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No matter what genre, everyone knows Kool Keith. He’s been a staple in Hip Hop since the 80s in Ultramagnetic MCs he founded and then later with his multiple solo projects like Dr. Octagon, Dr. Dooom and Diesel Truckers to name a few. After releasing over 20 albums he’s on the cusp of dropping his newest, Feature Magnetic on Mello Music Group. Tonight. At midnight. It features a who’s who of Hip Hop like Sadat X, Psycho Les, Slug of Atmosphere, MF Doom, Bumpy Knuckles and many others.

Here he drops his video for “World Wide Lamper (feat. B.a.R.S. Murre & Dirt Nasty)” directed by Nicholaus Goossen.

 

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ALBUM TRACKLIST:
1. Intro
2. Stratocaster (feat. Godfather Don)
3. MC Voltron (feat. Craig G)
4. Super Hero (feat. MF DOOM)
5. World Wide Lamper (feat. B.A.R.S. Murre & Dirt Nasty)
6. Bragging Rights (feat. Psycho Les of The Beatnuts)
7. Girl Grab (feat. Necro)
8. Bonneville (feat. Mac Mall)
9. Tired (feat. Ed O.G.)
10. Cold Freezer (feat. Bumpy Knuckles)
11. Peer Pressure (feat. Slug of Atmosphere)
12. Life (feat. Sadat X)
13. Writers (fear. Ras Kass)
14. Cheesecake (Bonus Track)

Back in May Open Mike Eagle & Paul White dropped their album and collaborative effort Hella Personal Film Festival (Mello Music Group). After releasing a few singles off the album, sharing “Smiling (Quirky Race Doc)” was inevitable. In trying times and situations, the imagery the song projects couldn’t have dropped at a more appropriate moment. With lines like “If not reparations give me free Black therapy / And tell people you’re scared of them, it makes them act scarily” you get an idea of where Open Mike Eagle is heading over those Paul White beats here.

OPEN MIKE EAGLE LIVE SHOW DATES
9/7: Brooklyn, NY @ Alphaville
9/8: Boston, MA @ The Sinclair w/ Gold Panda
9/9: Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall w/ Gold Panda
9/10: Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s w/ Gold Panda
9/11: Montreal, QC @ Newspeak w/ Gold Panda
9/14: Toronto, ON @ The Mod Club w/ Gold Panda
9/15: Ann Arbor, MI @ The Blind Pig w/ Gold Panda
9/16: Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall w/ Gold Panda
9/17: Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club w/ Gold Panda
9/18: Madison, WI @ The Majestic Theatre w/ Gold Panda
9/24: Long Beach, CA @ Music Tastes Good Festival
10/22: Temecula, CA @ Sorrel
11/4-11/6: Mcdade, TX @ Sound on Sound Festival

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Every Monday, Ghettoblaster is looking back to new albums released the previous week. Below you’ll find several albums released on Friday April 15th that we believe are definitely worth a listen.

Kevin Morby – Singing Saw (Dead Oceans)


Singing Saw combines straightforward folk rock with a triumphant horn section and gospel leaning backing vocals, all while being overseen by the cool, Bob Dylan-esque singing and songwriting of 28 year old music veteran Kevin Morby.  Having released several albums as a member of Woods, a couple as a member of Babies, and now his third as a solo artist, Morby knows how to write really engaging music at this point.  Singing Saw covers a lot of ground lyrically, from personal ruminations to responding to police brutality, yet the songs always stay grounded.  All that aside, this is just a great sounding folk rock album, which is a joy to listen to.

 

Sturgill Simpson – A Sailor’s Guide to Earth (Atlantic Records)


“Hello my son, welcome to Earth / May not be my last, but you’ll always be my first” is the lovely opening lyric of A Sailor’s Guide to Earth, the incredibly personal new album from country artist Sturgill Simpson.  This album is a letter to his newborn son and finds Simpson equally dispensing advice and poetically describing his immense love for the newest addition to his life.  The country sound on the album generally falls into three categories: beautiful orchestral country, straightforward modern country rock and rollicking country complete with an awesome horn section.  Also, he impeccably covers Nirvana’s “In Bloom.”  This is all in just nine songs in under 40 minutes, making it a lean and remarkable listen.

PJ Harvey – The Hope Six Demolition Project (Island Records)


The story of PJ Harvey’s The Hope Six Demolition Project is at least as interesting as the resulting album, if not more.  Harvey traveled to Afghanistan, Kosovo and Washington D.C. to be inspired for her new album.  The Hope Six Demolition Project could therefore be described as journalistic rock music.  A lot of her observations have been met with criticism, especially surrounding the song “The Community of Hope.”  Lyrically this album is quite dour with not much hope being offered for the state of our world, which is a hard pill to swallow if you reside in a neighborhood Harvey is singing so negatively about.  Yet, there is something admirable about presenting an unfiltered, outsider perspective over engaging, messy and rough alternative rock music.  This is all around a difficult album to engage, yet a rewarding one for those who spend time with it.

Other Noteworthy Releases

The Coathangers – Nosebleed Weekend (Suicide Squeeze)

Mr. Lif – Don’t Look Down (Mello Music Group)

Ashley Shadow – Ashley Shadow (felte)

 

 

Welcome to Future Sounds vol. 3

Every other week, Ghettoblaster brings you a playlist of singles from upcoming albums to excite and entice your ears.  Below you’ll find the entire playlist via Spotify as well as Playlist Highlights, which are songs that really stand out as essential listening.  So please sit back, relax and treat yourself to some seriously great music.

Playlist Highlights

 

Mr. Lif – World Reknown (feat. Del the Funky Homosapien)
Two early-2000’s underground hip-hop kings unite for an utterly old school, fantastically fresh and just plain awesome track.  Neither Lif nor Del have missed a beat over the years and, in fact, sound rejuvenated as they trade lines back and forth at a frenetic pace like so few hip-hop artists do these days.  The production, with its futuristic swirling keyboard, sounds like The Roots circa Things Fall Apart and is the perfect complement for these two.  Mr. Lif’s new album, Don’t Look Down, is out from Mello Music Group on  4/15/16.

The Gotobeds – Real Maths/Too Much
In 2014 The Gotobeds released a phenomenal and criminally overlooked punk rock album titled Poor People are Revolting.  They are back this year after being picked up by Sub Pop and are readying their next release Blood // Sugar // Secs // Traffic, out on 6/10/16.  The Gotobeds have a sort of hybrid-punk sound, bringing to mind bands like Wire, The Fall and even Devo.  The first taste of the new album they’ve provided is a schizophrenic punk song, going all over the place in a short amount of time and leaving you wanting more.

Eagulls – Skipping
Every single released thus far (see also: “My Life in Rewind” and “Lemontree”) from Eagulls upcoming sophomore release Ullages would sound right at home on a mix next to Echo and the Bunnymen, The Cure and Cocteau Twins, and, “Skipping” is no different.  Right away they draw you in with the chugging bass line and never let up throughout the rest of the track.  Based on the immense strength of the three singles released so far, make sure to circle 5/13/16 on the calendar and pick up Ullages from Partisan Records.

Andy Shauf – The Magician
Last year, Andy Shauf released The Bearer of Bad News, which he recorded in his basement in Regina, Canada with a new found love for the clarinet and an acoustic guitar his grandfather left for him.  Shauf played every instrument on the album and put out one of the most interesting and heartbreaking singer-songwriter albums of the year.  He’s back again this year after being picked up by Anti- Records and will release Party on 5/20/16.  Anti- describes the upcoming album as a “tightly narrated thirty-eight minutes, all set to ornate arrangements of fuzzed-out guitars, string sections, clarinets and dreamy synths, all draped over delicate piano, acoustic guitars and rainy-day drums.”  Immediately upon listening to “The Magician” the benefits of a larger label and most likely better recording equipment, are incredibly evident.  The intricate instrumentation is all crystal clear and perfectly balanced, making for a really beautiful, yet strange song.

Yeasayer – Gerson’s Whistle
“Gerson’s Whistle” from Yeasayer’s upcoming album, Amen & Goodbye, is a hypnotic, meandering and wonderfully catchy song.  It slowly brings you in with lovely harmonies, strange synths and driving percussion, before taking off in several different directions.  This is an endlessly enjoyable, creative and just plain interesting song to listen to.  It’s also pretty weird!  Amen & Goodbye is out 4/1/16 on Mute.

Full Playlist

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In case you weren’t aware, Mr. Lif is back! It’s been seven (7) years since the release of his last full length album I Heard It Today but his career as a wordsmith hasn’t slowed down. After a few years of touring (along with the Thievery Corporation) Lif jumps back into the fray with Don’t Look Down on Mello Music Group  dropping on April 15, 2016.

With the second single off the album he’s released “World Renown” a track that features longtime friend Del The Funky Homosapien.

 

Though Serengeti and Mike Eagle have known each other for years and went to Southern Illinois University together, Cavanaugh is their first fully collaborative project.  Time And Materials is  also the first album that Mike has produced in its entirety. Dropping on 11/19/15

Check out the new video for “Screen Play”

 

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Tracklisting:

1. Zorak
2. Screen Play
3. Overland
4. Typecast (feat. P.O.S, Hemlock Ernst and Busdriver)
5. Pinky
6. Church
7. Tar
8. Wonder Girl
9. Lemons (feat. Hemlock Ernst)

 

GensuDean & 7eventhirtyDiabolical MC, 7evenThirty has teamed up with beat-smith Gensu Dean and has dropped a gem with the album release aptly titled, The Problem. An album full of all the elements needed to sustain you in these barren wastelands known as current rap music. That being the said we are extremely excited to premier the newest single “Russian Revolver” off of the album. Going up against 7evenThirty and his word play overlaying Gensu’s production is like playing Russian roulette. Don’t do it to yourself!!! Follow the link below for a free stream and download.

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