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The xx – “Chained (John Talabot & Pional Blinded Remix)”

Barcelona’s dank Balearic beat maker John Talabot and countryman/house producer Pional have already collaborated to great effect twice this year — see “Destiny,” from Talabot’s murked-out afterhours club record ƒn, and “Braves,” their triumphant theme song for the Spanish marathon — so here’s one more before it’s all over. On the xx’s “Chained,” the Spaniard… More »

By: Amrit Singh / December 14, 2012 - 12:50 pm

In Memoriam: Bands We Lost In 2011

In September we toasted the best new bands of 2011. Bright futures for those guys! But come this time of year it’s also important to remember the musical groups who called it a day. Some of these acts were taken from us before their time, while others imploded due to overwhelming apathy. Herewith our look… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / December 26, 2011 - 11:05 am

Streets’ Mike Skinner Launches The Dot

From the ashes of two bands — Mike Skinner’s the Streets and Robert Harvey’s the Music — comes the Dot, a collaborative effort from Skinner and Harvey that has already posted a series of official tracks on the Dot’s website. The Streets’ final show happens next month at the UK’s the Big Reunion festival. More »

By: Corban Goble / October 24, 2011 - 10:29 am

New Indie Rock Christmas Songs For 2010

Every blog does a Christmas mix, so here’s ours, with a small twist: All of these tracks are new for this year Xmas songs, not the classics or Sufjan leftovers. I’ve also included streams for charity singles, Christmas-related music videos, and other new holiday bits (with links, where applicable, to download the rest of the… More »

By: jessica / December 23, 2010 - 11:09 am

The Streets – “Going Through Hell (Diplo Remix)”

Last week we brought you “Going Through Hell,” the first released track from Mike Skinner’s last album as The Streets. Diplo’s remix completely removes the guitar hook and withholds Skinner’s vocal until the end. In their place? Booming horns and ticky drums. Listen:… More »

By: jessica / December 7, 2010 - 5:44 pm

The Streets – “Going Through Hell” & “Too Numb”

We knew Computers And Blues, the final Streets album, was going to show up early next year. But Skinner recently announced a second album, called Cyberspace And Reds, that he’ll release sometime before then. So, C & B will still be the final Streets record. “Going Through Hell,” which he debuted on BBC Radio 1,… More »

By: jessica / December 2, 2010 - 5:38 pm

The Streets – “The Day After The Day Off On One” Video

Yesterday Jim McMahon posted a piece at The Guardian that focused on Mike Skinner’s recent use of the Internet as a site for collaboration and inspiration (and included a random mention of Lightning Bolt). We saw some of Skinner’s digital know-how via the quickly completed video for “Trust Me.” Today Skinner upped the ante, responding… More »

By: brandon / November 23, 2010 - 1:16 pm

The Streets – “Trust Me” Video

Mike Skinner, aka The Streets, just Tweeted this “old song, new video” for a track he released via Twitter back in April 2009 (he also bragged about how quickly he finished it). As 24Bit notes, The Streets website has a tiny new countdown timer, pointing to a date that is 101 days and 9 hour… More »

By: jessica / October 28, 2010 - 3:27 pm

Treasure Island Fest 2009 In Photos

This past Saturday and Sunday was the third annual Treasure Island Festival, on San Francisco’s Treasure Island. We sent Josh Bis to capture the weekend in photos. sounds of buzz… More »

By: Amrit Singh / October 20, 2009 - 9:31 am

Streets Tweet Three More Songs

@SkinnerMike’s already shared an EP’s worth of tracks via his Twitter. He just did three more: “A Blip On A Screen,” “See If They Salute,” and “Long Working Day.” But if you prefer vintage Streets, here’s Mike Skinner when he was six! (Aww.)… More »

By: Amrit Singh / April 24, 2009 - 12:21 pm

We Got The Tweet: The Streets Tweet An EP

Music biz microblogging can be sure silly, with its potential for overblown beefs and identity theft. But it’s hard to get mad at @LilyRoseAllen’s cryptic concert ticket hunts or @METALFACEDOOM reviewing the new Eminem video. Yesterday we were retweeted by half of Tears For Fears … #swoon. There’s vital discourse happening in the Twitterverse, if… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / April 16, 2009 - 4:58 pm

Streets Tweet Song 2

The funky licked “Trust Me” is an appropriately technophobic followup to yesterday’s phone ode. It’s the second of three new tunes debuting via @SkinnerMike this week. Download at ZShare. More »

By: Scott Lapatine / April 15, 2009 - 1:53 pm

New Streets – “I Love My Phone”

As promised yesterday, @SkinnerMike has debuted the first of three new tunes via Twitter. It’s an anxious love letter to the little vibrating thing in his pants. Free MP3 is at ZShare. More »

By: Scott Lapatine / April 14, 2009 - 5:41 pm

New Streets Video – “On The Edge Of A Cliff”

Mike Skinner’s given us one video that made us cry and one that didn’t since he got all mature and stuff on Everything Is Borrowed. “On The Edge Of A Cliff” is like the Streets MC’s personal Paolo Coehlo story, being visited by a wise old man and getting a pep talk on survival just… More »

By: Amrit Singh / April 7, 2009 - 1:16 pm

New Streets Video – “Heaven For The Weather”

The latest clip in support of Everything Is Borrowed won’t make you cry like last time. Mike is in character as Dr. Skinner (not that one), a man who we’re told has been “attacked, venerated, questioned and praised.” We see him onstage selling self-help T.J. Mackey-style and signing copies of his book Go Low. Thi… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / November 3, 2008 - 5:20 pm

Premature Evaluation: The Streets – Everything Is Borrowed

Mike Skinner took us for a loop with the moving, mature video for “Everything Is Borrowed,” the eponymous and introspective (“I came to this world with nothing / And I’ll leave with nothing but love”) opener from his fourth album. After all, his last record was all about being loaded. Conversely, Everything Is Borrowed follow… More »

By: brandon / September 12, 2008 - 2:56 pm

Seven Streets Songs Streaming At MySpace

Try to say that seven times, or just take a listen because it’s more than half of the forthcoming Everything Is Borrowed, and that’s really what matters. Add the new tunes to the title track and its moving video and “The Escapist” and its literally moving video and it looks like Skinner’s back on track. More »

By: brandon / September 9, 2008 - 6:00 pm

New Streets Video – “Everything Is Borrowed”

In this clip for the opening/title track of the new Streets album, Mike Skinner is at home, not roaching a spliff and watching telly, but waking the wife and making breakfast for his son. Their domestic bliss is cut short when six dudes show up to repossess the house. It’s “an artistic piece of credit… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / August 29, 2008 - 2:35 pm

New Streets – “Everything Is Borrowed”

Mike Skinner’s feeling philosophical these days. Along the lines of “The Escapist,” which had Mike getting help from a choir while walking the streets, taking in trees, rain, stones and sand while pondering life’s fleeting moments, “Everything Is Borrowed” has him getting existential over similarly tear-jerky beats: “I came to this world with nothing, and… More »

By: Amrit Singh / August 21, 2008 - 11:46 am

New Streets – “The Escapist”

Mike Skinner dropped his new album preview on MySpace earlier this month, and it contained some promising bits including some of this, “The Escapist.” Like One Day As A Lion, turns out the new track is a warning delivered and a promise kept: Mike flows along to some backing choir choruses, and true to track… More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 30, 2008 - 10:06 am
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