Flocabulary - Hip-Hop U.S. History [2006]

An educational album (bundled with a book) that educates kids in American history through generic hip-hop. 

I cannot emphasize enough how hilarious it is. 

Sponsored by Doug E. Fresh and Snoop Dog. 

Policeman - Keisatsu [2011]

They’re most known for Galo Sengen, but indie Japanese hip-hop group Policeman’s album (I’m unsure if they’ve produced anything else) is actually an extremely fun, eclectic piece of work, combining (entertainingly) corny lyrics with amazing, catchy production, with influences from funk and electropop. 

It’s just so much fun to listen to. 

little-scale + Dot.AY / Loom [2011]

It’s been a while since I’ve posted here (not too many good releases as of late), but this is a good one to come back too. This collab between chiptune artists little-scale and Dot.AY is interesting; it’s ambient music done with chiptune hardware, a strange combination that works surprisingly well. 

Definitely worth a listen if you’re a fan of ambient electronic stuff, not just chiptune. 

Stream of The Flaming Lips' "Twenty-Four Hour Song"

I started listening to this last night and it’s… rather strange, to say the least. Much of it feels improvisational, and a lot of it feels like they just looped things over and over so that it’s as long as it is. 

There are some interesting pieces in there though; it feels like a compression of their various sounds, from their acid punk days, to their majestic synth harmony days, to their modern experimental sound. 

It’s worth a listen, though it’s not exactly something worth concentrating on due to the heavy, heavy amounts of repetition. Open it in a browser window, let it sit there while you do other things. 

brandonnn:

ANAMANAGUCHI (by radiomaru)

brandonnn:

ANAMANAGUCHI (by radiomaru)

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Acid House Kings / Heaven Knows I Miss Him Now [2011]

Good twee band, though they’re pretty underrated compared to the rest of Labrador’s stuff. 

Worth listening to.

Anamanaguchi and USK performing at Blip Tokyo a few nights ago. 

Fucking great concert, hopefully some more recordings will be going up soon, if you missed the streams.  

I Was There When Acid House Hit London and This Is How It Felt by Charles Mudede

baltimorehorses:

One day, I bought a small stack of acid house records from a stand in Camden Market. I listened to them, read about the movement in the music papers, and got a rough picture. If there were some way of returning to Harare and reconvening the crew (at the time, I was the only one who had left the country to attend college), I would have explained that acid house was indeed house music, but in the condition of a virus. It actually came from Chicago, from cats like Phuture and the great Armando, but it had taken on a life of its own in the streets of London. Acid removed the sensuousness of house and left you with the naked squiggly sounds of a Roland TB-303 sequencer. I suspected that drugs were needed to fully enjoy this music, because only drugs could make you forget how repetitive it was. The same spare beat, the same hi-hat taps, the same squiggly bass line. Anyone could make it; the Roland TB-303 was cheap, and recording a track and distributing it didn’t require a challenging investment. And this, I’d conclude for my crew, is the real greatness of acid house. No spending hours practicing an instrument, no expensive electronic equipment, no need to come up with big ideas. All you had to do was just do it.

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Brilliant take on the scene from an outsider’s perspective. Recommended Reading.

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Andrew Bird / Norman [2011]

Andrew Bird’s soundtrack for the independent drama Norman just came out on nodata.tv, and I’m very excited for it. It’s been too long since I’ve heard some new material from him, even if it’s just a score. 

It’s going to be interesting hearing some more ambient stuff from him. I can’t really think of any examples of that he’s done since… The Ballad of the Red Shoes? It’s definitely been a while, in any case. 

Hopefully we’ll see him tour outside of New England in the near future because it’s also been much, much too long since he’s done anything like that. 

Various Artists / Stubbs The Zombie In Rebel Without A Pulse Soundtrack [2005]

An excellent videogame soundtrack that people… don’t seem to talk about often. It’s pretty much just artists like Cake, Rogue Wave, Clem Snide, and The Flaming Lips doing covers of 50’s pop songs. It works well, in and out of the context of the original game, and I’d say it’s worth listening to if you’re a fan of any of those bands. 

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