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Daily Archives: 03/25/2010

Here’s the first single off of James Murphey’s upcoming album.  I love listening to LCD Soundsystem because you can always tell what band influenced each song, and in this case, I am seeing a strong Devo influence.

If I heard that any other artist than Fashawn was recording a mixtape as an ode to Nas’ Illmatic, all I could imagine happening was a masterpiece being ruined, but I feel Fashawn has what it takes to succeed.  I realized that Fashawn is also one of the only artists for whom it would make sense to re-make Illmatic.  Fashawn is a young upcoming MC, just like Nas was when he wrote Illmatic and just like Nas wrote what he saw out his project window, Fashawn writes of what he has seen in the slums of Fresno, CA.  I am extremely looking forward to the release of this tribute.

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Here’s a new mixtape in Raekwon’s The Vatican series, mixed by the one and only renaissance man extraordinaire, Vinny Ponte.  I haven’t given this one a listen yet, but my expectations are high.

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I have posted before about Local Natives who combine sounds of Fleet Foxes and The Dodos, two of my favorite bands, perfectly. With this live performance Local Natives prove their skill goes beyond the studio with this stunning performance of Wide Eyes.

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