Frank Nitt, of Frank-N-Dank, has a new EP on the way, Jewels in my Backpack (Delicious Vinyl). This first single isn’t very promising, though. “Go Girl”? OK… I’m not saying everything has to be mind-expanding, but this is just stupid.
Kenseth Thibideau has made his mark in post-rock and experimental rock with his bands Tarentel and Rumah Sakit, as well as touring with Pinback and Three Mile Pilot. His new solo release, Repetition, comes out on Temporary Residence this July, and you can listen to a pretty, slow-rolling track here.
Mos Def was reinvigorated with last year’s The Ecstatic, and the trend continues here with OG spoken word/hip-hop innovator Gil Scott-Heron. Download “New York is Killing Me” here, and just try not to clap along.
02. The Most Certain Sure
03. Wannagain Wannagain
04. Jamie, My Intentions Are Bass
05. Steady as the Sidewalk Cracks
07. Jump Back
08. Even Judas Gave Jesus a Kiss
09. The Hammer
Thanks for rapping over this this mariachi beat, Drake. But chill with the Autotune (you don’t need it… or maybe you do) and stop making songs that sound the same because they use the same formula (but still sound pretty good). Listen to “Miss Me” here.
Gold Panda, out of Essex, UK, has a new EP on the way called You (Ghostly International), and will hit the road with Health and Indian Jewelry next month. Check out the hypnotic title track from the EP here.
Some good new music out of Chicago – Light Pollution makes shoegaze-influenced swirling rock with a little bit of Animal Collective thrown in for good measure. Watch their video for “Good Feelings,” off of their forthcoming album, Apparitions (Carpark).
A-Trak’s new mixtape, Dirty South Dance 2, is now available for download today. Download here and turn your trizzy up.
It’s been three years now, and my monthly hip-hop column for Lostatsea.net has reached its 150th installment. Read it all here.
I did this piece on Common’s awful acting efforts in the new film Just Wright for SF Weekly. Already getting some pissy comments, so let me clear two things up: I never said this shit is some original concept I created, it’s been done by a millions mags and blogs, but it fits with the release of this new film. And yes, there are many rappers in Who’s The Man?, but Everlast is especially whack.
Read it here.