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by Ashley Cooper

8 Sep 2009


In an attempt to help out those in need due to the economic crisis, popular rapper Ludacris has given away 20 cars to people who wrote to him that their lack of an automobile was making it hard to keep their job. In some instances, winners spent up to four hours a day on public transportation, traveling to more than one job and school, all while trying to provide housing for their families.

Ludacris, born as Chris Bridges, said, “People are getting laid off, and are now looking for jobs. To be efficient, you need some transportation of your own to get there. That’s why I wanted to give back to those who need it.”

The rapper and actor, who can currently be seen in the film Gamer, partnered up with an suburban Atlanta car dealer to make the event happen, which was a part of a full weekend of events sponsored by the Ludacris Foundation, an organization he started in order to give back to the community. In order to be eligible to win, a contestant had to write a 300 word essay to the Ludacris Foundation, explaining why they were deserving of a vehicle. According to the rapper himself, about 4,000 people entered.

Each of the used cars was given to their new owners with free gas for 30 days. The winners were responsible for tags, registration, tax and insurance on the vehicles. All winners felt that having the automobile would ease their struggles and in turn, make their lives a little easier.

by Jesse Steele

8 Sep 2009


Formed in 2006, Australian indie rockers the Temper Trap have had moderate success both in their homeland and in Europe, but they have not yet been able to reach American audiences.

Enter (500) Days of Summer, this summer’s smart, hipster-friendly anti-romance.

Tossed into the shark infested waters of an already killer soundtrack loaded with artists like the Smiths, She and Him, and fellow Aussies Wolfmother, the Temper Trap’s single, “Sweet Disposition” still manages to shine, appearing twice in the film. A U2-style guitar riff, a truly eerie vocal from lead singer Dougy, and a reverb heavy mix come together to form an indie-pop dream Coldplay only wishes they could write. “Sweet Disposition” will be the first single from the band’s upcoming album, Conditions which is to be released in the U.S. on October 13th.

by Katharine Wray

8 Sep 2009


Wild Beasts sound like tree nymph monks. Their sunny new video for the single “All the King’s Men” displays a curiously catchy song with chanting. Worth a gander.

by Ashley Cooper

6 Sep 2009


Only Built 4 Cuban Linx… Pt. II will be the fourth solo album from Wu-Tang Clan member Raekwon. It is the anticipated sequel to the 1995 album, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx and will be released on September 8th, 2009.

The album was initially announced in 2005, and was completed in 2006. It was not released as of 2007, and was named the “#6 Most Anticipated Album of 2007” by XXL Magazine. Despite all the hype surrounding it, the album kept getting pushed back and release date changes were made. Due to a new contract Raekwon signed with Dr. Dre’s record label, Aftermath Entertainment, distribution concerns also impeded the album’s release to the public. Despite all the fuss and concern, the album was revamped and is now finally set for release.

The first single “New Wu” (originally named “Wu Ooh”), has been getting playback on New York station Hot 97, and the video, which can be seen below, was released exclusively online. The album features all of Wu-Tang Clan except for U-God, and also Cappadonna, Poppa Wu, Blue Raspberry and Suga Bang Bang. Other guests also Busta Rhymes, Styles P., Jadakiss and R&B singer Lyfe Jennings.

by Eleanore Catolico

4 Sep 2009


Club kid ilk everywhere put on those jukin’ shoes because Simian Mobile Disco just announced their US tour dates (after the jump) in the fall to promote their second studio album Temporary Pleausure out now on Wichita Recordings. This is a follow up to 2007’s Attack Decay Sustain Release. Producers Jas Shaw and James Ford of SMD recruited a pantheon of indie stars including Alexis Taylor of Hot Chip, Telepathe, and Chris Keating of Yeasayer giving vocals to Temporary Pleasure‘s first single, “Audacity of Huge”. Recorded in the band’s East London studio, Temporary Pleasure is an album filled with minimalist house beats and robotic vocal distortion of imperative lore. Unlike the heavy-hitting pump up the volume, pump up the volume, dance! of Justice or the Bloody Beetroots, TP stealthily slithers into your cerebrum. 

The band recently forayed into the avant-garde fusion of technology and aesthetics called “augmented reality” or AR. Conceived by Kate Moross and produced by MagicSymbol, an installation celebrating the release of Temporary Pleasure featured a mixture of both real life and computer generated images all within the SMD cosmos, creating the illusion that virtual things thrive in the corporeal realm.  It’s that art imitating life or life imitating art shtick. Those clever synth-cats.

This ambitious, visual evolution for SMD would translate impeccably to their live show, seizure-inducing lightning fest and all. Pyrotechnics aside, SMD live if done the AR way could be a new kind of ecstatic chaos for the concert-going experience, minus the need of drugs. SMD have already expanded their alignment with the AR endimanche’, by having Kate Moross also direct their music video for “Audacity of Huge”.

As an extension of SMD’s said affinities, “Audacity of Huge” is abound with striking, juxtaposed tableaus of things you’d find off the cover of your old EyeWitness books and convex close ups that make you ask, “What is this, really? or “How does it relate to anything?”, reminiscent of Conan O’Brien’s old Late Night skit “Patterns” where we see a few incongruous pictures, only for them to be united by a more-often-than-not grotesque punch line. Nothing super yucky here, thankfully. There’s also a lot of viscous liquids. Honey? Maple syrup? Maybe molasses? Look out for the boys of SMD at the end of the video making a cameo appearance in what appears to be a limited edition set of UNO cards. I guess that illusionary motif finally comes full circle, huh? Still pretty cool though. Be sure to catch SMD kick off their tour of the States on October 28th in Boston, but for now here’s the video for “Audacity of Huge” and a trippy visual performance of “Synthesise”, full of flashy geometrics:

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