Lil Wayne
“Tunechi’s Back”

“Tunechi’s Back” is off Weezy’s forthcoming mixtape, Sorry for the Wait, a sort of apology from Wayne because of how long it’s taking for his next studio album to be released. That album, Tha Carter IV, is expected on August 29 and is reportedly Wayne’s last. Wait, so no Tha Carter LXXXVII? FUCK.

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Lil B

“Bill Bellamy”

Lil B, as you might know, released a new album, and it’s called I’m Gay (I’m Happy). You can buy it on iTunes or download it free from Lil B himself. THANK YOU BASED GOD! Meanwhile, he’s got a new video called “Bill Bellamy,” which is definitely not on the album. Check it out.

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The Black Swans

“Joe Tex”

The Black Swan’s Jerry DeCicca prefaces most songs on Don’t Blame the Stars with a spoken word intro. “I’ve had sooo many favorite R&B singers.” he says early on the album. “Arthur Alexander, Percy Mayfield, Barbara Linn, Otis, Aretha, but for a long while now the one that’s been speakin’ me the most is Joe Tex. He’s a beautiful man and he’s here to help us. And this song’s for him.” Then “Joe Tex” bursts in with two distinctly Mr. Rogers-worthy chords, a fake out before settling into a more natural lite-70s vibe, very easy and smooth, the mode this style of folk music seems to thrive in. Other songs are dedicated to Roy Orbison and Prince. Nice! Don’t Blame the Stars is out now on Misra Records.

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Ellen Fullman


Ellen Fullman, who has worked with Barn Owl and released a split LP with Eleh, recently unveiled her debut full-length, Through Glass Panes, on Important. “Flowers,” an adaptation from Stratified Bands: Last Kind Words, was originally composed for The Kronos Quartet and features Fullman’s “Long String Instrument” (see above), which is, according to Important, “an installation of dozens of wires fifty feet or more in length, tuned in Just Intonation and ‘bowed’ with rosin coated fingers.” Hope she’s up for giving some private Long String Instrument lessons, because I’m about to IM her.

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Cliffie Swan

“California Baby”

Cliffie Swan (formerly Lights) have a new album, Memories Come True, out now on Drag City. Here’s the video for “California Baby.” Later!

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[Photo: Angel Ceballos]


“Groan Man, Don’t Cry”

As we reported thousands of years ago, Nick Zammuto has started a new band called Zammuto. The group plans to release songs as they record them, so what we have here is their second new track, “Groan Man, Don’t Cry.” Nick says the track’s organ theme is originally taken from a soundtrack he made for Achante - Lives of the Saints, a film about Haitian Voodoo that’ll hit the film festival circuit later this year.

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