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Monthly Archives: October 2010

It is getting very cold outside.  And before we say our final goodbyes to the warm weather why not listen to one last great summery gem.  Dirty Gold are a San Diego band who sound like they have been saturated in the California warmth and sun.  The video shares the songs warm feelings as well as having some great cinematography.


Every time an Odd Future artist releases a new album (which fortunately happens pretty often) it is bound to be on repeat in my iTunes for the next week at the very least.  This time MellowHype (producer Left Brain and rapper Hodgy Beats) are releasing their sophomore (after their debut YelloWhite) album.  And what more perfect of a time to listen to some dark, twisted, fucked up music than Halloween.  I have extremely high expectations for this album.  YelloWhite was good, but from music I have heard from both Left Brain and Hodgy Beats since YelloWhite it is clear that they both have made huge progress at improving their crafts.

P.S.:  Odd Future is finally playing a show in the big apple a little over a week from now on November 8th at Webster Hall’s The studio.  For more information click HERE.

P.P.S.  Hit the jump to see the 2 alternate covers.



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Every once in a while I’ve gotta throw something skateboard related up here.  Antwuan, aside from being one of the most amazing skateboarders ever, is one of the most interesting people ever (if you want to learn about him I would highly suggest watching this, this, and this).  I posted this just because I was blown away by Dixon’s video part, but I can also connect it to music.  I believe the most exciting artists in the hip-hop genre, the Odd Future crew, especially their leader Tyler, The Creator, are influenced, more than any musical artist, by Antwuan Dixon and his brutally frank and honest attitude.  I don’t care if you don’t know anything about skateboarding, it is hard not to appreciate something like this video part by Antwuan Dixon.


And here is the first leak off of NicX’s upcoming mixtape The Unexpected Gift which is currently looking at a release date of Christmas 2010.  For this song NicX takes on Rick Ross’ Kanye West-produced beat Live Fast, Die Young, continuing with the nice beat selection.  The track is short, but definitely has me excited for the mixtape.  If you want to read more about NicX, click HERE.



Here is a just in time for Halloween remix of Major Lazer’s awesome Pon De Floor.  Diplo takes the original and adds creepy piano and horror movie dialogue to create a new atmosphere for the song.  The track is a lot of fun and you can stream and download below.


Although I have not blogged much of The Tallest Man on Earth, he is quickly becoming one of my favorite artists.  His album The Wild Hunt released earlier this year has been playing non-stop in my iTunes for the past month and it is definitely one of my top albums this year.  For KEXP Tallest Man on Earth does a stunning performance that leaves the host speechless. Kristian Matsson sings with such passion and emotion it is hard not to be amazed.  Thanks to Dillon for reminding me of how great this video is.


TC: I ripped the audio from the video of the incredible performance so now you all can download it, put it on your iPods, and play it loudly as you drive in your car and throw up some gang gestures.


Earlier this year bedroom-electronic producer Baths stunned me with his debut album Cerulean.  This album is filled with odd, eccentric songs deeply rooted in pop music.  I am glad that Baths is still making more music and with his song, appropriately titled, Pop Song he continues his great streak.  Pop Song is nothing that we couldn’t find on Cerulean, but it is definitely experimenting with interesting textures and sounds than what we have heard before.  Stream and download below (via Hypetrak).