Earlier this year, Freddie Gibbs and Madlib teamed up to release Piñata, their excellent collaborative album. One of the few album tracks that didn’t have any guest rappers was the floaty sneer “Knicks.” But now there’s a new version of the song with a bunch of other rappers. Gibbs and Madlib will release their Knicks Remix EP next month, and it includes a new version of the song, with a new Gibbs verse, as well as verses from Queens epicurean genius Action Bronson, Brooklyn boom-bap revivalist Joey Bada$$, and Jersey City formalist Ransom. Listen to the track’s new version below.
L.A.-based trio Dirt Dress will soon release a new EP, Revelations, and today they share a track from that EP, “Twelve Pictures.” Compared to the band’s 2012 EP, Donde La Vida No Vale Nada, “Twelve Pictures” is a bit more upbeat, with a simple guitar melody and a brief saxophone interlude. The track marches forward with a peppy feel and a lo-fi sound. Listen.
As a rule, the Chicago garage rockers Twin Peaks (who should really consider changing their name now that the real Twin Peaks is coming back) make really good music videos. Their clips for “Flavor” and “I Found A New Way” are both dumb, sloppy fun, and even something as minimal as their new “Making Breakfast” video turns out to be way more watchable than it should be. Singer/guitarist Clay Frankel spends the entire video either living with egg mashed into his hair, which seems like a terrible way to live, or cooking breakfast on an outdoor grill, which seems like an amazing way to live. Past collaborator Ryan Ohm directs. Watch it below.
Iceage are currently trekking across the United States (and a bit of Canada) in support of their excellent new album, Plowing Into the Field of Love. The album, the band’s third, shows them moving away from the brutish punk pummel of their first two albums and expanding their sonic palette to include things like mandolins, violas, and discernible lyrics. Even though Plowing isn’t necessarily a feel-good record (or even a pop record, as some have called it), it does feel like a deliberate step forward for the band and a move toward a kind of more accessible songwriting. Tracks like “Abundant Living” and “The Lord’s Favorite” have more in common with old school country music than hardcore, and Iceage’s videos flirt with a kind of ambiguous sexuality and, dare it be said, amorousness that would have been hard to imagine if you’d seen the band play live a couple of years ago. And while there was definitely something to be said for the punishing nature of New Brigade, there’s something equally compelling about frontman Elias Bender Rønnenfelt stepping out of the shadows and commanding the listener to, “Come here and be gorgeous for me now.”
Last year, the classic lineup of the early-’90s dreampop trio Medicine reunited and released To The Happy Few, their first album since 1995. The reunion has continued, and Medicine already have a follow-up album coming out next week. We’ve already posted the songs “Turning” and “Move Along – Down The Road“, and now the band’s entire new album Home Everywhere is streaming at NPR.
Home Everywhere is out 10/28 on Captured Tracks.
Washington, DC pianist Taylor Jordan studied composition at the University of North Texas before taking a job as a climate scientist for the government. In his free time, he still writes gorgeous ambient classical music under the name the Greatest Hoax, and it’s a good thing he does. The way “Opus No. 21″ builds towering emotional catharsis out of electro-organic foundations reminds me of Sigur Rós circa ( ) or the Flaming Lips’ Soft Bulletin/Yoshimi-era instrumentals, though this music is far more restrained and intimate than that. It’s something you should definitely hear, so hear it below.
The Guardian reports that John Holt, the longtime reggae star, died in a London hospital yesterday. No cause of death has been announced. Holt was 69.
The last time we heard new music from Boston-based Kal Marks was back in 2013, when they released their full-length Life Is Murder, a record that teetered on the edge of existential dread and absolute, self-assured conviction. For anyone who loved Life Is Murder, Kal Marks’ new song off their forthcoming EP, Just A Lonely Fart, boasts a similar aesthetic. While “Zimmerman” does make reference to George Zimmerman, it is also a song that attempts to breach larger themes of injustice. “Zimmerman” was written shortly after the trial’s conclusion in the summer of 2013, and guitarist and lead singer Carl Shane commented: