Video: Frank Nitt – “Go Girl”

Frank Nitt, of Frank-N-Dank, has a new EP on the way, Jewels in my Backpack (Delicious Vinyl). This first single isn’t very promising, though. “Go Girl”? OK… I’m not saying everything has to be mind-expanding, but this is just stupid.

MP3: Kenseth Thibideau – “Black Hole”

Kenseth Thibideau has made his mark in post-rock and experimental rock with his bands Tarentel and Rumah Sakit, as well as touring with Pinback and Three Mile Pilot. His new solo release, Repetition, comes out on Temporary Residence this July, and you can listen to a pretty, slow-rolling track here.

MP3: Gil Scott Heron and Mos Def – “New York is Killing Me”

Mos Def was reinvigorated with last year’s The Ecstatic, and the trend continues here with OG spoken word/hip-hop innovator Gil Scott-Heron. Download “New York is Killing Me” here, and just try not to clap along.

Book Review: 33 1/3: Illmatic (Continuum)

I recently reviewed Matthew Gasteier’s 33 1/3 contribution, Illmatic, about the classic Nas album, for Lost At Sea. Read it here.

MP3: !!! – “AM/FM”

!!! return this August with a new album, Strange Weather, Isn’t It? (Warp), recorded in Berlin, and are now streaming a new dark-disco track, “AM/FM,” on their website. The tracklist:

01. AM/FM

02. The Most Certain Sure

03. Wannagain Wannagain

04. Jamie, My Intentions Are Bass

05. Steady as the Sidewalk Cracks

06. Hollow

07. Jump Back

08. Even Judas Gave Jesus a Kiss

09. The Hammer

MP3: Drake feat. Lil’ Wayne – “Miss Me”

Thanks for rapping over this this mariachi beat, Drake. But chill with the Autotune (you don’t need it… or maybe you do) and stop making songs that sound the same because they use the same formula (but still sound pretty good). Listen to “Miss Me” here.

Video: Double Dagger – “No Allies”

Double Dagger’s 2009 album, More (Thrill Jockey), should be listened to repeatedly. It’s just that good. Check out the house-party show video for the song “No Allies” below.

MP3: Versus – “Invincible”

Huzzah! Versus are back with a brand-new album, On the Ones and Threes, due out on Merge this August. Listen to “Invincible” right here.

Video: Archie Bronson Outfit Live

Archie Bronson Outfit’s new album, Coconut (Domino), is one of the best I’ve heard this year. The band recently did a live session for, and you can watch it here.

MP3: Gold Panda – “You (Seams Remix)”

Gold Panda, out of Essex, UK, has a new EP on the way called You (Ghostly International), and will hit the road with Health and Indian Jewelry next month. Check out the hypnotic title track from the EP here.

Video: Light Pollution – “Good Feelings”

Some good new music out of Chicago – Light Pollution makes shoegaze-influenced swirling rock with a little bit of Animal Collective thrown in for good measure. Watch their video for “Good Feelings,” off of their forthcoming album, Apparitions (Carpark).

Mixtape: DJ A-Trak – Dirty South Dance 2

A-Trak’s new mixtape, Dirty South Dance 2, is now available for download today. Download here and turn your trizzy up.

Glaciers of Ice Vol. 150

It’s been three years now, and my monthly hip-hop column for has reached its 150th installment. Read it all here.

Good Rappers Who’ve Made Terrible Actors

I did this piece on Common’s awful acting efforts in the new film Just Wright for SF Weekly. Already getting some pissy comments, so let me clear two things up: I never said this shit is some original concept I created, it’s been done by a millions mags and blogs, but it fits with the release of this new film. And yes, there are many rappers in Who’s The Man?, but Everlast is especially whack.

Read it here.

MP3: Termanology and Checkmark – “Duffle Bag Brothers”

Termanology and Checkmark trading verses old-school style over a Digable Planets beat? Nice. Listen here.