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MP3: Evil Nine f. Danny Brown, “The Black Brad Pitt”

posted August 14, 2012, 12:56 pm by Ben Oliver | Filed Under General Interest, MP3, Music News, Releases, Video | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Evil Nine, Danny Brown


A new song by Evil Nine just debuted a few hours ago. It’s called “The Black Brad Pitt”  and features Danny Brown. According to The Fader, The Black Brad Pitt EP will be out August 20th on Bromance Records.

Update (1-24-13): Today Pitchfork just debuted the brand new music video for this!

 

 

Snip-it: Slightly Stoopid (CLOSED)

posted August 13, 2012, 3:13 pm by Brian Rutherford | Filed Under Contest | comment 7 Comments


Tell us (comment below) what songs are included in the snip it below and win the grand prize …

Grand Prize – Skate Deck, TShirt, Stickers, CD and Stash Jars…

On The Verge: Joey Bada$$

posted August 12, 2012, 12:33 pm by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, MP3, Music News, On The Verge, Releases, Video | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Joey Bada$$


For nearly 2 years now 90′s era music has been making a comeback. While up to this point it has mostly been rock influenced with new bands like Yuck. The 90′s are now also starting to make an impact in hip-hop with rappers like this.

Joey Bada$$ is a 17 year old rapper from Brooklyn, New York, USA and a member of The Progressive Era, a hip-hop collective that focuses on reviving the sounds and styles of “golden age” New York hip-hop.

Joey released his debut mixtape 1999 on June 12, 2012. Featuring production from other Pro Era members, as well as some J Dilla and MF DOOM beats, the tape was released to general critical acclaim.

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Sunday’s Best: Nas

posted August 12, 2012, 11:04 am by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Music News, Releases, Sunday's Best | comment 1 Comment


 

Back in the day, when this place was crawling with forums and chats about random acts of music, we used to poll ourselves to see which release by an artist not only set them atop of the industry but stapled them in as musical gods.

Beginning with his classic debut, Illmatic (1994), Nas Read more

Spreading ROCKthusiasm, “ROCKlympics” Style!

posted August 12, 2012, 10:39 am by ROCKthusiast | Filed Under Editorial, Music News | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: ROCKlympics, London 2012, 2012 Summer Olympics


The Games of the XXX Olympiad, AKA London 2012, are wrapping up on Sunday, August 12th. They’ve been incredibly entertaining to watch, but what I’m really looking forward to is the closing ceremony. Rumours have been flying for months as to which British music acts will make appearances. I’ve heard everyone from Pink Floyd and The Who (complete with Keith Moon hologram) to One Direction to…wait for it…another Spice Girls reunion. I’d like everyone to head over to Facebook.com/ROCKthusiast and add your two cents as to who you think the organizers will surprise us with. While you’re there, how about we have some fun and vote on which country would win gold, silver and bronze if there was an Olympic event for rock and roll! (I personally think Canada would have as a good a shot as any!)

Festival Preview: World Electronic Music Festival 2012

posted August 12, 2012, 10:35 am by ROCKthusiast | Filed Under Festivals, Music News | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: World Electronic Music Festival, WEMF 2012, WEMF


There aren’t many more picturesque places in Canada than South Algonquin. Located at the foot of the densely forested Algonquin Park, it is the gateway to the majestic beauty that is Northern Ontario. It is also the setting for the World Electronic Music Festival – a unique gathering of EDM fans and some of the galaxy’s most prolific artists and DJs spread throughout four themed areas, including the very aptly named “Tower of Destiny.” Among this year’s headliners that will be thumping up beats between August 17th – 19th are Wolfgang Gartner, Zeds Dead, Datsik, Moby, 12th Planet, Chase & Status, Pendulum, Wolfgang Gartner, Andy C, Felix Cartal, Infected Mushroom, and Dub FX. Where else can you camp, BYOB, and party all night under the stars? At WEMF, that’s where!

3-day tickets can be purchased at WEMF.com/tickets, but they’re going fast. They even have bus packages available  from Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa. Grab your glow sticks and get ready to dance up a storm this weekend in South Algonquin!

On The Verge: Doughbeezy

posted August 11, 2012, 4:16 pm by Ben Oliver | Filed Under General Interest, MP3, On The Verge, Tour, Video | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Doughbeezy, Blue Magic


Doughbeezy was born in Cleveland,OH, and moved to the Southeast side of Houston, TX at the age of 13. In 2003 he hooked up with a classmate and recorded his first track. After taking pics and doing freestyles for Headwreckas.com, Dough began recording with a local producer Lil Yung in 2003. In 2005 while working with an indepependent music company called TMI, Dough had the opportunity to perform in and takes trips to places like Dallas, Houston, Miami and New York. When things didnt go as planned with TMI, Doughbeezy and Headwreckas put together “The Cake is Baked” mixtape, a collection of the best songs at the time. It is available for download and was passed out everywhere they went. In 2007,  Dough teamed up with another independent artist named Yung Truth and dropped “Truely gettin’ Dough”, an album produced by Lil Yung and Dru from Scratch.
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Video Of The Week: Vacationer “Trip”

posted August 10, 2012, 10:45 am by Ben Oliver | Filed Under General Interest, Video | comment Leave a Comment


We first got hip to Vacationer in the Spring, as they had a stint opening on tour for the indie pop couple duo Tennis from Denver. Vacationer, who will next be touring next this fall opening for Bombay Bicycle Club, is the new project of Kenny Vasoli from The Starting Line. They recently released their first official video, a rather hip and fashionable one for their single, “Trip.” The video was shot on Oahu’s North Shore by surf cult cinematographer Dave Homcy, using Lomography LomoKinos--a unique 35mm movie camera. This gives the video a warm vintage look that’s perfect for the end of the summer season.

Lomography teamed up with indie band Vacationer for the video, shot mostly with the analogue movie making powerhouse, the Lomokino. Check out this link to read more about the behind the scene’s making of this incredible new short film, already quickly gaining views--nearly 100,00 already!

 

Artist Update: Hooray For Earth

posted August 9, 2012, 4:29 pm by Ben Oliver | Filed Under General Interest, MP3, Music News, Releases | comment Leave a Comment

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On the wings of their breakthrough debut, True Loves, the ascension of Hooray For Earth continues with the release of two new singles, out 8/21 on Dovecote Records. As an inextricable duo, “Never” and “Figure” mine True Loves for its most ecstatic moments and elaborate on its most daring and inspired sonic facets. The two singles represent a sort of unwillful evolution, a thoughtful token of the realizations resultant in the period of time immediately following a successful debut. This new song debuted on Pitchfork.

Recorded in between tours at his West Village home, “Never” and “Figure” sound like massive, studio-recorded songs. Heroux endures urban din on a daily basis, “like chainsaws and general industrial clatter”, but unlike your garden-variety field recording obsessive, he culls tone and texture from them while allowing structure to tame and mask them. With Chris Coady’s hands on the mixing board, what results is a savage Colossus of sound.

According to Heroux, “these tracks represent the last of the home-recordings that [he'll] do for Hooray For Earth.” After Never/Figure, Hooray For Earth will, for the first time ever, record a full length from start to finish in the studio. This is slated for later in the year with Chris Coady.

Two years ago, when they released their latest album, we chatted with them. Find out what they recommended listening to here.

TOUR DATES
08/24 – Stockholm, SE – Popaganda Festival (tix) #
08/25 – Oslo, NO – Revolver (tix)
08/31 – Copenhagen, DK – Trailer Park Festival (tix) %
11/17 – Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts (tix) *

# w/ Major Lazor, Patrick Wolf, Icona Pop, Little Dragon, more
% w/ Trentemoller, D/R/U/G/S, more
* w/ Helio Sequence, Ramona Falls

 

 

 

 

 

On The Verge: Red Fang

posted August 9, 2012, 2:31 pm by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Festivals, General Interest, Music News, Tour, Video | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Black Breath, West End Motel, Red Fang, Tom Cheshire, Murder The Mountains, Brokaw


This fall, Red Fang will hit the road, headlining a national tour in support of their critically acclaimed album, Murder The Mountains. Red Fang has become known for their amazing live shows, combining catchy hooks with sludgy stoner rock. They will be supported by label mates Black Tusk, along with Lord Dying & Indian Handcrafts on select dates. The band recently finished a documentary that was shot by the band’s resident director Whitey McConnaghy as he followed the band while they were on the road in Europe with Black Tusk. This short film is being sponsored by Converse with part 1 in the series available now. See the tour dates posted below.

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