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I was first introduced to DVS at Chaz Van Queen‘s apartment after we finished shooting the video for “Do You Like It.” The dude is a straight ball of energy, usually communicating through stream of consciousness. If you follow his Twitter feed, which I highly recommend, you can tell his mind pretty much never stops.
Much like his demeanor in conversation and on Twitter, DVS’ tracks have a hyperactive feel to them. The first leak off of his upcoming DVTV project makes no exception to this rule. The track titled, “Good Morning America,” is a fast two and a half minutes with two verses of a speedy delivery with a message. His lyrics seem dark and a bit apocalyptic and during the hook he apologizes for the truths he tells as he says, “I’m sorry I’m scarin’ ya…” The beat he raps over complements the lyrics perfectly with it’s dark and brooding feel.
I have to say that I am surprised with the dark feeling of the overall track since I have been accustomed to DVS’ comedic side, but I enjoy the added layer of his personality that he exposes here. He proves here that he is growing as an artist, and we should all enjoy his growing complexity. This track is real hip hop and just may be the best thing out to date. Listen/download/enjoy the track below…
Mad Decent just threw up this new Diplo track featuring Jahan Lennon titled “About That Life” for free and goddammit Diplo keeps making me sound like such a fan boy.
It doesn’t matter what style/genre he produces, it always comes out the exact opposite of shit. This track sounds like 60′s psychadelic flower child music and it completely works. It doesn’t sound cheesy, like he was trying out that genre just for the sake of it, he really felt it and produced a genuine 60′s hippie track.
Since everything Diplo touches lately seems to turn to gold, I’m naming him the future Godfather of any kids I happen to have.
BONUS: Before we could get just the song up a video was released for the track. It’s just as trippy as you’d expect. Enjoy!
Here’s a little teaser with some of the footage our friend Drew from RGB Video Productions shot during our first Bay Window Sessions show. Check out Dominic Angelella of DRGN KING as he soundchecks with the song “Holy Ghost.” There’s a cool shot of Lindsey’s dog, Fred, as well. We have the actual live performances coming to you soon.
(Not Shown: Emperor X, who also performed and blew everyone away)
Bonus: Chaz would also like to announce that his single “Bring Your Smile” will be available via iTunes this Monday and will include remixes by Knifeshow, Kalae All Day, Steel Tipped Dove, Gordon Voidwell, Tecla, Alfred Jenkins, and Fat Tony. Preview the track below:
It might have started to become crisp and cool in the mornings but that doesn’t mean your music taste has to change. Although, I’ll gladly welcome folk as my music staple for the fall. Here’s some sunny vibes to help you wonder how the hell this weather came so fast?
Pansy – Jungle Bodies A fantastic surfy instrumental from this Texan two-piece. From start to finish, yeow!
C’est La Mort – The Civil Wars The blog, Daytrotter has won the hearts of almost all indie music lovers out there boasting a humongous catalogue of acoustic sets and this Civil Wars track they did? The build is just so sweet, I had to include it.
Suffer – Southerly The beginning is a little like the first track, but with vocals. Krist Krueger’s lyrics are weighted and the drum roll creates quite the energy.
After reading the recent headlines about Hank Williams Jr. and the media debacle that happened last night with Monday Night Football, combined with many of the world events that have been going on as of late, a looming question has been at the forefront of it all.
It’s an understatement to say I misplace crucial items often, and yesterday proved to be a trying day.
If someone were to have come up to me and said, “Hey Lindsey, listen, I know you’ve been losing your mind lately but this new album by Cataldo will bring you a little sonic clarity at least,” then I probably would have hugged them..for a very long time. Sitting amidst my pile of albums to listen to, I stumbled upon Prison Boxing at a perfect and much needed moment.
Eric Anderson’s latest and third full length has definitely been a work in progress (three cheers for Kickstarter!). From the opening line of the very first track, “Lets begin at the end of a bad year, with bad things at my back,” immediately leads the listener into a heartfelt and wonderfully written album. Raw emotions are evoked through Anderson’s clever diction, detailing the close of a meaningful relationship. Sometimes those walls feel too small and we must break them down with relentless hyper-awareness and fluid expression, sometimes that’s in the form of writing.
And I can really fucking appreciate that.
“Cash on the Barrel” is an honest singalong jam (much like the entire album) that reminds me of The Decemberists and the nasally-yet-comforting vocals of Ben Gibbard from Death Cab. Another standout track, “Things You Need to Know,” stands as a checklist for a slipping love, reminding them of the important role they play in the other’s life. Finally, “Reach Out and Touch Someone’s Hand,” is a fantastic closer for the album (remember when I talked about tracklisting?) that’s contagiously uplifting, quickly cracking the corner’s of your mouth into a smile.
As a music lover I wish I could give you guys the entire album for free but as a blogger, I have a responsibility. Cataldo is generously handing out track, “Rock of Calvary,” for free which should already be enough of a reason for you to grab the entire album.
I implore you to make this purchase because today, Prison Boxing drops and you won’t be disappointed.
In general, live loops are hard to execute and even more difficult to sound decent, but Yellow Ostrichand tUnE YarDs have this science down pat.
Every piece of Yellow Ostrich‘s debut record ”The Mistress” is a pretty sweet listen. If you get a chance to see them live, trust me – it’s also worth it. Even though, some songs air on the quiet folk side, singer Alex Schaaf has this rad ability to build the energy throughout the track. Enjoy some smooth vocal loops in their recently released video for “Whale”, one of my favs.
In the September 19th issue of The New Yorker, critic Sasha Frere-Jones described tUnE YarDs as having “one of the most significant records of the year.” It’s hard to disagree, “w h o k i l l” is a tight album all the way through. Like Yellow Ostrich, front woman Merrill Garbus is more than excellent to see live.
If you’re local here in NYC, you can try to bribe your way into their show tonight at LPR . But good luck, its been sold out for a while. Check their performance on Yours Truly a few months back. (music begins after interview at 1:35)
I honestly can’t even describe the experience that has consumed the past 6 days of my life. To tell you what Coachella was like… you just need to live it. And if you try to do that day-time shit I implore you to spend some time on the campgrounds, that’s the real experience .
This place was an absolute playground for my eyes and ears. From the crazy and interesting (as well as interactive) art creations set up throughout the park or the multiple stages and tents to roam from, I was completely entranced. I knew I wasn’t going to make most of the acts I had hoped to see but I caught the entire experience. And honestly, I felt bad for the acts who had the earlier time slots – that desert heat is no joke.
I did catch a ton of different stuff (and plan to even more next year..). One of my most favorite places was the Do Lab which featured a ton of DJs just throwing down set after set in a crazy, open-air tent. The vibe was incredible and really fun inside.
The question I get most? ”Did you see Kings of Leon?” For fuck’s sake…no. I actually saw Crystal Castleskill it instead. I heard some rumor’s about the lead singer and that doctor’s advised her against the show(?). Who knows but it was an incredibly set especially after seeing Skrillex earlier in the day basically dumping on Coachella. They played a ton of songs but I’d say “Baptism” had just about everyone in the crowd going nuts, especially with the blacked out tent and the crazy lights.
Also caught most of Sleigh Bells which was fantastic..as much as I was afraid of them sucking since their new found hype over at MTV and all those god damn commercials. When “Tell ‘Em” came on..well, the Mojave went insane. Those heavy electric saw-sounding guitars are just perfect for the ridiculous sound system set up. They were a great warm-up to The Chemical Brothers and their madness. They killed Friday night hands down. I checked out Flogging Molly for a tad but the light show over at Chemical Bros just called me over and that was that.
I was excited to see Freelance Whales. Bands like this I’d prefer to see them at smaller, more intimate venues but shit, this was Coachella man so I had to deal. Plus, afterwards was Foalsand Two Door Cinema Club. These guys were just cute and played great..it was hot as hell but we were all singing along. I heard great things for Foals’ live show and was not disappointed. They went hard, a bit harder then I even expected. The lead singer dove straight into the crowd off like a 10 foot cabinet..insane. And my guys Two Door? Killed as well. I was on top of shoulders for this one, can’t quite remember the entire set but damn it was packed! I was with a few irishmen who were dying for their boys.
Sunday was pretty rad as well ( just like every other day). Saw a bit of Jack’s Mannequin although I was absolutely dying of the heat at that point so it almost was a bit miserable.
Two words though…BARBARA STREISAND.
Duck Sauce was a lot of fun to watch in the Sahara and the inflatable duck was a fun feature. After that I booked it over to the Mojave to check out Ratatat who were pretty phenom. The duo was shrouded in darkness while an incredible light show was going on all around them. Obviously I loved it.
I’m pretty disappointed I missed Empire of the Sun..but I ate up Paul Van Dyk’s set in the Sahara Tent. That was absolutely insane. The lights man..THE LIGHTS. With a set like PvD’s…I’m sure his new album slated to drop this summer will be something big. The crowd created some of the most intense energy I saw over the weekend and I was dancing non-stop during that set..even had to head over to the Do Lab to cap off.
Other then that..saw Cee Lo absolutely fail and be a drama queen. And Kanye? Yeah..I want to say he was ok. I’m one of the people who was hoping he’d bring out some awesome random onto the stage for a collab but no..it was the “Kanye-show,” which was totally expected. Interesting stage I have to admit. Other then that, I had an amazing time catching a ton of shows and DJ sets, meeting new people and camping under the desert sky.
Keep in mind, I’m not telling you who was hot or who was not..this was my experience, feel free to live vicariously through it.