Death Grips
“Beware”

Death Grips, the Sacramento hip-hop group (which just so happens to feature drummer boy Zach Hill), have posted a video for “Beware,” the intro track to ExMilitary. The free, self-released mixtape made our list of favorite 25 albums of the year so far. Hear the full album here:

• Death Grips: http://thirdworlds.net

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks

“Tigers”

Stephen Malkmus, the Kemialliset Ystävät of indie rock, has another track to share. This one’s called “Tigers,” definitely the coolest cat in the Felidae family.

• Stephen Malkmus: http://stephenmalkmus.com
• Matador: http://www.matadorrecords.com

[Photo: Leah Nash]

Carol Kleyn

“Blackbird”

Next Tuesday, Drag City will reissue Carol Kleyn’s Love Has Made Me Stronger, a 1976 album that was originally sold directly from Kleyn and only on tour. Somehow, someway, her voice and harp skills have survived through 35 years of political and social bullshit (I’m in one of those moods) and has landed on the desk of Mr. Drag City himself. Finally: worldwide distribution.

• Drag City: http://www.dragcity.com

Max Tundra

“I Wanna Be Your Lover” (Prince cover)

Max, please let this Prince cover foreshadow things to come. I know you have it in you.

• Max Tundra: http://maxtundra.com/

Kurt Vile

“Baby’s Arms”

Kurt Vile’s second video off Smoke Ring For My Halo (TMT Review) is for the album’s intro track, “Baby’s Arms.” The video was directed by Todd Cole, who has done work for everyone from No Age and Charlotte Gainsbourg to Adidas and Britney Spears.

• Kurt Vile: http://www.kurtvile.com
• Matador: http://www.matadorrecords.com
• Todd Cole: http://toddcolephoto.com

FOOT (Thurston Moore, Jim Dunbar, Don Fleming)

“live @ Flywheel - Easthampton, MA 09.15.2001”

PHI-PHENOMENA, an annual festival whose goal was to have 10 bands perform within one hour, went down in New York (1996, 1998), Boston (1997), Minneapolis (1999), Los Angeles (2000), and Miami (2001). In September 2001, PHI-PHENOMENA ON WHEELS took the show on the road, as touring members traveled the country together in an RV and met up with local acts along the way. On September 15, the tour stopped by the Flywheel Arts Collective in East Hampton, MA, where Foot (Thurston Moore, Jim Dunbar, and Don Fleming) performed inside a Volvo using the car’s engine, horn, and radio as instruments. Hanging in the car with them were J Mascis and Tom Verlaine, as well as Jim O’Rourke, who played a solo on the car’s roof with a balance ball.

If you’d like to read more about PHI-PHENOMENA ON WHEELS 2001, Blastitude kept a diary here.

• Breathmint: http://breathmint.net

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