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  • Ratking Eric Copeland Gauchos Black Dice Stream

    Ratking and Black Dice's Eric Copeland Are Left-Field Rap 'Gauchos'

    Ratking wield the sort of left-field rhymes that put crews like Antipop Consortium and Def Jux on the map in the early aughts — oblique with a city-hardened edge, best served up on a bed of glitch-addled beatwork that acknowledges rap's past while utterly ignoring the rules. That makes Black Dice member and solo DFA-signed producer Eric Copeland uniquely qualified to throw this Harlem crew a backing track, and he does on "Gauchos," a new track hailing from the forthcoming CONS EP VOL. 1. That branded collection will amass original songs recorded by various artists at the Converse Rubber Tracks studio in Brooklyn. Ratking and Copeland's wonkily grooving collaboration is free to stream and download below.

  • Joy Division Ian Curtis Kitchen Table Auction Family

    Joy, Divided: Ian Curtis' Kitchen Table Sells for $13K, Band Doesn't Approve

    Last week we learned that a kitchen table owned by Joy Division's late, great leader Ian Curtis had hit eBay overseas. Now the piece of furniture has sold for a whopping £8,400, or $13,475.28, following 65 bids. The high price no doubt is partly due to the fact that the Curtis hung himself in the very same kitchen where that table sat. It'd since changed hands a few times, possibly between various family members and neighbors, and now has a new home.While the winner is likely celebrating this pricey victory, others are not so pleased — former members of Joy Division and the Curtis family, specifically. In the original posting, seller Tel Harrop claimed he had emails from the widow Deborah Curtis and daughter Natalie Curtis which authenticated the object.

  • Death Grips Government Plates Stream Download Free Album

    Oh, Here's Death Grips' New Free Album 'Government Plates'

    We shouldn't be surprised by now when Death Grips do something unpredictable, but we'll be damned if 2012's Artist of the Year doesn't get us every time. And in this case, the news falls firmly into the "pleasantly unexpected" category: a brand new free album called Government Plates. Of course, "pleasant" isn't a word often associated with MC Ride and Zach Hill, and their third long-player ain't all rainbows and daisies. Heard below, the 11-track set offers an abrasive collision of nasty percussion, mad mutterings, fritzing electronics, and dyspeptic shouting. In other words, it sounds fucking great. Stream Death Grips' Government Plates below. Download it via Third Worlds or MegaShares if the band's site is down (likely), and hit their YouTube channel for separate visuals for every song.

  • Katherine Jackson Michael Wrongful Death Appeal Trial Doctor

    Katherine Jackson Appeals Decision in Michael's Wrongful Death Trial

    Katherine Jackson is seeking an appeal in the wrongful death trial that declared concert promoter AEG not liable in the early demise of her son, Michael Jackson. The initial charge was that the company had hired Dr. Conrad Murray — recently released after serving two years behind bars for involuntary manslaughter — with the knowledge that the physician was incompetent. After a long and complicated trial, a jury decided AEG did nothing wrong.They declared that Murray was perfectly fit to do his job, though we're still not convinced he's a good candidate for a reality television show.

  • SZA Ice Moon Video TDE S EP

    SZA Climbs Trees in Mystical 'Ice Moon' Video

    St. Louis R&Bist and SPIN Best New Artist inductee SZA wowed us with her S EP earlier this year and now she has a fresh visual to share for one of that eight-song set's highlights, "Ice Moon." Therein, over a glisteningly wavy score, she sings, "Show me the way to your hiding place." Takign a cue from that, the Vice-premiered video above finds the Top Dawg Entertainment artist exploring a mystical wilderness, where macaroons dot the forest floor and balloons flow like mountain streams. It's a hideaway we'd be happy to explore as well, though probably not the same one that Rich Homie Quan heads to when he's felling some "Type of Way."

  • Yellow Dogs Murder Suicide Statement Brooklyn Band

    Yellow Dogs Speak Out on Brooklyn Murder-Suicide

    The surviving members of Brooklyn band Yellow Dogs have issued a statement regarding the murder-suicide that took three of their closest friends and interrupted the rise of a vibrant collective of Iranian-born artists living in New York City. The lengthy, thoughtful missive explains gunman Ali Akbar Mohammadi Rafie's relationship to the garage-punk outfit and their sister band Free Keys. "We wanted the world to discover us as we were: a community of musicians defined by our music, our friendships, our culture and our art," wrote Yellow Dogs players Siavash 'Obash' Karampour and Koory Mirzeai with input from their manager and friends, including Free Keys member Pooya Hosseini.

  • David Bowie NSFW Video Love Is Lost James Murphy Remix

    David Bowie and James Murphy's 'Love Is Lost' Gets Epic-Length NSFW Video

    Late last month, David Bowie dropped his $12.99 video for James Murphy's cosmic-disco remix of "Love Is Lost." But while hand-washing fetishists and puppet lovers may have been satisfied by that visual, fans of the DFA king's sprawling The Next Day revision (for The Next Day Extra) may have felt short-shrifted as the track had been slimmed down from 10 minutes to four. Now the full "Hello Steve Reich Mix" gets its due, along with a hypnotizing video directed by digital wizard Barnaby Roper, who answers the question: Just how many handclaps does it take to construct two human beings from scratch and film them making love? The Vice-premiered clip is safe for work for about seven minutes, so proceed with a combination of caution and patience. After that, check out a 26-year-old Bowie DJing for the BBC and a Baroque Bowie stunting for Louis Vuitton.

  • Eminem Marshall Mathers LP 2 Lorde Royals Billboard Chart

    Who Charted? Eminem's Rap God Status Confirmed as 'MMLP2' Crushes Everything

    First! Blondes do have more fun! Eminem continues his winning streak — YouTube Music Awards, MTV EMA, SPIN's The Marshall Mathers LP 2 review — by starting at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. The top of the albums chart is familiar territory for Slim Shady, who's notched seven in a row now — all except his debut, 1999's The Slim Shady LP. That dude from Portugal. The Man may not be a fan of sequels, but it seems that America is (duh). The Detroit rappin' ass rapper's rapper sold 792,000 copies of MMLP2, which is the second largest figure of the year (he is now the curdled mayonnaise in a Justin Timberlake/Drake sandwich) and also a bigger number than the combined digits of Nos. 2 through 32 this week. Perhaps he is a rap god after all.2 to 10: While the 41-year-old MC sees his sales grow with his latest album, his '90s pal Celine Dion is not so fortunate.

  • Zara McFarlane 'Angie La La' Leron Thomas Yoruba Soul Mix Osunlade

    Zara McFarlane, Leron Thomas, and Osunlade Fuse Jazz and House on 'Angie La La'

    Zara McFarlane is a London jazz singer whose approach to the artform puts her in the company of border-pushing spiritual explorers Thundercat and Gregory Porter. Fitting, then, that her forthcoming single "Angie La La" features baritone-blessed vocalist and trumpeter Leron Thomas, who cut his teeth in Bilal's band. Below, the song approaches perfection as it picks up a third collaborator in St. Louis-born producer Osunlade, who give it his trademark "Yoruba Soul" treatment. There, the smoky track is imbued with a Balearic beat that bounds ever onward while harps flutter and piano figures rise and fall. "Angie La La" arrives ahead of McFarlane's album, If You Knew Her, due January 20 via Gilles Peterson's Brownswood Recordings.

  • Dog Bite 'Dream Feast' Tranquilizers Stream

    Dog Bite Deliver Dark Shoegaze on 'Dream Feast'

    "Dream Feast" is about as apt a song name as you'll ever find for what Dog Bite does. The Atlanta four-piece specialized in glistening shoegaze made lush by Phil Jones' reverbed and droning vocals. It's decadent music that hangs in the atmosphere, shadowy at times and expansive at others. It also doesn't hurt that while the band was preparing their second album — the also well-named Tranquilizers, out January 21 on Carpark Records — their leader was on a serious soul kick, immersing himself in the legacies of Otis Redding and Isaac Hayes. For the latest taste, stream "Dream Feast" below, and for previous meals revisit "Prettiest Pills" and Dog Bite's split single with Toro y Moi.Dog Bite, Tranquilizers track list:1. "There Was Time"2. "We"3. "Lady Queen"4. "Tuesdays"5. "Clarinets"6. "Wonder Dark"7. "Dream Feast"8. "Royals"9. "L'oiseau Storm"10. "Rest Assured"

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