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Run The Jewels are taken down by the broken prison system in video for “Legend Has It”

Run The Jewels’ newest video places rappers El-P and Killer Mike squarely in the crosshairs of a police state and its standard perceptions that black people and/or rap musicians are criminals.

In the video for “Legend Has It” from RTJ3, the duo mysteriously multiplies as they’re placed in a police lineup. As the song progresses, a little girl, a guy in a full body cast and a nun are later replaced by police officers in the lineup, until just El-P and Killer Mike become the main suspects in an unnamed crime.

Meanwhile, officers discuss who may be guilty, judging by people’s physical description.

“Go with your gut. Which of these gives you a bad feeling?” goes one quote behind the glass. The “woman of God” the body cast guy and the girl are of course let go, until only El-P and Killer Mike are left.

The video also features the view from a dark prison floor, showing the number of incarcerated rising as the decades pass– 1.9 million in 2000 to 2.3 million in 2017. Besides “Legend Has It” being one of the best raps from RTJ3, this is another video where Run The Jewels push boundaries of normalcy as they try to make their point — the U.S. prison system is severely flawed.

There’s quite a lot in the video, but it could have packed even more of a punch if it focused more on those prison numbers.

Watch the video below.

 

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The Julie Ruin’s Hit Reset is out now

Hit Reset, Kathleen Hanna’s latest installment of her off, on musical project The Julie Ruin, can be ordered online today, but you can still hear it through Spotify and read Ann Powers’ take on the album at NPR Music here.

If you haven’t heard Hit Reset yet, Hanna sounds just as good as the first Julie Ruin album, a bit more reserved than Le Tigre, and with all the fire she’s had since she was 9, when she first heard Gloria Steinem speak.

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Watch The Julie Ruin’s video for “I Decide,” with Katie Crutchfield of Waxahatchee, wearing a Yoko T-shirt, walking down a thoroughfare at South By Southwest.

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Nina Simone’s estate to Zoe Saldana: ‘Take Nina’s name out your mouth’

The estate of Nina Simone has spoken out after a trailer of the upcoming Simone biopic, ‘Nina,’ was released.

The trailer, released today, stars actress Zoe Saldana as Simone. The film’s production has remained controversial for several years since it was announced that Saldana was to play Simone, a jazz singer, pianist, activist and songwriter, also known as the High Priestess of Soul.

In a story on the Guardian‘s website, Saldana has been seen on the set wearing dark makeup and a prosthetic nose. The backlash has come down hard. Simone’s daughter, Lisa Simone Kelly, has continuously disavowed the film due to its casting choice.

Today, the Twitter account representing Simone’s estate tweeted to Saldana:

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The account also posted a link to a Simone interview, called “That Blackness,” where Simone talks about black culture and how she’s dedicated to helping black students  who feel alienated in white colleges:

“To me we are the most beautiful creatures in the whole world,” Simone says in the clip.

Simone’s Twitter account also posted a link today to Simone’s performance of “Go To Hell,” recorded in 1968 at The Bitter End in New York City. Some of the lines in “Go To Hell”:

“If your mind lies in the devil’s workshop/evil doins your thrill/ and trouble and mischief is all you live for/ you know damn well /that you’ll go to hell

Now you living high and mighty / rich off the fat of this land
Please don’t dispose of your natural soul / cause you know damn well that you’ll go to hell”

In 2013, Zaldana responded to the backlash that was already building at the time, saying in part, “I know who I am and I know what Nina Simone means to me. So that is my truth and that set me free.”

So far Saldana hasn’t directly responded. ‘Nina’ is due for release in April. Read more on the story at the Washington Post.

Watch the trailer for ‘Nina’ below:

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Watch Grindmother slam down vocals for ‘Age of Destruction’

Grindmother has released a video of her laying down vocals for her single “Age of Destruction.” It’s cool to see the behind-the-scenes of how any song is made, but this one is a little different. Grindmother’s guttural, ripped vocals are put down line by line, with vocal breaks in between.

Grindmother, 67, lent some screams to her son Rain Forest’s band, Corrupt Leaders, a couple years ago and liked it so much that she’s struck out on her own. The album “Age of Destruction” is set for release April 28.

Check it out — she starts singing so loud they have to move the mic back a bit.

Watch the official video for the song below:

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FKA twigs is back with sleeper hit ‘Good To Love’

FKA twigs is back again with a rather mellow R&B song, by her standards. “Good To Love” is pretty tame when you compare it the material on last year’s steamy Melissa EP, but it’s still distinctly twigs. Her vocals can range from a growl to a delicate vibrato, and her pretty vocals on “Good To Love” betray a deeper sadness when she says, “make my body come alive/I’ve got right to hurt inside.”

 

The video for “Good To Love” is completely disorienting; shooting it in black and white doesn’t help right your brain. Footage balances out between white sheets and tight shots of FKA twigs and her interpretive dance moves.

Twigs offers this description: “This whole video is a visual representation of me trying to wake up in the morning.” Knowing what we know about twigs, this is probably accurate.

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There’s no word on whether “Good To Love” is part of an upcoming EP, but it’s good to see her putting out new music again.

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TEEN masters the ’80s cable-access TV look for the video ‘Free Time’

You have to admire TEEN for doing things exactly how they want. The Brooklyn-based female quartet has always leaned toward the abstract, warped side of things, mixing space rock with indie-pop and ’70s psychedelic ephemera. No one makes music quite like TEEN, and they go all in, right down to their new video for “Free Time,” below.

The purple-hazy video features dancer Becca Kauffman from Ava Luna, and who also directs the video, which was shot straight to VHS (!) by Mika Altskan at Rollgate Studio in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

According to Kauffman:

‘Free Time’” was inspired by the 1980’s public access television performances of R. Stevie Moore, the post-punk choreographer Michael Clark’s videodance collaborations with his musical contemporaries, and the barebones production quality and interpretive dance accompaniment to Sid Harvey Fisher’s Astrology Songs.

Listen to “Free Time,” “All About Us” and “Tokyo” on Soundcloud:

“Free Time” is off their new album Love Yes, out now on Carpark Records. They’ve kicked off their North American tour and will perform at SXSW on March 16-20.

Feb 19 Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar

Feb 20 Lakewood, OH @ Mahall’s

Feb 21 Chicago, IL @ Hideout Inn

Feb 22 Cincinnati, OH @ Monday Night at the Comet

Feb 24 New Haven, CT @ BAR FREE SHOW

Feb 25 Burlington, VT @ Signal Kitchen

Feb 26 Stony Brook, NY @ Stony Brook University

Feb 27 Hudson, NY @ Half Moon

Mar 09 Richmond, VA @ Gallery 5

Mar 10 Asheville, NC @ Tiger Mountain

Mar 11 Charleston, SC @ Tin Roof

Mar 12 Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn

Mar 13 Birmingham, AL @ Syndicate Lounge

Mar 14 Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon
Mar 16-20 Austin, TX @ SXSW

Mar 21 El Paso, TX @ Lowbrow Palace

Mar 24 Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress

Mar 25 San Diego, CA @ Whistle Stop Bar

Mar 26 Los Angeles, CA @ Breezer Vol. I at Fais Do-Do

Mar 28 Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court

Mar 29 Denver, CO @ Hi-Dive

Mar 31 Omaha, NE @ O’Leaver’s

Apr 01 Iowa City, IA @ Gabe’s

Apr 02 Grand Rapids, MI @ Ladyfest GR

Apr 04 Detroit, MI @ Marble Bar

Apr 05 Toronto, ON @ The Silver Dollar Room

 

 

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Let’s Eat Grandma, UK’s oldest teen duo, release “Deep Six Textbook”

Let’s Eat Grandma are two teens from Norwich, UK — Rosa and Jenny, 16 and 17 who have been creating sludgy pop feelings since they were 14. In the world of new music, that’s extremely young. While their voices sound young as well, the moody music they create seems wise beyond their years, combined.

They’re also multi-instrumentalists, in case you’re wondering if they’re solely vocalists with a backing group.

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Watch LEG’s video for “Deep Six Textbook,” where they drop down onto wet sand and just appear to be really close friends and look like sisters (they’ve been best friends since about 4). They filmed the video at Cromer, on the Norfolk coast, and appear to be the only two people on the planet there.

Rosa and Jenny also created the artwork for “Deep Six Textbook.”

Let’s Eat Grandma (LEG) have signed to Transgressor and their debut is scheduled to appear this summer.

 

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Parquet Courts release “Dust” into the airwaves, details on new album

It seems like every few months, Parquet Courts creates new music. Their most recent EP, Monastic Living, was released last November, and now they’re back with more. Frontman Andrew Savage talks about the origins of their new album, Human Performance:

“I began to question my humanity, and if it was always as sincere as I thought, or if it was a performance. I felt like a sort of malfunctioning apparatus. Like a machine programmed to be human showing signs of defect.”

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Their prolific activity could be traced to Savage as well the band’s restlessness. Parquet Courts also released a single from Human Performance, “Dust,” with video of an unkempt schlub working and eating noodles in what must be a skeevy office, because the cameraman keeps wiping his video screen.

“The unavoidable noise of NYC (that) can be maddening, the kind of the impossible struggle against clutter, whether it’s physical or mental or social,” says singer and guitarist Austin Brown, who also produced and mixed the album. The new album is said to be a direct descendent of 2014’s Content Nausea and its analysis of modern anxieties


Human Performance is out April 8 on Rough Trade. New tour dates are below the tracklisting.

HUMAN PERFORMANCE TRACKLISTING
1. Dust
2. Human Performance
3. Outside
4. I Was Just Here
5. Paraphrased
6. Captive Of The Sun
7. Steady On My Mind
8. On Man, No City
9. Berlin Got Blurry
10. Keep It Even
11. Two Dead Cops
12. Pathos Prairie
13. It’s Gonna Happen

PARQUET COURTS TOUR DATES (new dates in bold):
Mon. Feb. 15 – Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall w/ Love Of Everything
Tue. Feb. 16 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall w/ Love Of Everything  – SOLD OUT
Thu. Feb. 18 – Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club w/ Love Of Everything
Fri. Feb. 19 – Calgary, AB @ Commonwealth Bar
Sat. Feb. 20 – Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theater w/ Dumb
Tue. Feb. 23 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos
Wed. Feb. 24 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom w/ Woolen Men
Fri. Feb. 26 – Oakland, CA @ The New Parish (Noise Pop) w/ Chris Cohen – SOLD OUT
Sat. Feb. 27 – Los Angeles, CA @ American Legion Hall w/ Chris Cohen – SOLD OUT
Sun. Feb. 28 – Los Angeles, CA @ American Legion Hall
Sat. Mar. 12 – Marfa, TX @ Marfa Myths w/ No Age, Emitt Rhodes, Quilt, Sheer Mag
Thu. Apr. 14 – Providence, RI @ The Met w/ Soda 
Fri. Apr.15 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club w/ Soda 
Sat. Apr. 16 – Kingston, NY @ BSP Kingston w/ Soda 
Sun. Apr. 17 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Spirit w/ Soda 
Mon. Apr. 18 – Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups w/ Soda 
Wed. Apr. 20 – Chicago, IL @ Metro w/ Soda 
Thu. Apr. 21 – Detroit, MI @ Marble Bar w/ Soda 
Fri. Apr. 22 – Toronto, Ontario @ Phoenix Theater w/ Soda 
Thu. Apr. 28 – Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater 
Sat. Apr. 30 – Austin, TX @ Levitation Festival
Mon. May 2 – Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s 
Wed. May 11 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer w/ B Boys 
Thu. May 12 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club w/ B Boys  
Fri. May 13 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle w/ B Boys 
Sun. May 15 – Atlanta, GA @ Shaky Knees Festival
Mon. May 16 – Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge w/ B Boys 
Tue. May 17 – Asheville, NC @ The Mothlight w/ B Boys 
Wed. May 18 – Charlottesville, VA @ Jefferson Theater w/ B Boys 
Fri. May 20 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall w/ B Boys 
Sat. June 4 – Barcelona, SP @ Primavera Sound Festival
Sun. June 12 – London, UK @ Field Day
Tue. June 14 – Bristol, UK @ Trinity
Wed. June 15 – Liverpool, UK @ New Kazimier
Thu. June 16 – Edinburgh, UK @ La Belle Angele
Fri. June 17 – Leeds, UK @ Irish Centre
Fri. June 18 – Manchester, UK @ Gorilla

 

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Run The Jewels’ “Meowpurrdy” video might melt your brain

Run The Jewels new video for “Meowpurrdy” will make your hair stand on end.

“Meowpurrdy” is the opener for Run The Jewels’ cat-remix, Run The Jewels 2, which is still a guilty pleasure months after its release.

The video features internet sensation Lil Bub (below), a cat with special needs whose tongue hangs out a lot, and was made with help from Adult Swim.

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Sure, the cats start off the video with some innocent dancing, but they soon sprout extra teeth, which are really like fangs, and multiply into deformed feline mutations with uneven eyes and fat tongues. I don’t think the video was supposed to remind people of The Human Centipede, but there you go.

You’ve been warned.

 

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Not even going to try and describe what’s going on here.

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Hear Bibio’s stained-glass view of life in “Feeling”

Bibio (Stephen Wilkinson) is streaming two new songs before his seventh album, “A Mineral Love,” drops April 1 on Warp Records.

Wilkinson’s song “Feeling” takes on a distinct ’70s feel with the opening saxophone notes, but funky guitar hoists a hefty pile of soul onto Wilkinson’s wide-ranging vocals. Bibio smartly blends even more layers of genres into “Feeling,” through swirling experimental synth notes and new-R&B feel. Wilkinson directed the dizzying, psychedelic video.

Bibio shared his thoughts on the new album, emphasizing his love for making records and using influences that reach back to the ’60s. Wilkinson also says A Mineral Love is meant to celebrate “human insecurities” and his need for “variety.” Wilkinson, who taught himself how to write music and play instruments, says the entire album is free of samples, although he wants it to have that “sampled” sound.

He ends his note by saying his music is “just a view through my stained-glass telescope.”

“This album celebrates the sacred and precious struggles of human insecurities through many windows of familiar musical forms. It’s also a celebration of my love of the craft of record making, drawing influences from many sources across all decades from the late sixties to the present. All these referential forms have a twist, some are more full on cocktails.

The album as a whole is an unashamed expression of my fondness of, and need for, variety. The juxtapositions between tracks are well considered and I’m comfortable with them – this is how I enjoy music. This is not a purist record, it is not trying to authentically recreate a specific time or genre but rather use familiar forms as a common language to communicate new ideas and new messages. I want to sing about struggle and tragedy with warmth, sympathy and respect. I want sadness to have bittersweet hope. 

The whole album was made from scratch with no samples from other records. I partly want it to sound like sampled records, but by crafting every single detail myself and colouring it to have familiar textures that resonates people’s forgotten memories. I enjoy the challenge of writing songs that reference the unique qualities and colours of music from different eras. It’s all guesswork though, I have no real reliable knowledge of why certain records sound the way they do, I taught myself how to play instruments, write music and produce. This album is my personal, filtered take on those forms and qualities. Some tracks are influenced by records I listen to often and some from ghosts of memories of things I heard while growing up, like ’70s/’80s American TV themes or ’90s dance. Sometimes a filtered and tinted memory of a period is a more exciting source of inspiration than close study and mimicry.

 I feel this album is built more from those memories and an exposure to music of many styles rather than close analytical study of any particular one. I think that’s why it all sounds like me, regardless of the deliberate references and nods to artists and records of the past. It is after all just a view through my stained-glass telescope.”

Watch the video for “Feeling” below:

No less impressive is Bibio’s warbly and jazz-influenced song “Petals.” It sounds entirely different from “Feeling,” which may indicate the variety of sounds Wilkinson is seeking on A Mineral Love.

A MINERAL LOVE TRACKLIST:
01. Petals
02. A Mineral Love
03. Raxeira
04. Town & Country
05. Feeling
06. The Way You Talk (Featuring Gotye)
07. With The Thought Of Us
08. Why So Serious? (Featuring Olivier St. Louis)
09. C’est La Vie
10. Wren Tails
11. Gasoline & Mirrors (Featuring Wax Stag)
12. Saint Thomas
13. Light Up The Sky

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