Listen to new music and watch new music videos from this week, from Death Grips, Alasdair Roberts, Ume, Toro y Moi and more.
With a title like "We No Who U R," Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds insinuate there's a character who's trying to exercise some anonymity. The new music video for the track by director/writer/producer Gaspar Noe reveals that some people are impossible to know.
Watch as the shadow-man makes his way through brush and forest, making you as much a ghost as he. Noe, if unfamiliar, is the man behind features like 2009's "Enter the Void" and 2002's "Irreversible."
"My album is more done than yours...and I just started a week ago," says Angel Haze on her new track "One the Edge." And thus starts the flame-war between Haze and another upstart rapper Azealia Banks with battle bars.
The two artists erupted in a Twitter brawl today, starting with an apparent lob from Banks on rappers claiming to be from New York who aren't.
Some of the Tweet nastiness has been deleted, replaced with some half apologies and a lot of chest puffery. The next move was apparent: within hours, Haze had a pretty personal diss track up on Soundcloud.
Now, I'm not really interested in a Tweet fight, especially in this still-small world of female MCs that have a long race to run even after they're done trying to put each other down. Nicki and Kim did it. Was kinda gross, but it yielded some fun.
"On the Edge" is personal. It's practically psycho-sexual.
Skrillex may sleep in hotels on the road more than he does his own abode, but that hasn't kep him from being productive. The dance producer released a surprise new EP "Leaving" today, and also dropped a new music video for "Summit" featuring Ellie Goulding.
"Leaving" is really just three songs, for about 14 minutes of new material. But it came up for users of Skrillex's songs subscription service The Nest, with all the tracks also up on YouTube. You can hear them below: the title track is actually surprisingly chilled and emotionally grounded, though you may find "The Reason" putting a little closer to EDM par with all those synths. "Scary Bolly Dub" sounds just how you think a song called that sounds.
The song "Summit" also has a video component: the song was attached to Skrillex's "Bangarang" EP, and features his now-ex-girlfriend Goulding. The clip itself features some kids of a legal age having a way better night than you've ever had combined with other really good nights. Bring your lighter for this one.
In an interview with Billboard, Skrillex has said that he wants to spend 2013 on making more new music; he also found his experiences scoring for the films "Wreck It Ralph" and "Spring Breakers" inspiring, and he wants to do more composing for film.
"[Film scoring is] cool because it's a lot more collaborative," he says. "It's nice stepping into someone else's world for a minute and basically have that trust in different artists where you can combine worlds. There's already a plot, there's already a theme... and you just learn so much from doing things that way."
It's crunch-time for Azealia Banks' album promotion cycle behind her forthcoming full-length, and to bring in the new year and the new set is fresh "BBD."
While the rapper does name check the original BBD -- Bel Biv Devoe -- she's coining the abbreviation for Bad B*tches Do It with this upbeat track. Her raps are mixed low, letting the marching production take the front, and that at least sounds good. She's got ADHD more than BBD here, but it's arrived at a time where she's just looking to whet whistles.
"BBD" will be featured on Interscope debut "Broke with Expensive Taste," due Feb. 13, right around Grammys. You think she's ready for primetime and, if so, will she be at the show?
Azealia Banks was among our Most Anticipated for 2013 artists, check those below.
The sights and sounds of Dave Grohl's directorial debut "Sound City" feature Paul McCartney, Trent Reznor, Tom Petty, members of Rage Against the Machine and more. Maybe some of those guys will end up in Dave Grohl's next performing project.
Grohl is introducing the Sound City Players at Park City, Utah during the Sundance Film Festival this month, the event at which doc "Sound City" is getting its bow. The group will debut on Jan. 18 at Park City Live, though its members besides Grohl are under wraps.
"Sound City" chronicles the California studio of the same name, with interviews from some very famous rock bands; as previously reported, Grohl is also releasing a soundtrack/inspired-by album "Sound City: Real to Reel" in conjunction. The 12-12-12 Concert for Sandy Relief was highlighted with a song from that compilation, "Cut Me Some Slack," with Paul McCartney performing with the surviving members of Nirvana (Grohl, Pat Smear, Krist Novoselic).
"Sound City," the film, heads to digital shelves on Feb. 1, while the soundtrack will hit on March 12. Grohl told Rolling Stone in an interview that he'd like screenings of the documentary to be amplified by a concert afterward, so the Sound City Players may make their Sundance stint into more than one stop.
Who would you like to see perform with Grohl at Sundance? I'm crossing my fingers for something icy with Reznor and melodic with Lindsey Buckingham.
If you closely associate American classic "The Great Gatsby" with the term "dope," then you may have reason to get excited about the score Baz Lurmann's forthcoming film. In what appears to be a confirmation of a rumor that began swirling this fall, Jay-Z is on board to score the new adaptation, along with producer/songwriter The Bullitts.
"Jay-Z and myself have been working tirelessly on the score for the upcoming #CLASSIC The Great Gatsby! It is too DOPE for words!" said Jeymes Samuel, aka The Bullitts on Twitter.
Jay-Z has yet officially corroborate, though you can hear his voice all over the trailer to "Gatsby": his and Kanye West's Watch The Throne tune "No Church in the Wild" features in the clip.
But wait a minute: who is The Bullitts?
It's a list of songs from 2012, kids. Let's just have fun.
To check out my 30 best albums of 2012 list, head here: it includes top distinctions to Fiona Apple, Swans, Matthew Dear, Kendrick Lamar, Swans and more.
Here is a list of 40 of my favorite songs from this year. Listen to the Spotify list of them here.
- Miguel, "Adorn"
- Icona Pop, "I Love It"
- Frank Ocean, "Sweet Life"
- Cold Specks, "Blank Maps"
- Shovels & Rope, "Birmingham"
- Nicki Minaj, "The Boys
- Taylor Swift, "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together"
- Le1f, "Wut"
- Burial, "Kindred"
- David Byrne + St. Vincent, "Who"
- Grimes, "Oblivion"
- R. Kelly, "Share My Love"
- Holy Other, "Held"
- OneRepublic, "Feel Again"
- Nas - "Daughters"
- High on Fire, "Bloody Knuckles"
- Mumford & Sons, "I Will Wait"
- Emeli Sande, "Where I Sleep"
- Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, "Thrift Shop"
- Justin Townes Earle, "Am I That Lonely"
- Ke$ha - "Die Young"
- Maps & Atlases, "Old & Gray"
- Pallbearer, "Devoid of Redemption"
- Dope Body, "Road Dog"
- Miranda Lambert, "Fastest Girl In Town"
- Killer Mike, "Reagan"
- Dr. John, "Locked Down"
- Ellie Goulding, "Anything Can Happen"
- Kanye West, Big Sean, Pusha T, 2 Chainz, "Mercy"
- Walk the Moon, "Anna Sun"
- First Aid Kit, "Emmylou"
- Japandroids, "The House That Heaven Built"
- Father John Misty, "Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings"
- Hospitality, "Eighth Avenue"
- Mynabirds, "Generals"
- Alabama Shakes, "Hold On"
- Santigold, "The Keepers"
- Carly Rae Jepsen, "Call Me Maybe"
- A$AP Rocky, "Goldie"
- Charli XCX, "You're the One"
Pulp gave you what you really wanted on Christmas Day. The British rockers released a new song, "After You," a collaboration with former LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy at midnight on Dec. 25 this week.
It's not a stretch to say the tune may remind you of Franz Ferdinand -- Pulp were influential in that Scottish band's output, and the rhythm section now has a modern spin on the classic Pulp sound. "After You," in fact, is an old Pulp demo, re-done as of last month with Murphy's thumbprint very obviously on the beat.
The band and Murphy combined just this fall for the S.S. Coachella, the music festival's foray into a floating event via cruise. According to Pitchfork, the decade-old song never had a finished version until everybody hit the studio in November.
Ivan & Alyosha have partnered with a couple auspicious sources this fall, first with the Missing Pieces and Dualtone labels, and next with "Rebel Jesus."
The first, aforementioned joint venture marks them as labelmates with Immaculate Noise favorites Shovels & Rope and recent Grammy nominees The Lumineers. The band will now be releasing its full-length debut, "All the Times We Had," on Feb. 26, led by the single "Running for Cover."
Rootsy "Rebel Jesus," on the other hand, is a highlight for a different reason: the season. This holiday-inspired Jackson Browne cover is yet another firm sample of the band's refined vocals and ageless pop affinities, plus a perfectly level-headed excuse to bust out the jingle bells. As implied by its title, this "heathen and a pagan" have more than garland and red-nosed reindeer on their minds as the the rip into the mildest guitar solo of all time.
The live performance was filmed at Seattle studio Avast!, where "All the Times We Had" was recorded. It was also mixed by Jesse Lauter, who did the same duties last year for The Low Anthem. So there's that.
After Christmas cheer, look forward to this solid album.