Saturday, March 31, 2012
The-Dream supplies a very literal video for "Kill The Lights", his most latest single off The Love IV: Diary of a Madman, inviting protege Casha along to help him seduce the camera and, well, kill the lights.
The Gaslight Anthem is kicking it back into full gear, but that doesn't mean Brian Fallon is going to give his side project The Horrible Crowes any less attention. In the video for "Ladykiller", one of my favorites off their debut LP Elsie, the nostalgia factor is kicked up with black and white footage of the band's beloved North Jersey and some hilarious hand gestures.
Nicki Minaj lost me with that Grammy performance of Pink Friday: Roman Revenge single "Roman Holiday", but there are few quicker ways to get me back on your side than to throw Young Jeezy, Drake and Nas on your next track. She does exactly that on "Champion" and succeeds in raising her game to meet the competition.
Pink Friday's Roman Revenge is out April 3rd.
Download: Nicki Minaj - "Champion" (feat. Young Jeezy, Drake & Nas)
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Icelandic dream kings Sigur Rós confirmed they will release Valtari, their sixth studio LP and first since 2008's Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust, on May 28th. Per Stereogum, the band said the seven-track album will be “floaty,” “minimal,” and “introverted." Those are also all good adjectives to describe it's supernatural single "Ekki Múkk" which you can check out below.
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Bethany Cosentino really loves California. Don't believe me? Here's the mellowed out title track from Best Coast's second studio LP The Only Place--due out May 15th--where she questions why anyone would want to live anywhere besides a California beach town. Oh, and there's the whole bear hugging the state album art thing.
Download: Best Coast - "The Only Place"
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Big K.R.I.T. has been making waves in the indie blogosphere with his most recent mixtape 4 Eva N A Day. I finally caved into the hype and gave it a listen and it really is excellent, mostly because of the obvious Outkast influence. The Mississippi rapper will release his debut studio album Live From the Underground this summer and here's it's funky lead single "I Got This Here" even better by the classic album art.
Download: Big K.R.I.T. - "I Got This Here"
I think fun. need to work on the Justin Beiber/swag coach schtick a bit, but there is absolutely no denying this stripped down rendition of the Queen-esque power ballad "Why Am I The One" the guys performed during their time at SXSW.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
I haven't been shy about my disappointment with Ambition, but at least Wale knows how to pick his singles. There were only three songs off the record that merited addition listens in my opinion, the first two being "Lotus Flower Bomb" and "Slight Work". Both got videos and now the third, "Sabotage", gets one to showcase Lloyd's stellar retro chorus, which might be one of the slickest hooks I've heard recently.
While Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Omar Rodríguez-López are gearing up for a few At The Drive-In reunion appearances, they were sure to let everyone know The Mars Volta was in no way on the backburner by setting a March 26th release date for their sixth studio album Noctourniquet. Now that it's only a week away, Rolling Stone got their hands on a full album stream that you can get a listen to below.
Stream: The Mars Volta - Noctourniquet
B.o.B. hasn't even released Strange Clouds yet and already has two radio ready singles with corresponding videos. "So Good", a piano backed gem produced by the extremely underrated Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic, sees Bobby Ray impressing his lady friend within some breathtaking shots of Buenos Aires. It's easy to write off B.o.B. as more pop than hip-hop, it's probably even true, but you can't argue the fact that his sound is immediately recognizable and few do it better. I'm not going to hate, and if you want to, Bobby made this video just for you.
Strange Clouds is set to hit stores on May 1st.
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Wiz Khalifa released his surprisingly solid mixtape Taylor Allderdice last week and provided hope for all the people who longed for his Kush & Orange Juice days, in part because he also subtly admits he didn't showcase his finest work on Rolling Papers. You can pick up the tape here and check below for the "Brainstorm" video, which evidently begins where his Bing commercial ends.
Odd Future is on their grind again, releasing their official mixtape OF Tape Vol. 2 today, and Frank Ocean is celebrating the occasion by releasing two very contrasting tracks. "White", his only contribution to the tape, is as minimal and reflective as "Whip Appeal", which he dropped off on his Tumblr, is sunny and braggadocios. At least the one thing they have in common is that that they're both fucking terrific songs.
Stream: Frank Ocean - "White"//Frank Ocean - "Whip Appeal"
Stream: Frank Ocean - "White"//Frank Ocean - "Whip Appeal"
Friday, March 16, 2012
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Anticipation has slowly been building since The Shin's announced their much anticipated next LP Port of Morrow. Now that the record hits stores next Tuesday, it's time to see if all this sitting, waiting, wishing is worth it. If you take the word of the always well-written Premature Evaluation feature on Stereogum, the jury is still out, as the real moments of genius only seem to crop up in songs that leaked before the album did (see: "Simple Song", "September".) But who says you have to go and do that: listen to yourself over on iTunes, whose format I'm hoping is not too annoying.
Stream: The Shins - Ports of Morrow
J. Cole drops his third video off Cole World: The Sideline Story and I'm very (pleasantly) surprised at his single choice. This is one my favorite tracks off the record, both because of the beat's well-timed build up and how perfectly Missy Elliot fits into the chorus. This playfully surreal video only adds to the things working in the song's favor. It's clean, so deal with a couple awkward silences, but check it out below.
Jack White showed everyone his sharp tongue with "Love Interruption" and a boozed up swagger with "Machine Gun Silhouette". So what better way to spice up the formula than to insert some good old cock-rocking into the equation via the guitar pyrotechnics of "Sixteen Saltines". The expectedly eclectic Blunderbuss is out April 24th.
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Here's a video for recent Diplo single "Express Yourself", the title track for an EP of the same name set to drop in May. It features Nawlins artist Nicky B who reps his hometown with the aid of fluorescent colors and a lot of ass shaking.
Bethany Cosentino was nice enough to treat the people at the 35 Denton Festival in Denton, Texas with a new song set to appear on Best Coast's second LP The Only Place, due out on May 15th. "Why I Cry" picks up right where Crazy For You left off: it's jagged, snotty, and a tad bit melancholy. Check the video out below.
Monday, March 12, 2012
Download: Teen Daze - "Treten"
Good Old War have been getting some solid pub coinciding with the recent release of their excellent Come Back As Rain, most notably performing lead single "Calling Me Names" on Hoppus on Music. A more fitting tribute to their return to form is the poetically shot Glassroom Session, which sees the boys diving into a poignant take on the Death Cab For Cutie-esque "Amazing Eyes". I've followed these guys since their very start and it's great to see a band like this get attention. Go out and buy the record, yall.
I introduced you to Vactioner, the most recent side project of The Starting Line and Person L's Kenny Vasoli, back in January. In celebration of their debut LP Gone and it's March 30th release date, the band will be doing a 10 Days of Vactioner video series, in which they're releasing a music video for each song off the album for the next two weeks. Judging from the footage for the appropriately-titled "Dreamlike", we're in for a lot of psychedelic images of popular vacation spots. Cool idea and I'm loving the carefree doo-wop vibes I'm getting from these songs. And I think someone has been listening to Animal Collective's Merriweather Post Pavilion lately. Check back here everyday to catch the latest video.
Sunday, March 11, 2012
Frank Ocean dropped a final version of his radio-ready single "Thinking About You"via iHeartRadio. There's little doubt that this song will absolutely blow up, and while it deservedly should, I'm going to have to mentally prepare for a member of OFWGKTA to be a bonafide star.
Hear: Frank Ocean - "Thinking About You"
Sightings of Baltimore dream-pop duo Beach House have been scarce since the release of their stunning debut Teen Dreams in 2010. A few days ago, however, Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally hopped on Twitter and released "Myth", an epic and stratospherically swelling single from their forthcoming LP Bloom was recorded at Sonic Ranch Studios in Tornillo, TX, mixed at Electric Lady in NYC, and co-produced by Chris Coady (who also produced Teen Dreams), according to the press release. Chalk this one up as a regular spin in an upcoming summer sure to be filled withlazy summer daydreams” and “back porch vibe sessions."
Friday, March 9, 2012
Wiz Khalifa may have strayed too far into the pop realm with the disappointingly average Rolling Papers. Fortunately he let go of a new cut on Twitter, the dreamy "Mt. Money", that sees a return to the airy beats of Kush & Orange Juice and features a stellar spot from Fashawn. It's rumored for a spot on Wiz's forthcoming mixtape, so keep your eyes peeled.
Download: Wiz Khalifa - "Mt. Money" (feat. Fashawn)
The video for Beach Fossils' torpedoing new single "Shallow" is a classic compilation of on-stage, off-stage tour antics, but with an appropriately hazy trademark that fits the chillwavers oh so well. Shouts to the excellent people at Stereogum both for the showcase and for point out that shocking question: do people really mosh to Beach Fossils?
Thursday, March 1, 2012
Good Old War will release their third studio album Come Back As Rain next week. After the solid through-and-through debut Only Way to Be Alone, the Philadelphia trio tried to get too eclectic on their self-titled follow-up and lost their way. Come Back As Rain is a definite return to the breezy harmonies and crisp acoustic backing of their earlier material with touches of both a Southern jug band ("It Hurts Every Time") and Simon and Garfunkle's Afro-folk ("Over and Over") that bring together a sound that conjures up summer memories sometime between the hazy late afternoon and chilly dusk. It's really hitting shelves at the exact right time of year, so hit below to get an early listen to the entire album. You can also click here to check out the guys doing a rendition of the title-track in studio.
Stream: Good Old War - Come Back As Rain
Yes, you read correctly. Carson Daly is still around. He also featured some footage of fun. performing two songs at The Troubadour in L.A. It was a nice surprise to hear the entire crowd singing along as loudly when the band broke out the shape-shifting "Be Calm" from 2009's Aim & Ignite as they did during "We Are Young". I don't think that trend will carry on too long (sorry hipsters) but props to those kids.
Watch: fun. - "Be Calm"/"We Are Young" (Live on Carson Daly)
Every Time I Die's sixth studio LP Ex Lives will hit stores March 6th and it's nice to know after nearly 14 years together (with the exception of their revolving door of bass players) that both their sledgehammering sound and Keith Buckley's lyrics are still as unrelenting as ever. Hit the link below for a full album stream, including three bonus tracks.
Stream: Every Time I Die - Ex Lives