Kanye West putting out a music video has got to be one of the things that I say I’ll post even without watching. Granted, I watched it, but still. Yall likely know my thoughts on ‘Ye. In one sentence: the dude is an arrogant asshole, but also one of the most artistic and revolutionary geniuses (in music and fashion) of our time. Here’s his new video for “All of the Lights,” directed by Hype Williams. What do yall think?
Brenton Duvall, Hoodie Allen, and Sam Adams sharing a stage? Hell, that sounds like one hell of a night. I’ve got a recap for ya. Lucky for NC people, Hoodie’s coming our way in just 5 days (February 24th). GET EXCITED!!!! Buy tickets now!
Hey, Ex-Swinger, don’t be a wimpy, go way out!
Lykke Li is putting out a new album next week called Wounded Rhymes. Though I was sure today would be a quiet day from artists other than Thom Yorke, Lykke has proved me wrong. Good thing is, this song is so worth the little misstep. It’s pretty bold to release a single on the same day as a Radiohead single, but Lykke is entitled to that. She’s sort of got the indie world wrapped around her finger right now, because every song she puts out is so loveable. This one is a bit slower than most of her others, and in fact it makes me tear up a bit.
In case any of you who are invested in Pigset get nervous when you hear the name Lykke Li, in fear of her coming between the love of two bloggers, fear not. Confusion and I have amicably agreed that if Cudder or Lykke comes along, arrangements will be made without hurting anybody’s feelings. Keep doing your thing, Lykke. I’m cool with you.
Shout out to Kickin the Peanuts.
So dance while you can. Dance cause you must. Love out of lust.
Radiohead released their album, The King of Limbs, one day early. If you’re one of the masterminds in the music industry, you are allowed to break the rules. So what does Thom Yorke do? He breaks the rules. Releases the album a day earlier than he said he would. Releases the album on … a Friday? Gets so excited about it, he goes and dances his heart out in a dark shed. This is art right here people. Real art.
Go get your copy of The King of Limbs right here.
Fortune Family and Hoodie Allen paired up for a track titled “Lift Off” that was featured on their EP that was released last week. Sometimes when an entire tape gets released, some tracks can get overlooked. I didn’t want that to be the case with this jam. All rappers are sounding on-point on this track. Probably one of my favorites on the tape. Thursday, baby. Now move your hands this way, and move em that way, and live your right now like it’s your last day.
Barzin is a singer-songwriter from Toronto who just crossed my radar for the first time a few days ago. One of the best things that comes my way each day is an email from a listserv that I’m on where a dude named Sonnyred sends out a track each day. You know, bloggers need to be grounded sometimes. We get all “I know the best music in the world and you don’t” on people, but that’s not always the case. I sure like to keep my head on straight, and this listserv is one of the things that helps me do that. Just the other day somebody sent out this song by Barzin and said in his own words, “Listen to this on your own and let it transport you to an emotional place where your imagination is your only hope of making sense of everything. Today’s song makes me want to just hang my head down and cry.” Well, damn. Homeboy went all soft on me, but nothing wrong with that. Particularly when you have a catalyst like this song by Barzin.
Local band Delta Rae have just announced that they will release a free song every Monday for 12 weeks. Each song will have specialized artwork, potential merchandise, and will be available for free download. There are a lot of groups/artists hopping on this movement right now, likely following Kanye’s lead (he wasn’t the first person to start this, but there’s no denying that he’s a trailblazer). And you know what? I totally agree with this campaign effort. There might be nothing that fans like better than free music.
So here’s the first of Delta Rae’s Graet Monday singles…one day late. This song is called “Deliver.” I have traditionally been pretty tough on this local band, and I still have my criticisms, but I also see their incredible talent. I think the part I struggle with is that I don’t necessarily get wooed by their content matter. It’s a little too sappy for me, but there’s absolutely no denying that their music is absolutely beautiful. Their ability to BUILD the music as the song progresses is almost unparalleled. I’m looking forward to hearing more of their GRAET Monday singles!
There are very few artists whose songs I wouldn’t even have to listen to before knowing that I’d want to post it. Brenton Duvall is one of them. This dude, whom I consider a little brother of mine, is actually one of the most talented producers I’ve laid eyes (or ears, for that matter) on in a long time. It’s funny, too, because he’s just a cocky and preppy white kid who likes to smoke a lot of weed, but when he sits down to put a song together, he’s basically placing himself on the throne. I’m not exaggerating. I don’t even typically like Skrillex that much, but this song makes me want to have his babies.
This is a beautiful blend of Skrillex and Too $hort. Yet another jam from Brother Duvall. Oh, and don’t forget to enunciate the “t.” Brenton.
James Blake. Every time I hear the name, I can’t help but think of the tennis player. His name is ablaze in the indie scene right now, but to be quite honest, I haven’t given his music much of a fair listen. Just the other day, though, after being asked by a friend what I thought of his recent record, James Blake, I came across this song. Less daunting, I think, dipping my toes in the water with one song rather than committing to listening to a whole album. Sure enough, it has worked thus far. I have fallen in love with this song and it’s Bon Iver/James Vincent McMorrow/Imogen Heap-esque qualities. It’s not much more than a man with a powerful voice, an ear for harmonization, and a steady bass line, but it amounts to a song that echoes through the narrow passageways to my soul. It ends a bit abruptly, but I think that’s my queue to keep digging through his album. I’m ready for the plunge. I might even have to deem this one a cannonball.
(mp3 via This Bonus Track)
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So it’s Valentines Day, I hear. I can dig a day dedicated to pink things, red things, candy, and love. I love lots of things. Hedgehogs, my cat, my boyfriend, music, sunshowers, Duke, Houston Rockets, Kid Cudi, Lupe Fiasco, lite brites, Gerald Henderson, orchids, seahorses, Coke-flavored slushies, blankets, watching people fall off Pogo Sticks…the list could go on and on. So I think I’m down with Valentines Day. Yeah, we’re cool.
2. “Remixxx Babyyy” (Katy Perry vs. The Cool Kids vs. Coldplay vs. Lil Wayne vs. Kanye West vs. Yolanda Be Cool & Dcup vs. Lil Jon) – DJ WEIGS
3. “Biggie’s Holy Ghost” (Holy Ghost vs. Notorious B.I.G.) – It’s Overture
Less than two weeks until Sunset in the Rearview’s second-ever concert featuring Hoodie Allen, Anthem, and Eddy B & Tim Gunter! To get everybody excited for the show, I’ve put together a little promo pack with 4 songs from each artist/group. I can go ahead and say right now that even if you can’t make it to the show, you’re going to want to download this little mixtape.
If you’re in North Carolina (heck, if you’re in the United States!), details for the show are as follows:
February 24th, 8:00 PM at Motorco Music Hall
723 Rigsbee Avenue
Durham, NC 27701
Tickets: $12 in advance, $15 at the door
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