Thursday’s Hardcore Jams of the Day: The Anna Thompsons


The truth of the matter is that these women are bad ass. How could they not be with amazing song titles like: “Bleeding Through,” “Get Laid,” “Fuck You,” and “Unicorn” Fact. They’re also probably hilarious to talk with.  I’ve had “Bleeding Through” on repeat today. The intro is all sorts of synth keys hot before it dives into a nice dose of 80’s pop fused surf sounds with etherial vocals that drag you through a cloud of cotton candy that might be laced with cyanide (in a good way). The chorus is after all, “Bleeding Through” not “Loves Heart Break” or something silly like that. “Bleeding Through” is a hot jam that shows us just where this crew is going and I god damn like it. They have a unique taste for hilarious hardcore and straight ahead driving tracks. then of Course there is “Fuck You” and “Unicorn”–What else needs to be said. They kill it as their sound has clearly evolved into these sounds.

And they have a penchant for self-description that is spot on; “Canadian/Spanish/American banana split topped with potato chips from Berlin. Inspired… by a vast spectrum of music that ranges from Heart’s Dreamboat Annie, to Dead Moon, to The Zit Remedy, their corpus touches on many themes that include Grace Jones, creepy guys, unicorns, and the economic crisis in Spain. They have a democratic approach to vocals and a totalitarian approach to having fun.” Basically they have a raw and awesome sound.

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Enjoy today’s Jams from The Anna Thompons and go see them.

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Monday’s Jam of the Day: Captain Murphy


The infinitely mysterious Captain Murphy has just released the official video to, “Killing Joke” off Du∆lity, and it is hot.
Captain Murphy is an intensely anonymous rapper, although he sounds a lot like Tyler the Creator and Odd Future.  Du∆lity is a stellar mixtape and the song “Killing Joke” is great. The album is produced by numerous big name producers and it is worth every minute of listening. You can watcwatchthe latest video below or download the entre mix at his page, http://www.captainmurphy.xxx/. This mixtape sweats hot jamz and beats.

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Friday’s Productivity Jam of the Day: Daft Punk Teachers Inspiration Mix


My good friend said, “yo, want to be hella productive today?” Or something to that effect. I said hell yeah. He said, “check this little number.”

And now BOOM, I’m feeling like a damn energizer bunny running through some pixellated work video game, powering up on power-up fruits and doing tasks faster than Sonic! Jamz Jamz Jamz. If you want to be a work machine today, this is the answer. Minute 45 is all sorts of feel good.

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Thursday’s Jam of The Day: Townes Van Zandt


John Townes Van Zandt might be one of the most under-appreciated American musicians. His gorgeously arranged music spans the line between genius, depression, psychosis, and poetry.  It goes without saying, Townes Van Zandt is one of the most influential musicians to emerge out of the 60’s – 70’s  blues, country, and  folk movement. He has influenced a spectrum of American musicians with his lyrical masterpieces, folklore, musings, ambitions, and love hymns.  Norah Jones, Lyle Lovett, Steve Earle, Cowboy Junkies, Andrew Bird, Robert Plant, Alison Krauss Gillian Welch, Devendra Banhart, Willie Nelson, and Emmylou Harris only represent a small handful of the talent he has left a mark of influence on.

Not surprisingly, Van Zandt drew his influence from the likes of early  Bob Dylan, Texas Blues greats like Lightning Hopkins, to Delta legends and back to the Appalachian blues movement. To say the least, Van Zandt pulled from a range of sound and life experience ultimately giving him the unique and authentic sound that he is associated with today. Not surprisingly, Van Zandt often played dive bars, the perfect back-drop to his life of alcoholism. People have said that he would easily consume a pint of vodka daily. Despite the enormous potential  Van Zandt had for fame, he was taken advantage of by producers, shied away from owning the rights to his music, drank his life away, and was robbed of thousands of dollars.  His name will never be forgotten though because his impact on American music tradition will live on for eternity. His story is sadder than most. Before his death in 1997, that was a product of alcoholism, Towne’s  had produced hundreds of covers and original songs to join the archives of truly American musicology and tradition.

Toward the end of his life, Van Zandt had accrued stories of having nights in which he was too drunk to find the stage or hold his guitar. His sobriety became a very physical problem and he required alcohol for normalcy. The saddest kind of story evolved as he drank his life away and pickled his voice with alcohol. He became notorious for his drug addictions and alcoholism. It was his very real battle with substance abuse that gave him an unreal ability to deposit his experience into his music. When listening to Van Zandt you can not help but be transported to a melancholic world with harrowing battles,  a life of loss and misunderstanding, chronic depression masked with beautiful mania, disillusion, alcoholism, and eventually an untimely death.

There are so many songs I could draw from to capture Van Zandt’s unique ability to tell an authentic poetic story and still impact a range of your emotions. Most of the songs I’d draw from are quite sad, but I’m choosing to pick only one song, “Willy Boy.” “Willy Boy” off his album No Deeper Blue is, in my opinion, one of the  sweetest and most beautiful songs ever made and is without question one of the more simple and striking from Van Zandt’s repertoire. So the story goes, Van Zandt wrote “Willy Boy” for his 12 year old boy. It is a beautiful song of love and affection, a lullaby. But when you listen to Van Zandt sing it, you hear a voice of sadness. the juxtaposition is interesting. No matter what though, Townes Van Zandt is one of the most influential musicians of the past 50 years.

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Wednesday’s Jam of The Day: Black Milk


BOOM.

Well that happened-Black Milk is back! Detroit based  rockstar, MC, producer, turntablist, rapper and all around czar of awesomeness, Black Milk, has just released his first double, or two-part single of the year,  “Sunday’s Best Monday’s Worst,” which from what I hear is a dose of what to expect on his upcoming album, release date TBD. The two songs play as a continuous flow–segueing seamlessly into the next.  “Sunday’s Best,” is a heavily laced homage to boom bap and is a journey through gospel inspiration. “Amen” throughout the track, an angelic gospel choir comps the strong lyrical genius of Black Milk. The second half of the double single intros with a  spin-out and “Monday’s Worst” emerges as a 70’s soul tribute with a morbid story about love and loss only to end on a  tripped out note of discourse. Ahhhh, I’m freaking out at this point, but not really. This single is a masterwork.

Curtis Cross or Black Milk, is exemplary of MidWest Hip Hop and Detroit Style. Black Milk exudes the talents of a new era of producers and there is no doubt that he is one of the best among them. He can cut you with lyrics, and an impeccable flow, only to sooth your listening with graceful beat transitions, samples, and harmonies.  He’s a renaissance man of sorts and  his spectrum of knowledge, experience, influence, and technique subtly but clearly unfold in his music. Black Milk has a talent for music iding to both confuse you or calm you with his production. And what else would you expect from the protegé of Detroit’s J Dilla?

He has released five albums since 2005, not including his collaborations with superstars like: Jack White, Danny Brown, Sean Prince, and others. Album of the Year was released in 2010, a year of massive personal and professional loss for him. But like a Phoenix from the ashes, Black Milk was resurrected and worked to  “refine and redefine his sound” with Album of the Year. His experimentations proved fruitful  building the bridges necessary for him to team up with MC Extraordinaire Danny Brown on Black and Brown. Black Milk’s bio put’s it well when it says, “Few artists in hip hop are able to create music that can rise above expectations and defy categorization.”

oh and by the by:  There’s a contest taking place on his site. The first person to list all 15 song-related images in the “Sunday’s Best / Monday’s Worst” artwork wins a free copy of Black’s Record Store Day vinyl release, Synth or Soul. List the images in the comments section to win. (Shout out to the artist, Joonbug.)

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Monday’s Jam of the Day: Joseph Hein


“In a way, my soul’s been saved by the sky” erupts with the crescendo of choral vocals concluding the song “Blinded” on Joseph Hein’s gorgeously put together Ep, Holy Hive Ep. The massive concoction of psychedelic folk talent on this Ep totals out at 10. The dashes of inconsistent production and low-fi results could not be any more spectacular as we listeneres get the pleasure of hearing a band with massive potential, describe themselves through an Ep with big sound, and a band in its infancy. there is so much to hope to see from this band. The band that produced Holy Hive consisted of: John Voight-drums/vocals, Kyle Gibson- clarinet, Tom Boyer- trombone, Joe Hein- flute/poetry, Sam France- vocals, Justin Nijssen- vocals, Harrison O’Conner- vocals, Allyson Pierce- vocals, Joel Skavdahl- Chain, and Zak Hosmer-Dillard – guitar. The group has a very big sound with lyrics that tackle you thoughts and senses.

Each song on Holy Hive Ep will tackle the listener’s imagination like the sun’s glimmer might entice one’s imagination by a glacial lak,e next to a meadow growing only artichokes and wild flowers mid-summer. Joseph Hein and his crew have captured all the essential elements of successful low-fi pysch. folk that has been heard among The Lumineers, The Dirty Projectors, Ed Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros, The Beatles, Foxygen,Typhoon, as well as with other legends reminiscent of Dylan. These Olympians or Washingtonians from Olympia, have a very sophisticated and noteworthy sound for such a young band. Hein soothes with his voice only to dive comfortably into the darker depths of an unknown pool, increasing the heavier points of his lyrics and music, “Where do we go where, where do we hide? What do we know if we stay in the night?” It’s not uncommon to see a band with a bunch of instruments produce a subdued sound. But Joseph Hein and his crew produce the kinds of digestible harmonies that are tough to not like, a sort of ear candy. Hein explores the conversations of light and dark and what that means, demonstrating a lyrical competence that is enjoyable and worth musing over. Moreover, his band is committed to continuing with making music. I think these guys will produce some pretty sizable results in the coming year/years. Keep an eye out for more from Joseph Hein and these guys and make sure to go support them buy downloading their, Holy Hive Ep. I feel like they might explode over the next couple years.

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Enjoy. Let us know what you think.

Wednesday’s Jam of The Day: Laura Mvula


It should be loud and clear by now, I’ve got a major crush on Laura Mvula. All of her  music off of Sing to the Moon is jaw-droppingly stunning. Hunger T.V. has been releasing several videos of her music.  “Diamonds” is the most recent, and it’s a stunning track, as in the rest of her LP. But let’s be real–news of Laura shouldn’t shock y’all, especially after she demonstrated some seriouschops with BBC and singing “Green Garden.”

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Thursday’s Jam of The Day: Foxygen


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Somewhere between the infinite cosmos, an intrepid comet hell-bent on loving earth, and an excursion in psychedelics lies the music  of Foxygen–You can hear touches of Steppenwolf, Sid Barret, Kinks, T Rex, Velvet Underground, The Sonics, Lou Reed,  70’s rock operas and so many others. These guys show an unflinching commitment to capturing what makes rock, rock and for that they kick ass and deserve your ears. Their sound delves into the sonic funk of reality that lingers in the bottom of a sardine can that discovered its oils aren’t just tasty but their essential to capturing rock. Basically, Foxygen has captured the essential oils of rock and that powers them into painting soundscapes that are both similar to what we grew up with, yet entirely orignal, awkward, and tributes to why we love music. The music crashes and dives like some manic roller-coaster on a cosmic discovery mission, powered by the essential oils of rock, discovered in that old sardine can. And so it goes, Foxygen has a sound. Their sound has eight legs and will be inviting you to go for a ride. Don’t turn it down just because it looks strange. Foxgen’s latest album titled, We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic on JagJaguWar is hot and very much worth the money

This quote sums it up;  “I’m talking to my grandma, who lost her arms in the war–The aliens and armory that bombed her cigar store… There’s no need to be an asshole, you’re not in Brooklyn anymore… The door of consciousness isn’t open anymore.”

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Wednesday’s Boom Jam of The Day: Danny Brown


Oh dayyyyum,

Danny Brown is just such a hot rapper. He’s easily one the 21st century’s best. There is just no question. His crazy flows, hot produced beats, poetic sensibilty and wild-minded chaos never lets down, never.  His latest release might be one of his hottest to date. Danny Brown teamed up with beats producer Harry Fraud to drop his latest, ” #HottestMC.” So basically, this jam is hot hot hot. Danny Brown is boss and deserves every ounce of cred. for his unique rap offerings.
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