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July 28, 2011

{Hard Ass Mix}

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J-Wow from Portuguese kuduro collective Buraka Som Sistema put together a promo mix for the new Hard Ass Sessions Vol. VI release on Enchufada.

Have a listen...


2011 Hard Ass Mix by J-WOW

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{TV Girl}

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I got a link to stream San Diego indie pop duo's Benny and The Jetts EP

Have a listen...


Benny and the Jetts EP by TV Girl

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July 27, 2011

{Rebirth}

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Rebirth is a moving documentary that follows the nearly ten-year transformation of five people whose lives were forever altered on September 11, 2001 .

Look for the film in select theaters August 26th.

View the trailer here or right here...



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{The Future}

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The Future is a quirky story about a thirty-something couple who adopt a stray cat, and begin testing their faith in each other and themselves.

Look for the film in select theaters July 29th.

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{Love Crime}

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Love Crime is a thriller from Alain Corneau about office politics played out by two ruthless executives. Starring (Kristin Scott Thomas and Ludivigne Sagnier.

Look for the film in select theaters September 2nd.

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{Haywire}

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This action-thriller directed by Steven Soderbergh features a cast that includes: Channing Tatum, Ewan McGregor, Michael Fassbender, Antonio Banderas, Bill Paxton, Michael Douglas, Michael Angarano, and mixed martial arts superstar Gina Carano.

Look for the film in select theaters January 20th 2012.

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{The Last Circus}

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From Alex de la Iglesia comes a twisted tale of love, revenge, and psychopathic clowns set in the midst of the Spanish Civil War.

Look for the film in select theaters August 19th.

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{The Rosie Taylor Project}

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UK indie folk band The Rosie Taylor Project just put out a 7" vinyl single titled Sleep. Have a listen to all three songs on the single below.



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{The Weeknd}

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Reclusive Toronto-based R&B sensation The Weeknd performed to a sold out concert in his hometown. Here's a clip of "High For This", listen for the crowd singing along with the hook.

Download the House of Balloons mixtape right here

"High For This".....



Here's The Weeknd – "High For This" (Flufftronix Remix) [Dubstep Bootleg]...


The Weeknd - High For This (Flufftronix Remix) [Dubstep Bootleg] by flufftronix

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{ShinSight Trio}

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Japanese hip hop collective ShinSight Trio are set to release their Higher Velocity New EP just before releasing their third album Moonlight Sunrise (out on September 21st).

Have a listen...

"Higher Velocity"

Here they are performing live...



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{No Te Va Gustar}

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I've been enjoying Uruguay rock band No Te Va Gustar's latest album Por Lo Menos Hoy. Mostly I'm in love with the single "Chau".

Have a listen...

"Chau"

Here's the "Chau" (Sergio Berhau Drum Bass remix)...

No Te Va Gustar - Chau (Sergio Berhau Drum Bass remix) by sergioberhau

Here's the video...



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July 19, 2011

{Dum Dum Girls}

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Dum Dum Girls give us a taste of their forthcoming album Only In Dreams (due September 26 via Sub Pop). You can download the slow rocker "Coming Down" in exchange for your email address. It might not shout at you instantly, but lyrically it should get your attention.



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July 18, 2011

{Stockholm Belongs To Us}

Stockholm.jpg Labrador Records has released this free 22-track compilation of some of their finest Swedish pop bands.

Here's the track listing:
1. The Radio Dept. – Heaven’s On Fire
2. Sambassadeur – Subtle Changes
3. Pallers – The Kiss
4. Club 8 – Dancing With The Mentally Ill
5. Det Vackra Livet – Viljan
6. Acid House Kings – Would You Say Stop?
7. The Legends – Something Strange Will Happen
8. The Mary Onettes – Puzzles
9. Pelle Carlberg – 1983 (Pelle & Sebastian)
10. The Radio Dept. – Never Follow Suit
11. Club 8 – Western Hospitality
12. Suburban Kids With Biblical Names – 1999
13. Acid House Kings – Are We Lovers Or Are We Friends?
14. Club 8 – Jesus, Walk With Me
15. [Ingenting] – Halleluja!
16. Sambassadeur – Days
17. The Legends – Seconds Away
18. Little Big Adventure – Happiest Times
19. Pallers – Humdrum
20. Pelle Carlberg – I Love You, You Imbecile
21. The Mary Onettes – Once I Was Pretty
22. Amanda Mair – House

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{Contagion}

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Steven Soderbergh's next thriller Contagion is about a virus outbreak that is spreading worldwide. The film also has a fine cast: Matt Damon, Laurence Fishburne, Kate Winslet, Gwyneth Paltrow, Marion Cotillard, Bryan Cranston, Jude Law, and John Hawkes.

Look for the film in select theaters September 9th.

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{Higher Ground}

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This is Vera Formiga's directorial debut, in which she also plays the main character Corrine, a devoted Christian woman who has a lifelong struggle with her faith.

Look for the film in select theaters August 26th.

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{Amigo}

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Amigo is the story of a village caught in the murderous crossfire of the Philippine-American War.

Look for the film in select theaters August 19th.

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{Theophilus London}

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Brooklyn native Theophilus London returns with dance-friendly hip-hop album Timez Are Weird These Days.

Here's my fav off the album...

"Love is Real" (featuring Holly Miranda)

This one ("Last Name London") is the first single...


Theophilus London - Last Name London by TheophilusLondon

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{Drums of Death}

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Drums of Death’s 2010 debut album Generation Hexed was a masterpiece of house and techno goodness. Now he’s back with the Black Waves EP (via Civil Music).

Have a listen to the EP sampler...


Black Waves EP Sampler by Drums Of Death

This one called "I Can't Take It" is my fav...



Here's another new tune that's not on the EP...

"Acid Damaged 909" (Courtesy of FACT Magazine)

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{Memory Tapes}

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Memory Tapes (aka Dayve Hawk) returns with sophomore album filled with hazy dream-pop.

Have a listen...

"Today is Our Life"

Here's another standout...


Memory Tapes - Offers by gulsah turgut

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{Babasonicos}

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Argentinian rock band Babasonicos return with their tenth studio album A Propósito.

Here's the first single...

"Deshoras"

Here's my fav track off the album...

"Ideas"

Here's another standout "Tormento"...



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[Suede}

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Nineties Brit-pop sensation Suede have recently re-issued, as a remastered Deluxe 2CD+DVD edition, every one of their albums (via Edsel Records).

Here's a couple of rarities...





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{Drake}

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A new Drake mixtape popped up online.

Here's some highlights...


Drake - I'm on one ft. Lil' Wayne (w/out officer ricky) by banisfresh


Drake - Fall For Your Type (Same Mistakes) by Hypetrak

Here's the video for "Marvin's Room"...



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{Little Dragon}

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Japanese-Swedish soulful singer Yukimi Nagano, and company are set to release of their latest album Ritual Union on July 26th, but NPR is streaming the album in it's entirety right now.

Have a listen right here

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July 13, 2011

{Vybz Kartel}

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Recent crossover projects from Diplo or Major Lazer have changed alot peoples perceptions of dancehall. Vybz Kartel's (with Brooklyn-based electronic producer Dre Skull) new album Kingston Story is dancehall inspired by ’90s-’00s hip hop with a club sound. In particular, I can't get enough of the memories of falling in love tune "Mi Remember".

Here's a few standouts...


Vybz Kartel - Mi Remember by Mixpak


Vybz Kartel - Push It In by Mixpak


Vybz Kartel - Jamaica by Mixpak

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{Portugal. The Man}

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Alaskan indie band Portugal. The Man are set to return with the album In The Mountain In The Cloud (October 10th). I haven't had a chance to stream it yet, but I've got a link for y'all below.

Stream the album below or right here (courtesy of Paste magazine)

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{John Maus}

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Ariel Pink affiliate and philosophy professor John Maus returns with a new album titled We Must Become Pitiless Censors of Ourselves, which is drenched in synthesizers, drum machines, and lo-fi reverb vocals.

Here's a few standouts...

"Hey Moon"



John Maus - Quantum Leap by RibbonMusic


John Maus - Keep Pushing On by pollo asado

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July 11, 2011

{Pictureplane}

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Santa Fe, N.M. native Pictureplane finds more confidence in his vocals on his forthcoming synth-and-drum heavy electronic album titled Thee Physical, produced by Jupiter Keyes of HEALTH.

Listen to the album...


THEE PHYSICAL by PICTUREPLANE

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{Elaquent}

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Instrumental beat whiz Elaquent’s free compilation, Oldies is up online for free. This is a collection of some of his stanout tracks

Have a listen...



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July 07, 2011

{Restless}

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Sony Pictures Classics has just debuted a new theatrical trailer for Gus Van Sant's Restless. The quirky indie drama stars Mia Wasikowska and Henry Hopper.

Look for the film in select theaters January 28th.

View the trailer right here...



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{Tabloid}

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Errol Morris' documentary Tabloid follows Joyce McKinney, a former "beauty queen" whose single-minded devotion to the man of her dreams leads her across the globe and directly onto the front pages of the British tabloid newspapers.

Look for the film in select theaters July 15th.

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{Special Treatment}

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This French film is about a high class prostitute (Isabelle Huppert) and an eminent psychoanalyst who discover that they share many things in common.

Look for the film in select theaters August 26th.

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{Thievery Corporation}

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Thievery Corporation (Eric Hilton and Rob Garza) have been combining downtempo electronica grooves with reggae and R&B sounds to create songs for years. They have just released their sixth album titled Culture of Fear.

Listen to the title track...

"Culture of Fear"

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{Unknown Mortal Orchestra}

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A little late on this one, but recently I've been enjoying Portland based trio Unknown Mortal Orchestra's psych rock self-titled debut album (via Fat Possum Records).

Stream the album right here (courtesy of Spin)

Just give a listen to this first track "Ffunny Ffriends" off the album and that should hook you.


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{Casper}

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Casper is an Atlanta rapper that has just dropped his debut mixtape Sounds of the Subconscious. It's kinda rough, but you definitely hear some potential. Just dig that "Popular Remix" (with the hook from the play Wicked), pretty clever.

Have a listen...



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{Il Abanico}

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I received a link to stream (or download for free) Colombian duo Il Abanico's Crossing Colors EP. I recommend track two titled "Solo", Which is my fav of the bunch.

Have a listen to the EP...



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{Bright Eyes}

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Fresh off the release of the music video to their newest single “Jejune Stars,” Conor Oberst and crew are set to release a new live EP simply titled Live Recordings. The EP features a few tracks off their latest album, The People’s Key, as well as a few older favorites.

Have a listen to the live version of "Bowl of Oranges"...



Checkout the video for "Jejune Stars"...



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{The Weeknd}

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I got this Chi Duly remix of Toronto-based R&B project The Weeknd.

If you haven't downloaded their free mixtape, you're missing one of the years best albums ( get it right here

Have a listen to "The Party" (Chi Duly Remix).....


The Weeknd - The Party (Chi Duly Remix) ft. Silver Medallion by Chi Duly

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{Beirut}

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New Mexico's own gypsy inspired indie sensation Beirut returns with forthcoming album The Riptide (slated for an August 30th release).

Have a listen to a couple of standouts...


Beirut - East Harlem by Revolver USA



Beirut - Goshen by ListenBeforeYouBuy


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{The Horrors}

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English post-punk band The Horrors put their forthcoming album Skying for a full streaming on their official website (you can listen to the album below). Skying is the first album produced by the band themselves (via XL Recordings) and their sound has got this nice Psychedelic Furs vibe.

Have a listen...



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July 06, 2011

{Adrianigual}

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So many great artists coming out of Chile (Javiera Mena, Gepe, Alex Antwandter, Manuel Garcia), now get ready to add Adrianigual to that list. Hailing from the capital city of Santiago, they are a disco-rock band that have just released their second album titled Éxito Mundial.

The first thing I noticed was how much this sounded like Alex Antwandter, so it wasn't a big surprise when I discovered that he produced the album.

Have a listen...


Me gusta la noche by adrianigual

Have a listen to another standout...

"Arde Santiago"

You can stream their first album right here

You can order the album via iTunes.

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{Washed Out}

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I'm a little late on this one, but better late than never, right? This album seems to capture the best moments from the late 80’s and early 90’s dream-style pop. This is Washed Out’s first full length album titled Within and Without (released on Sub Pop records), and with an album cover like this who can complain.

Have a listen...


Washed Out - Amor Fati by Hypetrak





Stream the album courtesy of NPR

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{Beats Rhymes & Life}

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Beats Rhymes & Life is a documentary directed by Michael Rapaport about one of the most influential and groundbreaking musical groups in hip-hop history. A fan himself, Rapaport sets out on tour with A Tribe Called Quest in 2008, when they reunited to perform sold-out concerts across the country, almost ten years after the release of their last album, The Love Movement. As he travels with the band members (Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Jarobi White), Rapaport captures the story of how tenuous their relationship has become; how their personal differences and unresolved conflicts continue to be a threat to their creative cohesion. When mounting tensions erupt backstage during a show in San Francisco, we get a behind-the-scenes look at their journey and contributions as a band and what currently is at stake for these long-time friends and collaborators.

Look for the film in select theaters in NY and LA on July 8th.

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{Septien}

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Eighteen years after disappearing without a trace, Cornelius Rawlings returns to his family's farm. While his parents are long deceased, Cornelius's brothers Ezra and Amos continue to live in isolation on this old, forgotten land. It takes a mysterious drifter to smother the Rawlings Brothers' demons once and for all.

Look for the film in select theaters July 6th.

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{Girlfriend}

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Girlfriend tells the story of a young man with Down Syndrome who unexpectedly comes into a large amount of money and uses it to romantically pursue the girl he has always loved.

Look for the film in select theaters July 21st.

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{Garland Jeffreys}

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Garland Jeffreys began his recording career as a ‘70s-‘80s rock ’n’ soul artist. Rolling Stone magazine’s even named him Best New Artist for 1977. About 14 years ago he stepped back from the music business and stopped making records. This year he released a new album titled “The King of In-Between, and he seemingly picked up where he left off.

Have a listen to "Coney Island Winter"...


Coney Island Winter - Garland Jeffreys by gjeffreysadmin

He had a minor hit back in the day with this tune called "Wild in the Street"...



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{Geko Jones}

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Geko is a New York-based DJ who digs deep into indigenous folk songs and blends them with electronic beats. I came across his infectious tune "Pa la Escuela Nene" featuring Maria Mulata (Geko Jones vs Frikstailers). I just can't get enough of the call-and-response chorus, so don't be surprised if this ends up on a future mix.

Have a listen to "Pa la Escuela Nene" and a handful of other tunes right here

Listen to his La Nueva Guarancha Mix...


La Nueva Guaracha by gekojones

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{Adele}

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I realize I'm probably the last person on earth to listen to Adele's album 21, but I recently caught this performance she did on NPR's Tiny Desk Concert. Watching her perform "Someone Like You" commands you're attention from the opening line.

Have a listen...

"Someone Like Yoi"

Watch the performance...



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{Los Rakas}

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I heard Oakland's Los Rakas excellent tune "Abrazeme" awhile back and I continually keep hearing good tunes from them are blending hip-hop, Latin, and dancehall reggae.

Have a listen to their free mixtape...



Here's their latest single "La Tiste"...



Here's one more called "Soy Rakas"...



Here's the video for "Soy Raka"...



Here's the video for "Abazame"...



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