“Walmart and the Ghost of Jimmy Damour”

People, the new album by Skeleton$ (a.k.a. Skeletons, Skeleton$ Big Band, Skeletons & The Girl Faced Boys, Skeletons & The Kings of All Cities), is due in the spring next year via Shinkoyo. “Walmart and the Ghost of Jimmy Damour” is “dedicated to Jdimytai Damour, the Wal-Mart employee who was tragically trampled to death by the crowds at the annual ‘Doorbuster’ sale on Black Friday in 2008.”

• Skeleton$:
• Shinkoyo:

LA Vampires feat. Matrix Metals

“Make Me Over”

So Unreal, a collaboration between LA Vampires and Matrix Metals, is out now on Not Not Fun.

• Not Not Fun:

Bjørn Torske

“Versjon Wolfenstein”

Last week, Norwegian disco/house producer Bjørn Torske released Kokning on Smalltown Supersound. If you haven’t heard any good skranglehouse lately, well, shit, dude, you know what to do.

• Smalltown Supersound:



I’ve been to a ton of Chinatowns, and they all smell like shit, but they have the best food in the world, don’t they? Anyway, Destroyer’s new track “Chinatown” is off his forthcoming LP, Kaputt, due January 25 on Merge.

• Destroyer:
• Merge:

Chocolate Grinder Mix 41

“Hipster Hopscotch Vol. II”

As I explained in the first “Hipster Hopscotch” mix, my definition of what constitutes hip-hop may be a little broader than most. The more music I am exposed to, the more connections I make within its rich tapestry. Music history is itself a collection of influences, a result of continual hybridization that takes an instrument from here, a rhythmic idea from there, and constantly churns out fresh material. Even at its roots, hip-hop depended heavily on the recorded music of other genres (e.g., drum breaks lifted from funk, disco, and rock and looped indefinitely). As always, I hope this mix helps to spark a few more connections.

01. Nocando - “Exploits & Glitches” (Jimmy The Lock)
Start time: 0:00; Links: Alpha Pup - Nocando

02. Blockhead - “Four Walls” (The Music Scene)
Start time: 2:28; Links: Ninja Tune - Blockhead

03. Slacker - “Just As I Am” (Start A New Life)
Start time: 8:05; Links: Godlike & Electric - Slacker

04. Durlin Lurt - “Magic” (Him Jenson)
Start time: 12:57; Links: Leaving

05. Noah23 - “Faded feat. Ceschi” (Cool Like the Pulse of a Corpse)
Start time: 15:37; Links: Tabaka - Noah23

06. Free The Robots - “Select/Start” (Ctrl Alt Delete)
Start time: 19:49; Links: Alpha Pup - Free The Robots

07. Dem Hunger - “Mosque Vibrations” (Caveman Smack)
Start time: 23:30; Links: Leaving - Dem Hunger

08. Open Mike Eagle - “Garbage Man” (Unapologetic Art Rap)
Start time: 27:59; Links: Mush - Open Mike Eagle

09. Dan Le Sac vs Scoobius Pip - “Inert Explosions” (The Logic of Chance)
Start time: 32:12; Links: Sunday Best - Dan Le Sac vs Scoobius Pip

10. B. Dolan - “Earthmovers [prod. by Alias]” (Fallen House Sunken City)
Start time: 36:27; Links: Strange Famous - B. Dolan

[Artwork: Keith Kawaii]



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