Monday, November 22, 2010

MP3 Monday: The Composure

Posted By on Mon, Nov 22, 2010 at 1:18 PM

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Howdy, blog-readers!

Short and sweet this time around: this week's MP3 Monday comes to us courtesy of The Composure. If you read last week's Short List -- you DID read last week's Short List, right? -- you know that this band consists of Punchline members and other folks, and adds a little nuance to the pop-punk playbook. They just released an album, Strings Attached, and were kind enough to supply us with this track: The Spinning of the World. Download! Listen! Enjoy! I'll be back Wednesday with a special rundown of Thanksgiving weekend shows and the like.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Screw MP3 Monday; you're downloading the new Girl Talk

Posted By on Mon, Nov 15, 2010 at 3:08 PM

So, I don't have an MP3 lined up for today -- there will be one next week -- but that's probably okay because you're probably spending your attention and bandwidth downloading the new Girl Talk album, All Day. It's called All Day; I'm not implying that it'll take all day to download, though with demand being what it is, it might.

It's free, licensed under Creative Commons -- the best way for an artist like Girl Talk to both skirt controversy about sampling practices and, with any luck, avoid legal issues (this is also why, as a famous example, Negativland's "U2" single is available as a free download but isn't for sale anymore).

So, go for it, enjoy it, and read our feature on Girl Talk from 2008.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Das Racist tonight at The Shop

Posted By on Tue, Nov 9, 2010 at 1:39 PM

Hey blogreaders! Sup?

Just dropping you a line to let you know about an Important Event that did not make this past week's print edition. You know Das Racist? That funny smart Brooklyn hipster hip hop outfit that does the song about being at the combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell? The one that's all over Pitchfork and Stereogum and all those other websites you read? They're at The Shop tonight in Bloomfield. It's $8, and at a pretty sweet little venue, and will probably be pretty packed and fun. The most fitting local opener -- Mrs. Paintbrush, aka Jackson from Grand Buffet ("P-I-L-L-B-U-G-S: If they made honey would you eat it?") -- plays as well, and an all-star team of DJs (Edgar Um, Selecta and Cutups) spins. The Shop is at 4314 Main St. in Bloomfield: it's a little door across from that Japanese steakhouse right where Main breaks off of Liberty Avenue.

Doors at 7, show at 8.

You're welcome!

Monday, November 1, 2010

MP3 Monday: Amuck

Posted By on Mon, Nov 1, 2010 at 5:24 PM

Hello hello! Long time no MP3. My fault on that one. We're back this week, so quit complaining.

This week's track comes courtesy of Amuck, a local MC whose LP, Probabilities, is available free at his Myspace page. It's an eclectic full-length with appearances from some local hip-hop fixtures like Basick Sickness and Sikes; Amuck doesn't hold back when he approaches topics like fundamentalism and anti-abortion propaganda, but he also knows when to let the anger rest and have some fun. The track we picked for today's MP3 Monday is "Minus Two Chromosomes," a song that strikes a balance between rapping and singing, and almost resembles a sinister Devo, if you follow. Download it and listen for yourself.

Amuck performs this Friday night, November 5, at the Smiling Moose on the South Side with a lineup that includes the aforementioned Basick Sickness and Sikes, plus Maesion and Dinotrax. It starts at 9 p.m. and tickets are $6 in advance, $8 at the door.

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