Last year, Shara Worden released This Is My Hand, her fourth album under her My Brightest Diamond project. The title track for that record has been given a French language makeover with “Ceci Est Ma Main.” In addition to the language change, the instrumentation has been given an update — it now sounds a lot more urgent and emotive, perhaps to compensate for being in a foreign language. Check it out below.
Chance The Rapper’s new SURF mixtape with Donnie Trumpet & the Social Experiment still doesn’t have a release date, but they’ve just shared a teaser video called “Nothing Came To Me.” (Possibly the name of a new track?) It features a bit of new music from the group (with trumpets by Nico Segal), and stars celebrity model Cara Delevingne. She looks like she gets some bad news right as she’s about to go on stage, but puts a smile and goes out anyway. It was directed by Jake Schreier. Watch below.
Aphex Twin — or at least someone with extensive access to Richard D. James’ back library — has been uploading a bunch of tracks to a mysterious Soundcloud over the past few days purporting to be old Aphex tracks that were never released. Pitchfork lays out all of the details as to why these tracks are probably legit. A quick summary: some of these songs have appeared in Aphex-related ventures, and a few were even confirmed to be real by Planet Mu label founder Mike Paradinas. But the most important takeaway is that there are 40+ new Aphex Twin tracks sitting on Soundcloud waiting for you to listen to them. And after such a long drought followed by Syro, Caustic Window, and Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments pt2 in quick succession, it’s been an embarrassment of Aphex riches. You can check them all out on user48736353001’s Soundcloud, or listen to a few choice cuts below.
2 Chainz has been teasing his new mixtape The Real University (T.R.U. Jack City) all month with a very entertaining Nancy Grace interview about pot legalization and two strong early singles “Trap House Stalkin’” and “Road Dawg.” The mixtape serves as a showcase for artists on his new label The REAL University, and features tracks from Cap-1, Skooly, Fresh (aka Short Dawg), and 2 Chainz himself. Features and production spots come courtesy of Travis Porter, Mike WiLL Made-It, PeeWee Longway, Metro Boomin, and more. You can download and listen to the whole thing below.
Father John Misty stopped by the Spotify offices in New York yesterday during the blizzard that wasn’t to perform two songs from I Love You, Honeybear for the employees there. Keeping with his slightly off-key performances (remember Letterman?), he sang “I Love You, Honeybear” and “Bored In The USA” with a karaoke machine and frequently interrupted himself to interact with the audience. He even uses the MIDI-style instrumentation that was featured on his “album stream” from earlier today. Check out the videos below.
This whole Blink-182 thing just keeps on going deeper! In response to Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker’s interview in Rolling Stone that was published yesterday, Tom DeLonge has posted a long letter on his Facebook detailing his side of the story. He insists that he’s “tried to make things work” and “help move this band down 50 different paths using my people, or other people, and people we don’t even know.” He also talks of a “band summit” in Utah that turned into an “awkward meeting” which led into what sounds like contentious recording sessions for their 2012 EP Dogs Eating Dogs. “At the end of the day, all of this makes me really sad,” DeLonge writes. “Sad for us. Sad for you — that you’re witnessing this immaturity.” Read the whole letter below.
Boise, Idaho hosts one of the best-named music festivals in America, the Treefort Music Fest. I’m pretty sure there are no actual treehouse venues included in the city’s scattered lineup, but still. It takes place this from March 25-29 and features the likes of TV On The Radio, Viet Cong, Delicate Steve, Of Montreal, Nikki Lane and many, many more. Check out the full lineup below, and head over to the festival’s site for tickets and more info.