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One of the Hip-Hop's current greats, Action Bronson, eats a bowl of cereal and acts a fool in front of a green screen in the trippy, FX-laden new video for "Actin' Crazy".

"Actin' Crazy" is the latest single from Bronsolino's forthcoming full-length major label debut 'Mr. Wonderful', out March 24th on the Vice/Atlantic label.

Action Bronson
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At 08:53 PM on 02/28/15
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London Indie-Rock quartet Gengahr's musical influences are kind of all over the map, and they claim to be influenced by classic horror films as well.

Their song and video "She's a Witch" both bear out that last fact, particularly the cinematic video, about a medieval witch-trial.

"She's a Witch" is from their forthcoming EP of the same name, out March 10th on Transgressive Records.

Gengahr
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At 04:45 PM on 02/28/15
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Norwegian Electro-Pop songstress Sandra Kolstad visits the magical landscapes of Iceland in her otherworldly video for "My Yellow Heart".

"My Yellow Heart" is from her new album 'Zero Gravity State of Mind', out March 3rd via the Red Eye Transit label.

Sandra Kolstad
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At 04:37 PM on 02/28/15
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El-P and Killer Mike of Run the Jewels explain the way to win; just "Lie, Cheat, Steal", in the new video for their song of the same name.

The duo's 'Run the Jewels 2', one of last year's best albums, is still for sale via multiple formats from Mass Appeal.

Run the Jewels
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At 04:30 PM on 02/28/15
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Los Angeles battle king Nocando and his Hellfyre Club homie Busdriver resort to some old world tactics to make a buck in the creepy video for "3rd World Hustle (A Modern American Nightmare)".

"3rd World Hustle (A Modern American Nightmare)" is from Nocando's sophomore solo LP 'Jimmy the Burnout', released via his own Hellfyre Club label, which was one of the better Hip-Hop albums to drop last year.

Nocando
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At 04:21 PM on 02/28/15
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Minneapolis Hip-Hop collective Doomtree offer a deliciously dark vision in the new video clip for their tune "Final Boss".

"Final Boss" is from the seven member crew's third album 'All Hands', which dropped earlier this year via their own Doomtree Records imprint.

Doomtree
Posted by El Keter
At 05:49 PM on 02/26/15
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This week's Monday Magick entry, "Shake a Fist" by Hot Chip, is one of those tricky songs that isn't supposed to be about magick or the occult but sure as hell sounds like it is. The tune comes from the London-based five-man Indie Dance act's third LP 'Made in The Dark', released under the aegis of DFA Records back in 2008.

Supposedly the lyrical content of "Shake a Fist" is co-frontman Alexis Taylor's attempt at summarizing or imagining other co-frontman Joe Goddard's experience tripping on salvia (which mystic revelations have been associated with) at the Glastonbury Festival. But I can't help hear the lyrics about raising chalices, teleportation, magic potions, incantations and willfully choosing hell over heaven in a completely different, and more esoteric, way. Could the reference to moving "underwater" be a sly nod to some Lovecraftian horror? Probably not. But in my mind the chorus, which repeats the phrase "out and out and out", sure as hell echoes Chapter 23 from Aleister Crowley's 'Book of Lies'.
What man is at ease in his Inn?
Get out.
Wide is the world and cold.
Get out.
Thou hast become an in-itiate.
Get out.
But thou canst not get out by the way thou camest in. The Way out is THE WAY.
Get out.
For OUT is Love and Wisdom and Power.
Get OUT.
If thou hast T already, first get UT.
Then get O.
And so at last get OUT.

So, much like "Season of the Witch", any occult meaning "Shake a Fist" may contain is apparently unintentional. Admittedly, other than the chorus of "Hold On" ("I'm only going to heaven if it feels like hell, I'm only going to heaven if it tastes like caramel"), also from 'Made in the Dark' (the "dark"...hmmm), I haven't really noticed Hot Chip delving into the world of the supernatural much. Maybe I should listen closer to the lyrics when they drop their new record, 'Why Make Sense', on May 18th?

Music is magick!
Posted by El Keter
At 10:06 PM on 02/23/15
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