In the three years that I’ve been following her, Brooklyn’s Sharon Van Etten has become such a talented musician. Back in 2009, I witnessed her perform her debut album Because I Was In Love, a collection of heartbreaking and haunting indie folk tracks (you can actually read my super old review here). Since then she’s released two more solid albums, both of which show her evolution as an artist and how her music has blossomed from sparse folkishnesss to a much more full-bodied rock sound. Oh yeah, AND she’s also played numerous Late Night TV shows and shared the stage with the likes of The Antlers, The National and St. Vincent. No big deal, right? In all honesty though, it’s been thoroughly wonderful watching her grow.
After touring extensively to support her latest album Tramp, Van Etten will release a deluxe version of it on November 13th via Jagjaguwar. It will include demos of each of the tracks as well as this previously unreleased demo “Tell Me”. The aching acoustic song seems to hearken back to her old days and really places her stunning voice front and center. Check it out below:
Calling Sound Remedyand up and coming producer will be a disservice to the talented now established master remixer from Los Angeles. Taking up his latest victim, indie band Carousel (who recently moved from Boston to Brooklyn this Spring), Sound Remedy packs a lot of bright melodies into a ridiculous addicting track. Already 24 hours in with 33k plays on Soundcloud, this light and fulfilling remix is bound to create happiness in your day.
Released as the hidden track on their recent cassette EP, Crash & The Coots‘ high octane rendition of Brigitte Bardot’s “Ca Pourrait Changer” is a bold choice of song to cover but one the young British band seem to pull off with ease. Much like the rest of their debut John Coles Park EP they’ve worked the sixties classic into an upbeat slice of killer lo-fi pop. Stream the cover below before bagging yourself a free copy of the alternative version of “Brian Fury Wins!”
CRASH & THE COOTS CA POURRAIT CHANGER (Brigitte Bardot cover)
Brooklyn’s Empress Of, the solo project of musician Lorely Rodriguez, is a brand new act and one that’s remained mostly shrouded in mystery, aside from YouTube teasers, this newly released track and her first live show at CMJ last week. Though there isn’t a ton of material available for us to gauge whether or not she’s going to be a breakout hit in 2012, this track alone shows great potential. “Don’t Tell Me” is lined with a slow-burning electronic pace, wavy keyboards and longing, feathery female vocals. The charmer is more than enough to keep Empress Of on our radars.
Kendrick Lamar‘s stellar debut album, good kid m.A.A.D. city, dropped today, and if you haven’t picked it up yet then you’re missing out on excellent tracks like this one right here. While many fans complained about the lack of Black Hippy members on the album when the tracklist was released, those who decided to cop the deluxe version were pleasantly surprised to find a remix to the album’s first single, featuring fellow TDE associates Jay Rock, Schoolboy Q and Ab-Soul. If you needed any more reasons to keep this song on repeat, you’ve now got three of them to add to your list.
Kendrick Lamar Swimming Pools (Drank) (Black Hippy Remix) Feat. Jay Rock, Ab
Actress Michelle Williams (Blue Valentine, Dawson’s Creek) stars in the latest music video for “Paradise” by dreamy shoegaze band Wild Nothing. Directed by Matthew Amato, it was filmed in Niagara Falls and Los Angeles and, according to a press release, “chronicles “travel by plane and the paradise found just beyond the window”. It also features a special edit of the song that includes a voiceover of Williams reading an excerpt from A Word Child, a ’70s novel by Iris Murdoch.
“Paradise” is off Wild Nothing’s sophomore album Nocturne, which is out now via Captured Tracks.
Let the ignorance ensue. While Future, 2 Chainz and Waka Flocka Flame aren’t lyrical masterminds by any means, they can still blow your mind with the amount of energy they bring to a track. Who else would you rely on to amp you up? Look for this one to live on Future’s upcoming Super Future/Fire Marshall Future mixtape, coming soon.