Aaron Cohen and AbGoHard are together not only as friends, but they recorded a set of songs that has become their new 8-song EP, called Ugly Boyz. These guys know what the hell they’re doing so if you’d like to know what they know, check out “Right Here” right now and find out what these two are doing and why they’re so good at it. There’s even a kitten getting down to the beat, so watch out.
The Oakland hip-hop scene remains strong in 2015 and one group who are making things work for themselves are called God.Money.Dope, or GMD for short. They write and produce among other things and they will be releasing album next month and for a hint, check out “100 Million” and say hello to Lucky Luchi and Tha Dondada. The song is downloadable for free, while supplies last.
The guys in Qui continue to be wacky and zany in their music videos, but I think that’s a forever thing. Their new video is off of their ife, Water, Living… album, so check out what they’re up to in “The Kind of Jazz This Is”, directed by Rory Werner and shot by Triana Pardon.
The video coincides with news about a new series of singles Qui will start releasing this month, the first being an effort on the Blood Of The Young label. That one will be their own record while the next one will be a split effort with hepa/Titus, who some of you may know for being Melvins-related, and that record will be on Cobraside. Here’s a look at the picture sleeves.
On top of that, they’re going on tour with Sebadoh this month. THey will remain on tour for another two weeks in April before taking a break and finding their way in Los Angeles in May. Show love and have money to buy merchandise.
March 17… Brooklyn, NY (Music Hall of Williamsburg) *
March 18… Philadelphia, PA (Union Transfer) *
March 19… Washington, DC (Black Cat) *
March 20… Northampton, MA (Street Nightclub) *
March 21… Boston, MA (Brighton Music Hall) *
March 23… Raleigh, NC (Kings) *
March 24… Atlanta, GA (The Earl) *
March 25… Louisville, KY (Zanzabar) *
March 26… Knoxville, TN (The Concourse at The International) *
March 27… Cincinnati, OH (The Woodward Theater) *
March 28… Morgantown, WV (123 Pleasant Street) *
April 1… Indianapolis, IN (TBA)
April 2… Chicago, IL (The Double Door)
April 3… Minneaoplis, MN (Grumpy’s)
April 4… Kansas City, MO (The Ship)
April 5… Fayetteville, AR (JR’s Lightbulb Club)
April 6… Oxford, MS (Proud Larry’s)
April 7… Little Rock, AR (Vino’s)
April 8… Dallas, TX (Three Links)
April 9… Austin, TX (Red 7)
April 11… Phoenix, AZ (TBA)
May 3… Los Angeles, CA (Cafe NELA)
* w/ Sebadoh
Things may get easier for rapper Woo Child, especially after the release of his new video where he talks about being and/or wanting to be “Center Stage”. He does so with help from C. Jay Conrod, and you can find out more about Woo Child by heading to his official Facebook page.
Photo by Elliot Jaramill
New music out today by San Francisco duo Tidelands comes in the form of an EP called Old Mill Park, which is described as a return to “a revitalized organic sound”. Gabriel Leis and Mie Araki will be having a record release party over in Oakland this Saturday at the Underwood Cafe but until then, they’d like to introduce you to a new friend, a “Dog Named Bart”
It’s hard to ease up and/or take it easy when you’re listening to a song like “Window Pain”, as JKJ kicks back with a bit of hesitation because he needs to know that you’re listening and paying attention while he crates something so funky. He did this to add to his forthcoming album called Internal Warfare and I hope it will be as good as this is. The song was produced by another member of the Beats family, Shuma Beats.
This has been described as “pure rock and roll for the heavier generation” and if there’s truth to that statement, then I hope that generation will let themselves be known. The music is by a British band who call themselves XII Boar (“twelve boar”) and they enjoy mixing up elements of sludge and stoner metal into something that sounds as raw as any of their contemporaries and influences. If you need prove, listen to “Chicken Hawk”, a song from the band’s debut album due out next week called Pitworthy and after playing this, you’re going to be in disbelief in that this is only their first album. Sounds impossible but it’s true. The album can be pre-ordered from their Big Cartel page. If you’d like to know more about the album and the band themselves, you may have a look at a 21 minute video interview below.
If you want to know what kind of death metal is coming from Canada these days, look no further than Porous Chambers, the new album by Toronto’s Demonic Possessor. These guys not only play plodding death metal, but do so at times in a sludgy manner to where they may sound like Godflesh, Bathory, or Buzzov•en to some. The album may only have five songs on it but one track (“The Twisting Spires of Impending Insurmountable Madness) is 11½ minutes while another (“Hikikiomori”) goes at 15 minutes. The album is also available on vinyl, only 300 copies have been pressed, 100 copies on red vinyl and the remaining 200 on standard black. You can order the red vinyl pressing through Bandcamp below, and will be shipped to consumers in early May.
To me, this sounds like normal hip-hop and I love what Futuristic and Sam Lachow do here for their song “Watch You Mouth”. The lyrics are nice, the flows are different for each guy but works, and the song was put together in a way that doesn’t sound like anyone else. For others, this might be too adventurous but what’s wrong with that? Nothing at all. They did the video with directors Jakob Owens and Tom Taugher, would love if this blew up in the springtime.
NomiS has a new song called “fLAW” and it’s going to make its way onto two albums: NomiS’ own Socially Just and a compilation on its way called Cram X. I’m not sure if the versio in the video, which was done as they were shooting it, will be the same one that is released but I like how he did it so be on the lookout for it soon.