10 Songs to Soundtrack an Endless Winter

All day Wednesday, the sky dumped snow on much of the eastern United States. Especially for those of us in the Northeast, this is nothing new — this unusually harsh season has been bringing us snowstorm after snowstorm, cold snap after cold snap, for months. Spring may officially be only two weeks away, but you wouldn’t know it from the icy tableau that is New York (or Boston, god help them). So, to soothe — or perhaps just distract — you blanket-covered, tea-sipping masses, here’s a collection of songs that encapsulate the experience of endless… Read More

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I Heard the $5 Million Wu-Tang Album That Won’t Be Played Again in Public for 88 Years

The new and possibly final Wu-Tang album is more than two hours long. It features 31 tracks, all eight living MCs, most if not all Wu-Tang affiliates (Sunz of Man, Redman, Cher), sirens, bombs, samples from kung fu cinema, and original skits. And it took more than two years to produce, mostly because eighty percent of its vocals were re-recorded to capture the intensity of early Wu-Tang records. The album’s title: Once Upon a Time in Shaolin. … Read More

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Raekwon and Ghostface Killah Announce Documentary

Hip-hop heads have this August marked on their calendars as the 20th anniversary of Raekwon and Ghostface Killah’s classic 1995… Read More

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The 10 Best New Songs We Heard This Week: Majical Cloudz, Solange

It’s Friday, which means that we’re all surreptitiously laughing at how ridiculous the Nymphomaniac trailer looks, and also that it’s time to look back over the best new music we heard this week. It’s been a good week, too, so much so that we’ve been able to reinstate our usual ten-song selection instead of the abridged five-song version that we tend to break out toward the end of the year. Specifically, there’s a new song from Majical Cloudz, the welcome return of several prodigal acts (being Thee Silver Mt. Zion Orchestra, Neneh Cherry and Shocking Pinks), a thumping Erol Alkan remix of Tame Impala, a taste of the debut album from Flavorwire hero DJ Dog Dick, and plenty more. Huzzah. … Read More

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10 MP3s You Need to Download for Free This Week: Frank Ocean, Pissed Jeans

It’s Friday, which means that we’re hungover as hell from our very own Silent Drape Runners’ Lil B party last night, and also that it’s time for our regular roundup of new music to get your hands on this week. Happily, the music industry is back in full swing after the holiday season, so much so that we’re back on the downloading kick from this week onwards. This week stuff you can get for free includes an Outkast reunion, sort of, along with new tracks from Lost Animal, Pissed Jeans and Junip, a bunch of antipodean indie pop, Blood Orange covering Kindness, and three entire albums (a new one from rising NYC rapper MaG, a rarities comp from Four Tet, and a new EP from Raekwon.) Get hold of all this action after the jump. … Read More

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10 MP3s You Need to Download for Free This Week: Swans, Dirty Projectors

It’s Friday, and we’re back with another installment of our regular roundup of downloadable MP3 goodness from around the web. This week, we get very excited about a taste of the new Swans album, even if it’s only a truncated edit of a truly epic-sounding track. There’s also a non-album Dirty Projectors track, Thurston Moore’s new band, new work from Crystal Castles and The Mountain Goats, suitably whacked-out hip hop from Flying Lotus and Raekwon, and a suite of Scott Walker remixes. In other words, there’s plenty of interesting sounds awaiting you after the jump, and since they won’t cost a penny or land you an RIAA lawsuit, as your attorneys we advise you to start downloading immediately. … Read More

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Watch Food Rap Along to Biggie and Method Man

We’ve always been of the firm belief that music and food go perfectly together, but we admit we’ve never imagined them intersecting quite like this. In “What’s Cooking?,” a new, too-short video from production due BankShot and DJ Nick Castle, sponsored by clothing label LRG, you’ll find your favorite lunch items “rapping along to some of the best culinary lines in hip-hop history,” sampling Biggie Smalls, Guru, Raekwon, Q-Tip, Action Bronson, Method Man, and other notable emcees. Prepare to be serenaded by a stack of pancakes with a lolling bacon tongue, a green pepper lip-synching through a platinum grill, and an enormous anthropomorphized cake. Is anyone else hungry? … Read More

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Looking Back at a Decade of Indie-Acceptable Hip-Hop Tokenism

Remember that festival line-up formula jpg that did the rounds a couple of years back? It sets out a hilarious generic line-up by categorizing the type of bands you find on every festival bill (“increasingly mainstream headliner,” “good headliner playing shitty latest album,” “fat bearded jam band,” “African tribal music everyone will clap politely for,” etc). Anyway, we got to thinking that a similar formula applies to end-of-year best album lists — and, specifically, that there’s always precisely one token hip-hop release lurking in or around pretty much every rock-centric top ten. Join us as we embark on a retrospective of the last ten years’ worth of such albums, and ponder what it all means. … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. An alleged photo of the Facebook Phone prototype has been leaked. Frankly, we’re underwhelmed. [via Laughing Squid]
2. Check out the latest free track from Kanye, “Lord Lord Lord,” a song which features a little help from Mos Def, Raekwon, Swizz Beatz, and former Gap Band singer Charlie Wilson. But be… Read More

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Mixtape: 10 Best Songs About Musicians

Now that they’ve subjected the world to some eye-blinding cover art, put out a cheesy promotional infomercial, and preemptively apologized for the song “Flash Delirium,” all that’s left for MGMT’s newest album Congratulations is the actual music (which is now streaming here). Amidst the oblique psychedelic meandering of their latest, the guys in MGMT felt compelled to saddle a pair of songs with some extra musical baggage: “Brian Eno” and “Song for Dan Treacy.”

In honor of MGMT bestowing their blessing on these two artists, we’ve compiled a list of songs about musicians/bands (the recent death of Alex Chilton is another unfortunate reason to examine this niche). After the jump, check out our choices, accompanied by some defining lyrics and ranging from self-referential jokiness to teary-eyed homages to a seriously pissed off Jay-Z. As always, let us know which songs we’ve left off. … Read More

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