Stream: Black Rob – “Celebration”

Black Rob is back and he’s still like whoa. Listen to “Celebration,” the first track off of his debut for Duck Down, Game Testedhere. Perfect holiday weekend BBQ music.

Some old shit:


M83: Echoes Preview

Film Review: The Trip

One of the best films I’ve seen this year so far is Michael Winterbottom’s latest, The Trip. It’s hilarious and moving, and you can read my not hilarious and unmoving review for Paste Magazine here.

Travel: The Hidden Treasures of Seaside San Pedro

My piece for BBC Travel on San Pedro, CA (my wife’s hometown, not coincidentally) came out today. Read all about the dive bars, the thrift stores, and the hidden beaches here.

Download: Derek Allen – “Spirits In The Material World”

Mad Decent producer Derek Allen covers The Police’s classic “Spirits In The Material World” – a song that seems ripe for the picking, given its early-’80s synth lines that transpose nicely to an electro track. Download here.

And listen to the original below:

Video: Joakim – “Forever Young”

More great new music from Joakim, whose album, Nothing Gold, comes out this September.

Streaming: Bjork – “Crystalline”

This new Bjork song is blazing across the Internet today, and rightfully so. Yes, you’ve heard this type of thing before from her, but it’s a good song that starts pretty and ends with some hard d’n’b-style beats. Listen below.

Live Review: Archers of Loaf @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

Archers of Loaf have triumphantly returned, and they sound just as good as they did in the late ’90s. Seriously, their show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday night was a great one. Read my Village Voice review here.

Download: HTRK – “Eat Yr Heart”

HTRK are making some scary good (and I mean scary and good) electronic music that reminds me of The Knife, Burial, The XX, and Suicide. Listen to “Eat Yr Heart” here, a track off their forthcoming album, Work (work, work), due out on Ghostly International in September.

Download: Company Flow – “N2N Burners Remix”

Company Flow are reuniting for a show at Santos Party House in NYC on 7/16, ya heard? Now ya heard if ya hadn’t heard before. Download the lost remix of “N2N Burners” here and pretend it’s 1998.

Mixtape: Jean Grae – Cookies or Comas (Hosted by DJ Drama)

Download Jean Grae’s new mixtape, Cookies or Comas, here, her first release in about four years. Apparently she decided offering her rhyming services on Craigslist for $800 a pop just wasn’t cutting it anymore.

Stream: Total Warr – “Jaime” (Weezer cover)

“Jaime” is a great Weezer B-side, one of their better songs overall, in fact. Listen to Total Warr’s take here, a home-fi version with programmed beats that gives an original spin to the power-pop original.

Stream: C-Rayz Walz – “Black Red + Black”

C-Rayz Walz has kind of gone off the grid for a while now, but he’s back with a new 9th Wonder-produced song, which you can listen to here, a precursor to his All Black Everything album due out next week. Take it from him – he’s like Dwayne Wade with shades on, pimping.

Download: Nurses – “Fever Dreams”

Portland’s Nurses will release a new album, Dracula, this September, recorded in a cabin on the Oregon coat. Another origin story, whatever, but there’s something to it – check out the weird and wonderful first song made available for download, “Fever Dreams,” right here. Dig those Joy Division style drum fills.

Stream: Benoit & Sergio

Some of my favorite songs of this late spring/early summer courtesy of Benoit & Sergio: