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Thursday, July 31, 2008

new lykke li video :: "breaking it up"

I'm travelling to Chicago today for Lollapalooza, but when videos of Lykke Li busting new dance moves surface, rest assured that I'll still post them:

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j. tillman x aquarium drunkard



J. Tillman is now an official member of Fleet Foxes, but we'll always remain partial to his solo stuff, which we've been fans of for a long, long while here at GvsB. So we were glad to hear that our good friend Aquarium Drunkard has just made Tillman's woefully underappreciated discography available digitally for the first time, via his Autumn Tone label. Tillman's entire catalog is worth checking out, but I recommend starting at the beginning with Long May You Run... and working your way up; here's a track from that one:

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j. tillman :: my waking days

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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

we make it good vol. 04: xxxchange



The already stellar We Make It Good mix series just stepped its game up, courtesy of our favorite producer of the last year or so, Spank Rock's XXXChange. Vol. 04 features amazing artwork (as has come to be expected from the We Make It Good people), and an eclectic and tasteful 43-minute mix consisting of xxxchange's favorite film score jams. I just found my travel soundtrack for this weekend's trip to Lollapalooza. (via)

mp3:
xxxchange :: we make it good vol. 4 (100 mb)

Full tracklist, complete with musings from xxxchange, after the jump...

1. Lattice of Coincidence/Acid intro (Repo Man 1984)

2. Kenny Rogers & the First Edition – Just Dropped in(to See What Condition My Condition Was in)

featured prominently in 1998’s "The Big Lebowski," where the Coen brothers made a music video of sorts out of it.

3. Isaac Hayes -Three Tough Guys (End Theme)
"Three Tough Guys Original" Soundtrack (1974)

4. Henry Mancini - Police Woman (theme)
This is the theme music for a television show of the same name which aired from 1974-1978 and later inspired the hit show "Charlie’s Angels"

5. The Rolling Stones - Gimmie Shelter
Usually featured at least once in every Martin Scorcese movie ever made, as many as three times in "the Departed?" (2006)

6. Ben Charest – Bellville Rendezvous
this is the main theme for "les Triplettes of Bellville" (2003) one of my personal favorite movies as the two main themes are A.Music created with household objects and B.Cycling

7. Tangerine Dream – Love on a Real Train
Most memorably featured in 1983’s "Risky Business" but also appeared recently in "the Squid and the Whale" (2005)

8. (reprise) London Symphony Orchestra – Gimmie Shelter

9. Harry Belafonte – "Day-o"
featured along with another excellent Belafonte cut "Jump in the Line" in Tim Burton’s "BeetleJuice" (1988)

10. Daniel Johnston - Mountain Dew
From the 2005 documentary "The Devil In Daniel Johnston"

11. Mohammed Rafi – Jaan Pehechan-Ho
from the classic 1966 Bollywood musical "Gumnaam," also featured with this footage from the original movie in the opening sequence of "Ghost World" in 2001.

12. George Baker – Little Green Bag
Reservoir Dogs (1992)

13. The Plugz – El Clavo y la Cruz
Repo Man (1984)

14. John Wayne interlude (Repo Man 1984)

15. Curtis Mayfield - “Short Eyes/ Free Free Free”
"Short Eyes" Original Soundtrack (1977)

16. "Blush Response" Interlude (Bladerunner 1982)

17. Peter Gabriel "In Your Eyes"
Prominently featured in 1989’s "Say Anything," where John Cusak plays this song for some lady, then later, does sex to her in the back of a car.

*18. Vangelis – Blush Response *
Bladerunner original soundtrack (1982)

19. Jan Hammer – Crockett’s Theme
Originally Composed by Mr. Hammer for the tv series "Miami Vice" in 1987

20. Air – Alone in Kyoto
I suspect this was actually composed for the 2003 Sofia Coppola film "Lost in Translation," then later released on their 2004 "Talkie Walkie" LP. been wrong before though!

21. "Bill Murray" interlude
(coffe and cigarettes)

22. The GreeneHornes ft. Holly Golightly – There is an End
I felt obligated to include at least one song from a Jim Jarmush Movie on this mix. "I Put a Spell On You" (stranger than Paradise) seemed like it might be too obvious so I chose, instead this wonderful song from "Broken Flowers" (2005)

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new video/mp3 :: The Streets - "the escapist"

Here's the new video for The Streets' contemplative new jam, "The Escapist" -- taken from his upcoming Everything Is Borrowed LP -- in which Mike Skinner takes a walk to the beach. Download the mp3 here.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

new m83 video :: "kim & jessie"



Here's the new video for M83's '80s roller-skating jam "Kim & Jessie," aka the best song from his latest LP, Saturdays = Youth. More importantly: anybody know where to cop those tight Nike Dunk high top skates?



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new old A Tribe Called Quest :: "scenario" (unreleased version)



Well, this made my day. Unkut has unearthed an unreleased version of one of my favorite hip-hop songs of all time. This version of A Tribe Called Quest's "Scenario" features unheard verses from De La Soul and Black Sheep. As Nah Right puts it, "it's not everyday that something with this kind of historical significance pops up."

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a tribe called quest :: scenario (unreleased)

(via)

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Monday, July 28, 2008

buy the walkmen's you & me now for $5



In what is perhaps the deal of the year (SO FAR), the Walkmen's ridiculously good new album, You & Me, is available now -- in advance of its August 19 official release date -- for only $5 here. I know, you already downloaded the leak, but this is for a great cause, as all of your 5 bucks will go to the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, as part of AmieStreet.com's "Download to Make a Difference" campaign. From the press release:
"All donations go to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in honor of Luca Vasallo, a friend to the band and a current patient who is seven months old and doing a great job fighting a very difficult disease," said Peter Bauer of The Walkmen. "This is a very good organization that certainly deserves the attention."
So yeah, you're getting one of the best albums of the year in glorious 320 kbps mp3 format, and helping kids with cancer, all for only 5 bucks. You're sort of a jerk if you don't do this.

mp3:
the walkmen :: the new year

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p.s. I also recommend pre-ordering You & Me here in limited-edition 180-gram red vinyl. EDIT: Use coupon code 10youandme at checkout for 10% off.

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new clipse :: clipse presents: re-up gang



imeem.com has the premiere of the new Clipse/Re-Up Gang album, which drops next week. Listen here. You can also download the acapellas from the record and submit your own versions to their "Remix the Re-Up" contest:

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clipse presents : re-up gang acapellas (67 mb)

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new takeaway shows :: lykke li + el perro del mar

Here are a few wonderful new Takeaway Shows, featuring lovely Swedes Lykke Li + El Perro Del Mar. I only know this song from that one sample Rza used on Enter the Wu-Tang, but this is pretty great (I guess Lykke and Sarah have been closing their shows together with this one). Shot in San Francisco by the Cameraphonic crew:

Lykke Li + El Perro Del Mar :: "After Laughter (Comes Tears)":



El Perro Del Mar feat. Lykke Li:: "Somebody's Baby":



Lykke Li :: "Dance Dance Dance":



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La Blogotheque guys also posted up a bizarre video of Sebastien Tellier playing "Divine."

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blog radio :: july 28 + sirius & xm merger approved by FCC

After well over a year of opposition and posturing from assorted douchebags, the FCC has finally approved the Sirius-XM merger (f*** you, Clear Channel). Hopefully this bodes well for our weekly GvsB Sirius radio show, which gains nearly 10 million potential new listeners. This week's show airs today at noon + midnight EST on Left of Center, featuring new stuff from the Walkmen, Diplo x Santogold's Top Ranking mixtape, Karl Blau, Gang Gang Dance, Fight Bite, and more. You can listen right here, for free. Full playlist for this week + some mp3s after the jump...

gorilla vs. bear sirius blog radio :: july 28

1. Santogold x Diplo :: Guns of Brooklyn
2. Santogold x Diplo :: Starstruck (Diplo remix)
3. Santogold x Diplo :: Lights Out (Diplo's Panda Bear mix)
4. Grizzly Bear :: Blackcurrant Jam
5. Department of Eagles :: In Ear Park
6. The Walkmen :: The New Year
7. Gang Gang Dance :: House Jam (xxxchange remix)
8. Vivian Girls :: Where Do You Run To
9. Lykke Li :: Breaking It Up
10. Grouper :: Heavy Water/I'd Rather Be Sleeping
11. Grouper :: Stuck
12. Erykah Badu :: The Healer
13. Fight Bite :: Widow's Peak
14. Girls :: Lauren Marie
15. Bodies of Water :: Gold, Tan, Peach, and Grey
16. Kid Cudi :: The Prayer
17. Kid Cudi :: Day N Nite
18. Clipse :: Grindin
19. The Walkmen :: Four Provinces
20. Karl Blau :: Mockingbird Diet
21. Cass McCombs :: Deseret
22. White Denim :: Sitting
23. Gentlemen Jesse and His Men :: You Don't Have To
24. El Guincho :: Abejitas
25. Madvillain :: Never Go Pop
26. Madvillain :: Monkey Suit
27. Ghostface Killah :: Whip You With a Strap
28. Grizzly Bear :: Colorado

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Sunday, July 27, 2008

nature's got away



Karl Blau is an extremely prolific guy, and yet, like many of my other favorite lo-fi singer-songwriters (see Cass McCombs and Chad VanGaalen), he remains somewhat unfathomably underrated. I was a fan of his psych-folk ode to Winnie the Pooh author A.A. Milne that dropped earlier this year, and he keeps the jams coming with his new LP, Nature's Got Away. Our friends at Said the Gramophone call the new one, "a weird album, with teeth and feathers and amplifiers. Bits of Harry Nilsson, the Zombies, Spoon, Smog..." and that pretty much nails it. Here's "Mockingbird Diet," the album's centerpiece, and one of the best things Blau has ever written:

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karl blau :: mockingbird diet

Nature's Got Away is out in September on the great K Records. Stream the whole thing here.

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unrelated:

A little Italian girl's acapella cover of White Denim's "Sitting":



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Trash Menagerie has a fun new mix from Nick Catchdubs.

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Saturday, July 26, 2008

grizzly bear vs. dre & snoop

Someone at the AtEase forums pointed this out...I knew those keys sounded familiar:





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And in case you missed this, the band just posted it up for download on their website:

mp3:
grizzly bear :: two weeks (live on letterman)

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Friday, July 25, 2008

wolf parade :: live in dallas

Wolf Parade played a room with a mechanical bull in Dallas last night. And while their latest record never really grabbed me immediately in the same way that Apologies to the Queen Mary did, the new material (especially the Dan joints) took on a markedly more raucous life on stage, and really sounded incredible. "Fine Young Cannibals" and "California Dreamer" were especially tight. Here are some pictures:

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wolf parade :: call it a ritual
wolf parade :: language city











[photos by david]

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free download :: diplo x santogold's top ranking

Okay last time I post about this: Santogold and Diplo's new mixtape is now available for free download (and only one short week after I ordered it). At least now I have a full-size physical copy of that sweet pixelated lion. Anyway, great summer jams, you can't beat free, etc.



mp3:
diplo x santogold :: top ranking: a diplo dub .zip

I guess "free" was a limited-time offer.

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Thursday, July 24, 2008

clipse announces new album :: till the casket drops



Till The Casket Drops is slated to be the first record released by the Clipse under the duo's new deal with Columbia, and features an as-yet-untitled collab with Rick Rubin, as well as production from Pharrell and others. Billboard says Till The Casket Drops is out in November, but it doesn't say what year, so I wouldn't hold my breath. (more)

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new grizzly bear mp3 :: "two weeks"


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Grizzly Bear performed this new Ed Droste + Chris Bear-penned jam last night on Letterman. "Two Weeks" is definitely on the "sunnier"/"poppier" end of the spectrum as Droste promised, and after watching it 3 or 4 times last night, that piano melody was still lodged in my head when I woke up this morning. If it doesn't sound quite as transcendent as "While You Wait for the Others" upon first listen, then listen again. Anyway, between both of the recently unveiled new songs, I don't think I could be any more psyched to see them at Lollapalooza next weekend. EDIT: Here's the video.

mp3:
grizzly bear :: two weeks (live on letterman)

(via)

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previously:

mp3:
grizzly bear :: while you wait for the others (live on kcrw)

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free download: murs & 9th wonder :: sweet lord



More free hip-hop, this time courtesy of Murs & 9th Wonder. Not sure why it's "presented" by a surf company, but I'm listening now, and it's well worth free:

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murs & 9th wonder :: sweet lord .zip (48mb)

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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

madvillainy 2: the box


madvillain :: madvillainy 2

Oh man, this looks so awesome. Sure it's 125 bucks, but you get a lot of cool shit. Stones Throw is "manufacturing based on pre-orders," so cop it now. If that's a little steep for you, you can buy Madvillainy 2: The Madlib Remix now exclusively through Stones Throw's new webstore for only $9.99. I'm sure some won't be happy with a re-working of one of the best albums of the decade, but I bought mine today, and I already feel comfortable calling it the best hip-hop release I've heard all year.

mp3:
madvillain :: never go pop

Check the Madvillainy 2: The Madlib Remix cover art and track listing after the jump...



1. Pow! (Intro)
2. No Brain
3. Pearls
4. Light of the Past
5. Boulder Holder
6. Borrowed Time
7. Space Ho's Coast to Coast
8. Invazion (Interlude)
9. Drainos
10. Fire in the Hole
11. Heat Niner
12. Monkey Suit
13. Fluid (Instrumental)
14. Can't Reform Em
15. Redd Spot (Interlude)
16. Running Around with Another
17. Butter King Jewels
18. Sermon
19. Roller Coaster Riders (Instrumental)
20. 3.214
21. Confucius Spot (Interlude
22. Never Go Pop
23. Savage Beast
24. Cold One
25. Cold One (Reprise)

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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

new el guincho :: Folías cd-r


el guincho at gorilla vs. booze 2008

Many were pretty bummed about El Guincho's recent tour cancellation, and rightfully so; the guy hasn't played many shows here in the states, and his one-man tribal baile carnival live show is indeed pretty rad. Next best thing, then: our friend Cristian from Barcelona cd-r label Discos Compulsivos/LUV LUV sent over El Guincho's rare (not to mention, totally sold out) Folías cd-r. Enjoy the sunny melodies and the calming tropical vibes:

mp3:
el guincho :: abejitas

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Discos Compulsivos/LUV LUV has more great stuff coming soon. And since Folías is sold out, after all, the label wants you to have the whole thing for free:

mp3:
El Guincho :: Folías cd-r (31 mb)

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Monday, July 21, 2008

new animal collective :: "lion in a coma"

Here's a new Animal Collective song, performed live on Saturday at the Pitchfork Music Festival. Not my favorite new jam of theirs -- that would be "Brother Sport" -- but "Lion in a Coma" will likely appear on the band's next LP (which, according to Avey Tare, definitely won't be coming this year):



EDIT: AC also played a tripped-out psychedelic version of Panda Bear's "Comfy in Nautica."

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the wackness mixtape



Finally saw The Wackness this weekend, and while it was only a slightly above average film with a couple of really solid performances -- namely, Olivia Thirlby and Josh Peck -- it was definitely elevated by the classic hip-hop soundtrack, and it ultimately ended up resonating with me because of the basic premise and era (seventeen-year-old kid comes of age in the summer of '94, says "dope" a lot). Anyway, here's the official movie soundtrack mixtape, featuring the likes of Nas, Biggie, Tribe, Wu-Tang, and more, mixed by the great D-Nice. Recommended for anyone that grew up on early to mid-'90s East Coast hip-hop:

mp3:
d-nice :: the wackness official movie soundtrack mixtape (33 mb)

Via So Much Silence. Full tracklist after the jump...

The Wackness Official Movie Soundtrack Mixtape

1. Intro (Heath Brothers - Smiling Billy Suite)
2. Nas - One Love
3. The Notorious BIG - The What Feat. Method Man
4. Lou Reed - Walk On The Wild Side
5. A Tribe Called Quest - Can I Kick It
6. KRS-One - I Can’t Wake Up
7. Stanley Turrentine - Sister Sanctified
8. BDP - My Philosophy
9. Black Moon - How Many Emcees
10. O.C. - Time's Up
11. Craig Mack - Flavor In Ya Ears
12. Group Home - Supa Star
13. Biz Markie - Just A Friend
14. Freddie Scott - (You) Got What I Need
15. Wendy Rene - After Laughter (Comes Tears)
16. Wu-Tang Clan - Tearz
17. Ahmad Jamal Trio - I Love Music
18. Nas - The World Is Yours

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new fight bite :: "widow's peak"



I received the disarmingly lovely debut LP from Denton's Fight Bite over the weekend, and I haven't been able to turn it off since. I was already fond of their hauntingly sad "Swissex Lover," but as I drove around last night listening to Emerald Eyes with the windows down, I was reminded of the feeling I had the first time I heard Beach House's debut nearly two years ago. Jeff Louis + Leanne Macomber have created an ideal autumn record: gorgeous hazy reverb-heavy bedroom pop that is often at once warm & inviting and totally heartbreaking. Take a listen to the first mp3 from the album, which the band just made available for free download:

mp3:
fight bite :: widow's peak

Fight Bite's Emerald Eyes is officially out October 28, but the duo will play a CD release show this Saturday (July 26) with Darktown Strutters at the Chat Room in Fort Worth, and they have an in-store lined up at Good Records the following weekend. Not only is this my favorite "local" release of the year thus far (regardless of local media types' misguided attempts at creating imaginary backlash), but I'm fairly certain that this will be up there with Dragging a Dead Deer... and You & Me as the albums of the fall of '08.


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Hieroglyphics in Dallas, TX :: July 18 (more)

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Saturday, July 19, 2008

new Dilla Ghost Doom :: sniperlite 12"



I've been waiting impatiently for this for the last month, and now that it's finally here, it doesn't disappoint. Head over to Stones Throw's brand new web store (still in beta, so don't mind the bugs) to cop the digital Sniperlite 12", featuring two lost, unheard Dilla/Ghost/Doom joints from their 2005-6 recording sessions. And since the two songs "are taken from two sequential songs off Donuts, meant to mix together," you also get the two songs mixed as a bonus track . Only $2.97.

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Friday, July 18, 2008

new M.I.A. + Santogold. :: "get it up"



This should make all of those "santogold = m.i.a." detractors' heads explode. Santi and Maya teamed up with Radioclit (and Gorilla Zoe, and some elephants I think) to record a track called "Get It Up," which eventually made its way on to Top Ranking. You can stream it now here.

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On a completely unrelated note, it's been a minute since I posted any straight up, vintage power pop up in here, but this song from Atlanta's Gentleman Jesse has steadily grown on me since I found it a couple weeks ago. Get the record here:

mp3:
gentlemen jesse and his men :: you don't have to

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Thursday, July 17, 2008

hieroglyphics in dallas



Just a friendly reminder that the Hieroglyphics crew performs tomorrow (Friday) night at Dallas' own Granada Theater. Hope you can make it. Souls of Mischief will be in the building, hopefully with some new jams from their highly anticipated upcoming Prince Paul-produced record in tow. I used to watch this video on Rap City every day after school back in the day:



mp3:
souls of mischief :: cab fare (unreleased version)

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new santogold x diplo:: "guns of brooklyn"


santogold + diplo @ sxsw 2008 (photo)

More from that Santogold + Diplo mixtape that just dropped: Santi offers up her dubby top rankin' rendition of the Clash's classic "Guns of Brixton." Listen at Mad Decent space, then order Top Ranking: A Diplo Dub here, because based on what I've heard so far, this thing is ridiculous. EDIT: Here's the mp3, courtesy of the Fader:

mp3:
Santogold x Diplo :: guns of brooklyn

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a kid named cudi



Cleveland's Kid Cudi is the latest in the impressive line of dudes releasing free mixtapes these days (e.g., the Cool Kids, Wale, Izza Kizza, PRGz, etc.), and after a few cursory listens, his A Kid Named Cudi might be my favorite of that bunch. It finally dropped last night, and here are a few highlights: Cudi deftly rides one of Dilla's weirdest beats on "Cudi Get," and on "The Prayer" -- which segues perfectly into Cudder's stoner anthem "Day N Nite" -- producer Plain Pat utilizes a Band of Horses sample some (all) of yall might recognize:

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Kid Cudi :: Cudi Get
Kid Cudi :: The Prayer
Kid Cudi :: Day N Nite

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Download A Kid Named Cudi in its entirety for free at Cudi's website, or right here:

mp3:
Kid Cudi :: A Kid Named Cudi .zip (70 mb)

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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

new clipse video :: "fast life"

Here's the video for Clipse's "top 5 summer jam" (I guess by default), "Fast Life." I suppose that Storch beat is growing on me a little, but let's not let it happen again guys, alright? Alright. Also, I'm pretty sure Pusha T is rocking a Beckham jersey. (thanks OnSmash)



mp3:
clipse :: fast life

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Kanye debunks claims that he has a "ghost blogger" by posting photos of himself blogging. Good enough for me.

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tellier vs. boys noize



Sebastien Tellier's Sexuality finally drops in the U.S. next week, but for some reason it's available "exclusively at AA stores." Eh, I'm sure you can find it digitally somewhere. Anyway, I was going to post this remix solely as an excuse to post that cover art again, but as it turns out, it's actually pretty good:

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sebastien tellier :: l'amour et la violence (boys noize remix)

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bodies of water :: daytrotter session


bodies of water :: sxsw 2008

Bodies of Water hooked up with our friends from Daytrotter in Austin, TX, during SXSW back in March. The results, including two new songs from the band's glorious upcoming A Certain Feeling LP, are stellar, and can be downloaded here. And in case you missed it, here's the epic opener from the new record, which Secretly Canadian recently made available for free download:

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bodies of water :: gold, tan, peach, and grey

L.A. people: hit up Bodies of Water's CD release show at the Echo this Thursday night.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

diplo x santogold: top ranking



Top Ranking, a new 75-minute mix from Diplo + Santogold, is out now, and features tons of unreleased Santi/Diplo jams, as well as stuff from Ratatat, Cudi, Three 6 Mafia, xxxchange, Benga, and more, a la Piracy Funds Terrorism. If this tracklist is accurate (it's wikipedia, why wouldn't it be?), this is going to be unreal. I mean, "Lights Out (Diplo's Panda Bear Mix)"??!

EDIT
: here are a couple of new remixes -- from Diplo and Grahm Zilla of Thunderheist -- that don't appear on Top Ranking (via Mad Decent):

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santogold :: starstruck (Diplo remix)
santogold :: l.e.s. artistes (grahm zilla remix)


Buy Top Ranking here.

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Our boy Will from imeem just finished up the latest installment of his excellent Keys to the City feature (this one featuring Philly's finest) and he's really outdone himself this time. Head here for tons of unreleased/exclusive stuff from Mad Decent and the Okayplayer/Roots crew.

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new video: fonzworth bentley :: "everybody" featuring andre 3000, sa-ra, and kanye west



Presenting the "Cool Outrageous Lovers Of Uniquely Raw Style." 3 Stacks kills it as usual (via Yeezy). Watch it after the jump...


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announcing: fun fun fun fest 2008



Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest 2008 will take place November 8-9 at Waterloo Park in the heart of downtown ATX, and as a little teaser, our homies from Transmission Entertainment revealed just a few of the confirmed acts (apparently the ones that start with "D"). The lineup is off to a nice start: Deerhoof, Dan Deacon, and reunited punk legends the Dead Milkmen, with more to be announced in the coming weeks.

mp3:
deerhoof :: +81

The fest is also doing its best to keep it green and local, promising discounts for people that roll up on bikes/mopeds, bike valets, and tons of local food/booze/clothing vendors. As we've mentioned previously, FFF has quickly become one of the most enjoyable festivals in the world, and if last year's lineup is any indication, you don't want to miss this year. More soon...

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new m.i.a. something :: "real pirates of the caribbean"


watermelon hoodie by M.I.A.

Apparently M.I.A. was dead serious about that whole "quitting music to concentrate on fashion and art" thing. Head over to her website to check a looped film of some sort that Maya made called "Real Pirates of the Carribean," starring a kid named Okley Leslie. I'm pretty sure it's essentially just a commercial for her new clothing line (which looks just like her website in t-shirt form), but it's oddly hypnotic for some reason, and the song in the clip is badass:

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G Force :: Feel the Force (feat. Ronnie Gee & Captain Coe)

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Monday, July 14, 2008

lying in the sun

"His backbeat is set by '90s-era 'dusty fingers' beats and breaks. There's a touch of that 'post-Dilla off-kilter drum programming.' But his music's similarities to traditional hip-hop end there..."--Stones Throw on Koushik



New from Stones Throw: Koushik has a new record called Out My Window coming out in September, and the label calls it "a swirling, reverb-drenched creation schooled by Phil Spector's 'wall of sound' and colored by a palette of flutes, harpsichords and mellotrons." The first single is "Lying in the Sun," a blissfully sunny '60s-leaning psych-pop gem that (despite the huge drums) is definitely more Spector than it is Dilla, and it kind of sounds just like summertime:

mp3:
Koushik :: Lying in the Sun

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pack moves



Stereo Image is San Serac and Johnny Dark (formerly of Junior Boys). These guys are on some "2 step Robert Palmer vision of tomorrow's light rock" (their words), which is just another way of saying their vibrant electro-pop is classy as hell. This track, taken from the duo's upcoming debut full-length, finds San Serac validating all those lofty "'80s David Bowie" comparisons:

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stereo image :: pack moves

Stereo Image's S/T is out in September. Listen to a couple more LP jams at their myspace.

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dizzee rascal, humbly rocking a dizzee rascal shirt

Our friends at the Hood Internet take the most wistful, dreamy track from Cut Copy's In Ghost Colours, kill that whole pensive/melancholy Fleetwood Mac vibe, and with Dizzee's help, flip it into a jam about, uh, y'know:

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dizzee rascal vs. cut copy : strangerole (windskool)

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house jam



XXXChange extends his unprecedented Ian Kinsler-esque hitting streak with this gangster new remix of Gang Gang Dance's upcoming single, "House Jam." Sounds like Karen Dreijer getting down in the club with Timbaland, only with more guitars:

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gang gang dance :: house jam (xxxchange remix)

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The original version of "House Jam" will appear on GGD's Saint Dymphna LP, which is due out in October on Social Registry, and sounds pretty damn awesome (and how about that cover art?).

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new radiohead video :: house of cards

"I liked the idea of making a video of human beings and real life and time without using any cameras, just lasers, so there are just mathematical points -- and how strangely emotional it ended up being." --Thom Yorke


thom's laser-generated love interest

That camera-free Radiohead video I talked about back in May is finally here, and it's pretty spectacular. Watch it now:



Watch the fascinating "making of" after the jump, and you can also "download the data" and do stuff I will never understand with it...


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sirius blog radio :: july 14

Our weekly GvsB Sirius radio show airs today at noon + midnight EST on Left of Center. New stuff this week from the Walkmen, Department of Eagles, Music Go Music, Flying Lotus, Grouper, and more. You can listen right here, for free. Full playlist for this week + some mp3s after the jump...

Gorilla vs. Bear Sirius Blog Radio :: July 7

1. The Walkmen :: Donde Esta la Playa
2. The Walkmen :: In the New Year
3. The Walkmen :: The Rat
4. Chad VanGaalen :: Willow Tree
5. Cass McCombs :: Not the Way
6. Daniel Rossen of Grizzly Bear :: Deep Blue Sea
7. Grizzly Bear :: While You Wait for the Others (live)
8. Grizzly Bear :: Colorado
9. Department of Eagles :: No One Does It Like You (demo)
10. Department of Eagles :: In Ear Park
11. Daniel Rossen of Grizzly Bear :: Too Little Too Late (JoJo Cover)
12. Patto :: Tell Me Where You've Been
13. White Denim :: All You Really Have to Do
14. Bodies of Water :: Gold, Tan, Peach, and Grey
15. Music Go Music :: Light of Love
16. Music Go Music :: Explorers of the Heart
17. Q Lazzarus :: Goodbye Horses
18. Pnau :: Embrace feat. Ladyhawke (Miami Horror + Fred Falke remix)
19. Souls of Mischief :: 93 'til Infinity
20. Paper Route Gangstaz :: Rollin (DJ Ayres remix)
21. M83 :: Kim & Jessie
22. Flying Lotus :: Robo-Tussin (feat. Lil' Wayne)
23. Erykah Badu :: Real Thing feat. Re-Up Gang (Tumbling Dice remix)
24. Kid Cudi :: Is There Any Love (feat. Wale)
25. Grouper :: Heavy Water/I'd Rather Be Sleeping
26. Tripping Daisy :: Waited a Light Year

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new vivian girls :: "i can't stay"

More irresistible girl-group harmonies from NYC's Vivian Girls: their out-of-print, self-titled debut (one of my favorites of '08) is already commanding obscene amounts on eBay, but In The Red will save the day by reissuing the LP in September. First up, though, they'll release a 7" next month featuring new song "I Can't Stay" (listen at myspace) and the girls' cover of Daisy Chain's "Blind Spot" on the b-side. Here's a sweet acoustic version of the a-side, recorded for the aptly named Pink Couch Sessions:

mp3:
Vivian Girls :: I Can't Stay (Pink Couch Session)



(watch a higher-quality version here)

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Sunday, July 13, 2008

got to got to got to


dark meat x diplo

Athens' enormous psych-weirdo collective Dark Meat recently covered Iggy Pop's classic "Success" for an extremely limited Whirlyball ticket/7" single, available exclusively at ATL's Criminal Records. The b-side holds Diplo's "unsuccessful" spaced-out abstract deconstruction of the jam, which Mad Decent recently made available as an mp3:

mp3:
Dark Meat :: Unsuccessful Space Jam (Diplo mix)

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Friday, July 11, 2008

london zoo



I am mostly unfamiliar with London dubstep/dancehall producer The Bug, but I downloaded this insane Kode9-mixed sampler of jams from his new LP on a whim after reading good things from some reputable dudes. I was pretty much instantly mesmerized by just how urelentingly bleak and grimy this shit is (words like "apocalyptic," "menacing," and "claustrophobic" were used liberally in virtually anything I read about the record). Not for everyone, but if you're feeling especially paranoid or desolate for some reason, this'll make an uncomfortably appropriate late night soundtrack:

mp3:
The Bug :: London Zoo preview (mixed by Kode9)

London Zoo is out July 29 on Ninja Tune.

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elsewhere:

I don't know if this is old or what, but Cocaine Blunts has an ill remix of Erykah Badu's "Real Thing," featuring Clipse and the Re-Up Gang (also, they used the shot I took of those dudes at the Mohawk during SXSW, but edited out the polaroid part). Almost as good as that remix of Badu's "The Healer" with Pharoahe Monch that's been floating around.

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Thursday, July 10, 2008

new bodies of water :: "gold, tan, peach, and grey" + LP giveaway



Bodies of Water's new record A Certain Feeling comes out later this month on Secretly Canadian, and you can now head to the band's myspace to hear the stunning opening track "Gold, Tan, Peach, and Grey," which blew me away the few times I heard it performed live at SXSW earlier this year (apparently said the gramophone loves it as much as I do). EDIT: You can now download the song for free here:

mp3:
bodies of water :: gold, tan, peach, and grey

Our friends at SC hooked us up with a couple vinyl copies of the new record to give away; I received mine in the mail last week and everything about it is gorgeous. Email us at gorillavsbearcontests@gmail.com if you'd like one, and I'll pick two winners at random sometime next week.

mp3:
bodies of water :: under the pines

Pre-order A Certain Feeling on vinyl here, and get a free poster and mp3 download card.

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new Dungen :: "satt att se"


dungen's satt att se 12"

Swedish psych throwbacks Dungen are streaming "Satt Att Se," the new single and album opener from their upcoming LP, 4. You should go here now to listen. The Satt Att Se 12" will be out soon, with a limited number coming pressed on "an orange and gold haze wax."

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best new premature on repeat: you & me



I'll preface this by saying that after A Hundred Miles Off, I probably couldn't have been any less excited about a new record from the Walkmen. So, with no expectations going into the band's new You & Me LP, I'm a little shocked that it's quickly become one of my favorite albums of '08. There's no "The Rat" here, but that's alright; the majority of this record is made up of woozy, intimate, often heartbreaking slow jams about fucked up relationships, and Hamilton Leithauser's worn, damaged growl is more affecting than ever. Highlights include opener "Donde Esta la Playa," "On the Water," "Red Moon" (oh man, the horns), "Four Provinces," and first single, "In the New Year," which can be heard at the band's myspace, or here:



And here's an early version of "Red Moon," taken from an NPR session the band played last year:

mp3:
The Walkmen :: The Waltz (Red Moon) Live on NPR

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elsewhere:

Daytrotter posted a new session from Austin's Sunset, featuring a couple tracks from their excellent new record, The Glowing City.

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Hipster Runoff offers up the definitive exhaustive analysis on just "wtf is blog house?"

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