Why? Cause these earnest hands are holding The Blackest Purse

Eskimo Snow

i wanna speak at an intimate decibel with the precision of an infinite decimal

Why? – This Blackest Purse

Right on the heels of their TBE debut, Why? drop this beautiful track of their upcoming LP Eskimo Snow. Apparently the 10 tracks were recorded during the sessions for their last LP, Alopecia, an album I never got into. Also apparently, Why? are considered hip-hop, a fact that went completely over my head when I was trying to get into Alopecia. Now that I have read (here) frontman Yoni Wolf say that Eskimo Snow is “the least hip-hop out of anything I’ve ever been involved with” I’m not really sure what to expect. I am just going to assume that all the songs are as fantastic as “The Blackest Purse” and get psyched for it’s September 22 release.

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«Flashback« Tripping Daisy – Firecracker


i know and i need and i feel were going higher and higher

Tripping Daisy – I Got A Girl / 1995

Although definitely not accurate for me at the time, “I Got A Girl” was a favorite jam back in ’95. It is the perfect ‘one-hit wonder’ song: simple, dumb, and easy to sing along too. A bit shocking then to learn (as I just did) that lead singer Tim Delaughter (the goofball here) went on to form Polyphonic Spree and other members formed Secret Machines, and School Of Seven Bells. Its like modern indie music was born with Tripping Daisy. Crazy stuff.

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Kesha is kinda fresher than P. Diddy these days


cause when i leave for the night, i ain’t coming back

Kesha – Tick Tock (P. Diddy)

Did somebody say that they wanted a party anthem for Saturday night? Oh wait, that was me. Sweet.  That funky Nashville blondie in the photo is Ke$ha, the chick voice on Flo Rida’s “Right Round,” and the genius behind all the insanity going on at her MySpace. I have no idea where her career will go from here. I am envisioning either a refreshingly wacky superstar or a full on train-wreck. Let’s toast to the former.

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Nyle is strong as an Xman in this rap game [EP thoughts]

Nyle Capstone

extend like richard when i see her back-bend like mr. plastic

Nyle – Xman

Remember when Saturday was the best day ever? I would crack myself out of bed at dawn and hot-foot it to the kitchen for some cereal and then implant myself in front of the TV for more cartoons than my poor eyes could handle. If the sample in this track doesn’t bring you straight back to those days then, well, I guess you were probably cooler than me. Like Nyle says, “yup, I’m a nerd,” X-Men was my jam, in both comic and animated form and it’s amazing that nobody has sampled the theme song before. Nyle definitely does it justice as he deftly name drops nearly every superhero in the Marvel universe and puts more than one grin on my face. Grab Nyle’s Capstone EP for free below and check out some more of the recent NYU grad’s tunes. None of them particularly grab me like this one but if “X-Man” brings me back, then “Senioritis” is a interesting look at today’s rap game with Nyle’s thoughts on Kid Cudi, Wale, and more.

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Lushlife’s jam ain’t coming In Soft. Focus! [track thoughts]


looking like i never gotta work in a day in my life

Lushlife – In Soft Focus (feat. Ariel Pink & Elzhi)

There are a lot of great things about running this blog but one of the best and most surprising has been my exposure to so much fresh hip-hop that I would have never found if I wasn’t scouring the interwebs. This song just floors me with it’s sweet beat and great rhyme delivery. I feel like it needs to be pumped out of a ghettoblaster on the front stoop at sunset as the neighborhood settles down for a Friday evening. I’m getting the album soon and if it’s anything like this track you know you will be hearing more.

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V.V. Brown’s new single snuck up like a Shark In The Water [Album thoughts]


please don’t make too much of it, it ain’t that serious

V.V. Brown – Shark In The Water

V.V. Brown has been riding the hype train sine late last year but I never fell for any of her songs until this one, and even then it took a couple listens. Hopefully you wont be as slow as me and will catch on to the anthemic awesomeness of this track right away. It’s the kind of song that makes me want to sing along at top volume. I just wish it was more pertinent to fist pumping than a song about a verbal misunderstanding and barking sharks(?). I also wish the rest of her debut LP, Travelling Like The Light, was as good. I’ve given it a couple of listens now and while it is completely pleasent I don’t see it staying in my listening rotation past, well… past me hitting ‘pubish’ on this post. Good thing “Shark In The Water” will enjoy a much more fruitful life in my “2009/07July” playlist.

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Future Of The Left make the future feel so right / Arming Eritrea

Future of the left

let’s flail together if we must flail at all

Future Of The Left – Arming Eritrea

I’ve been too deep in hip-hop land the past couple days and this neck breaking jam is the perfect thing to rip me out. Future Of The Left are made up of the remnants of some other popular Welsh bands but I don’t know them. I do know that this song has got me cranking my weak ass car stereo far past distortion levels this past week as I scream at poor Rick. Swap this in for your coffee tomorrow and get your day started right! Standby for word on the full album, Travels With Myself And Another, the bands second. Oh, and Eritrea is an independent state in Northern Africa. Don’t worry, I didn’t know either.

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Kid Cudi live in Hollywood (w/ B.O.B. & Asher Roth): In which expectations are lowered and anticipation is transferred

Photo by Keith Mokris / keithmokris.com

7/17 in Clevand. Photo by Keith Mokris / keithmokris.com

A funny thing happened on the way to this post… I’m rereading my Head’s Up ’09 post looking for my first hype-filled words on Kid Cudi and, well, he isn’t there. I never actually hyped Kid Cudi for 2009, despite later statements that I had. One week ago this discovery may have left me scratching my head, however after seeing his performance at The House Of Blues on Sunday night I am left nodding my head. “Good call” I mumble to myself, “Dude is on some seriously whack shit.” If hearing disparaging words like that directed at “yer boy” Cudi makes you mad/annoyed/cry then walk away now, it only gets worse.

Now let’s keep one thing in mind, I am not a negative dude. Readers of TBE will know my vibe is enthusiastic and positive and although I have not loved everything I have heard from Cudi some of his tracks are great and I was really looking forward to his live show selling me on his flavor. That was my mindset going in. In an effort to keep this as simple as possible I am going to just give you the play by play of what happened next. Start after the jump…

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