Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros’ Alex Ebert contributed a song to Breaking Bad, and RZA decided he wanted to help out. Huh? Yeah. Download here: Alex Ebert – Truth (feat. RZA). And as I’ve said before, but just to be perfectly clear, Kueneman didn’t turn me on to this band, my wife did.
Gauntlet Hair is a duo that makes the most of its limitations, creating a sound that’s spare but intricate, with shades of Sunset Rubdown circus weirdness and spindly early’-80s post-punk. Their self-titled debut is out October 18th on Dead Oceans. Download “Top Bunk” here.
Toronto hip-hop ain’t nothing to fuck with, even if Drake never makes another sappy ballad. For a long time, the main source of new hip-hop music for our northern neighbor was radio show The Real Frequency. That show is no more, but the folks behind it have put together a compilation called The New North. Listen to one of the songs off of it, Shad’s “Flawless.”
Neon Indian has a new album on the way, Era Extrana, due out this fall. You can download a new song, “Fallout,” from his website, right now. The track is just about exactly what you’d expect: hazy, shoegazey, lo-fi electro-pop, kind of sleepy and kind of emo. Check out the new album’s cover art below.