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December 17, 2013
Drake at Made In America 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
The most discussed rap verse of the year had to be Kendrick Lamar's verse on Big Sean's "Control," where he called out a ton of rappers that he was "tryna murder" including Drake, A$AP Rocky, J. Cole, Big K.R.I.T., Big Sean himself, and others. Since its release, tons of those rappers have responded with their own verses or in interviews, as have many rappers who Kendrick didn't address. Drake (fresh off being awarded Pitchfork's #1 song of the year) didn't seemed too bothered by it at first, saying Kendrick "is not murdering me, at all, in any platform," but maybe Kendrick's diss during the BET Cypher further irked him. Pitchfork points out that it sounds like Drake is taking shots back at Kendrick with his verse on Mike Will Made It's remix of Future's "Sh!t" that also features Juicy J. Those shots would be:
I hear you talk about your city like you run that/ And I brought my tour to your city/ You my son there, nigga," he raps. "If a nigga say my name, he the hot shit/ But if I say the nigga name he still the hot shit/ Fucked up/ Lucky I don't feed into the gossip.Listen to the track below...
Cat Power at Station to Station (more by Lukas Hodge)
In a new Apple holiday commercial, Cat Power takes on "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" (via Matador), and if it's snowing where you are today too, it's a nice time to check out this little holiday gift, which you can do below...
by Bill Pearis
Cheatahs are set to release their self-titled debut album on February 11 via Wichita. Like the band's singles from last year, the album mines a full-throttle, warped guitar sound not unlike vintage Swervedriver or Smeared-era Sloan. These guys know their way with a hook, too and you can check out videos for "Cut the Grass" and "Kenworth" from the album below.
The UK band, who were last here in April, will be back again early next year for a North American tour that includes a NYC date on March 4 at Rough Trade. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (12/20) at noon.
No word on whether Cheatahs will play SXSW, but they will be in the country around the same time. All dates are listed, along with those videos, below...
Tinariwen at Austin Psych Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Malian band Tinariwen have announced that they'll release a new album, Emmaar, on February 11 via ANTI-, who also released their last album, 2011's Tassili. Like Tassili, which featured contributions from Nels Cline, members of TV on the Radio, and others, Emmaar will feature popular-music guests including Josh Klinghoffer (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Matt Sweeney (Chavez, Zwan), Saul Williams and others. It's being produced by Vance Powell, who often works with Jack White. You can watch a video for "Toumast Tincha" off the upcoming album, below.
Following the album's release, Tinariwen will head out on a US tour that brings them to SXSW for their first time and NYC for two shows at Brooklyn Bowl on 3/23 & 3/24. Tickets for those shows are not on sale yet, but you can check Ticketfly for updates.
All dates are listed, along with the video, below...
by Bill Pearis
Peggy Sue @ Webster Hall, 2012 (more by Tamara Porras)
UK trio Peggy Sue return with a new album, Choir of Echoes, on January 28 via Yep Rock. The band haven't messed with their sound much for the new record which is just fine as nobody else quite has their particular, spooky/sorrowful/beautiful sound that isn't quite folk and isn't quite rock (it's also not "folk rock"). You can check out the video to first single, "Idle," below. This is the first proper studio album from Peggy Sue since 2011's terrific Acrobats, but if you didn't check out last year's self-releasaed Play the Songs of Scorpio Rising, which found them covering the songs from Kenneth Anger's film Scorpio Rising (consisting mainly of girl group classics), you should. It was one of my favorites of 2012 and you can stream it in full below.
Right after the release of Choir of Echoes, Peggy Sue will head out on a North American tour which hits NYC on February 13 at Glasslands. Mariner's Children (aka Peggy Sue bassist Ben Rubinstein) will open the show. Tickets are on sale now.
All tour dates are listed, along with the new song and Scorpio Rising streams, below.
by Andrew Sacher
The term "90s revival" gets tossed around a lot, but one band that sounds like they were ripped straight from the decade are Bay Area rockers High Water. These guys sound like no time has passed since Husker Du, The Replacements, and Dinosaur Jr were influential on the alternative-leaning mainstream, and if bands like the Goo Goo Dolls and Gin Blossoms had went in the punkier direction of their ancestors, they might sound something like High Water. The band, fronted by Neal Sharma (also of hardcore punks Ghostlimb), will release their self-titled debut LP on February 4 via Vitriol Records (run by Ghostlimb's Justin Smith), which was also home to the now-defunct Comadre, whose Jack Shirley (Deafheaven, Joyce Manor) recorded the High Water record.
High Water's first single, "Garage Window," has all the swampy jangle and raspy melodies you'd expect from a could-be '90s alt-radio hit. It makes its premiere in this post and can be streamed, along with the LP artwork and tracklist, below...
The Blow @ MHOW, November 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
While not as unexpected as My Bloody Valentine or Mazzy Star, The Blow released their first new full-length in seven years, which NPR's Bob Boilen just named his #1 album of 2013. One of the songs off The Blow, ""You're My Light," just got a remix by Vampire Weekend's Rostam Batmanglij and you can stream that below.
Meanwhile, singer Khaela Maricich just gave us her Top 10 of 2013. Most of it is music related, but there are art and TV choices in there too, and she provides commentary as well. You can check out that list below.
In other news, The Blow wrapped up their tour not too long ago and are already looking towards the next record:
We are in the west, taking a bit of a break. Soon, we will be even farther west, as far as one can go, and recording a new album. We won't stay west forever, the east will pull us back, we will just be here long enough to pretend that we are living in the seventies with a sailboat and a hammock and a lot of good parties in the hills.Let's hope we don't have to wait seven years for the next one.
Check out Khaela's Top 10 list and that remix below...
by Andrew Sacher
Cloud Nothings at BV-SXSW 2012 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
The new Cloud Nothings album is set to drop in 2014, and while we still don't know the title or release date, some exciting news about it has just been announced. You'll get to hear every track on it when the band plays it in full at Brooklyn's new Rough Trade NYC on January 16. From the sounds of the clips in the album trailer, this is something to look forward to, and they're promising old stuff too. Tickets go on sale Friday (12/20) at noon.
In addition to the new album, Cloud Nothings will also be releasing a single as part of Polyvinyl's 7" series which also includes upcoming releases from Mikal Cronin, Matt Pryor (of The Get Up Kids), Into It. Over It., Hospitality, Foxygen side project Diane Coffee, and others.
Album trailer below...
"Me, with my dog 'Cupid' (from Dev's Tumblr)
Dev Hynes' stellar year (including releasing Blood Orange's acclaimed new album, Cupid Deluxe) apparently got struck a sad blow -- according to tweets on his official Twitter account, his apartment burned down last night. This morning he wrote:
Last night, the unthinkable happened. My entire apt burnt down while I was out. I've lost everything I own, including scores, hard drives, clothes, sentimental items. Everything from my life is gone. My dog died in the fire. I will love you forever Cupid. I miss you. I still don't own a phone. So email me if you need to get in touch. I might need some time. Thanks.Dev, very sad about your dog, but glad you're okay.
UPDATE: The mother of Samantha Urbani (who is Dev's girlfriend and sings on the album) set up a GoFundMe page if you'd like to help out Dev.
Meanwhile, Blood Orange will tour in 2014, including NYC at February 6 at Webster Hall which is sold out.
people outside Other Music on Record Store Day 2013 (more by PSquared)
Other Music, the NYC record store (15 E 4th St) and record label (home to Nude Beach, Mutual Benefit, and others), has published its top 30 albums of 2013 list. The multi-genre list has a lot of cool, generally smaller releases in the electronic, hip hop, garage rock, folk, jazz, and other genres, steering clear of the big names that end up on a lot of these lists.
Check out the whole list in alphabetical order below, and read commentary on each one, plus take a look at Other Music's favorite reissues here.