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Monthly Archives: May 2010

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Vampire Weekend go regal for their newest video for the track Holiday. The guys go driving, partying and even fight while dressed up as victorian era aristocrats(?). Awesome video!

-PK

Like it or not, Wavves are back and set to release an album later this year entitled King of the Beach.  Although this album cover reminds me of one interesting cover from earlier this year, I am actually pumped for this album.  If you don’t know me, pumped is a word I don’t use all that often.  The reason I am so excited for this is because the most recent tracks that came from Wavves were Cool Jumper and Mickey Mouse, the later of which will be on the album.

Hopefully Cool Jumper, above, will make it into the album in some way.  The sound that these two tracks experiment with is successful and a good change from the straight lo-fi that most of their songs use.  Check out the full tracklist below.

UPDATE:

Check out our review of the album here.

-PK

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I first heard of Rockie Fresh a while ago when he released his Rockie’s Modern Life mixtape.  I gave the tape a listen and there were a few alright songs, but nothing I felt like I wanted to put on my iPod.  Overall, the tape had good, fairly unique beat selection, but Rockie had a ways to go as an MC.  Recently I heard newer material for Rockie on brandUn DeShays amazing mixtape Volume Three: To Get Ready!.  Rockie Fresh had a feature on one of the highlight songs of the mixtape, Awe Stars (his is the third verse).  As soon as I listened to his verse I was blown away.  Somehow in a span of about 7 months, Rockie Fresh has developed a laid back style of rapping that I can’t get enough of.  Though Rockie’s Modern Life wasn’t anything special, I am sure whatever Rockie Fresh does next will be.

-TC

DOWNLOAD “AWE STARS” HERE

VISIT HIS MYSPACE HERE

Any song that can get me singing “It’s so sexy, to be living in America!” during class is impressive enough for me.  How could this song fail?  With a great synth line and great lyrics about America, Dom have created a summer jam that could easily dethrone MGMT’s Kids.  Dom is quickly rising in popularity after their great EP Sun Bronzed Greek God and this awesome interview with pitchfork.

-PK

I have been waiting for this for incredibly long.  This is the first single off of Kanye’s upcoming album Good Ass Job in which he will supposedly be mostly losing the auto-tune.  This is a great start.  When 808s and Heartbreaks first came out, I hated it, but as it came up on shuffle in my iTunes library every once and a while, it began to grow on me, and I realized that it is actually a great album, regardless of how different it was.  On Good Ass Job I am hoping to see if Kanye will fit in one or two 808s and Heartbreaks style tracks.

-TC

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Cudi and Chip put some new vocals over LCD Soundsystem’s great track Dance Yrself Clean.  I am surprised that these two are the first to rap over this instrumental, but they actually do a really nice job with it.

-TC

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This is most likely a throw away track that the two did, but regardless, this is still going straight to my iPod.  I honestly believe that the two shit gold, everything either one of the two touch is amazing.  They are working on a sophomore album, and if they shit gold, I can only guess that the albums going to be the equivalent of that floating rock shit that all of the humans want in Avatar.

-TC

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I have already blogged about Ezra’s old band L’Homme Run, and even considered Rostam’s other side project Discovery one of my favorite albums of 09.  Recently Rostam has directed more attention to his oldest solo-project called Boys Like Us.  The songs which can be found at his Myspace are pretty different from both Discovery and Vampire Weekend.  Boys Like Us really focuses on Rostam’s compositional skills as he mainly uses strings and orchestra to create slower folkier tracks.  The song The Creek Became a River in particular is some great rural-folk.  Hopefully we will see something serious from this awesome project soon.

-PK

August 3rd will be a great day for many Americans for that is the day that Arcade Fire will be releasing their third LP entitled The Suburb.  Luckily for us they have allowed us to listen to two of their songs The Suburb and Month of May.

I plan on writing a full review later after I have more time with the track so I’ll just say that The Suburbs is a slow jangly waltz that you would expect from Arcade Fire.

-PK