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Hip Hop Hooray (Leah)

January 25, 2013

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Did you guys hear about Lupe Fiasco getting escorted off the stage by security at a pre-inaugural concert for performing a thirty minute song railing against Obama? This is the kind of thing I can get behind, and I LIKE Obama. Don’t be afraid to be loud, y’all. This little story has nothing to do with this month’s mix though. I just wanted to mention it because it’s one of my favorite stories this week, and you should check out Lupe’s new album Food & Liquor II because it’s pretty good. I really appreciate the fact that he pretty much had commercial success in the palm of his hands and basically went, “Y’know what? I’m just gonna say what I believe about the state of the world, even if it’s controversial, and even if a lot of people don’t like it, AND EVEN IF my corporate overlords are trying to prove definitively that the only thing that sells records are hyper-racist depictions of black life that glamorize guns, drugs, crime and misogyny.” Yeah, I like that he did that.

I also made you a sweet January mix of other stuff I like, and I hope you like it too.

There’s a sweet hip hop show tonight at Hotel Vegas featuring Fat Tony, Space Camp Death Squad (previously on a mix here), Ditch Witch, Norman Base, and P-Tek. You should come out and say hi and support some Texas hip hop.

:Common Market – Black Patch War:
:Pillowfight – Get Your Shit Together:
:Rick Ross – 100 Black Coffins:
:Lupe Fiasco – Strange Fruition (Featuring Casey Benjamin):
:Common – A Dream (Featuring Will.I.Am):
:The Coup – Wavip (Featuring Das Racist And Killer Mike):
:Mad One And Ruler Why – Mhhmmm Mhmmm:
:Talib Kweli And Z-Trip – Congregation (Featuring Black Thought And Ab-soul):
:Big Jus – Empire Is A Bitch (Fake Arab Spring Mix):
:Roc Marciano – Peru:
:Akala – Where I’m From:
:Mister RP – Diamonds Aren’t Enough:
:Azeem -Going Dumb VS Going To Brazil:
:Guru – Lift Your Fist (Featuring The Roots):

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Stream This

January 18, 2013

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The SOTO inbox is always full of cool stuff that never gets to see the light of day on the actual site, and I’d like to change that.  So, every Friday I’ll be posting the best album streams and videos that were sent my way during the week.  Take a scroll and find something worth remembering.

FULL ALBUM STREAMS

Pillowfight – Self Titled
FIDLAR – Self Titled
Ra Ra Riot – Beta Love
He’s My Brother She’s My Sister – Nobody Dances In This Town
Big Harp – Chain Letters
Toro Y Moi – Anything In Return
Mystical Weapons – Self Titled
The Joy Formidable – Wolf’s Law
Parquet Courts – Light Up Gold
Widowspeak – Almanac
Foxygen – We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors Of Peace And Magic

VIDEOS

J. Mascis is set to appear on Portlandia on January 25.

Dan Deacon is heading out on tour.  See the dates here.

Now Now are hitting the road with a variety of acts, including Minus The Bear, Bob Mould, and Circa Survive.

Dead Leaf Echo will release Thought & Language on March 5.

Ty Segall will play the Mohawk on January 25.  Register to win a pair of tickets here.

Suuns will put out Images du Futur on March 5.

PAPA will release a full length at some point this year.

Woods is heading out on tour in Australia and New Zealand.  See the dates here.

Western Medication will release The Painted World 7″ via Jeffrey Drag Records on January 29.

Johnny Marr will put out The Messenger on February 26.

My Education’s A Drink For All My Friends is out now.

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Quickdraw: Anamanaguchi, Popstrangers, Useless Eaters, Pillowfight, Fol Chen

January 14, 2013

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Today’s music just wants to be friends.  Enjoy.

:Anamanaguchi – Meow:  My initial response to this track was NO.  Then I caught myself wanting to revisit it over and over, and now here we are.  It’s a silly, video game-enthused song that you’ll either find super fun or really annoying.  Good luck!  The band will supposedly put out a new album at some point in the first half of the year.

:Popstrangers – What Else Could They Do:  Towards the end of 2012 this New Zealand-based trio released a rather hooky pop tune titled Heaven.  This track is less accessible, but it makes up for it by having a great 90s rock sound.  Antipodes is due out on February 26 via Carpark Records.

:Useless Eaters – Black Night Ultraviolet:  This is one of those tracks that just reeks of cool.  It’s retro without being obnoxious about being retro, and the chorus is just straight up magnetic.  Jeffery Drag Records will release Hypertension on February 19.  They’ll also be at SXSW.

:Pillowfight – Used To Think:  In case you don’t know, this act is made up of Dan The Automator and Emily Wells.  This is their latest single, and it has that a nice trip-hop thing going on.  I like it.  Pillowfight will release their self titled effort on January 22 via Bulk Recordings.

:Fol Chen – 200 Words:  I was surprised by this song.  Fol Chen tend to keep their sound interesting, but there’s usually something in it that’s really catchy.  This is not the case here.  I recommend headphones and no distractions if you want to fully give this one a shot.  The False Alarms is due out on March 19 via Asthmatic Kitty.

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