Friday, December 27, 2013

Top Songs of 2013

As 2013 winds down and I review all the albums that came my way, this list is getting tougher and tougher to make. If you want the obvious choices (Daft Punk, Lorde, Robin Thicke), you've come to the wrong place. I don't listen to the radio or pay attention to sales; I just want to find the best music to soundtrack my crazy life. This list was created by songs that made a real connection, whether that be singing at the top of my lungs or dancing like a fool, I've done plenty of that with the songs below...

20. Telekinesis - Symphony
I'll let Michael B. Lerner, who records under the name Telekinesis, tell you a little bit about this song. One of the many great tracks on his album, Dormarion.

19. CHVRCHES - Recover
Synth-Pop at its best. It was a good year for the band as they released their debut album and toured nonstop, including opening for Depeche Mode.

18. The Strokes - Chances
The Strokes continue to be too cool for anybody, including themselves. They released a surprisingly different album and spent the rest of the year refusing to play a single note. Chances is too good to forget, even if they probably wish we would.

17. The Joy Formidable - Silent Treatment
Their album, Wolf's Law, came out of nowhere for me. I wouldn't even say I was a casual fan before this year, but the talent was too great to ignore, starting with this beauty.

16. Pearl Jam - Future Days
A life-long fan and proud Ten Club member, I managed to see these guys 3 times this year, including their legendary show at Wrigley Field. You can have Sirens, I'll keep this one.

15. Danny Brown - Dip
Danny Brown had a great year and I can assure you his album, Old, will find a spot on my Top Albums post. But for now let's just bask in his genius flow.

14. Kings of Leon - Wait For Me
 Amid rumors of infighting and alcoholism, Caleb Followill and Kings of Leon returned with another slow-burning single and all was forgiven. The real test will their upcoming tour with stellar opening act, Gary Clark Jr.

13. Haim - Honey & I
Haim have been receiving all sorts of accolades this year, from VH1's Artist to Watch to musical guest on Saturday Night Live. After hearing their debut album, Days Are Gone, I can tell you the praise is well deserved.

12.Classixx - Holding On
Holding On was my summer jam. I tried playing it everywhere, from barbeques to birthday parties, and I've yet to hear a complaint.

11.!!! - Except Death
Fact: Once Except Death has begun, I will under no circumstances turn it off. "Infectious" isn't even close when that guitar kicks in and rides out.

10. Vampire Weekend - Step
Vampire Weekend sure have grown up. While there is no shortage of energy on Modern Vampires of the City, they spend an awful lot of time in the slow lane reminiscing. Don't we all.

9. Phoenix - Bourgeois
Only Phoenix could make a song like this; from the hazy synth to the "Sha La La's", it made the agonizing wait of 4 years between albums almost worth it.

8. Arcade Fire - Reflektor
Just when you think Arcade Fire can't get any cooler, they release an album produced by James Murphy and single featuring David Bowie.

7. Volcano Choir - Alaskans
The collaboration between Justin Vernon (of Bon Iver) and members of Collections of Colonies of Bees returned with an amazing album. Front to back, Repave, is one of the most cohesive albums to come out in 2013 and Alaskans is warm enough to melt a foot of snow.

6. Chance the Rapper - Favorite Song (ft. Childish Gambino)
I love that Chance the Rapper is from Chicago and gets so much more love than Chief Keef or anybody on that drill scene. A guest spot from Childish Gambino made this the standout track from Acid Rap.

5. John Mayer - Wildfire
Barely a year between albums, John Mayer changed the focus from Folk/Americana to a sound he likes to call "Acid Country". Imagine if the Grateful Dead jammed with acoustic guitars and you might get the idea. Let's not speak of the Katy Perry duet...

4. Major Lazer - Mashup The Dance (ft. The Partysquad & Ward 21)
I can't even describe what happens when this song - and the rest of Free The Universe - comes on. The best part of my year was seeing them at Lollapalooza and realizing I wasn't the only one losing my mind.

3. Justin Timberlake - That Girl
At this point Justin Timberlake could write a pop song in his sleep. What sets him apart is a song like That Girl. A+ on those horns too.

2. Disclosure - F For You
I honestly didn't think these guys could live up the hype. I was dead wrong. It's almost criminal that two brothers barely hitting their 20's should make music this good. Watch this video in full screen.

1. Kanye West - New Slaves
 It's easy to hate Kanye, but then he drops something like this. It's a shame people dismiss the message and crazy lyrics because you'd rather see his latest rant on TMZ.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Ra Ra Riot - Live 2013 EP

Ra Ra Riot have released a free 6-song EP as a thank you to fans after a very busy year. The gift, Live 2013, was recorded during their Fall tour and features 4 songs from their latest album, Beta Love. Too Too Too Fast, off their debut album and fan favorite, Boy, round out the release.

Stream it below, or download it here.

Monday, December 16, 2013

José González - Stay Alive

José González has released a video for, Stay Alive, a song written by Ryan Adams and featured on the soundtrack for The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. The video, directed by Emmett Malloy, follows José through a usual day for us 9 to 5 cubicle dwellers before he bolts out for better things.

The song built on a ticking clock and piano, is one of five González contributed to the film, including two from his band, Junip. His signature nylon guitar strings may be missing, but the emotion and hope is classic González, especially the line: There is a truth and it's on our side/Dawn is coming, open your eyes.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is in theaters Christmas Day. The soundtrack hits stores tomorrow and features music from Rogue Wave, Jack Johnson, and Of Monsters and Men.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Top 10 Remixes of 2013

Another year has passed and Electronic Dance Music seems to be getting bigger and bigger. Everywhere you looked a new music festival dedicated to EDM was popping up, or beats normally heard in the wee hours were suddenly in commercials.

And so a relatively simple decision was made. Let's list ten this year!

10. Oliver - Control (Nom De Strip Remix)
I featured Oliver's Mechanical EP earlier this year and thought there wasn't much room for improvement until I heard the Nom De Strip remix. Basically, he took it to 11; cramming every second of his remix with nonstop energy making for a hell of a ride.

9. Maroon 5 - Love Somebody (Penguin Prison Remix) [Free Download]
Forget for a minute that you hate Maroon 5. Not that easy, is it? Now listen to Penguin Prison's remix of Love Somebody. If you're anything like me, you're hooked. It's the catchiest remix of the year and takes the term "guilty pleasure" to new heights for me personally.

8. Disclosure - You & Me (Baauer Remix)
7 months later and I'm still going to this remix when I need a little push. This isn't the last you've seen of Disclosure. They had a HUGE year and this spazzed out remix from Baauer proved he wasn't just that Harlem Shake dude.

7. Daft Punk - Get Lucky (Vanderway Edit) [Free Download]
Talk about taking a song and making it your own. The Vanderway edit from French collective, L'ordre, was constructed from the 30 second teaser and released before the actual song ever hit the airwaves. I'll leave the debate of whether it's a true remix or edit to the important people. Two million plays later, it's obviously a hit.

6. Justin Timberlake - Suit & Tie (Dillon Francis Remix) [Free Download]
It took Justin Timberlake seven years to release a new album and instantly on the strength of Suit & Tie, it was like he never left. I'm not sure if 2 albums were really necessary, but that's for another time. Right now let's just enjoy this remix from Dillon Francis and the filthy things he does with the vocals.

5. RAC - Let Go (Sir Sly Remix)
Speaking of vocals, Sir Sly is a genius for turning this song into a pleading, soulful remix. It's a perfect example of what can happen when you just slow down and turn that little knob on the pitch control.

4. Major Lazer - Jah No Partial (Heroes x Villains Remix)
Pretty much any Major Lazer song will get the party started, and a quick glance at their Soundcloud account would show you there is no shortage of remixes. But Heroes x Villains remix of Jah No Partial is, as the kids say, BANANAS.

3. Depeche Mode - Soothe My Soul (Destructo Remix)
Leave it Depeche Mode to release a single in 3 separate formats. People still buy maxi-singles? The legions of faithful DM fans do and I'm sure a few of them even managed to find this limited, vinyl only cut. Destructo manages to take the boys deeper and darker than they've been in years.

2. Dan Croll - In/Out (William Carl Jr. Remix)
If you're asking: "Who's Dan Croll?" My hope is that by this time next year, I won't have to answer. Everything this guy puts out is gold, and this remix by William Carl Jr. is just the icing on the cake. A perfect summer song, which of course he followed up with a perfect winter song; his latest single, Home.

1. Rihanna - Stay (Branchez Remix) [Free Download]
Full disclosure; I am not a Rihanna fan. I don't own any of her albums, I couldn't even tell you more than 3 songs she sings. But this remix is undeniably good. Like, "stop what you're doing, who is this and why is it 10 times better than the original" good. Branchez killed this and to be honest; it wasn't even close, this is the #1 track by miles...

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Tokyo Police Club - Argentina (Parts I, II, III)

Tokyo Police Club have released a lyric video for their new song, Argentina (Parts I, II, III), the presumed first single off their new album. The album will be there third, and almost four years since 2010's Champ.

Clocking in at almost 9 minutes, it seems the boys from Canada have a lot to say. Other than the length, not much has changed. They still have great melodies, chugging guitars and the knack for finding the perfect spot for synthesizers.

No release date or title yet, but the album is expected in early 2014, on Mom + Pop.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Childish Gambino - 3005 [Video]

Childish Gambino will release his second album, Because The Internet, next week and today he debuted the video for 3005. While the song and entertaining video would be enough to merit a post, it seems he's hell bent on breaking the internet or at least my twitter feed with some very exciting extras to go along with the music.

Last night he tweeted excerpts of a screenplay that should accompany the album. He is also using the site, to display visuals with notes of when to play his songs. Then there is the exhibit in conjunction with Rough Trade's new Brooklyn store that will recreate Gambino's bedroom and offer a free in-store performance on Saturday. This doesn't even include his short film, Clapping for the Wrong Reasons, that may or may not be a prelude to the album/screenplay.

Still with me? Whether you choose to completely immerse yourself in every facet or not, the album is very good and currently streaming on iTunes. For now, just watch the video and follow the madness on Twitter...

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Band of Horses Announce Acoustic Tour/Album

Band of Horses announced this morning that they will embark on a 13-city "Acoustic Tour", including a stop at the Vic Theatre. Those of you that braved the cold on Black Friday might have seen the limited 7" single, Live at the Ryman, which included two songs: No One's Gonna Love You and A Song for You.

The band recorded both of their April shows at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. Ten of those songs will be featured on Acoustic at the Ryman, available February 11th.

For those of you that have never been to the Ryman, please do yourself a favor and get there. Originally the Union Gospel Tabernacle and built in 1892, the venue seats roughly 2200 in very cozy church pews/benches instead of seats.

Give a listen to Neighbor, from the upcoming release and be sure to sign up for Band of Horses mailing list, as an artist presale will begin this Friday.

1. Marry Song
2. Slow Cruel Hands of Time
3. Detlef Schrempf
4. Everything’s Gonna Be Undone
5. No One’s Gonna Love You
6. Factory
7. Older
8. Wicked Gil
9. The Funeral
10. Neighbor

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Kanye West - Bound 2 (Solidisco Remix)

Slowly, but surely, Kanye West is taking over the world. Where do I even begin?!? The bizarre video for Bound 2, featuring his wife - NUDE? This hilarious spoof by James Franco and Seth Rogan? How about him leaving Nike for Adidas? Or maybe his heated exchange with Sway, during a radio interview yesterday where he went on his daily rant?

Lost in all this TMZ fodder, is the fact that Ye still makes great music. Thankfully, Solidisco hasn't forgotten about this as they dropped their remix yesterday with an extra serving of Charlie Wilson. Seriously, people from Buffalo shouldn't be able to bring this much heat... Best of all, the track is a FREE download in exchange for a Twitter follow.

Poster geeks rejoice! The incredible Miles Tsang was asked to create this poster for tonight's Nashville stop. His shop currently has 3 versions for sale and they GLOW IN THE DARK!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Duck Sauce - Duck Tape

Earlier this month A-Trak and Armand Van Helden, collectively known as Duck Sauce, dropped off their "Essential Mix" for BBC's Radio 1 featuring a solid hour of original music, including 34 unreleased demos.

That first half from the original 2 hour mix will be released on a limited edition cassette, aptly titled "Duck Tape". Preorders are happening right now on Fool's Gold, bundled with a brand new Duck Sauce t-shirt.

This just might be enough to hold fans over until their eagerly anticipated debut album, QUACK, is released early next year. Not interested in the cassette? The mix is available as a FREE download via Soundcloud.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Albert Hammond Jr. - AHJ [Full Stream]

Albert Hammond Jr. will release AHJ, a five-song EP, on October 8th and hit the road next month, including a stop at Chicago's Double Door. It's been five years since his last solo album, Como Te Llama?, but the break was needed as Hammond battled cocaine and heroin addiction.

Judging from the cover, it looks like he's got his fight back. Rude Customer is an early favorite of mine, but you can decide for yourself as the full EP is available to stream via Rolling Stone.

Tour Dates:
11/3 - Washington D.C.
11/4 - New York, NY
11/5 - Teaneck, NJ
11/6 - Philadelphia, PA
11/8 - Boston, MA
11/9 - Albany, NY
11/10 - Toronto, ON
11/11 - Detroit, MI
11/13 - Chicago, IL [TICKETS]
11/14 - Minneapolis, MN
11/15 - Kansas City, MO
11/17 - Denver, CO
11/19 - Santa Ana, CA
11/20 - Los Angeles, CA
11/21 - San Francisco, CA
11/23 - Portland, OR
11/24 - Seattle, WA
11/25 - Vancouver, BC

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Fiona Apple - Pure Imagination

Chipotle Mexican Grill debuted its third film, titled "The Scarecrow", this afternoon and the most surprising part - aside from a fast food chain making short animated films - is the inclusion of a beautiful, awe-inspiring cover of the Willy Wonka classic, Pure Imagination, from meltdown prone Fiona Apple.

The film created by Moonbot Studios, hopes to shed some light on the increasing amount of processed foods while supporting local farmers. The 3-minute video is a companion piece for Chipotle's new app-based game of the same name.

This isn't the first time they've hooked up with a talented artist, both Karen O and Willy Nelson have contributed music to the project, spearheaded by Chipotle's Cultivate Foundation. The foundation is also responsible for the Cultivate Festival that passed through Chicago over the weekend.

Yahoo! is reporting that the song will be available for purchase via iTunes, but no release date has been announced.

Fiona will hit the road next month with Blake Mills for their "Anything We Want" Tour. Tickets are still available for their Chicago show at the Bank of America Theatre.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Dan Croll - In/Out (William Carl Jr Remix)

UK singer-songwriter Dan Croll has been garnering attention since his debut single, From Nowhere, found itself atop the highly coveted Hype Machine popular chart last year. Airplay on BBC Radio 1 soon followed and in less than a year, it seems everyone is predicting big things for the 23-year-old from Liverpool.

His latest single, In/Out, is somehow even better with noodling guitars and smooth vocals that make the song playable practically anywhere. London's William Carl Jr. decided to drop the guitars and drench it in synths for his remix, giving Croll's voice the spotlight with a R&B feel.

Dan will be in town for a show at the Empty Bottle, on Tuesday, October 1. Tickets are still available.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

RAC - Let Go (ft. Kele & MNDR)

Huge props to RAC, aka Andre Allen Anjos, for not resting on his laurels. Easily one of the best remixers around and featured here a ton, he's finally ready to give you some new ORIGINAL music. After signing with Cherrytree Records earlier this year, today we get Let Go, the first single off the upcoming EP, Don't Talk To.

It must be nice to just call your talented friends and ask them to contribute vocals, especially when the song is as infectious as this. Kele (of Bloc Party) and MNDR fit together so well as the track floats by on a hypnotic bass line and glowing strings. Expect more of the same as all four tracks include guest vocals.

With new music comes new tour dates and for the first time a full LIVE tour. Dates run up and down both coasts in November, with no love for Chicago, or the Midwest. Those of you hoping to catch him on the road can pre-order the EP via Cherrytree and receive a presale code and link to exclusive tickets.

Give Let Go a listen and check out the tracklist and tour dates below.

1. Let Go (ft. Kele & MNDR)
2. Hollywood (ft. Penguin Prison)
3. Tourist (ft. Tokyo Police Club)
4. We Belong (ft. Katie Herzig)

11/4 - Portland, OR
11/5 - Vancouver, BC
11/6 - Seattle, WA
11/8 -  Los Angeles, CA
11/9 - Orange County, CA
11/10 - San Francisco, CA
11/13 - Philadelphia, PA
11/14 - New York City, NY
11/15 - Washington, DC
11/16 - Brooklyn, NY

Friday, August 2, 2013

Lollapalooza Week - The Postal Service

The fact that The Postal Service have reunited may be old news considering they started this tour in April with a headlining set at Coachella. But, quite frankly, who gives a f#@k? Ten years after the release of their one and only album, Give Up, fans are still selling out shows across the country and finally, Chicago will get their chance to see a great band.

I could write for days about the genius of the album, the myth surrounding their recording process and subsequent, almost obvious choice for a name. However, I won't because the fine people at the creators project have released a short documentary about their history and current tour. The film was lovingly directed by Justin Mitchell, who also was fortunate enough to catch Death Cab for Cutie's rise in another film, Drive Well, Sleep Carefully.

You'll have two chances to catch them this weekend. Their festival performance will be on Saturday, as they close night #2 at the Bud Light Stage. They are also playing a sold out aftershow at the Metro on Sunday. Local radio station WXRT will be broadcasting that show live for those of you that missed out on tickets.

Be sure to check out my Twitter feed and Instagram account for all things Lolla.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Lollapalooza Week - Dillon Francis

So far, Dillon Francis is ruling the summer with his remixes. Granted my two favorites have been out for at least four months, but it was shocking to find both of them in my iTunes "Top 25 Most Played" category so quickly. 

I wrote about his remix of Passion Pit's Carried Away in April and have been selfishly holding on to his Suit & Tie remix due to the flood of remixes that sprung up. 

Whether you want to lump him under Moombahton or Trap, I don't care. Like anything else you'll find on this blog, it's good tunes. The Los Angeles native will be blowing eardrums at Perry's Stage, on Friday at 4:30.

Both tracks are FREE downloads, so let's get the party started.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Lollapalooza Week - Major Lazer

Major Lazer's latest album Free The Universe, as of right now, is my pick for album of the year. Need I say more? The electronic dancehall vibe that started as one of the many side projects of DJ/Producer Diplo, is now a full-fledged party starter that should not be missed.

Originally a duo with DJ/Producer Switch, the group released their debut album, Guns Don't Kill People... Lazers Do, in 2009 to moderate success with their single Pon De Floor making some noise. With neither member contributing vocals, an all-star team was assembled including Santigold, Amanda Blank, Nina Sky and many more.

Where Guns Don't Kill People... Lazers Do felt like a spastic free-for-all, Free The Universe has more focus without losing a bit of energy. The songs are faster, the radio station vibe keeps it flowing and the guest get even bigger: Ezra Koenig, Wyclef Jean, Peaches, Bruno Mars.

In the summer of 2012 I managed to catch their set at New York's Governor's Ball Music Festival and all I can say is; what a fucking party. At any moment there can be as many people - more than likely half-naked girls - as the stage can support, various items thrown into the crowd and Diplo himself, doing his best Wayne Coyne impression, walking on the crowd in a clear ball.

A quick glance at their Instagram account should let you know what you're in for, this shot being a personal favorite. Yeah, that's Diplo dead center. I have no idea where the stage begins/ends.

Major Lazer will destroy Perry's Stage on Sunday at 7pm. Be there.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Lollapalooza Week - Disclosure

In May I gave you a listen to Baauer's remix of You & Me, and told you to watch out for Disclosure's debut album, Settle. I hope you took my advice, because the sibling duo of Guy and Howard Lawrence are not messing around.

To say they have been on a hot streak would be an understatement. Latch, featuring Sam Smith, found its way to #2 on the UK dance chart. White Noise, their second single, went straight to #1 and has been a club staple since its release in February. The aforementioned You & Me peaked at #6 and just for good measure, their album hit #1 in the UK, #5 in Australia, #8 in Belgium and (sadly) #38 in the US.

Up next for Disclosure is their fourth single, F For You, and while it may be lagging on the charts, it's so deliciously good, it might be exactly what the guys need to find a larger audience in the states. Check out the video (full screen HIGHLY suggested) and tell me there is somewhere else you'd rather be when they hit The Grove Stage at 6pm on Friday.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Lollapalooza Week - Chance the Rapper

Since the very first year and every year since, only two things have remained a constant on this lil' old blog: Year-End Best of Lists and Lollapalooza Week. The latter being (hopefully) something unique since Perry Farrell's lovely music festival calls my home, their home as well.

Over the next week, I'll feature 5 artists that deserve your attention this weekend. With so many stages and competing acts, Lollapalooza can be a bit overwhelming. Fear not. I've got you covered.

Up first is Chicago's very own Chance the Rapper. Just a quick glance at the upper right corner should let you know how I feel about his latest mixtape, Acid Rap. It's been on heavy repeat since it was released in April and I can assure you it will find its way to a ton of "best of" lists come December.

 In the new era where mixtapes have the same amount of production as a full length studio album, Acid Rap excels in every way possible. You'd be hard-pressed to find another album that has the range of the beautiful piano track Interlude (That's Love) only to be followed three songs later with street anthem, Smoke Again.

Here's to hoping and praying that Childish Gambino makes a special appearance during Favorite Song, when Chance lights up Chicago, Friday at the BMI Stage, 6:50 pm. Almost forgot to mention that Acid Rap is available for FREE on his site.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Childish Gambino - Centipede

Earlier this month, NBC confirmed that Donald Glover, aka Childish Gambino, would be limited to five episodes on this season of  Community while he concentrates on his budding music career. Last night, we got our first look at a more focused and determined artist with the release of Centipede.

He's come a long way since I Am Just A Rapper, his 2010 mixtape that mashed indie rock beats with a nervous flow. The writer-turned-actor-turned-rapper is not merely taking an interest. After signing with Glassnote Records and releasing Camp, it's pretty much been full steam ahead. Along with his mixtape, Royalty, Gambino has worked with Flux Pavilion, Alan Wilkis, Chance the Rapper and ScHoolboy Q, to name a few.

No word yet on whether Centipede is a stand-alone track or possible single from a full length album. Either way, it's worth a listen as he transition from a demo, in-progress opening to full fledged beast before ending with a conversation about the "block".

Sidebar: Bagging up is definitely boring...

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

The Postal Service Announce Lollapalooza Aftershow

After an initial wave of "Official Lollapalooza Aftershows" were announced last month, Lollapalooza announced today the final, closing aftershow will feature The Postal Service at the Metro, Sunday, August 4th.

The duo of Ben Gibbard & Jimmy Tamborello, have been touring the US this summer celebrating the 10th anniversary of their legendary debut, Give Up. A special re-issue is now on sale featuring 2 new songs - A Tattered Line of Strings, Turn Around - plus a few remixes and live versions.

The band is scheduled to perform during the actual festival on Saturday night at the Bud Light stage. Getting your hands on the aftershow would alleviate any conflict with their set against Mumford & Sons.

Tickets will go on sale this Friday at 10am, with a strict 2-ticket limit.

Check out their latest video and a classic, both sure to be played in just a couple of weeks!!!

Friday, July 12, 2013

Pearl Jam - Mind Your Manners

After announcing a fall tour earlier this week, Pearl Jam have released a new song, Mind Your Manners. The blistering track is more Motorhead than Mudhoney and first single off their new album, Lightning Bolt, out Oct 15th. 

It looks like a busy year for Pearl Jam, who have taken to using the hashtag #PearlJam2013 with every new bit of information. The band has barely set foot on US soil, aside from festivals, since 2010. With a new album finally coming out and a 24-date tour - including some cities they haven't played in a DECADE - it's a good time to be a fan.

10 Club members, Pearl Jam's official fan club, can request tickets via a lottery on the band's site. The deadline to submit your request is Monday, July 15, 10 am PT.

Pearl Jam is scheduled to play a very special show at Wrigley Field, next Friday, July 19th. If you have tickets, consider yourself lucky. The show was the fastest sell out in history for any event at Wrigley and are going for as high as $3000 for a single seat. You know I'll be there...

Fall 2013 Tour Dates:
10/11 - Pittsburgh
10/12 - Buffalo, NY
10/15 - Worchester, MA
10/18-19 - Brooklyn
10/21-22 - Philadelphia
10/25 -Hartford, CT
10/27 - Baltimore, MD
10/29 - Charlottesville, VA
10/30 - Charlotte, NC
11/1 - New Orleans
11/15 - Dallas, TX
11/16 - Oklahoma City, OK
11/19 - Phoenix, AZ
11/21 - San Diego, CA
11/23-24 - Los Angeles
11/26 - Oakland, CA
11/29 - Portland, OR
11/30 - Spokane, WA
12/2 - Calgary, ALB
12/4 - Vancouver, BC
12/6 - Seattle, WA

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Queens of the Stone Age Announce Deluxe Version of ...Like Clockwork and Lolla Aftershow

Queens of the Stone Age, with a little help from Fred Armisen, have announced a deluxe edition of their latest album, ...Like Clockwork. The critically-acclaimed album comes on an 8-gig flash drive packed with extras including: high resolution photos, original artwork, music videos and lyric sheets.

The flash drive is currently on sale for $29.99, and for a limited time they are offering two for the price of one. Get all the details and a few laughs in the clip below.

The band also announced today that they will play a pre-Lollapalooza show on Thursday, August 1st at the Metro. Tickets go on sale this Friday at 10am, with a strict 2-ticket limit. Good luck!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Branchez - Triple J Mix

In just under 25 minutes, Branchez dropped three of the best remixes to come out this year and two R&B classics during his mix for Australian radio station, Triple J. The New York producer has been getting some heavy support since his "Bootleg Remix" of Rihanna's Stay, and followed that up last month with another remix for Open, by Rhye.

The entire mix is so smooth, as he showcases some of his original material (Shake, Treat You Right, Back Room) without ever losing the vibe along side Mariah Carey and R. Kelly. Throw in Cashmere Cat's remix of Miguel's Do You... and you have the sexiest mix to come out in a while...

Give it a listen and download it for free via Soundcloud. As an added bonus, all three remixes are available for download as solo tracks.

1. Open (Branchez Bootleg) - Rhye
2. Shake - Branchez
3. Spirit Balm - Mohegan Son
4. Shake It Off - Mariah Carey
5. Treat You Right - Branchez
6. ?? - Branchez
7. Destiny Island - C.Z.
8. ?? - Branchez
9. Do You... (Cashmere Cat Remix) - Miguel
10. Back Room  - Branchez
11. Echo - R. Kelly
12. Stay (Branchez Bootleg) - Rihanna

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Miguel - Adorn (Star Slinger Remix)

Has it really been 2 years since Teams vs Star Slinger? That album made me an instant fan of Star Slinger, aka Darren Williams, with his soul samples and funky cuts. That's not to say he hasn't been busy, remixing the likes of Ellie Goulding, Kendrick Lamar and Jessie Ware, to name a few.

Today he released his remix for Miguel's Adorn, and it's just what your next summer bash needs. This guy knows his R&B, taking the smooth out and inserting a 90's vibe with constant, hammering keys. Production is of course top level, with the beat moving side to side on headphones and vocals virtually untouched, but sounding so solid.

Star Slinger will be in town next month, dropping in for a set at the MID, on July 26th. RSVP for free entry before 11:30.

Lovin' Adorn, but looking for something different? May I introduce you to Sammy Bananas?

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Kanye West - New Slaves (Brenmar Club Edit)

If you are one of the few people that actually waited until today to get a copy of Kanye West's new album, Yeezus, you might not be ready for this... After debuting New Slaves (along with Black Skinhead) on Saturday Night Live, and projecting the single on buildings across the world, K. West decided that was enough publicity.

To quote the man himself, "I gotta a new strategy, it's called no strategy. And I gotta a way to sell more music, it's called make better music." You really can't argue with that.

I'm still absorbing the album as a whole, but New Slaves, has got everything you want from Kanye: menacing beat, conscious lyrics and raw emotion.

Chicago's very own Brenmar (I'll cut him some slack for moving to NY), released his "club edit" this morning, slowing it down a bit and giving it away for the dj's to spin.

Don't sleep on this one, it'll only be up for a few days.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Volcano Choir - Byegone

A month ago, we gave you the first bit of new music from Volcano Choir, as the band announced their second album, Repave. Today, we finally get to hear the track that was teased, Byegone, in its entirety.

It seems like the guys might be taking a more direct, traditional approach to their music this time around, as Byegone has more vocals and lyrics than previous efforts. On their debut, Unmap, lyrics were pretty scarce, and vocals were used as more of an instrument, adding another layer to some amazing, at times dizzying, music.

Either way, I'll gladly be giving them my money when Repave hits stores on Sept. 3rd, via Jagjaguwar. Tickets are still available for their show at the Metro.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Asher Roth - Blurred Lines (Freestyle)

As Asher Roth prepares to drop his latest mixtape, The Greenhouse Effect Vol. 2, it turns out he found some time to drop a freestyle over Robin Thicke's blazing single, Blurred Lines. The 2-minute snippet sounds so natural and effortless, it's begging for an official release.

Roth's been on a bit of a rush lately, using his Soundcloud account to the fullest with 3 tracks promising - "The Greenhouse Effect Vol. 2 is coming." Numbers popped up over the weekend, followed by Pass That Dutch earlier this week. All three are available for download, along with a slew of other tracks.

After hearing his latest, who knows what's next...

Sunday, June 9, 2013

12 Years of DFA Records

On May 25th, the immeasurably awesome DFA Records celebrated their 12th anniversary at Brooklyn's Grand Prospect Hall. While the label is most notably known for co-founder James Murphy's band, LCD Soundsystem, the roster for the night's event would make any indie dance fan drool: Marcus Marr, Shit Robot, The Crystal Ark, Yacht, The Juan Maclean and more.

Along with help from Red Bull Music Academy, the event and video below, celebrated a label that continues to find and support some of the best artists in the world.

Without a doubt, the highlight of the night was James Murphy's DJ set, available to stream below.

Finally, as a special thanks to fans, DFA is offering pre-orders on some classic shirts. Go get 'em!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Nine Inch Nails - Came Back Haunted

It's a good day to be a Nine Inch Nails fan. Today we received the trifecta in music news: Single, Album, Tour. What more could you ask for?

After a few random and unexpected tour dates were announced, Lollapalooza included, I'm not sure anyone expected Trent Reznor to return with such energy. As recently as 2009, Reznor had spoken at length about a hiatus, even going so far as to have a farewell tour, with a final show taking place at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles.

But the music never really stopped. Within months a new band, How To Destroy Angels, was making music and in 2010, Reznor produced the score for the film, The Social Network. Honestly, it was only a matter of time before Nine Inch Nails returned and today is the day.

Early this morning a new post on the band's website declared: "New single. New album. New tour." Less than 12 hours later, the new single, Came Back Haunted, has over 600,000 plays on their Soundcloud account and pretty much everyone agrees - it's an instant classic. From the pronounced vocals and spiraling synth, to the trademark guitar breakdown, it might as well come with a pair of Doc Marten's.

Came Back Haunted, is the first single from their new album, Hesitation Marks, scheduled for release on September 3rd, via Columbia Records. Pre-order the album through iTunes and get the new single immediately. A 31-city tour starts in late September, hitting almost every major US city.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Vampire Weekend - Diane Young [Video]

Enough of the "lyrics" videos and album trailers! I know Mtv is more concerned with airing shitty reality shows, but I grew up during the golden age of music videos and still appreciate a good one.

On that note, check out Vampire Weekend's latest video for Diane Young. The first single off their incredible album, Modern Vampires of the City. The Last Supper style clip was directed by Primo Khan and features some of indie music's finest: Chromeo, Santigold, Sky Ferreira, Dave Longstreth (of Dirty Projectors) and The Walkmen's Hamilton Leithause.

Bonus points for the saxophone bong...

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Volcano Choir Announces New Album, Repave

Volcano Choir have announced the release of their second album, Repave, scheduled for release on September 3rd via Jagjaguwar. Repave, is the unexpected follow-up to 2009's Unmap, featuring members of Collections of Colonies of Bees and Bon Iver's Justin Vernon.

The official album trailer is more than enough to pique your interest with studio footage from Vernon's studio, April Base, and featuring new music. The band has also announced a 10-date tour in support of the album, starting at Chicago's very own, Metro. Tickets for the September 6th show will go on sale this Friday at noon.

Check out the album trailer, along with the Tracklist and a complete list of 2013 tour dates.

1. Tiderays
2. Acetate
3. Comrade
4. Byegone
5. Alaskans
6. Dancepack
7. Keel
8. Almanac

9/6 - Metro, Chicago
9/7 - Vogue, Indianapolis
9/8 - Phoenix, Toronto
9/9 - Higher Ground, Burlington
9/11 - Paradise, Boston
9/12 - 9:30 Club, Washington D.C.
9/14 - Webster Hall, New York
9/27 - Orpheum Theater, Madison
9/28 - Pabst Theater, Milwaukee
10/18 - First Avenue, Minneapolis

Friday, May 24, 2013

Disclosure - You & Me (ft. Eliza Doolittle) Baauer Remix

If there is anyone in the world who's ready to bury Harlem Shake, it's Baauer. Sure, it's great for a song to be accepted around the world, enough to inspire even your grandma to upload a viral video. But, almost anything that grows that fast, usually dies even faster.

I've seen the reports that his Coachella set was fake, barely moving a knob and accused of just pressing play and wondered if all this was too much for a 24 year old from Philly. His rise along with the explosion of EDM and more specifically, the Trap genre, seemed like the perfect storm.

However, I'm happy to report that Baauer is not a one-trick pony and all the proof you need is his "drop-less" remix of Disclosure's You & Me. Out with the ultra lounge stroll and soulful vocals and in with enough energy to make your chest explode. It's amazing what some hand claps and sped up vocals can do; don't you think? Be careful around the 3 minute mark, it's too ill for words.

Don't sleep on Disclosure either, these guys are legit and only 2 weeks away from releasing their debut album, Settle. You can pre-order it right now on iTunes for $6.99.Check out the video and give the original version a listen.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Action Bronson - Strictly 4 My Jeeps [Video]

How can you not like Action Bronson? The ex-chef turned fast-rising MC has released a video for Strictly 4 My Jeeps, the first single off of his upcoming mix tape, Saaab Stories. The video, directed by Jason Goldwatch, hits a whole new level of ghetto fabulous with thick chicks, a murdered out jeep and a cameo from Riff Raff.

Expectation are high following last year's classic Blue Chips (produced by Party Supplies) and Rare Chandeliers (produced by Alchemist). This time around Bam Bam Brosonlino partners up with Harry Fraud just in time for summer. Expect it to drop in a couple of weeks.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Classixx - All You're Waiting For (ft. Nancy Whang)

Simply put, Classixx are on a helluva streak. The LA duo of Michael David and Tyler Blake have been featured on the blog before, but if they keep it up, they might need a weekly feature.

In December we heard RAC's remix of Stranger Love, the first taste of their upcoming debut album, Hanging Gardens. March brought the first single, Holding On, followed by another track, Borderline.

Despite all the evidence, I still was completely unprepared for All You're Waiting For, featuring vocals from LCD Soundsystem's Nancy Whang. From the moment you hear that warped synth, it just builds, becoming a tune that is a front-runner for song of the summer.

If for some absurd reason I haven't made my case, you can hear the entire album a week early on NPR's "First Listen". The guys are currently on tour with Dragonette and The Presets, hitting up a bunch of cities, minus Chicago. Their debut album, Hanging Gardens, is scheduled for release, May 14, via Innovative Leisure.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Top 5 Releases for Record Store Day

Now entering its sixth year, Record Store Day will have vinyl junkies across the globe searching for limited releases that only come once a year. This year the list has grown to over 300 titles, a colossal increase from 10 in 2008, and I'm here to help you navigate the waters.

Before we get into the list, let's go over some basics. All of the records listed on the official website will only be available on Saturday, April 20th, at participating stores. For the most part, 75% of these releases will sell out on Saturday, as most albums have very limited pressings.

Get there early. It's not uncommon for lines to start forming before the sun comes up and with stores getting maybe 3 copies of something, things go fast.

Not every store will get every item. In fact most stores will get shut out completely of items they requested. Two of my favorite shops in Chicago, Dave's Records & Saki, will post their complete list on Friday night, so make sure to check with your store.

Whether you get everything you want or not, remember to visit a couple of stores. You'd be surprised at how much is available in the afternoon after the dust settles. I'll be fighting for these guys...

The White Stripes - Elephant
It's a big year for re-issues and none are more important than this one. Jack White is this year's Official Record Store Day Ambassador and he is celebrating the 10th anniversary of Elephant with a double LP on colored vinyl. The first album comes on split Black and Red. The second will be on white. Oddly enough, this is one of the few releases that has not disclosed how many copies were made. Translation: If you see this, buy it. Immediately.

Phoenix - Entertainment
Yes, their new album will be out in less than a week. Yes, you've heard the song. But have you heard Entertainment in Korean? I'm not sure if that means they are singing their new single in Korean, or if it's a different version, but you'll only find it on this 7". Printed on grey vinyl and limited to 3000, curiosity has definitely gotten the best of me.

Sigur Rós - Agaetis Byrjun
If you've tried to find this record in the US, you've probably choked at the asking price. That's because it's never been available in the US and until now you'd have to buy an import pressing. Don't breathe a sigh of relief yet, they're going to make you work for it. The boys from Iceland have pressed 982 copies, clearly making this a real treasure while keeping the original pressing at a premium price. Seriously though, how great is Svefn-g-englar going to sound on vinyl?!?

The Notorious B.I.G. - Ready To Die
Quite possibly the greatest debut in hip-hop, this guy will be re-released through Rhino Records as a double LP on white vinyl. Very few hip-hop artists have participated in RSD, so act fast and show the community that this underrepresented genre can move units. Maybe next year we'll get Life After Death. Limited to 2850 copies.

Dave Matthews Band - Live Trax Volume 1
A quick search of "DMB Live Trax" would tell you that this concert recorded in Worcester, MA, in 1998 is the first of an ongoing series, originally released on CD in 2004. They are currently prepping Volume 25, but until now, they have never pressed a single vinyl copy. Given the popularity of the band and their rabid fan base, it's going to be by pure luck that you find one of the 500 boxed sets, pressed over 4 lps on blue vinyl. I guarantee this clears $1000 on ebay by Saturday night.

One sad update to report (and not updated on RSD's list)  is the delay in Mondo's pressing of the Drive Soundtrack. I was really looking forward to their very limited, very rad, double LP picture disc. A full explanation can be found here, along with some stunning, mouth-watering pictures.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Oberhofer - You + Me (Still Together In The Future)

Following their amazing debut last year, Oberhofer have announced the release of a new EP, Notalgia, out April 23rd on Glassnote Records. You + Me (Still Together In The Future) is as promising as the title suggest with gushing optimism, sparkling single notes and just the right amount of "ooooohs".

Check out the song below and head over to their Soundcloud page for another tune.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Queens of the Stone Age - My God Is The Sun

Those of you waiting... and waiting for something anything from Queens of the Stone Age. Your day has come. Josh Homme and his rotating cast of characters have released their first single, My God Is The Sun, along with album details and a few tour dates.

It seems like ages since 2007's Era Vulgaris, but no matter who is in (Dave Grohl returns to the drum kit) or out (Joey Castillo), it's always rad. The band's sixth album, ...Like Clockwork, will be released on June 4th, via Matador Records and includes guest appearances from Trent Reznor, Elton John and Alex Turner. Check out the full tracklist for one of the most anticipated albums of the year.

A full tour is expected and appearances at this year's Lollapalooza and Made in America Festival are confirmed.

1. Keep Your Eyes Peeled
2. I Sat By The Ocean
3. The Vampyre of Time and Memory
4. If I Had A Tail
5. My God Is The Sun
6. Kalopsia
7. Fairweather Friends
8. Smooth Sailing
9. I Appear Missing
10. ... Like Clockwork

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Passion Pit - Carried Away (Dillon Francis Remix)

Passion Pit released another remix for Carried Away this morning, this time asking Dillon Francis to spruce up their fourth single from last year's Gossamer. What was once a cheery mid-tempo anthem, is now a sliced up dance floor ready beast.

Using only the third verse, the vocals are now accents instead of the focus, adding to the energy in ways the original did not. Dillon did a great job making this song his own, while keeping it instantly recognizable.

Both artists were interviewed by Sony and you can watch a brief video about the collaboration below.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Lollapalooza Announces Lineup

After this year's lineup leaked last week, Lollapalooza pretty much confirmed what we already knew - there is no place you'd rather be than Grant Park this summer. The music festival will take over Chicago, August 2-4, with over 130 acts and multiple stages, including headliners: The Cure, Mumford & Sons, and The Killers.

Lollapalooza also announced that single-day tickets will be sold on Wednesday, April 3. 3-day passes are SOLD OUT, so this is your last chance to catch the highlight of the summer. Check out the announcement video and good luck on Wednesday.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Justice - Helix (Live)

Today we get our first taste of the upcoming live album, Access All Arenas, from French duo, Justice. Anyone that was fortunate enough to see them last year can tell you Justice worked their new material seamlessly with favorites from their legendary debut.

On Helix, you can hear the trails of Civilization and a tease of Prince's Kiss, before the stuttering groove kicks in. Those of you that pre-order through iTunes will receive an immediate download of On'n'On. The album has a scheduled release date of May, 7, on Ed Banger Records.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Junip - Your Life, Your Call

Junip has released another song from their upcoming album, Junip, due April 23, via Mute. Your Life, Your Call, is a mesmerizing track with as much honesty as anything in their catalog.

The swirling synths and calm vocals don't exactly inspire, but that's the beauty of this track. Any song with a chorus that says; It's Your Life, Your Call/Stand Up or Enjoy Your Fall, is giving you a choice. Will you lay down or dust yourself off?

A large number of pre-order packages are currently available, including a colored vinyl package. Those of you participating in this year's Record Store Day will have a chance to buy the album 3 days early. Following the release of Junip, the band will head out on the road to support the album, including a stop at Lincoln Hall, June 9.

Your Life, Your Call is currently available for free, along with their first single, at the band's Soundcloud page.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

John Mayer Announces First Tour in Three Years

John Mayer took to YouTube last week, with a little help from Google+, to announce his first tour in 3 years. Over the course of an hour, Mayer fielded questions from fans, debuted a new song called Dear Marie, and played a few others from last year's Born & Raised

Although the singer has been cleared by doctors to perform after two surgeries to repair a granuloma in his throat, it was apparent his voice is still on the mend. This would be John's second attempt to perform songs from Born & Raised, after canceling his spring tour last year due to the reoccurring throat issues.

I sure hope he's ready because it looks like his summer is packed with 3 full months of shows across the country. The tour starts in July at Milwaukee's Summerfest and winds down at Los Angeles' Hollywood Bowl, Oct. 5. Most shows go on sale next weekend, including his Chicago show at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, scheduled for Aug. 9.

You can watch the entire announcement below, recorded last Thursday at The Village Studios.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Phoenix - Entertainment [Video]

I've got give it up to Phoenix. Despite their new album, Bankrupt!, leaking a full 2 months before its scheduled release, the boys are still playing the cards they were dealt. No rush to get the album out sooner, no damage control, just a bizarre video for their new single, Entertainment, that doesn't even feature them.

I'll admit the song has grown on me since its release last month, but the best is yet to come...

Thursday, February 28, 2013

A-Trak - Piss Test (Remix) [Video]

Just as 2012 was coming to a close, Fool's Gold released their first rap compilation, Loosies, with so many artists over 22 tracks your head would spin. One of the many highlights was A-Trak's Piss Test (Remix), featuring Juicy J, Jim Jones, Flatbush Zombies, El-P and Flosstradamus.

The psychedelic video, directed by Shomi Patwary, might not be on the same level as Duck Sauce's Barbara Streisand video, but still manages to squeeze quite a few cameos into a smoke-filled, hazy night. I see ya, P-Thugg!

Check out the video and the give the continuous DJ mix by co-founders A-Trak & Nick Catchdubs a listen.

As always, Fool's Gold steps up their packaging with a limited edition box set that includes a cigarette-shaped USB drive.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

My Morning Jacket - Leaving on a Jet Plane (John Denver Cover)

On April 2, ATO Records will release The Music is You: A Tribute to John Denver, a long overdue celebration of the late folk singer's music. Among the many artists featured on the album, My Morning Jacket has contributed an absolutely beautiful version of Leaving on a Jet Plane.

Whether you remember John Denver best from his days with the Muppets, or mistakenly thought Ben Affleck originally wrote this song, pick this up as a portion of the proceeds will go to the Wilderness Society in John's name.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Kidrobot Announces Major Lazer Collaboration

Kidrobot, the infinitely cool designer toy and apparel company, announced on Feb. 15, a new collaboration with Major Lazer. The company has created an 8" vinyl figure of the fictional character that is the face of Diplo's dancehall/electro side project.

The limited item is listed at $50, and will go on sale tomorrow, Feb. 19 at 11 am EST. A white t-shirt ($30) and a black tank ($28) round out the collection, on sale tomorrow as well. You've been warned, these will sell out.

If you prefer to spend your money on the real thing, Major Lazer will be in town March 2, at the Congress. Tickets are still available.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Know Your Record Store - Let's Boogie

Owner Neil Keller with a very cool Led Zeppelin bootleg of a 1974 Chicago show.

For a fifth consecutive year, as the rest of the industry is in a free fall, the sales of vinyl records continue to increase. A total of 4.6 million units were sold in the US in 2012, according to Neilsen Soundscan, the official source for sales throughout the US and Canada.

While that might not seem like a huge number, it's important to note that most record stores are locally owned, independent businesses that need our support. Whether it's your first purchase, or a weekly addiction, knowing where to shop and what to expect is a great start.

Let's Boogie in Bridgeport, is an absolute blast from the past, complete with faded Led Zeppelin posters and a full wall of cassettes. I sat down with owner, Neil Keller, to discuss his store, his love for vinyl and where the industry may be headed.

How did you get into the business?
I always liked music and had a background in retail, so the two went together. The neighborhood needed a record store. There was Melody Records across the street, but the lady was about to retire. She didn't like kids and she didn't like Rock n Roll.

How long have you been in business?
27 years.

How many records do you have on the floor?
About 5,000. Another 5,000 in inventory.

Would you consider anything your specialty? 
Oldies, I guess [laughs]. I don't really like the new stuff. The '60s, '70s and '80s are mainly what we have.

As a record store owner, how did the transition to different formats effect you?
The transition to cd from cassette was fine. But then the transition from cd to downloads killed the business. The only that kept it going was the vinyl, because the collectors, the audiophiles, the vinyl junkies still collected albums. That's what paid the bills.

When did you first notice an increase in sales?
Um, probably 2008. The downside is the $25, 180 gram releases. All the new records are $20 to $25, they've reissued a lot of the classic rock, but people still want the original for $10 or $12. Most of my stuff is used, so I don't see the same numbers.

[Note: Most records use 120-140 grams of vinyl when pressing an album. 180 grams is considered "audiophile" grade. Aside from being heavier, the extra material allows for deeper grooves and better sound.]

Do you think there is a difference between the two?
Oh yeah. They're heavier, they're thicker. The bottom line is every time you play a record there is wear, so you'll lose some of the signal every time you play it. With the stylus hitting the record, there's wear and if you can lessen that, any record will last longer.

Why do you prefer vinyl?
You can touch it. You can feel it. The sound is warmer. It's not as convenient as a cd, or an MP3, but you get an experience.

When you opened this store, you were selling vinyl and 8-tracks. That must seem like ages ago.

So what's next?
I don't see it coming. I think manufacturers and artists are going to just send you a download. I think they're just going to own a master recording and shoot it out to your phone. It won't sound as good, but it'll be adequate.

Doesn't that concern you?
I think if the economy turns around and everyone is working, we'll go back full circle. Vinyl is a luxury item, it's definitely not a necessity. You'd rather feed your kids and keep the lights on. But, I have people that come in every week and spend $100, $200.

Any chance of selling the store?
I had one guy that came in and wanted to move it to Holland. The entire store, posters off the wall, shelves, everything. 

I kept the store because it turned into a hobby. It's a cool place to hang out. I don't consider it work. I'm here every day and I'm not going anywhere.

They pretty much have it all, from Charlie Brown to N.W.A.