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20 Vinyl LPs to Look For in the Holiday Season

Posted by Billy Gil, November 30, 2015 09:00am | Post a Comment

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Looking for a gift for yourself or someone special this holiday season? Check out these 20 upcoming or recently released vinyl LPs, including some of the best albums of 2015, holiday classics and rad reissues.

Phil SpectorA Christmas Gift For You [Red Vinyl]
Out Now

phil spector a christmas gift for you vinylThe greatest Christmas album ever! If you don’t have it already, get these lively wall-of-sound, girl-group renditions of holiday classics like “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” and “White Christmas” on shiny red vinyl.

 

William OnyeaborAtomic Bomb
Out Now

william onyeabor atomic bomb lpJust released as a “Record Store Day First” Black Friday title, world music legend William Onyeabor’s second album includes the title track, a standout from his well-received 2013 compilation, Who Is William Onyeabor? Get into these hypnotic Afropop grooves, and pick up his other just-reissued albums, too: Body and Soul, Crashes in Love, Tomorrow, Hypertension, Good Name and Anything You Sow.

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Happy Thanksgiving! 21 Songs to Show Your Gratitude

Posted by Billy Gil, November 24, 2015 05:32pm | Post a Comment

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Led Zeppelin – “Thank You”

 

Big Star – “Thank You Friends”

 

Andrew Gold – “Thank You for Being a Friend”

 

Drake – “Thank Me Now”

 

Otis Redding – “I Want to Thank You”

 

ABBA – “Thank You For the Music”

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Album Picks: Freddie Gibbs, Club 8

Posted by Billy Gil, November 20, 2015 11:15am | Post a Comment

Freddie Gibbs - Shadow Of A Doubt

freddie gibbs shadow of a doubt cdWe’ve been waiting for Freddie Gibbs’ new album since his gritty vocals graced last year’s Pinata, his dynamite collaboration with Madlib. And he doesn’t disappoint—Gibbs’ latest is a contender for underground rap album of the year. Over a digital bounce, Gibbs establishes his powerful presence early on with “Fuckin’ Up the Count” (“Gangsta shit in my DNA, I just can’t explain that/Even if I die tell my enemies I remain that”). His collaboration with Black Thought proves inspired on “Extradite,” as Mikhail’s beat blends ’70s soul with “Twilight Zone” organs while Gibbs and Black Thought’s words spill out like rolling dice. Like similarly great albums released this year by Earl Sweatshirt and Vince Staples, Shadow of a Doubt is grim but enlivening—seek the hard-hitting “Packages” as proof. Gibbs is the quintessential thirtysomething rapper who’s toiled in the underground only to see younger guys get the glory—if there’s any justice, Shadow of a Doubt should make that a thing of the past.

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Weekly Roundup: Ty Segall, Ty Dolla Sign, Damon Eliza Palmero, Babes

Posted by Billy Gil, November 13, 2015 04:31pm | Post a Comment

Ty Segall Emotional Mugger video

ty segall emotional mugger lpBy now, you must know Ty Segall is a busy guy, recording something like 96 albums a year between his various projects (that’s actually closer to four or so, but who’s counting). Still, despite having just released a new album of smashing proto-metal with Fuzz, forming several new bands and re-releasing his T. Rex cover albums as a set on Black Friday, he’s also got just a plain ol’ new album on the way (so the next time you’re feeling spread thin … think of Ty Segall and get to work!). Emotional Mugger is due Jan. 22 on Drag City and was announced by sending a VHS tape of the album to various editors. Pitchfork says they got a copy of the 1993 film My Life at the end of the album, as well as Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan on another tape. But no worries if you don’t have a VHS player anymore—the album will be released on all the normal formats. We haven’t heard any songs yet, but apparently an emotional mugger is a “non-verbal and non-physical emotional exchange,” as we’ve gleaned from this faux-educational video starring Segall.

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Album Picks: Oneohtrix Point Never, Frankie Cosmos, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Panda Bear

Posted by Billy Gil, November 13, 2015 12:10pm | Post a Comment

Oneohtrix Point Never - Garden Of Delete

oneohtrix point never garden of delete lpDaniel Lopatin’s second release on Warp as Oneohtrix Point Never is hell-bent on defying expectations. A song like “Ezra” begins with cut-up, recognizable motifs but becomes destroyed by diversions into heart-pounding 16-bit synth chases and vocal snippets emerging from its distorted folds. “I Bite Through It” engages in pop-rock structure yet mocks it at the same time, its sharp notes arranged neatly in sets of eight, which are broken up by a hard-hitting beat and more scenic portions, its tones varying without rhyme or reason across the song’s taut three minutes and 17 seconds. Similarly, the guttural vocals and laser-beam synths exploding out of “Sticky Drama” achieve EDM-style release even as its brutal middle portion feels insanity-inducing. But the need to step away now and then only proves the album’s power. Part of Garden of Delete’s strength is its ability to temper its dislocating sense of confusion with clear reference points that help the listener find their balance. The smoky, hollowed-out beginning of “Freaky Eyes” gives way to pipe organs, sudden swells and noises that skitter around like beetles, making it feel like a horror movie soundtrack collage. “Lift’s” disembodied vocal bits and layered piano runs feel alien but are lovely nonetheless. The more pronounced vocals on “Animals” make it easily noticeable, but it would be a standout regardless, its tones disintegrating beautifully while a pitch-shifted vocal comes in and out of static in a way not entirely different from Radiohead. Oneohtrix Point Never is an acquired taste that occasionally feels like it needs Cliff’s Notes to fully grasp. But it’s undoubtedly some of the most intelligent, forward-thinking music being made today. Those willing to take the plunge will be duly rewarded.

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