belated Tunes: Nightlands, “Trouble”

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Nightlands is War on Drugs bassist Dave Hartley’s bedroom-recorded, lo-fi solo project. Check out his dreamy, deceptively melancholy cover of Lindsey Buckingham’s 1981 hit “Trouble”: Download “Trouble” and another cover, Scott Walker’s “Big… Continue reading

Album review: Death Cab for Cutie, ‘Codes and Keys’

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If there’s one universal constant in Death Cab for Cutie’s vast catalog, it’s how readily it can be emotionally engaged, how easily it provides for catharsis of some sort or the other. Sensitive,… Continue reading

belated Tunes: Gil Scott-Heron and Jamie xx, “Running”

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Gil Scott-Heron, the late musical iconoclast and Jamie Smith, percussionist and producer of brit indie band The xx, recently teamed up and remixed Scott-Heron’s album I’m New Here (2010). Generating from this seemingly unconventional partnership… Continue reading

It’s a Radiohead cover-palooza!

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It was only a matter of time before Radiohead made its belated, baby debut. While Radiohead fans are still holding their collective breath in anticipation of a tour announcement, the blogosphere was been… Continue reading

Download Doomtree’s ‘Affiliyated’: Gayngs remixes

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Last year, the Minneapolis-based supergroup Gayngs released one of the best, cheesiest, most original albums of the year in Relayted. If you haven’t been formally introduced yet, dim the lights and download the… Continue reading

Upcoming Releases: June 2011

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It’s never easy to keep up with the music zeitgeist, but it’s all good because the big W and I have got you covered. Here are the top 5 albums (in chronological order)… Continue reading

belated Tunes: Booker T. Jones, “Representing Memphis”

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I knew I was in for a treat about five seconds into this one–this is seriously funky comfort food. And then it turned into an unlikely, heartfelt duet between Sharon Jones of Dap… Continue reading

Album Review: Foster the People, ‘Torches’

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It’s been just over 20 years since 6’1” Dee Brown famously “pumped up” his Reebok Omni Lite Pumps in the 1991 NBA Dunk Contest. Today’s dunk contests can trace their frequent theatrics and… Continue reading

belated tune: Birdy, “Skinny Love”

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Take a teenage prodigy, pick an especially dreary day, and lock said prodigy up in an old, decrepit house with a piano and a camera crew. And voila, a Top 20 hit in… Continue reading

belated Tunes: Frank Ocean, “Strawberry Swing”

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What happens when a “cool” artist uses the instrumental of a band whom it is equally “cool” to dislike? Enter emerging R&B slickster and Odd Future member Frank Ocean and his version of… Continue reading