Friday, December 16, 2011

Atmosphere: "Somebody, MN ft. Kill the Vultures, Big Quarters & MaLLy"

Atmosphere, Kill the Vultures, Big Quarters, and MaLLy are embarking on the six-show Welcome to MN tour. It's the same cities as last year, with added dates in Minneapolis and Duluth. Fantastic lineup and should be a great time. I've got my tickets for the First Ave show, and I hear they're going fast, so grab them ASAP if you haven't yet.

Similar to last year's "Minnesota Nice," all the acts on this mini-tour made a song together. Stream/download it below.

Atmosphere: "Somebody, MN ft. Kill the Vultures, Big Quarters & MaLLy"

Dates for the 2012 Welcome To Minnesota Tour:
2.20 - Mankato, MN @ Verizon Wireless Center Ballroom   
2.21 - Bemidji, MN @ Sanford Center Ballroom  
2.22 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue  
2.23 - Duluth, MN @ Clyde Iron Works  
2.25 - Rochester, MN @ Mayo Civic Center Auditorium 
2.26 - St. Cloud, MN @ SCSU Atwood Center Ballroom

More Than Lights: "Deja Voodoo" (Music Video)

MaLLy: "Stomp Through ft. Tigre" (Prod. Last Word)

New heat from MaLLy, featuring Tigre of 925ve and produced by Last Word.

MaLLy: "Cloud Culture" (Music Video)

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The Tribe & Big Cats!: Make Good EP

I've said it before and I'll probably say it again: Make Good marks the best music the Tribe & Big Cats! have put out as a group yet. It also ranks among my favorite local releases of 2011. Stream it below, and buy it for $5 at their Bandcamp site.

The Tribe & Big Cats!: Make Good EP

Big Quarters: "Unreal" ( City of Music) filmed Big Quarters performing "Unreal" off of the exquisite Party Like A Young Commie for their City of Music series.

Common: "Raw (How You Like It)"

Common's The Dreamer, The Believer comes out on December 20. It's always easy to overlook these late-year releases when you're caught in the hoopla of the holidays and "Best Of" lists, but from what I've heard this album should be a good one.


B. Dolan: "Film The Police ft. Toki Wright, Jasiri X, Buddy Peace & Sage Francis (Music Video)

B. Dolan's new song "Film The Police" is a reworking of NWA's 1988 classic "Fuck the Police." You could say the song is a response from the current digital generation to the national outbreaks out police brutality in recent years. As abounding technological advances allow a vast proportion of the populace to become amateur videographers and photographers, B. Dolan, Toki Wright, Sage Francis, and Jasiri X call for today's activists to film the police and document their wrongdoings and injustices.

B. Dolan: "Film The Police ft. Toki Wright, Jasiri X, Buddy Peace & Sage Francis"

U of SAV: Real Cool World (Free Album)

U of SAV is a duo composed of local rapper/producer Oppi and his parter Vinnie who currently resides in Milwaukee. Today they release their debut project, Real Cool World. If you're sick of the pretentiousness that populates much of the current rap landscape, you may very well enjoy this release. It's also possibly the most piano-heavy album I've heard in a long time. Lipset makes a guest appearance. Stream it below or hit the U of SAV Bandcamp site to download.

U of SAV: Real Cool World

Big Quarters: "Perfect Match ft. Mankwe Ndosi" (Music Video)

I was a big fan of Brown Babies/White Mothers when it came out, but I believe Party Like A Young Commie is BQ's best work to date. Go get that if you don't have it yet. Like, stop what you're doing and go get it right now.

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Danny Brown: "Blunt After Blunt" + "Monopoly" (Music Videos)

Danny Brown's excellent XXX — an allusion to his age, 30, as much as his explicit lyrics — is out now. Here are two recent music videos from that album.

Doomtree: "Bolt Cutter" (Music Video)

You've probably seen this already, but it deserves a post regardless of how late I am. Fresh off dominating First Ave/7th St Entry for an entire week, Doomtree are crushing the local scene right now. Here's the music video for "Bolt Cutter" their No Kings ode to breaking, entering, and conquering.

Zero Star: "Gmail" (Music Video)

From Zero Star's upcoming album Maybe I'm Joking, Maybe I'm Not.

I.B.E: "6AM ft. Alicia Steele"

Here's the latest offering from I.B.E's Pages from That Tape series.

O-D: Free Myself (Free Album)

O-D is a producer in the 4Shades crew. Even if you don't know him by name, you've likely heard his work if you follow the Twin Cities scene; he's produced for M.anifest, Krukid, Toki Wright, Tribe & Big Cats! and more. Check out his album Free Myself.

O-D: Free Myself