Fresh Jamz

Sir Michael Rocks a/k/a Micky Rocks of Chicago’s dizzy, old-school hip-hop duo Cool Kids, is making waves on his own and prepping a mixtape, The Rocks Report. In anticipation, he’s been leaking videos and the latest just hit Fake Shore Drive and the rest of the Internet earlier this week. “Cootchie Crook (Put It In)” is playful and bouncy as fuck. It’s all fat, four-to-the-floor beats, a slinky guitar turn-about, and loads of orgasmic moans.
Get ready for his mixtape by checking the video below and try not to get too excited listening to that beat… (more…)


Mississippi’s Big K.R.I.T. came hard out of his deep south stomping grounds last year with his debut K.R.I.T. Wuz Here. Originally available for free through the MC’s myspace page, Wuz Here eventually got picked up by Def Jam. Since then, K.R.I.T.’s been busy. Just last month he put out an EP of tracks from Wuz Here featuring live instrumentation and vocal hooks care of Grillade, and today he’s officially “leaked” the lead single from his sophomore full-length, Returnof4eva. (more…)

Brooklyn’s “post-rock” black-metal outfit, Liturgy, is set to destroy eardrums and confound headbangers with their precise, over-amped blasts with the release of their second full-length album, Aesthetica, on Thrill Jockey in May. (more…)

In my old roles at newspapers and radio stations, I had to avoid calls to action, it’s been really liberating to do almost nothing but that on this blog. But I’m stepping up in a big way on this one. This isn’t just me asking you to listen to a song or watch a video, damnit, this is me asking you to directly support and affect the production and distribution of art! Coolzey a/k/a Zachary Eli Lint is seeking backers to help him put his 2010 Hip-Hop Hearts project on CD and DVD. Coolzey concieved a forward-looking project–which prempted Kanye’s Twitter-tape and I’ll let him speak for himself below: (more…)

In yet another instance of wonderful Iowa music news I didn’t get to because of list making and Kanye ego-stroking, Samuel Locke Ward has made a whole mess of his solo material available on his bandcamp site. (more…)

I just got my mitts on the second album from bass saxophone extraordinaire, Colin StetsonNew History Warfare Vol. II: Judges, his sophomore slab, comes out on Constellation Records on February 22nd and is already in contention for my tops of 2011 (it probably would have made my top 10 of last year without much trouble). Stetson has been, for the past decade, the go-to for experimental and indie greats when they’re craving the scronkiest or sweetest sax sounds this side of Albert Ayler; Stetson’s wrap sheet is a collaborator’s wet dream: Tom Waits, Arcade Fire, David Byrne, and TV on the Radio, just to name a few. (more…)

Last year I fell head over heels for the lo-fi Southern stylings of Big K.R.I.T. (dude just missed my top 10 records of the year). His debut slab, K.R.I.T. Wuz Here, got the young MC picked up by Def Jam–which meant that, sadly, the album was no longer available as for free through his Myspace page. One of the standout’s from his 2010 slammer was “Neva Go Back,” a sentimental track about youth and family (the hook: “I wish I was a kid again / runnin’ with my friends and them /  up and down the street”) over a blusey guitar loop, “Neva Go Back” is getting a remix of sorts. (more…)

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