Gross Ghost

Gross Ghost is a lo-fi pop project out of Raleigh, NC. The project consists of Mike Dillon and pal Tre sending tracks back and forth, constantly tweaking until they feel it is just right. They are working on multiple projects, including something with Matte Black Editions, a self-released EP, and starting up a tour. You can also check out a collection of demos here. Mike describes a gross ghost as:
"someone who stays up long after the party is over. its the way they look when the sun comes up and they're still wasted."
Anyway, "Lurker" is an amazing track that rings in at just short of 1:30; my only gripe is how short it is. The track also features Mike's roommate Stu McLamb of The Love Language on bass, if you needed just a bit more incentive.

MP3 :: Gross Ghost - Lurker

Some new Raekwon for ya

This track is nuts. It's great to see some beasty shit coming from the Wu-Tang camp again. The track features Ghostface, Inspectah Deck, and Method Man and the production work is done by the late, great J Dilla. The track is hopefully from Raekwon's Only Built 4 Cuban Linx II, which may or may not come out September 8.

MP3 :: Raekwon - House Of Flying Daggers (Feat Ghostface, Inspectah Deck, + Method Man).mp3



I only just started paying the Chocolate Bobka blog any mind and already I'm stumbling upon gold. Fluffy Lumbers music is certainly as awesome as their name, so take that however you will. All I'm saying is definitely give this a listen.

MP3 :: Fluffy Lumbers - Cruisers

Here's A Star

I'm assuming GvB Chris is sleeping with Neon Indian because he always is on top of their new stuff before anyone else. Today he brings us their remix of The Silent League's "Here's A Star". Unfuckingbelievably good.

MP3 :: The Silent League - Here's A Star (Neon Indian Remix)

Trailer for Jay Reatard Documentary

Here's something cool, apparently Myspace is debuting a short documentary about Jay Reatard. This is the first trailer for the film. Look for "Waiting For Something" Tuesday, August 4.


Some recent tracks of interest

[Photo Credit :: Neil Krug]

With my computer getting stolen it has been hard to keep you guys updated on everything I want to. Here are some new tracks I've really been digging lately. Think of it as a little weekend mix.

MP3 ::
Toro Y Moi - Timed Pleasure
Wavves - Mickey Mouse
Atlas Sound + Panda Bear - Walkabout
The Big Pink - Dominos
Sun Araw - Heavy Deeds

New Kurt Vile .mp3, 7" + Wilmington Show!

Kurt Vile's Childish Prodigy comes out October 6, and last week Matador dropped the first mp3 from it, titled "Overnite Religion". Matador will also be releasing a 7" on September 8 containing album-track "He's Alright" and two non-album b-sides. Now is also a good time to mention that Vile will be playing at the Soap Box here in Wilmington on August 12 with Espers, and it'd be awesome to see some familiar faces there. Me and the Gravity crew will certainly be there.

MP3 :: Kurt Vile - Overnite Religion

Video :: Woods - "Where And What Are You"

Pretty short video for a pretty short song, but definitely worth the watch. I want the camera used to film it. [H/T Pitchfork]

Calls & Responses now available for D/L!

Memory Cassette has uploaded the Calls & Responses EP to his blog for free. Each song also has a different "re-imagining" of sorts of the Call & Response EP cover done by GvB's Chris, and the pictures are stunning. Also make sure to check out Pitchfork's interview with Dayve Hawk, the man behind Memory Cassette/Weird Tapes/Memory Tapes.

Download :: Memory Cassette - Calls & Responses EP


Calls & Responses

I just got my copy of Memory Cassette's Call & Response EP in the mail Monday, and it's amazing. The EP is already sold out, though you can still get it at some retailers, apparently. Fear not, however: those that missed out will still have a chance to score the remix EP, titled Calls & Responses. GvB and the Fader got ahold of remixes by Sail A Whale and CFCF (respectively). Other remixers include the likes of Weird Tapes, Friend, and Tuxedomask.

MP3 ::
Memory Cassette - Surfin (Sail A Whale Version)
Memory Cassette - Last One Awake (CFCF Remix)
Memory Cassette - Last One Awake (Friend Version)

Yo La Tengo is Here To Fall

Yo La Tengo's Popular Songs drops soon, and Matador just gave us the opening track. The pre-order of Popular Songs comes with some pretty awesome stuff, including a bonus LP of the band's original score for the motion picture Adventureland, which was fantastic, so you may want to get on that asap.

MP3 :: Yo La Tengo - Here To Fall

Give Blood

Rain Machine is the side project of TV On The Radio's Kyp Malone. "Give Blood" is the first track from him, and it sounds like TV On The Radio. Nonetheless, it's pretty cool. The debut self-titled album is due out September 22 on Anti-Records.

MP3 :: Rain Machine - Give Blood


A love letter in three parts

I managed to miss this nearly a month ago when it first hit the blogosphere, but it's hot outside, and I need some upbeat summer shit to beat the heat. The song is part two of a three part love letter.

MP3 :: Air France - GBG Belongs To Us


When it rains, it's Washed Out

I'm not sure if fellow Columbia, SC native Toro Y Moi helped turn NPIP on to Washed Out, or if it's just an awesome coincidence, but these guys are just as awesome, so take notice. It's definitely a very similar style between the two, and they are on each others top friends. I am once again stoked to hear this sound popping up on the east coast. Exciting things are happening. Check out a couple tracks below, and let's just hope there is plenty more where this came from.

MP3 ::
Washed Out - New Theory
Washed Out - Get Up

1, 2, 3, PARTYY!

I've never really listened to Mission Of Burma much, but with my growing infatuation with Matador comes a willingness to listen to anything they put out, and I've yet to be let down. "1, 2, 3, Partyy!" comes from MOB's upcoming LP, titled The Sound The Speed The Light. It drops October 6, and 6 weeks prior (August 18) they are releasing the Innermost 7" featuring two non-album tracks. Pre-order both here.

MP3 :: Mission Of Burma - 1, 2, 3, Partyy!

New Best Coast stuff

Best Coast has 4 tracks other than "Sun Was High (So Was I)" on their myspace. This stuff is too good. I want to catch them along with Pearl Harbour over on my coast. It would make my summer. Also grab "Sun Was High (So Was I)" below for free.

MP3 :: Best Coast - Sun Was High (So Was I)


Some stuff from the Matador camp...

I've made it quite known lately how much I love Matador as a record label. They've got a couple new releases coming up that I'm pretty excited about: Jay Reatard's Watch Me Fall and Times New Viking's Born Again Revisited. I already posted the first track off Watch Me Fall (due out August 4), and now another one has been released into the wild. "Wounded" has an entirely different feel from "It Ain't Gonna Save Me", and that's not a bad thing. "Wounded" presents the pop side of Reatard's music genius a bit more, and it's a fun little ditty. "No Time No Hope" is the first single from Times New Viking's upcoming September 22 release, and it's fucking awesome. TNV are really taking the lo-fi stuff to new levels and proving that it's not just a couple distorted chords to fool you with.

MP3 ::
Jay Reatard - Wounded
Times New Viking - No Time No Hope

A couple new tracks from The Very Best

IGIF has thrown up some new Very Best tracks, and they are delightful. "Julia" is a beautiful little track, with an amazing beat behind it. Up til now I wasn't sure how necessary Radioclit was to the Very best equation, but now I know he is very important to the group. "Rain Dance" really isn't much to clamor over, but it does feature MIA, which is neat.

MP3 ::
The Very Best - Julia
The Very Best - Rain Dance

Toro Y Moi gets signed to Carpark!

Carpark Records has signed recent GOTC/BxF/GvB favorites Toro Y Moi, and we're all excited. I'm stoked to see a fellow east coaster getting recognized like this. I got his June 2009 cd at the Grizzly Bear show last month and it's been played quite a bit, so I definitely can't wait to grab the Blessa 7" on October 6. Also make sure to check out the Toro Y Moi blog for more awesome photography.

Phaseone gives out album for free!

I swear, if it's not one thing, it's another. Last weekend some asshole broke in to my house and stole my laptop and the iPod touch that my fiancee had just gotten me, along with my roommate's xbox. Some people really just suck. Fortunately I work at a record store with an awesome boss, and I'm going to be able to post stuff from the store now.
On with the awesome. Phaseone sent me an email last night at around 1AM, and I finally got the chance to open it, and lo and behold it's a link to download his album for free. The album is called Thanks But No Thanks, and it is fantastic, so go ahead and grab it, and listen, and love it.

FREE LP :: Phaseone - Thanks But No Thanks