Shabazz Palaces – Lese Majesty

With more motifs and musical dead-ends than legitimate songs, the new Shabazz Palaces album is suffocated with a surprising amount of filler.

Shabazz Palaces – “#CAKE”

Winding, twisted, and psychedelic is the new Shabazz Palaces song, “#CAKE.” It’s a cut off the experimental hip hop project’s forthcoming album, Lese Majesty, which is looking at a July 29th release on Sub Pop Records. Enjoy!!!

clipping. – CLPPNG

clipping. lives up to hip hop tradition and pushes “noise hop” unorthodoxy on their sophomore album.

Shabazz Palaces – “They Come in Gold”

Shabazz Palaces, the experimental hip hop duo behind of one of our favorite albums of 2011 Black Up, thankfully has a new project due out in a couple of months. It is titled Lese Majesty, and it is looking to be even more ambitious than its predecessor, at least in terms of structure, with this one being comprised of seven suites over the course of 18 tracks – it’s so intricate, it comes with a map. But it actually might be more aurally adventurous as well, this lead single “They Come in Gold,” containing countless ear-grabbing electronic textures. In particular, the vaguely brassy one that rises above the mix’s myriad swirling and ringing sounds. And the transition midway through the song is really quite breathtaking, leading into perhaps the twosome’s most powerful verse yet. Stream it up there; happy listening!

Lese Majesty drops July 29 via Sub Pop (which is months too many away).

clipping. – “Work Work”

clipping. is sounding pretty polished on “Work Work,” the lead single from their Sub Pop and studio debut clppng. The harsh noise elements of Midcity are all but gone, but the trio is progressing and maintaining their identity as one of hip hop’s most forward-thinking outfits magnificently.

While the song sports some club-centric synth work and clipping. has clearly placed a greater emphasis on their hooks, the track’s instrumental is nevertheless incredibly inventive. According to Rolling Stone, the beat was “made by rolling a ball-bearing in a metal Thermos, smashing cinder blocks, and crumpling a beer can.” And on the flow front, all of the electricity of the Midcity-and-prior work is preserved – hell, it might just be turned up! The outlook for the group’s debut is extremely promising.

clppng is due out June 10 via Sub Pop. A reminder we absolutely loved the aural assault of  Midcity last year:

The Notwist – “Kong”

Next month German indietronic quartet The Notwist will drop its first album in six years, Close to the Glass. This second single, “Kong,” is certainly a buoyant number, but due to its conventional indie rock composition, it isn’t particularly exciting. At least not until around the three minute mark, which sees the band throwing in everything and the kitchen sink for the track’s glitchy outro. Hopefully we’ll find plenty more grand moments like this interspersed throughout the album. For now, check out “Kong” above, and enjoy!

Close to the Glass is due out February 25 via Sub Pop.

No Age – An Object

California rock duo No Age comes through with their most abstract release yet with An Object.




clipping. – “Jump” / “Or Die”

During a recent performance at The Stables in celebration of Sub Pop’s Silver Jubilee, recent signees clipping. performed two new tracks: “Jump” and “Or Die,” which are tracks I’m hoping make it to their first album on the famed Seattle label. Give a live to those live renditions via the videos above, and catch a review for clipping.’s midcity album / mixtape below:

Thanks for KEXP for capturing these videos, too!

Father John Misty – “Funtimes In Babylon”

Singer-songwriter Father John Misty, a.k.a. Josh Tillman, dancing through a post-apocalyptic set on this new set of visuals for the track “Funtimes In Babylon,” which is a cut from his latest full-length, Fear Fun. The album is out now on Sub Pop Records.

The Postal Service – “A Tattered Line of String”

Recently there’s been a ton of buzz about the Postal Service due to the duo’s recent reformation. Of course, people are drooling over the possibility of a new album, and there’s some titillation over this new song that’s streaming in the YouTube video above; however, I’m just skeptical as to how excited I should get, because all of these recent events just feel orchestrated in the name of the soon-to-be-released reissue of the Service’s only full-length album, Give Up. I love Give Up, I’d love for more people to hear it, but I would love some new material, too.

When I say “new material,” though, I mean stuff that isn’t like the track streaming above. As far as Postal Service tracks go, it’s pretty weak. The beat ruins any chance of enjoying the smooth, melodic qualities the duo’s music usually showcases, and the hook is pretty flavorless as well, in my opinion. If this track is actually a new recording–and not just some b-side–it doesn’t feel like a new era for the duo. It’s more like a speedy and less detailed version of what I’m already used to.

Still, I’m sure this forthcoming reissue of Give Up will be absolutely worth it for indie pop listeners who are new to the Postal Service. However, I don’t expect much more than for Ben and Jimmy to split apart once again after this release and some live performances. I’d like to be proven wrong, though.