Posted in music on March 30, 2011

by Andrew Sacher

"expect absolutely nothing from me..." - The Weeknd

The Weekend

Readers of this site should be very familiar with Weekend, who just played a BrooklynVegan SXSW party and who we just interviewed. Their tour with Wire hits New York this Tuesday (4/5). Tickets are still on sale for the MHOW show, and for Weekend's show at Mercury Lounge the next day.

Weekend is not to be confused with the Canadian hazy electro-R&B artist Abel Tesfaye who records under the moniker The Weeknd (in part because he spells it "Weeknd" and not "Weekend"). He's currently all the rage due to his nine-song mixtape House of Balloons which he released last week for free on his website. Hype wars are only adding to the attention. A Pitchfork Best New Music tag and praise from the Village Voice are in controversy with an article from The Guardian which insists "indie-leaning music critics are once again getting R&B spectacularly wrong." Rolling Stone calls the Weeknd an "Artist To Watch" ("mama if you can hear me... i did it.. i'm a rolling stone now..", The Weeknd Tweeted). NY Mag highlights a funny new "PBR&B" subgenre name people are using on Twitter to describe the "hipster R&B" category that also includes artists like How to Dress Well and Odd Future associate Frank Ocean.

Like recent albums by James Blake and How To Dress Well, The Weeknd's mixtape is constantly crossing the lines between indie and R&B. With two Beach House samples (The Weeknd says their management is "cool as fuck"), a Siouxsie and the Banshees sample, and synthy beats that would feel far more at home at Electric Zoo than on an R. Kelly record, The Weeknd (whether he's ruining R&B or revolutionizing it) is certainly up to something worth listening to.

The Weeknd also has support from fellow Canadian Drake, who tweeted lyrics and linked to a song download before the mixtape was fully released. According to The Boombox who say Drake broke the new artist, it's rumored that The Weeknd, Drake and producer Noah "40" Shebib will be working together in the near future.

House of Balloons is available for free download on The Weeknd's website, but if you want to hear a couple songs first, check out the Beach House sampling "The Party & The After Party" and the album opener which contains the disclaimer, "You wanna be high for this," below...

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The Weeknd - The Party & The After Party

The Weeknd - High For This

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Comments (30)

Hipster lo-fi R&B bullshit done by a guy trying to be mysterious. So original, man! Cutting edge!

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2011 6:30 PM

Totally off topic but

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2011 6:36 PM

@ 6:30 you show your age

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2011 6:40 PM

@ 6:40 meet me at The Bowl, pussy!

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2011 6:43 PM

6:40, it's 6:30. I am only 22. Although, 22 is probably too old for this bullshit music. I'm guessing his target audience is about 16.

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2011 6:47 PM

6:30, it's 6:40. don't try and pussy out of this. Meet me at the Bowl and accept your beatdown like a man.

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2011 6:50 PM

Love = Weeknd.

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2011 6:50 PM

The vocal effects are amazing. Sike! Terrible... absolute shit.

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2011 7:03 PM

I still can't get into Weeknd, but I did see Weekend at your day show in Austin. They were amazing!

Posted by Michael Senchuk | March 30, 2011 7:48 PM

I love The Weeknd but needs NSFW warning!

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2011 8:03 PM

i hate hate hate hate this

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2011 8:09 PM

How the fuck is this lo-fi?

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2011 8:18 PM

i love this music. i dont get the hate around it on this site. its not meant to be lo-fi at all..its all pretty hi def. also if you like a band like the weekend you prolly wont dig the weeknd. if you jam out to prince or morris day than you might dig it. either way its all like your opinion man

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2011 9:56 PM

isn't their a lou reed figure out there, somewhere? fuck. i guess i'll keep on waiting.

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2011 11:40 PM

6:40, it's 6:30 and 6:50 PM, meet me at the Gutter bowling alley for a free taco dinner.

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2011 2:34 AM

Can't wait to catch up with her again.

Posted by Caini de vanzare | March 31, 2011 2:46 AM

Why is Frank Ocean lumped into this? I realize he's a little more non-traditional, but he's obviously been involved in the standard R&B channels before. Just because he's friends with Tyler the Creator doesn't mean that his peers are people like How To Dress Well. He's basically The-Dream, but without a proper deal.

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2011 9:40 AM

Why is Frank Black lumped into this ocean?

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2011 10:00 AM

Weeknd is for fags.

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2011 10:05 AM

PBR&B ? eww

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2011 10:41 AM

There was already a fucking band called weekend, it was some jazzy shit with the girl from Young Marble Giants. Fuck both of these bands/things/whatevers.

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2011 10:55 AM

Yeah, this is total dog shit. Come on already with this tosser garbage. It's so fucking bad. All that shit. Do people really enjoy listening to crap? Btw.... who the fuck names their band How to Dress Well? I'm not a violent person but that name makes me want to crush someones face. Terrible.

Posted by Burt Reynolds | March 31, 2011 11:50 AM

loved you in The Longest Yard, Burt

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2011 12:00 PM

i love the hatred... hilarious!!!

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2011 2:33 PM

the hype on this bullshit on here and stereogum is baffling.

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2011 2:49 PM

it's crazy that pitchfork rolling stone village voice 2dopeboyz all love this mixtape. this totally reminds of the first time i heard ok computer. such garbage!

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2011 3:15 PM

^ok who? sorry, you're going over my head with your sarcasm. me too dumb.

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2011 3:19 PM

You forgot Steven A Clark STRIPES...

Posted by You Forgot | April 1, 2011 5:59 AM

haters, seriously, stop. WE GET IT--it's trendy, you're not. enough. myself, I was skeptical, but this tape is actually pretty dope. different enough to have it's few weeks of fame...

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2011 4:19 AM

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