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KAEB – “There’s No One” (Feat. JonWayne) Video

BEAK> is the krautrock-inspired side-project trio led by Portishead production mastermind Geoff Barrow, and they’ve got a weird new record coming out: A split EP that they recorded with themselves. The EP includes two new BEAK> songs and two more recorded under the name KAEB. And they’ve made videos for all four songs; we’ve already… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 13, 2015 - 10:06 am

BEAK> – “The Meader” Video

Portishead production mastermind Geoff Barrow also leads the improv-based, krautrock-influenced trio BEAK>, and they’re about to release a new split EP with themselves. On the BEAK KAEB EP, they record two songs under the name BEAK and two more under the name KAEB, and we’ve already posted KAEB’s video for “When We Fall.” Now BEAK… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 23, 2015 - 11:58 am

KAEB – “When We Fall” Video

Next month, Geoff Barrow’s side project Beak> will release a new split EP — one side will feature new Beak> songs, while the other will have tracks from Kaeb, the band’s “alter-ego.” They’ve just shared “When We Fall,” the quiet and meditative first track from the release, and it’s accompanied by a video co-directed by… More »

By: James Rettig / June 8, 2015 - 10:47 am

Diplo Under Fire For GIF Theft, Rude Tweets

It’s starting to seem like there’s a story about Diplo being rude to a female artist every time I open Twitter. There was that whole fiasco with Lorde and Taylor Swift, and now it looks like he’s ventured into the realm of content theft. More »

By: Caitlin White / February 12, 2015 - 6:30 pm

Run The Jewels’ Meow The Jewels Campaign Enlists Geoff Barrow, Zola Jesus, Baauer, & Boots

One of Run The Jewels’ many joke deluxe editions for their upcoming sophomore album is Meow The Jewels, a recreation of the new record using nothing but cat sounds. The asking price for that edition is $40,000 and last month, someone began a Kickstarter to try and raise the money. (All the money raised will… More »

By: James Rettig / October 8, 2014 - 9:49 pm

Portishead’s Geoff Barrow Says Phantogram Ripped Him Off, Too

Last year, Geoff Barrow accused Abel Tesfaye of sampling Portishead track “Machine Gun” on the Weeknd’s “Belong To The World” (which he denied) and brought it up again in May when he shared a sampling clearance letter that Tesafaye’s label had sent the artist. Now, Barrow has also accused Phantogram of sampling him without permission. More »

By: James Rettig / September 8, 2014 - 8:58 pm

Savages’ Jehnny Beth Rails Against Rock Festivals’ Class System

As maybe the most exciting new rock band to come along last year, Savages played a busy festival-based touring schedule last year. And since this is a committed and ideological band, and since the whole festival system has some seriously deep problems, it shouldn’t be much of a surprise that frontwoman Jehnny Beth has some… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 26, 2014 - 10:36 am

Dummy Turns 20

There’s a certain type of drum programming that lets you know that the world is a cold and unforgiving place, that nothing is going to be OK. It’s the kind of drum programming you hear on three of the great bleak, depressive masterpieces of the mid-’90s: Mobb Deep’s The Infamous, Raekwon’s Only Built 4 CubanMore »

By: Tom Breihan / August 22, 2014 - 9:13 am

Anika – “In The City” Video

Earlier this year you may have heard journalist-turned-songstress Anika’s cover of Chromatics’ “In The City” for her Geoff Barrow produced EP on Stones Throw. It was a fantastic cover, and now it has been given a truly bizarre music video. Depicting a rather unorthodox wedding ceremony, we watch as suitor after suitor line-up to woo… More »

By: Miles Bowe / August 14, 2013 - 4:40 pm

BEAK> – “0898” & “Welcome To The Machine” (Pink Floyd Cover)

Beak> have been keeping busy since their album last year. After producing the Anika cover of Chromatics’ “In The City,” they now have a new 10″ single coming out for Record Store Day. The single features”0898,” a dark motorik-driven bonus track from their debut, and a cover of Pink Floyd’s “Welcome To The Machine.” Thi… More »

By: Miles Bowe / April 2, 2013 - 2:36 pm

Anika – “In The City” (Chromatics Cover)

Anika’s follows up her 2011 self-titled debut with an eponymous EP and its first single is a cover of Chromatics’ “In The City.” On it Anika takes her brand of post-punk/no wave and rubs it all over the song. Add a little bit of her throaty, polished Nico cooing and synths that sound gleaned from… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / February 11, 2013 - 2:54 pm

Beak> – “Mono”

Portishead production mastermind Geoff Barrow also leads and plays drums in the live-improv krautrock trio Beak>, and they’ve got a new 7″ single called “Mono” coming later this year. The churning, melodic track drifts closer to catchiness than anything the band has done to date, and you can hear it below. More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 30, 2012 - 10:24 am

Quakers – “Fitta Happier” Video (Feat. Guilty Simpson & M.E.D.)

Fitta Happier,” a track from Portishead production mastermind Geoff Barrow’s indie-rap project Quakers, features Stones Throw all-stars Guilty Simpson and M.E.D. rocking over a sample of a marching band covering Radiohead’s “The National Anthem.” Fittingly, the video finds the two formal-dressed rappers and a similarly attired set of drummers and horn players. Barrow is nowhere… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 23, 2012 - 4:53 pm

Beak> – “Yatton”

Though his best-known band Portishead got the rightful shine at last year’s ATP NJ, Geoff Barrow’s other outfit — or maybe other other outfit, depending on how you look at it — showcased a lean, vibrant krautrock groove with a thick low end. And, luckily enough, much of that is apparent on Beak>’s new one,… More »

By: Corban Goble / May 3, 2012 - 10:36 am

Quakers – “Smoke” (Feat. Jonwayne)

Portishead producer Geoff Barrow is also the man at the center of Quakers, an indie-rap collective with a new album coming out on Stones Throw in a couple of weeks. We’ve already heard the Guilty Simpson/M.E.D. collab “Fitta Happier,” which samples a marching-band version of Radiohead’s “The National Anthem.” And now here’s another track called… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 15, 2012 - 12:04 pm

Hear Portishead’s Geoff Barrow Sample Radiohead On New Hip-Hop LP

Rap has always had a tremendous impact on the production of Portishead sound-mastermind Geoff Barrow, but it’s been a long time since he’s tried making any of it himself. But Barrow, working under the name Fuzzface, is the man at the center of the new project Quakers, a crew that has 35 contributing members and… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 14, 2012 - 3:08 pm