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In case you peeps didn’t know, Kanye West will be featured on VH1 “Storytellers” TONIGHT 9/8c.

I am so stoked.

Here’s a video I’ve been meaning to post. Once again, Yeezy proves why he’s one of the best in the game with this video which is art, hurdling past your typical hip hop videos of Dom Perignon’s, bootylicious chicks, fast cars and raining Benjies. Directed by Nabil Elderkin, “Welcome to Heartbreak” uses the datamoshing technique and it is basically a wild acid trip. Unfortunately, they had to drop this video because “someone made it first“. Lamesauce.  BAAAH the timing is so close who can say really for sure?! Plus, Kanye’s is way better. Anyways, enjoy and don’t forget to tune in tonight!!!

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atm-dandeaconbromst

Aaah…what lovely cover art! Dan Deacon took nearly three years to complete Bromst since Spiderman of the Rings–an album so full of ebullient electronic euphoric beats, layering, and rhythmI knew Bromst, a highly anticipated album for me this year,  surely could not disappoint. And I was right. For the past few weeks, in true Dan Deacon fashion, listening to his music is like getting constant epi-needles to the heart. Life awakening adrenaline rush. It’s like Animal Collective fused with a full orchestra on speed. And lots of it.

Prepare to get your consciousness raised.

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atm-twofingers

Their EP which I mentioned a while back has been turned into the LP! GAAAH! Two Fingers will be released in Canada April 14th. Of the reviews and descriptions I have read, none describes Two Fingers more accurately than Paperbag:

“Imagine if Timbaland were kidnapped and held hostage in a council flat in Tottenham. Imagine then, that elite robot agents aligned to the New World Order were sent into rescue him with laser cannons little knowing that the kidnappers were in fact an underground cell of benefit-cheat Jedi. Imagine hip hop recapturing the sheer brutality of classic-era Public Enemy without it becoming a retread. Imagine if “urban” music was made not for the charts but the heart. Imagine Two Fingers “.

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atm-depechemodesu

Hmm not gonna lie. Not too impressed with this cover at all!!! But you know what, WHO CARES IT’S DEPECHE MODE!!! I could say a bit about Depeche Mode but definitely not as much as my friend G-tej who lives breathes eats and sleeps Depeche Mode. Yeah he’s an uber fan. So much so that he’s inspired me lately to get back into Depeche Mode…a band that I’ve had on hiatus on my media player. Their new single “Wrong” is a definite reason to re-enter the realm of Depeche Mode who prove they’ve still “got it” after 30 some years of making music. More after the jump!

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atm-nasa

N.A.S.A. (North America South America) just released their debut album called The Spirit of Apollo. Before I relay my thoughts on this album, I want you to read the list of artists that collaborated in the making of this LP which took six years in the making.

Warning: you might get jaw-locked. *Clears throat* Ahem. Ahem ahem:

David Byrne (Talking Heads), Chuck D (Public Enemy), Ras Congo, Seu Jorge, Z-Trip, E-40, DJ Swamp, RZA, Barbie and John Frusciante, KRS-One, Fatlip & Slim Kid Tre (The Pharcyde), Karen O and Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeah’s), Ol’ Dirty Bastard WAIT WHAT?! Yes ODB & Method Man & Ghostface Killah (Wu-Tang Clan), Tom Waits, Kool Keith, Kanye West, Santigold, Lykke Li, Amanda Blank, Sizzla, Lovefoxxx (CSS), George Clinton (Parliament), Chali 2na (Jurassic 5), Kool Kojak, DJ Babao, Del Tha Funkee Homosapien, DJ Qbert, The Cool Kids, Scarface, and DJ AM.

HOLY.

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For those of you who know me, you may or may not know that I haaaaaaaaaaaaaate the Twilight series written by Stephanie Meyers. I know hate is a strong word. But it’s appropriate. I just got this link of this Twilight trailer spoof and although many of you may have already seen it…what’s another time? Enjoy!

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atm-phoenix

Phoenix are a French indie rock band. Thomas Mars (vocals), Deck D’arcy (bass), Christian , Mazzalai (guitar), and Laurent Brancowitz (guitar) all grew up together in Versailles…also home and culture to Air and Daft Punk. Interestingly, Brancowitz left Bangalter and de Homem-Christo (who later formed Daft Punk) to permanently join Phoenix. Thomas Mars is also the husband to Sophia Coppola and helped with the vocals on the infamous track “Playground Love” by Air. With such a great background and fantastic influences like these, it’s no wonder Phoenix is unremittingly successful in their soft indie post pop sound.  Their release of their 4th studio album is due late May this year entitled Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix. Wow. Bow in the presence of greatness! They have just released a new single for all anxious ears to hear! After the jump!

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atm-beast

Beast is a group out of Montreal. You may recognize the members as one is the beautiful and textured voice of Beatrice Bonifassi and the other consists of the infectious beat maker Jean-Phi Goncalves. Separately, both have been involved in many past projects including Lauryn Hill, Jean-Pierre Ferland, Ariane Moffat, Triplets of Belleville, DJ Champion and the popular Pierre Lapointe. Together they are Betty and Jean-Phi. Together they form the musical transcendence that is Beast.

I stumbled across them serendipitously when a google search of mine went wrong. The heading was BEAST: Montreal (check!), experimental (check!), trip-hop (check check check!). Click. And then I went on a crazy dancing rampage and pursued the purchase of their self-titled album which was released late last year. It’s been spinning ever since and it is the most eclectic fusion of trip hop spoken word hip hop on experimental rock. “Ashtray” is probably the sickest trip hop song I’ve heard in a good long while. When I found out they had a stop here on their brief tour I FREAKEEED. And guess what? Their show is tonight! I’m soooo excited. I love seeing bands at their purest form–before they “make it big” which undoubtedly, Beast will.

So, I leave you with three amazing songs off of Beast which you can purchase here. I will return later and write a review of the show. It might not make sense. I will be dazed by my euphoria and my eyes will be hazed from the bass. HAZED FROM THE BASS.

EDIT: I got back from the show a while ago. My ears are still ringing, my body and mind are still adapting back to their original form, before being utterly changed and penetrated by the beats of Beast. I have a feeling this might take a while. What a toll that has been taken. I am indeed hazed from the bass.  Holy fuck.

Live show aftermath…apres le jump!

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atm-conan

As you may or may not know, it was Conan O’ Brien‘s last show yesterday, Feb 20, 2009.  Now I don’t know about you, but I grew increasingly weary as the date drew nearer to Feb 20, the day that an era is going to end. I’m extremely saddened to see him leave Late Night as I have been watching him for more than half of his 16 year career with Late Night. No other talk show host, including Leno and Letterman IMO, has been able to be so tremendously original, consistently funny, and full of such vibrant energy. Always willing to make an ass of himself, Conan is a natural talent. Let’s not forget that before Conan ever entered into Late Night, he was a television writer for many many years and contributed in various influential long living comedy shows such as The Simpsons and Saturday Night Live. He is the David Letterman of the modern generation. Conan is comedy.

The past clips that Conan revisited these past few weeks really hit a spot for me because it doesn’t feel that long ago that I saw Triumph at the Star Wars convention, or Conan speed skating, or all the other great clips that he re-aired on behalf of fans and staff. More clips including his heartfelt and tear jerking speech after the jump. But before that, I’d just like to say THANK YOU CONAN for making television worth watching every night and for giving me washboard abs from laughing so hard.

A quote that truly resonates and sums it up best from the man himself:

It’s fine to be funny, but if you have no character, its not worth a damn.

Don’t ever grow up. =)

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atm-tahaterrace1

I’ve been super busy lately. Even though it’s reading week and I do get a whole week off of school doesn’t mean I don’t have work to do! By work, I mean not doing any work and spending all my time being studiously obsessed with old school music. Revisiting some “In the Vault” status LPs. I thought I’d share.

Thanks to Taha–an up and coming photographer of Toronto (duncha know)–for the pic and for being always so enthusiastic about wanting to share with me too =)

MP3: A Tribe Called Quest – Luck of Lucien

MP3: The Avalanches – Since I Left You

MP3: The Beatles – All My Loving

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