Author Archives: Genevieve Oliver

Video: tUnE-yArDs – “Water Fountain”

You probably already know that tUnE-yArDs’ Merrill Garbus and company are geniuses, including in the music video department – we still uphold their clips for W H O K I L L highlights “Bizness” and “My Country” as some of our favorites in recent years. They’re continuing to prove their brilliance in spades with this new, Joel Kefali-directed clip for lead Nikki Nack single “Water Fountain,” which figures Garbus and company as kids’ show hosts and actors, perfectly fitting the song’s fun-but-eerie maximalist tone. Check it out – remember, Nikki Nack is out May 5th.


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Video: tUnE-yArDs – “Water Fountain”

You probably already know that tUnE-yArDs’ Merrill Garbus and company are geniuses, including in the music video department – we still uphold their clips for W H O K I L L highlights “Bizness” and “My Country” as some of our favorites in recent years. They’re continuing to prove their brilliance in spades with this new, Joel Kefali-directed clip for lead Nikki Nack single “Water Fountain,” which figures Garbus and company as kids’ show hosts and actors, perfectly fitting the song’s fun-but-eerie maximalist tone. Check it out – remember, Nikki Nack is out May 5th.


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Listen: Wild Beasts – “A Simple Beautiful Truth” (Lone remix)

We’re still enamored of Wild Beasts’ Present Tense, so we’re psyched that remix season has finally rolled around for the record. Case in point – there’s a whole EP of reinterpretations of album highlight “A Simple Beautiful Truth” coming soon, and our first taste is a remix by Lone that you can stream now. Clocking in at nearly five swooning, trance-y minutes, Lone figures Hayden Thorpe’s singular, emotional vocals over a house-y, skittering backdrop guaranteed to get you moving. Check it out – you can pick up the whole remix EP May 19.


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Listen: Lee Bannon, “BLOOD/LINE”

Lee Bannon had the whole crowd moving when he DJ’d our #PMAVillage party at SXSW with an exhilarating mix of jams that got us pretty psyched for whatever new material he was working on – and, well, here’s some, in the form of a four-and-a-half-minute, kinda-scary jungle banger, “BLOOD/LINE.” It’s a fantastic track, with shuffling drumbeats taking the forefront of the mix over a droning, echoing backdrop; the end product sounds like walking home alone late at night through the city, abstracted clubby beats reaching your ears on the breeze. Check it out – we hope this means Bannon’s got more new stuff up his sleeve.


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mp3: Young Thug & Iamsu! – “OMG”

If you listened to Young Thug and Gucci Mane’s collaborative tape Young Thugga Mane La Flare this weekend, you probably heard an unfinished version of this jam, “OMG,” with a different, incomplete beat from C4 and P-Lo, and missing its party-starting verse from the buzzy Bay Area rapper Iamsu!, whose debut solo record Sincerely Yours is coming soon. You owe it to the guys and to yourself to check out the finished version, which, with its practically irresistible beat and sing-along chorus, has all the potential to end up your #1 summer jam. Check it out.


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Stream: X priest X – Samurai EP

We’ve been pretty excited about X priest X since we first heard lead single “Sophie K,” and now we’ve got a full EP to go by, Samurai, four tracks that put the Floridian duo’s knack for ’80s textures and sleek vocals on display. By all means, take twenty minutes out of your day to sample Madeline Priest and Dave Kazyk’s chill vibes and summery tones – we think we’re partial to “Isn’t It So,” which figures Priest’s soaring, lovely vocals over a deep, house-y backdrop that’ll conjure some nostalgic memories. Check it out.


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Album Stream: Wye Oak, Shriek

Wye Oak’s new record Shriek was inspired by a kind of creative crisis in the mind of frontwoman and general guitar shredder par excellence Jenn Wasner, who started tooling around on the bass after a long tour left her frustrated with playing her traditional instrument. When she sent what she was working on over to her bandmate Andy Stack in Texas, he added synth lines instead of drum parts, and a new beast was born, profiling the band’s knack for catchy, serpentine, charmingly weird songwriting, filtered through new materials and explorations of new sounds. The result is an unexpected but great record streaming a week in advance of its physical release date courtesy NPR – so far, we’re partial to the title track and the moody, shuffling jam “The Tower – what are your favorites? Grab a copy in a record store starting April 29.


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Listen: Mazzy Star, “I’m Less Here”

Mazzy Star’s 7″ of as-yet-unreleased songs was one of our most-anticipated Record Store Day releases, but even if you didn’t grab a physical copy you can check out the a-side, “I’m Less Here,” now. The band have been performing the song live since 2000, sometimes under the title “It Speaks of Distance,” but this is its first official, recorded release, and it sounds fantastic, with Hope Sandoval’s singular vocals abstract and atmospheric over a moody acoustic guitar backdrop like something you’d hear performed around a communal campfire on the desert. Check it out.


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Listen: Joy Orbison and Boddika, “Tricky’s Team”

Here’s a taste of one of those very exclusive Record Store Day releases we’ll probably heist off you next time you’re out of town – Joy Orbison and Boddika’s collaborative 10″, “Tricky’s Team.” If you didn’t manage to nab a physical copy, check out a rip now – it’s a slow-burning, scintillating seven-minute number, hyper-minimalist with deep, shimmering bass tones you’ll miss unless you’ve got your headphones cranked to 11. Put this in when you’re next walking in your city late at night and you might inadvertently summon some demons. Check it out.


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Listen: Ab-Soul, “Tree of Life”

We’d heard some pretty credible rumors that Ab-Soul would have new material for us this year, and now we get a definitive taste – here’s “Tree of Life,” which may or may not be our first sample of the rapper’s upcoming third album. It’s a fantastic song, with an eerie, percolating, very minimalist backbeat that gives Ab-Soul plenty of room to show off his lyrical skills and unparalleled braggadocio as he rhymes deftly about the various trees in his life, from the kind that grow money to the kind you can smoke. We’ll keep you updated – we can’t wait to hear more from this guy.


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