Jordan Sargent



  • Girl Talk and Freeway at Brooklyn Bowl in New York

    Watch Girl Talk and Freeway Debut EDM Pile-Driver 'Tolerated'

    If it's been awhile since you've thought about Girl Talk or Freeway, you're forgiven. the Pittsburgh mash-up pioneer's last album was 2010's All Day, while the Philly rapper's last full-length was 2012's indie bow Diamond in the Ruff. But the two are now teaming up for the forthcoming Broken Ankles EP, and they previewed the new track "Tolerated" this past Saturday (October 5) at New York' Brooklyn Bowl. See above, the track seems to be a play for the type of EDM audience that embraces producers like AraabMuzik and Just Blaze, the latter of which helped mold Freeway's thundering, aggressive sound.

  • The cover of TLC's upcoming greatest hits compilation '20'

    TLC's Wistful Ballad 'Meant to Be' Is Comeback Comfort Food

    This is the year of TLC's revival. The Atlanta R&B duo — which was, of course, a trio before the 2002 death of member Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes — is the subject of the upcoming VH1 movie Crazysexycool: The TLC Movie (which airs October 21), is featured on J. Cole's single "Crooked Smile," and will be releasing a compilation of hits titled 20, out October 15. The latter set also features their first new song since 2005, a breezy acoustic ballad called "Meant to Be" in the vein of classic singles like "Unpretty" and "Diggin' On You."Written by Ne-Yo, the song isn't an attempt to re-enter the zeitgeist (like their last comeback single "Come Get Some"). Instead it understands the strengths of remaining members T-Boz and Chili, emphasizing their instantly recognizable vocals in a template that longtime fans are accustomed to.

  • Parquet Courts video for

    Parquet Courts' 'You Got Me Wonderin' Now' Video Is Pac-Man on Acid

    "I thought I knew a thing or two about the blues / But you've got me wonderin' now," goes the hook of Parquet Courts' "You've Got Me Wonderin' Now," the single off of their new Tally All the Things You Broke EP. And what better way to express that feeling of creeping dread than a distressed Pac-Man ghost suffering his way through an acid journey? The Thu Tran-directed clip is essentially a lyric video, but it's one that features a red ghost — have you ever seen a sadder looking specter? — hurtling through found footage that is melting into chromatic psychedelics. Life is a bad trip.You can stream Tally All the Things You Broke over at Parquet Courts' web site while refreshing your memory of the band's SPIN Essential debut from January, Light Up Gold.

  • The cover of Boldy James' upcoming 'Chemistry Set'

    Boldy James, Earl Sweatshirt Menace on Alchemist-Blessed 'Reform School'

    Recently a little clique developed in Los Angeles: the rappers Earl Sweatshirt, Domo Genesis, and Action Bronson, plus the producer the Alchemist. In August of last year, Domo released the mixtape No Idols, which was produced by Alchemist and featured multiple verses from the aforementioned MCs. In November came Bronson's Rare Chandeliers, another mixtape helmed solely by the Alchemist. And now, we have what might as well be the third part in the series: the Alchemist-produced My First Chemistry Set, the forthcoming album from the Detroit rapper Boldy James.The first single from the record is "Reform School," a grimacing track that features — wouldn't you know it? — Earl, Domo, and another young L.A. rapper and A$AP Mob affiliate named Da$h.

  • Dan Bejar of Destroyer at Coachella in 2012

    Listen to Destroyer's Spanish-Language Stomper 'El Rito'

    Dan Bejar has another Destroyer EP on the way, but this one may be more direct than his last couple of extended players. Especially if you speak Spanish. "El Rito," the first taste of Destroyer's truthfully titled Five Spanish Songs, is crunchy classic rock that recalls T. Rex, Thin Lizzy, or even Kurt Vile at his most upbeat.Like all of the songs on the EP, due out via Merge on November 26, "El Rito" is written by Antonio Luque of the Spanish band Sr. Chinarro. But the song's glammy stomp is a departure from the ambient disco of 2009's Bay of Pigs EP or the grayscale soundscapes of 2010's Tim Hecker-assisted Archer on the Beach EP. The style is also a change from the lithe soft-rock influence on Destroyer's most recent full-length, 2011's Kaputt.Bejaf explained his decision to record a Spanish-language covers album in a somewhat cryptic statement.

  • Haim at Made in America in September

    Listen to Haim's Misty Twin Shadow Collaboration 'Edge'

    Haim's debut album Days Are Gone is a distinct intersection of influences converging across music and time: the wisp of radio rock of the '80s, the soulful singing of '90s R&B, a distinctly millennial hipness, and the solid musicianship that anchors any decade.

  • Juicy J, All I Blow Is Loud, video

    Watch Juicy J's Stoned Fever Dream 'All I Blow Is Loud'

    The video for Juicy J's "All I Blow Is Loud" starts off fairly plainly before devolving into a barely coherent yet nonetheless compelling mess. The first thing we see is standard: Juicy J in a dark room smoking a joint, which ... duh, this is a Juicy J song about smoking weed (though aren't they all?). But as the clip progresses, we see Juicy get his palm read by a woman who later ends up in a bathtub à la the cover of his new album Stay Trippy, as well as cut-in scenes featuring an armed robbery, and others showing headless and legless mannequins. If you can decipher any of this you probably smoke as much pot as Juicy, and you should be proud of yourself.Maybe the video is a conscious turn towards the dark for the founding member of Three 6 Mafia who is now featured on two star-kissed pop singles: "23" along with Miley Cyrus and "Dark Horse" with Katy Perry.

  • The video for Ryan Hemsworth's

    Ryan Hemsworth's 'Against a Wall' Video Stars a Girl and Her Cat

    Ryan Hemsworth's "Against a Wall" is a sleepy love song that avoids the saccharine thanks to a streak of lovely melancholy. The black-and-white video for the track hits about the same note, featuring just a girl and her cat spending time alone in a big, empty loft in some big, intimidating metropolis. The aesthetic — Steadicam, no color, bright but creaky loft — is almost oddly '90s, but befitting a Hemsworth video, the clip is cut through with distinctly millennial trappings: an oversized Hello Kitty iPhone case, vintage blocky Gameboys, and the ironic revival of Big League Chew."Against a Wall" is taken from Hemsworth's debut album Guilt Trips, which drops October 22 and puts a bow on a banner year for the man that has included a solo EP, a number of DJ mixes, festival appearances, and remixes.

  • Mac Miller in his video for

    Mac Miller Disputes Own Realness in Woozy 'The Star Room' Video

    As the first song on Mac Miller's new album Watching Movies With the Sound Off, "The Star Room" sets the rapper on a new course. Over a RZA-influenced beat produced by Earl Sweatshirt under his randomblackdude alias, Miller raps nearly unabated for four minutes with a dexterity that he had rarely displayed on the cheery party records that made him famous. What follows is an eye-opening record of broken beats and neo-soul headrushes.The song's visuals riff on scenes that have appeared in a few of his previous clips, pulling distressed models from "Watching Movies" and a dazzlingly lit room from "I Am Who I Am (Killin Time)." But our attention is drawn to the couch from where Miller raps for most of the video, which places him in front of a wall that is scribbled with the text "I'M NOT REAL".

  • Alexis Krauss of Sleigh Bells at SXSW

    15 Albums You Can Hear Now: Sleigh Bells, Miley Cyrus, Pusha T, and More

    This week's group of streaming albums includes Sleigh Bells' gnarly third album, Miley Cyrus' twerk circus, Pusha T's long-awaited GOOD Music debut, and a whole host of records from across dance, rap, R&B, and blues.1) Sleigh Bells, Bitter Rivals. "Former SPIN cover stars Sleigh Bells don't release their new album Bitter Rivals until October 8, again via Mom + Pop, but the whole thing is streaming now. The follow-up to 2012's Reign of Terror digs further into the duo's familiar terrain — shredded bubblegum anti-jock jams — as heard on advance track 'You Don't Get Me Twice' and in the 'Bitter Rivals' video. But this time the mortality obsession that shrouded the last album has given way to a new optimism." — SPIN (via Rolling Stone)2) Miley Cyrus, Bangerz. "The moment Miley Cyrus has been trolling the world for is (almost) here.

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