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Dan Bejar's back and he's on his esoteric game on this track, the first evidence we have of the upcoming Trouble in Dreams due in March. Its pacing, lyrical style, and melodies evoke a slow ballad in the vein of tunes from Streethawk, and the full sound his backing band formed on Destroyer's Rubies brings the tune home...along with a breezy whistle solo. Recommended.

Chris Donaghey

Call this shameless self promotion or call it getting your medicine from the source. This is my latest DJ demo... and I post it here because I can, bitches.

Jack Shepler (source)

Christopher Blue may have left his hometown of Seattle for sunny Mendocino, CA, but he returned for this live in-studio performance at Seattle's KEXP. Check out this recording of "Good Time Baby".

Jack Shepler

As per usual nowadays, "word of blog" is helping music lovers pay attention to the Christ-motivated sound of Bodies of Water. Like Anathallo, Danielson, and Sufjan Stevens before them, they are not horrifyingly overt in their spiritual influences, but they do craft some splendidly emotive tunes in the same vein as the Arcade Fire and Anathallo with a bit of Polyphonic Spree-esque swells. Ears Will Pop & Eyes Will Blink will be out on July 24th but until that day comes, enjoy the hymnal build and glorious harmonies of "I Guess I'll Forget the Sound, I Guess, I'll Guess."

Chris Donaghey (source)

The Canadian indie-pop supergroup will release its follow-up to my personal favorite album of 2005, Twin Cinema, in August. For now, this new single will have to tide us over the summer. Personally, the swelling and simple cadences of A.C. Newman's lyrics and delivery have my expectations duly raised. Each word dangles poignantly in the air with the last syllables of each verse clinging like remainders unwilling to disappear. Remember, people: Challengers is due out on August 21st.

Chris Donaghey (source)

Dear Jive,

Please release UGK's Underground Kingz some day in my lifetime. Pushing back Hip Hop album release dates is played out.

Sincerely,
Anthony Obi

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This is one of the smoothest samples I've heard in a long time. You can (almost) never go wrong with soul music, especially when it's by Willie Hutch. Earlier this year another version of this track leaked featuring DJ Paul & Juicy J (Three 6 Mafia) in place of Outkast as the guest emcees.

This beat was originally used for Project Pat's "Choose U” from Layin’ The Smack Down (2002) and is produced by Three 6 Mafia. Normally I'd put my foot down and stand against a beat used twice (or in this case, three times) but because it's so good I'll let this one slide.

Anthony Obi (source)

B-Side from the latest Modest Mouse LP featuring more of the band's musical eccentricity. On a related note, the new album is fantastic. I was in love with it from the moment I heard the first song! It's great to see Modest Mouse so successful upon the album's release (a #1 Billboard 200 chart position is no easy task in the dying days of the CD). King Rat is a vinyl only release and this audio rip comes straight from the 7"! Enjoy.

Anthony Obi (source)

This is the best song ever. ...okay...maybe i am exaggerating but I really, really enjoy it. Great beat, catchy hook and melodies, and a bunch of charisma. Plus there's a remix coming soon with The Game, Jim Jones, and Andre 3000 (Outkast)! Enjoy.

Anthony Obi (source)

From The Shins' upcoming record Wincing The Night Away.

Darrell Ford (source)

This is the biggest rap posse cut I've ever heard. If there are bigger ones, PLEASE inform me ASAP! Here you have The Game, leader of the G-Unot movement, featuring every rapper in the world. Okay...maybe not every in the world but almost every famous one. In order of their appearance, this One Blood Remix features...
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Jim Jones
Snoop Dogg
Nas
T.I.
The Game
Fat Joe
Lil' Wayne
N.O.R.E.
Jadakiss
Styles P
Fabolous
Juelz Santana
Rick Ross
Twista
Kurupt
Daz Dillinger
WC
E-40
Bun B
Chamillionaire
Slim Thug
Young Dro
Clipse
Ja Rule
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Wow.
Clocking in at 11:47, by the way.

Enjoy!

Anthony Obi (source)

"More blubber than Ruben Studdard"

GHOST IS BACK!
GHOST IS BACK!
GHOST IS BACK!

Ghostface, everyone's favorite Wu-Tang Clan member, returns with a new album dropping in December. "More Fish" is the title and it'll be out on December 12th. With the Clipse, Jay-Z, Nas, Young Jeezy, and now Ghostface; it's looking like a GREAT year end of Hip Hop releases. Y'all already know what to do...get to clicking and sharing!

P.S.
The beat is "Juice (Know the Ledge)" by Eric B. & Rakim. I pray you've already heard the original.

Anthony Obi (source)

You can download the Funk Kazoo Orchestra's entire album here!

Jack Shepler (source)

In Nick Horby's High Fidelity, the main character, Rob, provides some of the rules for making a good mixtape. He says to kick it off strong, "to hold the attention" and then to kick it up a notch before cooling it off a notch. Though it's only one track, Headlights's song "TV" shows the trio from Illinois was paying rapt attention. "TV" begins simply, then quickly explodes into a flurry of sound that fades as one of the band's singers, Erin Fein, takes over. So much is packed in to three minutes that it's hard to know whether to focus on the melody, Fein's familiar vocals, or the way the guitars, keyboards, and drums all interwine. Fortunately, once you download the track or pick up a copy of Headlight's debut LP Kill Them with Kindness those decisions become moot.

Darrell Ford (source)

Midnight Movies, with a new lineup, will release this single on October 24 via New Line Records. Check it out.

Jack Shepler

After a lot of blogosphere fame for this song, The Figurines went on to receive good words from press around the country. They'll have another burst here in the U.S. next month when they release the album (Skeleton) on vinyl.

And no, this isn't Figurine, it's Figurines: not the band with the Postal Service guy ;).

Jack Shepler

On!Air!Library basically reformed, using member Philip Wann's latest writing, "Daylight's for the Birds" as the new band's name. The new band brings us a new record entitled "Trouble Everywhere," which releases this fall.

Jack Shepler

Tiga is a funky electronic band out of Canada. They have a full length album, Sexor, which features 14 songs and guest appearances by The Scissor Sisters and Jake Shears. Pick up this release from Last Gang Records and dance your ass off!

Jack Shepler

Check out this new band from Eenie Meenie Records. Their new album, Underneath the Radio is due out October 3rd.

Jack Shepler

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