Circuit des Yeux Reaching for Indigo

[Drag City; 2017]

Styles: free
Others: Jessica Pratt, Karen Dalton, Meredith Monk, Heavens to Betsy

“The world wants an oath
but all you can say is
a promise to take up space
I can only promise to take up space”

– “Brainshift”

To Live and Shave in L.A.’s Tom Smith organizes 69-track compilation Approach to Fear: Regeneration, feat. Wolf Eyes, Aaron Dilloway, Andy Ortmann, many more

To Live and Shave in L.A.’s Tom Smith organizes 69-track compilation Approach to Fear: Regeneration, feat. Wolf Eyes, Aaron Dilloway, Andy Ortmann, many more
Spooky-limited cassette edition of Smith's mega-comp out this Halloween.

Halloween is almost here, and this year, we all have something truly spooky to be afraid of. I’m of course talking about the proverbial FOMO, because this year’s All Hollows’ Evening brings with it a massive, super-limited new compilation from To Live and Shave in L.A.’s Tom Smith called Approach to Fear: Regeneration, and while that title may sound like the 15th direct-to-video iteration in a forgotten 90s slasher franchise, that’s not actually the scary part!

Cherry Glazerr “You can’t help but intellectualize some of the stuff that you’re doing, but it’s a nice practice not to.”

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“You can’t help but intellectualize some of the stuff that you’re doing, but it’s a nice practice not to.”

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Although they’ve carved out a unique niche for themselves in the indie community and further solidified their singular take on riff-driven rock music with 2017’s Apocalipstick, Cherry Glazerr aren’t a group to rest on their laurels.

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Young Thug and Future drop surprise mixtape Super Slimey, ACCORDING TO THE PRESS RELEASE

Young Thug and Future drop surprise mixtape Super Slimey, ACCORDING TO THE PRESS RELEASE

“There were no rumblings, internet chatter, or hype. They don’t need it. Instead, two of Atlanta’s most influential and prolific titans holed up in the studio for a handful of days and turned up with the 13 tracks comprising SUPER SLIMEY.”
– press release

From the press release:

Destroyer ken

[Merge; 2017]

Rating: 2.5/5

Styles: pop Romanticism
Others: Destroyer

When you listen to ken, you’ll think of “the 80s.” While it’s easy to evoke that period with instrumentation, it’s more difficult to do so with what you might call “a sensibility.” Sure, ken has a lot of synths, but so did Your Blues.

Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile Lotta Sea Lice

[Matador; 2017]

Styles: indie rock, folk rock
Others: Car Seat Headrest, Big Thief, Angel Olsen

Collaboration is a vital element of rap music. Whether to further affirm the friendship between a pair of MCs or to simply reap the benefits of two lucrative rappers’ combined star power, hip-hop frequently revels in the camaraderie of a shared bill. But in rock & roll, artist alliances are far more precarious: so fine and capricious is the line between genuine artistic symbiosis and insipid, money-hungry tripe.

SOPHIE shares herself in the video for new song “It’s Okay to Cry,” to debut new live show next week

SOPHIE shares herself in the video for new song "It's Okay to Cry," to debut new live show next week

In an interview with Billboard many memes ago, SOPHIE said, “The music is not about where someone grew up or what they look like against a wall therefore you should try to use every opportunity available to say what you’re trying to say instead of saying here’s my music and this is what I look like. Nobody cares.” SOPHIE’s new video, however, flies in the face of her previous comment.

Open Mike Eagle Brick Body Kids Still Daydream

[Mello Music Group; 2017]

Rating: 4.5/5

Styles: lowercase raps, how to kill a roach with a boat shoe
Others: Busdriver, billy woods, milo

There’s a thin line between being underground and keeping your head in the sand. As the world of rap expands, its margins necessarily become more far-flung; amidst the genre’s expansion beyond the confines of a singular identity, its warring factions have increasingly defined themselves against, rather than alongside, one another. In refuting the notion of mainstream appeal, the personality and idiosyncrasies of the artist take priority — a victory for the individual, but also an easy path to excessive self-indulgence.

Erykah Badu-curated vinyl box set of Fela Kuti recordings coming in December from Knitting Factory

Erykah Badu-curated vinyl box set of Fela Kuti recordings coming in December from Knitting Factory

Happy f-ing holidays, readers.

High priestess of neo-soul, activist, and holistic healer Erykah Badu has just been announced as the next in a series of artists to personally curate a vinyl box set of recordings by the legendary Nigerian musician, public figure, and political activist Fela Kuti. If you’ve yet to be introduced to Kuti’s discography before, fear not, as this collection comes with specific instructions for the listener, straight from the curator herself:

Machine Girl …BECAUSE I’M YOUNG ARROGANT AND HATE EVERYTHING YOU STAND FOR

[Orange Milk; 2017]

Styles: VR survival tactics, cyber-punk, happy//hardcore
Others: Lil Ugly Mane, DOOM, Death Grips, Rampage: World Tour

How is anybody supposed to deal with the daily horror that we’re subjected to these days? The level of violence that we’ve become accustomed to is terrifying. Every morning promises to present something even more sickening and death-bringing than the day before. The abusive, prejudiced mechanics of our society have become so tightly woven together that, even now, in a time when our insidious, pervasive behavior is more pronounced than ever, we have never felt more powerless. What can we do to stop this? Will things really get better?

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