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Here’s side B of our February Mixtape for your enjoyment.  Stream the songs below, or download the whole tape from our tumblr.  And, if you missed our January tape, download it here.

1. Big Baby Gandhi feat. Das Racist – “Blue Magic”

2. Tanlines – “All Of Me”

3. THEESatisfaction – “Enchantruss”

4. Ceremony – “Adult”

5. P.S. I Love You – “Sentimental Dishes”

6. BBU – “26th & Cali”

7. Dunes – “Vertical Walk”

8. Magical Mistakes – “Dont Need Much”

9. Black Mountain – “Mary Lou”

10. Evy Jane – “Sayso”

11. Mirroring – “Fell Sound”


Today we bring you Side B of our January mixtape; you can listen to Side A here.  Even better, you can download the whole thing over at our tumblr.  This installment includes selections from two of our favorite January releases, Schoolboy Q’s Habits & Contradictions and Cloud Nothings’ Attack on Memory, as well as cuts from upcoming albums by Royal Baths and Blondes.  Enjoy.

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Chris Brown, Kanye, Drake

Of all the lists that this website produces over the course of the next few weeks, I expect to receive the most angry and confused comments about this one.  As I see it, 2011 is the year that mainstream hip-hop let us down.  High profile releases from the likes of Lil’ Wayne, Lupe Fiasco, The Game, and Pusha T (to name only a few) left me wishing I still bought CDs so I could use them as coasters.  Meanwhile, as month after month of flaccid rhymes and bombastic beats hit record store shelves, a new hip-hop underground began to emerge through a series of independent releases and free mixtapes.  These are the records that had me coming back over and over when I needed a jolt this year, and the list below (compiled with the help of super-staffer Peter Lillis) reflects this predilection.  As such, there are some notable and, I will admit, potentially egregious omissions.  Allow me to list the most glaring of these up front:

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I have long trumpeted the virtues of the music video, an art form that sadly had its public outlet terminated 15 years ago just as it was reaching maturity.  The work produced in September 2011 justifies my efforts.  Throughout the year we have been conducting monthly music video countdowns, but no month has been quite like the last.  The volume of brilliant work was overwhelming, and each of the videos below could make a strong case for #1 in any other month.  As for the month’s top video, suffice it to say that, in a different era, it would have made stars of its creators. Enjoy the show. Read the rest of this entry »

Das Racist - Relax

Post-modernism was slow to come to rock music.  Indeed, it wasn’t until the late 80s-early 90s that rock finally became comfortable mixing the high and the low, finally allowed itself to become humorous and self-deprecating[1].  Hip-hop, by contrast, is fundamentally post-modern.  Cutting up old songs to construct new songs, using the record itself as an instrument: these methods are emblematic of the post-modern project.  All of which is a very pretentious way of saying that hip-hop is by nature fascinating, thought-provoking, and fun.  Early records like Paul’s Boutique and 3 Feet High and Rising are full of the kind of hyper-referential, base-to-brilliant language endemic in “post-modern works.”  These records took themselves seriously as art without taking themselves seriously.  Of course, about 10 years ago hip-hop began to take itself very seriously (for better and for worse), but in the last few years, winking irony has found its way back into the music through the likes of MF Doom, Odd Future, and, perhaps more than anyone, Das Racist. Read the rest of this entry »

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