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Monthly Archives: July 2011

Up from the 36 Chambers…. This mashup album combines the music of the post-hardcore band, Fugazi, with the stylings of the infamous Wu-Tang Clan, to form the name, Wugazi. Unfamiliar with Fugazi’s music, I found this album to have some pretty well done and interesting mashups. The creators, Cecil Otter, an emcee and founding member of the rap group, Doomtree, & Swiss Andy, a musician and producer, fit these two very distinct groups together to make a very polished piece of work and threw it up on the internet to download for free. Take a Listen Below. – D. Gold

Wugazi – Sleep Rules Everything
Wugazi – Nowhere to Wait

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Along with M. Kauf, I had the fortunate opportunity this weekend to see Joseph Arthur at the XPoNential Festival, held by local Philadelphia radio station 88.5 XPN. I saw several great performances at the festival this weekend, but Joseph Arthur’s had me completely floored. M. Kauf had hyped up his show for me a lot, and I also had heard a few songs from his 2011 release The Graduation Ceremony on the radio. Seeing him live was amazing though. I’ve seen a lot of artists craftily employ loop pedals in their performances, but Joseph Arthur could be the best I’ve seen at it. On stage, he would tap out percussion beats to create rhythym track loops while his guitar riffs echoed in the music. With his voice and the harmonizing effects he used, it sounded exactly like I was not seeing a single artist, but rather a whole band. If you ever have the chance to see him live, I definitely recommend it. Since the show, I’ve been listening to The Graduation Ceremony. I really like the album too, which is a relief, because to me one of the greatest disappointments is when a live musician’s recorded material are not quite level with his live performances by leaps and bounds.

-Jon The Wolf

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I was in the car the other day listening to the radio when, all of a sudden, this weird electronic music comes on called “Birkwin Jersey.”  I spent today scouring internet  for any information I could find other than what I heard on NPR.  Finally (with a little help from D. Gold) I found the group on Hype Machine and eventually Birkwin Jersey’s soundcloud which has some amazing free songs.  And after all that searching, all I learned was that the band is made up of one guy named Graeme Coop from Brighton, England and he is one hell of a musician.  The best way I can describe his music is a mellow/folky version of Gold Panda but to understand what that means, you really have to listen to his album Time Doesn’t Exist, Clocks Do.  It creates an amazing and innovative blend of folk and electronic music that is refreshing and familiar all at once.  I plan on listening to him throughout the day and if you do the same, I promise that you won’t be disappointed.  I couldn’t even decide which songs to post I like them all so much.  Here’s two beauties from his soundcloud and be sure to download his album on bandcamp for free via the Absent Fever label.

-M. Kauf

Sixes & Nines:

A Knife to a Gun Fight:

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Annie Clark, under the name St. Vincent, currently has me mesmerized with an early release off her yet to be released album No Mercy (Sept. 13th), Surgeon. Starting off with droning synths, Clark sets the stage for an electro-pop adventure, hooking you immediately with the drop of slow and steady beat and smoothly sung lyrics. After each plea, ‘best find a surgeon, come cut me open,’ the song descends a little deeper down the rabbit hole. It ultimately descends into a chaotic climax of electronic and sampled elements that I can’t get enough of. Check out the song on the video or her website posted below. -M.Hoff

#strangemercy

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Now, if you talking bout it, it’s a show
But if you move about it, then it’s a flow

Shabazz Palaces is one of the strangest rap groups I have heard. This strangeness does not come from their lyrics or personas (see: OFWGKTA, Lil’ B), but from their musical composition and rapping styles. With hints of old Outkast, minimalist electronica and glitch-hop, Shabazz Palaces beats are bassy and abstract, which makes for an interesting flow for raps and induces the Hova headnod. The group recently released a new album called Black Up to very high reviews: an 87 on Metacritic and #4 on their Best Music of 2011 So Far list. While I don’t truly vibe with some of the songs on the album (like An echo from the hosts that profess infinitum), other songs just go (like Swerve… & Youlogy). With such high reviews, I recommend you to check out the album and see what you think. – D. Gold

Shabazz Palaces — Swerve… The Reeping of all that is worthwhile (Noir not withstanding)

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Owing to my semi-secret fondness for pop music, I have a special place in my heart for M83. M83 was formed in 2001 and was originally composed of the French producer/vocalists Anthony Gonzalez and Nicolas Fromageau. After their second album was released, Fromageau left the band in 2004. Gonzalez has since gone for a generally more electro-pop sound, departing from their edgy electronic, ambient techno beginnings. I personally love both incarnations of the band, and Gonzalez still manages to be able to balance both elements I believe. Their 2007 release of mostly instrumental, ambient based longer-tracks Digital Shades Vol. 1, and was followed in 2008 with a poppier release Saturdays = Youth. I enjoyed listening to both albums although they sound, in my mind, completely different. I’ve had the fortunate opportunity to see Gonzalez live and his performance was completely breathtaking.  Gonzalez has announced a forthcoming release on October 18th, Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming. Just recently, he put out a new song entitled Midnight City supposedly from the new release. Check it out below, along with a teaser song from the album as well.

-Jon The Wolf

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Every once in a while Every few hours I go on reddit to kill some time looking at funny pictures, reading articles and occasionally finding some amazing music.  Last night while browsing /r/wearethemusicmakers, I stumbled onto a trippy electronic band named Chalkboards.  This boyfriend/girlfriend band of Anna Crain and Jacob Weiss create an impressive array of sound considering that they mostly use modified gameboys, drum kits and samples.  “good luck” is a great exampleflowing seamlessly from sound to sound on a psychedelic journey with a video to match.  Soak in the aural pleasure and the amazing imagery (I recommend headphones) and be sure to check out their EP isn’t it wonderal that we are together again? for free on BandCamp.

-M. Kauf

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