Switching things up a bit today with a video for AG. I posted a one of BBC’s videos on Ear Full of Gold, last year. It from from their 2011 album, “A Different Kind of Fix.” They have already released a couple of singles in 2012. I came across this video earlier this week, and love it almost as much as the one that I posted on EFOG. Check out Bombay Bicycle Club’s “Beg,” below:
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.
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.
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.
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.
And another shot.
More meaningful words later, maybe.
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.
It has been a little over a week since MCA passed away. I have seen some very cool tribute art over the past several days. I thought I would share some of my favs. The image above is by none other than Shepard Fairey.
In the UK, AROE put up this burner, spinning off of the “License to Ill” album art. So Dope–
Last, but not least, is this “Gratitude” piece that Team Entree put up in MCA’s home boro of Brooklyn.
I had to throw in this photo from like 2008 or 2009 (long enough ago that I still thought it was a good idea to watermark my stuff, hahahah). It was at the LRG holiday party and Mick Boogie was DJing. Why is that relevant? Because Mick just put out a ridiculously cool Beastie Boys mix to commemorate the rock hall of fame induction. I pulled a quote from Hypebeast:
In honor of the Beastie Boys being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last week… I thought it’s finally the right time to do a Beasties mixtape. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time… something people have asked me to do for a long time, actually… but I wanted it to mean something. Now, it’s finally the right time.
I present to you Grand Royal. 80 minutes of my favorite Beastie Boys rarities, remixes, demos, live versions, out-takes, and more. If you’re a Beasties fan, I guarantee you find something new and exciting on this mix!
Here is one of the tracks from the mix “Dope Little Song.”
You can download the whole mix over here.