RECORD CRACK: Pre-order Ruby The Hatchet’s new album “Valley Of The Snake”

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Ruby The Hatchet may not be the first name that comes to mind when you think of Philadelphia bands but I’m here to change that. The group will be releasing a new album on February 24th called Valley Of The Snake (Tee Pee) and it will be out on white vinyl. The group has a small handful of shows coming up later this week but you’re able to pre-order the album directly from Tee Pee Records or from Amazon below (also in MP3 and CD forms) so have a look.

As for the dates, here they are:
February 13… Philadelphia, PA (Underground Arts) @
February 14… Brooklyn, NY (The Acheron) @
February 15… Boston, MA (O’Briens) @$
February 21… Asbury Park, NJ (Asbury Park Yacht Club)
March 17-22… Austin, TX (SXSW)
March 21… Austin, TX (The North Door) %

@ = w/ Joy
$ = w/ Carousel, F.U.R.S.
% = w/ Kadavar, The Shrine, Heat, Castle


VIDEO: Has-Lo & Castle’s “Famished”

If you didn’t know, Has-Lo and Castle has a new album on Mello Music Group called Live Like You’re Dead so as you’re living/dying, you may/may not want to take a listen to one of its songs, “Famished”. Safe to say, it’s best that you be alive to take a listen, it wouldn’t be helpful if you’re unable to smile after checking it out. Pat Murray directed this one.


VIDEO: Has-Lo & Castle’s “Good Feelings”

Live Like You’re Dead is more than an album title, but how can one possibly live when they are deceased? We don’t know how Castle and Has-Lo manages, but perhaps there’s a bit of a meaning in that statement. You can listen to one of them in their new video for “Good Feelings”, which sounds more positive.

FREE DL: Has-Lo & Castle’s “D​.​L​.​S.”
Mello Music Group are releasing a new track, a collaboration between Has-Lo and Castle that will be a part of their album due on July 29th (a month from now) called Live Like You’re Dead. From it comes a song called “D.L.S.”, which will make you wish more mainstream hip-hop was on this level. You can also thank producer Arcka for putting this juicer together.

FREE DL: Castle featuring Has-Lo’s “Todd Shaw”
Todd Shaw is the real name for rapper Too $hort, but did Castle honor Too $hort in this track he did with Has​-​Lo? Maybe it’s an integrity thing, which Castle and Has-Lo both have. You can stream this baby and if you are feeling this, download it for free.

I remember once time I had posted something in my Twitter timeline that said “life is Todd Shaw”, so perhaps that vibe can be felt in this song. Honor greatness.

SOME STUFFS: Kongh to tour Europe in April

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April will mark the 10 year anniversary of Sweden’s Kongh, and they are going to bring the celebration to the rest of Europe with the first part in what they’re calling the “Ten Years Of Doom Tour”. The second part of the tour is still being organized, but here is where they will be in the spring:

April 10… Copenhagen, DK (Loppen)
April 11… Bielefeld, DE (AJZ) ✵
April 12… Leipzig, DE (“Doom Over Leipzig” at AZ Connewitz)
April 13… Wroclaw, PL (Firlej)
April 14… TBA
April 15… Vienna, AT (Arena) ɮ
April 16… Nurnberg, DE (Artischocken)
April 17… Brussels, BE (Magasin 4)
April 18… Rouen, FR (Emporium Galorium)
April 19… Paris, FR (La Maroquinerie)
April 20… Nijmegen, NL (Doornroosje) ʬ
April 21… Hamburg, DE (Astra Stube)
April 27… London, UK (“The Desertfest” at The Underworld)

✵ = w/ Windhand, Indian, Inter Arma
ɮ = w/ Sourvein, Graves At Sea
ʬ = w/ Castle, Lonely Kamel, Sleepy Sun

Their most recent album was released last year by Agonia Records called Sole Creation, which you may stream below via Bandcamp and purchase via Amazon.

SOME STUFFS: New Oddisee track to appear on forthcoming Mello Music Group compilation

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Mello Music Group are easily one of the most busiest labels out there today, and for me, I always anticipate what they’re about to release next. Here is that next: a compilation album called Mello Music Group Mandala Vol. 1: Polysonic Flows, to be released digitally on January 28th, with hard copy on February 4th. The album will feature material from yU, Dudley Perkins, Has-Lo, Blueprint, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Open Mike Eagle, John Robinson, Mr. Lif, Akil The MC, and Oddisee, who decided to share one of his contributions to the album with “Invislble Walls”, which you may download for free.

FREE DL: Castle’s “Krillz (Has-Lo Remix)”

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Castle’s Gasface album is still making the rounds but in order to draw a bit more attention to it, one of its songs has been given the remix treatment. The remixer? Has-Lo. In his hands: the song “Krillz”. The end result is what goes in your ears.