 Bells." Has dude ever even had a video for one of his tracks before? He's finally blowin' up!
"Class of 73 Bells" is from his newest album 'Preparations,' which is due in stores in the old U-S-of-A October 23rd on Warp Records.
The brother/sister duo of Matthew and Eleanor Friedberger, also known as The Fiery Furnaces, come through with a surreal (though not nearly as surreal as their music) clip for the funky, then rockin', then funky again "Ex-Guru" from the album 'Window City.'
You can find 'Window City,' the group's sixth full-length album, and one of the best records of the year, in stores now on Thrill Jockey.
I just came across this band, Vincent Vincent and the Villains, on YouTube. They sort of have that 1960's Mod revivalist sound with a dash of ska added for good measure. Their fashion matches their sound too. Sort of like how the bands during the Swing revival wore zoot suits. They have an album entitled 'Gospel Bombs' coming out soon and their first single from the album, "On My Own" is going to be released on November 12th.
Here, however, is the video for said single. Get your girl with the hula hoops.
Swedish popstress Robyn has a new video out for her single "Handle Me". In it, she gets kind of crazy in a series of boxes. It's pretty funky and Robyn's clothes are just nuts. And by "nuts," I mean "I want her stylist."
The track is off her self-titled album, which is out in stores now. Check out more tracks on her MySpace page.
The song "I Know Kung Fu" was the one that started it all for me and Glasgow-based Disco-Punk band Shitdisco back when Emeyesi was caning it on our Urban Alternatives radio show. Now, it's like a year later, and they've finally released a video for the track in question.
The band's debut full length 'Kingdom of Fear' came out early this Spring. You should still be able to find it on a store shelf near you.
I was just remarking to Emeyesi that he needs to get at his boy who works with Esso about getting a copy of dude's new "solo" album 'Egoclapper' the other day. Then, I awoke this morning to see this.
Apparently this is from the bonus 'Esoteric vs. Gary Numan' CD that comes with 'Egoclapper' when you buy it from certain retailers. Shit is way too awesome. And those 'Star Wars' costumes are priceless!
Repping South/Southeast London (Yay SE!), DJ Sinden has been getting around. First off, he has a weekly radio show on London's Kiss radio. He's had nights at Fabric, YoYo (club alma mater of Mark Ronson) and will be part of the lauch of the refurbished Amersham Arms in my old hood of New Cross. At the Get Loaded Festival (where I saw him for the second time), he DJed a mediocre set but redeemed himself by being a wicked DJ for sexy Sri Lankan M.I.A.'s set.
Sinden's partner-in-crime is another up and comer Herve a.k.a. The Count of Monte Cristal. Their remix of Fam-Lay's "Da Beeper Record" has been blowing up on dance floors all over London. Now, Sinden's come out with a mix of Chromeo's "Tenderoni" featuring Imageyenation favorite Kid Sister. It's a banger all right. No doubt about it, Siden's definitely killing it on his remixes.
The debut album, titled 'Smoke Rings,' from Lawrence, Kansas-based keyboardist and singer Dri feels like a warm, sunny Summer day. Which kind of sucks since it's about to be Winter. But fuck it, it's been like 80 degrees here in New England the last few days and the tree in front of my apartment window is still totally green, so it might as well be Summer. "You Know I Tried" is a really pretty, regretfully romantic Pop ditty with some dope beats and samples backing it up.
I was taken aback by former Western Massachusetts residents and current Brooklynites the Mobius Band's new record 'Heaven.' You see, it's all jangly and reverby and jagged, on some angular Post-Punk steeze. That's awesome and all, but it's a huge departure from the beats and electronics over their early EPs which originally caught my ear. "Leave the Key in the Door" basically sounds like your boys Interpol or something, but with some cool synths.
You might remember I posted the video for the Prince-esque "Test" by Sweden's Little Dragon a few weeks ago. Well, their self-titled debut album is fucking fantastic, so I had to post another track. All at once, the record is one of the best Soul records of the year and one of the best quirky electronic records of the year. It's just so good! And "Turn Left," a playfully soulful love song for a 'Super Mario' video game you've never played is just one of the things that makes it good.
Takin' it way-way back on some vintage singer/songwriter shit, Australia's Sly Hats is my Emo pick of the week. The songs that populate his new record 'Liquorice Night' are beautifully written and orchestrated melancholy Pop tunes that run the gamut of Pop standards styles from the '50s to the '70s. The title track is achingly beautiful and makes my lonely ass want to cry my little eyes out.
UPDATE: Our boy Wordplay was so shaken by this incident that he actually recorded the final verse for the damn song and sent me an updated mix-down. I've uploaded it here for your downloading and listening pleasure.
[13:34] Emeyesi: And yo
[13:34] Emeyesi: I forgot to tell u
[13:34] elketerbentzadik: yeah?
[13:34] Emeyesi: Your boy kanye stealing your beats/ideas
[13:34] elketerbentzadik: lol
[13:35] Emeyesi: He sampled Feist
[13:35] elketerbentzadik: word?
[13:35] elketerbentzadik: where?
[13:35] Emeyesi: For a Twista song
[13:35] elketerbentzadik: the same song?
[13:35] elketerbentzadik: i got that twista album
[13:35] Emeyesi: Same song
[13:35] Emeyesi: Song abou broads in the summer too
[13:35] elketerbentzadik: bullshit
[13:35] Emeyesi: He didn't flip it like u did
[13:36] Emeyesi: But still
[13:36] elketerbentzadik: no fucking way
[13:36] elketerbentzadik: you better be kidding
[13:36] Emeyesi: Yup
[13:36] elketerbentzadik: imma have to find him and beat him
[13:36] Emeyesi: Nope
[13:37] elketerbentzadik: now wordplay look extra stupid
[13:37] elketerbentzadik: tell him he fucked up
[13:38] Emeyesi: I already yelled at him
[13:41] elketerbentzadik: i gotta fight kanye west now
[13:41] elketerbentzadik: i hate him
[13:41] elketerbentzadik: no more kanye
[13:41] elketerbentzadik: i flipped this way better
[13:41] elketerbentzadik: fuck him
[13:42] elketerbentzadik: this shit is lame
[13:42] elketerbentzadik: L-A-M-E
[13:42] elketerbentzadik: WORDPLAY!
[13:42] elketerbentzadik: YOU FUCKED UP!
[13:42] elketerbentzadik: YOU A DUMMY!
[13:42] elketerbentzadik: WHY THE BLACKMAN ALWAYS STEALING THE JEWISH MAN'S IDEAS?
[13:42] Emeyesi: I dunno why he didn't just use the parts u used
[13:43] elketerbentzadik: I'M NEVER GOING ON MTV AGAIN!
[13:43] Emeyesi: Aw lordy
[13:44] elketerbentzadik: indeed
A few months ago, I posted two advertisements for Bravia, Sony's European line of televisions. This past week, a new commercial featuring a sea of stop-motion bunny rabbits, was released. If you ask me, it's the best one they've done yet (though the one with bouncy balls and Jose Gonzalez is still pretty cool).
I haven't done too many of these posts, but I figured I'd get back into doing them on Sundays, because they seem like the kind of thing you would post on a Sunday. Today's theme was inspired by the Brother Ali video El Keter posted a couple days ago. It got me thinking about other videos where the musicians/artists/rappers/etc play more than one role in the video's story line. So I have come up with a list of videos that fit into this category.
Red Hot Chili Peppers "Dani California"
In this video, the RHCP aren't just playing different roles. They are paying homage to generations of musical groups who have come before them. Everyone from Elvis to the Beatles to Jimi Hendrix to Nirvana...and a bunch more in between.
At first I questioned the judgment behind choosing Brother Ali's "Take Me Home" as his next single/video. But after seeing the video, and how they put together a really cute concept and executed that concept in such an awesome way I'm sold. This clip represents Brother Ali in all his braggadocios Albino humbleness perfectly.
You should really already own it, but if you don't, Brother Ali's sophomore LP 'The Undisputed Truth' is in stores everywhere right now on Rhymesayers Entertainment. So go get it, and take it home.
In the upcoming feature film Be Kind, Rewind, Jack Black plays a man who somehow manages to magnetize his head. He then erases all the videos in the video store that his friend (played by Mos Def) owns. With all the movies gone, the two men go on a mission to recreate each and everyone. The movie, which is directed by Michel Gondry, also features Danny Glover and Mia Farrow.
If you ask me, this looks like pure comedic gold. Just the scene with Jack Black and Mos Def recreating 'Driving Miss Daisy' is enough to make me laugh hysterically. Hopefully, it will make its way over to the UK!
'Be Kind, Rewind' is set to be released sometime in 2008.
If you read everything I write you probably already know that I posted a lengthy rant about how the Hip-Hop media, particularly Hip-Hop radio DJs are, for lack of a better term, "Fakin' the Funk" in my Blogarhythms column on Okayplayer today. I use the term "Fakin' the Funk" because the Main Source song of the same name sort-of outlines exactly the problem I have with the mainstream of Hip-Hop and the "tastemakers" who propagate it on the airwaves.
Emcee and producer Large Professor and his boy Neek the Exotic railed against phony gangsters, female artists that only portray the stereotypical "ho" image, and wealthy emcees who continue to front like they're hardcore and struggling in "the streets." And what's more, every single one of their criticisms is still valid today, some 15 years later. Only today, all those negatives they outlined have become the norm in Hip-Hop. And people who have a long-history as respected Hip-Hop standard-bearers in the media don't seem to have a problem promoting that and only that brand of Hip-Hop, even though many of them were around when Extra P originally put this on wax, if not well before that. But for some reason the "keep it real" ethos fell out of favor to be replaced totally with "Fakin' the Funk."
It's often stated as gospel that Hip-Hop caters to what's "hot in the streets," and that its current state can be chalked up to giving "the streets" what they want. But that's never sat right with me. In fact, I've often felt the exact opposite; that a corporate structure and a select group of "tastemakers" were telling the streets what to like, and the streets were just as accepting to the corporate party-line of stereotypical thuggery and gangstasism as all the other fans of shitty Pop music are things like boy bands and vapid Country. For this reason one thing Large Professor says on the track shouldn't go unnoticed, and that's his declaration that "everywhere has streets, that's not trying to hear the wack rhymes over the same stink beats."
In other words, "the streets" deserve a musical diversity that reflects their own diversity in an authentic manner, and not just the same old trite clichés and homogenized soundscapes dictated by the fakers.
Main Source "Fakin' the Funk" feat. Neek the Exotic
Now I've never been one to knock the next man for gettin' his
You know what I'm saying? (Right right)
And I do realize that Hip-Hop is now a form of showbiz (Uh huh)
But this has always been somethin' with which you have to be true
So in the year of 1992...(Now this is how we do!)
At the age of 19, heard the scene
A lot of emcees that do not come clean
Frontin' on dealin' hard times in rhymes
You see 'em in the streets and you see no signs
Of the hell, and they get on stage and tell
Some old cornball war story, ring the bell (word)
You're fakin' the funk
Talkin' that extra hard junk, you're probably a punk
And Imma let you know, that this way
You just don't cut with the artificial flow
Neek the Exotic break backs and necks
When fakers try to front, they'll get smoked like blunts
My rhyme penetrate like skunk
Ayo word up, I think they're fakin the funk
You're fakin' the funk! (You're fakin' the funk)
You do a song about a current event
Get on television and seem hesitant to represent
And that's what we call fraud
You can't kick the streets with a look I sold out award (word)
And everywhere has streets
That's not tryin' to hear the wack rhymes over the same stink beats
Cause times are real, and I can't feel
Putting... down on the reel to reel
Now Imma let you know
With those weak style of raps, it's time to go
I eject rejects that step
I'm a vet ready to snap your neck
I shine and rhyme at the same time
The mastermind of a sport called the rhyme
Now it's my time to dump chumps that front
(Ayo Professor what's up?)
You're fakin' the funk
You're fakin' the funk! (You're fakin' the funk)
The era of the wack emcee
Is gettin' shut down when the Main Source stomps through your town
Cause we just don't play the role of a clown
And keep things jumpin' with the real... rap... sound
To the producers stealin' beats (You're fakin' the funk)
To the crossover rapper with the pleats (You're fakin' the funk)
To all the chumps that's claimin' the streets (You're fakin' the funk)
Frontin' incredible feats (You're fakin' the funk)
To the girl actin' like a prostitute (You're fakin' the funk)
Wearin' that hooker type suit (You're fakin' the funk)
To the rappers with the big space shoes (You're fakin' the funk)
To the artist that doesn't pay dues (You're fakin' the funk)
'Cause, Exotics is in your zone, with the hyper tone
I can't be blown 'cause my rhymes are hard like stone
So prepare for the scare, 'cause I'm you're worst night-mare, punk
Being a creative type is hard work, which is why sometimes it is both fun and useful to work with other creatives in collaborations. Such is the case with Litte Minx, a branch of the RSA Films company. Five directors have come together to play a round of "Exquisite Corpse", a game that was popular with the Surrealists in the 20's and 30's. Each director takes the last line of the previous director's script and uses it as inspiration for their film. The films are released every few weeks on the Little Minx Exquisite Corpse website.
The first film is entitled "With The Eyes of Every Man Riveted Upon Her" and was directed by Laurent Briet. The movie short follows a young girl as she challanges a mean-looking, one-eyed boxer. I don't want to give too much away, but I will add that the film features the music of French group Black Strobe.
Who makes sallow-faced Indie/Folk with crushing basslines, tribal drums and crazy Afrobeat horns? Why, that would be Portland, Oregon-based singer/songwriter (and Marriage Records co-founder) Adrian Orange & Her Band silly! His new self-titled album is as sonically tough as it is lyrically "soft." It's a bomb of bassy dopeness.
New York-based sibling duo The Fiery Furnaces have been Imageyenation dandies since I discovered their music in the WTCC rock locker. But their new album 'Window City' is nothing short of a masterpiece and totally a contender for album of the year in my mind. I picked "Cabaret of the Seven Devils" because it reminds me of one of my favorite novels of all time, Mikhail Bulgakov's 'The Master and Margarita,' and if I owned a cabaret I'd totally call it the Cabaret of the Seven Devils because that name is cool as shit.
Let's face it, Ben Gibbard and Jimmy Tamborello are never putting out another Postal Service album. But that's okay as long as groups like Toronto-based huband-and-wife duo Roar and the Wolf keep making the pretty-pretty sad robot music for us. Their album 'Motor Boatown, Mountain Goatown' not only has a great title, it's totally precious, and "Ghotel + Right Angles" is pretty much fucking perfect. One of my favorite songs in rotation in my apartment right now.
Last week me and 12XU were driving around Connecticut (Cos Cob, eat a dick) and talking about our definitions of what constitutes "Punk" music. Brooklyn, New York-based duo Japanther make the kind of music that defines "Punk" for me. Their new record 'Skuffed Up My Huffy' is scorchingly hot, and the track "Fuck tha Prince a Pull iz Dum" sounds like a Punk version of Bob James' "Take Me to the Mardi Gras." Which is cool, 'cause 12XU likes the Mardi Gras.
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