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 I love a good dis battles. It's a spectacle of both ribaldry and talent that is sweeter than the normal tabloid infused Pitt-Jole-Aniston love triangle, because the participants of the rivalry actually partake in the dissin' and the audience gets to cheer and boo from the internet sidelines. Plus, we get to invest in a love or hate fan relationship that, if lucky, can last us a life time. I still draw lines when it comes to MC Lyte and Antoinette , and that battle happened when I was a wee three-year old. Read More
Well, better late than never. Brooklyn-based rapper, Jasmine Solano along with DJ NIRE released their mixtape TWO OF HEARTS on Valentine’s Day. This mixtape, just short of an hour, is jammed packed with fresh beats and inspired by the roller rink. Jasmine Solano blogged that the mixtape keeps the “old school vibes tight” and is a reminder of “innocent teen love.” This collaboration Latin freestyle mix can be downloaded here and enjoyed everywhere. Read More
My favorite girlie-punk twins, Eagle and Talon, release In Manila on February 22nd.    After my ipod favorite, Thracian, the girls are back. AND joined by Mr. Reggie Watts. There's the same alt sweetness - a somehow optimistic and eerie style that keeps you dancing in your underpants.  This is what we expect from Eagle and Talon.  In Manila brings new riffs and crazy melodies - it's fresh and delicious. Go to their Kickstarter. For 5 bucks you can download their new EP In Manila. Read More
You may recognize tUnE-yArDs' song "Fiya" as that charming ukulele-plucking track from that blackberry commercial, or you might've seen her steal the show from the Dirty Projectors back in 2009, or maybe you saw her in the USA-Montreal-Toronto trio Sister Suvi a couple years back. but maybe all that flew under your radar. If you missed all that, no fear,  her new track "Bizzness" is the perfect introduction. tUnE-yArDs released "Bizzness" as  a teaser for her forthcoming second lp w h o k i l l s. Read More
  The latest release from The Flaming Lips since last year is available now! The new composition is a digital streaming “single” entitled “Two Blobs F**king”. The single is actually a set of multiple tracks that, when combined with their musical counterparts, will equate to the first-ever musical experience of its kind. “Two Blobs F**king” will stream along with videos as 12 individual tracks, ultimately creating one complete song. Read More
Happy Valentines Day! We chose this adorable video of the day, Agent Ribbons’s Oh, La La from their new album, Chateau Crone, to celebrate the Holiday of love and candy hearts. Austin girl group Agent Ribbons, with their whimsical and versatile musical stylings, which range anywhere from powerful, theatrical punk rock to melodious sea shanties, has definitely captured our attention, and our hearts.  Let Oh, La La transport you, so you too can frolic through this Technicolor meadow, a pastoral daydream indeed. Read More
I don’t know if three weeks is enough time to mentally prepare for the Downtown Music Festival and all it’s musical-goodness.  In partnership with The Fund for Public Schools, New York-based Downtown Records will be taking over BOTH Webster Hall and Terminal 5 on Friday, March 4th and Saturday, March 5th.  Celebrating the label’s 5th anniversary, Downtown Music Festival is fundraising for the first ever New York City Public School alumni organization. In hopes of encouraging greater involvement by all New Yorkers, Downtown remains committed to their community. Read More
Ah, the age old dilemma. You meet a cool dude, you want to be friends, but he just wants to,  you know, stick it in you! How Annoying!! Check out the new video by the Those Darlins, the twangy and trashy garage-punk gals from Tennessee that illustrates this problem in a delightfully un-delicate way. "Be Your Bro" is from their soon to be released album, Screws Get Loose (Oh Wow Dang- out on April 26). Read More
I wasn't expecting to love ex-X-Ray Spex’s Poly Styrene's new release, My Virtual Boyfriend, quite as much as I do. By the unfortunate mathematics of aging and rock'n'roll, it's rare that a past their prime rocker releases new and relevant material. The fireball that is Ms. Poly Styrene has failed to disappoint. The single is a far cry from the fierce caterwaul of 1977's Oh Bondage! Up Yours!.  The energy's different: it's frenetic, disorganized, and utterly bored with the technical sludge the singer has to wade through in order to get close to her virtual boyfriend. Read More
Grimy blues-rock duo, The Kills, have released the video for their new single, Satellite. Satellite is the first release off their forthcoming album: Blood Pressures, which drops April 5th in North America. To promote the album, the two are hitting the road for with Cold Cave and the Entrance Band. The tour starts off in Texas at the Domino Records Showcase for SXSW and wraps up three months later in Pomona, California. Read More