Passion Pit: Recommended and Remixable!


Sort of an afterthought at this point, considering the monsterous CMJ these guys had, but Pitchfork finally weighed in on Passion Pit ‘s debut EP, Chunk of Change . Recommended, indeed! Buy it, people. Buy it !

And if you don’t buy it, at least try your hand at remixing “Sleepyhead.”The kids at Finger on the Pulse, who’ll host the band at their No Big Deal event on December 5th in Brooklyn, are hosting a remix contest until December 2nd. You can grab the parts here , and send your remixes to nobigdealbk@gmail.com with “Passion Pit Remix” in the subject. Show info after the jump.

MP3 : Passion Pit – Sleepyhead

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Wise Words from Dizzee Rascal: “If You Believe, You Can Achieve”


Barack Obama’s historic win on Tuesday night has sent the hip-hop community celebrating both in the states and abroad. Britain’s BBC News Network quickly tapped world-wide sensation Dizzee Rascal for his thoughts on an Obama presidency and whether the same could be done in the UK. Rascal called Obama a “media symbol of unity” and attributed much of the President-elect’s success to hip-hop’s ability to mobilize the youth of today. Asked if he could see a similar win in Britian, Rascal responded “in time…if you believe, you can acheive” before adding, “Dizzee Rascal for Prime Minister one day.”

Check the clip here .

MP3 : Dizzee Rascal – Where’s Da G’s featuring Bun B.

Videohippos Supporting HEALTH in NYC, Baltimore


Baltimore’s Videohippos got our attention last year with the release of their hip-shakin’ Monitor Records‘ debut, Unbeast the Leash.  Filled with driving beats and fuzzy 8-bit sounds not unlike those of their Wham City compadre Dan Deacon, Unbeast can be described kind of as a roller coaster ride through space.

The duo has been far from inactive since the Monitor release – touring, touring, and making a little documentary about…  you guessed it, touring.  But especially exciting is the fact that they’ll be back in their hood (and ours) this week, supporting LA Smell-collective party-starters HEALTH.  Thanks to The Tripwire for the news.

Friday night brings the bands to New York’s Knitting Factory, where they’ll be joined by Dirty Projectors’ Angel Deradoorian, and Monday finds them back in Baltimore at monolithic venue Sonar.  If you’re in either area, check ’em out, but make sure you’re ready to dance!

The Humble Preoccupations of Just Jack


Jack Allsopp found solace in hip hop and house music during the days of his youth in North London. Now as an artist with the modest pseudonym Just Jack, his rhythmic vocals lay down catchy melodies over pop-funk dance beats that’ll satiate your electro-inclined taste buds. Jack’s rap delivery is also distinctly British sounding, similar to Mike Skinner from The Streets, especially on such tracks as “Glory Days,” where his calm reflection rides comfortably over a Stevie-worthy beat.

Even with such mainstream success as grabbing number two on the UK Singles Chart for “Starz In Their Eyes” and collaborating with Kylie Minogue on “I Talk Too Much,” Jack’s groove-inducing jams don’t lack on the side of lyrical substance. The weight of Just Jack’s newest album, Overtones, wasn’t lost on Benjamin Squires at Music Spectrum either. In fact, Ben’s found that “there’s a way to outline a whole adult Bible study based on each track of Overtones.” It’s a rare gem to find so much room for reflection with such danceable music.

Get Behind Me, Hunger!


Various Artists
Serve3: Artists Against Hunger & Poverty / Hard Rock International & The Orchard / BUY

‘Tis certainly the season for political discourse. Yet regardless of party affiliation or political creed, there is one belief for which we can all reach across the aisle: no one should have to go hungry. This ideology has fueled the anti-hunger organization World Hunger Year (WHY) since its founding in 1975 by revered singer/songwriter Harry Chapin and New York radio personality Bill Ayres. Along the way, WHY has garnered fervent support from musicians both legend and nascent, from Grammy winners to underground heroes, including rockers, rappers, crooners and everything in between.

Hard Rock International, living up to its decades-old motto of “Love All, Serve All” has partnered with WHY for the third annual installment of the Serve benefit series, appropriately titled Serve3. My Morning Jacket, Joss Stone, the Boss, Starsailor, Avril Lavigne and many more lend their voices and songs to this star-studded compilation featuring rare, remixed, or previously unreleased material. The notable rarity exception: John Lennon’s masterpiece “Give Peace A Chance” is included courtesy of Yoko Ono, who succinctly sums up WHY’s mission: “Let’s all work together to make a world without hunger as soon as humanly possible.” Now there’s a sentiment we can all vote for!

MP3: Toby Lightman – Color