Coming Home - (Royal And LeGinge Edit)

Royal and LeGinge totally transformed this horrible Diddy song (which somehow has over 110 million YouTube views). The intro is laid back, quiet and ethereal like the last blurry, muted seconds of life until an EXPLOSION of light rushes Read more

Letters To Fiesta - Stay Young + Tears Apart

"Stay Young" and "Tears Apart" are the first two digital singles from the UK quartet Letters to Fiesta. While the post-punk, new wavvvvy pop crew did just hit the Internet (running quite fast), they have been together for a Read more


I can't believe it's almost the 20th anniversary of Illmatic, released in 1994. I was 7, Nas was 20, signed to Columbia, and working with some of the best producers available (ie. Pete Rock and Q-Tip).It's funny listening to Read more

The Melker Project – Skeetwood Mac

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Check out these smooth mashups from Scott Melker, five tracks that seamlessly mix some of Fleetwood Mac’s best songs with laid back rap spots.

Download Melker’s Skeetwood Mac collection, or listen below, and remember, players only love you when they’re playing. For real.

Pyyramids – Do You Think You’re Enough?

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Do you think you’re enough, Ravens? #unrelatedsuperbowlreference. DYTYE, ironically, does have the right amount of dark, pop rock momentum to be a Super Bowl theme song. It should at least be on a soundtrack for the big game, which it is…now.

Enjoy the new Pyyramids track from laid back soul singer Drea Smith and OK Go’s Tim Norwind. Pyyramids is set to release their first full-length album Brightest Darkest Day on April 15th.

Dark Horses – Traps

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Dark Horses are cultish rock noir at its lowest-fi. Actually, their production is pretty solid, and the druggy brit-trash vibe only seems partially contrived.

I imagine listening to “Traps” at a Portland bar in the early 90s, on my dad’s shoulders with his leather jacket draped over the both of us. A distinct lack of color and moist concrete.

So many ponytails.

Cut Keys – Zoonosis

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So, a Zoonosis is an infectious disease transmitted between species of animals to humans, or from humans to animals. There are over a thousand (Wikipedia). Just clearing that up so you don’t spend too long wondering what a Zoonosis is.

Cut Keys delivers a sort of desperate message from a human infected with a Zoonosis. Through this disease they connect animal to man, bringing to light the basic intrinsic values, the wants and needs embodied by all living beings. “I feel so sick / want to be healthy / want to do something for my species.”

After you listen a few times over, these simple, childlike observations begin to blur the biology between people and animals. Zoonosis has seeped into the DNA of each, creating a strong, infectious bond.

Foxygen – San Francisco

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For all you San Franciscan, free spirit Simon and Garfunkelists, here’s a little patchouli perfume for your morning BART commute. Just put your headphones on and pretend you’re riding a bicycle to a Carl Jung convention at Dolores park. Ok I’m out of hippy references. LSD.

Read a great review of Foxgen’s new album We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic over at Pitchfork

Eekis – If I

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If I had to listen to this song on repeat, I’d probably have a wonderful Saturday morning. Which I have, thanks to Nespresso coffee capsules and this Silverlake-based garage country duo named Eekis.

“If I” is lead singer Paul Bergmann’s introspective ballad about the pain of wishing you were everything you’re not, yet lacking the courage to be that person. It’s heartfelt, with a strain of Johnny-Cash-sad, but has enough folky pop to pull itself from the cellar and join me in the gaze of unabashed Los Angeles sun.

Listen to more Eekis at their Bandcamp 

Glowbug – The Cockroach

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Clouds gathering.  Churning, wanton pent-up energy.  Wind picking up.  Forces at work.  Emotions never acted on.  Heart pounding, thumping.  Beauty.  Feelings never told.

Tears.  “Why are you telling me this now?”

Because I love you.