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The Top Five Hip-Hop Albums We Want To Hear In 2014

By Clell Tickle; November 27, 2013 at 3:31 AM 

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The fine folks over at HipHopDX and Pepsi Pulse have run down their top five hip-hop albums that they want to hear in 2014. You can read the piece here.

We took a shot at our own list and then realized that it should be titled The Top Five Hip-Hop Albums We Probably Won’t Hear In 2014.

1. A proper follow-up to Madvillainy (DOOM + Madlib)
2. Black Star (Mos Def Yasiin Bey + Talib Kweli) – Black Star Aretha
3. Dr. Dre – Detox (we also welcome his album on the Solar System)
4. a new Wu-Tang Clan album (GZA’s Dark Matter has us equally excited though)
5. Action Bronson’s first major label studio album

What do you think? Let us know what hip-hop albums you’re looking forward to next year in the comments below.

BPM x We All Want Someone To Shout For: Official CMJ 2013 Showcase

By Evan Kaloudis; October 9, 2013 at 11:40 AM 

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We’re teaming up with our good friend Will Oliver from We All Want Someone To Shout For for an official showcase at this year’s CMJ. Next Wednesday (10/16) we take over the lower East Side’s Living Room for a night full of beer, dancing, and great music. Best of all, it’s entirely free.

10:00 ARMS
10:40 The Deloreans
11:20 Indian Rebound
11:50 Jalin Roze
12:25 The Head Monsters
1:00 Born Gold
1:45 Body Parts

DJ Sets between music from BPM’s Publisher / Editor-in-Chief Evan Kaloudis

WEDNESDAY October 16th, 10 PM
21+
FREE

RSVP ON FACEBOOK

Born Gold

Body Parts

The Head Monsters

Jalin Roze

Indian Rebound

The Deloreans

ARMS

Parquet Courts release teaser trailer for upcoming documentary

By Joshua Pickard; April 15, 2013 at 8:59 PM 

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Coming soon after the reissue of their recent album Light Up Gold, Parquet Courts are set to release a documentary entitled Light Up Gold Road Trip, directed by veteran filmmaker Andy Capper (Snoop Lion’s REINCARNATED, The Vice Guide to Libera), about the relatively quick critical rise of the band as they toured in support of that acclaimed record.  Covering time spent touring in Mexico, playing SXSW, and documenting Parquet Courts’ recent UK tour, the film presents the development and maturation (or lack thereof) of one of indie rock’s most captivating bands.  The full 30-minute film will premiere in a few days on April 17th via Noisey, but until then, you can check out a teaser trailer for the documentary below.

OutKast to ‘reunite’ on new versions of Frank Ocean’s “Pink Matter” and T.I.’s “Sorry”

By Evan Kaloudis; January 2, 2013 at 4:11 PM 

OutKast is back! Sorta.

Big Boi is set to appear on new versions of Frank Ocean and Andre 3000‘s Channel Orange collaboration, “Pink Matter,” and Andre’s new collaboration with T.I., “Sorry.”

Originally, Andre didn’t want an OutKast record of someone else’s album, but it looks like he’s had a change of heart. We should see the new version of “Pink Matter” next week. “Sorry” will follow.

Catch a preview of Big Boi’s “Pink Matter” verse and the two original songs after the break.
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Sufjan Stevens releases Christmas rap mixtape. Seriously.

By Ray Finlayson; December 11, 2012 at 1:57 PM 

Sufjan really likes Christmas, doesn’t he? Wrong – he loves it. If a further five volumes of Christmas music in the form of his Silver & Gold boxset wasn’t enough to tide you over for the year, Sufjan has put together a Christmas rap mixtape. It’s getting to the stage where even that sentence seems perfectly normal.

The nine-track mixtape – called Chooped and Scrooged – features the likes of Das Racist, Kitty Pride, and Busdriver rapping some lines over Sufjan’s festive music, with a few additional production guestspots from Deerhoof member John Dieterich, Oliver Blank, Fol Chen, and Son Lux. Stream and download the whole thing below and be sure to play it when your Grandma comes round on Christmas day.

In other Sufjan news, he’s got a new video out, courtesy of director Joe Baughman who has put together a charming stop-motion video for the candy cane-fuelled “Holly Jolly Christmas.” Rest assured, Sufjan looks great in animated form, and it might just be me, but the video recalls that one South Park episode where the kids make their own animated video and painstakingly change the mouths of the singing drawing in each frame. Watch it below, too.

Shout Out Louds announce new album, Optica

By Ray Finlayson; December 4, 2012 at 3:42 PM 

Entirely fitting the name of the song, “Blue Ice,” Swedish band Shout Out Louds released an extremely limited version of their last single where the record was made out of ice (seriously). The box (only ten made and given to a selected few) itself was a pristine thing, but the resulting ice record (which owners have to make and freeze themselves) was a tad scratchy. What do you expect I suppose. Watch a video for the ice box below, and listen to the track being played.

In slightly more significant news, however, the track and all it’s cool publicity (sorry), was part of a new album the band will be releasing via Merge next year. Optica will be released on the 26th February, and you can check out the tracklisting below along with some tour dates.

Optica

01 Sugar
02 Illusions
03 Blue Ice
04 14th of July
05 Burn
06 Walking in Your Footsteps
07 Glasgow
08 Where You Come In
09 Hermila
10 Chasing the Sinking Sun
11 Circles
12 Destroy

Shout Out Louds:

03-11 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
05-07 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
05-08 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
05-11 Boston, MA – Paradise
05-13 Montreal, Quebec – La Sala Rosa
05-14 Toronto, Ontario – The Opera House
05-15 Detroit, MI – The Magic Bag
05-16 Chicago, IL – Metro
05-17 Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theater
05-22 San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
05-23 Los Angeles, CA – El Rey

Baths to release song about butts for zine about butts

By Ryan Stanley; December 1, 2012 at 1:03 AM 

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Always wanted to 1) hear L.A. electronic musician Will Wiesenfeld (aka Baths) sing a song about butts and/or 2) read a 50-page zine dedicated to butts? Or, like me, did you never know that you wanted those things until this very moment? Either way you’re in luck, because every copy of Ahoy, Booty! Vol. 1 will come with a download of a new song by Wiesenfeld that will, in keeping with the theme of the publication, in some way revolve around butts. The zine also features butt-related work by artists and illustrators including Emily Partridge, Ryan Pequin, and Maré Odomo and will be shipped and released as a PDF download (along with the song) on December 20th.

Check out Baths’ recent collaboration with Groundislava, “Suicide Mission”, below, and pre-order the buttzine here.

Watch the zany promotional videos for Sufjan Stevens’ Silver & Gold

By Ray Finlayson; November 20, 2012 at 12:13 PM 

Mr Sufjan Stevens is no stranger to all things odd, strange, and off-kilter, but his new seven-part promotional video series might just take the biscuit. The clips, which you can watch below, present Stevens’ new Christmas boxset Silver & Gold as a law firm that specialises in suing Santa (Bob Loblaw, anyone?), a fictitious upcoming monster truck rally, a sitcom (complete with canned laughter), and (my personal favourite) a “Between Two Ferns” rip-off, “Betwixt Two Furs.” The clips, created by Stevens, Jeff Shoop, and Rosie Thomas (brought to life as her alter-ego Shelia Saputo) are dubbed as the “Friendship Slay Ride” series, and it might the best advertisement for things that don’t exist. At least you take in the five-volume boxset to fill you with that festive joy. Watch the clips below.

“Silver and Gold Informercial”

“Betwixt Two Furs”

“Monster Trucks”

“It’s Just Sheila”

“Law Office”

“Sheila Campaign”

“Friendship Sleigh Ride”

of Montreal seek funding for new documentary via Kickstarter

By Ray Finlayson; November 13, 2012 at 1:02 PM 

of Montreal are a busy band, and in a way, it comes as little surprise that they want to document all they’ve done. After two nights of filming by Craig Zobel following the release of Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?, director Jason Miller followed the band and filmed footage during their Skeletal Lamping tour. During this time the band uncovered some old videos, which is said to be the earliest footage of the band playing together. They’ve accumulated hundreds of hours of footage which dates back as far as sixteen years ago.

The Athens, Georgia band have now set up a Kickstarter page to help acquire funding for the digitization and release of a DVD of all this footage. The DVD–set to be called Song Dynasties–would be released next March should it reach it $75,000 target by next month. Fitting to their style, the band have plenty of zany rewards to offer. These range from a copy of the Song Dynasties on DVD (which comes in special, hand-numbered packaging), an exclusive vinyl album of unreleased four-track recordings, test pressings of previous albums, old VIP passes, a meet and greet with the band, the chance to dance on stage with a friend (after the band have dressed you up, of course), dresses worn by Kevin Barnes during live shows, and–I’m not kidding–the actual canoe from the “Coquet Coquette” video. Check out the Kickstarter video below.

Green Day frontman to enter rehab after festival tirade

By Chase McMullen; September 24, 2012 at 9:27 AM 

In case ya missed it, Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong had a bit of a fit the other day. More than a bit, you might even say. In a godly, “fuck this, fuck that” moment, Armstrong accused the promoters of iHeart Radio Festival of cutting his set short, unleashing his rage.

Since then, the band has apologized, and Armstrong has revealed he’s headed to rehab for substance abuse, according to the Associated Press.

The most confusing aspect of the story comes from what triggered it: at the time, Armstrong was angry over having only a minute left in his set, and in the video, it does indeed seem he’s being cut off too early. However, since then, the band’s “admitted” they weren’t cut short, despite all signs contradicting them.

Perhaps Armstrong was so clearly affected by whatever drugs he’d been taking, even during his pre-rant performance, that the organizers were forced to cut the show short. Previously, the word had been it was a decision to allow for more time for Usher.

Personally, I’m torn. The rant was a tad too “I’m a god, hear me roar!” based for my liking, but if he was in fact cut short, I almost can’t blame him. Besides, it provided us with the gem, for all time, “I’m not fucking Justin Bieber you mother fuckers!” Gotta love it. In a way, Green Day are behaving more like a punk band than they have in years. With all the attention it’s getting, it may even turn into a win.

In case you missed it, here’s the rant in all its glory: