Monthly Archives: June 2012

The Hottest Jams of the Year So Far… (In 140 characters or less)

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To save myself from TLDR, I decided to keep all my ramblings under 140 characters. Instead of trying to choose my absolute favorite songs, I stuck to only songs that were released as singles, just for my own sanity. Also, the list is in alphabetical order — no rankings. I also limited to one track per artist. If you hate Twitter-speak, fragments, and hashtags, soz. LOL im nt soz. Though Spotify is missing a lot of stuff, here’s a link …

Thunder Penguin’s Most Anticipated Albums of 2012

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1. The-XX: Coexist September 11th, XL I’m not quite sure why, but the XX’s fragile, incredibly beautiful self-titled debut always felt like a one-off to me. I’m not sure whether it was their seemingly reclusive personalities, vocalist Romy Madley Croft threats of never making another record, producer Jamie XX’s bubbling solo career, or the true distinctiveness of the album, but I always kinda assumed that it would the only real statement we’d get from the shadowy London trio. Earlier this year, we started …

The Best Albums of 2012 (So Far)

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It’s been a solid, if unspectacular start first half of the year, and before we get into what should be a special, special second half of 2012, I wanted to look back at some of the albums that have stood out from the rest. All of these are available to stream from Spotify, except the Evian Christ and Joey Bada$$ mixtapes, which are available to download for free. Just check the link. I had to kill comments after getting heavily …

Thunder Tape: Everyday Is Like Sade (June 2012)

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Just in time for summer, it’s my pleasure to share another mixtape with you guys. May you spend the summer with the sun in your eyes and the wind in your hair. Everyday is Like Sade (Side A) Everyday Is Like Sade (Side B) Tracklist: side a: the-dream:fancy cassie:king of hearts(richard x rmx) mario:let me love you(lapalux rmx) disclosure:boiling jessie ware:running(disclosure rmx) purity ring:obedear gang colours:fancy restaurant giselle:silk(cosmic kids rmx) side b: jyrome good:where i left off shlohmo/r. kelly/ nico …

Hot Jam of the Day (06.18.12): Joey Badass, “Waves”

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Joey Bada$$ “Waves” 1999 (Self-Released) While it’s easy to roll your eyes at his gauche moniker, one spin of the 17 year-old Flatbush-MC’s stunning debut mixtape will make even the biggest skeptic a believer. He may be young, but Bada$$’ music is rooted in Brooklyn’s rich hip-hop history. Rhyming mostly over jazzy breaks, boom-bap backbeats, and soulful melodies, the loquacious youngster flows with incredible grace and effortlessness. While it’s tough to pick a favorite from the consistently excellent LP, “Waves” highlights his first-class wordplay, hopeful exuberance, …

Hot Jam of the Day (06.17.12): Jessie Ware, “Wildest Moments”

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Jessie Ware “Wildest Moments” Devotion (Out 8.20.12 on PMR) Two things have came through from all the pre-release singles from London siren Jessie Ware’s debut LP. First off, she is a bold, uncompromising singer who isn’t afraid to dish the real dirt on her life. Secondly, she’s a bit of a chameleon. We’ve heard her coo all sorts of sexy (“110%”), do mid-tempo moody (“Running”), and get her Amy-style 60’s soul on (her spellbinding cover of Bobby Caldwell’s “What You …

Hot Jams of the Day (06.16.12): Finally Boys, “You Will Be Healed”/”Lunar Lovers”

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Finally Boys “You Will Be Healed”/”Lunar Lovers” Feelings (Self-Released) Today’s hot jams come courtesy of two youthful weirdos/BFF’s from somewhere in the East Bay. I wasn’t expecting much when the fresh-faced duo took the stage on Friday night in support of the magical How to Dress Well, but I was bowled over by their hyper-blissful, maximalist sound and exuberant, passionate performance. Drawing from elements of trance, euro-house, Balearic beat, juke, electroclash, and whatever else they could find on MediaFire, the Boys …

Hot Jam of the Day (06.15.12): Usher (f. Rick Ross), “Let Me See”

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Usher “Let Me See” (f/ Rick Ross) Looking for Myself (LaFace) Usher is a lot of things, but an idiot is not one of them. To make it in pop music for as long as he has, you need to be unbelievably savvy, and Usher’s sixth album is perhaps his greatest example of this quality. A direct result of the current post-Weeknd/Frank Ocean R&B landscape, Looking for Myself is littered with inspiration from the indie scene. While I suppose it’s surprising that a genre heavyweight would …

Hot Jam of the Day (06.14.12): Ice Choir, “I Want You Now and Always”

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Ice Choir “I Want You Now and Always” Afar (Underwater Peoples)  This is the third cut we’ve heard from the debut LP from Pains of Being Pure At Heart member Kurt Feldman’s new, heavily John Hughes-inspired side project. Like “Two Rings” and “Teletrips,” “I Want You Now and Always” is dripping in nostalgic longing, armed with killer 8-bit hooks, and slathered with slinky snyths and MIDI bass. This is hopelessly naive dance music for people who would rather rock out in front of the mirror to …

Hot Jam of the Day (06.12.12): Tomas Barfod, “November Skies” (f/ Nina Kinert)

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Tomas Barfod “November Skies” (f/ Nina Kinert) Salton Sea (Friends of Friends) Friends of Friends has obviously been blowing up like crazy, and one of the real standouts of its eclectic roster is Danish producer Tomas Barfod. Coming off the back of his excellent Broken Glass EP, Salton Sea is Barfod’s maiden voyage into LP land, and though it’s a hurdle that many producers fall at, the Dane passes the test with flying colors. “November Skies,” one of the album’s …