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Boldy James – “Surf & Turf” (Feat. Vince Staples) Video

The Detroit rapper Boldy James has been making stark, dead-eyed street-life music for a long time now; we put him in our old Mixtape Of The Week column way back in 2012. A couple of weeks ago, Boldy James released The Price Of Tea In China, a truly excellent new album produced entirely … More »
Tags: Video, Music, China, Detroit, Vince Staples, The Alchemist, Boldy James, LoneWolf


Alice Bag – “Breadcrumbs”

Legendary West Coast punk Alice Bag released her debut solo album back in 2016 and followed that up in 2018 with Blueprint. This past December, she released a very good Christmas song called "No Gifts For Nazis," and now she's back and ready with another full-length, Sister Dynamite, which … More »
Tags: Video, Music, Alice Bag


Half Waif – “Halogen 2″

At the end of January, Nandi Rose announced her latest album under her Half Waif moniker. The Caretaker -- the followup to Lavender, one of the best albums of 2018 -- will be out in just about a month. So far, we've heard its lead single, "Ordinary Talk." And … More »
Tags: Video, Music, Half Waif, Nandi Rose


Jordana – “Crunch”

Jordana Nye is a 19-year-old musician from the Chesapeake Bay town of White Beach, Maryland. For the past couple of years, she's been making blurry, hooky, incisive bedroom-pop songs and posting those songs to SoundCloud and Bandcamp. These days, she's living in Wichita, Kansas, and she's put together a backing band there. Last … More »
Tags: Video, Music, Soundcloud, Chesapeake Bay, Wichita Kansas, Jordana, Jordana Nye, White Beach Maryland


THICK – “Mansplain”

THICK are releasing their debut album, 5 Years Behind, next week. The Brooklyn-based Band To Watch have shared two tracks from it so far, "5 Years Behind" and "Bumming Me Out," and today they're putting out another one, "Mansplain." It opens with 40 seconds worth of men's echoing voices … More »
Tags: Video, Music, Brooklyn, Thick


Why Bonnie – “Voice Box”

Why Bonnie is an Austin-based band that plays a woozy, dreamy brand of indie. Led by frontwoman Blaire Howerton, the group has been kicking around for a bit now, opening for the likes of Snail Mail and Beach Fossils. Now, Why Bonnie have announced that they've signed to Fat Possum and that their first EP … More »
Tags: Video, Music, Austin, Bonnie, Snail Mail, Fat Possum, Why Bonnie, Blaire Howerton


Kelly Lee Owens – “Melt!”

Kelly Lee Owens released her very exciting self-titled debut back in 2017. The London producer has popped up a few times since then, always doing something cool: She's covered Tegan And Sara and Aaliyah and remixed St. Vincent and Björk. She put out More »
Tags: Video, Music, London, Aaliyah, Bjork, St Vincent, Sara, Tegan, Kelly Lee Owens, Billie0cean


Gordi – “Sandwiches”

Back in the summer of 2017, Sophie Payten released Reservoir, her debut album as Gordi. Since then, she's collaborated with a handful of other artists and spent time finishing her medical degree. (I don't have these statistics on hand, exactly, but she's gotta be one of the only Artists To Watch … More »
Tags: Video, Music, Gordi, Sophie Payten, Justin Ridler


The Magnetic Fields – “The Day The Politicians Died”

It's now been more than 20 years since Stephin Merritt's Magnetic Fields released the triple-LP conceptual pop masterpiece 69 Love Songs. Today, Merritt and his group have announced another grand project: A quintuple LP made up only of short songs. This spring, the Magnetic Fields will release Quickies, the follow-up to 2017's even-bigger, … More »
Tags: Video, Music, Merritt, Stephin Merritt, The Magnetic Fields


Sorry – “Snakes”

It feels like we've been looking forward to Sorry's debut album for a long time. One of its highlights, "Starstruck," came out way back in November of 2018, the same year we named them a Band To Watch. The rollout really started last October, though, with the excellent "Right … More »
Tags: Video, Music, Sorry


Watch BTS Perform “ON” In The Grand Central Terminal On Fallon

At this point, BTS don't have to work to conquer America. It's done. That mission has been accomplished. They pack stadiums over here. But they just released the new album Map Of The Soul: 7 -- which, according to my esteemed co-worker Chris DeVille, is their White Album. (I don't know where that … More »
Tags: Video, Music, Jimmy Fallon, America, Bts, Fallon, Chris DeVille


Watch Caroline Rose Make Her TV Debut On Seth Meyers

Caroline Rose's live shows are so much fun. The Artist To Watch brings so much wild energy to the stage that her already appealing songs start to feel like works of genius. She's a born performer, and last night she got to perform in front of a national TV audience for the first … More »
Tags: Video, Music, Seth Meyers, Caroline Rose


Sing along to this peppy little ditty about the fundamentals of Alchemical processes

In some weird alternate fantasy universe, this song would to taught to school children so that they can memorize their Hermetic fundamentals. Image: YouTube
Tags: Post, Video, Music, News, Occult, Alchemy, Magick, Hermetic sciences


The bizarre 1976 Cat Stevens song and video, Banapple Gas

My friend Mark Casale and I were talking about Captain Beefheart last night (as we are often want to do) and were yucking it up over the surreal late-night TV commercial for the Beef's 1970 record, Lick My Decals Off, Baby (which I posted about last month). This prompted Mark to ask me if I'd ever seen the bizarre promo video for Cat Steven's 1976 song, Banapple Gas. I'd never even heard of the song. It was a track on Steven's ninth studio record, Numbers. Numbers was composed as a concept al...
Tags: Post, Video, Music, News, Weird, Wikipedia, Psychedelia, Folk Music, Chris Bryant, Steven, Mark, Stevens, Beefheart, Allan Scott, Mark Casale, Jzero


Watch Beyoncé Perform At Kobe & Gianna Bryant’s Memorial

Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna, along with seven other passengers, died in a helicopter crash last month. Tributes to the late basketball player have rolled out from the music world, at the Grammys and through songs and performances from Bad Bunny and Roddy Ricch. More »
Tags: Video, Music, Beyonce, Kobe Bryant, Kobe, Gianna, Gianna Bryant


Watch Conor Oberst & Phoebe Bridgers Play Production Assistants In Meet The Conan Staff

Meet The Conan Staff is a new mockumentary-style digital web series from the Conan writing team that purports to be a behind-the-scenes look at what goes on at the show. In its latest episode, rock stars and Better Oblivion Community Center partners Conor Oberst and Phoebe Bridgers play production assistants. Oberst is tryhard … More »
Tags: Video, Music, Conan, Conor Oberst, Phoebe Bridgers, Conan O'brien, Oberst, Better Oblivion Community Center


Field Works & Eluvium – “Dusk Tempi”

Stuart Hyatt has built a fascinating career for himself. As a National Geographic Explorer, Hyatt travels around, making field recordings of different locations, getting sonic records of both natural phenomena and the ambient sounds of human life. But Hyatt also releases music under the name Field Work, working together with musicians like Pantha Du Prince … More »
Tags: Video, Music, Hyatt, Pantha Du Prince, Eluvium, Anna Powell Teeter, Field Works, Stuart Hyatt


Momma – “Double Dare”

The two driving forces behind the Los Angeles band Momma, Etta Friedman and Allegra Weingarten, are going to college in New York and New Orleans, which means that, at least for right now, they reconvene in between semesters and communicate online to put together their twangy rock songs that have a fantastical edge. They released … More »
Tags: Video, Music, New York, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Momma, Momma Etta Friedman, Allegra Weingarten


Watch Ariana Grande Sing With Jim Carrey & Catherine Keener On Kidding

On the Showtime series Kidding, Jim Carrey plays a kids'-TV host who's dealing with his own personal tragedies. The show is in its second season right now, and last night's episode featured Ariana Grande, now one of the world's biggest pop stars, returning to her cable-TV roots to play a guest role. Grande More »
Tags: Video, Music, Ariana Grande, Showtime, Jim Carrey, Catherine Keener, Michael Gondry, Kidding


Watch Justin Bieber Cover Marvin Sapp’s “Never Would Have Made It” At Kanye West’s Sunday Service

Last year, Hillsong evangelical Justin Bieber said that he wanted to sing at one of Kanye West's Sunday Services, and today his dream came true. Bieber appeared at West's gospel day in Los Angeles this Sunday to cover Marvin Sapp's "Never Would Have Made It," as Billboard … More »
Tags: Video, Music, Los Angeles, Kanye West, Justin Bieber, Bieber, Hillsong, Marvin Sapp


Watch Rihanna Receive President’s Award At The NAACP Image Awards

Rihanna recently celebrated her 32nd birthday (happy birthday, Rihanna!) and she also recently celebrated receiving the President's Award at the 51st Annual NAACP Image Awards. In a rare public appearance, the pop star accepted her award at a ceremony last night to give a speech that highlighted her philanthropic causes -- she started the More »
Tags: Video, Music, Rihanna, Naacp, NAACP Image Awards


Who made and owns TikTok?

With 1.5 billion users, this makes TikTok the most popular social media app in the world right now, but who owns the short form video sharing app and is your personal information on the app safe? TikTok is the number one (non-gaming) app in the world, but the app largely remains a mystery to those outside of Gen Z. After the death of Vine in 2016, ByteDance were quick to fill the void with a similar short form video app, largely focused around lip-syncing. Chinese company ByteDance, ...
Tags: Video, Music, Technology, Safety, Parents, Children, Internet, China, Censorship, Social Media, Startup, Data, Sharing, App, World, Chinese


Watch James Hetfield Cover Eddie Money At Surprise First Performance Since Rehab

In the fall, Metallica postponed a tour of Australia and New Zealand so that frontman James Hetfield could enter an addiction treatment program. Late last month, Hetfield made his first public appearance since rehab at a Q&A for his Reclaimed Rust exhibit at the Petersen Automotive Museum in LA. And last … More »
Tags: Video, Music, Australia, La, New Zealand, Metallica, James Hetfield, Petersen Automotive Museum, Hetfield, Eddie Money, Watch James Hetfield


Perlee – “Charlie’s Song”

Perlee -- the Berlin-based duo formerly known as Pearly -- first caught our attention last fall, with their elusive debut single "Chain Of Coral." It was a promising first glimpse of the band, and it turns out we're going to hear more soon. Today, Perlee have announced that their first EP, Slow Creature, … More »
Tags: Video, Music, Berlin, Charlie, Pearly, Perlee


Rick Ross – “Season Ticket Holder” (Feat. Dwyane Wade, Raphael Saadiq, & Udonis Haslem)

Some basketball stars, like Shaquille O'Neal, attempt to launch rap-music side-hustles just as their NBA careers are taking off. But Shaq's former Miami Heat teammate Dwyane Wade has apparently decided to wait until two years after his retirement to attempt rapping. Wade spits a 16 on "Season Ticket Holder," the new single from Miami rap … More »
Tags: Video, Music, Nba, Rick Ross, Miami, Miami Heat, Shaq, Wade, Dwyane Wade, Shaquille O Neal, Raphael Saadiq, Udonis Haslem, Wade Raphael Saadiq


R.A.P. Ferreira – “Leaving Hell”

R.A.P Ferreira is Rory Ferreira, the rapper formerly known as Milo. A couple of years ago, after releasing the excellent album Budding Ornithologists Are Weary Of Tired Analogies, Ferreira announced that Milo was "officially finished" and changed his name. Next month, Ferreira will release Purple Moonlight Pages, the first album under … More »
Tags: Video, Music, Milo, Ferreira, Ben Clarkson, Rory Ferreira, Ruby Yacht, R.A.P. Ferreira


Listen to a 1980s teenager's Commodore 64 covers of Huey Lewis songs

It was hip to be square, even in 1986. Especially in 1986. Jma Mitch writes: As a teenager in 1985 and 1986, I used my trusty Commodore 64 and the "Music Construction Set" program to create computer versions of a slew of songs by the greatest musical artist of all time: Huey Lewis and The News. Only Huey songs, that was the only artist I did. I recently (Feb 2020) was able to access my 35 year old C64 disks, many of which survived, including the ones with the songs I'm uploading to ...
Tags: Video, Music, News, Commodore, 1980s, Huey Lewis, Huey, Chiptunes, Commodore 64, Heart Of Rock And Roll, Jma Mitch


JPEGMAFIA – “BALD!”

It's only been a few months since JPEGMAFIA released his latest album, All My Heroes Are Cornballs, but in the last couple weeks he's been using his YouTube channel as a repository for new material. Last week, he put up a very lo-fi cover of Mariah Carey's "Always Be My Baby" … More »
Tags: Video, Music, Mariah Carey, Jpegmafia


Madonna's "Justify My Love" with only Lenny Kravitz's backing vocals is excellent mutant pop

"Justify My Love" is a 1990 trip-hop tune by Lenny Kravitz and Ingrid Chavez with spoken vocals by Madonna and soulful humming and moaning by Kravitz. Someone mixed a version of the track sans Madonna and with Kravitz's vocals brought to the forefront and the result is a compelling piece of "outsider pop," as described by bil-sabab on r/ObscureMedia. image: transformation of chrisweger's original photo (CC BY-SA 2.0)
Tags: Video, Music, News, Madonna, Lenny Kravitz, Kravitz, CC BY SA, Remixes, Trip-hop, Weird Pop, Ingrid Chavez


Jessy Lanza – “Lick In Heaven”

The last time we heard from Jessy Lanza was way back in 2016 with her great sophomore album, Oh No. The Canadian musician is kicking things back into gear now, though, with a new single and tour. Today, she's sharing "Lick In Heaven," a beguiling dance wiggle that she co-wrote with her longtime … More »
Tags: Video, Music, Jessy Lanza, Jeremy Greenspan, Winston H Case



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