A track that takes little pieces of all the sounds that you hear everywhere right now, wraps them in a big heavy blanket, and tells them to relax for a few minutes. [Via]
Dick Diver – New Name Blues by fruits & flowersA sweet and languorous song; a track that won't offend your senses if you're tired, or just need to close your eyes for a minute or two.
Two weeks ago, at the Eastern District Court of New York, federal prosecutors played a video of the rapper and alleged drug kingpin Ronald Herron, better known as Ra Diggs, driving around Boerum Hill, monologuing about his life and his environment. "This is not my 'hood like I'm from here. This is My Hood," Herron says, looking out the window as he drives. Herron throws his whole weight behind the last two words as the tall, brick buildings of the Gowanus Houses flash by in the background. "I am surveying my terrain."
The video was filmed in the fall of 2008 by a man named Vincent Winfield. Also known [...]
Jordan Lee has reissued his 2011 EP,Cowboy's Prayer, which I missed and I imagine plenty of other people did too, because everyone misses everything. It's not clear anymore where we're supposed to be looking in the first place! Anyway, here is a song that sounds like a nice big room and feels like a handful of ibuprofen.
Here is a song, from D.C. band GEMS, that is perfectly situated to either smooth out a rough morning or correct an overly cheerful one. Maintaining! What else is music even for? (via)
The only problem with this song is seasonal: The vocals and bass will come through fine, but the guitars sort of get lost in the air conditioner. Anyway: Here are a couple minutes of powerful relief from this oppressive day. [via GvB]
The SoundCloud commenting phenomenon deserves a little more attention. The posts, which on popular songs are numerous, aren't comments so much as involuntary utterances: burps and farts and laughs and ooooohs; things that don't usually get written down. They're mashing the keyboard but they're not angry. Anyway, agreed on all counts: "Nice," "Thanks Nice song," "F I R E," "♡," "Wonderful track and sound ! I wish have thousand ears :) ♥ ♥ ♥." [Via CoS]
Do you ever want to hear an album that sounds like the good parts of being young? You know, cutting band class and hanging out behind Dunkin’ Donuts, trying to look cool while smoking Marlboro reds? Here’s the latest album from Alex G, a Philadelphia-based cat who Fader called last month the “Internet’s best secret songwriter.” You can find the rest of his music here.
For an album with at least five potential hit singles, Jason Derulo's Talk Dirty is staggeringly weird. Its cartoonishly raunchy titular song, for example, is structured around a klezmer alto sax line sampled from a band called Balkan Beat Box. Two tracks later is the ultra-sweet pop anthem "Trumpets," which sounds like a Glee cover of itself, and which also maintains the album's forceful but basically unintelligible sense of sex: Is it weird that your ass Remind me of a Kanye West song?
Is it weird that I hear Trumpets when you’re turning me on? Turning me on Is it weird that your bra Remind me of a [...]
Iraq is falling into chaos and The New Pornographers just released a merry new song. Are you ready to give 2005 another try?
There's no central database for this, no Just One Chart, but at some point the majority of new music worth listening to will have been written by people born in the 1990s. It's possible that this moment is imminent. It's possible that this moment passed some time ago, and nobody had the heart to say anything. In any case: Here is a gorgeous new video from Swedish singer Seinabo Sey (est. 1990).
Brooklyn emcee Buckshot works with P-Money, whose soft, deep production ties a nice loose knot around this track, then T'Nah Apex steals the entire thing about a minute in. The whole album is on Spotify and Rdio and all the rest, take it with you this weekend. [Via]
21. Utah Saints
20. Third Eye Blind
19. Martin Solveig
"Lyricist Gerry Goffin, who cowrote the hits 'Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow,' 'The Loco-Motion' and '(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman' with his ex-wife Carole King, has died in his home in Los Angeles." He was 75.
If Lana Del Rey were a Tumblr, she would be photos of Elvis, classic cars, movie posters, and vintage paperback covers, broken up by YouTube clips of singers performing string-slathered ballads on decades-old TV shows. Her early self-descriptions—“gangsta Nancy Sinatra,” “Hollywood sadcore”—seem to suggest meaning. But when you think about them too long, they dissolve into nothingness. That vagueness—the hand-waving in the direction of something that once meant something specific, but is now an archetype, hollow and half-obscured by a glow of glamor and nostalgia—is her artistic strategy. And it’s working: Lana Del Rey is appealing because she is a self-curated collage of references and images in which she [...]
A nice song from TV On The Radio's guitarist/multi-instrumentalist that becomes a very nice song once some horns show up.