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Ahhh, the refreshing ocean breezes, the healing warmth of the sun, and the comforting texture of the sands will be a part of my mental healing process as I look to retool my mind and the site. I am working harder on my goal of “finding the goodies for you” to “finding even more goodies for you.”

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Fans of Karen Black are in mourning today. Oscar-nominated actress died Thursday at the age of 74 after a long battle with cancer.

There is so much more to her storied career than the made for television movie Trilogy of Terror, but, we are so nostalgic for this movie, we want to share the segment featuring the evil Zuni doll. You can view that below.

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Polarizing songstress, Lana Del Rey posted a song called “Black Beauty.” Chicago rapper Willis Earl Beal must have found this curious because he posted a response track. Check it out below, via Pigeons and Planes:

The song is much more pop-oriented than a typical sound from Willis and samples what sounds Lana’s vocals in the background, although that hasn’t been confirmed. The track isn’t slated to be on Beal’s sophomore album Nobody knows., which is out on September 10 via XL. Listen to his interesting, ethereal response to LDR below, who knows, maybe she’ll fire back with her own response track. Also check out Beal’s two new tracks, “Too Dry to Cry” and “Everything unwinds.”

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From Prefix:

Minneapolis based producer that goes by the handle of Psymun has teamed up with sultry vocalist K. Raydio yet again with another highly addictive cut (see also “flight” and “lobby music”). This is the first single off of their upcoming full length album that’s supposed to drop sometime in September, and it’s a nostalgically soulful number that packs heavy meaning behind the track. Dedicated to the young Trayvon Martin, the song also addresses the on-going issues of race in society, consequentially leaving many to fall victim to being unheard and under-represented.

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The Spyrals are a trippy psychedelic garage band from San Francisco. If you like Thee Oh Sees, Ty Segall, you may like The Spyrals. Check out the video for the track, “Out Of Sight,” from their second album, also titled ‘Out Of Sight.’

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HAIM has dropped a new single titled “The Wire”. The track, premiered by Zane Lowe on BBC Radio 1. With the back-to-school ads reminding us that Summer almost is over, catch this summery pop wave before the leaves turn. Now, we just have to wait for a full album from these talented sisters.

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Take a listen to Norwegian producer, Todd Terje’s Varied and Wonderful ‘Essential’ Mix Todd. Via Passion of the Weiss:

The downside is that there is too little Terje. The plus side is that he has including all sorts of esoteric producers to discover. Plus, reggae, Men at Work remixes,Herb Alpert, The Doors, and The Steve Miller Band. Scoff now, Daft Punk already did what Homer Simpson could not: make Steve Miller seem cool. Sort of. Either way, listen to this mix, grow out your mustache to Scandinavian lengths, enjoy all 23 hours of daylight while it lasts.

TRACKLISTING
01. Wally Badarou – Voices 1’49”
02. Ryuichi Sakamoto & Robin Scott – Once In A Lifetime
03. Herb Alpert – Rotation
04. Jim Morrison – Ghost Song
05. Guru Guru – Tacoma
06. Edu Lobo – Zanzibar
07. Paul Mauriat – From Jupiter With Love
08. Juan Laya & Jorge Montiel – Cumbanchero
09. Traks – Wild Safari (Todd Terje Edit)
10. Men At Work – Down Under (Chuck Norris Dub)
11. Dennis Brown – Out Of The Funk
12. Tanner Ross – Straight To The Moon
13. Tim Green – Cherry
14. Johnwaynes – 1002 Nights
15. Nee Karabcek – Yali Yali (Todd Terje Edit)
16. Angelo & Eighteen – Flight 2
17. Status IV – You Ain’t Really Down (Todd Terje Edit)
18. Lone – Lying In The Reeds
19. Chico Hablas – Los Voladores (Todd Terje Edit)
20. Joe – R.E.J. Bit
21. Kitty Winter – New Morning (Prins Thomas Edit)
22. Shindai Lovers – A Little Bit Faster
23. Linus Loves – Skagg 24.
Steve Miller Band – Serenade
25. Sleazy McQueen – Mrs. Vanderbilt
26. Guitar Slim Green – Shake It Up (Todd Terje Edit)
27. Gerry Rafferty – Right Down The Line
28. Nicolette Larson – Lotta Love

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Yellow and Eleven were known as the best in Tokyo nightlife, unfortunately the two clubs closed in May and it seems like the scene will never be the same. Via Resident Advisor:

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Wall O New Music Releases 7.30.13

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New Order recorded their whole set from the Bestival 2012 festival and have now released the recording to stream live on Soundcloud. If you like what you hear the band is encouraging the fans to buy a copy of it because all proceeds of which go to the Isle of Wight Youth Trust. More details via the Guardian UK:

“We played at so many festivals in 2012, and our highlights were, without doubt, the last two in the UK, Portmeirion and Bestival,” New Order drummer Stephen Morris said when the album was announced. “Saturday night was fancy dress night, and Gillian enjoyed dressing up in her peacock head-dress. This charity release is a special way to mark the Bestival experience, and we’re thrilled to be working with Rob and Josie’s team to raise money for such a worthy cause on the island. It’s great to give something back, and also to give such a brilliant crowd something to remember the show by. And if you weren’t there, buy the CD and enjoy the experience that way!”

Be the first, in your circle, to hear the entire album, below.

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We freely admit that we love the hauntingly beautiful “Blue Jeans” sung by the polarizing Lana Del Rey. Del Rey is one of the shining examples of someone whose career had been bought and when it came time to prove herself, she failed, publicly, in front of millions on SNL. In other words, she had not been to the woodshed and by skipping years on the road, she lacked charisma and polish.

Now she is teasing a new 30-minute film called Tropico. According to Pitchfork, and the poster art, Rick Rubin, produced this project, which, automatically gives this film more weight than it would have. It will be interesting to find out how much of Rubin’s hands are in this project or will we be fooled like when Jay Z made it seem like Rubin was involved with his ‘Magna Carta’ project, when all he did was listen to the finished product and gave an opinion.

Check out her tweet and the video teaser below.

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Beck @ Le Poisson Rouge - 7.26.2013

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Via SPIN:

Throughout the night, Beck told stories about his early years as a folkie in New York, trying to write protest songs about the volatile summer of 1988, “but there wasn’t much to protest, so I wrote this song,” leading into “Pay No Mind.” He also recalled a fruitless attempt at busking on St. Marks Place: “I didn’t realize that the only way to get money was to do this,” he said, breaking into a snippet of “Hey Jude.”

The set wound down with a version of “Sissyneck” that found Beck pulling the band back — “There’s something eerily familiar about that beat” — and leading them straight into a hilarious mashup of “Billie Jean” and T. Rex’s “Get It On” that saw the crowd singing along unprompted on the “hoo!”s while a friend jumped onstage to do some not-bad MJ moves.

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Fiona Apple is an artist that will always do her own thing, go her own way, be it her self-exile from the music business, to putting out a critically acclaimed album, like last year’s ‘The Idler Wheel,’ sort of going on tour and disappearing again. So, we shouldn’t be surprised that she has released a new video for the track “Hot Knife” from ‘Idler’ directed by her ex-boyfriend, Paul Thomas Anderson, best known for Boogie Nights, There Will Be Blood, The Master. Apple’s sister, Maude Maggart, sings with her on the track.

Check out the video below.

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Check out the beautiful, nature-inspired video for the track “Don’t Give Up” from the upcoming Washed Out album, ‘Paracosm’ which drops 8.12.13. We are just giddy over new Washed Out, of Montreal and Mazzy Star. Life is good.

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Photo Credit: Dwane Lindsey

Photo Credit: Dwane Lindsey


Pearl Jam
ain’t afraid of no Chicago thunderstorms, not when playing in front of 40,000 fans in Eddie Vedder’s home town.

From Billboard:

With just a miniset of seven of PJ’s more gentle songs played (“Nothingman” from “Vitalogy,” “Present Tense” from “No Code”), Mother Nature intervened to halt the show at 9pm. A few streaks of jagged lightning lit the sky behind the band — whose just-announced fall album, fittingly, is called “Lightning Bolt” — during “Come Back” (off Pearl Jam’s 2006 self-titled album). Vedder said there was “potential weather we might have to get through as a team” and announced that the concert was on hold as the stage, and fans in the GA and field sections would have to shelter in the building and wait for the storm to pass, though he promised the band would come back hard.

The rains, thunder and lightning came once the field emptied. The weather lasted about and hour and the clock blew past ten and eleven o’clock as all waited for the all-clear. Incredibly, rather than cancel, Pearl Jam called fans back to the field and resumed around 11:50pm with a relentless two-plus-hour set after Vedder played his rousing Cubs ode “All The Way” in a No. 1 Jose Cardenel jersey.

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