Category Archives: Music
bEEdEEgEE aka Brian Degraw of Gang Gang Dance, put out our Album Of The Week yesterday, and now has a new video. “Flowers,” which features Brazilian singer Lovefoxxx, is a sprawling jam that stretches and bends like the goo in a lava lamp. The video does roughly the same thing all under a lo-fi VHS-style filter.
The Torontonian drag performer Tynomi Banks stars in the Canadian pop group Metric’s new video for “Lost Kitten,” a song from their 2012 album Synthetica. In the clip, shot beautifully by director Sammy Rawal, Banks vogues his way through Mexico City, looking for a mythical mother figure. Banks cuts a striking figure in the video, and his performance carries it even if I could make pretty much no sense out of the narrative. Watch it below.
Spanning from intense electro pop to folk ballads to acoustic covers of such luminaries as Mazzy Star, Mansions on the Moon does it all.
Casanovas In Heat brings together members of Boston punk bands Bloodkrow Butcher, Male Nurses, and Subclinix, but the sound is not as abrasive as those acts. Still very aggressive though: Recent 7″ B-side “Destiny St.” is the sound of losing your mind melodically, with frayed nerves and fast-paced hooks, a la the Buzzcocks, the Nerves, Hüsker Dü, or even an especially amped-up R.E.M. It sounds very much like it could have been part of some Chuck Eddy punk scene overview from the ’80s, and I mean that in the best way possible. Brace yourself and press play.
Lil Bibby might have the world’s least intimidating rap name. It evokes the following things: Smallness, actual babies, and journeyman NBA point guard Mike Bibby, who had a nice run with the early-’00s Sacramento Kings but who was never exactly Ron Artest. (Maybe I should be happy that Lil Bibby didn’t go with “Lil Laettner” or “Lil Korver” or “Lil Greg Oden” or something, but still.) Based on the name alone, I expected him to rap in an exaggerated mouse-squeak, and this couldn’t be further from the truth. Bibby is part of the young Chicago rap zeitgeist, but he has the voice of a middle-aged survivor. Even compared to his wizened old-soul young peers like Chief Keef and Lil Reese, Bibby sounds gnarled and ancient. If not for the drill music church-bells and occasional Auto-Tune on Free Crack, his excellent debut solo mixtape, Bibby could pass for one of the ancient tough-guy veterans who show up on DJ Premier beats these days. He sounds more like Blaq Poet or Sean Price than he does like any of his generational contemporaries. The rap critic Noz already pointed this out on Twitter, but his closest vocal doppelganger is actually Hell Rell, the permanent Dipset B-teamer (an impression only strengthened when a Cam’ron soliloquy from the gloriously awful straight-to-DVD movie Killa Season, which starred Rell, shows up as a skit on Free Crack.) That Rell similarity might be a problem for you. It’s not a problem for me.