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Weekly Roundup: Youth Code, The Growlers, The Skygreen Leopards, Superhumanoids, Girl Tears, Death Valley Girls

Posted by Billy Gil, August 15, 2014 09:30am | Post a Comment

Youth Code – “Consuming Guilt”

youth codeIndustrial/EMB duo Youth Code are really firing on all cylinders on the first song from their next EP, “Consuming Guilt.” Or rather they’re firing dirt and smoke into your face and then spitting on you to clean yourself up. Industrial filth hasn’t felt this good in a long while. It’s from the A Place to Stand EP, due Sept. 23 on Dais.

 

The Growlers – “Good Advice”

the growlersA whirling farfisa organ drives this garage-pop ditty from SoCal’s Growlers through a subtly twisting arrangement and square into your cranial region. “There’s nothing as depressing as good advice,” Brooks Nielsen sings in a bittersweet rasp, adding, “Nobody wants to hear how to live their life.” Maybe the best thing we’ve heard from the band yet! Chinese Fountain is out Sept. 23 on Everloving. Preorder it now on LP or CD.

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Flying Lotus Releases Video Preview of 'You're Dead,' New Album Up for Preorder

Posted by Billy Gil, August 13, 2014 03:05pm | Post a Comment

flying lotus you're dead lpL.A. beat maestro Flying Lotus has a new album out Oct. 7 on Warp called You’re Dead, and you can preorder it now on LP or CD.

FlyLo today released a video with audio clips from the album and visuals by manga artist Shintaro Kago. Sounds like lots of acid jazz rap insane beats paired with dead bodies exploding—but, like, in a fun, anime way. BTW, there are a lot of flashing lights, if you’re sensitive to that.

Led Zeppelin Reissues 'IV,' 'Houses of the Holy,' Albums Out Oct. 28

Posted by Billy Gil, August 12, 2014 05:10pm | Post a Comment

Led Zeppelin Reissues

The next round of Led Zeppelin reissues (after the band reissued its first, second and third untitled LPs) are its classic 1971 fourth album (also untitled, but generally referred to as IV) and 1973’s follow-up, Houses of the Holy.

You can now preorder Led Zeppelin IV on LP, Deluxe LP, Super Deluxe LP, CD or Deluxe CD, and House of the Holy on LP, Deluxe LP, Super Deluxe LP, CD or Deluxe CD on Amoeba.com and they'll ship for FREE to the U.S. Both albums will arrive in stores October 28, 2014.

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New Fela Kuti Vinyl Box Set Announced, Curated by Brian Eno

Posted by Billy Gil, August 12, 2014 10:15am | Post a Comment

fela kuti box set vol. 3Knitting Factory will release their third set of vinyl reissues by Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti Sept. 29, assembled by Brian Eno.

This set will include the albums London Scene (1971), Shakara (1972), Gentleman (1973), Afrodisiac (1973), Zombie (1976), Upside Down (1976) and I.T.T. (1980). It will also include a 12-page booklet with an intro by Eno, song lyrics and contributions by Afrobeat historian Chris May, Pitchfork reports.

Vol. 1 of the Kuti sets was curated by The Roots?uestlove while Vol. 2 was curated by Ginger Baker.

Eno and Talking Heads famously used Afrobeat and Kuti as an inspiration for the classic Talking Heads album Remain in Light, which Eno produced. Watch Eno talk about his longtime enthusiasm for Kuti’s music in the video below:

Album Picks: FKA Twigs, Mirel Wagner

Posted by Billy Gil, August 12, 2014 09:53am | Post a Comment

FKA Twigs - LP1 (LP and Deluxe LP out 8/25, CD, Download)

fka twigs lp1FKA Twigs is the stage name of singer/songwriter Tahliah Barnett, who together with a team of some of the best producers working in pop music (Blood Orange’s Devonte Hynes, Clams Casino and Paul Epworth of Adele/Coldplay fame, among others) come up with one of the most brilliant debut records of 2014. What at first sounds like icy, alien R&B ends up feeling amorous, empathetic and intriguing to no end. Songs like “Lights On” at first sound not so out-of-time, fitting in nicely with the adventurous alt-soul stylings of The Weeknd or current Beyonce, but the songs are continuously chewed up and breathed back out into wondrous concoctions that bear little resemblance to anything else out there. Vocally, Barnett calls to mind someone working to effect change within the mainstream like Aaliyah once did as much as she does weirdos like Yma Sumac and Bjork (especially on the bold “Preface”), her airy voice warping into new dimensions yet latching onto reality on the touching “Two Weeks” and suddenly coming through clear as day as she pleads with sexual abandon through classic soul phrasings for a would-be lover amid analog-sounding robotic textures. As much as FKA Twigs is a product of a time in which introspective artists who allow for empty space to permeate their music are the norm, from The XX to How to Dress Well and James Blake, Barnett’s music feels more fun to listen to and not at all dreary, even if mostly downtempo. “How would you like it if my lips touched yours?” she suddenly entreats in the laser-streaked “Hours” and it’s hard not to think of some fantastical Janet Jackson comeback. “Video Girl” is more direct, asking “is she the girl from the video?” (Barnett has a background as a backup dancer in music videos) as Barnett goes on to prove she’s a lot more than that through stunning lead and layered vocals while the song’s lush, post trip-hop music sways and lurches sensuously. But “Pendulum” will no doubt be her entrée to most audiences, as the Epworth production literally knocks on your door with its stuttering beat and introduces a girl capable of delivering a Prince-level combination of heartache and confidence while keeping sly pop hooks on the backburner right until they’re ready to sizzle. It makes you happy to be listening to pop music in this day and age when something so exciting as this will bubble to the top.

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