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Quiet Entertainer “Dream Sequencer”

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“[Quiet Entertainer‘s] Internet presence tends to be more cordial than controversial” writes Nashville Cream‘s Sean Maloney, and I tend to agree with him. A little over a year ago I was first introduced to the Nashville producer’s music, though it wasn’t his work that initially drew me in but his approach to online dialog. Before […]

Kill the Vampires in Your Life

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Identifying the vampires in our lives is vital to personal evolution and bucking complacency. As Duncan Trussell asks in this video clip, What’s sucking you of your happiness? What are the things in your life that are keeping you from succeeding, progressing, or simply being happy? These things are vampires and if we don’t recognize […]

Dear Struggling Rapper, Here Are 5 Easy Steps To Success

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“I don’t think there’s any magic key to promotion — you send emails, you manage your web presence, you cultivate your email list or Facebook page or whatever, you hand out flyers, you do the same stuff people have been doing for years now; the real key happens before all of that,” explained Minneapolis-based MC […]

Zion I Interview

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MC, writer, and father, veteran MC Zumbi (of west coast hip-hop stalwarts Zion I) is also a self-professed free-thinking tai chi fanatic. Somewhere within this web of persona is a balance between the family, spiritual and physical self that developing MCs would do well to emulate. Without disregarding each important layer that speaks to who […]

Joey Bada$$ “1999” Review

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If web-hype were any indication of talent or potential, Brooklyn youngster Joey Bada$$ might well be one of rap’s hottest names right now. The typical talking points seem standard across the board: Despite being only17 he has a “sophisticated” and “confident” flow, reps hard for his Progressive Era crew (“a collective of 18 rappers, producers, […]

Truth Clipsy & JOTA ESE “The Very Ink…” EP

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Growing from his 2011 debut album The VIP Room, Nashville MC Truth Clipsy has returned with the wordily-titled EP, The Very Ink with Which History is Written is Merely Fluid Prejudice. Where VIP served as a personal a coping mechanism, molded around a dark period where the MC lost four close friends, Clipsy calls the […]

Kurtis Stanley “Airplane Mode”

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Produced by Clinstrumentals and mixed by Truth Clipsy comes a fresh track from Kurtis Stanley out of the Gummy Soul crew. Laced with sultry saxophone straight out of a mid-’80s cop drama, Nashville’s Stanley keeps his flow steady throughout, wrapping an attractive chorus around casually humorous lines, “That’s brand-spankin’ new, baby/No Carfax.” Be sure to […]

Penicillin Baby “Jams: Vol. 1” EP

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Having evolved out of Magic Veteran, Penicillin Baby is a Nashville-based four-piece comprised of former MV members Jon Conant (vocals) and Anuj Pandeya (drums), as well as Charlie Davis (guitar) and Deep Machine’s Brennan Walsh (bass). We Own This Town called their sound “psychedelic space-y jams” but in catching up with the band via email, […]

Walk and Talk… All Day

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Earlier this month the timelessness of Girl Talk’s appeal was again reinforced by Houston’s OG Ron C who delivered a ridiculous chopped and screwed version of 2010’s All Day with his Purple All Day reinterpretation. For fans of the original, Purple is a must listen. But perhaps more satisfying than its syrupy sounds might be […]

PRo “Get Up” Video

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Directed by Marco “Oracle” Villalobos comes the most recent video from Murfreesboro MC PRo for the track “Get Up.” Maintaining a grounded beat — supplied by the team of Chinky P & Frank Dukes/Sarah J — the track focuses on PRo’s disenchantment with the world he sees around him, only to look back on himself […]

Kalle Mattson “Water Falls” Video

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It’s difficult to explain exactly what’s at the heart of Kevin Parry‘s HYPNO SF project. I suppose you could call it hyper-zoom, or Mr. Toad’s wild ride on a slingshot-cam, but both of those descriptions would fail to speak to the unique creativity of the project. Scored by Kalle Mattson and filmed by Andrea Nesbitt, […]

Ty Segall Band “Slaughterhouse” Review

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A consensus pick as one of last year’s top albums, the momentum behind Ty Segall’s Goodbye Bread has already carried over into 2012 with the San Fransisco garage punk’s collaboration with White Fence (Tim Presley). Listenability an increasingly moot concern, Segall continued his breakneck string of acclaimed albums about a month back with Slaughterhouse, released […]

Aesop Rock “Skelethon” Review

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It’s a tough position to be in, critiquing a piece of art that appears way above your head. It’s challenging to take in such a piece of work, from multiple angles, perspectives even, and still come away from it with little understanding of why it is that you appreciate it. You just do. Such is […]

“God Bless America” Review

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Breathing in what he surely recognizes to be his final living moments, Frank (Joel Murray) is ushered to the setting of God Bless America’s final scene by the grizzled sounds of Ray Davies’ haunting “I’m Not Like Everybody Else” before slowly unveiling his last calculated act of vigilante justice. The film is ripe with cartoonish […]

Atmosphere at Marathon Music Works (Nashville, TN)

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“If you’re gonna rap all of my words back at me, what the fuck do you need me for?” Denying that Slug is an elite MC seems a silly proposition. His ability to make an audience feel appreciated appears effortless. (During last night’s show he inserted various calculated local references throughout without appearing to pander.) […]

OFF! “Borrow and Bomb” & “I Got News for You” Video

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Whitey McConnaughy, the brains behind a killer string of Red Fang videos, strikes again in the form of this double-shot of OFF!. In the clip Dave Foley (Kids in the Hall/NewsRadio) hosts the awkward and occasionally handsy forum Teen Talk: where the teens get to do the talking and [the] adults get to listen. After […]

Amanda Palmer & the Grand Theft Orchestra “Want it Back” Video

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I’ve never been in love with Amanda Palmer’s music (maybe I’ve never given her a fair shake), but I can’t help but respect the trailblazing chanteuse’s ability to balance her forward thinking business sensibilities with her artistic endeavors. Most recently her Kickstarter campaign made headlines as it shattered expectation, skyrocketing past the goal of $100,000 […]

ULTRAS S/C “Black Face Time”

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The closing moments of “Black Face Time” come as an orgy of distortion with ULTRA S/C’s Jemina Pearl (Be Your Own PET), Ben Swank (Soledad Brothers, Third Man capo) and Chet Weise (The Immortal Lee County Killers) collectively peaking on a note of psyched-out fuzz. Perhaps making a little more sense is the Scene Cream‘s […]

Zac Brown Band “The Wind” Video

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As far as the Zac Brown Band goes, aside from recalling the name from whiskey commercials I really can’t tell you much about them. A quick search suggests that they rep Georgia roots, boast a Southern-rock influenced country aesthetic (see: whiskey commercials), and have a massive following as illustrated by last year’s 26 combined Grammy Awards, Academy […]

Treekeeper “Tròpiçále” Video

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New from the Bohemian Hype Cult‘s Treekeeper comes this semi-psychedelic short in support of the Nashville producer’s latest track, “TRÒP!ÇÁL€.” Directed by his BHC brother Trillbee the Hooligan, a chill tropicália feel is invoked through not only the song’s smooth repetition, but also the video’s wavy visuals (though I’m cautious to throw out the chill-wave […]

BandMo Interview

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Introduce yourself to our readers. Who are you and what is your background? I’m a Canadian-born Nashvillian who loves hot chicken and beer, and for about seven years I ran shop at a music blog called Culture Bully. Having moved on from that project I’ve been contributing to a few websites here and there while […]

Minnesota Photo Dump (2012)

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Photos taken around Minneapolis, MN in the spring and summer of 2012.

The Great Epiphany

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“Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.” —Ernest Hemingway Drinkers know The Great Epiphany all too well: a moment of clarity where reality makes perfect sense, where intent and actualization meet, where destiny seems to be redefined. However, if the combination of my hazy memory and the scarce few journals I’ve kept […]

fun. “Some Nights” Video

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Fresh off his take on Jackie O & JFK in Lana Del Rey’s “National Anthem” comes another historical recreation from the mind of director Anthony Mandler in the form of fun.’s “Some Nights.” Further connecting the two videos are the themes of tragedy and loss, this time set around wartime flashbacks visualizing a romance torn […]

Aesop Rock “ZZZ Top” Video

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New from director Pete Lee comes Aesop Rock’s video for “ZZZ Top,” full to the brim with kung fu theatrics and a killer (literally) storyline to boot. Though featuring the likes of Aes and Zumbi from Zion I, the storyline revolves around wushu master Hao Zhihua who, as the mighty Wu might say, ain’t nuthing […]

Lana Del Rey “National Anthem” Video

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Playing Jackie O* to A$AP Rocky’s JFK, Lana Del Rey slides into this luxurious cinematic role nicely, displaying an aptitude for assuming a leading lady position not entirely unlike that of her current role as resident label darling at Interscope. In an interview with VICE, A$AP spoke to his amazement of just how much the […]

Michal Cymbalista “Communication” Video

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Complemented by the flowing ambient sounds of Michal Cymbalista “Communication,” this production by Dresden, Germany’s T-RECS team captures the vastness of the shifting night skies as seen from a variety of locales (majestic locations such as Dante’s View in Death Valley National Park, Yosemite National Park, and… Plymouth, Indiana). I’ve always been a sucker for […]

“O (Omicron)” Video

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This might not be a music video, per se, but what it is is a visual document capturing a stunning permanent art installation, directed and scored by the artists themselves. Romain Tardy, who along with Thomas Vaquié developed the piece, has already made his influence known within the modern visual art community through such projects […]

Sigur Rós “Fjögur Píanó” Video

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“Just when I think you couldn’t possibly be any dumber, you go and do something like this… and totally redeem yourself!” Wise words from a wise man, which are undoubtedly suitable in the case of the video for Sigur Rós‘ “Fjögur Píanó.” For Shia LaBoeuf (who, not surprisingly, was actually in Dumb and Dumber‘s regrettable sequel) the video […]

Fedor Emelianenko: An Appreciation

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Nearing the end of his fighting career, Fedor Emelianenko was outspoken (or at least as outspoken as the reserved Russian might have ever been) in placing the fate of his destiny in the hands of his god. Over the course of his three foundation-shaking Strikeforce losses “The Last Emperor” chalked up both his defeats (“I […]

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