Thursday
Oct022014

[Watch] Flying Lotus - "Never Catch Me (feat. Kendrick Lamar)" (Official Video)

Okay, can we talk about how Kendrick Lamar is like EVERYWHERE right now?! I feel like if I'm not careful that I'm going to go around a corner and he's going to be standing there ready to start rapping on command for me. I mean, I'm not complaining or anything, but it's been a little overwhelming, especially over the past week. At any rate, I'm glad that he's contributing to the goodness that is Flying Lotus' upcoming 5th album You're Dead! which drops next week (October 6th). The video (below) for "Never Catch Me" takes place during a funeral wherein the deceased love this song so much that they leap out of their caskets and start dancing. 
Tomorrow (October 3rd) you'll be able to stream the entire album in full starting at 5pm EST/ 11pm EU / 2pm PST over on Flying Lotus' website, so set yourself a remind for that. 

Flying Lotus On Tour 

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Wednesday
Oct012014

[Download] Ryan Adams - "I Want To Know What Love Is" (Foreigner Cover)

Ryan Adams' new album is a throwback to the eighties and while I may have only been born in 1989, I grew up listening to my Dad's record collection from that era, and you know what, I like it. Sure, it's cheesy at times, and maybe even predictable, but it just sounds good to me. Maybe I'm looking at it with rose-tinted fondness, but Ryan's new self-titled album is equally brilliant and given it was released in 2014, maybe my kids will grow up and reach for it in my collection when they're growing up and the cycle of the 80s will begin again.

With his new album's sound in mind, he's offered up a true piece of memorabilia by covering "I Want To Know What Love Is" recently for NPR's World Cafe. Originally released in '84 by Foreigner, the result presented to us is a beautiful, stripped back version approaching nearly 7 minutes that remains smooth, emotional and damn right brilliant from start to finish. Whenever you may have been born, however old you may be, enjoy the download of the track below via Stereogum.

Tuesday
Sep302014

[Watch] Chromeo - "Old 45s" (Official Video)

I love that Chromeo took a track that almost didn't make the record, realized how much of a fan favorite it was, and turned it into one of the most fun videos I have seen in awhile. I will spare you any spoilers, but man oh man did I not see the ending coming at all. Pretttyyy funny stuff. Excellent cameo. Nice work, fellas! 

Also ladies you're welcome in advance because I spared you the time and effort to create a .GIF of Dave 1 shaking his booty at the jukebox:

Yepppp. This is a thing that I did. You go have fun with that on Tumblr now. 
Tuesday
Sep302014

[Watch] Mayer Hawthorne - "Crime" (Official Video)

Of all the tracks on Where Does This Door Go?, I think "Crime" is by far my favorite. I think it's because I always end up daydreaming about partying with Mayer Hawthorne by the end of it. Or maybe it's the, "a little weed, a little red wine" part.....?

ANYWAY. Mayer Hawthorne has unveiled his video for "Crime" wherein he goes to great lengths to party it up on presumably appears to be a posh all white party on an undisclosed island . Interestingly enough, it was directed by Rashida Jones. If you have that in mind while watching the video you can see her sense of humor in little bits and pieces throughout the video, so that's pretty cool. Here explanation of the video is as follows:
The video is a parody of ridiculously exclusive parties which are made nearly impossible to get to but tout themselves as ‘the party of the year.’ I liked the idea of the video starting as a sexy getting-ready video and devolving into a messy, very unsexy, unexpected trek. And the final realization is that YOU are the real party! I'm just starting to realize that about myself (which is why I stay home most nights). I am a HUGE fan of Mayer, Kendrick and of the song "Crime" and it was an honor to work with Mayer.

Also helloooo there product placement! I didn't catch which Samsung phone that was, but someone was definitely rocking a Gear 2 at the party. I guess people who dare to wear all white outside and drink red wine would be silly enough to get themselves get on board with the Samsung Galaxy / Gear 2 train? 
Tuesday
Sep302014

[Watch] Electric Youth - "Runaway" (Official Video) 

Appropriately timed with their latest album, Innerworld, dropping today, fall in love with Toronto-based synth duo Electric Youth's video for their single, "Runaway". I'll admit, I had a moment where I felt like a worried mother watching this couple making out while riding around on a moped, but it really fits nicely with the songs subject matter, so I'll allow it. I love how this video celebrates imperfections in love, humans, etc. in a really beautiful way. Also Beirut (where the video was shot) looks like a place I wil have to visit one day. 

If you haven't purchased/streamed/whatever Innerworld yet, you should probably get on that...now. 

The duo will be hitting the road in North American starting in November so you have plenty of time to memorize the album and perfect your dance moves. 

Electric Youth North American Fall Tour:
11/03 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy
11/04 - San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
11/06 - Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
11/07 - Victoria, BC @ Victoria Event Centre
11/08 - Vancouver, BC @ Imperial
11/12 - New York, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
11/13 - Washington D.C. @ Black Cat
11/14 - Philadelphia, PA @ District N9NE
11/15 - Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
11/18 - Toronto, ON @ Hoxton

Monday
Sep292014

[Listen] Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr - "James Dean" 

Earlier today Detroit duo Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr unveiled a new track titled "James Dean". From the looks of their recent tweets, the song is merely a one off and not a kickoff single for a new album. A bit of a bummer in that regards, but this song will more than hold you over if you've been itching for new music from them. 
Have a listen to "James Dean" below. 
Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr On Tour

10/17 - Tractor Tavern - Seattle, WA *
10/18 - Biltmore Cabaret - Vancouver, B.C. *
10/19 - Doug Fir Lounge - Portland, OR *
10/22 - The FIllmore - San Francisco, CA *
10/23 - Belly Up Tavern - Solana Beach, CA *
10/24 - The Regent Theatre - Los Angeles, CA *
10/25 - Orpheum Theater - Flagstaff, AZ *
10/27 - Urban Lounge - Salt Lake City, UT *
10/28 - Fox Theatre - Boulder, CO *
11/7 - Scoot Inn - Austin, TX † 
11/8 - Trees - Dallas, TX † 
11/9 - Fitzgerald's Upstairs - Houston, TX † 
11/11 - Terminal West @ King Plow Arts Center - Atlanta, GA † 
11/13 - Music Hall of Williamsburg - Brooklyn, NY † 
11/14 - 9:30 Club - Washington, DC † 
11/15 - Bowery Ballroom - New York, NY † 
11/16 - The Sinclair - Cambridge, MA † 
11/19 - The A&R Music Bar - Columbus, OH † 
11/20 - 20th Century Theatre - Cincinnati, OH † 
11/21 - Metro - Chicago, IL † 
11/22 - The Crofoot Ballroom - Detroit, MI
11/23 - The Crofoot Ballroom - Detroit, MI

Support from:
* Miniature Tigars & Madi Diaz
† Mini Mansions

Friday
Sep262014

[Download] Too Many Ts - "Butter Rug" 

This might be a bold statement, but these days when it comes to hip hop (specifically anything of the underground/indie persuasion) I really think UK > US. #SorryNotSorry. Need convincing? Please consider exhibit A: the lastest track from London hip-hop duo Too Many Ts, "Butter Rug". The song features Abdominal, Jester Jacobs, Kathika Rabbit, Lazy Habits & Parallax and was produced by Uncle Bad Touch. I think the main reason I'm drawn to this track is because it's very nostalgic of the glory days of hip-hop. Loving the old school vibe it gives off. 

In less than two weeks you'll be able to hear more from the gruesome twosome in the form of their forthcoming EP, Running Wild, which will be available as a free download on October 9th over on their website

The duo will be hitting the road to promote their release (as they should) starting on October 1st in Machester and ending in London on November 14th at Birthdays. They're also playing a show in London on the day their EP drops. Info for that show in the flyer below. 
Wednesday
Sep172014

[Contest] Win A Pair Of Tickets To See Monarchy in Los Angeles or San Francisco! 

The SKOA family has been long time supporters of electro-duo Monarchy pretty much since the site began. From the moment we heard their 2010 self-titled debut we knew we had found something remarkable and have been obsessing over every last scintillating synthy screech ever since. We're happy to report that to celebrate the recent release of their latest EP, Almost Human, the duo have set their sights on the states to grace us with their presence and we want to make sure you have absolutely no excuse to not check them out! (Unless you're in NYC like Kibbe and Sprout are, but we digress.)

ANYWAY

If you live in the Los Angeles or San Francisco area and love Monarchy, keep reading! 
We have two pairs of tickets to give away to see Monarchy LIVE in Los Angeles or San Francisco! To enter for a chance to win, simply leave a comment on this post with your favorite Monarchy song! Have your entry in no later than Thursday, September 18th, 2014 at 2pm PDT.
Winners will be able to choose from one of three two (the one on 9/21 is free!) shows: 

9/18/14 - Echoplex - Los Angeles, CA
9/19/14 - Popscene Club at Rickshaw Stop - San Francisco, CA 
9/21/14 - Folsom Street - San Francisco, CA 

While you anxiously await to see if you've won tickets to either of the shows, you can make sure you have all the lyrics to their Almost Human EP memorized by having a listen below.
Good luck!