A$AP Ferg – “Hood Pope”

An odd set of visuals grace A$AP Ferg’s infamous “Hood Pope” single, which dropped last year in promotion of the New York rapper’s commercial debut, Trap Lord.

Ferg’s unmistakable “ohhhh-oh” calls are met with images neighborhood kids, and some of ‘em are horrifically scarred. It sort of depicts the song’s theme of kids running wild in the streets, getting into trouble. They must “need nurturin’,” I guess.

Given the song’s title, of course there’s plenty of religious imagery, but not all of it is tastefully executed. I mean, Ferg ascends into heaven at the very end of the video, and his fat gold chain goes with him. It looks like he’s spitting his lyrics from some kind of holy book as one point as well. It all plays into the idea that Ferg himself is a religious figure. He wishes to lead his disciples away from senseless violence, but simultaneously knowns he’s far from perfect himself.

Check a review for Trap Lord below:

After The Smoke – Microwaves

Download: After The Smoke – Microwaves

Alternative hip hop and R&B project After The Smoke drops a spacey new mixtape titled Microwaves via the link above. Download and enjoy!

Nils Frahm – “Says”

Ambient composer Nils Frahm sneakily dropped one of 2013′s prettiest albums, Spacesnear the end of the year. A puzzling mixture of live recordings and reenvisionings of past tracks, it was moving and interesting nonetheless. And now one of its best cuts, the striking “Says”, gets the video treatment. The YouTube page for it says it is an improvised experiment with “inks on glass and a video feedback device,” which results in the beautiful, abstract black and white visuals.

Watch it above and go lend an ear to Spaces, out now on Erased Tapes.

Xiu Xiu – Nina

Most tribute albums don’t go over that well, and I can’t make a promise that you’ll think Xiu Xiu’s Nina is an exception. However, from where I’m standing, this collection of recordings is incredibly twisted, bizarre, beautiful, and moving.

The Men – “Pearly Gates”

If you can expect anything from New York’s The Men, it’s that you’ll never know what to expect from them.

The band’s discography thus far has been quite the trip, showing no limits in their ability to imitate the sounds of noise rock, post-hardcore, pop rock, and even country. In fact, their foray into that last genre made for my least favorite Men album thus far. That influence rings true in this new track of theirs as well, “Pearly Gates”; however, I think this fiery backwoods rock number is paying off big-time. It’s like what would have happened if the punk movement had somehow preceded Southern, horn-backed bar rock. There’s loads of guitar slingin’, piano bangin’, and horn squealin’ to be had here. Pay close attention, and try not to miss a single second of the action!

Get some more info on the band’s next album via Sacred Bones. Also catch a review for one of the band’s previous albums below:

Frankie Cosmos – “Owen”

A lazy, endearing indie rock ballad from Frankie Cosmos on the track “Owen,” which you can stream via the widget above. If the songwriting talents of the Moldy Peaches appeal to you, this’ll probably be right up your alley. And if you’re into this, the good new is there’s much more where this came from on Cosmos’ Bandcamp. She’s impressively prolific, and I’m looking forward to seeing how far her talents stretch.

Classics Week: 2013

Watch the embedded playlist of videos to check out the five classics week reviews I did for the 2013-2014 classics week. Watch the playlist further to check out classics week reviews from the last few years as well. Woo!!!

Burial – Rival Dealer

It’s hard to believe the three tracks on this Rival Dealer EP are actually Burial tracks, because they bring the UK-based producer’s sound in a such a different direction. We’re not getting moody, skeletal dubstep tunes on this one, people. Get ready for some auto-tuned synth pop with a boatload of atmosphere.

Future of the Left – How To Stop Your Brain In An Accident

If you like your rock music to have catchy hooks, wordy verses, and lots of smart-ass remarks, then I see no reason why you won’t dig the new Future of the Left album.

Stream the New Burial EP

Famed electronic music producer, and underground dubstep titan Burial has just dropped a new EP titled Rival Dealer, which is streamable on the Hyperdub Records YouTube channel. Hear the title track above, and you can hear the two remaining songs here and here. Pick up a copy of this new EP over here. Enjoy!