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If you look past their incredible talent instrumentally and ability to bring jazz to an all new generation, BADBADNOTGOOD are really just three guys who like to chill on the couch and eat cereal.  Nothing proves this more than the newest video for ‘UWM’ where the guys sit on their couch, listen to some music and eat some cereal.  They even invite their saxophonist friend Leland Whitty and some other dudes to the party.  If you haven’t already go listen to BBNG2.

-PK

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Ever since they announced that they’d be putting out an album sometime during the spring, BADBADNOTGOOD’s second full-length, properly titled BBNG2, has been easily my most anticipated album of the year.  Last years BBNG was a huge surprise that became one of my favorite releases of the year and their non-stop releases of amazing singles, videos and mixtapes have been consistently great.  Today BADBADNOTGOOD finally dropped the new album for free and it’s looking to be fantastic as their last album.  The track list has 5 original songs and 6 covers ranging from Kanye West’s ‘Flashing Lights’ to James Blake’s ‘CMYK’.  Although I’ve heard most of these recordings in some of their live mixtapes or videos there is still plenty of fresh material and it’s nice to get clean studio-versions of some of these songs.  We also get another cover of ‘Bastard/Lemonade’ which has been on just about every BADBADNOTGOOD release.  Stream and download the album below…

Download: BBNG2

-PK

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Taking inspiration from Apple Developer announcements, the nice guys over at BADBADNOTGOOD have dropped the release date for their highly anticipated mixtape BBNG2 the follow-up to last year’s incredible BBNG.  The mixtape drops April 3rd and the album art looks pretty darn awesome.

-PK

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BBNGLIVE 2, the second entry in BADBADNOTGOOD’s live catalog, has the jazz trio taking on some familiar and newer tunes.  The release is only 6 tracks long and most notably finds the band covering British dub-stepper James Blake.  The nine minute long ‘CMYK / Limit to Your Love’ is definitely one of the most interesting songs the group has taken on and it doesn’t disappoint.  Other staples of the BBNG lineup are not missing so anyone looking for another version of their takes on ‘Hard in Da Paint’ or ‘Bastard / Lemonade’ will get their fix.  They’ve also announced that BBNG 2, the proper follow up to BBNG, will be dropping in March.  The band has been covering some Dilla lately so hopefully some of that will land on the album.

Download: BBNGLIVE 2

-PK

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Considering their taste for all things good in hip-hop, it was only a matter of time before BADBADNOTGOOD took on Harlem native ASAP Rocky.  Nearly every ambient/melodic beat Rocky raps over would make a good cover but BADBADNOTGOOD went straight for the song that put Rocky on the map.  Their cover of ‘Peso’ is dripping with atmosphere and is just as good of a listen as the original song.  BADBADNOTGOOD has promised a big 2012, and if this is just the start we have an amazing year to look forward to.

-PK

2011 has been an awesome year and it was hard to narrow down our favorite tracks to only 50.  After the jump is our unnumbered list of our favorite tracks from 50-11, look out for our numbered top 10 tomorrow.

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It’s not surprising that a song called ‘Rotten Decay’ will be dark.  BADBADNOTGOOD describes the song themselves saying “This is some dark shit so make sure you are ready for it stay positive be creative anything is possible generation.” With all the cover material that they put out, it can be easy to forget that BADBADNOTGOOD have original material that is just as great as the material they cover.  ‘Rotten Decay’ is one of the best examples of this.  The song starts very loose with not much structure and a lot of minor chords.  Over it’s 6-minute course it builds up, collapses again and has some killer solos.  Along with this release BADBADNOTGOOD have promised to be releasing even more new material soon.  Stream and download ‘Rotten Decay’ below along with a bonus ‘Hard in da Paint’…

mp3: BADBADNOTGOOD- Rotten Decay

-PK