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Don Devore, the former guitarist for the theatrical Philadelphia hardcore band Ink & Dagger, now leads the new Brooklyn band Sick Feeling. “Liberal Arts” is the first single from their forthcoming debut album Suburban Myth, and it’s a roiling blast of ranchor, all garbled screams and hammering rhythm-section onslaught. If you close your eyes when “Liberal Arts” plays, you can almost imagine how fucking violent those live shows are going to be. Give it a listen below.

A few months after he came home from a years-long prison stay in March, Baton Rouge rap hero Lil Boosie was planning to release a commercially-available album. He cranked out a ton of singles, but the album never came out. Maybe it never will. And now, all of a sudden, he’s got a new mixtape called Life After Deathrow out in the world. Whatever! Fine! I’ll take it! Boosie is a vivid, impassioned, powerful rap figure, and this is his first full-length statement in many years. It has a few guests — Trey Songz, Yo Gotti, Shy Glizzy — but it’s mostly just Boosie in attack mode. Check out the tape below.

After releasing the gut-kicking album INNOCENCE earlier this year, the brotherly Virginia psych-rock trio Pontiak (who are, full disclosure, friends of mine) are about to release a new limited-edition two-song 7″ on the small Portuguese label Revolve. The A-side is “Underneath Us Like A Snake,” a slow, ominous, synth-buzzing crawl. Give it a listen below.


 +18Posted on Oct 27th | re: Premature Evaluation: Taylor Swift 1989 (158 comments)

Start one.

And please stop with the “we don’t take this stuff seriously and we write about it for money” argument. It’s stupid.

 +6Posted on Oct 27th | re: Premature Evaluation: Taylor Swift 1989 (158 comments)

Too bad I couldn’t work in the bit about how I tear up every time the “marry me Juliet” bit kicks in on “Love Story.” Taylor Swift songs stay affecting me.

 +24Posted on Oct 27th | re: Premature Evaluation: Taylor Swift 1989 (158 comments)

Taylor has a bad habit of releasing albums the same day as immediate rap classics. Red came out same day as Good Kid, m.A.A.d. City.

 +7Posted on Oct 27th | re: Premature Evaluation: Taylor Swift 1989 (158 comments)

I somehow always do this. Fixed, thank you.

 +7Posted on Oct 15th | re: Meow The Jewels Is Happening (49 comments)

I don’t think people ever remember the whole tax thing when they’re doing Kickstarter project. You have to cough up a fuckton of that money.

Romanitical Rancid is so underrated:

I worked for the Village Voice when I got married, so I can’t say. There were a bunch of writers at my wedding, though.

He was on Twitter before just about anyone, giving away albums for free before just about anyone, did the whole Year: Zero viral marketing thing, maintained a lively connection with online fans before it was cool. Nobody prominent from his generation was on it the way he was.

 +6Posted on Oct 8th | re: Crystal Castles Break Up (50 comments)

Wow, yup, good catch. Thanks.

Breathe easy. Ben Allen isn’t remotely a hip-hop producer. He did, like, the Gnarls Barkley album, which is probably what they’re talking about. He used to mix and engineer rap records, like back in the ’90s. But his recent resume is way more indie rock: Washed Out’s Within and Without, Deerhunter’s Halcyon Digest, a couple Bombay Bicycle Club albums. It’s not like they ran out and got DJ Mustard.