VIDEO: Mega Ran’s “Your Favorite Song”

What is rapper Mega Ran’s favorite song? It may not be his new song called “Your Favorite Song” but the new song may very well become your favorite song. The song will be a part of his forthcoming album called RNDM (“random”) due out in mid-September. If you pre-order it and are one of the first 999 people to do so, you will also get the Mighty No. 9 soundtrack. No harm in that.

AUDIO: Fox Street’s “Justified”

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Authentic Western Style is a forthcoming album by a group featuring members of The Derek Trucks Band, JJ Grey & Mofro, and The Motet. Their name is Fox Street and the album will be released before the end of July (the 28th to be exact) and they’d like for you to hear a song to get familiar with them. It’s called “Justified” but they’re not ancient.

AUDIO: Alela Diane & Ryan Francesconi’s “The Sun Today”

Alela Diane and Ryan Francesconi have collaborated on a project that will be an album called Cold Moon (Believe Recordings/Rusted Blue), due out on October 16th. To get a feel for it, have a listen to “The Sun Today” today, tonight, or whatever it feels most comfortable for you. Diane and Francesconi represent a side of Portland’s music that you might not have known existed but if you’re into some of the things the city has offered in the last few years, get a chance to know these two and get familiar with them.

A day after the album’s release, they’ll have a release party/show in Portland at Revolution Hall before preparing themselves for a European tour the following month. Here are the dates:

October 17… Portland, OR (Revolution Hall)
November 10… Brighton, UK (Komeda)
November 11… London, UK (Bush Hall)
November 12… Canteleu, FR (Espace Francois Mitterand)
November 14… The Hague, NL (Crossing Borders Festival)
November 15… Brussels, BE (Botanique Orangerie)
November 17… Caen, FR (Big Band Cafe)
November 18… Bordeaux, FR (Rock School Barbey)
November 19… San Sebastien, ES (Intxaurrrundo)
November 20… Madrid, ES (El Sol)
November 21… Barcelona, ES (Festival Musique Sensibles)
November 23… Montpellier, FR (Theatre D’Aurillac)
November 24… Paris, FR (Bouffres Du Nord)

FREE MP3 DL: D.Focis’ “Prince Akeem”

After hearing this, I wish this 1:59 song was a bit longer but D.Focis insures that he is not here to advocate many more hate, he is to let you know why he does what he does in a very nice way. The track is called “Prince Akeem”, honoring the Coming To America character in brief. Again, this song deserves yet another verse but we deal what we have and we must be (im)patient for another new song from him.

AUDIO: Depletion’s “Null Data II”

If something left of left of center is what you desire, you may want to check out an adventurous project from Depletion, which is described as “lo-fi tracks using various analog synths, electronics, tape-loops, effects, objects” and a nice slice of “etc.” For those who want it, it’s only cassette but only 30 cassettes are being made, each on a Chrome (CR02) tape. For more information, send an e-mail to holbrook1834 [at] yahoo [dot] com.

FREE MP3 DL: BXTR’s “Departure”

Soulful dance music with hints of dub and abstract beauty, it is what you’ll hear in “Departure”, a new track by BXTR. Some elements of this song could easily be heard in your every day pop music but this is not your every day music, and shouldn’t be, although you could easily turn it into your mantra this summer. Make it what you want but make it groove as you dance to the sensations.

AUDO: Middi featuring Fam Ross’ “4am In Etna”

As this song is being posted, it is 4am here in the Pacific Northwest. But in song, it seems to be “4am In Etna”. Who said this? He goes by the name of Middi, and on his series of songs being released every Monday, he has done a song with Fam Ross and producer ID Labs and here it is. If there is an Etna near you, it is 4am at least two times a day. If more than two, get and stay there for awhile.

FREE MP3 DL: 404WILL featuring Belle’s “Moet & Chandon”

If you are looking for a song that honors two alcoholic drinks, but you’re saying “I don’t drink but I would like to be seduced by a good song”, then check out this song by 404 WILL called “Moet & Chandon”. The Atlanta rapper is koined by Belle, so hear their union and get down with it in an intoxicating manner, with or without the rocks. Grab this song, for it is a free download, while supplies last.

SOME STUFFS: Kurz Konflikt turns Japanese on new album

Reiko – Geisha From Hell! is a new release by Kurz Konflikt that sounds like someone threw together sounds from random records and cassettes, then said “this is what I’m going to give you” and what does it sound like? You may hear a bit of Japanese lounge music, mixed in with something erotic or seductive but mixed in with random spurts of noise and you’re not sure if you should listen with pleasure or a different emotion. It’s scattered and is meant to be listened to with a good amount of concentration, but in between the chaos are burts of easy listening, exotica, and perhaps something else with the letter “E”. If you like what you hear, it will be pressed on cassette but only 100 copies are being made.

SOME STUFFS: Shit And Shine to release a new album in September

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If you have wondered when Shit And Shine were going to come out with new music, you already know a third of the story by reading the subject line. A new album called Everybody’s A Fuckin Expert will be released by Editions Mego on September 4th, the album has already been mixed and mastered, which means it’s ready to go. Here is the official track listing:
1. Signal Failure (4:57)
2. Upside Down Cheeseburger (5:10)
3. Bus Station (3:02)
4. Wespennest (9:00)
5. Hay Ride (5:10)
6. Chop The Night (3:29)
7. Working On My Fitness (4:06)
8. Picnic Table (3:50)
9. Ass (4:31)
10. Rastplatz (6:17)
11. Stockwell (4:47)
12. Clapham North (5:21)

For a hit of what they’ve been up to, take a listen to track #9, nicely called “Ass”.

The album can be pre-ordered by heading to or digitally from Bandcamp below.