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So Fresh, So Clean: New Music from Radiohead, Jean Grae and Washed Out

21 Jun

I don’t know what it is — maybe it’s the summer solstice, maybe it was just a good week in music — but I was feeling a lot of new tracks this past week. As a matter of fact, there was so much new stuff out there that I liked that I had a hard time narrowing down my list for today’s post. But I did, and I now present to you this week’s roundup of musical hotness.

Radiohead, “Staircase” (Live From the Basement)

Yesterday evening Radiohead released a video of a live performance of the brand new song “Staircase” on YouTube. The performance is an excerpt from the band’s live session for the British TV program From the Basement, which is the creation of “sixth Radiohead member” Nigel Godrich. This tribal, trance-inducing track features drummer Clive Deamer playing alongside Radiohead percussionist Phil Selway (yep, double drummers). The session will air July 1.

Jean Grae, “Casebasket”

Here’s why lady MC Jean Grae deserves the utmost respect: on this new joint she shouts out Tampax, marzipan, scrabble and the “Rudy Huxtuble dance” all while spittin’ the hot fiya over relentless snare and bass. Basically, she’s the truth. You can download the track (from the forthcoming mixtape Cookies or Comas, out Thursday) via RCRD LBL.

P.S. 50 points to those who know which Cosby Show episode inspired the Rudy Huxtable dance.

Washed Out, “Amor Fati”

It’s only fitting that chillwave darling Washed Out would release a proper debut full-length during the warm months, what with mastermind Ernest Greene’s proclivity to lo-fi, summer-fantasy-inducing synth pop. This hazy cut comes from Washed Out’s upcoming album Within and Without, out July 12 on Sub Pop. Makes me reminisce about 11-year-old me swaying to Depeche Mode in my sunny peach bedroom. Download the track via Pitchfork.

Portishead and ATP, ATP I’ll Be Your Mirror London Mixtape

Honorably mention to Portishead this week for the mixtape they curated with All Tomorrow’s Parties to promote the upcoming London I’ll Be Your Mirror event, which will feature all of the folks on the mix. High points include the moody opening featuring Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Portishead, the Books’ “A Cold Freezin’ Night,” Doom’s “Gazzillion Ear” (love the Hadron Collider shout out!), Foot Village’s “Lovers With Iraqis,” and the wind down with Caribou and Beach House.

Got a new song (released or posted in the last week) you’re excited about? Leave a comment and tell me about it.

Video: Erykah Badu Jams with My Morning Jacket

1 Jun

Because the glorious holiday weekend/family visit all but derailed my blogging momentum and I have so much to do/catch up on in general, I’m going to keep it simple today with a few videos I found through Pitchfork of everyone’s favorite soul sistah #1, hereafter known as Erykah Badu, performing with much-loved psychedelic Kentucky rockers My Morning Jacket.

Yeah, this happened. And it sounded pretty epic.

First up is a professional clip of the crew covering “Wordless Chorus” with Badu DEMANDING attention in a space-desert-cowgirl getup that only she could pull off.

Second we have a fan video of the gang covering “Tyrone” with all sorts of jammy, soulful abandon.

I don’t know about you guys, but this is just what I need to get through the rest of this post-Memorial Day, way-too-hot-too-already week.

Songs for a Weekend Apocalypse

21 May

According to Christian radio broadcaster Harold Camping, the beginning of the end of the world starts today. But instead of selling all my belongings and heading to a mountaintop, I thought I’d put together a quick playlist for the end times.

Here’s what the apocalypse sounds like to me:

Montage, “Wake Up, Jimmy (Something’s Happening Outside)”

Kicking things off with the not-so-well-known closer on the sole album by ’60s Baroque pop band Montage (also not well-known, but GREAT). Recorded smack dab in the middle of the Cold War, this jaunty tune is actually about the dropping of an atomic bomb. I suppose it doesn’t hurt to think happy thoughts while your flesh is burning.

David Bowie, “Five Years”

Obvious choice from Bowie’s magical Ziggy Stardust years. One of my favorite songs of all time, and one to surely belt out while watching a rising mushroom cloud.

Kate Bush, “Breathing”

I’ve been discovering Kate Bush little by little over the last few weeks and I’m steadily becoming fascinated with her. She’s just so damn ballsy and artsy! “Breathing” is another Cold War era joint — it appeared on Bush’s hit 1980 album Never for Ever — but unlike the Montage track, this song is quite melodically dark. I love how Bush blends murky, impressionistic soulfulness with her lyrical take on the aftermath of nuclear war.

Wu-Tang Clan feat. Isaac Hayes, “I Can’t Go to Sleep”

Rousing strings from the Isaac Hayes sample + Ghostface Killah and RZA’s anguished delivery + rhymes dripping with conspiracy theories and hopelessness = one powerful f***ing song.

TV on the Radio, “No Future Shock”

No world (or not much of one) after today? TVOTR says we might as well dance about it. I agree.

That’s gonna do it for my shortlist. So tell me, what’s on your end of days mixtape?

Danger Mouse/Daniele Luppi Album Out Today

17 May

Rome album coverRome, Danger Mouse and Italian composer Daniele Luppi‘s spaghetti western-influenced collaborative album is out today, and they’ve got an impressive accompanying 3D video for the album track “Black,” which features Norah Jones on vocals. The short film, titled “3 Dreams of Black,” is an interactive, cinematic experience viewable on Google Chrome. Check it out here.