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Check Out: The Feeling of Love – “No Fun (The Stooges)”


joomplu:322French no-wavists The Feeling of Love serve up this clattering, droning cover of an old Stooges favorite. Depending on the ear of the beholder, it’s either a brilliant re-imagining of the Stooges ugly as sin proto-punk or a smart-arsed piss take. It’s a bit of a sonic wreck, despite the use of supposedly “flawless” electronics, but I’m sure Iggy wouldn’t have it any other way. Perfect mood music for those “tail end of summer “days when all you want to do is cover yourself in peanut butter, roll around lazily on some broken glass and then, I don’t know, age somewhat gracefully into a pint-sized rock icon with the physique of Mr. Universe runner-up and the face of a 75-year-old Russian peasant woman.

MP3: The Feeling of Love – “No Fun (The Stooges Cover)”

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Download The-Dream’s ‘1977’ (New Album)

joomplu:321The-Dream‘s new album,The Love, IV (Diary of a Mad Man), has been delayed, but that didn’t stop the R&B singer from releasing a new album today. 1977, which was first announced at the beginning of this month, has been posted for free download on The-Dream’s website and is credited under his birth name Terius Nash. The lyrics for each song have also been posted.

Says Nash via Twitter: “chances “DefJam” puts a Cease and Desist on 1977 unfortunately Very High. but i think yall will have it before lawyers make me take it down.” But for the time being, you can download the entire thing for free direct here. The full tracklisting is available after the break.


Odd Future, My Daughter and the Art of Button Pushing

If anyone’s dying of overexposure, it’s Odd Future. Not that attention shouldn’t (or won’t) be paid to the most fresh-faced band of nihilists to hit the airwaves in pretty much ever. After all, if someone’s going to continuously press the “rape” button, you can’t be surprised if everyone comes running to verbosely attack/defend the button pushers.

I’m not going to rehash the million justifications or re-cry the millions of tears shed for the whole of humanity. My personal stance is basically that it’s artistic expression and as such, leave it the hell alone. There’s a ton of stuff out there I won’t put myself through but I’m not going to stop anyone else from trawling the outer limits of art, no matter how offensive it might be to myself or others.

My personal take on Odd Future and their lyrical transgressions goes something like this. (Not that you will or even should care necessarily, but I’m still on this side of the keyboard, so here it goes.)

I have kids, including a teenage daughter. For no logical reason, I would not have a problem with her listening to Odd Future. (Obviously, this would probably be cause for concern at her school, especially if she made a big deal out of listening to them. But schools are constantly concerned about one thing or another and ten minutes later, a student is talking to a cop because of a t-shirt they wore or for alleged stapler possession or whatever.)

The logical catastrophe is that I would have a problem with her hanging out with people who listened to Odd Future. Outside of a few vetted friends that have provided some context as Normal Human Beings, my instinctive reaction would be to cultivate a deep mistrust of these young nihilists in the making, who in no way are appreciating Odd Future on the same level I presume I am. No, they’d be all about the dirty words and vicarious thrills. I’d follow this bit of presumption by parking the vehicles in the garage (with the alarms on) and banishing her to her room until age 22 (release dependent on a useful college degree — none of this Art Major horseshit).

Even more illogically, I’d feel better about her hanging out with Odd Future fans if she was the one who introduced them to the group. This would still be the same set of people and yet, I would view her as a Forward Thinker bringing controversial culture to a bunch of directionless, hormonal teens.

Why is that OK? The vicarious thrill of latent music snobbery. Because I introduce her to Odd Future, it therefore follows that she introduced Odd Future to them, thus making me (once again) Correct About Music.

At this point, I’ve read more lyrical quotes than I’ve actually listened to and I’ve read a million more critical pieces, both pro and con, all of which have solidified my feeling that Odd Future operate better as a caricature than a Threat To Humanity.

Still, the underlying threat is not completely nonexistent. As a parent and a human being, the feeling that someone, somewhere will view Odd Future as guidance counselors rather than entertainers is unshakable. With that coloring my reaction, it boils down to Odd Future being OK for me and my offspring, but not you and yours because yours (as an unknown quantity) will always have a greater capacity for evil than my own, not to mention they are more easily swayed by peer pressure than mine. Obviously.

But, isn’t that the purpose of art? To provoke reaction? And if so, is just getting a reaction enough? Yes. Yes. And a qualified yes. The last qualification is that if provocation is all you have, you’re on the fast track towards “shtick.” Ask Serrano. Piss Christ annoyed a hell of a lot of Christians back in the day, but when it comes to pushing buttons, pounding on fundamentalists is kid stuff. Other religions will kill you for blasphemy. Beating up on Christianity just puts you into the opening paragraph of a million chainmailed petitions. And when Serrano states that his future endeavors will involve using “feces as a medium,” maybe it’s time to stop handing out the title “artist” so freely.

Odd Future have clearly stated that they want to piss off  “parents and old people who live in Middle America.” Trust me, you don’t need to go this far to piss those people off. The first group gets pissed off whenever someone suggests adding a vegetarian option to the school lunch menu and the latter gets pissed off simply because you’re “not from around here.”  If these are your targets, you’re painting yourself a pretty generous target.

If you want to push past the easy thrills of provoking the easily-provoked, you’ve got to take aim at your supporters and put them through the wringer now and then. You can transcend but you’ve got to aim higher. Musicians have been pissing off Middle Americans since the early days of jazz. Odd Future, I’m behind you but you’ve got to push harder. More importantly, you’ve got to push better.

(By the way, I take back most of what I said about your kids, readers. It’s the instant superiority granted by subjective parental views that turns your kids into criminals and sex fiends and mine into misunderstood saints who are just “going through a phase.”. I’m sure they’re all wonderful human beings who would be welcome to stop by my house during Normal Visiting Hours.) [I should also get over the idea that I can control what my teenage daughter will or won’t listen to.]

Listen: The Dean’s List – “Kryptonite Sanity Room (K.S.R.)”


joomplu:320The Dean’s List have released a brand new song entitled “Kruptonite Sanity Room (K.S.R.)”. Emcee Sonny Shotz begins the song with a pained commentary on his life, talking about his need for a Kryptonite Sanity Room: something “that can kill you, but keep you sane at the same time…when you start having doubts.” Fantastic production from DJ Mendoza and Mik Beats, combined with some of Sonny’s best lines yet make this song a must listen. Running six minutes and twenty-five seconds, the track is a showcase of the group’s talent, ending with Sonny saying, “I’m just talking to the people, this isn’t even a song really.” Download or stream the MP3 below.

MP3: The Dean’s List – “Kryptonite Sanity Room (K.S.R.)”

Listen: Drake feat. Justin Bieber – “Trust Issues (Remix)”


joomplu:319Two of Canada’s finest (or at least most popular) team up on this new remix of Drake‘s “Trust Issues”. Justin Bieberhops on the mic to record his take of Drake’s song. Bieber’s voice seems to be taking a hit as he matures and it looks like he more than just trust issues to deal with, hitting relatively lower registers on this song compared to that of his previous work. Check it out for yourself below.

MP3: Drake (feat. Justin Bieber) – “Trust Issues (Remix)”

Jamie xx’s BBC Essential Mix

joomplu:318There’s no denying that The xx‘s Jamie xx is an extremely talented solo producer. After producing The xx’s self-titled debut, the Mercury Prize Winner went on to remix the late Gil-Scott Heron on We’re New Here and then released a new single entitled “Far Nearer”. A few days ago, Jamie took over the DJ booth and spun a two-hour mix for the BBC Essential Mix series. You can listen to entire mix in full below, courtesy of Young Turks. There are some great songs included from such artists as Orbital, WileyJames Blake, and ends with Jamie’s own mix of Radiohead‘s “Bloom”.

Full tracklisting for Jamie’s mix is available after the break.


Fucked Up and Wavves Tour

Fucked Up and Wavves will be co-headlining a tour this fall. While the two bands are very different in genre, both have had critically acclaimed albums recently with WavvesKing of the Beach and Fucked Up‘s David Comes to Life. Now Wavves will be releasing a new EP titled Life Sux on September 20, which has a track featuring co-headliners Fucked Up. Read more to see the tour dates.


A Year Later… Our First Birthday Playlist

It’s hard to imagine that exactly one year ago, the very first post on this site was released to the world. In the past year, we’ve certainly come a long way, growing rapidly in terms of both listeners and contributors. With our posts over the past 365 days, we hope that we’ve exposed some good music to you, sharing our personal favorites either in the form of an MP3 or simply through our writing. It’s a great feeling to know that somewhere out there, people are reading what we have to say and appreciating music that they otherwise would not have found.

So in celebration of our first birthday, it only made sense to thank you, the reader. Thank you for checking out what we have to say and allowing us to share the music we love. Over the next year, we’ll be looking to grow even more and work with even more great artists. Big things are on the horizon, so please share us with your friends and keep visiting and commenting.

Frank Wu

A Year Later…

OCD: Moosh & Twist – “Beautiful Day”
Neako – “Hello”
Y Luv – “All Night”
Cults – “Go Outside”
Foster The People – “Helena Beat”
Theophilus London – “Last Name London”
Los Campesinos! – “You! Me! Dancing!”
The Dean’s List – “Dear Professor”
Eddy B & Tim Gunter – “Graduation (feat. That Kid C-G)”
Hoodie Allen – “The Chase Is On”
Xaphoon Jones – “The Jackson Pit”
Matt & Kim – “AM/FM Sound”

Vampire Weekend Settles Album Cover Dispute

joomplu:316Last year in January, Vampire Weekend released Contra. The album cover was a picture of model Ann Kirsten Kennis and she accused the band of using the photo without her permission. She sued the band, photographer and label for $2 million. The year-long case has finally been dismissed by a Los Angeles federal court, but now Vampire Weekend and XL Recordings are suing the photographer Tod Brody for misrepresenting the rights to the photo. To make things worse for Brody, his attorney’s have left him by himself in court for not paying his bills, so Brody has to represent himself in court. Good luck, man.

Listen: M83 – “Midnight City” Remixes

If you’ve heard M83‘s new single “Midnight City”, there’s a good chance you’ve fallen in love with the song’s catchy synth production and mind-blowing sax solo. Even so, you may be in need of some new M83 to jam to, especially since the brand new double album, Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming, isn’t due for release until October 18.

To make the long wait a tiny bit easier for you, I’ve compiled a list of four “Midnight City” remixes, all different in style and vibe. Check them out below.

Midnight City by M83