Smims&Belle is the name of the new DJ side project of Mark Foster and Isom Innis (of Foster the People). Their first project comes in the form of a Lana Del Rey remix, with the two remixing “Blue Jeans” and enlisting the help of Azealia Banks for a new guest verse. Below, you can listen to the full extended remix. Foster and Innis have also uploaded the “original” version of their remix as well, which you can peep here.
Jack White‘s debut solo album is set to be released on April 24th, 2012, however, despite White’s attempts to stop it being leaked (including sending promotional copies in the form of vinyl records only), it was leaked on April 15th.
The album portrays the jigsaw pieces of White’s career coming together to create thirteen exemplary tracks. A wide variety of genres are covered in the album from blues to garage rock, including White’s signature catchy riffs, and distorted vocals. Styles from all of his projects including The White Stripes, The Raconteurs, The Dead Weather as well as from his musical influences like Son House are all definitely present in the album. It represents White’s chance to produce a record which is truly representative of him. In his own words, “I’ve put off making records under my own name for a long time but these songs feel like they could only be presented under my name. These songs were written from scratch, had nothing to do with anyone or anything else but my own expression, my own colors on my own canvas.”
Blunderbuss is now streaming on iTunes for free listening and will available for purchase on the 24th, including vinyl copies of the album from Third Man Records.
01. Missing Pieces
02. Sixteen Saltines
03. Freedom At 21
04. Love Interruption
06. Hypocritical Kiss
07. Weep Themselves To Sleep
08. I’m Shakin’
09. Trash Tongue Talker
10. Hip (Eponymous) Poor Boy
11. I Guess I Should Go To Sleep
12. On And On And On
13. Take Me With You When You Go
This past week, folk rock band Maps and Atlases released their brand new LP, Beware and Be Grateful, along with the dates of their April European tour. I’ve been listening to Maps and Atlases for a while now, as well as lead singer Dave Davison’s side project Cast Spells, and I can safely say that their music continues to develop both in general sound and in complexity. They create a very low key presence on their albums, yet the quartet from Chicago can really put on a rad show.
Check out my favorite from the album “Be Three Years Old” below:
Possibly influenced by his recent interview with Kendrick Lamar for Noisey, Heems teamed up with his Das Racist counterpart Kool A.D. to give us their unique take on Kendrick’s huge Dre-tinged single, “The Recipe”. Below, you can grab the MP3, which features the two Greedhead rappers lending their mellow rhymes to the equally mellow Scoop DeVille instrumental. Weed references everywhere, but I guess that’s a given.
The first official single from Hot Chip‘s forthcoming In Our Heads is the dance-floor bumper “Night And Day”. Driven by a funky, disco-sounding bassline and Alexis Taylor’s digitalized vocals, the new song sounds like it could fit snuggly somewhere on One Night Stand or more likely, in your local DJ’s next dance playlist. “Night And Day” will be officially released by Domino Records on June 4th alongside a remix by 2 Bears and a B-side, “Jelly Babies”.
Just a few hours ago, The Weeknd took the stage for the first time in the US to perform a 51-minute set at Coachella. Although he’s played a few shows in Canada and has a tour scheduled later this year, Abel sounded a bit nervous as he performed songs off of his trio of mixtapes House of Balloons, Thursday, and Echoes of Silence, as well as “Crew Love”, his hit with fellow OVOXO memberDrake. Normally a very smooth yet mysterious singer, Abel seemed slightly out of place in the bright Californian sun as he missed a few of his higher notes. Below, you can watch the entire set recorded and uploaded by Yardie. More of our Coachella coverage can be seen here.
On Friday, M83 performed at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival 2012. Anthony Gonzalez and Co. performed songs from all their albums including their most recent 2011 album, Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming. They also performed a Daft Punk cover. Watch M83‘s full set below. For more Coachella coverage, click here.
Frank Ocean, the R&B member of Odd Future, had the spotlight on him on Friday at Coachella. There were some technical difficulties, but overall it was a great performance. You can check out Frank’s Ocean full set below which includes a Bob Dylan cover and Tyler, the Creator joining to perform “Analog 2”. More Coachella coverage can be seen here.
Radiohead‘s full headlining set at Coachella last night can be watched below. Accompanied by a spectacular light show, moving panels, and Thom Yorke’s ponytail, Radiohead performed quite a bit off The King of Limbs, but also made sure to sneak in some old classics like “Karma Police”. If you didn’t catch it last night or if you were too busy switching between Radiohead and the ASAP Mob, you can watch it all below. For more Coachella coverage, click here.
02. 15 Step
03. Weird Fishes/Arpeggi
04. Morning Mr Magpie
06. The Gloaming
07. Pyramid Song
08. The Daily Mail
10. Karma Police
12. Lotus Flower
13. There There
18. After The Gold Rush/Everything In Its Right Place
Spring break came and went, and now I suppose I’m a little bit behind on a bunch of the new music that came out over the past week. A few days ago, former Googler-turned-rapper Hoodie Allen made his official debut with All American, an 8 song retail EP composed entirely of original production – a first for the young artist. With each release, Hoodie has been improving by leaps and bounds, and All American is clearly no exception. Give it a listen below, and if you like what you hear, support Hoodie with a purchase on iTunes.