SOME STUFFS: Put your hands up for The Fresh & Onlys

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You may be familiar with the San Francisco band The Fresh & Onlys with the release of their Play It Strange album this past October on In The Red. People who have heard it are calling it a pop masterpiece-in-the-making, and that’s not bad for a group who are already being asked to perform at some of Europe’s popular music festivals.

The Fresh & Onlys also know that many have not heard of them, and they are going to remedy this a bit by going on tour after a few shows at this year’s South By Southwest. They’ll start the year off with a small handful of shows in February, head to Texas for SXSW, and then welcome fans in the spring with a tour that will take them from Colorado to Alabama, playing with other bands you may already be familiar with. Check out the itinerary:

02/27 San Francisco, CA Bottom of the Hill ~
03/16 – 03/19 Austin, TX SXSW
03/21 San Diego, CA Tin Can Alehouse
03/22 Los Angeles, CA Echo
04/12 Denver, CO Hi Dive &
04/13 Lawrence, KS The Jackpot Saloon &
04/14 Bloomington, IN The Bishop &
04/15 Pittsburgh, PA Brillobox &
04/18 Cincinnati, OH MOTR Pub &
04/19 Saint Louis, MO The Billiken Club !
04/20 Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall %
04/21 Toronto, ON Parts & Labour &
04/22 Montreal, QC Il Motore &
04/23 Brooklyn, NY Music Hall of Williamsburg %
04/24 Philadelphia, PA Kung Fu Necktie %
04/25 Washington, DC Red Palace %
04/27 Atlanta, GA The Earl %
04/28 Birmingham AL Bottletree %

~ w/ Growlers, Pleasure Kills, Wrong Words
% w/ Crocodiles, Young Prisms
& w/ Young Prisms
! w/ Crocodiles

The band have a new EP scheduled for release around the time they go on tour, and will no doubt include those songs in their sets.

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RECORD CRACK: DJ Format plays new 12 inch on cool looking phonograph

Next week, DJ Format will be releasing a new single for “Mr. DJ”/”Dope Pusher”, and I was presented with a video of Format playing the record on a record player that is getting a good amount of attention. Those who are fans of DJ Format are saying “damn, love the track but where in the hell did you get this record player?” Take a look at why the buzz has started.

As for the 12″, it can be purchased in the U.S. through CD Universe, or from Juno in the UK. In fact, I would highly recommend Juno even for American customers, as their postage rates are nice even as international rates, their shipment is prompt, and they do have an incredible amount of music goodies (of all formats) there.

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SOME STUFFS/RECORD CRACK: Cover art revealed for Panda Bear album

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Tomboy (Paw Tracks) is the forthcoming album from Panda Bear, and this is what the cover art will look like. It is currently scheduled for release on April 12th. It was originally going to be released on the 19th, but was pushed up a week so that it would be released in time for Record Store Day on April 16th. In other words, Americans who pay their taxes and get a healthy refund can spend lavishly on new music, including new Panda Bear. First pressings of the vinyl will be on colored vinyl, so if the demand is great and they have to do a second press, you may have a collectible. But don’t buy records just because they may be collectible, it’s about absorbing the music in a quality fashion. Speaking of which, the album will be masterered at Abbey Road Studio in London, using the Direct Metal Mastering (DMM) technique. In other words: quality (click here for information on the DMM process.)

The cover art for this and all singles for the album, is by Scott Mou. Mou is a member of the band Jane, which also features Panda Bear’s Noah Lennox, who you may also know from the band Animal Collective. It almost looks like a dosing tab or something you’d might find at a downtown store, only to find the paper had some LSD soaked into it. Maybe that’s what the music will be like, a dose of that shit you’re not supposed to take, but what can you do? It’s too late, it’s in your bloodstream.

Word has it that Tomboy will be more guitar and synthesizer based, opposed to the sampled sounds on previous works. While track listings are meant to be more informative than anything else (and really, what else can you do with a track listing), here is one for Tomboy:

01 You Can Count on Me
02 Tomboy
03 Slow Motion
04 Surfer’s Hymn
05 Last Night at The Jetty
06 Drone
07 Alsatian Darn
08 Scheherezade
09 Friendship Bracelet
10 Afterburner
11 Benfica

Save up, prepare, and wait for the Panda Bear dosage.

SOME STUFFS: Lil’ B to work with… Prince?

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This interview posted at RapRadar with rapper Lil’ B has him saying he’s going to work with Prince. Considering that the internet is going nuts (and not in a good way) by some of Lil’ B’s “merit”, it might sound odd that Prince would even consider working with Prince, especially since it was Lil’ B who claimed he would have no problem in having anal relations witjh Kanye West, but hey, hype is hype, freedom is freedom, and a collaboration is a collaboration. I can’t imagine what will happen if this collab goes through and people will say “hold on now, by golly. Prince didn’t want to call me back so we could jam on a national television show, and yet he’s going to do a song with fricken Lil’ B?”

We will see.

(Mahalo to EmpressEricka at Music Nerdery for the tip.)

VIDEO: Lumerians’ “Crazy Horses”

Chevaux Fous from m m on Vimeo.

Give credit to any band in 2011 willing to do an Osmonds song, especially one of the good Osmonds songs. In truth, there are many but the group (and the Osmonds in general) have always been looked at negatively because they were wholesome and clean. Yet “Crazy Horses” was the exception to the rule, and many will consider it their favorite song even though they may not know (or are in denial) that it was an Osmonds classic.

This live performance by Lumerians was done live on San Francisco public access television, so you have to love that on that premise alone. Maybe there is indeed something on that Oaktown water, and there’s no reason to doubt their dosage.

The band will be releasing a new album in March called Transmalinnia, so if you like their approach, find out what the band are about by heading to Lumerians.com.

VIDEO: Reks’ “25th Hour”

The time for looking back is done, but damn if this isn’t a slight flashback to the days when the majority of hip-hop either sounded like this or at least struggled to be this good. For too many years, artists have lost the will to struggle so consider this a much needed rude awakening to the unaware. This is a new track produced by DJ Premier, so yes, stop what you’re doing, turn this up, and raise your hands. Reks is doing damage, take in all injuries and wounds.

VIDEO: theBREAX featuring Sho Baraka’s “Brilliant Realness”

theBREAX recently came out with a new mix tape last week called BREAX Over, and they’re not joking, for a mere seven days after they revealed the new music, they also reveal a new video for the song “Brilliant Realness”, a track they did with Sho Baraka.

The mix tape is free, and you can find out more about it by clicking here.

SOME STUFFS/VIDEO: Toro Y Moi is “Still Sound” enough to hit the road

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Chaz Bundick is the man, and as Toro Y Moi he continues to make “the music”. He has created a video for the song “Still Sound”, which was shot on 8mm film, a major plus for me. Either that, or they used an 8mm film app, I don’t know (my hope is that it’s the former).

Watch the video, and then prepare for “the man” as he starts a 2011 tour that will start as winter ends. Here are the dates, mates:

03/11 Athens, GA – 40 Watt *
03/12 Atlanta, GA – Drunken Unicorn *
03/13 New Orleans, LA – The Saturn Bar *
03/14 Houston, TX – Fitzgeralds *
03/15 McAllen, TX – M.P.M. Fest @ Ambiente *$
03/16-18 Austin, TX – SXSW
03/19 Dallas, TX – Club Dada *
03/20 El Paso, TX – Lowbrow Palace *^
03/21 Tempe, AZ – Sail Inn *^$
03/22 Costa Mesa, CA – Detroit Bar *
03/23 Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour *
03/24 San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall *
03/25 Portland, OR – Doug Fir *
03/26 Kennewick, WA – The Red Room *^
03/27 Seattle, WA – Crocodile *
03/28 Vancouver, British Columbia – Biltmore ^
03/30 Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge #
03/31 Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge #
04/01 Kansas City, MO – Riot Room #
04/02 Omaha, NE – Slowdown Jr. #
04/03 Minneapolis, MN – 7th St. Entry #
04/05 Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle #
04/06 Bloomington, IN – The Bishop #^
04/07 Toronto, Ontario – Wrongbar #
04/08 Montreal, Quebec – La Sala Rossa #
04/09 Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall #
04/10 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg #
04/11 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom #
04/12 Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church #
04/13 Baltimore, MD – Talking Head #^
04/14 Washington, DC – Rock N Roll Hotel #
04/15 Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506 #^
04/16 Columbia, SC – Indie Grits Film Festival
04/23 Honolulu, HI – Next Door

* = w/ Cloud Nothings
^ = w/ Braids
# = w/ Adventure
$ = w/ Nite Jewel

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VIDEO: Saigon’s “The Greatest Story Never Told”

Suburban Noize is the label that will be releasing the debut album by Saigon, and the video is the title track for the album The Greatest Story Never Told.

For another preview of the album, check out the track featuring Faith Evans, called “Clap” (8.9mb), so like Sean Paul, make it.

You can pre-order the album now via Amazon by clicking the link below.

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VIDEO: Blaqstarr’s “Rider Girl”

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Wow, before you hear this song, please let me apologize for making you suffer through this. I’m thinking cool, this is a new video, I want to share it with people. The repetitious vocal sample already irked the shit out of me, and then this guy starts singing. Wow. Let me just say this: wow, and I don’t mean that in a good way. I can’t believe this shit is on a major label, someone please tell me this is a joke.

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