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Friday, Oct 17, 2014
Turkish rapper Da Poet returns with another set of moody hip-hop instrumentals.

Still exploring the ambits of hip-hop grooves and jazzy sonics, Turkish rapper and beatmaker Da Poet adds yet another album of instrumentals to his repertoire of work. Last year’s instrumentals collection, Beattape, dipped into artfully lush chill-out and marked the artist’s crossover success, gaining attention overseas with hip-hop and downtempo aficionados. The rapper’s latest is mainly a collection of instrumentals from his 2011 album, Poetika, which was a sizeable hit in Turkey’s underground hip-hop scene. Stripped bare of Da Poet’s earnest and fluid raps, all emphasis is placed on the rapper’s most overlooked skill: his ability to create haunting and evocative melodies.


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Friday, Oct 17, 2014
Cracker nails the vintage California rock vibe with its latest single, "Waited My Whole Life".

The long-running alt rock group Cracker has taken on a bold task with its latest LP, Berkeley to Bakersfield. As its title suggests, it’s a California-centric musical journey that spans the hip Bay Area to the desert environs of the Central Valley. The record, a two-disc affair, captures each area with a particular style: the former with a “punk” and “garage” oriented rock with “funky undertones”, the latter with a twangy country style reminiscent of the famed Bakersfield sound. Below you can stream “Waited My Whole Life”, a tune from the Berkeley portion of the journey.


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Friday, Oct 17, 2014
Following their tour dates with Green Day, the Actions have a new single, the bass-centric rocker "The Echo".

Marta Argenio (aka Silty) and Mo Stellato go by the name the Actions when performing music, which they have been doing a lot of lately. Coming fresh off of a series of shows with Green Day in Europe, the duo is gearing up for its latest single, “The Echo”, which will be released during the throes of the holiday season. “The Echo”, driven by an insistent bassline that’s placed front and center in the mix, is a somewhat brooding tune. Silty’s distorted vocals sound especially unsettling juxtaposed to the minor chords played by the guitar, which has a jazzy tone to it.


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Thursday, Oct 16, 2014
A new track from the Walkmen's most surprising solo force.

With 2014 solo debut Liberation!, the Walkmen’s Peter Matthew Bauer proved himself an adept solo force, navigating psychedelic shuffles and religion-inspired exaltation. On “You Always Look For Someone Lost”, a new track released as part of Weathervane Music’s Shaking Through series, Bauer heads in a forlorn and folkier direction, albeit with the rich vocals and instrumental palette that his new backing band supplies. Listen below, and learn more about the song in a Shaking Through video.


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Thursday, Oct 16, 2014
The ska-inflected "Alright", the latest tune by the long-running New Jersey group Stuyvesant, is a party tune that'll turn up the heat in the coming winter months.

Stuyvesant formed in the early ‘00s as a new project involving many musicians involved in the ‘90s indie rock scene in New Jersey. Ralph Malanga (guitar and vocals) played in the band Footstone; Sean Adams (guitar and vocals) and Brian Musikoff (bass) performed with Friends, Romans, Countrymen. Having now been performing as Stuyvesant for over a decade now, the band has settled into a comfortable yet energetic rhythm. The group’s newest LP, the forthcoming Shmyvesant, displays its ability to write a toe-tapping, party-starting groove. “Alright” is a case in point here; with its driving power chords and backing horns, the song captures the youthful zeal of these longtime performers.


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