Monthly Archives: May 2013

Images & Words: Jacques Greene, “On Your Side” (f/ How to Dress Well)

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Jacques Greene “On Your Side” (f/ How to Dress Well) On Your Side (out 07/01 on LuckyMe) Check out the fascinating interactive video from Canadian production whiz, Jacques Greene, and fractured, R&B crooner, Tom Krell (aka How to Dress Well). The track itself is fire, melding Greene’s moody, celestial production with Krell’s emotive falsetto, but the video is very cool as well. Watch it out on Greene’s website and stream the track below.

Stream This Shit: Disclosure, “Settle”

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Disclosure Settle Out 6/4 on PMR THE WAIT IS OVER! After 3 years of brilliant singles, unfuckwitable remixes, and an EP or two, Guy and Howard Lawrence are finally ready to unleash their debut LP. I first wrote about them back in 2011, and it’s amazing to see how far these youngsters (the younger Lawrence, Howard, was born in 1994) have come in just two and a half years. While I’m physically restraining my fingers to hold back the wild …

Hot Jam of the Day (05.23.13): The Weeknd, “Kiss Land/John Carpenter”

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The Weeknd “Kiss Land/John Carpenter” Kiss Land (out this year on XO/Republic) @HowToDressWell 17 May: dude this guy from the weeknd is taking a ton of drugs and seems really homesick i hope he’s ok tho  This tweet from How to Dress Well’s Tom Krell about sums up the lyrical content of the dubiously-named title track from Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye’s insanely-awaited proper debut album. However, it doesn’t begin to sum up the majesty of the Canadian’s harrowing, 8-minute gem. …

Hot Jam of the Day (05.22.13): Julianna Barwick, “Forever”

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Julianna Barwick “Forever” Nepenthe (out August 20 on Dead Oceans) As you’ve probably realized, I’ve been horrifically behind recently, and over the next few weeks, I’m going to make a real push to get caught up. I can’t think of a more beautiful way to start my comeback than the ornate, breathtaking lead single from Julianna Barwick’s fourth LP, Nepenthe.  As if she needed a hand in making her music even more dulcet and cinematic, Barwick recorded the album in Iceland …

Images & Words (NSFW): Action Bronson, “Strictly 4 My Jeeps” // ASAP Ferg, “Work” (f/ A$AP Rocky, Trinidad James, Schoolboy Q, French Montana)

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A couple of NYC’s best dropped videos this week. The first is your typical Action being Action clip, and the second is your classic NYC crew cut. The AB one is probably NSFW. Action Bronson “Strictly 4 My Jeeps” Saaab Stories (out in June) A$AP Ferg “Work” (f/ A$AP Rocky, Trinidad James, Schoolboy Q, French Montana) (Remix) Original Appears on Lord$ Never Worry (out now on Polo Grounds)

Hot Jam of the Day (05.20.13): Boardwalk, “I’m To Blame”

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Boardwalk “I’m To Blame” Boardwalk (out later this year on Stones Throw) Over the past couple of years, I’ve written extensively about my love for dreamy Ontario-based duo Memoryhouse, so it comes as no surprise that I would sa-fuckin-woon over the decidedly MH-ish debut single from these newly-signed Angelinos. Amber Quintero’s breathy vocals glide effortlessly over alluring electric piano and a languid guitar line. Though it’s not going to blow you over at first, it’ll burrow its way in, gently inviting you to drift off to …

Hot Jam of the Day (05.17.13): Mirage, “Let’s Kiss”

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Mirage “Let’s Kiss” After Dark 2 (out now on Italians Do it Better) Because Johnny Jewel sums it up better than I ever could, here is the Chromatics/Glass Candy/Desire/etc mainman on the lovely, synth-jam, “Let’s Kiss.” He also talks about the long-awaited follow-up to IDIB’s legendary compilation, After Dark. Thanks, GvB. “Let’s Kiss” was written the same week as “Under Your Spell” in November 2008. After a bizarre & beautiful twist of fate, I walked into a remote bar in Montreal where …

Hot Jam of the Day (05.16.13): Mikky Ekko, “Disappear”

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Mikky Ekko “Disappear” (Ruff Demo) Digital Single The new single from the Nashville-based crooner is a surprisingly esoteric turn from an artist who seems on the cusp of breaking through (due to his feature on RiRi’s mega-smash “Stay”). The velvet-voiced Shreveport-native sounds surprisingly Panda Bear-ish, plaintively emoting over a mostly-stark, cineamtic arraignment that builds to a brief, powerful climax. Lyrically, it’s basically a rehash of Snow Patrol’s uber-ode to spooning “Chasing Cars,” but that doesn’t stop it from being an affecting, effective piece of …

Hot Jam of the Day (05.14.13): Vampire Weekend, “Step”

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Vampire Weekend “Step” Modern Vampires of the City (out now on XL) In my career as a music writer, I’ve been wrong about plenty of things. I claimed that Fenech-Soler would be “fucking massive,” Delphic had “New Order” potential, and that Justin Vernon should rename his group “Bon Eve-mehr.” Through the years, it’s gotten much easier to admit my eff ups (especially when they are immortalized in pixel form), and leaving Vampire Weekend’s third album off my “Oh My Fucking May” list certainly …

Oh My Fucking May: 16 New Albums You Must Hear This Month

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While the NBA is rolling out their immortal “40 Games in 40 Nights” promo, the music world is doing its own. “16 Potential Classics in 30 Nights” may not be as catchy, but it’s just as ri-goddamn-diculous. I can’t remember a month where this many (SIXTEEN!) exciting, possible top-10 albums have all dropped in a month. It’s especially impressive, considering it succeeded an epic first quarter. So, here is low-down on the 16 albums out this month that demand your …