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The rowdy New York experimental rap crew Ratking are playing Lollapalooza this weekend, and to heighten anticipation for their set they’ve released a remix of their So It Goes single “Canal” by none other than Beastie Boy Adam Horovitz. Ad-Rock turns the bassy, dramatic original into something jazzy, grimy, and at least a little bit Beastie. Spin it below.

Whether busking, mailing out demo tapes, or uploading to MySpace or YouTube, conventional wisdom says you have less than one minute to catch the attention of music industry execs. Shawn Mendes did it in six seconds. The 15-year-old Toronto pop singer made his name on Vine, Google’s quick-hit video service, riding looped snippets of Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse,” John Legend’s “All Of Me,” and other pop hits to massive DIY popularity and then a record deal with Island. His first proper single, the Biebs-goes-Richard-Marx piano ballad “Life Of The Party,” made it to #24 on Billboard’s Hot 100, and his self-titled debut EP went straight to the top of the iTunes chart this week. His irritatingly Jason Mrazzy EP track “Show You” seems poised to be another hit. It all started when he entered a Vine contest with this miniature cover of Justin Bieber’s “As Long As You Love Me,” which racked up 10,000 likes and earned him 10,000 followers overnight:

When we named Wampire a Band To Watch last year, they were a jokey Portland two-piece that evolved from middle-school tomfoolery to twentysomething house-show hijinks. That development has continued: Wampire are a quintet now — a “real band,” if you will — and “Wizard Staff,” the lead single from sophomore full-length Bazaar, sounds a little more like serious business. Co-founder Eric Phipps even described his state of being during the album’s creation as “a Kafka-esque insomniac musical novelist,” which is some real artiste shit. The playful throwback kitsch that the band made its name on remains a primary factor, though. In fact, by virtue of its sax flourishes, “Wizard Staff” might be the most fun you’ve ever had with Wampire. As with 2013′s Curiosity, Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s Jacob Portrait produced, this time directly to tape in Brooklyn studio The Museum. Get a grip on “Wizard Staff” below.


 +4Posted on Jul 29th | re: TV On The Radio Announce New Album Seeds (9 comments)


 +3Posted on Jul 29th | re: How Does It Feel: DIIV's Zachary Cole Smith Rolls On (34 comments)

I never got the sense from Cole that he felt screwed over by the legal system, other than the hoops he had to jump through to prove his band business was a valid work commitment on par with a factory job. The main way he felt mistreated was the public’s attitude toward drug addicts — the whole “I hope you OD, junkie!” thing.

 +5Posted on Jul 28th | re: How Does It Feel: DIIV's Zachary Cole Smith Rolls On (34 comments)

The truck wasn’t stolen. Correction coming momentarily…

 +6Posted on Jul 28th | re: How Does It Feel: DIIV's Zachary Cole Smith Rolls On (34 comments)

Hey guys, the truck wasn’t stolen. Correction forthcoming.


Hey, “too cool for Tool” is a fantastic turn of phrase. No shame in running the pun game like that.

 0Posted on Jul 15th | re: Blueberry Boat Turns 10 (33 comments)

Nah dawg

 +1Posted on Jul 7th | re: Check Out The First Photo Of Don Cheadle As Miles Davis (6 comments)

You’re right. I misread EW’s report. The post is adjusted now.

Will fix, thanks.

 +3Posted on Jul 1st | re: Spoon - "Do You" (22 comments)

Definitely in that same vein.