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Cities Aviv – “Isolation Quaters (Juk)” Video

Today, the Memphis noise rapper Cities Aviv releases his new album Your Discretion Is Trust. It’s the follow-up to 2014’s Come To Life, and it’s coming out on Collect Records, the label founded by former Thursday leader and current United Nations/No Direction frontman Geoff Rickly. That’s a pretty fascinating artist/label pairing. Cities Aviv’s first video… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 4, 2015 - 11:21 am

Cities Aviv – “Neutralizer” & “Graced And Blessed”

Cities Aviv has been an interesting, hard-to-pin-down presence in indie hip-hop for a few years now, pairing his shout-rap flow with highly textured electronic production that alternates between warm psychedelia and harsh distortion. Since the release of last year’s Come To Life, he’s been keeping himself busy lending his production talents and some guest versesMore »

By: Peter Helman / February 26, 2015 - 3:12 pm

Antwon – “Kyocera” (Prod. Cities Aviv)

If you aren’t listening to Fucked Up frontman Damian Abraham’s Turned Out A Punk podcast, you probably should be. It’s a series of conversations with fascinating creative types about their experiences growing up with punk and hardcore, and these people have some stories. In the most recent episode, Abraham talks with Antwon, the L.A.-based rapper… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 8, 2015 - 4:48 pm

Mykki Blanco – “Moshin’ In The Front” (Feat. Cities Aviv)

Mykki Blanco has announced the release of Gay Dog Food, a new project that’s out at the end of the month. It features collaborations with Kathleen Hanna, Cakes Da Killa, Katie Got Bandz, and more. “Moshin’ In The Front” is the first song we’ve heard from the release and it’s an oppressive, noisy number featuring… More »

By: James Rettig / October 14, 2014 - 10:53 am

Cities Aviv – “Don’t Ever Look Back” Video

While Cities Aviv’s last video saw him surrounded by friends, the video for “Don’t Ever Look Back” finds the producer completely alone and vulnerable. The clip, directed by Rimar Villaseñor, mainly converses in flashing lights and shades of grey. “This piece was meant to speak as a coordination between the internal and extraterrestrial nature of… More »

By: James Rettig / January 14, 2014 - 4:56 pm

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

Typically, in this space, we do the week as a Thursday-to-Thursday thing, and we wait a week to consider any videos that come out the same Friday as this column runs. As you may have noticed, one Beyoncé Knowles happened to give us a new “visual album,” with 17 new music videos, just last night. More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 13, 2013 - 1:23 pm

Cities Aviv – “URL IRL” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

Around this time last year we awarded Cities Aviv’s Black Pleasure Mixtape Of The Week. Before exploring that “stark and unforgiving” release, Tom described the Memphis rapper/producer like so:… More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 9, 2013 - 12:47 pm

Antwon – “Still Guarded” Video

Last year, the San Jose rapper Antwon made a name for himself with his End Of Earth mixtape. Later this month, he’ll follow it up with a new one called In Dark Denim, and first single “Still Guarded” is a fashionably decaying, noisy thing with production from fellow punk-reared rapper Cities Aviv. Romoface directed the… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 1, 2013 - 3:23 pm

Mixtape Of The Week: Cities Aviv Black Pleasure

First up: If anyone released a worthy rap mixtape in the past seven days, I haven’t been able to find it. The closest thing would be Trina’s Back 2 Business, which French Montana “executive produced,” and which sounds pretty much the way a middling French Montana mixtape would sound if French had a more interesting… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 5, 2012 - 3:43 pm

Download Cities Aviv Black Pleasure Mixtape (Stereogum Premiere)

On 2011’s Digital Lows, Memphis rapper Cities Aviv established himself as something of an oddity in the landscape; while he can clearly rap, he showed off an ear for unusual textures that sync up with his forceful flow. On his new mixtape, he wades deeper into the noise; naturally he’s calling it his pop album. More »

By: Corban Goble / November 14, 2012 - 12:08 pm

Cities Aviv – “G A L L E R Y G U R L Z” (Prod. Star Slinger)

Cities Aviv is a Memphis rapper who projects regular-dudeness even as he throws bits of goopy psych and noise-rock into his productions. Star Slinger is a British producer whose tracks flirt with hazy bass-music ideas while still maintaining a Southern rap thump. These guys, then, are natural fits for one another, and it’s nice to… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 4, 2012 - 2:35 pm

Lushlife – “She’s A Buddhist, I’m A Cubist (Remix Feat. Angel Deradoorian, Cities Aviv, G-Side, Big Baby Gandhi, Deniro Farrar, KDz Kenny Dennis)”

Here’s a remix of Philly rapper Lushlife’s Plateau Vision cut “She’s A Buddhist, I’m A Cubist,” a track that’s given a lush, spirited reimagination thanks to help from folks like Angel Deradoorian, Big Baby Gandhi, and G-Side. It’s also about as twice as long as the original, which also features like-minded voyager Cities Aviv. Stream… More »

By: Corban Goble / June 12, 2012 - 5:43 pm

Cities Aviv – “Normal Immortal”

Last year, the Memphis indie-rapper Cities Aviv broke out with Digital Lows, a plainspoken, psychedelic online album. Today, we’ve got a new track from him called “Normal Immortal,” and it’s a pretty significant departure, a brief and furious punk-rap track that verges on Death Grips levels of bellowy bile. Download it below. More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 30, 2012 - 12:51 pm

Cities Aviv – “Wet Dream”

Memphis’s Cities Aviv creates dense, style-sampling rap music and his new song, “Wet Dream,” is another example of his experimentation with unconventional production, beats teeming with texture as Cities flaunts a hypnotizing flow pattern. It certainly can fall under the veil of “cloud rap,” but it’s a little edgier and sharper on the edges. Download… More »

By: Corban Goble / November 7, 2011 - 5:11 pm