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Review: Yeasayer Odd Blood

Yeasayer's 2007 debut, All Hour Cymbals, was the closest thing indie rock had come to world music since the Talking Heads released Fear of Music 20 years ago—a jittery blend of religious folk, West African polyrhythms, and synthesized experimentation. With Odd Blood, the Brooklyn trio has left behind its most obvious ethnic influences—and its environmental anxiety—for a tighter, more polished sound. Gone, too, is much of their debut's organic instrumentation. Read more » 

The Sight Below to Release Sophomore Album on Ghostly

Following the 2008 release of his debut album, Glider, the reclusive artist known as The Sight Below (a.k.a. Rafael Anton Irisarri) will release his follow up full-length of sullen guitar-based ambient sounds, the pessimistically titled It All Falls Apart. Read more » 

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  • 02/12/2010

Download: Eprom "Never"

Last time we checked in with San Francisco producer Eprom, he was hanging out with people like the Glitch Mob and contributing to crunked-up, heavy bass remixes of Lil Wayne that practically blew up our website. Now that 2010 has rolled around, it appears that Eprom has done a bit of growing up, as he's not only got a split 12" with Eskmo slated for release on Warp, but he's given us "Never," a mature slice of post-garage wonkiness that wobbles, skitters, and pulses its way through more than five minutes of genre-bending magic. The song appears on the about-to-be-released Never EP, the debut release on the Surefire Sound imprint, and also features a remix from New Yorker and XLR8R fave FaltyDL

Average: 7.2 (73 votes)
 
 

Shackleton Tours North America

Shackleton, eclectic producer and co-founder of Skull Disco, will embark on several North American tour dates in late February and early March. Culminating in San Francisco, the tour will find bass-loving Shackleton sharing stages with Eskmo, EPROM, and Kush Arora, guaranteeing many nights of sweaty, bass-throbbing abandon. Read more » 

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  • 02/12/2010

Watch Dâm-Funk Perform Live and Unplugged Just in Time for V-Day



You've got to imagine Damon Riddick (a.k.a. Dâm-Funk) to be the kind of guy who walks into a room and immediately sits down to play any instrument around him. That's just about the vibe you get when watching this video of an unplugged live performance of Dâm's Toeachizown track "I Wanna Thank U (4 Steppin' Into My Life)." Read more » 

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  • 02/12/2010

Download: Epstein Y El Conjunto "A Lost Animal (featuring School of Seven Bells)"

With ten years of music-making as Epstein under his belt, not to mention recent collaborations with Prefuse 73 and last year's full-length under his Helado Negro alias, Roberto Lange's latest album continues nicely along the aural pathway he has set for himself. "A Lost Animal" is indicative of this sound, featuring chattering vinyl samples, fuzzy syncopated synth lines, and complicated rhythms as influenced by hip-hop as they are by South American folk music. And with the soaring vocals of School of Seven Bells floating over much of the track, "A Lost Animal" is the perfect ear candy for a lazy afternoon. 

Average: 7.1 (48 votes)
 
 

Download: Archie Bronson Outfit "Shark's Tooth"

Label: Domino

The disco-punk aesthetics of former DFA associate Tim Goldsworthy are all over Archie Bronson Outfit's first single from their forthcoming third album, Coconut. With its bouncing disco bass riding over deep kicks and dry snares, the angular guitar melodies and pulsing synths of "Shark's Tooth" are given a lovely dancefloor energy, and the track's wistful vocals make it a certain indie-dance night floor-filler. 

Average: 6.3 (30 votes)
 
 

Review: Yura Yura Teikoku Hollow Me/Beautiful

Label: DFA

This 20-year-old Japanese trio's greatest liability is the psych baggage they're saddled with. On a major label in their own country, the band's previous releases were put out Stateside by Mesh-Key, a label run by Invisible Conga People's Justin Simon; Hollow Me/Beautiful finds the band on DFA for one of the label's most uncharacteristic releases. Their tenth album blasts off with smooth jazz saxophone rather than mega-fuzz guitar, and "Dekinai"'s two-note tremolo riff only sounds familiar in comparison—like someone dropped The Fall into an episode of H.R. Pufnstuf. Read more » 

Mike Ladd Returns With New Infesticons Slice

Jack of all trades Mike Ladd returns in April with the third installment of his Infesticons project, a musical vehicle aimed at combating "indifference and apathy." Combining hip-hop swagger with funk's intensity and punk's attitude, the Infesticons' Bedford Park features appearances from slam king Saul Williams, among others. Read more » 

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  • 02/11/2010

Ikonika and Cooly G Are Running the Game

It seems that the ladies of UK funky are truly bringing it in 2010, as April will see the Hyperdub release of Ikonika's first artist album, Contact, Love, Want, Have, and on top of that, Cooly G is now the subject of a television spot which you can view below. It's certainly refreshing to see some ladies riding the top of an explosive production wave that doesn't look like it's crashing anytime soon!

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  • 02/11/2010

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