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Stalley – Home to You (Feat. Wale & Anthony Flammia)

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330. Stalley gets a run on the R&B tip on latest track “Home to You”. Featuring the soulful tones of NY crooner Anthony Flammia, it’s a bit of a different look for the MMG lil’ bro than we’ve heard thusfar but we’re digging it. Wale’s also on the spaced out track turning in what amounts to a relatively forgettable feature; he does however make hip hop’s (probably) first Samardo Samuels reference. Samardo, you made it.

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Rating 8.1

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RAVE’S FAVES: Gold Fields – Moves

By Bruce Rave

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One of my top SXSW live discoveries was Gold Fields from near Melbourne, Australia. They are tight, energetic and danceable, with 2 sick percussionists. “Moves” is perfectly titled. It has a retro bottom-end topped with a modern vibe. I played this song on my show last Friday, and it got a super reaction.

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Check out Bruce’s “Go Deep” show on Fridays 1-3 pm Pacific, 4-6 pm Eastern, 9-11pm GMT. Also listen to past shows at Bruce’s blog and follow Bruce on Twitter.

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Marina & The Diamonds – Primadonna (Burns Remix)

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Yeah like we could resist this one. UK producer Burns knocks this new “Primadonna” out the park and then some. Burns dials up some space/garage type tones in the mix but buoys it nicely with some good punch. You will like it. We promise.

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Rating 8.1

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SHOW REVIEW: Howler / The Static Jacks / TOPS @ The Echo LA, March 23rd, 2012

Review by Chris Gedos

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PHOTO: Jordan Gatesmith of Howler

The only way to accurately judge Howler’s debut album is to break it down and critique each individual variable, such as songs, production, musicianship, originality, etc., for to approach it otherwise forces one to harp upon Is This It. Not that America Give Up is trying to be The Strokes verbatim, but the two bands have already been so relentlessly linked by the populace that we’re really beating a horse dead by this point. Two American bands who both broke big in England first and both are trying to save “Garage Rock” and etc., which many regard as the most pure descendant of that old time rock n’ roll. Many bands have done the same thing before and after, the story is old, let’s move on.

Howler is from Minneapolis, which gave us The Replacements and Husker Dü, and Howler does compare favorably with Tim at moments, namely “This One’s Different” and “America”, but for me America Give Up really calls to mind a different mid-80’s masterpiece, Psychocandy, by the Scottish band, Jesus and Mary Chain. Both Psychocandy and America Give Up succeed by merging pop and noise while transcending the noise pop moniker. Jesus and Mary Chain wrote noisy songs that want to be poppier, while Howler writes poppy songs which want to be noisier. If WU LYF plays “Heavy Pop”, Howler plays “angry pop”, music too robust for the Warped Tour Scene but also too supposedly pastiche for some tastemakers, but for those more discerning it’s a wonderful break from the self-serious rock we’ve been too accustomed to as of late.

America Give Up is a great album, incredibly listenable from A to Z, a 2012 album with a proper A-side and a B-side. So with all these thoughts swirling about, I was very interested to hear Howler live. Would they play America Give Up verbatim?

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PHOTO: Montreal based TOPS opening the show.

Mad props to current tour-mates The Static Jacks for warming up the crowd right before Howler. Fresh on the heels of their first full-length, If You’re Young, they’re also about to tour for the second time with The Wombats. Static Jacks brought a powerful and thoroughly enjoyable set with pretty good songs across the board. Their style’s slightly more pop-punk than a band like Howler, but it’s loud and abrasive and all that good stuff. In other words: they sound exactly how a band like them should sound. They’ve also got the same ironic sense of humor as Mr. Gatesmith and cohorts. The Static Jacks hail from New Jersey; fans of fellow Jerseyites, The Milwaukees, will find much to love. Very good live band.

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PHOTO: The Static Jacks

Howler opened their set with “Wailing (Making Out)”, and that magical guitar lick about halfway through the song. That’s the thing about Howler: for me their songs blend together somewhat, but they have these magical moments which rank with the great debuts of yesteryear. They’ve also had the good fortune of honing their live set in front of a highly critical UK audience. They therefore weren’t fazed by the zombified LA crowd, i.e. no one was grooving to these insanely catchy tunes. From there they transitioned into LP opener “Beach Sluts”, a song which sets the tone for what Howler’s about. The song they played from the EP is a welcome departure from the LP, as the EP showcases Gatesmith’s versatility as a lyricist. We fans kept screaming out for the song “Free Drunk”, but the band never played it, rather keeping the set short and sweet, nine songs in barely half an hour. It would’ve been nice to hear a couple more, but Howler chose to let their youthful hubris shine on a cool March evening at the Echo. They instead took some time with fans after the set, something which occurs less and less often these days in an attempt to make a band seem more ‘mysterious’. But Howler is a transparent band (check out their tour videos) with a memorable if transparent album. What you see is what you get. They wouldn’t have it any other way.

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PHOTO: Howler

Howler – Beach Sluts

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RATING: 8.7

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Miguel – Arch N Point

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Miguel dropped tonight the second volume in his Art Dealer Chic EP series (which has thusfar been his outlet for a more indie R&B-leaning sound. THE WEEKND.). That trend continues with the slightly more uneven Vol. 2. The definite clear standout among the EP’s three song is the pulsing lead track “Arch N Point”; which despite being more than a bit reminiscent of “Sure Thing” (like a spookier sounding “Sure Thing”), does still stand relatively well on its own and should keep you interested.

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Rating 8.1

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Meek Mill – I’m Rollin’ (Prod. DJ Mustard)

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MMG soldier Meek Mill lets loose “I’m Rollin'” the latest from the Philly rapper forthcoming Dreamchasers 2 mixtape. Produced by “Rack City” beatsmith DJ Mustard, “I’m Rollin'” isn’t “House Party” but it’s still no doubt solid enough to get some run on hip hop radio. Listen.

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Rating 8.0

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Ty Segall & White Fence – I Am Not a Game

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Ty Segall grabs fellow Californians White Fence for new collaborative album Hair (due Apr. 24). The cool garage & organ tune “I Am Not a Game”, the project’s first single, is nice (albeit small) change of pace for Ty’s sound, popping it up a bit and beefing it up. (eg. the aformentioned organ and bigger guitars) Look for a full tour from these weirdos all throughout the month of May, starting 5/2 in SF.

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Rating 8.2

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Sophie Madeleine – Spooky (Classics IV/Dusty Springfield)

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Brighton UK chanteuse Sophie Madeleine turns in a capable cover of a fave OBG radio classic “Spooky”, which was first popularized by The Classics IV and later Dusty Springfield. Sophie’s careful coos and soft ukelele strums form a cool counterpoint to “Spooky”‘s, well spooky content and feel. Spin it.

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Rating 8.3

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Simian Mobile Disco – Cerulean

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We’ve loved first singles “Seraphim” and “Fourteenth Principles”, now third Unpatterns release “Cerulean” emerges. Accompanied by an awesome Jack Featherstone & Will Samuel directed 80’s video game inspired clip, the hypnotic “Cerulean” sounds like what the soundtrack for games like Pong and Asteroids would’ve sounded like had they come out today. You are getting sleeeeeeepy….. veeeeerrrryyyy sleeeeepppy.

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Rating 8.4

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Arthur Beatrice – Midland (Bwana Remix)

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Arthur Beatrice’s “Midland” track is beautiful. Remixing such a gorgeous (simple) track is not necessarily the easiest ask. Toronto producer Nathan Micay a/k/a Bwana is up to that measure and more though on this new official mix for “Midland”. Micay takes on the original’s really stunning vocal sample and chops it up, morphing the vocal into the third, fourth, fifth, etc percussive instruments in the track; creating a chorus of rhythms There are some other great added elements here (especially the interesting counterrhythmic flourishes and additional atmospheres) but the use of voice in the remix is quite the beautiful stroke. Check out one of our favorite remixes of the year thusfar below!

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Rating 8.7

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The Streets – Weak Become Heroes (King Krule Remix)

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The Streets’ Original Pirate Material was a huge record for all of us at b3sci. I spun the CD (remember that shit?), when I was 18, so many times I broke the thing. Here we are 10 years on (has it really been that long?) and to celebrate that anniversary King Krule a/k/a/ Zoo Kid has put together this sharp new remix of the Pirate Material standout “Weak Become Heroes”. Young King Krule, who was likely still in primary school when this LP was first released (damn, do we feel old), does an A+ job here, not only adding his own verse to the track but also peeling back the instrumental a bit, spacing it out, modernizing it a bit (like we love that funky UK piano shit on the original) but it’s cool to hear the track like this. Don’t miss it. (ABEANO)

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Rating 8.5

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David Dallas – Caught in a Daze (Feat. Freddie Gibbs) (41 Remix)

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Check out this great new vibed out remix for our dude David Dallas done by his bud Nathan “41” Maclaren. This “Caught in a Daze” mix will be part of an upcoming remix package of Dallas’ awesome sophomore record Rose Tint, due April 3rd. Freddie Gibbs get fried like everyday is Friday.

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Rating 8.2

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