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The 5 Best Moments Of Firefly 2015 Sunday

After three days of cloud cover, Firefly’s final outing unfolded entirely in the hot, hot sun. The crowds thickened up, too, which made maneuvering around the muddy paths a bit of a challenge. But if you’re excited about a particular set, you’ll hoof through anything — mud, rain, spilled liquids of questionable origin — to… More »

By: Patrick Hosken / June 22, 2015 - 2:18 pm

STS x RJD2 – “Doin’ It Right” Video

What the hell is going on in Philadelphia lately? It seems like every time I turn around there’s another incredible punk act or all-girl band that completely slays indie rock stereotypes. The latest from the city of brotherly love to buck preconceived notions are the soulful and clever collaborators STS and RJD2, who just released… More »

By: Caitlin White / May 19, 2015 - 5:55 pm

STS x RJD2 – “420”

Eclectic Philadelphia producer RJD2 has teamed with Atlanta-raised, Philly-based rapper STS for an entire collaborative album intuitively titled STS x RJD2. Previously they shared the brassy, soulful “Hold On, Here It Go,” and today they’re honoring 4/20 by releasing their song of the same name. “420” features even more retro, feel-good production and finds STS… More »

By: Caitlin White / April 20, 2015 - 3:05 pm

RJD2 – “20 Grand Palace”

The Brooklyn-based recording studio Converse Rubber Tracks recently announced that they will be hosting a free sample library that musicians around the world will be able to access without ever setting foot in Williamsburg. The library’s collection features loops and sounds created by artists who have recorded in the studio. RJD2 is best known for… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / February 2, 2015 - 6:00 pm

Beck Turned Down Multiple Offers To Write The Mad Men Theme

You know the Mad Men theme; you love the Mad Men theme. Perhaps you know it’s an RJD2 beat called “A Beautiful Mine” originally used on his collaborative album with Aceyalone, Magnificent City. (How’s that for reverse-engineering a recognizable sample?) But it turns out RJ wasn’t AMC’s first choice to soundtrack the acclaimed drama’s iconic… More »

By: Chris DeVille / February 19, 2014 - 4:37 pm

RJD2 – “Descended From Myth” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

RJD2’s 2013 LP More Is Than Isn’t found the Columbus-seasoned, Philly-situated musician in fine form, compiling a bunch of the exultant horn-laden breakbeats that made him a household name circa 2002. One of the best songs on that album was a triumphant instrumental called “Descended From Myth.” The song is a brass-blasting machine, so it… More »

By: Chris DeVille / January 14, 2014 - 1:00 pm

Stream RJD2 More Is Than Isn’t + “Her Majesty’s Socialist Request” Video

Around the turn of the millennium, RJD2 made his name with a flurry of grimy yet colorful hip-hop productions for powerhouse backpacker hip-hop labels like Fondle ‘Em and Rawkus. That rise culminated in his crowning as DJ Shadow’s heir apparent circa 2002 debut LP Deadringer on Def Jux, the reigning underground hip-hop label at the… More »

By: Chris DeVille / September 30, 2013 - 1:25 pm

RJD2 – “Temperamental” (Feat. Phonte Coleman)

Though RJD2’s first single for More Is Than Isn’t (his first album in three years) was typically instrumental, we knew that there would be collaborations on the way. Now you can hear “Temperamental,” which features Phonte Coleman from the (now defunct) group Little Brother. Phonte is singing here over a beat that almost sounds like… More »

By: Miles Bowe / September 17, 2013 - 10:58 am

RJD2 – “Her Majesty’s Socialist Request”

The veteran instrumental hip-hop producer (and Mad Men theme-music guy) RJD2 released his last solo album three years ago, and he’s only just announce plans for More Is Than Isn’t, the follow-up. The new LP includes a few collaborators, like RJ’s Icebird bandmate Aaron Livingston, his Soul Position bandmate Blueprint, and Little Brother’s Phonte Coleman. More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 29, 2013 - 9:04 am

Divine Fits – “Would That Not Be Nice (RJD2 Remix)”

I wouldn’t have thought of it, but now that I think about it, Divine Fits’ excellent single “Would That Not Be Nice” is a prime candidate for remixes. It’s a strong central pulse with a serious hook and a lot of empty space, so it gives any potential remixers a lot to work with. And… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 24, 2012 - 3:44 pm

MHz Legacy – “Spaceship” (Feat. Danny Brown) (Prod. Harry Fraud)

Def Jux collective members RJD2, Copywrite, Jakki Da Motamouth and Tage Future reunite as MHz Legacy for “Spaceship,” a Harry Fraud-produced jam that operates on some drunk synths and snapping snares. It features Danny Brown, who fits in just fine. Download it below. More »

By: Corban Goble / October 4, 2012 - 1:19 pm

Icebird – “Going And Going. And Going.”

The sample-based IDM of rjd2 (FKA RJD2) has evolved in recent years to take advantage of the producer’s R&B and singer-songwriter-y tendencies. His 2010 LP The Colossus featured vocal cameos from Kenna and Aaron Livingston, and now the latter has joined RJ full time in a new project called Icebird. The Philly duo’s debut TheMore »

By: Scott Lapatine / August 4, 2011 - 11:35 am

RJD2 – “The Glow” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

The Colossus seems like RJD2 putting his sample-based work alongside his more recent singer-songwriter-y tendencies. The two Colossus flavors so far demonstrate this: “Let There Be Horns” connected back to Deadringer, “Games You Can’t Win” worked the middle ground, but “The Glow” shows where his interests have been lately. RJD2 sings and plays drums over… More »

By: jessica / February 18, 2010 - 10:03 am

New RJD2 Video – “Let There Be Horns”

Games You Can Win,” our first sample of RJD2’s forthcoming The Colossus came with a “featuring Kenna” attached to it. This Thom Glunt, Jr.-directed video for “Let There Be Horns” features the title’s horns and the depressed, jealous, pill-popping, rat-racing minotaur who owns them. Nowhere near as metal as the title or Greek monster make… More »

By: brandon / January 7, 2010 - 2:16 pm

New RJD2 – “Games You Can Win” (Feat. Kenna)

For those of you who don’t find Postal Service or Owl City satisfyingly soulful enough, there’s always this new collaboration between RJD2 and Ethiopian-born Virginia Beach-raised Malcolm Gladwell-approved vocalist/keyboardist Kenna. “Games You Can Win” appears on the mad man’s forthcoming full-length The Colossus, the first since 2007’s The Third Hand. More »

By: brandon / December 1, 2009 - 9:22 am

The 25 69 Most Anticipated Albums Of 2010

This year in music was great and we’rea gonna let it finish (sorry), but in terms of notable album releases the ship has sailed. No offense, 30 Seconds To Mars. While the Gummys’ virtual poll booth remains open for a few more days (did we mention filling out the ballot enters you to win the… More »

By: Amrit Singh / November 24, 2009 - 5:41 pm

Pygmalion 2009 In Photos

Some 90 acts descended upon Champaign-Urbana, IL this past weekend, performing across 14 venues and four days for the fifth annual Pygmalion Music Festival. We sent photographer John Gitchoff to circle the fest, and he delivers this spread including shots of Low, Iron & Wine, the Antlers, and the Zach Hill-ified Wavves. Enjoy. sounds of… More »

By: Amrit Singh / September 22, 2009 - 3:37 pm

DeVotchKa, Sparklehorse, Album Leaf Cover The Nightmare Before Christmas

Tim Burton’s cult stop-motion film turns 15 this year, and as previously reported a motley crew of indie and goth-pop acts have recorded covers for an updated soundtrack called Nightmare Revisited. It’s fun to hear Polyphonic Spree and Album Leaf interpret Danny Elfman, even if you risk hearing Korn’s contribution, too (always with the terribleMore »

By: Scott Lapatine / October 28, 2008 - 10:57 am

The Nightmare Before Christmas Revisited By Various Alt And Indie Rockers

Get ready goths and Evanescence fans, Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas is celebrating its fifteenth anniversary. As part of the spooky fanfare, Billboard reports that Walt Disney Records is putting out Nightmare Revisited, a collection of covers, re-recordings, and new material inspired by Burton’s Jack Skellington-fronted animated musical. I haven’t actually checked, but it… More »

By: brandon / August 13, 2008 - 11:42 am

Free Futbol Jamz

As we made painfully clear during World Cup season, we know little of this soccer, and our news updates on the sport’s attempt to woo the USofA revolve around the snore-worthy exploits of Posh and Becks. MLS is on it, though, knowing that the best way to kids’ hearts is through their iPods. So the… More »

By: Stereogum / August 16, 2007 - 2:53 pm
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