Category Archives: New York

MP3: Blondes – “Wine”

MP3: Wine

Chalk up another one for Oberlin.  Sam Haar and Zach Steinman aka Blondes met at the weird Ohio college.  Now living in BK,  the trippy, melodic, minimal techno/house duo sold-out the the MOMA. Today, Blondes drop their new-single Wine off their self-titled debut record out February 7 on RVNG Intl. This album will be released digitally, and on 2/CD because it has regular versions and remixes by people like JD Twitch of Optimo, Dungeon Acid, SFV Acid, John Roberts, Andy Stott, Teengirl Fantasy, Bicep, Traxx, Laurel Halo, and Rene Hell. More info soon on a European February tour, SXSW dates, and a US dates in April.

You can pre-order the 2/CD and also a 2/CD + 2×12-inch  bundle now.

Mary J Blige Discusses Rap Alter-Ego Named Brook Lynn + More

from a press release:

Mary J. Blige, recently sat down with’s M. Tye Comer for an exclusive interview filmed in conjunction with the American Express Press Pass. The R&B queen answered a series of fan questions during the interview, went on to discuss her rap alter ego Brook Lynn, the intense connection she shares with her fans, and working with director Adam Shankman on her recent American Express Unstaged concert. She even gave some advice to her younger self.

“On the very first ‘My Life’ album, we weren’t strong at all,” Blige says, relating the differences between her 1994 sophomore album and her most recent effort, ‘My Life II: The Journey Continues,’ which was released in November 2011. “I felt like it was time for people to understand how strong we are and how far we’ve come.

“Music used to say ‘I understand. . . I know exactly what you’re going through.’ People need that. I feel like there’s a drought of that right now, and I want to consistently give that to the world.”

Blige, who answered a series of fan questions during the interview, went on to discuss her rap alter ego Brook Lynn, the intense connection she shares with her fans, and working with director Adam Shankman on her recent American Express Unstaged concert. She even gave some advice to her younger self: “I would say to my younger self, don’t be afraid, it’s gonna be alright,” she said.

To See full interview click Here

Video: A$ap Rocky – “Wassup” (Official Video)( Co-Directed By Vice)

Vice Magazine Co-directed and premiered this A$ap Rocky video along with the A$ap. A$AP Rocky and VICE include elements from Rocky’s five favorite movies, namely, Scarface, Belly, Enter The Dragon, The Warriors, and, of course, Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory. The pretty muthafucker who is repping Harlem also has pentagrams, ferrari’s, girls getting naked and trippy visuals on this one. Wassup is off LiveLove A$ap and produced by Clams Casino.

Peep the NSFW video after the jump.
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MP3: Heems – “You Have To Ride The Wave” (Ft. Danny Brown & Mr. Muthafuckin’ Exquire)

MP3: You Have to Ride the Wave (Ft. Danny Brown, Mr. Muthafuckin’ Exquire)

Das Racist’s Heems just dropped a mixtape called Nehru Jackets. Download it here. Heems partnered with Seva NY on this tape to raise awareness about redistricting plans in Queens.

While waiting for the download listen to Heems say, “Up late at night on Twitter/I talk to Salmon Rushdie/It’s just me and him/I got dirt on you doggie like She & Him” on that MP3 link. “You Have to Ride the Wave” which also features Danny Brown, and Mr. Muthafuckin’ Exquire.

Class Actress Announce 2012 Tour & Compile A Beautiful Mixtape

You may be fan of Brooklyn synth outfit Class Actress (frontwoman Elizabeth Harper and producers Mark Richardson and Scott Rosenthal). Perhaps you are unfamiliar. Either way,  you will love listening to this mixtape they assembled:


Doesn’t Really Matter – Janet Jackson
Un-thinkable (i’m ready) – Alicia Keys
Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind This Time) – The Delfonics
The Things You Said – Depeche Mode
Only the Lonely – Roy Orbison
Nothing Compares 2 U – Sinead O’Connor
Gymnopedie No.1 – Erik Satie
Corcovado – Joao Gilberto and Stan Getz
Slave to Love – Bryan Ferry

Yeah?!  Steal the playlist next time you are trying to show a girl you know more about music than Wu–Tang and A$ap Rocky…. Now that Class Actress has your attention…Maybe check them out on the road. Some are headlining dates. Some dates are with Chairlift. Others are with Of Montreal.

After the jump, check out the tourdates, and the Brooklyn group’s song The Weekend which sounds like it was produced by Jelly Bean Benitez if he was trying to make a Depeche Mode song for Madonna.

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MP3: Raekwon ft. Mobb Deep “Chinese Marines” (Produced By Scram Jones)


Raekwon helps us start the New Year with a new mixtape Unexpected Victory. Mobb Deep, Fred Da Godson, Cl Smooth, Sauce Money, Vado, Jadakiss, CNN and more guest on  this early offering from The Wu-Tang Chef.
Testdrive the mixtape with the above Chinese Marines mp3, and then download the whole thing at

Video: the Black Keys Perform “Lonely Boy” & “Gold on the Ceiling” on Saturday Night Live

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The Black Keys performed Lonely Boy (above) and Gold on the Ceiling (after the jump) last night on Saturday Night Live.  Steve Buscemi was the host.

The Keys will be on the Colbert Report December 6th, and Late Night With David Letterman December 7th.

If you haven’t heard through the buzz in these Ohio skreets,  the Black Keys new record  El Camino drops December 6th.

After the Jump for “Gold on the Ceiling”.

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The Black Keys Announce Details About December 5th NYC “El Camino” Release Show

The Black Keys are celebrating the release of El Camino with an intimate fanclub only invite show at New York City’s Webster Hall on December 5th.  MTV2 will broadcast Road to the Release videos leading up to the show. The Webster Hall Show itself will stream on MTVHIVE.COM as part of their Live In NYC series.

El Camino hits stores December 6th.

Frank Ocean Named GQ “Rookie of the Year” Announces Make Up Show & Another Date

Odd Future’s Frank Ocean was named Rookie of the Year by GQ. Between singing on Tyler, the Creator’s album Goblin, being all over Watch the Throne, and dropping his own mixtape Nostalgia, Ultra, it seems like like a solid choice for the former Bieber and John Legend songwriter.

In other news, Ocean announced on his Tumblr a make-up show for his cancelled Nov 6 NY concert and an additional show at the Bowery. The make-up show is Nov. 27th, Tickets from the Nov 6th show will be honored that night only. Ocean will also play at the Bowery on the 28th. You can buy tickets for the Nov 28th Show here.

Listen: M.O.P & Snowgoons “Sparta”

Title track SPARTA from the M.O.P. & Snowgoons album which drops 11-22-2011.