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Open Windows 3: Deap Vally grinds and Alexis Taylor unwinds

Prince’s influence on the music world after his death continues unabated. Via FactMag, Hot Chip’s Alexis Taylor has now covered the Prince unreleased rarity, “Old Friends 4 Sale,” with heartfelt, somber piano notes. Taylor unplugging himself from his electro-synth world is jarring enough; Taylor explaining how he wanted to relearn the song as a tribute to Prince is even more emotional.

 

Deap Valley’s finally got new music on the horizon, and we’re thankful they haven’t changed their stripes. The female duo continues their blues-punk, guitar-dripping sound with the slow-burning track “Royal Jelly” and some advice for those who want to rule the world.

Deap Vally’s album Femijism, produced by the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s Nick Zinner, will be out Sept. 16 on Nevado.

Watch the video below:

Read NPR’s blurb on Deap Vally in their “New Mix” wrapup: http://www.npr.org/player/embed/484374847/484377500

Deap Vally also released the video last month for “Smile More,” a tender ode to guys who try that advice on others.  “I am not ashamed of my age/ I am not ashamed of my rage,” Lindsey Troy sings. Deap Vally always knows the right thing to say.

 

The first two songs off Lando Chill’s upcoming album are more than just promising. The Tucson hip-hop artist spits honest truth, whether he’s feeling just fine rolling a bowl on “Early In the Morning” or fighting demons like depression on “Coroner”:

“There’s no more to say, no more to pay, no world to save / I’m not the man you believe in, see I’m just the man you were leaving,” Lando Chill says rather calmly on the song, and you believe he’s got something bubbling underneath the surface.

His album, For Mark, Your Son, will be out Aug. 12 on Mello Music Group. Listen on Bandcamp:

 

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Girlpool plays a dramatic cover of “Cut Your Bangs”

Girlpool covers Radiator Hospital's "Cut Your Bangs."

Girlpool covers Radiator Hospital’s “Cut Your Bangs.”

Girlpool has quietly covered Radiator Hospital’s “Cut Your Bangs” during a session for NME.

Everything this LA girl duo does is simplified, which makes everything they do that much more dramatic. They take Radiator Hospital’s version and slow it way down, cut out the fuzz and make it their own.

Listen to Radiator Hospital’s jumpier version of “Cut Your Bangs” from bandcamp.

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“Downton Abbey” fans, and Diddy, may rejoice in new Christmas CD

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On Nov. 17, Warner Brothers released a 45-track “Christmas at Downton Abbey” double CD, a collection of carols and hymns that also features music by Elizabeth McGovern, Abbey’s Countess of Grantham. McGovern also performs with the band Sadie and the Hotheads.

Christmas carols like “O Holy Night,”Silent Night” and “Twelve Days of Christmas” are included on “Christmas at Downton Abbey”; some music on the double CD is recorded by the Budapest City Orchestra and the Budapest Choral Voices.

This classical/holiday release gets a mention because, believe it or not, there are some unlikely musicians out there who are also “Downton Abbey” freaks.

Papermag in 2012 compiled a list of random celebrities who are not-so-closet fans of the British World War I-era drama. Among them: Katy Perry, Courtney Love and Aimee Mann.

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Courtney Love — Live through this Downton Abbey cliffhanger

Noticeably missing from the list, and quite possibly the biggest “DA” fan out there: Diddy.

In 2013, the rapper and self-professed “Abbey head,” created a character for himself in the drama through a series of hilarious scenes on Funny or Die.

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PBS reps at the time had to deny Diddy’s claims he was the first black cast member to join “Downton Abbey.”

Puff Daddy loves “Downton Abbey” so much, he made a little montage of it which he dubbed “Downtown Abbey,” his “favorite show of all time.”

In the montage, Combs meets the Crawley clan, takes his Ciroc with a spot of tea, and dabbles in the fine art of post-Edwardian love triangles.

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Product placement that expands beyond the generations.

Fans have been patiently waiting for this year’s installment of the drama’s Christmas special. The details about when that airs is still under wraps. Thankfully, the “Christmas at Downton Abbey” CD is out now.

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Big Data’s “Dangerous (feat. Joywave)” now seven times the fun

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Why remix it once when you can remix it seven times?
Riding on the success of Big Data’s “Dangerous (feat. Joywave)”, seven versions of the electronic group’s August megahit with indie band Joywave have been combined and curated for diehard Data fans.
Groups like Sweet Valley, ASTR, and Spacebrother are contributing.
The Oliver remix of “Dangerous” seems to have caught fire the most; most recently it was at number 5 on Hypemachine.

All of the remixes of EP 1.6 are on Soundcloud.
Here’s the track listing:

1 Dangerous (Oliver Remix)
2 Dangerous (Spacebrother’s Disco Dancing Remix)
3 Dangerous (CHAPPO Remix)
4 Dangerous (ASTR Remix)
5 Dangerous (Spacebrother’s Electro Stomp Remix)
6 Dangerous (Sebu Remix)
7 Dangerous (Sweet Valley Remix)

If you really, really like the song, go get Big Data’s remix EP, 1.5, from December. That has eight remixes, and includes one by Joywave.
Big Data is out touring with Fitz & the Tantrums.

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Aretha shuts it down on Adele’s “Rolling In the Deep”

Aretha Franklin Sings the Gread Diva Classics

Aretha Franklin Sings the Gread Diva Classics

Aretha Franklin is back with her latest covers album and she feels great.
“Aretha Sings the Great Diva Classics” is just that. The ultimate diva puts her spin on songs like “Midnight Train to Georgia,” “I Will Survive” and “People” by Barbra Streisand.
But it’s Franklin’s version of Adele’s 2010 soul hit “Rolling in the Deep” that has people talking.
It takes no small effort to outshine the young Brit singer’s powerful chords on the pop single that propelled her to instant fame.
Although somewhat overpowered by a busy disco beat, in Franklin’s capable hands, she can coax even more angry passion from “Rolling in the Deep.”
The Queen of Soul’s voice continues to mellow to a honeyed mahogany. But make no mistake, she can still bring out the claws and own any note she pleases.
While the song will always be Adele’s baby, Franklin easily meets, then surpasses, Adele’s stronghold on the radio-friendly empire of “Deep,” bending it to her will.

“Aretha Sings the Great Diva Classics” was released on vinyl Sept. 30 with a digital release Oct. 21.
Listen to Aretha’s version, then to Adele’s and tell me what you think.

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