Blackbird Blackbird

•December 8, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Blackbird BlackbirdI’ve only recently stumbled across Blackbird Blackbird, but he’s been putting out music for a couple years now. Since 2010, Mikey Sanders has put out 3 albums, from his debut Summer Heart in 2010, Halo in 2011, and this year’s Boracay Planet. In addition to this, he’s pumped out a several singles and a free EP called Modern Disbelief. Sanders’ style is dreampop / chillwave, so if you like Washed Out, etc. then have a listen. You can preview / buy it all at his bandcamp page. A few highlights are below.





“Hawaii (Niva Remix)”


“It’s A War”


“Float On” (Modest Mouse cover)





Heems – Wild Water Kingdom Mixtape

•November 15, 2012 • 2 Comments

Heems from Das Racist dropped another mixtape this week, a follow up to Nehru Jackets from earlier this year. This one features production from Crookers (!), Keyboard Kid, LE1F, Mike Finito, Beautiful Lou, and others. It’s full of Heem’s lazy flow and signature wordplay, including humorous pop culture allusions and foreign references (“my bread big like that Pakistani roti”).  Here’s what Heems had to say about the mixtape to Rolling Stone:

Wild Water Kingdom is more [like] the music I listened to after independent rap, [in] 2001, when, like, The Blueprint dropped and I started appreciating mainstream rap again, and Dipset after. I fuck with shit like Meek Mill and French Montana, and this is more in the vein of what I listen to now.”

You can download it here or stream it below.

alt-J feat Mountain Man – Buffalo

•November 13, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Mercury Prize winners Alt-J have teamed up with Mountain Man for a track off the upcoming David O. Russel film Silver Linings Playbook soundtrack. Check it out below.

The Octopus Project – Whitby [Video]

•November 12, 2012 • Leave a Comment

The Octopus Project is an indie-electronic band out of Austin. This was that band that played with 2/3 of Devo at Moogfest 2010. Anyway, they’ve just released a single from their upcoming 2013 album, which will be the band’s fifth. The track is called “Whitby” and the video pretty bonkers. Here’s what the band had to say about it.

Created, shot and directed by the band, the stop-motion extravaganza was crafted entirely using die-cut colored card stock. Band members meticulously designed each shape in Photoshop then used a cutting machine generally reserved for scrapbooking to cut them out before photographing them in real world settings. The final video consists of over 4,000 separate images.



New Tame Impala Video Soon To Be Very Popular in Colorado and Washington

•November 8, 2012 • Leave a Comment


Black Keys / RZA / Others Collab For Tarantino Soundtrack

•October 23, 2012 • 1 Comment

On November 2, Quentin Tarantino will release “The Man With The Iron Fists”, a kung fu movie set in feudal China, starring and directed by…..RZA? Yeah, Wu Tang’s finest will be making his directorial debut. The film’s soundtrack features appearances from The Black Keys, Kanye West, Method Man, Freddie Gibbs, Ghostface, Method Man, Pharoahe Monch, M.O.P., Raekwon, and many others. Mr. RZA and the Keys got back together to a la Blakroc for “The Baddest Man Alive” and you can see the video of them fighting over a fortune cookie below. A couple of other tracks follow.

The Black Keys / RZA – “The Baddest Man Alive”


Method Man / Freddie Gibbs / StreetLife – “Built For This”


Ghostface Killah / M.O.P. / Pharoahe Monch – “Black Out”



Endless Summer Mixtape

•October 16, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Here is a mix to get ready for the fall. I missed posting a summer mix, so this has some songs from over the summer and some recent ones as well. Holler.

01 | Small Black – Despicable Dogs (Washed Out Remix)
02 | Django Django – Zumm Zumm
03 | Jagwar Ma – Come Save Me
04 | Menomena – Capsule
05 | alt-J (∆) – Ms
06 | CHVRCHES – Lies
07 | Django Django – Life’s a Beach
08 | Hacienda – Savage
09 | Janka Nabay and the Bubu Gang – Feba
10 | The Gaslamp Killer – Nissim (with Amir Yaghmai)
11 | Battles – White Electric (Shabazz Palaces Remix)
12 | Small Black – Two Rivers (ft. Heems of Das Racist)
13 | Theophilus London – Flying Overseas ft. Devonté Hynes & Solange Knowles
14 | Charli XCX – You’re The One (Odd Future’s The Internet ft. Mike G Remix)
15 | Le1f – Wut (5kinAndBone5)
16 | Swiss Lips – U GOT THE POWER
17 | Reptar – Please Don’t Kill Me
18 | Zulu Winter – Bitter Moon
19 | alt-J (∆) – Dissolve Me
20 | Lord Huron – Time To Run