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Download This Shit: The Weeknd, Live for This (Live At Coachella)

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Five reasons to download the Weeknd’s new bootleg, Live for This, captured at his performance at Coachella. 1. The performance put a perfect cap on a head-spinning 12 months for The Weeknd’s Abel Tesfaye, the runaway winner of Thunder Penguin’s ultra-prestigious award for 2011’s newcomer of the year. 2. It’s the probably the only way you’ll get to hear the Weeknd live anytime soon, unless you’ve got 150 bucks lying around. 3. You get to hear Tesfaye’s incredibly channel Michael …

Hot Jam of the Day (04.26.12): Simian Mobile Disco, “Put Your Hands Together”

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Simian Mobile Disco “Put Your Hands Together” Unpatterns (Wichita Recordings) In anticipation of the weekend, check out this undulating, hypnotic new single from the UK electro heavyweights’ third album, due out May 14. Built around a repetitive, staccato piano melody, the duo (as they’ve done so many times throughout their brilliant career) expertly drops a vocal sample on top that builds to a stunning climax. Hands in the sky.

Hot Jam of the Day (04.25.12): Daughn Gibson, “A Young Girl’s World”

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Daughn Gibson “A Young Girl’s World” All Hell (White Denim) Ok, this isn’t really a hot jam. In fact, it’s probably the furthest thing ever from a hot jam, but there’s something I really love about this. A little backstory: Gibson used to play drums in the stoner metal band Pearls and Brass, he used to be a truck driver, and his recently released debut is a pretty fascinating tip of the cap to the golden age of country music …

Hot Jam of the Day (04.24.12): Purity Ring, “Obedear”

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Purity Ring “Obedear” Shrines (4AD) While it’s a little unclear who exactly does what in mercurial Canadian duo Purity Ring, whoever handles their production deserves a fucking medal (or, at the very least, a big ass cookie). The group (vocalist Megan James and multi-instrumentalist Corin Roddick) describes their sound as future pop, which sounds about right, as it fits in snuggly alongside the weird-yet-exquisitely-crafted space pop of buzzy artists like Grimes, Frankie Rose, and NZCA/Lines. However, Purity Ring stands out from those aforementioned acts, …

Hot Jam of the Day (04.23.12): NZCA/Lines, “Okinawa Channel”

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NZCA/Lines “Okinawa Channel” NZCA/Lines (Woodwork Music) One of Record Store Day’s real gems came in the form of the vinyl release of the debut LP from enigmatic Londoner Michael Lovett. Released in digital and CD form early this year, NZCA/Lines chronicles one man’s attempt to write exquisitely crafted pop songs that are accessible and digestible, as well as bizarre and quirky. Taking cues from legendary synth driven groups of the past (New Order) and the present (Hot Chip), Lovett carves …

Hot Jam of the Day (04.20.12): The Walkmen, “Heaven”

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The Walkmen “Heaven” Heaven (Fat Possum) I admit that I’m a little late on this one, and honestly it’s because it has taken me a few days to figure out whether I actually like this song. Don’t get me wrong, over the last decade the very well dressed NYC via DC quartet have carved out a unique sound, delivered countless spellbinding shows (note: if you aren’t sure whether you like the Walkmen, go see them live. You’ll get it), and …

Hot Jams of the Day (04.20.12): Jesse Boykins III & Full Crate “See With Me” and “Her Throne”

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Jesse Boykins III & Full Crate “Come See Me”/”Her Throne” Single (KilaWattMusic) Like the Weeknd? You in to Frank Ocean? If you are a sentient being under the age of 39, I’m assuming the answer to both questions is yes. You should meet Jesse Boykins III. I think you guys will get along great. The Chicago-cum-Brooklyn troubadour joins forces with Dutch down-tempo R&B producer Full Crate (see: his excellent work with fellow Oranjeman, Mar) for a swoon inducing two song …

Hot Jam of the Day (04.19.12): Jessie Ware, “110%”

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Jessie Ware “100%” This alluring, soulful South London native wriggled her way into my earbuds early last year via her collaboration with SBTRKT mouthpiece Sampha, the devastating “Valentine’s Day.” Though she hasn’t yet achieved the stateside notoriety that Sampha has, it became clear that she wasn’t a one-off when she released the impossibly sexy, simmering “Running,” a few months ago. Excellent as they both were, neither can touch this track. Ware’s effortlessly sexy, (dare I say?) Aaliyah-ish delivery is a …

Hot Jam of the Day (04.17.12): Beach House, “Lazuli”

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Beach House “Lazuli” Bloom (Sub Pop) I’ve been trying to hold off on listening to this album before its release date, but each new song is making that harder and harder to do. As impossible as topping their perfect-in-every-way 2010 LP Teen Dream seemed two months ago, judging by its two pre-release singles — this and the stunning “Myth” — it now seems impossible that Bloom is going to be anything other than an absolute classic. The thing that has …

Hot Jam of the Day (04.16.12): Disclosure, “Boiling” (f/ Sinead Harnett)

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Disclosure “Boiling” (f/ Sinead Harnett) The Face EP (Greco-Roman) After a run of successful singles, the fraternal post-dubstep duo of Guy and Howard Lawrence has finally prepared a full meal for us to sink our teeth into. The South London duo’s debut EP drops on June 4th on the label of burgeoning Berlin/London forward-thinking dance collective Greco-Roman. It’s led by this airy, surprisingly vocal-rich single that sounds a little bit like Burial remixing a particularly moody Araabmuzik track on a …