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Artist Update: Ra Ra Riot

posted January 7, 2013, 9:57 am by Ben Oliver | Filed Under General Interest, Music News, Releases | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Ra Ra Riot


 

It’s 2013 which means it’s time for some brand new music! Some of the first is from Ra Ra Riot‘s upcoming Beta Love.  Due out January 22, the band is still with Barsuk Records. This, as you may well be aware, is the group’s first project without former member, cellist Alexandra Lawn.  You can now hear the title track,  and two additional songs–enjoy!

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Introducing: SOHN

posted January 6, 2013, 4:20 pm by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Music News | comment Leave a Comment


by special guest correspondent Jon Kopecky

I’ve always been a fan of the unknown, especially when it comes to music and the mysticism that surrounds so many musicians these days. With the growing influence of self-produced musicians on the plethora of music available on the web today, it’s become almost common-place for musicians to pop up seemingly out of nowhere with a handful of tunes. Although many bedroom musicians like to play the unknown factor as a part of their entire sonic image, there are some that find solace in the ability to create a unique identity focused around their sound and nothing else. Such is the case for the incredible sounds that have been quickly taking the blogosphere by storm by the artist known as S O H N. Virtually non-existent a few months ago, S O H N has been making rounds on various music blogs due to his incredibly-unique sound that combines layers of minimal electronic sounds with a soulful, vocal twist. After a single listen to one of the 4 tunes he has floating around the web, you quickly realize just how unique and enthralling his sound truly is. Pushing the limits of traditional electronic music, S O H N delicately-balances the intrinsic qualities of his captivating voice with the various layers of electronic, synthesized elements.

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Video Of The Week: Sky Ferreira “Lost In My Bedroom”

posted January 4, 2013, 11:58 am by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, Festivals, General Interest, Music News, On The Verge, Releases, Video | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Sky Ferreira


Here is our first Video Of The Week for 2013!  One of 2012 CMJ‘s best artists Sky Ferreira announces her late night TV debut on Monday, January 7th. She will be performing on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon and The Roots will back her. To celebrate, Sky has shared the Grant Singer-directed music video for “Lost In My Bedroom” off of her recent Ghost EP, which debuted on Pitchfork.

Sky Ferreira closed 2012 strongly with a slew of year-end honors including New York Magazine’s “Song Of The Year” for “Everything Is Embarrassing”. You can listen to a remix of that song by Unknown Mortal Orchestra below. With her debut LP slated for release in 2013, continued success is anticipated.

 

Interview: J. Rob

posted January 2, 2013, 11:00 am by Carlita | Filed Under General Interest, Interviews | comment Leave a Comment


As a music lover, have you ever thought about what makes a great song? A list might start to form in your head and you automatically think of the singers, instruments and tools needed. But who lays down the groundwork to make everyone sound good? Who created the dope beats that make you dance or bob your head unconsciously on your favorite hot new joint?

I connected with rising R&B and pop producer J. Rob who’s worked with Grammy Award-winning producers Bangladesh and Rodney Jerkins, as well as Grammy-nominated and winning artists Musiq Soulchild and Chrisette Michele. He notably contributed songs including “Rich Hipster” with Wale and rock track “Your Fair Lady” with Guitar Slayer on Chrisette’s new Audrey Hepburn: An Audiovisual Presentation mixtape available on coast2coastmixtapes.com. It was dope to get this “wizard behind the scenes’” perspective on the creative process. Check out the videos and interview clips below where we discuss his start, production style, career highlights and plans to submit a few tracks to Kanye West, Pusha T and Eminem in 2013!



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Best Of: Staff Picks Top Albums Of 2012

posted December 27, 2012, 12:56 pm by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Music News, Releases, Top Albums | comment Leave a Comment


This week we have been taking a look at all of our reviewers Top 10 album picks of the year. Now here they are all combined into one list for you. Please pipe up down in the comments with any that we may have missed or if you don’t agree with any of our picks. This list is only in alphabetical order, not in order of which is best. From The Walkmen to Band Of Skulls, from Deftones to Wiz Khalifa, here is our 2012 best of list! Read more

Interview: The Grouch

posted December 24, 2012, 11:17 pm by Carlita | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Interviews | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Living Legends


Hopefully everyone is having a festive and joyous holiday season and maybe you’re as surprised as I am that this year has just flown by. Before taking the long journey back to the East Coast for the holidays, my last live show of 2012 was the last stop of the “How The Grouch Stole Christmas” tour in Los Angeles featuring Prof, Mistah F.A.B. and headliners, The Grouch and Eligh. As you might recall, if you read my review of Rock the Bells this summer, one of the highlights of the entire festival was this Living Legends duo performing with Zion I on Day Two. Originally repping the Bay and LA with contrasting flows, The Grouch and Eligh kicked the day off properly and left a lasting impression on me.

Fast forward to El Rey Theatre on December 18th; “twas the week before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring. Not even a mouse”. Actually, several people in the diverse young crowd were stirring in the packed house (drinks, that is). Before this Christmas party started, I luckily got a chance to connect with The Grouch at soundcheck. Listen to us chat below about the Living Legends crew, he working with Raphael Saadiq and his plans for 2013 with Eligh!
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Artist Update: Joey Bada$$

posted December 24, 2012, 7:02 pm by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Music News, Releases | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Capital STEEZ, MF Doom, Joey Bada$$, The Progressive Era


For nearly 3 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. Him and the crew just released a brand new mixtape, Peep The Apocalypse, on December 21! Download it here for free, and you can also stream it. Back in October, he joined the ranks of Mountain Dew’s Green Label Sound, joining the ranks of Wavves, Chromeo, Freelance Whales, Matt & Kim, The Cool Kids, and Theophilus London among others.

He released one of our favorite mixtapes earlier this year, so our expectations going into this are really high.  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. Check out our on the verge article from this past August here.

Album art is above, and track listing details are below. You can watch their Pitchfork BBQ Selector episode too. In other related news, a close friend and collaborator Capital STEEZ,  was found dead at age 19, apparently by suicide. His last tweet, which came at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday read: “The end,” leading many to believe that he took his own life. Read more

Best Of: Ben Oliver’s Top Albums of 2012

posted December 24, 2012, 8:58 am by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Music News, Releases, Top Albums | comment Leave a Comment


This week we are going to take a look at all of our reviewers Top 10 album picks of the year. Please pipe up down in the comments with any that we may have missed or if you don’t agree with any of our picks. Here is the list of picks from our site’s editor, Ben Oliver (iamparadox). Read more

New Curren$y Mixtape: 3 Piece Set / A Closed Session

posted December 24, 2012, 8:34 am by Ben Oliver | Filed Under General Interest, Music News, Releases | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Young Roddy, Curren$y


2012 saw many great hip-hop mixtapes, and several of them were from the one and only Curren$y. Although the year is quickly winding down, Spitta decided to give an early Christmas gift by releasing yet another new, free mixtape. Entitled 3 Piece Set / A Closed Session, it was just released today. The New Orleans native twitted that we should “Consider it ur #priestandretti expansion pack…“.  This year he has also released a ton of mixtapes including Cigarette Boats, The 1st 28, Hereand Priest Andretti. You can download and stream it from here.


We are also posting the new newest “Jet Life Chronicles” Video Series #2 , episode 03.  Jet Life Chronicles are a vignetted look at the day to day life of Curren$y & The Jets. Episodes will feature appearances from other artists and events surrounding the set.  This episode features @CurrenSy_Spitta, @Mousa504, @Stan599, @CornerboyP, @whnimstanding, @Fiend4DaMoney, and @Young_Roddy.

 

 

Rigor Mortis Guitarist, Mike Scaccia, Dead At 47

posted December 23, 2012, 10:15 am by Mark Ambrose | Filed Under Music News | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Rigor Mortis, Warbeast


Pictured below (left to right): Mike Scaccia and Al Jourgensen

MINISTRY mainman Al Jourgensen has releasd the following statement regarding the passing of the band’s guitarist, Mike Scaccia:

“I just lost my lil’ brother and my best friend. The 13th Planet compound is devastated, completely in shock and shattered. Mikey was not only the best guitar player in the history of music, but he was a close, close, close part of our family — and I just lost a huge chunk of my heart today. Our lives are forever changed. Life without Mikey is like orange juice without pulp — kind of bland. I have no words to express what this guy meant to me, my family, my career… everything! Read more

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