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
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.
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.
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.