Portland Oregon's Y La Bamba return with their second full-length album of delicately crafted art folk titled Court the Storm. Chris Funk (of The Decemberists) offered his production skills pro bono for the band's proper debut album, Lupon. This time around they caught the ear of Los Lobos' Steve Berlin, who produced this follow- up.
The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart will put out a four-track remix EP called Acid Reflex as part of Record Store Day, but you can stream it online right now. There's remixes from Violens, Saint Etienne, Twin Shadow, and Washed Out
Latin electro-folk project is the one man band of Roberto Carlos Lange, who goes under the alias Helado Negro ('Black Ice Cream'). He recently released his album Canta Lechuza (via Asthmatic Kitty), and he also released a couple alternate versions of songs off the album for free.
Here's the track listing:
No Planes in Space - "Chains" (Demo Mix)
Joyce Muniz & Shanti Roots - "Cumbian Lolita"
The Weeknd - "The Party" (Chi Duly Remix)
L'Etranger - "Falling For You"
Bounce Camp- "Big Dancin'"
Los Rakas - "Paraiso"
Robin S. - "Show Me Love"
Eli Escobar - "Good TIme"
The Rapture - "It Takes Time To Be A Man"
This Oakland-based rap crew has a new mixtape called The Grind, Hustle & Talent streaming over on their bandcamp. The crew, had a relatively big year last year appearing on ASAP Rocky’s LIVELOVEA$AP and working with producer-of-the-moment Clams Casino.
Chicago hip-hop crew BBU have just released their new mixtape Bell Hooks.The fact that the mixtape is named after the great black feminist thinker should you some idea of where these guys are coming from. The tape features collaborations with Das Racist and fellow Chicago rap types GLC and Mic Terror.
Stream the album below or download it for free right here
Based on the true story of serial killer John Bunting, this is Justin Kurzel's directorial debut. I thought this film was officially released and even included it on my Favorite Films of '11 list. I was sent a screener copy of this film and it was like no other film I've ever seen. It's brutal and violent, and will likely make you uncomfortable the way certain scenes in American History X did.
Look for the film in select theaters on March 2nd.
Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar dropped a new song yesterday called “Cartoon & Cereal”. I can't get this tune out of my head. Once the beat drops and the unsettling sample kicks in it just kind of lingers around in your head.
Have a listen right here (Courtesy of Hypebeast) or below
San San Francisco (by way of Chicago) quartet Ezra Furman and the Harpoons released their third LP less than a year ago. However, the band’s namesake Furman has already recorded an album’s worth of solo material. He just released his solo album entitled The Year of No Returning via Kinetic Family Records. his sound invokes hints of the Violent Femmes and Bob Dylan.
Stream the first five songs or download via the link below.
Order the album (or download Side A of the album) here
Panama’s (by way of Oakland) hip-hoppers Los Rakas dropped a nice free EP yesterday called Raka Love.
I'm really digging the slow jam called 'Copita de Champaña' and the Cindi Lauper 'Time After Time' sample on 'Paraiso'.
New York/Portland, OR-based producer and DJ, Chi Duly has just released "Balloons of Haus", an 11-tracks of uptempo, R&B-House sampling The Weeknd's album House of Balloons. It also features appearances by blog favorites Dunson and Silver Medallion.
Chi Duly says:
"Balloons of Haus is house music for the "I'm not really into techno" folks.
I just put this mix together for my buddies over at Robotepec.
The mix includes a new Miami bass-inspired tune from World Beat, indie-pop from Seattle's Craft Spells, a new grunge rock song from Brazil's Le Almeida, classic '90s alt. rock from Edwin Collins, a '70s psychedelic tune from Jean Jacques Perry (hip-hop heads will instantly recognize Gangstarr's "Just To Get A Rep"), classic hip-hop from Oakland's now defunct The Coup, a new garage rock tune from Portland's The Maxines, a reissued track (via Daptone Records) from African soul legend El Rego et ses Commandos, dream pop from one-man band Wild Nothing (aka Jack Tatum), electronic spoken word from England's Dan Le Sac, and to cool things down with a lowrider oldie from Big Jay McNeely.
Here's the track listing:
World Hood - "Mundo Libre"
Craft Spells - "After the Moment"
Le Almeida - "Micropontes"
Edwin Collins - "Never Met A Girl Like You"
Jean Jacques Perry- "E.V.A."
The Coup - "Laugh, Love, F**K"
The Maxines - "Hang Around"
El Rego - "Feeling You Got"
Wild Nothing - "Take Me In"
Dan Le Sac - "Get Better"
Big Jay McNeely - "Something On Your Mind"
This is the third album from Scots The Twilight Sad (via Fat Cat Records). For this album, the trio worked with legendary producer Andrew Weatherall and added darker synth elements to color their moody shoegaze. The dramatic opener "Alphabet" contains the line "So sick to death of the sight of you now/ Safe to say I've never wanted you more". The love/hate theme carries over on "Don't Move" with two parallel instincts of "I want you more than you will ever know/I'll hurt you more than you will ever know". Key tracks: "Alphabet", "Dead City", ""Sick", "Don't Move", and "Another Bed".
I just can't get enough of this song, in particular...
Stream the album in it's entirety right here
Here's the video for "Another Bed" (*Warning this one is kinda creepy)...
Onetime member of Dum Dum Girls and Vivian Girls' self-titled 2010 debut (made with her touring band, the Outs) Frankie Rose returns with Interstellar. This album is less lo-fi C86-inspired past and more on par with the synth pop of 4AD's early years.
La Makina del Karibe is one of the first and few champeta bands from Bogotá, the capital of Colombia. The Kosmik Chankleta EP, released on La Chusma Records, brings together Berlin baile funk producer Daniel Haaksman, electro-soukous tinkerers Moroka and AJ Holmes from London and ourselves, Hat+Hoodie, for an awesome EP full of afro-caribbean energy.
Former Screaming Trees frontman Mark Lanegan is set to release his latest Blues Funeral on February 7th via 4AD. The album, full of dark bluesy rock, includes guest spots from Josh Homme, Greg Dulli and Jack Irons.
The Late Night Tales artist-curated compilation series will issue a second mix by Belle & Sebastian on March 26th.
Here's the track listing:
01 Broadcast: "Ominous Cloud"
02 The Wonder Who?: "Watch the Flowers Grow"
03 Joe Pass: "A Time for Us"
04 Mulatu Astatke: "Yekermo Sew (A Man of Experience and Wisdom)"
05 Milton Nascimento & Lô Borges: "Tudo Que Você Podia Ser"
06 Marie Laforêt: "Et Si Je t'aime"
07 Bonnie Dobson: "Bird of Space"
08 Dorothy Ashby: "Soul Vibrations"
09 McDonald and Giles: "Tomorrow's People"
10 Gold Panda: "Quitters Raga"
11 Broadcast: "Chord Simple"
12 The Pop Group: "Savage Sea"
13 Stan Tracey Quartet: "Starless and Bible Black"
14 The Lovin Spoonful: "Darlin Be Home Soon"
15 Belle and Sebastian: "Crash" (The Primitives cover)
16 Roland Vincent: "L.S.D. Partie"
17 Toro Y Moi: "Still Sound"
18 Ce'cile: "Rude Bwoy Thug Life"
19 Remember Remember: "Scottish Widows"
20 Trees: "Streets of Derry"
21 Blood, Sweat & Tears: "Spinning Wheel"
22 Pete Shelley: "Homosapien (Dub)"
23 Steve Parks: "Still Thinking of You"
24 David Behrman: "On the Other Ocean"
25 Paul Morley: "Lost for Words [Part 3]"
Have a listen to the teaser here or see who sings what songs below...