MP3 Monday

Monday, June 19, 2017

MP3 Monday: LEFTFIELD

Posted By on Mon, Jun 19, 2017 at 11:45 AM

PHOTO COURTESY OF KELLY CARTER
  • Photo courtesy of Kelly Carter
Each week, we post a song from a local artist online for free. This week, it’s new music from LEFTFIELD, the highly skilled MC/producer duo of Reason and DOC LVLY. “Agency,” featuring LKHD and Rhetorical Artz, serves as a good introduction to their earnest, old school mentality and crisp, smart production. The album is Learned Process. Go find it. Stream or download “Agency" below.

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Monday, June 12, 2017

MP3 Monday: Glo Phase

Posted By on Mon, Jun 12, 2017 at 11:40 AM

COVER ART BY PETE JOHNSON
  • Cover art by Pete Johnson
Each week, we post a song from a local artist online for free. This week, it’s “Tchoupitoulas,” from Glo Phase’s Halftone. That title (pronounced “chop-it-too-las”) references to a street in New Orleans, where much of the album was written over a month last winter. Words like hip hop, IDM and chillwave might work to describe it, but the album art (above) does it much better. Stream or download "Tchoupitoulas" below.

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Monday, June 5, 2017

MP3 Monday: Host Skull

Posted By on Mon, Jun 5, 2017 at 12:41 PM

The skulls (and heads) of Host Skull - PHOTO COURTESY OF JULI WERNER/DAVID BERNABO
  • Photo courtesy of Juli Werner/David Bernabo
  • The skulls (and heads) of Host Skull
Each week, we post a song from a local artist online for free. This week, it’s the latest from Host Skull, the duo of David Bernabo and Will Dyar. “Form Destroyer,” from their forthcoming Destruction (July 14), is typically heady stuff for these two, but as always, it’s an engaging and satisfying listen. Stay tuned for more on that album when it’s out. Stream or download it below.

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Monday, May 29, 2017

MP3 Monday: Soy Sos Extended Ensemble

Posted By on Mon, May 29, 2017 at 8:51 AM

PHOTO COURTESY OF KITOKO CHARGOIS​
  • Photo courtesy of Kitoko Chargois​
Each week, we post a song from a local artist online for free. This week, it’s a track from ABBEY: In The Red, the new multidisciplinary dance performance from Staycee Pearl Dance Project and Soy Sos. “Driva Man” is an Abbey Lincoln classic, revived in a stirring performance here with Soy Sos Extended Ensemble and Anqwenique Wingfield on vocals. Stream or download below.

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Monday, May 15, 2017

MP3 Monday: NVSV

Posted By on Mon, May 15, 2017 at 2:36 PM

NVSV - PHOTO COURTESY OF MASON LUCKIEWICZ
  • Photo courtesy of Mason Luckiewicz
  • NVSV
This week's MP3 Monday is from Pittsburgh-based rapper and producer NVSV (pronounced “NASA”). “Feel It In The Air” is not a throw-your-hands-up banger the title suggests, but something closer to a threat. It’s a sparse, thoughtfully-constructed and dark as hell. Don’t sleep on NVSV. Stream or download “Feel It In The Air” below.




To download "Feel It In The Air," right-click here and select "save as."


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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

MP3 Monday: Good Dude Lojack

Posted By on Tue, May 9, 2017 at 1:10 PM

Good Food Lojack - PHOTO COURTESY OF ALLISON BUSTIN
  • Photo courtesy of Allison Bustin
  • Good Food Lojack

Two things about this week's MP3 Monday:

1. Today is Tuesday. The headline is a lie. Not cool!

2. This is our first time premiering an altogether unreleased song, which is very cool. It's local producer Good Dude Lojack's "Slowbreaker," from his forthcoming full-length called Voyage (out May 19 on MISC Records). "Slowbreaker" features another of the city's finest producers, Nice Rec (whose EP with Mars Jackson is also an under-rated gem). For fans of unrushed somewhat-minimalist electronic music. Stay tuned for more. You can hear more from Good Dude Lojack here.


Read up on Good Dude Lojack's release party on May 19 right here.




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Monday, April 24, 2017

MP3 Monday: Sleep Movies

Posted By on Mon, Apr 24, 2017 at 11:32 AM

Sleep Movies - PHOTO COURTESY OF DAKOTAH BRIMMEIER
  • Photo courtesy of Dakotah Brimmeier
  • Sleep Movies
Each week, we post a song from a local artist online. This week, it’s “Paper Hat,” a woozy lo-fi guitar track from Sleep Movies’ latest EP, EDG. The song is relatively simple: three chords, bedroom production, ambient vocals. But it’s a complex, gratifying listen (especially listened in order with the EP’s other three tracks). Stream of download “Paper Hat” below.




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Monday, April 17, 2017

MP3 Monday: Molly Spear

Posted By on Mon, Apr 17, 2017 at 10:53 AM

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This week’s track, “God’s Morning Breath” by Molly Spear, is not for unadventurous ears. There are no lyrics, not much in terms of structure, hard to dance to (if you suck at dancing). Instead, we’re treated here to wave after wave of hypnotic looping guitars, with a tangible Indian and Middle Eastern influence. Like Sun Araw, but quieter. Stream or download “God’s Morning Breath” below.




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Monday, April 10, 2017

MP3 Monday: Punchline

Posted By on Mon, Apr 10, 2017 at 1:48 PM

So Nice To Meet Them: Punchline - PHOTO COURTESY OF BRENDAN WALTER
  • Photo courtesy of Brendan Walter
  • So Nice To Meet Them: Punchline

Feeling down in the dumps these days? Does every day on your calendar simply say "be sad 9 a.m. - bedtime"? Have you been called a "Gloomy Gus" more than once in the past week? If so, perk up, because Punchline has written a song to put the pep back your step. "Darkest Dark" is the latest from the Pittsburgh-bred pop band in a career spanning almost 20 years (anniversary this July). The track flies the flag for optimism and ebullience (douchy word, sorry), without veering into saccharin territory. Reliant K's Matt Thiesson chips in vocals too, which is rad. It's a lovely track, give it a listen.

Also, Punchline is in the midst of a Kickstarter campaign to make a Netflix special. Check it out here.



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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Listen Up! April 5

Posted By on Thu, Apr 6, 2017 at 2:00 PM

We've always wanted to insert little computer chips and speakers into City Paper, so that when you open it, music from artists featured in the paper plays while you read about them (like a big old greeting card). But that's just not realistic. This is the second-best thing: a Spotify playlist featuring music from this week's issue. Listen up.


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