Monday
Jan242011

[Download] The Streets - 'Cyberspace and Reds'

The Streets aka Mike Skinner recently posted his pre-album Cyberspace and Reds on the net earlier today. However, in order to obtain this record, he sent fans on a scavenger hunt for one special item. First, fans that had access to iphones were requested to download the ‘mike scanner’ app for the iphone from the apple app store. This app would allow them to scan the 1st part of the puzzle, which was a barcode located on Mike's recent blog post. The final step was to obtain a scan of the barcode located on a 300g tin of tomato soup by Heinz. Once completed, you would be prompted to enter in your email address for the album.

Of course, we aren't gonna make you go through all of that to listen to the record. Especially, since you need an iPhone and need to locate a can of tomato soup from the UK. However, we aren't going to post a link for the download of the record because that would ruin all the fun of Mike's little challenge. So, you can listen to the album below and then if you really want the album you can always attempt at it. Hell I don't live in the UK but was able to locate the pieces needed via some dedicate fans on Twitter. So good hunting. If you find it, you can post a link in the comment section. Mike even stated, "Sorry to all the haters on android and blueberry but you will have to wait for it to leak onto torrentshare" but sharing it here works as well. ;)

Monday
Jan242011

[Listen] The Go! Team - 'Rolling Blackouts' (Full Album)

Check out indie rockers The Go! Team's newest LP Rolling Blackouts in its entirety courtest of KCRW before it drops . The album two notable guest stars, Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino guests on the band's current single "Buy Nothing Day" and Deerhoof's Sartomi Matsuzaki appears on the song "Secretary Song." Check out the tracklisting after the jump. Rolling Blackouts will be available to stream on demand from January 24 through February 22, 2011. 

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Monday
Jan242011

Starfucker announces 2011 tour dates

Electro indie rockers Starfucker (often called STRFKR) announced a huge list of tour dates in support of their upcoming studio album Reptilians, which is set to be released on March 8th via Polyvinyl Records. On that very same day, the band's tour starts with a two night stint in San Francisco, taking them through SoCal and towards Texas for South By Southwest. The band will then head off to Florida and the East Coast before playing shows in the Midwest, finally ending up in the Northwest for five final shows in Vancouver, Seattle, and Portland. You can check out all of the tour dates after the jump!

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Monday
Jan242011

[Listen] Tame Impala - "Why Won't You Make Up Your Mind" (Erol Alkan Rework)

The second good remix of the day, and the week. Not bad considering it's only Monday. Take a listen to the Erol Alkan rework of Tame Impala's "Why Won't You Make Up Your Mind" which features on the bands full length debut Innerspeaker. You can pick up the albu over here if you want to hear more.

In this rework of the track Alkan processes the guitar sound and messes with the timing of the track making for a nice early evening listen. It was uploaded to Erol Alkans Soundcloud page so be sure to keep an eye on that for more nice remix work. Check it out for yourself below via The Fader.

Tame Impala - Why Won't You Make Up Your Mind (Erol Alkan Rework) Radio Edit by Erol Alkan

Monday
Jan242011

[SKOA Presents] [Premiere] Heypenny - "Purple Street"

We told you to keep an eye out for Heypenny when we caught them during CMJ last year. We weren't kidding. 

We're honored to present to you, "Purple Street", from Heypenny's upcoming album A Jillion Kicks. True story: these guys are insanely dedicated to bringing forth the awesome. 

The album is now three years in the making. The band had originally crafted a record with multiple producers in two different studios and felt that they ultimately didn't capture the essence of the band, so they scrapped that record. Giving it another go, the band reached out to their fans via Kickstarter to fund the album and were able to re-track everything with close friend/musician/producer Charles Allison (who tracked Heypenny’s first full length Use These Spoons). Then with the help of talented mixing engineer Craig Alvin (Colourmusic, The Features, Hanson) the band was able to put the finishing touches on the record. 

A Jillion Kicks features guest performances from 15 other Nashville based musicians including Byron House (Nickel Creek, Robert Plant), Kevin Teal (Cerys Matthews), Natalie Prass, Mikky Ekko and many more.

Check out "Purple Street" below. If you're in love with the song as much as we are, you can go download it for free on their website

Heypenny -"Purple Street" by Some Kind of Awesome

A Jillion Kicks is due to drop on February 22nd, 2011. First string of tour dates after the jump!

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Monday
Jan242011

[Watch] Das Racist Interview and Freestyle

 Take a few minutes and peep on these videos of Das Racist and get a little insight into them as a group. Courtesy of Pitchfork up at the top you can see an interview with the Brooklyn boys and after the jump their is even a nice little freestyle to enjoy. 

If you're a Das Racist fan you may also want to check out the new Darwin Deez Wonky Beats mixtape we mentioned earlier to grab a free mixtape. On which  there is a track featuring DR's Kool AD dropping in on the track "Where's the Chocolate?". Enjoy the interview and freestyle, hope it brightens your Monday just a little.

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Monday
Jan242011

[Download] Darwin Deez Goes Hip Hop For His New Mixtape 'Wonky Beats'

Well this is an odd turn of events, SKoA Favorite  decides to go all Kool Keith on us, and turn into an abstract emcee and drop a mix-tape created entirely from samples from the 1971 surrealist children’s classic “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”, roping in friends like Dev Hynes, KOOL AD from Das Racist and Xaphoon Jones of Chiddy Bang.

“It's a high concept mix-tape, tailor-made for multi-generational impact, created exclusively from Willy Wonka samples with the songs all derived from/based on the original 1971 score. It's like the Grey album but with Chocolate. Inspired by Das Rascist's "you oughta know" lazily singing along with the choruses.  chunky as hell beats.  The film is a great allegory.  I never knew it was allegorical until a stoner pointed that out to me though. I just always loved the songs.  Really special melodies (cheer up charlie) and chords (pure imagination).  Thought they'd make good hip hop choruses. Why limit yourself to Willy Wonka samples?  Limitations inspire me.  Limitations give me the freedom to feel ok about whatever comes out because I can always blame the limitations.  But the secret is to get the faucet running in the first place.  Otherwise I am just too serious and too scared to write anything.  But this particular limitation also has the power to make people curious, like the Grey album, which is all it takes in this day and age to make a popular record; and potential popularity is always thrilling, never daunting. It's the writing itself, the impossibly high quality standards I carry around in my brain that make me scared to write.  Not the idea of other people listening in.  I WANT people to listen in.  The rap style is like a brain dump (which is the technical definition of surrealism.  "Why a mix-tape?" - albums are to mix-tapes as the news is to gossip. They will change the way you hear the songs in the movie forever!”

How to get the mix-tape? Well, it is now available online, and all he wants in return is your LOVE.  Full details are here:  http://darwindeez.com/wonkybeats OH YEAH! In addition 5 lucky winners will also find inside their Zip a Golden Ticket; the Golden Ticket is redeemable for the grand prize: which is a lifetime supply of Darwin Deez music and tickets to local DD headline shows! Peep the track "Where's The Chocolate?" featuring KOOL AD from Das Racist below and pick this one up asap!

Darwin Deez - "Where's the Chocolate?" (ft Kool AD) by Some Kind of Awesome

Monday
Jan242011

[Contest] Win An Autographed Copy Of The New Mighty Mouse Album!

Mighty Mouse are one of the UK’s most exciting prospects for 2011 and are making their way to our side of the pond. The producer duo are currently in the studio recording material for their already anticipated full band album which will introduce singer Natalie Lewis, and is due for release in 2011. Song With No Word was written whilst in the studio recording new material, and was born out of a passion to create a body of work rather than separate songs. It features ten movements which serve as an introduction to their melodic sound in which they have created a lucious electronic soundtrack.

We have not one, not three, but FIVE autographed copies of the album for you guys! 

Wanna score a copy for yourself? Simply email us before Friday (1/28) at 4pm. 

For those of you who are not in the know yet, have a listen to this Mighty Mouse tack, "Movement 5" below. 

Good luck!

Mighty Mouse 'Movement 5' (Radio Edit) by Mighty Mouse