Silly techno remixes of Bing Crosby singing "White Christmas" are all fine and good, but anyone within 10 feet of a newspaper knows the majority of the world isn't necessarily feeling cheery during the holiday season. Working with this idea and hoping to render a more accurate portrait of the 2008 Christmas season, Daniel Gill has selected a group of artists for Ill Stay 'Til After Christmas, where tracks tell several different sides of the holiday. Appropriately, Jimmy Tamborello's group, Figurine, offers up a breakup song, No Kids present "Another Winter in a Summer Town," and Au Revoir Simone are said to have fashioned a rather bizarre take on the classic "I'll be Home for Christmas." The compilation streets on December 2, with all proceeds going towards Amnesty International. Here's Le Loup's eerie version of the traditional number "Shenandoah." I'll Stay 'Til After Christmas 01 Au Revoir Simone "Christmastime is Here" 02 Le Loup "Shenandoah" 03 Figurine "The Holidays Behind Us" 04 Sally Shapiro "Anorak Christmas (Piano Mix)" 05 Arthur & Yu "My White Elephant" 06 My Brightest Diamond "Nature Boy" 07 Parenthetical Girls "Festive Friends (Forever)" 08 No Kids "Another Winter In a Summer Town" 09 Radar Bros. "Baby Jesus" 10 Blitzen Trapper "Christmas Is Coming Soon" 11 Man of Arms "It's Christmastime and Everything's Wrong" 12 Au "I'll Be Home For Christmas" 13 The Papercuts "Go Tell It On The Mountain" 14 Bosque Brown "Silent Night" 15 Turk Dietrich of Belong "Blue Christmas"
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DJ Signify's talent as a hip-hop producer isn't to be debated, given his infamous mixtapes from the mid-'90s, his spot in the legendary 1200 Hobos crew, and his work for Buck 65, Sage Francis, and the anticon. crew, but his latest release, Of Cities, is probably the best thing we've heard from him. He's still pushing his drum-heavy style, which is tight as ever, but he's also reeled in shades of glitch, new wave, Kraut-rock, and other genres for the tracks. Aesop Rock describing his nervous tic that involves whisting whilst he works adds a nice touch of humor to this track. Of Cities 01 "The Sickness" 02 "Low Tide ft. Aesop Rock" 03 "Interlude #1" 04 "Costume Kids" 05 "Delight to the Sadist ft. Matt Kelly" 06 "Interlude #2" 07 "Vanessa" 08 "Interlude #3" 09 "1993" 10 "Interlude #4" 11 "Sink or Swim ft. Aesop Rock" 12 "The Gods Get Dirty" 13 "Interlude #5" 14 "Bollywood Babies" 15 "Interlude #6" 16 "Hold Me Don't Touch"
Should you be perusing the new releases coming out of Motor City in search of something other than hip-hop and techno, it's worthwhile to check out Friendly Foes, whose Born Radical album is unabashedly steeped in pop and early '90s indie rock sounds. Originally a solo operation of frontman Ryan Allen, the project expanded over the last year to include bassist Lizzie Wittman and drummer Brad Elliot, and the self-proclaimed "power trio" has already shared a bill with The Walkmen, Jealous Girlfriends, Born Ruffians, and Cadence Weapon. Born Radical is available digitally right now, with a physical release to follow on January 13. Born Radical 01 Full Moon Morning 02 Get Yr Shit Together 03 Couch Surfing 04 My Body (Is A Strange Place To Live) 05 Breakfast Burritos 06 Get Ripped 07 Walk Home In The Dark 08 Epic Jamb 09 Wild (Once In Awhile) 10 Dying To Survive 11 Lil' Tiger 12 Criminal Justice 13 Rush The Land
Vinyl junkie Onra likes to combine the best of hip-hop and soul from the distant past with findings from his travels to places like Vietnam, from where he takes his ancestry. Having recently released two Tribute EPs, with Quetzal, and a globally-inspired second solo LP, 1.0.8., the Parisian beat-head now offers hip-hop with Eastern influences on a split EP, My Comet/ Shhhhhhh, as installment #7 of the All City Beatstrumental Series. “My Comet” starts off with a demented voice introducing a tickled electro-soul tune that features a subdued, harmonic chorus line running throughout a low-key beat. Only an enthusiastic radio announcer breaks this comfortably ambling groove. Lulu McAllister
While Canadian outfit Faunts put the finishing touches on its upcoming album, Feel.Love.Thinking.Of–due out early next year–you can enjoy the Paranomasiac remix of "M4 (Part II),” off the Faunts Remixed album. Paranomasiac (a.k.a. Nik from Shout Out Out Out Out) joins Mark Templeton, San Serac, Boy in Static, Cadence Weapon, and Faunts themselves, among others, in remixing the beautiful spacerock of the bands two original albums. “M4 (Part II) (The Paranomasiac Remix)” presents a cavernous space where the Batke bros' soft vocals share the spotlight with heavy, opaque synths, agitated rhythm guitar and double-time maracas. Lulu McAllister
Having graduated from Prefuse 73’s Eastern Developments label, Brooklyn-based producer Eliot Lipp founded Old Tacoma Records last year, and his new, 10-song Peace Love Weed 3D is the first offering from the label. The album began as tape-recorded sketches of drum machine and synthesizer before being cut up, re-sampled, and enhanced with additional samples and live instrumentation courtesy of Guitar Ron (who Lipp met in the subway station near his studio). The result is a varied instrumental exploration of electro-funk, acid, fusion, and Italo-disco sounds. On “Beamrider,” stripes of piercing retro synth rotate in, followed shortly by a low-key beat that provides a canvas for additional subtle electronic decoration. Photo by Tod Seelie. Words by Lulu McAllister.
Brooklyn-based outfit Parts & Labor’s fourth full-length, Receivers, cleverly incorporates the hundreds of diverse audio samples sent to them by fans in response to questions such as “What are you afraid of?" and “What do your parents sound like?”, which the band posted on their websites last April. Far from the discord of bleeps, conversations, and crashes this sort of endeavor has the potential to be, the album is a richly constructed, mature pop-punk creation. “Nowhere’s Nigh” is the anthemic single off this catchy eight-track noise-punk offering. Now on tour nationally, Parts & Labor has set up a toll-free number (888-317-5596) where fans can leave a message to be integrated into their live shows–call in to join the party. Photo by Tod Seelie. Words by Lulu McAllister
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