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Download: Priscilla Ahn, “Diana”

Priscilla Ahn

Priscilla Ahn

By Andrew Parks, Contributor

Today's free download comes to us from Priscilla Ahn, a singer who got her start on Blue Note Records, working alongside producer/session player Joey Waronker (Atoms For Peace, Beck, R.E.M.). "Diana" switches things up slightly, with a restless backdrop of pressure-cooked beats, windswept strings and unidentified flying effects.

Have a listen below or grab it gratis today only here... more »

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Download: Noctum, “Temple of the Living Dead”

Noctum - 'Final Sacrifice'

Noctum - 'Final Sacrifice'

By Andrew Parks, Contributor

Anyone who misses the glory days of heavy-metal heroes like Candlemass, Black Sabbath and Mercyful Fate but wants to hear more than a mere carbon copy of the classics will appreciate Noctum's new album Final Sacrifice. Take today's free download, for instance; between its horror story backdrop, heart-racing hooks and richly woven riffs, "Temple of the Living Dead" is the sort of thing you could imagine someone blasting in a parking lot after school during the '70s or '80s. The only thing missing is a couple six packs and lots of torn denim and leather... more »

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Watch Billy Corgan Reinterpret ‘Siddartha’ With Modular Synths

Billy Corgan, behind a massive modular synth station

Billy Corgan, behind a massive modular synth station

By Andrew Parks, Contributor

And we're on. A little late, mind you, but Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan is currently fine-tuning a serious modular synthesis setup for his day-long ambient interpretation of the Herman Hesse book Siddhartha. Originally published in Germany nearly a century ago, the Buddhism-inspired novel tells the story of one man's journey towards enlightenment — a journey Corgan intends on telling over the course of eight to nine hours at his Chicago teahouse Madame ZuZu's.

Watch the live broadcast (which just went from people ordering hummus sandwiches to Corgan playing synth clusters alongside passages from the book) via YouTube below... more »

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Watch Real Estate Perform Their Easy, Breezy New Album ‘Atlas’

Photo: Shawn Brackbill

Real Estate

Photo: Shawn Brackbill

By Andrew Parks, Contributor

It's all Animal Collective's fault. At least that's how Real Estate bassist Alex Bleeker (also of Alex Bleeker and the Freaks) sees it. Speaking to Pitchfork recently, he had this to say about the band's decidedly quirky labelmates: "They changed the American indie landscape by radically changing their sound on every record, which is the trend in underground music now. When people are like, 'You guys aren't really changing,' I'm like, 'We're an indie rock band. What do you think is going to happen?'"

Fair enough, although a less cynical way to look at things would be to say no one wants Real Estate to change. For the past five years, the Jersey boys have made genteel rock jams that are as cozy as the grandpa sweaters they wear onstage. It's not like we're secretly hoping they'd switch gears and write a synth-pop record. As such, the live NPR premiere of Atlas last night was vintage Real Estate: easy, breezy and exactly how we'd like to cap another winter-chilled week... more »

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Download: Flaco Jimenez & Max Baca, “Beer Drinking Polka”

Photo: Tom Pich

Flaco Jimenez & Max Baca

Photo: Tom Pich

By Andrew Parks, Contributor

It may seem a little early for a "Beer Drinking Polka," but hey, it's Friday, and we can't think of a better way to kick off the weekend than by blasting the accordion-led conjunto music of Leonardo “Flaco” Jiménez and Los Texmaniacs frontman Max Baca. The GRAMMY winners tear through key conjunto tracks from over the years on Flaco & Max: Legends & Legacies, a collection that also happens to be the 40th release in the Smithsonian Folkways Tradiciones/Traditions series.

Watch the pair perform "Beer Drinking Polka" below; if you've got a glass in front of you, this would be the time to raise it... more »

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Snoop Dogg Raps Over Madlib on ‘That’s My Work Vol. 3’ Mixtape

Snoop Dogg's latest mixtape

Snoop Dogg's latest mixtape

By Andrew Parks, Contributor

DJ Drama and Snoop Dogg dropped the third volume of That's My Work at — when else? — 4:20 p.m. today, presenting DatPiff with mixtape-quality productions from Scott Storch, Rick Rock and more, as well as guest spots from such fellow gangsta rap vets as Warren G, Daz and Kurupt. The big draw for some has gotta be "Cadillacs" though, a lo-fi number that features a fuzzy Madlib beat. Between that and 7 Days of Funk, could a solo album on Stones Throw be far away? Time will tell... more »

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