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Brian Chippendale and Greg Saunier

Brian Chippendale of Lightning Bolt and Black Pus, and Greg Saunier of Deerhoof are two of the most insane drummers on the planet and the pair hooked up to record an album of improvised jams. Released in conjunction with the documentary Checking in at 20  by Death By Audio Films that came out on Pitchfork last year (and which you can stream below), it’s an absolute brutal assault and a must-listen for any drummer.

You can pay your own price for the album and a video of the performance (with loads of great drum face) via Bandcamp here.

DRUMFACE

Little Dragon & The Chopstars – Nabuma Purple Rubberband (Mixtape)

Adult Swim commissioned OG Ron C, and DJ Candlestick (of The Chopstars) to remix Little Dragon’s Nabuma Rubberband , one of my favorite albums of 2014, with their ChopNotSlop sound. I’m usually not big on the chopped n screwed style, but the two work together well here.

You can download the free mixtape from Adult Swim’s site here, or stream it below.

This Fan-Made Remix of Panda Bear’s Tomboy is Awesome

For those who weren’t happy with Panda Bear’s last album, Tomboy, or for those who can’t get enough of it – Tomboiled by Youtube user Patrick Cederberg is a seriously good re-imagining of Tomboy that integrates the transitions and sounds from the live show with the album’s recordings.

Listen below.

BONUS(???): if you dig that and/or want more, check out this most dope recording of a live show Panda Bear did in Warsaw, Brooklyn last year that covers track from his most recent release, Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper.

Dope Beats #1 – Books of War

In which we look at some of the best beats out there…

“Books of War”

Produced By Omegah Red aka POISON FLOWERZ

From Doom is for the Children mixtape

What makes it work?

“Books of War” has a driving drum kick that never threatens to overtake the  song and it swaggers with the chilled vibe of a Russian gangster. (Russian gangsters are chill….right…? Ok look, that was a bad example, but the imagery still stands.) While “Books of War” shouts its influences loudly, it doesn’t become a cheap imitation of them and it could easily pass as a beat from one of the greats like Dilla or Madlib.

Things About Music on Netflix

If you’re like me, you can only watch old episodes of Breaking Bad so many times before you start to reconsider keeping that Netflix account open. While Netflix has its own set of problems with its lack of well known things to stream, there are still a lot of great lesser known titles on there to check out. Specifically, music related. While there’s the usual stuff like this Pink Floyd doc or this Queen one, the following is a list of lesser known titles you can (currently) stream, are W.A.H.L. APPROVED (not sure if this stamp of approval really means anything to anyone), and that don’t suck (this last part is probably the most important).

I Need That Record! (2008)

Description: “Imperiled by the rise of downloadable music and the chaotic state of the record industry, the American independent record store is fast becoming a dying breed, as chronicled in Brendan Toller’s shout-out to these beloved spaces. The documentary captures visits to indie record stores across the country, and includes interviews with Dischord Records founder Ian Mackaye, Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth, philosopher Noam Chomsky and many others.”

PressPausePlay (2011)

Description: “Exploring the connection between fear, hope and digital culture, filmmakers David Dworsky and Victor Köhler profile the leaders of a digital revolution that’s allowed anyone with a creative spark to become an artist.”

The Flaming Lips: The Fearless Freaks (2005)

Description: “Alt-rock favorite The Flaming Lips invite filmmaker Bradley Beesley, who directed many of their music videos, to join them on a journey through the past as they take a look back at their countless escapades. See what the band is like onstage and on the road; listen to the members reminisce over the highs and lows of their 20-year career; meet the people who surround them via interviews and video footage; and more.”

A Technicolor Dream (2008)

Description: “Pink Floyd. Notting Hill. The UFO Club. The International Times. The people, places and happenings that defined the 1960s U.K. underground movement are revisited in this colorful trip back to yesteryear.”

Yanni Live: The Concert Event (2005)

I just wanted to make sure you were paying attention.

Taqwacore: The Birth of Punk Islam (2009)

Description: “This raucous documentary profiles the nascent Muslim punk-rock movement, a musical subculture largely inspired by author Michael Muhammad Knight’s fictionalized account of an Islamic hard-core band. Director Omar Majeed hits the road with various groups for a problem-plagued tour across the U.S. and to Lahore, Pakistan, where the musicians continue their mission to thrash and shock, and both skewer and celebrate their deeply felt religion.”

Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone (2010)

Description: “Good-time specialists Fishbone get the spotlight in this lively documentary about the all-black punk-funk band that sprang out of South Central Los Angeles in 1979, signing a record deal before their principals were out of high school.”

Moog (2004)

Description: “Filmmaker Hans Fjellestad tells the story of Robert Moog, a pioneer in the realm of electronic music who invented the Moog synthesizer in 1964. Initially viewed as a threat to “real” music, the Moog opened up a world of creative possibilities.”

Absofacto

Jonathan Visger, from Ann Arbor, Michigan, is the experimental pop act known as Absofacto. I recently discovered his 2011 album, Sinking Islands, and have been playing it in heavy rotation since. His music combines pop sixties sensibilities with modern electronic in a mesh that plays to each genre’s best aspects. If Tycho went rock, this is probably what it would sound like.

You can check out his music via Spotify here or on his site here.

Captain Murphy…Flying Lotus?

Captain Murphy debuted a few weeks ago on Adult Swim’s music label, but little else is known about the gravelly voiced rapper. While a lot of people suspect that it might be beatmaker Flying Lotus on the mic based on his relationship with Adult Swim and his established affinity for naming himself after Adult Swim characters, the few tracks out now are all kinds of awesome. Hopefully we’ll hear more from this soon.

That Song Sounds Like…

That Song Sounds Like is a website that compares two or three 30 second samples to show intention or unintentional similarities. While some posts suggest that advertisers, who couldn’t clear the rights to the actual tracks themselves, intentionally ripped off an artist (like this one between Volkswagon and Beach House), and others suggest more devious means of plagiarism by the artists themselves – most are just basic proof that musicians only have a limited set of chord changes and song structures to work from. This inevitably leads to a lot of songs sounding the same., and That Song Sounds Like shows just how often this happens.

My submission?

Twin Shadow’s “Run My Heart” and “Aquatic Ambiance” off the Donkey Kong Country soundtrack.