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Tagged 5 O'Clock Shadowboxers, Antibalas, Charlie Wadhams, Chico Mann, Dam-Funk, Devo, Drive-By Truckers, Ernest Gonzales, free mp3, free mp3s, free music, Friends Of Friends, funking awesome, Glendale, Human League, Inara George, Innovative Leisure, interactivity, Jeff Weiss, Mexicans With Guns, New Wave, Nocando, online marketing, Passion of the Weiss, Spaceland, Stones Throw, The Henry Clay People, the Holloys, The Knux, Vosotros, Warner Bros.
Wallpaper's a junkie for your love.
Short, but sweet:
Download this track now. Don’t even stream it first — there’s no need. It’ll live in your headphones for weeks, and (it hopes) eventually worm its way onto that springtime barbecue jam playlist you’re so diligently developing. For the uninitiated, Donwill is an excellent rapper from the East Coast/Midwest trio Tanya Morgan, and the Park are a badass group of Bay Area dudes who lend their riddim section to all kinds of great acts. And if you read this blog, you should already know who Wallpaper is.
We hear Questlove is a fan.
INCHES002 is up! The second installation continues on the same L.A.-centric path as the first, exploring five additional releases from five different local artists on five different nearby independent labels (with free MP3s). The releases are chosen with an eye toward both content and outward packaging.
This week’s gold medal-winner:
Mayer Hawthorne, "Just Ain't Gonna Work Out"
Featured in INCHES002: Mayer Hawthorne (Stones Throw), Vibes (Not Not Fun), Frankel (Autumn Tone), The Polyamorous Affair (Manimal Vinyl), and Bipolar Bear (olFactory). Again, future installments will include reviews, interviews, guest bloggers, outings, and more.
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Posted in album reviews, columns, LA Weekly, photography
Tagged Aquarium Drunkard, Autumn Tone, Bipolar Bear, Charles & Eddie, dance music, DJ culture, Eddie Chacon, Elliott Smith, Frankel, free mp3, garage rock, INCHES, independent music, Italo disco, Jim Smith, Los Angeles, Manimal Vinyl, Mayer Hawthorne, Not Not Fun, olFactory, Pocahaunted, psych-funk, scuzz-punk, Stones Throw, Sun Araw, The Polyamorous Affair, The Smell, Vibes, vintage soul, vinyl
In this piece (via LA Weekly), you can download a fresh, new summer jam (“Pool Party”) co-authored by The Mae Shi’s Jacob Safari, Wallpaper and Kid Static, while simultaneously catching up on a little local indie scene gossip. Sounds like the perfect Hump Day cocktail, no?
Posted in LA Weekly, news
Tagged art rock, Bark Bark Bark, Big Yea, Chicago, electronic music, free mp3, Jacob Safari, Kid Static, Los Angeles, Oakland, Pitchfork, Signals, The Mae Shi, underground rap, wallpaper., West Coast Sound
An exciting, young L.A. label has just officially released a sweet set of remixes from the likes of Nosaj Thing, Eliot Lipp, Mexicans With Guns, Meanest Man Contest, and others. The label is Friends Of Friends, and the original artists: Daedelus and Jogger. Read about it here (via LA Weekly), where you can download Nosaj’s remix of Jogger’s “Nice Tights,” learn about the label’s remix contest, and play with a rad mixing widget.
Friends Of Friends Vol. 1 Remixed
Posted in LA Weekly, news
Tagged Alpha Pup, Daedelus, Dublab, Eliot Lipp, free mp3, Friends Of Friends, Ghostly International, Jogger, Keenhouse, Los Angeles, Meanest Man Contest, Mexicans With Guns, Michna, Nosaj Thing, remix, Terrorbird, Thunderheist, West Coast Sound
It’s my honor to introduce a furiously banging track by my dear friends in Oakland-based duo Wallpaper. This thing should be viral soon enough, but for now, you can stream it and download (by right-clicking) below.
Jay-Z & Wallpaper. – “D.O.A. + 99 Problems (Wallpaper. Remix)”
Now the backstory: Jay-Z recently contributed his piece to the raging (har har) international debate over the blatant overuse of AutoTune in radio pop. Essentially hopping on an already existing meme, he named his track “D.O.A. (Death Of Autotune)” — co-produced, ironically, by one of the fad’s biggest abusers, Kanye West — and caused a stir with the lyric, “This is anti-AutoTune / Death of the ringtone / This ain’t for iTunes / This ain’t for sing-along.”
Here, Wallpaper., a group that’s used AutoTune as an instrument since early 2005 (that’s pre-T-Pain, for those taking notes), repurposes that lyric for a very singable, digitally modified hook. The somewhat brillaint ironic appropriation doesn’t end there, however. The meat of the track comes from Jay’s monstrous 2004 hit, “99 Problems,” which leads to this rather astute line from Wallpaper vocalist Ricky Reed: “I’ve got 99 problems but my pitch ain’t one.”
Oh, and did I mentioned that Jay’s voice is AutoTuned throughout?
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Tagged 99 Problems, AutoTune, Bay Area, Das Racist, Death Of AutoTune, electronic music, free mp3, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Lil Weezy, Oakland, Pizza Hut, remix, Ricky Reed, T-Pain, Taco Bell, underground rap, wallpaper.