Santigold and Terry Urban are pretty sure You’ll Find A Way, Player


i am no island, peninsula maybe

Santigold – You’ll Find A Way Player (Ft. Andre 3000 & Bun B)

If you have never seen Santigold before, don’t worry, that’s not her. That is my main goblin Lil’ Wayne lookin as sexy/blazed as ever. Santigold, however, was at the Hollywood Bowl on Sunday night and not-coincidentally, so was I. Was her set awesome? Well, let’s just say she opened with her part from Major Lazer’s “Hold The Line” and it was fire and heat from there. Good thing Terry Urban made this Santi-basd mixtape to make a  segue into something relevant… Terry Urban is no noob to the mixtape game and it shows in this seamless mashup of Santi’s debut and Terry’s favorite rappers from the dirty-dirty. There has been some controversy about the mix but who cares about that? Download the full mixtape below or sample here. Andre 3000 is apparently always genius and Rick Ross is apparenty always hustin’ so start there for some raw nasty.

Santigold – Hustlin’ With The Lights Out (Ft. Rick Ross)

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BONUS: Basement Jaxx – Saga (ft. Santigold)

You know we love Basement Jaxx, now hear Santigold rip her shizzle on this new ska-tinged Basement Jamm from their upcoming Scars. This is not better than “Raindrops,” “Hold The Line” or even “Gifted” but it’s still fun.

Slow Club know that It Doesn’t Have To Be Beautiful, but it certainly helps when it is


if you came back as the deep sea i would come back as the salt

Slow Club – It Doesn’t Have To Be Beautiful

The first time I heard Slow Club I listened. The second time, I heard. Then, seeing them all up in the blogosphere, I payed attention. Boy am I glad I did, their sound grows on me more and more with each listen. I have been digging “It Doesn’t Have To Be Beautiful” for the past week or two and have been meaning to post it but this vacation of mine has been slowing my roll. When I saw it on Silence-Killer yesterday I knew it was time, dammit (Thanks to Neil for the kick in the ass). Their new LP Yeah So comes out July 7th. In the meantime I picked up their Let’s Fall Back In Love EP which is a bit more subdued than what I have heard from Yeah So but is no less charming and awesome. I’m looking forward to more from this Sheffield, England duo.

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[JBI!] TBE Presents: Fever For The Flavor – A Mix for L.A.

fever Flavor cover

Los Angeles, the city of a million legends and a million disappointed tourists. Its too big to take in by foot and too confusing and traffic-packed to really see by car. It really isn’t a city at all, but more of a collection of cities that all happen to touch each other and give the illusion of being unified. However, while the city/ies may be sprawling and disjointed, they share a role as muse for great music. As I have simmered here this past two weeks I have been compiling my list of great L.A. songs. Some tribute, some complaint, but all about L.A. The mix’s title comes from Bran Van 3000’s “Drinking in L.A.” whose lyrics seemed strikingly poignant during this 26th year of my life. Oh, and it also reminds me of all the good eatin’ I miss when I’m away from L.A. Mmmmm, tacos…..

What is your favorite L.A. song/story/riot/natural disaster/celebrity sighting?

Download “Fever For The Flavor – A Mix for L.A.”

Tracklist and individual downloads after the jump.

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« Pre-Milennial Flashback « Toadies – Possum Kingdom


i will treat you well, my sweet angel, so help me jesus

Toadies – Possum Kingdom / 1994

Oh man, this song brings me straight back to Middle School. Back to the days when I knew the lyrics to every song on the radio. Music was so much simpler then. Fuzzy guitars, a simple hook, some reverb, and a death threat or two and you were set. Apparently there is a lot of discussion/controversy over the song’s content and the band even have vampire fans because of it. Weird. I’ve never heard another song by Toadies. Am I missing something?

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Abigail Washburn & The Shanghai Restoration Project present Sala


Abigail Washburn & The Shanghai Restoration – Sala

A few days ago I stumbled across the stunningly beautiful “Sala” and was instantly intrigued. After buying the Afterquake EP and digging deeper and into the project’s history I discovered the moving story behind the song. Recorded in the wake of the devastating 2008 earthquake in Sichuan province, Abigail Washburn teamed up with The Shanghai Restoration Project to produce an album to raise awareness for the 88,000 killed and more than 5 million dislocated. Taking field recordings of voices and sounds from the area affected they remixed them into these fantastic songs. The Qiang are an ethnic minority who were especially hard hit and “Sala” is a song they sing while dancing around a fire. It’s a “traditional Quiang lyric & melody” that was sung by Luo Shuang at a music exchange class at a middle school. Apparently the lyrics are “Qiang words with no meaning but to inspire dancing.” It certainly inspires that and a lot more.

Afterquake Website /// Afterquake on eMusic

Remix Roundup /// Vol. 6

Less talk, more rock. You know what to do.

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Handsome Furs are Talking (rocking?) Hotel Arbat Blues


do anything you want but just not here

Handsome Furs – Talking Hotel Arbat Blues

I had always heard of Handsome Furs but never really listened to their music until I saw they were coming to Warsaw a few months back. Their latest LP Face Control hooked me pretty quick and their live show solidified their awesomeness. I never posted anything at the time because it seemed like they were old news to everyone but me. Well just the other day “Talking Hotel Arbat Blues” came on while I was driving and I got so hyped I almost foot-stomped right through the bottom of my casr.

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The Antlers have got a Bear of a song


all the while i’ll know we’re fucked and not getting unfucked soon

The Antlers – Bear

I’ve stumbled across a number of tracks off of The Antlers recent Hospice LP and was left generally underwhelmed. Then “Bear” came along and grabbed my ear. I’m not sure whether it was the song’s quiet-loud beauty or the above awesome lyric that caught me first, but either way they have both grown on me lately and it’s time they grow on you. That is, unless you are already on board with The Antlers. In that case just give me some time. I have a feeling I’m right behind you.

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