Monthly Archives: July 2014

Hot Jams of The Last Couple Weeks: Moving to LA Catch-Up

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Ahoy Loyal Penguin-ites! TP has spent the last two weeks moving from the magisterial metropolis of New York City to the good vibes and tropical climes of Southern California. For the foreseeable future, TP will now be broadcasting out of a beach-side igloo on the north side of Venice. However, the music hasn’t stopped, so here is a quick round-up of some of the best tracks released in the last fortnight. FKA twigs: “Pendulum” from LP1 (out August 12) It only takes a couple …

Hot Jam of the Day: Dan Bodan, “Soft As Rain”

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Dan Bodan “Soft As Rain” Soft (out this fall on DFA) The wait is over! Yesterday, the Berlin-based crooner finally announced plans to release his long-awaited (at least on this site) debut LP. Lead single, “Soft as Rain,” is another glistening example of Bodan’s signature bizarre perspective on lounge pop. Bodan’s expressive, playful tenor floats like autumn leaves, languidly gliding over the chaotic city streets below. He’s long since proven himself as a top-rate singles artist, and more than anything, …

Hot Jam of the Day: PARTYNEXTDOOR, “Recognize” (f/ Drake)

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PARTYNEXTDOOR “Recognize” (f/ Drake) PARTYNEXTDOOR2 (out July 29 on OVO Sound) After a string of exquisite singles, Toronto’s PARTYNEXTDOOR has announced the follow-up to last year’s quality, self-titled EP. While details are scarce, we got a taste of it with this Drake-assisted, hazy banger. PND (né Jahron Brathwaite) injects enough energy into his alluring bedroom jams to avoid the lethargy of fellow OVO-er, The Weeknd. It’s a tough balance to strike, but Brathwaite is certainly proving that he is an artist who is …

The Best Albums of 2014 (So Far)

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As I am writing this the day after the NBA Draft, I’ve decided to break my favorite albums into tiers. These are my current contenders for Album of the Year. Dig in. TIER 1: THE FAVORITE Sun Kil Moon: Benji (Caldo Verde) Not a lot of people make their greatest album at age 47. Of course, the difficulty of that feat is compounded when you have a back catalogue as essential as Mark Kozelek. I’ll probably need at least five years to …

Hot Jam of the Day: Prince Innocence, “Cold”

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Prince Innocence “Cold” Digital Single The Montreal duo laces a slick, languid synth-pop jam, which is set to be a one-off summer song whilst the group works on their debut LP. Reminiscent of the best of Italians Do It Better, “Cold” pairs Talvi Faustmann’s elegant, flexible vocals with the metallic synths and icy, spare MIDI drums of Josh McIntyre.

Hot Jam of the Day: Wet, “Move Me”

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Wet “Move Me” Kitty Cash’s Love The Free II Mixtape The Brooklyn trio’s exquisite self-titled debut was probably my favorite EP of last year, and we get the first taste of new Wet in the form of this direct, spare slow jam. Unsurprisingly, it is subtle and gorgeous, driven by the plaintiff vocals of the always affecting Kelly Zutrau. They still haven’t released any information on a new album, but this little gem will more than suffice for now.

Download This Shit: Lil Durk, “Signed To The Streets 2”

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Lil Durk Signed To The Streets 2 Chicago’s finest dropped the long-awaited, oft-delayed successor to 2013’s fantastic Signed To The Streets. If you follow the news, you know how turbulent Durk’s life has been recently. In just the last nine months, he has lost two of his cohorts to gunfire (cousin OTF Nunu and LA Capone) and seen fellow OTF-er RondoNumbaNine catch a murder charge. All that pain has seen the 21 year-old come out swinging, ditching a chunk of his …

Hot Jam of the Day: The Juan MacLean, “A Place Called Space”

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The Juan MacLean “A Place Called Space” In a Dream (out 09.16 on DFA) If music was sports, post-LCD DFA would be fucked. Since James and co. shut their doors, there’s really been a vacuum of star quality at DFA, and there’s nobody at the label who can really carry the torch like they could. Luckily, this isn’t sports and who gives a fuck, because DFA’s “role players” are still capable of writing some brilliant tunes. One of those longtime …

Hot Jam of the Day: Ryan Adams, “Gimme Something Good”

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Ryan Adams “Gimme Something Good” Ryan Adams (out 09.08 on PaxAm) Ryan Adams is my dude. He’s been my dude since I was in high school, and while it certainly felt cooler to admit that in 2000, I suspect that the 39 year-old is one of those artists that I’ll never really grow out of. I’ve talked myself into quite a few drab, non-remarkable efforts, but “Gimme Something Good” is about as revitalized and energized an Adams track as we’ve …