One thing’s for sure; Brooklyn has generated many of the most promising indie acts of the past decade. Long know to be a creative mecca, we really have to give it up to the borough for bringing us the infectious, multi-faceted sound of Harlem Shakes . After their debut EP Burning Birthdays, the five piece caught praise from all the usual suspects; Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, Spin and more. The Village Voice even went as far as to proclaim them “poised for certain success”. After hearing the Shake’s debut LP, Technicolor Health, out March 24th on Gigantic Music, this could be the understatement of the year.
A resounding musical triumph (and favorite among us here at the Rind), Harlem Shakes have delivered on the promise of their EP in spades. To celebrate it’s eminent release and subsequent world domination (in our not-so-humble opinions..), the gang are hittin’ the road on 11 dates across the country this February and March, supporting Tokyo Police Club and joined by Born Ruffians on both New York and Washington dates. The group will also be appearing this Friday for a special NYC headlining gig at Southpaw with Shilpa Ray. Warning: shakedowns will occur. Full list of engagements after the jump.
Syracuse, New York’s finest unveiled their new video recently, amidst the hubbub and excitement surrounding their upcoming engagement with some indie rock band based out of Seattle…something about a cab..and a cutie ? Ah forget it! In their third music video off 2008’s The Rhumb Line , We find the string-pop sixsome desperately trying to gain entrance into a mysterious house. Each adorable band member tries their hand at charming the owner, bringing roses and using the good old huffin’ and puffin’ approach (I’m referring to goldie locks here, folks!). Vocalist Wes Miles croon’s “my bed’s too big for just me” during the track, a string-heavy pop gem for the new century entitled “Can You Tell”. Shot by the group’s friends Taryn Gould & Emily Kowalcyzk, the video captures their quirky sensibilities and subtle dramatics to a tee. The Barsukinites eventually come together for a rousing finale in front of the sinister looking house. After scoping the video, jump on in and take a gander at their serious list of tour dates.
Peter Tosh / The Ultimate Peter Tosh Experience / Shanachie Entertainment / BUY
I tried, but just couldn’t: it’s impossible not to talk about the mystical Peter Tosh without mentioning the omnipresent Bob Marley. They both honed their singing skills together in Kingston, Jamaica, both helped form one of Reggae’s finest and most well known groups, The Wailers, and both lived tragically short lives. However, Tosh was an animal of an altogether different form. He wrote songs far more politically charged than his ganja smoking counterpart, something that is highlighted with this exceptional best-of compilation, titled The Ultimate Peter Tosh Experience. Instead of the typical 15 song rundown of radio hits, Shanachie organized an offering of fan favorites, rarities, unreleased jams and alternate mixes. Notables include an unreleased version of “Legalize It,” the early single “Arise Black Man,” an alternate mix of “Wanted Dead Or Alive” and the classic Rasta rights anthem, “Get Up Stand Up”.
Despite the musical barriers we might set up of what we consider good, bad or distasteful, Reggae is one of a select few genres that transcends these lines. Who doesn’t enjoy hearing uplifting, pro-active, inspirational songs deeply rooted in culture and a tradition of upheaval and social responsibility? The impact of Tosh’s music is prevalent even in North America, where it has literally paved the way for the Ska/Punk movement. The Ultimate Perter Tosh Experience offers an even keeled view into the mind of one of Reggae’s most passionate and outspoken stars. Mixing the popular with the rare, the early with the unreleased, this set has something to offer even the most devout of fans. Ya mon.
This year’s annual Coachella music festival will be serving up an all-you-can-eat buffet of rock, hip-hop and dance’s biggest and best, along with a number of under-the-radar gems and a few of our very own favorites. Coachella organizers recently unleashed the festival’s full line up, boasting headlining spots in the form of Paul McCartney, The Killers and The Cure. Besides these ridiculously huge artists, several Rind regulars made the cut. This fusion between old rock legends, modern giants and the next generation of popular sound is what sets Coachella apart from your typical, run of the mill music festival.
Day one (Friday, April 17th), is populated by a number of solo artists, but also includes Brooklyn’s indie rock storytelling darlings The Hold Steady. Electro-pop Portuguese Buraka Som Sistema will also be lighting the stage up, treating listeners to their unique offering of “progressive kuduro” tunes.
On day two (Saturday, April 18th), Canuk Club/Electro duo MSTRKRFT will be ripping it up on stage and will most likely feature cuts from their mesmerizing new release Fist of God, due out March 17th via Dim Mak. We here at the Rind can’t get enough of it. That very same day, you can expect to get a heavy dosage of psychedelic pop-rock via Dr. Dog, the Philadelphia-based group whose latest effort, 2008’s Fate, garnered them much in the way of hubbub. The Bloody Beetroots (also on Dim Mak) round out the very Rind day, bringing their collection of club-heavy dance beats to California audiences all the way from glorious Italia. Day 3, and 2009 Dr. Dog dates after the jump.
Just in time for Valentine’s Day (aka Singles Appreciation Day), our favorite samurai is here to give us a little taste of his favorite tracks for gettin’ busy and celebrating the one(s) you love. RZA is fresh off the release of season two of his acclaimed animated series, Afro Samurai, and its captivating soundtrack; Afro Samurai Resurrection: The Soundtrack. Helmed by the RZA himself, it features a slew of guest appearances by the likes of Sly Stone, Ghostface Killah and Kool G Rap, among others. RZA sat down with us to share his top 16 V-Day tracks, giving us a little background on each choice along the way. RZA pointed out that many of these favorites date back to his formative years and have been sampled heavily in the hip hop industry. Just look at the diversity in this list!
1. Al Green – Strong As Death, Sweet As Love
The title says it all.