Ex-Atmosphere DJ Mr. Dibbs, who was recently diagnosed with liver cancer, has reached out to friends for help with his quickly mounting medical bills. El-P answered the call as only he could: through music. The best kind, in fact. Head below to listen the highly experimental MC/producer spew his sci-fi inspired bars over a chopped up sample of Rush's "Tom Sawyer". You can buy the track for $1.99 on his SoundCloud page and all the proceeds go to Mr. Dibbs.
Hard to find anything wrong with good music for a good cause.
Some people believe Jools Holland gets the best musical guest. While that's totally up for debate, it's hard to argue with bringing Ryan Adams on for a pristine performance of "Lucky Now" off his brand new Ashes & Fire. Hashtag haunting.
DJ Mo Beatz and Adidas teamed up with some of the hottest producers out (see: Xaphoon Jones, Drumma Boy, The Olympicks) to re-work some cuts off Big Sean's debut record Finally Famous. The best part of a remix is the amount of creativity it takes to make one sound like a new song and, thankfully, this tapes got shitloads of that. The only thing you gotta hand over in exchange is a e-mail address. Whoa dere, indeed.
A Ric Flair clip segues into Pusha spitting more high-class coke rap over creaky organs and punishing 808 hits. When Jay and Yeezy said something along the lines of "don't let me get in my zone," someone was listening.
The Black Keys once again find a way to communicate their music through the most awesome medium possible. Instead of opting to debut their newest single "Lonely Boy" with one of those ever-popular lyric video, the duo chose to film a guy break out some killer dance moves (see: The Carlton Dance starting at 0:15) while lip syncing the words. Hope everyone else is taking notes.
J. Cole shot this here video for "Lost Ones" nearly three years ago. For those counting at home, that's before he had a record deal. Couple that with the fact that not only is this arguably the strongest song on Cole World: The Sideline Story, but that it also packs a whopping emotional punch alongside Jermaine's skillful narrative lyricsm, and you have a really moving piece of work.
Much, much respect. Cole World: The Sideline Story is out now. Best grab it.
Our fourth peek inside Wale's upcoming Ambition showcases Mr. Folarin and Big Sean flowing in and out of a spazzy beat courtesy Diplo of Major Lazer fame. Another strong lyrical effort from Wale, but I got to give the track to Sean. Boi. Whoa dere.
Attention hipsters: Bethany Cosentino and Nathan Williams might not be the indie scene's favorite couple for long. London sweethearts Jeremy Warmsley and Elizabeth Sankey put their musical ambitions together to form Summer Camp and since have been pumping out breezy, his-and-her retro-pop stylings. Here's the Halloween-inspired video for their latest single, the pulsing "Down", composed entirely of GIFs. Cool shit.
Their debut LP, Welcome to Condale, drops Nov. 8th. Head over to Prefix Magazine's website to stream the entire thing a wee bit early.
Even though 1977 wasn't an official release, The-Dream is sure giving it plenty of video treatment. This time Mr. Nash takes on one of my personal favorites from the tape. Plenty of bike riding, curvy females, and reppin' ATL ensues.
If this video has taught us anything, it's that Coldplay's vision of paradise is dancing in the African Savannah and riding around on unicycles while wearing giant elephant suits. I shit you not. Absolutely dig this song.
Mylo Xyloto drops Oct. 24th. Stream it aqui ahora.
Drake took his newest drop off Take Care to SNL's stage and invited Nicki Minaj along. I still like this song a lot, but I don't know about this performance. Not sure the live band was such a good call, Nicki can be so fucking annoying, and Mr. Graham needs to stop gesturing so much and look into the camera every now and again.
The Gaslight Anthem had to push up the release date for their iTunes Sessions to tomorrow after it prematurely leaked online. When you hear the sheer quality in the six-song EP, it's immediately obvious why they're ticked off. Brian Fallon and Co. power through covers of
The Animals, Pearl Jam, and Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, aside an unreleased cut called “Our Father’s Sons” and a re-imagining
of American Slang‘s “Boxer”. But when they boldly take on The Who's classic "Baba O'Reily", they really get into rarefied air.
Unbeknownst to me, The Legendary Roots Crew will be dropping undun--a concept album about the life of a man named Redford Stephens-- on Dec. 16th. Here's the album's mellow first single featuring the increasingly ubiquitous Big K.R.I.T. Like just about everything about this.
M83 released a video for the sax-driven lead single off their newest double-LP Hurry Up, We're Dreaming. A quick synopsis: Remember X-Men: First Class? This is basically it's prequel, X-Men: First Grade.
And we have our first decidely Fall record of the year. These Jersey indie rockers lay out sunny Beach Boy-inspired harmonies, but with enough chilly finger-picking to let you know Winter isn't that far off. Head over to NPR to give the whole damn thing a listen.
Jason Tate got his hands on some high-quality footage of The Horrible Crowes' recent show at the Troubadour in L.A. Below is Brian Fallon dusting off his finest suit and fedora combo for an evangelical take on "Behold the Hurricane". Rumor has it there will be a whole live DVD from this show. Here's to keeping our fingers crossed for that one.
I'll admit that compared to the other drops we've heard off Take Care, this sounds rather phoned in. And the simple fact that Drake sounds like he momentary attempts Nicki's dumbass
fake Jamaican accent is cringeworthy. That being said, I'm digging it. Hook is nice, Ms. Pink Friday lays down an impressive feature. Going to be right there with ya'll when this song blows up.
was nice enough to share a snippet they got from Wale's upcoming album Ambition.
It's pretty cool to hear that Kid Cudi can put his dumb beef with Mr.
Folarin aside and hop on a track with him. I've been saying for awhile
that's where he does his best work. I got a feeling that when I get Ambition,
this song will be an early favorite.
Another day, another weird ass cover. This time our Swedish siren friend Lykke Li provides a tender, but soulful take on the Righteous Brother's kareoke classic "Unchained Melody". Cool how she can make the song sound as pretty as she looks.
Kevin Devine looks to have started a trend by replicating Nirvana's Nevermind in full for the 20th anniversary of the classic record's release. Now mewithoutYou have given "In Bloom" a go, replacing all the gritty angst with billowing, sunny synths and Aaron Weiss's yelping delivery. Strangely, it works.
We haven't heard from Diplo and Switch since they manned the boards for Beyonce's "Girls (Run the World)". Fortunately they're are alive and well, as is Major Lazer. Check their newest jam--heavy on both bass and name drops--at the link below.
Ryan Adams has already stopped by Conan to perform "Lucky Now" live since dropping this somber black-and-white video for it over the weekend. So what, I'm a little behind. But consider it a choose-your-own adventure.
Ashes & Fire is out now so grab it in all it's poignant glory as soon as you can.
Pianos Become The Teeth drop another track off their
upcoming The Lack Long After, this time via one of those tour compilation
videos. This one's really well put together and I'm loving the straight-forward
charge there coming at with these songs. If everything on the new LP is as epic
as this, my brain might explode.
Here's the second peek into Echoes of Silence, the final piece of The Weeknd's mixtape trilogy. Some folks have chose to knock Mr. Tesfaye for settling into a comfort zone of hazy, drug-induced R&B jams. I think one listen to this grotesque, shape-shifter of a track dispels that notion pretty quickly. Wickedly cool shit...try listening to it just once.
First Conan. Now MTV? The boys in Portugal. The Man. are getting themselves out there. Hit below to watch them have some fun in the summer sun to the lead track off the masterful In the Mountain. In the Cloud.
J. Cole is putting on a full court press to promote his excellent debut Cole World: A Sideline Story, making his first ever national TV appearance on a stop by Jimmy Kimmel's stage for silky smooth renditions of "Work Out" and "Cole World". I've always noticed a distinct Nas-like quality from young Jermaine (see: "Sideline Story"), but this performance has him all Yeezy-ed out. Yup, new favorite verb.
For all you J. Cole maniacs, hit it here to peep a short video of J.Cole working in the studio with audio praise from Jay-Z laying overhead.
Drizzy Drake bounces between baseball enthusiast (see: baseball gloves, SkyDome), Jewish royalty (see: photo above, elevator scene), and a guy who can't seem to look into the camera for more than a second (see: probably the real Drake). Not sure whether to take this seriously or not, but I still dig both this video and the song. Love the editing job too.
Take Care drops Oct. 24th. Fanboy getting geared up.
Wale keeps his teaser videos for Ambition rolling, this time dissecting his newest single "Lotus Flower Bomb" with more of his classic philosophizing. Standard visuals, but it's always pretty cool to get a peek behind the curtain and see how songs are conceived, written, and recorded.
When I picked up FIFA 12 (sick game) yesterday, I was pleasantly surprised to find Portugal. The Man. on the soundtrack. Deservedly so after recording six superb studio albums in six years. Now the boys can chalk up another first as they made their national TV debut when they performed "So American"--complete with cello accompaniment and a pummeling new outro--on Conan earlier this week.
Expect to see In the Mountain, In the Cloud near the top of my AOTY list.
T.I.P. is straight out of jail with a new single, again. It's going to be interesting to see if he can mount another comeback, but both his bars and this Big K.R.I.T-produced beat won't hurt his chances. Now only if he can stay out of trouble.
Another jaunt off Ambition, this time regressing from the excellently smooth "Lotus Flower Bomb" back into the gutter raps with countless Rick Rozay grunts. Wale tells us about "putting poems in all these songs", but I'm not sure I heard one stunning line in any of his verses. At least the beat is an absolute knockout punch.
The qualities that make Adele's new video for "Someone Like You", in which the Brit songbird floats through the empty streets of Paris, are the same ones that elevate the song itself into another realm of genius: simplistic beauty.