Earlier this year, Girl Talk and Freeway released a pretty great collaborative EP called Broken Ankles. A$AP Ferg hopped on a remix of EP track “Suicide” a little bit later, which now has a video to go along with it. The clip was created by artist Lisa Ramsey, who turned all three of them into alternate reality versions Simpsons characters. There’s a group of gun-toting Barts, a Maggie smoking weed, and a Krusty The Clown cameo. Watch below.
Etnik has released a video for his hard-hitting new collaboration with Mykki Blanco. The video amplifies the gothic-rave vibe of the song, featuring slow-motion dancing and some intimidating-looking car rides. Blanco gets down in a mechanic shop and plays with fire. The badass visuals were directed by photographer Björn Jonas. Watch below.
For the past few years, Record Store Day has extended its tendrils from its usual April date into Black Friday releases, which is on 11/28 this year. This year’s list of exclusives include the usual mix of mainstream and indie releases, with the tables tilted a bit towards the mainstream. Case in point: both 5 Seconds Of Summer and Ed Sheeran will be putting out some vinyl this year. Other artists include a reissue of the Beatles’ EP Long Tall Sally, David Bowie’s “Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime),” a Morrissey-curated Ramones compilation, Outkast’s “Player’s Ball,” and some previously announced stuff from Flaming Lips, Jenny Lewis, St. Vincent (two new songs), Chvrches, the Decemberists, Conor Oberst, J. Mascis … there’s a lot! The Big Lebowski and Little Miss Sunshine soundtracks will get a vinyl release, as will a song from Frozen. And there are Neil Young t-shirts featuring artwork from some of his lesser known albums. You can see the full list of releases right here.
The release of sci-fi superhero romp Guardians Of The Galaxy neatly coincides with a renewed interest in tape culture, which means that of course the soundtrack for the movie is going to be put out on cassette. (Director James Gunn hinted on Twitter a while back that he was aiming for a tape release.) The soundtrack — which has already been released digitally and on CD and vinyl — did well sales-wise and is currently the tenth largest selling album of the year so far. The tie-in even sort of makes sense, considering that the mixtape factors heavily into the film and is played on the main character’s Walkman throughout. The limited edition Guardians cassette will be released on 11/17 and will be an exclusive release for indie music stores that also participate in Record Store Day. Billboard notes that this is the first cassette released by Disney since 2003. Check out another picture of the release below.
Taylor Swift has unveiled the third song from her upcoming new record, 1989. “Welcome To New York” follows in the footsteps of the recently released “Out Of The Woods” and lead single “Shake It Off.” The song was co-produced and co-written with OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder. “I wanted to start the album with this song because New York has been an important landscape and location for the story of my life for the last couple of years,” Swift said in an introductory video. “The inspiration that I found in that city is kind of hard to describe and hard to compare to any other force of inspiration I’ve ever experienced in my life. It’s like an electric city. I approached moving there with such wide-eyed optimism and sort of saw it as a place of endless potential and possibilities and you can kind of hear that reflected in this music and this first song especially.” The track is set to be officially released tonight at midnight, but it’s leaked a little early. Listen below.
The Weeknd hasn’t released anything other than a handful of spare songs this year, and yet his star continues to grow; he filled arenas on both coasts earlier this year. And after dropping his “Often” remix, with Schoolboy Q and Rick Ross, he’s got a new version of his song “King Of The Fall.” Abel Tesfaye previously appeared on a remix of Ty Dolla $ign’s “Or Nah,” and the Stevie Wonder of ratchet music returns the favor here. Also on board: An Ottawa rapper named Belly, who apparently is a big deal in Canada. Listen to the remix below.
Earlier this year Saintseneca released their excellent ANTI- debut Dark Arc, an album that found the Ohio folk-punks reaching new creative heights. Now the band has shared a cover of “Passionate Kisses,” penned by Lucinda Williams and made famous by Mary Chapin Carpenter. The confident jangle and robust arrangement shows how much of a full-fledged rock band they’ve become since their days stomping floorboards, but Zac Little’s trembling tenor remains unmistakable and haunting. Listen below.
The movie Drive is only three years old, and its soundtrack is magnificent; it’s arguably the best thing about the entire movie. But BBC radio host Zane Lowe has taken on the strange, difficult endeavor of improving, or at least competing against, that original soundtrack. Lowe has put together a whole new soundtrack to the movie, one that features big names like Foals, SBTRKT, Baauer, Jon Hopkins, BANKS, and the 1975. All of them are putting together new music for the project, ambitiously titled Radio One Rescores: Drive – Curated By Zane Lowe. Chvrches have contributed the new song “Get Away,” a warm, streaked ’80s-style synthpop cut that probably could’ve fit just fine on the original soundtrack, even if it’s not quite as chilly as the songs that made the cut. It’s the first new Chvrches song in a while, and you can hear it, and check out a trailer for the project, below.