DZ Deathrays

 

Hey, here is a band you aren’t listening to even though you should.  Shane Parsons and Simon Ridley are DZ Deathrays and they are young and loud and angry about something (probably a lot of things).  The next time you want to turn your nice quiet get together into a a PCU style house party, throw this guy on.

Things I Missed This Year #2: Pulled Over By The Cops

Even though I do enjoy end of the year “best of” lists but you aren’t going to see any on this site because I simply don’t have the time or the energy.  What I will do is let you in on some of the cool songs, videos, remixes, etc that I missed over the course of the year. This is my “Things I Missed This Year” series.  Pretty intuitive right?

Back in February the track “Authority” materialized on the internet and I just ignored it, and not for any reason in particular.  Well I should have made the time because it turns out the track, credited to Pulled Over By The Cops, features some of my current favorite hip hop acts, Freddie Gibbs, Chip Tha Ripper, and the Cool Kids and apparently this isn’t just a one off project. The group, including Bun B. and production duo Blended Babies, are working on an album.  I’m almost glad I didn’t hear about it until now.  The suspense is already killing me.

 

Lana Del Rey – Born To Die

Lana Del Rey is a prime example of how quickly an artist can rise to fame based on just a little bit of positive, internet feedback.  On the strength of her two singles (“Video Games,” “Blue Jeans“) her debut album, Born To Die, is already one of the most anticipated albums of the year.  Now, we are finally getting a little more info about the debut album (including the title track), which will be out January 23rd.  Also, keep an eye out for the remix EP that will be out soon after featuring Damon Albarn, Clams Casino, and others.  Here “Born To Die” below.

(via Pitchfork)

Grimes – Oblivion

Here is the first single off of Grimes’ future LP Visions.  If you haven’t heard of Grimes you probably have some version of a large, tattooed hip hop artist.  Idiot, you could not be more wrong.  Grimes is the stage name of Claire Boucher and she is not only not a rapper, but she is blonde and also….wait for it….Canadian!  Listen to the track “Oblivion” below.

U2 Sucks But This Is Great

Jack White shows us, yet again, that everything he touches turns to awesome.  It is no secret that I hate U2 and when I say U2 what I really mean is Bono.  I hate Bono.  Sorry Edge.  Sorry other two guys who are too moderately talented to bother mentioning.  Boys, you are guilty by association.

I know a few of you don’t agree with my views but answer me this:  “If Bono doesn’t suck then why is there a website called bonosucks.org?”  Not just “.com” but “.org!”  Much more official.  Case closed.  Thank you internet.

Now this cover Jack White has done of “Love Is Blindness” is supposedly for a tribute album put together by Q Magazine to celebrate the re-released of U2’s Achtung Baby.  I, personally, believe that Jack White recorded this track to wipe that look of smug satisfaction off of that chin that Bono refers to as a face.  Mr. White, thank you for at least attempting to attach some balls to this forgettable U2 track.

(via Consequence of Sound)

Burial and Massive Attack – Four Walls

The UK has always exported fantastic electro acts and two of the best have teamed up.  New school, dubstep maestro Burial and trip hop demi gods Massive Attack are releasing a limited edition 12” single that will include the new track “Four Walls” and a re-imagined version of Massive Attack’s “Paradise Circus” that was featured on their most recent LP.  Listen to “Four Walls” below.  The song is huge and manages to mesh the best aspects of both acts.

(via Consequence of Sound)

The Asteroids Galaxy Tour – Golden Age (Justice Remix)

As we gear up for release of Justice’s Audio, Video, Disco LP, the follow up to their smash debut Cross, we can all tide ourselves over with their latest remix.  The French duo have taken a relatively wimpy track and really given it a muscular sheen.  Listen to the remix as well as the original below.

The Asteroids Galaxy Tour – Golden Age (Justice Remix)


The Asteroids Galaxy Tour – Golden Age

(via Some Kind of Awesome)

How to Fix A Bad Song

I am not a fan of Florence and the Machine and I don’t have a good reason.  They aren’t a bad band I just don’t see the point of listening to her stuff when there are other artists who do the same style better (Neko Case, Adele, Lykke Li, etc, etc).  That being said, Abel Tesfaye, better known as The Weeknd, has made me put aside my feelings for at least four minutes and forty seconds.  He has washed singer Florence Welch’s usually abrasively over the top vocals in some really grimey sonics.  It’s gorgeous and disgusting all at once.

Florence and the Machine – Shake It Out (The Weeknd Remix)

(via Pigeons and Planes)

CANT – Be Around

While his full time band, Grizzly Bear, is taking a break Chris Taylor has kept busy.  He has produced albums for Twin Shadow and Blood Orange and even released his first solo album under his CANT alter ego.  Now, he has given us one more little nugget from those sessions that didn’t make it on to the full length.  By little, I mean a seven minute banger that enlists the help of Twin Shadow’s George Lewis Jr.  Here it below.

(via Some Kind of Awesome)

Get the New Domo Genesis Mixtape

Odd Future’s resident purveyor of the herbal arts, Domo Genesis, has a new mixtape now available for download.  Download Under the Influence here and fade out.  Here’s the closing track “Benediction.”

(via Consequence of Sound)