When I was a kid, I watched a lot of MTV and I liked it when it showed that Iron Maiden made a video for “Iron Maiden” from their album Iron Maiden. Icehouse also made “Icehouse” for the album Icehouse, and Visage made “Visage” for their album Visage, stuff like that stays in the mind. Will Run The Jewels be as successful with the formula? Well, they are Run The Jewels and they made a video for the song “Run The Jewels” from their album Run The Jewels, so the formula IS a success.
Pete Marriott has been hard at work on this project for a long time, and there have been fans asking “when is it going to drop?” That project is just around the corner and now you can catch a teaspoon of what will be served with “100 Proof”, featuring help from Killah Trakz. As you will hear, the music is beyond organized, so press play and immerse yourself in this.
Seattle is in the house courtesy of Fleeta Partee, whose “DirtyRugz” video was directed by Notework. The song itself, from his LifeMuzik Deux album, was produced by Bean One. The album also features production contributions from Vitamin D, Lord Sith, C-Note, and Jake One, and what exactly do “dirty rugs” imply? It’s a statement from Fleeta stating that Seattle is very much not Nintento, Starbucks, and Super Bowl rings, but it’s a gritty city with many eyes looking at it, not bad for a city that was primarily ignored by the mainstream 30 years ago. It’s also a nice way to show the continued diversity of Seattle’s hip-hop scene.
You don’t hear about hip-hop bands anymore unless they just moved over from Late Night to The Tonight Show. We of course can’t forget Stetsasonic or Mission:/Crown City Rockers, but in 2014, you’ll want to remember Kobi (vocals), DJ J Fevrier XIV (cuts), Scotty P (guitar/bass) and Kojo B. Chintoh (percussion), who call themselves Canadian Winter. They formed five years ago and released their debut album three years ago. Some say the album sounded distinctively Canadian while showing the outreach of hip-hop, which of course means “worldwidse”. They now have a new album called The Snowball Effect (URBNET), and that worldwide feel is present and understood. Get to know them first if you aren’t already with the song and video “Choose One”, then dive head first into their latest effort.
A nice little ditty by the fireside, or in this case, a fireplace. Videos near fireplaces used to be plentiful but as the music industry has catered to more fly-by-night artists for the sake of money, those have almost disappeared. Falling Off Maps want to make sure they stay on the map, even if it’s one of their own creation, and they offer “Wolf River” with nothing but two men, their guitars, and warmth. Quite nice.
A bit of a unique song here, where vocalist Fiona Bevans may sound like she’s about to take on a folk tale but then the music behind her sounds very modern, fresh, and booming. Booming folk? Well, almost, but it’s a nice and again, unique approach. Can it work in 2014? Maybe.
As someone who was raised in Honolulu, I grew up being aware of pickled pig’s feet. You can pretty much pickle anything, including loads of body parts you didn’t know could be pickled or even existed. The man behind BevNerd.com decided to try some, which may seem odd since he calls himself the Bev Nerd, as in “beverages” and technically, pickled cooked turkey gizzards isn’t a drink. Well, “it’s a drink with a lot of extras” but you get my point.
Hip-hop has shown you can go anywhere and everywhere, but you still need a sense of direction. I feel Ain’t No Love knows where to go and knows how to apply a guide to go somewhere else, if need be. They display this in their song and video for “Blinded”, which they are not but they perhaps may be your guide to find a way for everyone to be not-so-blind in future endeavors.
For other future endeavors, they’ll be at SXSW next week so if you can, show up and show some support to the guidance you desire.
March 12… Austin, TX (SOCAN/CIMA Showcase – SXSW – 12:00am)
March 13… Austin, TX (Iron Cactus – PRIVATE EVENT – 12:00pm)
March 15… Austin, TX (Halifax Pop Explosion Showcase – 10:00pm)
“Another Story” is a song from The Head And The Heart’s current album Let’s Be Still (Sub Pop), and the scenery found in its video will make some of you hopeful for the forthcoming season of spring, or perhaps fall/autumn is to your liking. This one was beautifully directed by Andrew Hines.
Boogarins’ brand of trippy rock’n'roll gets visually turned into something that is very much eye candy, as the sound is ear candy for anyone who listens to this band. “Erre” is the song, As Plantas Que Curam (Other Music Recording Co.) is the title of the album, and Brazil… well, you know.
What you will find out are tour dates, as Boogarins will be hitting the road starting tomorrow. This will definitely be a must-see concert and tour, do not pass this up. If you are going to SXSW, head to their performances.
March 2… Goiania, Brazil (Grito Rock Festival)
March 4… Recife, Brazil (RECBEAT Festival)
March 7… Goiania, Brazil (Metropolis)
March 12… Austin, TX (Casa Brasil)
March 12… Austin, TX (Trailer Space Records) (Burger Records Day Party)
March 12… Austin, TX (Icenhauer’s) (Sounds From Brazil)
March 13… Austin, TX (Whip-In) (Burgermania)
March 13… Austin, TX (Hotel Vegas) ((Levitation Austin)
March 13… Austin, TX (Red 7) (Ground Control Touring)
March 14… Austin, TX (Uncorked) (Seaport Music Festival / Paper Garden)
March 15… Austin, TX (Hotel Vegas) (Burgermania III)
March 16… San Antonio, TX (The Limelight) (Burgerama Hangover)
March 17… Tucson, AZ (Distant Tavern)
March 18… Tempe, AZ (Yucca Tap Room)
March 22… Santa Ana, CA (Observatory) (Burgerama III)
March 23… Washington, DC (DC9) *
March 25… Brooklyn, NY (Glasslands Gallery) *
March 26… Philadelphia, PA (The Barbary) *
March 27… Athens, OH (The Union Bar & Grill) *
March 28… Cleveland Heights, OH (Grog Shop) *
March 29… Toledo, OH (Frankie’s) *
March 30… Columbus, OH (Double Happiness) *
April 1… Atlanta, GA (The Earl) ^
April 2… Charlotte, NC (Snug Harbor)
April 3… Carrboro, NC (Back Room @ Cat’s Cradle) %
April 4… Harrisonburg, VA (MACRoCk Music Festival)
April 5… Asheville, NC (The Mothlight)
April 6… Winston-Salem, NC (Phuzz Phest)
April 8… Cardiff, UK (The Moon Club) +
April 9… Liverpool, UK (The Shipping Forecast) +
April 10… Manchester, UK (Band On The Wall) +
April 11… London, UK (The Shacklewell Arms)
April 12… Norwich, UK (Epic Studios)
April 13… Ghent, Belgium (Charlatan Democrazy)
April 14… Brussels, Belgium (Botanique Witloof Bar)
April 15… Liege, Belgium (Mad Museum)
April 16… Utrecht, Netherlands (DB’s)
April 17… Amsterdam, Netherlands )Paradiso Basement)
April 18… Lille, France (TBA)
April 19… Paris, France (Espace B)
April 20… Lyon, France ((TBA)
April 21… Modena, Italy (Osteria del 32)
April 22… Milan, Italy (Magnolia)
April 23… Ravenna, Italy (Moog)
April 24… Genova, Italy (Teatro Altrove)
April 25… ZUG, Switzerland (Le Coq d’Or)
April 26… Zurich, Switzerland (Langstars)
April 30… St. Louis, MO (Firebird) #
May 1… Kansas City, MO (The Record Bar) #
May 2… Dallas, TX (Club Dada) #
May 3… Austin, TX (Austin Psych Fest)
May 4… Baton Rouge, LA (Spanish Moon) $
May 5… Pensacola, FL (Vinyl Music Hall) $
May 6… St. Petersburg, FL (State Theatre) $
May 7… Miami, FL (Grand Central) $
May 8… Orlando, FL (The Social) $
May 9… Charlotte, NC (Chop Shop) $
May 17… Goiania, Brazil (Bananada Festival)
May 22… Brasilia, Brazil (TBA)
May 23… Sao Paulo, Brazil (TBA)
May 28… Barcelona, Spain (Global Music Network Showcase)
May 31-June 1… Barcelona, Spain ( rimavera Sound)
* w/ Vertical Scratchers
^ w/ Dean & Britta
% w/ Dean Wareham
+ w/ Lumerians
# w/ Temples
$ w/ Of Montreal