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Monday, April 30, 2012

Members of Morning Benders Veer into Lascivious R&B — Irony Suspected

by Rachel Swan
Mon, Apr 30, 2012 at 10:52 AM

In the past week we've seen a weird spate of surprise career moves in the music business — most people thought the coup de grace was Brian McKnight's new "Adult Mix Tape," in which the renowned crooner used his soulful pipes for secular purposes. (Not kidding — "If You're Ready to Learn" might tackle "other sexual type things," but the chord changes are poached straight from gospel.) Slightly less shocking, but equally fascinating, is the latest single from POP ETC, the Berkeley-born, Brooklyn-based indie band formerly known as The Morning Benders. It's an Auto-Tune-sluiced, cleanly-produced, snare-and-clap-clap R&B track with lyrics about a one night stand.

Chris Chu -- Consummate womanizer and total hunk.
  • Chris Chu — Consummate womanizer and total hunk.

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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

New V-Nasty Mixtape Has Arrived

by Rachel Swan
Tue, Mar 13, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Not keen to rest on her laurels, Oakland-raised rapper V-Nasty just dropped a new mixtape to capitalize on the hype generated by BAYTL, her December collaboration with Atlanta rapper Gucci Mane. Clearly, she's ready to consolidate her own career, and assure that she'll never be remembered as just a potty-mouthed, highly problematic sidewoman in Kreayshawn's retinue. And apparently, she's succeeding.


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Thursday, March 1, 2012

Local Comic Chris Garcia Celebrates Mitt Romney's Sweep, in Reggaetón Form

by Rachel Swan
Thu, Mar 1, 2012 at 12:40 PM

At least one person in the Bay Area is celebrating Mitt Romney's recent primary victories. A day after the GOP "establishment" candidate won his home state of Michigan by a narrow 3 percent margin, local comedian Chris Garcia decided to comemorate the victory in song. And what better way to herald the grandfather of "self-deportation" than with a reggaetón ballad? Garcia's new ditty begins with shout-outs to Jalisco and "my vice president Don Francisco," a peal of air horns, and a little self-referential bluster (My Mittshake brings all the viejas to the yard.) There's also a subtle riposte against Romney's immigration policy, though it's blurred by backhanded praise. Disfrútelo:

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Friday, January 27, 2012

New Music from Uncle Ricky

by Rachel Swan
Fri, Jan 27, 2012 at 11:42 AM

One of our favorite improbable viral video stars, Ugandan crooner Uncle Ricky (neé Ochen Kaunda), just regaled us with a new world music dance track. And it veers away from the cloying, ballad-driven, borderline campy Uncle Ricky we've come to know and love. But that's not a bad thing. Ricky sings "BeautifulNICE&lovely" in English and the Kenyan language Luo, over a syncopated dancehall beat. OK, yeah, it's still about love and courtship — Uncle Ricky is a pretty sentimental guy, after all. But we do like all the new ornamentation. See for yourself.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Heems of Das Racist Drops a New Free Mixtape

by Rachel Swan
Tue, Jan 17, 2012 at 11:51 AM

It's certainly refreshing Heems — aka Himanshu Suri, of the postcolonial hip-hop group, Das Racist — uses the slang word "freegan" within the first few lines of his new mixtape.

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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Drake, Lil' Wayne Do It for the Bay, or Something

by Will Butler
Thu, Dec 22, 2011 at 12:40 AM

Remember that video that Drake was filming around these parts a few weeks ago? Well "The Motto" clip arrived via interweb late last night, and, except for a poignant intro from Mac Dre's mother, it's pretty much what you'd expect. Drake drives around some bridges and stands around with FAB and E-40, to prove that he did, in fact, take a little Bay field trip for the weekend. Meanwhile Tunechi and Tyga sit alone in a parking lot in SOMA. And Amoeba Music is probably pretty happy. Also, green Uggs.

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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

New Beats: Some Ember Debuts on Wide-Ranging Crash Symbols Compilation, Plus New Video From Parentz

by Will Butler
Wed, Dec 21, 2011 at 2:14 PM

First item: Jeremy Sullivan, aka Parentz, just dropped a fun new video; It's a kind of awkward, nostalgic celebration of cassette tapes and broken keyboards, taken from Sullivan's debut release, Big.
Watch it:

Next: Check out Dope Mountain Fuck vol. 2, a new, incredibly wide-ranging mixtape featuring a few of our favorite East Bay dudes.

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Friday, December 2, 2011

New Rap: Oakland's Main Attrakionz Had a Busy Week

by Will Butler
Fri, Dec 2, 2011 at 12:50 PM

It’s been a busy week for “Cloud Rap,” the budding Bay Area scene headed up by young Oakland rappers Squadda B and Mondre M.A.N., aka Main Attrakionz. The duo has been putting out tapes at an insane clip for a couple years, finally coming into their own with this summer’s 808’s And Dark Grapes II, but they haven’t slowed down at all.

Cloud Rap sort of branched off from the previous generation of Bay hip-hop. MAz use a lot of the same producers as Lil’ B, guys like Clams Casino and Keyboard Kid, but with the help of an extended network of producers that grows by the day, they’re developing a sound that’s more and more distinctive. The beats are like a long sigh, wistful and echoey. Often sampled from YouTube, or anywhere that’s convenient, these lo-fi methods used by leading lights like Clams Casino have become a stylistic choice for many. Cloud Rap is an appropriate name, too, not only for its cumulus billowy vibes, but because, as non-commercial releases, all of it is distributed via "cloud" technology. There's a heap of new music this week, and it’s basically all free. Here are some highlights:

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Monday, November 21, 2011

The Guy Who Co-Wrote Kreayshawn's “Gucci Gucci” Just Dropped An Album — So Why Don’t People Care?

by Will Butler
Mon, Nov 21, 2011 at 3:15 PM

“Daddy was right — I never do listen/but the blind old c*** couldn’t really see my vision/credit score low and I never held a job down/snackin on Xanny-bars just so I could calm down/my friends question why I’m so offbeat/or why I choose to write my name in wet concrete”

Speak! - Inside Out Boy
This is one of the spare elucidating verses from LA rapper Speak!’s new album Inside Out Boy. He’s frustrated and anxious, but honest. The release dropped late last Sunday night, much in the same way his friends in Odd Future put out their material: on a Tumblr blog as a free download with nothing but album art and a short subtitle. It’s a good album, too. It’s got a clean, cohesive sound and the beats are anything but generic. It was engineered and mixed by Odd Future’s Syd The Kyd, and has backing tracks from the OF crew, among other talented young producers. Speak (a.ka. Anthony Negrete) is a pretty smooth, arty rapper, and his verses are right in the save vein as Odd Future’s loud-mouthed, sexually flagrant style. And he’s got an additional, crucial claim to fame: co-writing (or more aptly ghostwriting) Kreayshawn’s mega-virus “Gucci Gucci”. So why isn’t anyone paying attention?

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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Listen and Download: The Beastie Boys' Ad-Rock Remixes tUnE-yArDs' "Gangsta"

by Ellen Cushing
Tue, Aug 16, 2011 at 1:21 PM

It was already a great song, but this version is great in a completely different way: it's stretched-out and spacey, the vocals chopped, screwed, and looped even more imaginatively than they were the first time around.

According to Pitchfork, the track "will appear on a 12" single release that will also include Cut Chemist's re-imagining of the w h o k i l l highlight (as well as the original track and its instrumental and a cappella)," due out September 27 on tUnE-yArDs' label, 4AD. In the meantime, listen and download below:

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