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  • Diplo's 'About That Life'

    Sample Diplo's 'Psychedelic Southern Gospel' Solo LP

    Diplo has somehow found time in his schedule for a solo album. According to Pitchfork, the omnipresent DJ and producer is working on a follow-up to 2004's Florida. Diplo reportedly characterizes the upcoming album as "psychedelic Southern gospel," which is as fitting a descriptor as any for his new single "About That Life."Featuring feathery vocals by Jahan Lennon, formerly of now-defunct Mad Decent signing Popo, Diplo's latest is a bit of a left turn from theDutch house of his new Express Yourself EP, let alone from his recent productions for Snoop "Lion" Dogg, No Doubt, and Usher — or, y'know, his bangin' Sleigh Bells remix. With jangly acoustic strums, off-kilter hand percussion, and noodly flute, knowing Diplo the track might well be closely based on some forgotten '60s psych-pop obscurity. The chorus of "got my feet on the ground, my head in the clouds" clearly transcends decades.

  • Dirty Projectors' 'About to Die' EP

    Dirty Projectors 'About to Die' on New EP, About to Kill at Carnegie Hall

    "About to Die," a slinky, sinuous standout from Dirty Projectors' SPIN Essentials-honored new album Swing Lo Magellan, "is a 'Thriller'-style song," the New York band's mastermind David Longstreth told SPIN almost a year ago. "It's like a monster song, except the monster is the looming specter of meaninglessness and existential nausea," Longstreth said, with a laugh. "It's actually a really funny song."That twistily melodic, uproariously anomic monster will take on new life November 6, when Dirty Projectors release their new About to Die EP on digital and 12-inch vinyl formats, the band announced today. The EP sets the Swing Lo Magellan track alongside three new songs. Also today, the DPs unloaded an elegant new video for "About to Die," which includes imagery from the Longstreth-directed 20-minute film Hi Custodian.

  • 'The Velvet Underground & Nico' by Castle Face and Friends

    Ty Segall, Thee Oh Sees Set for Banana-Yellow Vinyl Velvet Underground Tribute

    A diamond anniversary traditionally means 75 years. With Britain's Queen Victoria way back in 1897, that changed to a mere 60 years, and the result was Grace Jones hula-hooping at Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee this past June. While people traditionally celebrate a 50th anniversary a whole lot more than a 45th, the Velvet Underground appear to be following a kind of royal logic. And hey, that might even be appropriate considering their reigning status as proto-punk luminaries.VU's plans for their 1967 debut album The Velvet Underground and Nico's Big Four-Five just got a bit more lavish. California indie Castle Face Records, together with Universal Music, is releasing a full-length tribute to the classic album, featuring cover versions by such present-day Bay Area psych rockers as Ty Segall, the Fresh & Onlys, Thee Oh Sees, White Fence, Kelley Stoltz, and more.

  • Kanye West

    Kanye West Deflates Ego for 'Cruel Summer' Promo Video

    If the prevailing verdict on Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music crew album Cruel Summer seems to be that Yeezy won't allow anyone to outshine him, he's certainly doing what he can to counter that notion when it comes to the record's promotion.The man who once brought his Jesus Christ pose to the cover of magazines has stayed silent this promotional cycle, sometimes literally: In April, he stood there without a word during 2 Chainz' interview on BET's 106 & Park. As Cruel Summer battles Pink's The Truth About Love for the top spot on next week's Billboard album chart, 'Ye has graced us with a roughly two-minute promo video for the album.

  • Danny Brown

    Download Danny Brown's Full Bruiser Brigade EP

    Kanye West isn't the only quality-obsessed rapper tiding us over with a crew record this week. Danny Brown's clique is the Bruiser Brigade, as he explained on a track with that title on last year's breakout XXX, and now Brown, rapper Dopehead, and producer SKYWLKR have released their crew's debut EP via Scion AV and Fool's Gold. The four-track effort includes two original songs, the giddily threatening "Errrthang" and Psycho-stringed "Jooky," plus remixes of those tracks by Lockah and Ryan Hemsworth. Though not as thrilling as a proper new Brown album, it presents yet another view of the multi-faceted rapper following his stoner turn on "Change" and poignant storytelling on "Grown Up." All he does is win, he says, and it's better to hear from him than from DJ Khaled.

  • Shaun White / Photo by Getty Images

    Black Keys Wedding Led to Shaun White's Boozy Arrest

    Shaun White's black-eyed mugshot was splashed across the media earlier this week amid reports the Olympic snowboarder got arrested on charges of public intoxication and vandalism. As the Tennessean reported, police were called Sunday morning at 2 a.m. after White allegedly forced the evacuation of a Nashville hotel by pulling the fire alarm. He's also accused of destroying a hotel phone. The black eye presumably happened when, according to the police, White ran into a bystander who was chasing him, then fell and hit his head on the fence. Yup, one of those weekends.We now know, as the Washington Post reports, that White was in Nashville to watch his friend Patrick Carney of the Black Keys tie the knot. A publicist confirmed to the AP that Carney got married on Saturday to Emily Ward in the backyard of their Nashville home.

  • Barack Obama / Photo by Getty Images

    Beyonce and Jay-Z Fundraiser Nets Barack Obama $4 Million

    President Barack Obama has shown he can give music sales a boost, and last night the industry's unofficial First Couple returned the favor — and then some. After chatting on Late Show With David Letterman, Obama stopped by a benefit hosted by Beyoncé and Jay-Z at Hova's 40/40 Club in New York City. The event added no less than $4 million to the current White House occupant's reelection campaign, according to the Hollywood Reporter.More importantly, of course, the fundraiser revealed Obama is on a first initial basis with Jay and Bey: "To J and B, thank you so much for your friendship," he's quoted as saying.

  • Tame Impala

    Watch Tame Impala's Aptly Trippy 'Elephant' Video

    The childlike element of '60s psychedelia hasn't translated as much to the contemporary psych-rock scene. Watch Roky Erickson documentary You're Gonna Miss Me or spend any time delving into the solo discography of Syd Barrett, and you get a sense of these psych-rock pioneers as big, innocent kids (among other peculiarities).

  • Green Day

    Green Day Unleash NSFW Alternate 'Oh Love' Video

    Green Day unveil their first of three new albums, ¡Uno!, on September 25, but first they're showing a little skin. The Bay Area rockers already followed their model-draped "Oh Love" video with a disco-panicking "Kill the DJ" clip and no-frills "Nuclear Family" visuals. But now, as Consequence of Sound points out, Green Day have given "Oh Love" a little more T&A.When the Samuel Bayer-directed video for "Oh Love" first emerged, we admit we deemed it a bit tame for Green Day's professed goal of sexiness. In the uncut, NSFW version, the much-younger models drinking with the guys and watching them tear through a performance of the song also flash some bare breasts toward the end.

  • Corin Tucker Band / Photo Alicia J. Rose,

    Corin Tucker Honors Poly Styrene in Rambunctious 'Neskowin' Clip

    If girls just wanna have fun, that still doesn't mean all girls just wanna have fun the same way. Corin Tucker Band's new video for "Neskowin," from the former Sleater-Kinney belter-led outfit's second album Kill My Blues (out today on Kill Rock Stars), has hit NPR, and it's an alt-girl's coming-of-age tale fit for an edgier John Hughes film. Directed by Alicia J. Rose, a fellow musician who also recently shot Bob Mould's "The Descent" visuals, the clip shows Tucker as wise mother, as friendly hippie, and, brilliantly, as late X-Ray Spex frontwoman Poly Styrene, whose passing punk-leaning listeners of all stripes mourned last year. This spiky post-punk song's powerfully delivered lyrics reportedly draw inspiration from a childhood trip to the town of Neskowin, Oregon, where Tucker went with her best friend at age 13.

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