From Ze Weekend

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I shot this show on Palomino Island. I lost my wallet, and got really sunburnt. Also, I had fun. If you find my wallet please mail it to me.

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Sweaty gross sunburnt photo of me below by: @iamisser

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Kendrick

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Calvin

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Listen: Jamie XX ‘sleep sound’

jamie-xx-sleep-sound-01 Jamie XX recently released a new 12″ cut entitled “Sleep Sound.” It is reminiscent of some of the moodier tracks on the album that he did with Gil Scott Heron. Im’ super into it. Give it a spin:

 

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pretty little didy

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This video is nothing new (2007)… but I wanted to post it anyway. A friend of mine recently turned me onto it. The track is “What’s a Girl to Do” by Bat for Lashes. Sadly, this song is a bit of a deviation of her typical sound. I also wish that they could have done a little bit better than 360p for the video resolution. Just the same, I think that this song and video both rule.

 

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is from Yelawolf’s performance at the G-Shock “Shock the World” event Wednesday. It was decent. Good weekend, to all.

Lykke Li X David Lynch ‘I’m waiting here’ Video

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I came across this recently released video today by Lykke Li. Besides being a fan of hers, I was particularly struck by the strong desert imagery in the video. It actually reminded me of some of the locations that I snapped last November in southern NV. I’m not sure if it is nostalgia, or what. But the desert elicits a certain emotional reaction in me that is hard to describe. It is one that I really like.

Anyway, I love the song, and I love the vid. Peep it below

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Nowness on Rick Rubin

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Nowness ran a really cool piece earlier this month about Rick Rubin. Rubin is one of the original players in Def Jam records during the era of DMC and Beastie Boys. Says Nowness:

The mogul ruminates on living in harmony with nature, the importance of recreating its perfection in art, and the transcendental power of sound before leading us into a guided meditation, a practice he has followed since becoming fascinated with yogis as a teenager. His trademark beard, untouched since he was 23 years old, pays clear homage to their spiritual influence. The story of Rubin’s beginnings at Def Jam Records with Russell Simmons in 1984 from his New York University dorm room has become the stuff of legend. He has since become one of the most influential producers in the history of pop music, producing seminal hip-hop albums by artists such as LL Cool J, Run-D.M.C.

Peep the vid below:

Rick Rubin: Music and Spirituality
on Nowness.com.

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M83 ‘Wait’

I saw this video posted a few times over the weekend. So I watched it, and so should you. It is pretty incredible.

audio goodness– grand national

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Another British outfit this week. Grand National is a two man show with a pretty broad spectrum of sound. They have everything from repurposed ska tracks, to straight up club banger dance music. The track that I’m sharing falls somewhere in between. It is called “Talk Amongst Yourselves.” Check it.

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audio goodness– xx

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If you are like me, then you have been waiting with baited breath for The XX to release some new music for quite a while now. Their self titled (and first) album was released in 2009.I was pretty stoked to see this vid today from the forthcoming album “Coexist.” The track is entitled “Angels” and features only Romy’s vocals. Check it–

audio goodness– shins

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Last week I mentioned that I would be getting back to the basics, for a bit. This week we are chatting about the newish record from The Shins. I don’t have a lot of favorites of anything. But I dare say that The Shins are one of my favorite groups. I was very excited when the first couple of singles from “Port of Morrow” were released. Even though “Simple Song” (the first single released) is not one of my faves, I am very stoked on basically the entire rest of the album. The track that I’m sharing is “Bait and Switch.” Check it.

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rick ross

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Tuesday night alife held a private show to celebrate the launch of ‘Self Made Vol.2’. It is a collaborative album with other members of the Maybach Music group. I covered the event for Titel. These are a couple of my faves. Top: Rick Ross. Below: Wale.

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Stalley–

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audio goodness– santi

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Getting back to some staples this week and next with AG. Santigold released a new album in 2012 called “Master of my Make-Believe” and it is awesome. It reminds me a bit of MIA, minus the fraud. Anyway, I wrote about one of her tracks over here before. Also, let’s not forget the collab she did with Beastie Boys. The track I’m sharing today is called “Disparate Youth.” I love the high energy of this track because of the super high BPM. It balances out well with her mellow flowing vocals. Listen.

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Craft Spells are a relatively recent discovery of mine. But I have to say that I am really digging. As with several of the groups that I have shared on AG in the past weeks (ok, months.. I have been slacking), they have a very throwback late 80’s/early 90’s vibe. Some of their songs sound like Dead or Alive, others like Joy Division (albeit less depressing [if you don’t consider “depressing” to be an inherent quality of Joy Div. Okay, I guess I kind of do too]). Anyway, Craft Spells hail from the land of Curt (Kurdt) Cobian: Seattle. Check out this track from their album “Idle Labor.” It’s called “After the Moment.” Click this [BUTTON] to listen.

 

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slacking

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It’s not like I haven’t been busy. Because I have. Just a little too lazy to write on the interwebz re: what I have been up to. I know that there have been scads of first world humans out there waiting with baited breath for the next post. So– sorry, dudes. Anyway, John Mayer again last weekend. (above).

As if that wasn’t enough– JR threw up this piece on the High Line a block from my pad.

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And another shot.

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More meaningful words later, maybe.

audio goodness– hooray for earth

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Another golden band (dude) from New York= Hooray for Earth. They have been around for a few years, but I only recently discovered them. In my opinion it is the perfect mix of downtempo and electropop (if that is even a thing). Sharing the title track from the album “True Loves”. Spin it.