Stream Record Store Day 2015 Releases Before They Come Out

Posted by Billy Gil, April 15, 2015 07:31pm | Post a Comment

Record Store Day is happening April 18, with more than 500 exclusive and first-run releases coming out that day. Ahead of RSD, you can stream some of those releases now.

Johnny Marr – “I Feel You” (Depeche Mode cover)

johnny marr i feel you record store day depeche modeOK, breathe, ’80s rock fans: Former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr has covered Depeche Mode’s bluesy 1993 single “I Feel You” for a limited-edition RSD 7”. It’s backed by (breathe again) a live cover of The Smiths’ “Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want.” Stream it via Slicing Up Eyeballs.


Anton Newcombe and Tess Parks – “Cocaine Cat”

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Album Picks: Earl Sweatshirt, Calexico, Pale Blue

Posted by Billy Gil, April 14, 2015 09:10am | Post a Comment

Earl Sweatshirt - I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside

earl sweatshirt i don't like shit i don't like to go outside lpOdd Future cohort Earl Sweatshirt can be forgiven for his claustrophobic album title. At only 16, he was plucked from his budding rap career by his mother, responding to his drug use and poor grades, and sent to a reform school in Samoa. Since returning, he’s talked about having a tumultuous time partying on tour and struggling to get his life and health back. The result of all that back and forth is I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside, and album that doubles down on the grim paranoia set forth by his last album, the excellent Doris. Earl has a way of expressing his pain honestly while keeping his rhymes engaging instead of seeming like a diary pour—“ Picked the road that got twists/I'm holding my dick and playing cautious,” he says on “Mantra.” On the grim “Faucet,” he raps about not knowing where to call home and who to call a friend (“I feel like I'm the only one pressin' to grow upwards”). The stunning “Grief” offers imagery of Earl facing panic attacks, grabbing for the Xanax bottle and reminiscing about drugs and girls on tour over a murky beat but ultimately coming out of the haze, finishing off with the lines, “I just want my time and my mind intact/When they both gone, you can't buy ’em back.” I Don’t Go Outside is focused nearly to a fault, but in keeping the album as variations on a theme, it helps further establish Earl as a compelling character—the tortured wayward son, reveling in and revolted by his own hedonism—crafting a potent statement in the process. The distilled paranoia of I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside easily makes for one of the most memorable hip-hop albums of the year.

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Weekly Roundup: Death Valley Girls, Froth, Winter

Posted by Billy Gil, April 10, 2015 03:28pm | Post a Comment

Death Valley Girls – “Summertime”

death valley girlsL.A.’s Death Valley Girls get you ready for barbecue weather with this scorching slice of guitar rock. A simple loping riff doubles in size at the chorus and hits like a plume of smoke, while Bonnie Bloomgarden makes her cry of “I see you in the summertime” sound like a threat. Summertime is coming out April 12 on Manimal, and they’ll be at S.F.’s Knockout April 21 and Oakland’s Night Light April 22. Hear the track below via Noisey.


Froth – “Postcard Radio” video

froth bandL.A.’s Froth stand out from the L.A. garage-rock pack with their textured guitarwork and ’80s college-rock melodicism. “Postcard Radio” builds from a headlong rush into a catchy four-note riff with some nice shoegaze touches—it’s deceptively simple but perfectly made. Bleak, the follow-up to 2013’s Patterns, is out May 5 on Burger.

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10 Albums You Should Know Before Going to Coachella

Posted by Billy Gil, April 7, 2015 03:08pm | Post a Comment

10 albums you should hear before going to coachella

Like Tame Impala? Nuts for Drake? Sure, they're great. But a big part of Coachella also has been the chance to see legendary bands reunite and take the stage, as well as long-established artists alongside the newcomers. Here are 10 great albums by reunited or established artists you should know before heading to the desert next weekend.

AC/DC Back in Black

ac/dc back in black lpThe album that started the Brian Johnson era of AC/DC (following the death of lead singer Bon Scott) is their biggest and has many of their best-loved hits, including “You Shook Me All Night Long” and the title track. It’s good to know the rest of the songs, even if you’re not especially sober by the time AC/DC goes on (which is probably how they’re best heard anyway).


Ryan Adams Heartbreaker

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Album Picks: Waxahatchee, Toro y Moi, Kelela

Posted by Billy Gil, April 7, 2015 10:32am | Post a Comment

Waxahatchee - Ivy Tripp

waxahatchee ivy tripp lpKatie Crutchfield’s Waxahatchee project has grown from the home recordings of a promising young singer/songwriter to the full-bodied sound we hear on Ivy Tripp. Over a river of fuzz and organ drone, Crutchfield sings more warmly and confidently than ever on opener “Breathless.” Lyrically she can be oblique on songs like “Poison” (“Your birthday party tongue dripping/You'll summarize/Travel the world ivy tripping”), but the scenes she paints are evocative nonetheless. She pushes her sound further into brightly hued Pavement-style indie rock on tracks like “Under a Rock” and ’80s college rock on “The Dirt” while expanding it with a simple electronic beat and catchy backup vocals on “La Loose.” But some of the most stirring moments on Ivy Tripp are its sparest, as she turns staring at the ceiling midday and turning over love and life choices into Ivy Tripp’s best track, “Stale By Noon,” singing over a simple organ lick. I wasn’t sold when I heard her last album, Cerulean Salt, but Ivy Tripp feels whittled down to perfection. It’s an impressive songwriting showcase for Crutchfield and a significant leap forward.

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