With the ascendance of Tyler, The Creator and Earl Sweatshirt, fellow Odd Future members like Hodgy Beats and Mike G and Domo Genesis have gotten a bit lost in the shuffle. Domo, for one, is not ready to let that happen. Last night, he shared “STRICTLY4MYNIGGAZ,” the first taste of his forthcoming Under The Influence 2 mixtape, and it’s a good one. On the track, Domo, whose delivery used to be relatively sleepy, absolutely attacks a hard ’90s-style horn-sampling boom-bap beat from producer Sap, going in on race in a way that the OF guys seldom do. Listen below.
Legendary producer Daniel Lanois and esteemed indie-rockers the Antlers have a show together next month at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple. It’s called Anti-Thesis, a reference to their shared record label, Anti-, and it also features labelmates Tinariwen and Lonnie Holley. That’s the poster for it up top. To mark the occasion, Lanois — whose new album Flesh And Machine is streaming at NPR this week — remixed the Antlers’ Familiars track “Doppelganger.” Hear the haunting results below.
Courtney Love just played a recurring role on the final season of Sons Of Anarchy, and she’s not done with TV acting. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Love will make the leap from cable to broadcast, becoming a recurring guest star on Empire, a new music industry drama from Fox. Lee Daniels, director of Precious and The Butler, is the man behind the show, and it’ll star Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, and Gabourey Sidibe. Love will play “hard rocker Elle Dallas — part of the titular record label’s stable of musicians.” This should not be too difficult for her!
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Since retiring from his position as the keyboardist in Passion Pit, Ayad Al Adhamy has become best known as frontman of the Brooklyn-based band Team Spirit, and founder of Black Bell Records. Team Spirit released their debut LP, Killing Time, last month, and if you’ve seen any of their videos, you know the band is just as committed to their visual aesthetic as they are to their off-kilter brand of aggressive garage-pop. At 29, Al Adhamy has acquired somewhere around 20 tattoos, adding between three and six new ones every year since he started “collecting” at 23. Aside from getting tattooed, Al Adhamy has been giving a few tattoos, decorating the bodies of some of his closest friends after acquiring his own bootleg equipment.
The announcement that Mark Kozelek would, in 2014, release an album of Christmas standards came last December, along with some of the songs that would appear on that album. We were given “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” and “O Come All Ye Faithful” in time to add them to our Christmas 2014 playlists, and today, we get another: “Christmas Time Is Here,” the profoundly melancholy choral number from A Charlie Brown Christmas, written by Vince Guaraldi and Lee Mendelson. I don’t think I’m alone in saying the original is one of the very best winter-specific songs in recorded history, and I’ll add that Koz’s interpretation is every bit as lovely, ethereal, and transporting. Koz includes the dialogue from the film that was featured on the soundtrack version, but he adapts that, too: Kozelek, appropriately, plays the role of Charlie Brown, while a friend stands in for Linus. The names are changed, though. Says the Linus character to his glum companion: “Mark, you’re the only person I know who can take a wonderful season like Christmas and turn it into a problem … Of all the Mark Kozeleks in the world, you’re the Mark Kozelek-iest.” Perfect. The whole thing is perfect. You gotta listen.
Last month, we shared Allo Darlin’s single “Bright Eyes” from their most recent record We Come From The Same Place , which we also posted for you to stream. Now we premiere for you the silly, tongue-in-cheek video for “Bright Eyes,” one of the emotional highs on Allo Darlin’s most recent release. Since the song is more or less a conversation between a man and a woman about the happiness they experience being together, it makes sense that the theme for the video is relationships. The brighter side of being in love is shown through the random pairing of objects on the wedding cake, while a recurring couples therapy type situation serves to comment on the pitfalls of relationships. Still, the patients are inanimate objects only serve the purpose of setting up a cringe-worthy (in a good way) pun that flashes across the screen. Check out the video, directed by Casey Raymond, below.
Dance music shows are big, big business these days, and they tend to involve a whole lot of kids on a whole lot of drugs. So it’s not too surprising that we’ve seen reports of fans beings sent to the hospital at some of the bigger shows. Dozens were hospitalized at an Avicii show in Boston, and two people actually died at a Mad Decent Block Party in Maryland. The latest story is of a Skrillex show this past Saturday at Chicago’s Navy Pier. At that show, 16 fans ended up being sent to the hospital.
You’d think that the Foo Fighters’ HBO show Sonic Highways and their recent week-long Letterman residence would be all the TV exposure the band needs. Apparently not! With their new album Sonic Highways on the way, the band are about to be the subject of a 60 Minutes piece with Anderson Cooper. Cooper caught up with the band as they played a secret show at the old-timey New Orleans jazz venue Preservation Hall and talked to him about why he’s doing this HBO thing. The episode airs Sunday night, and you can watch a preview here.