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Artist Update: Mac Miller and Blue Slide Park

posted November 1, 2011, 8:46 am by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Music News | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Blue Slide Park, Mac Miller

One of my favorite up and coming indie artists, who I discovered a year ago, is the one and only Mac Miller. The 19 year old Pittsburgh native MC is one of today’s greatest success stories. He is among a crop of this generation’s greatest rising stars, many of whom are under 21. I’m referring to Kreayshawn, Tyler the Creator and Odd Future Wolfgang, and Lil B.

Apparently no one has told Mac Miller that he doesn’t have to work this much yet! Mac has a lot going on at the moment, which isn’t at all unusual for him. It seems he is releasing new music nearly every other week. But this is one fan that hope he doesn’t slow that down anytime soon either! His highly (no pun intended) anticipated release Blue Slide Park, his first real record, is due out November 8th–a week from today. He just came back from a sold out tour in Europe, with massive crowds singing every word to his new songs, which haven’t even been officially released yet. Blue Slide Park is currently in the top 50 on iTunes top album sales, and reached as high as #12, even though he doesn’t have a record deal and the record hasn’t dropped yet. He is currently touring North America. Read more

Interview: The Chain Gang Of 1974

posted November 1, 2011, 7:28 am by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Music News | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: The Chain Gang Of 1974, Wayward Fire

Kamtin Mohager is the genius behind the 80′s sounding one piece group The Chain Gang Of 1974. We chose TCGO1974 to be on our Top 10 Indie Picks for Lollapalooza 2011. If Kamtin hadn’t lived in the 1980’s, you get the feeling that he would somehow still love the decade’s sounds. Like Nine Inch Nails and Dashboard Confessional, the shape-shifting singer/multi-instrumentalist is the only member of the increasingly popular outfit, who of course recruits a band while out touring. If you haven’t listened to the Wayward Fire record yet, I’m positive you will be familiar with it soon. It sounds more 80’s than 80’s music does!

Mohager recently had Jeff Apruzzese, bass player for indie fave Passion Pit, as a member of his touring crew. He met Jeff through his roommate, who plays keyboards for Foster The People. We recently caught up with the front man, after his performance opening for The Naked And Famous. Listen along as we talk 80′s music, his origin and influences, and the process of putting together this band. He recently tweeted that he is looking forward to making a new record. You can also check out the review of the show here.

On The Verge: The Internet

posted October 31, 2011, 7:06 pm by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Music News, Releases | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Odd Future, Purple Naked Ladies, The Internet, Purple Naked Ladies, The Internet, Odd Future Wolfgang, Odd Future

The Internet is Syd the Kyd, better known as the DJ of Odd Future, on vocals and Matt Martian handling production. The past couple weeks have seen the duo release tracks “Love Song -1” and “They Say” to significant praise. Now, The Internet is ready to announce the release of their debut album, Purple Naked Ladies, coming at the end of this year from Odd Future Records. Today, the group releases the video for “Cocaine” as a special Halloween treat via Odd Future’s Tumblr, featuring Left Brain and directed By Matt Alonzo.  Although the video shows two lesbian lovers snorting a bump, the visuals are a more psychedelic portrayal of either shrooms or LSD.

Odd Future’s The Internet (Syd The Kyd & Matt Martians) will release their debut album Purple Naked Ladies featuring “Love Song -1″, “They Say” and “Cocaine” on Odd Future Records digitally on December 20th. The physical version featuring 3 bonus tracks and exclusive art and packaging will be in stores Jan 17th. Digital release tracklisting below.

To tide fans over until the release of Purple Naked Ladies, “Cocaine”, “Love Song -1″ and “They Say” are being released as the Cocaine EP, available now here:

Watch the just-released video for The Internet’s “Cocaine” featuring Left Brain and listen to “Love Song -1″ and “They Say” below, and prepare yourself for The Internet.




DEC. 20, 2011 (Digital)

1. Violet Nude Women

2. They Say/Shangrila (ft. Tay Walker)

3. She Dgaf

4. C*nt

5. Cocaine/Tevie (ft. Left Brain)

6. Ode to a Dream (ft Kilo Kish & Coco O.)

7. Gurl  (ft. Pyramid Vritra).

8. Love Song -1

9. Lincoln (ft. Mike G & Left Brain)

10. Web of Me

11. She Knows

12. Fastlane

13. Visions (ft. Coco O.)

14. The Garden

This is a historic shift in pop music.  Since celebrating the 20th anniversary of Nirvana’s Nevermind this year and a bleak economic forecast, lo-fi music has become increasingly trendy.  We have seen this in rock and electronic music, and how it seems to also be affecting both hip-hop and pop.

MP3: “Love Song -1″ –

MP3: “They Say” –

Odd Future have been in the news all year long.  They have started their own record label, sold out of their first ever book, and just this past weekend were accused of assaulting a photographer.

Another sample of their record just appeared online, it sounds totally different than anything Odd Future related. Check it out here.

Black Keys New Music Video and Record

posted October 31, 2011, 12:53 pm by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Music News | comment Leave a Comment

You may remember 2 weeks ago when the news broke about the Black Keys. They decided to announce their new record, El Camino, through a teaser trailer. Due out December 6th, they used a fake used car sales commercial to generate interest. And yes, that is the same actor that plays the lawyer on AMC’s Breaking Bad.

Just a few days ago, they released a video with the 1st single, “Lonely Boy“. It will be available as a 7″ on Black Friday in November. So the good news is they do have a new record coming out. The bad news? That trailer for Blakroc II with Curren$y and Wiz Khalifia was fake.

Tour Review: The Naked And Famous, The Chain Gang of 1974, White Arrows

posted October 30, 2011, 5:50 pm by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Interviews, Live Show Reviews | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: White Arrows, White Arrows, The Chain Gang of 1974, Wayward Fire, The Naked And Famous

Photos by Caleb Dickerson

As a music critic, I take pride in being ahead of the curve when it comes to early adoption. I will let you in on a little secret that I have that most bloggers won’t admit. Sometimes the way that I learn of new bands worth checking out is by keeping my eyes and ears open to who will be opening for bands that I already want to see. Months ago when I realized that The Naked And Famous were passing through town, I was excited to know that The Chain Gang Of 1974 was the opening support slot. That’s when I originally discovered there was another band on the line up, White Arrows. Looking forward to this show for a long time, here is my review along with an interview with both White Arrows and The Chain Gang Of 1974 (TCGO1974). Read more

RE:Generation Documentary Official Trailer

posted October 30, 2011, 10:20 am by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Music News, Releases, Video | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Regeneration, Skrillex, Pretty Lights, Crystal Method, RE:Generation

RE:Generation is a documentary that follows five of the world’s biggest DJ’s–Skrillex, Mark Ronson, Pretty Lights, DJ Premier, and The Crystal Method–as they set out to put a different spin on the history of music. Five DJs turn the tables on the history of music. Follow DJ Premier, Mark Ronson, Skrillex, Pretty Lights and The Crystal Method as they remix, recreate and re-imagine five traditional styles of music. From the classical perfection of the Berklee Symphony Orchestra to the bayou jams of New Orleans jazz, our five distinctive DJs collaborate with some of today’s biggest musicians to discover how our musical past is influencing the future. It is directed by Amir Bar-Lev.

Update: The official Re:Generation YouTube page recently uploaded a new video.  It’s a in depth and intriguing look at two musical legends working together: Skrillex and The Doors.  It’s a rare and unique opportunity to see cutting edge trailblazers of their own genres and generations collaborating. The film is set for release in select theaters on February 16th and February 23rd only.

You can watch other behind the scenes clips on their YouTube page. Here are the latest tour dates for Skrillex also:

14 Liverpool Mountford Hall
15 Oxford O2 Academy
16 Bristol O2 Academy
17 London Brixton Academy
18 London Brixton Academy
19 Birmingham O2 Academy
20 Norwich UEA
21 Manchester Apollo
22 Newcastle O2 Academy

17 Leeds O2 Academy
18 Edinburgh Corn Exchange
19 Glasgow O2 Academy

Episode 98: The Voodoo Experience (2011)

posted October 28, 2011, 8:56 am by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Music News, Podcast | comment 2 Comments

Tags: Snoop, Girltalk, Last Action Hero, Blink 182, Social Distortion, Sound Garden

Welcome to another edition of Music Emissions podcast of the week. In honor of our new user Jordan Davis’ trip to cover Voodoo 2011 in New Orleans, we thought we’d play a few songs of artists playing the phenomenal festival. Enjoy! Read more

Video Of The Week: Architecture In Helsinki “W.O.W.”

posted October 28, 2011, 7:00 am by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Video | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Architecture In Helsinki, Moment Bends

Festival season is in full swing.  CMJ just finished last week, the Voo Doo Experience is this weekend in New Orleans, and next weekend is Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin.  One of the bands I am most excited to see in Austin will be Architecture In Helsinki.  The 5 piece is an Australian indie rock pop outfit, who have released a new music video.  “W.O.W.” is a single from their latest effort Moment Bends.  While only lasting a little bit longer than two and a half minutes, it nevertheless is a mini cinematic journey of wonder.  This up and coming group has the potential to be a buzz band in 2012.

Interview: Battles

posted October 26, 2011, 6:09 pm by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Interviews, Music News | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Battles, Gloss Drop

“When you see a band you really like, the reason you really like them is because you wish you’d had that idea. And when I saw Battles I thought, “Damn! Why didn’t I think of that?” –Battles fan Brian Eno

Battles is comprised of drummer John Stanier of Helmet and Tomahawk, guitarist/keyboardist Ian Williams of Don Caballero and Storm & Stress, guitarist David Konopka of Lynx. All members bring their honed-in musical skills of past glory into this new dynamic. They had two EPs both released in June 2004 on Cold Sweat and Monitor respectively. The B EP followed on Dim Mak in September 2004. The Atlas EP followed in early 2007, followed in turn by the band’s proper full-length debut, Mirrored, in May 2007. This under rated mostly instrumental trio are now getting some much deserved attention, including playing Pitchfork Festival this past summer. I was lucky enough to buy Ian a cup of coffee and chat recently about touring behind their latest effort, Gloss Drop. The interview is below, live show review coming soon.

CMJ 2011 Coverage

posted October 25, 2011, 4:21 pm by Carina | Filed Under Editorial, Festivals, General Interest, Live Show Reviews, Music News | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: CMJ, CMJ 2011, Purity Ring, Young the Giant, Policia, Grimes, Gauntlet Hair

Well CMJ 2011 has finally wrapped up and the good news is Carina survived! Thanks to her hard work and ability to live with much alcohol and not much sleep, we were able to provide our 1st coverage of this amazing experience ever. Here are all the posts she did, in one spot, so you now have officially no excuse not to be caught up. You can also check out our Top 20 Picks Part One and Part Two, along with our Spotify playlists: Spotify Playlist 1 Spotify Playlist 2 Spotify Playlist 3
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