An abridged version of Q-Tip’s ode to hip hop, from last year’s The Renaissance, now has a very cool video, in spite/because of some cartoonishly dorky, family reunion-caliber dance moves from Tip and Norah.
In other news, Kamaal the Abstract finally saw a proper release last month after eight years of wasting away in album purgatory, and you can stream it at Q-Tip’s MySpace and wonder why bad things happen to good albums.
Molina & Johnson Molina & Johnson
Releasing: 3 November
The first leaked track from Molina & Johnson, the new collaboration between the honchos behind Magnolia Electric Co. and Centro-matic, respectively, is called “Twenty Circles to the Ground”. It sounds a bit more Johnson than Molina, though it has the same soft, persistent toms that have been backing Molina since Songs: Ohia. If you live in the Netherlands, Belgium, England, or Spain, you’ll be able to see the pair perform live for the first time in November and December.
01 Twenty Circles to the Ground
02 All Falls Together
03 All Gone, All Gone
04 Almost Let You In
05 In the Avalon/Little Killer
06 Don’t Take My Night From Me
07 Each Star Marks a Day
08 Lenore’s Lullaby
09 The Lily and the Brakeman
10 Now, Divide
11 What You Reckon, What You Breathe
12 For as Long as It Will Matter
13 34 Blues
14 Wooden Heart
Molina & Johnson
Twenty Cycles to the Ground [MP3]
Julian Casablancas Phrazes for the Young
Releasing: 19 October (UK) / 20 October (US, Europe)
The Strokes’ frontman Julian Casablancas is set to release his first solo album, Phrazes for the Young, off Cult Records. Recorded during sessions in New York, Los Angeles, and Nebraska, the intergalactic synth-rock of Phrazes for the Young combined with Casablancas’ telephone-like crooning thrives on the same vein as the Strokes’ gutter-glam antics, but is uniquely Casablancas in its sonic splattering, plus that “z” in the title just screams “way too hip”.
01 Out of the Blue
02 River of Brake Lights
03 Chords of the Apocalypse
04 11th Dimension
05 Ludlow St.
07 Left & Right in the Dark
Vampire Weekend is giving away the deliciously-named “Horchata” from their upcoming album, Contra (releasing January 10th). The guitar-free track is slightly new ground for the group, and between its title and mention of aranciata, if nothing else it will make people thirsty. The cynical among us may suspect a viral marketing ploy by San Pellegrino. It’s probably 50-50.
The new Los Campesinos! album doesn’t have a title yet, but its first single does have a music video. You will be able to procure a 7” recording of this song at any of their upcoming U.K. shows (dates after the jump), which will also be a coming out party of sorts for new member, Kim Campesinos!.