Prepare For The Fist Of God

By now you know the story: former Death From Above 1979 member Jesse Keeler joined up with Al-P to form the ultra-ominous dance juggernaut MSTRKRFT , hitting the ground running in 2006 with a handful of singles and the smash album, The Looks . Since then the duo has been packing out dingy basement clubs with their seductive grooves and sweaty house beats, and their hyper-sexed disco services have been called upon to remix tracks from the likes of Block Party, Metric, The Gossip, Wolfmother, and John Legend. As colossal and bold as the title implies, their new album, Fist Of God , hits stores in March under the Dim Mak and banner. As the band told Billboard :

“We wanted to make a record that was more ideologically like a throwback to when rap and R&B production was old school; the line between that and dance was very blurry,” he says. “We knew people were gonna hate, because idiots don’t like music because they like listening to it. They use it as a way of defining who they are. When it changes, it leaves them in a tough spot — ‘I can’t use this to create my identity anymore’ — and their reaction is negative.”

Nothing but positive reactions over here, though. After all, it is a new MSTRKRFT record, and one that features contributions from N.O.R.E., Ghostface Killah, E-40, Lil’ Mo, and John Legend. In the meantime, enjoy some B.O.U.N.C.E.

MP3 : MSTRKFT – B.O.U.N.C.E. Ft. N.O.R.E. (Felix Cartal Remix)

Cold Hands: COYH Premiere New Track On Pitchfork

Frenchkiss Record ’s New Zealand new-wavers, Cut Off Your Hands are counting the days until liberating their debut LP in the US, You & I . And it would seem, everyone else is too. The press is buzzing after the Auckland quartet circled the globe on an international tour and added to their untameable reputation with all new antics (you know, like breaking a foot from a balcony jump at a London gig and continuing the show anyway). To keep frenzied fans happy after the initial success of the stop-gap Happy As Can Be EP,  the group premiered a new track from the album on Pitchfork last week. Satisfy that need for rapid-fire pop with a small taste but brace yourself for the full album release shortly after the passing of the new year.

MP3 : Cut Off Your Hands – Turn Cold

Folk Legend Passes Away

One of the greatest voices of the civil rights movement, Odetta, passed away on December 2nd. The singer-songwriter and human rights activist brought an inspiring force to folk music. Bob Dylan said “The first thing that turned me on to folk singing was Odetta.” It was her influential role that led Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to ask her to join him in 1963 for his march on Washington and famous “I have a dream” speech. She had hoped to sing the very same song she sang that day, “I’m On My Way,” at the inauguration speech of President-elect Barack Obama. Needless to say, the legacy Odetta has left behind has been tremendous and too great to even begin to sum up in a short blog post (read more here). The Daily Rind is proud to be able to honor the life she lived in at least a small way.

Experience the power of Odetta on three of her most recent albums, “Blues Everywhere I Go” (her first Grammy nomination), “Lookin For A Home, A Tribute to Leadbelly” (W.C. Handy Award Nominee) and “Gonna Let It Shine, A Concert For The Holidays” (Grammy Nominee), all on M.C. Records.

A Chat With The Vivian Girls

Rhapsody’s very own John Norris recently hiked over to Brooklyn to spend some time with the trio known as the Vivian Girls. In an interview on what appears to be a rooftop, the four talk about many things, including their humble beginnings. Their low expectations led them to press a limited amount of their first album, but high demand pushed the scarce CD on Ebay for upwards of $100. Talk about some ripe fodder for the buzzing blogosphere. The girls approach the conversation with charming casualness and a laid back attitude, making it hard to deny the down to earth approachability and appeal of both their music and personalities.

Jump on over to Rhapsody’s blog to take a peek into the allure of the Vivian Girls. Thankfully In The Red re-released their debut and scarcity is no longer an issue. Grab the ten song gem here.

The Daily Rind Podcast: Week of December 1st

The Daily Rind’s weekly podcast is back. This week’s release kicks off with a new track from New Zealand post-rockers Cut Off Your Hands, who’s new EP gives us more to look forward to in their forthcoming full-length. The track is followed by the moody mod-ishness of The Raveonettes’ “Black/White,” one of a glut of new songs from the Danish Duo, as well as a previously unreleased track from New York singer/songwriter Toby Lightman as contributed to Serve3 , a benefit for World Hunger Year. We also throw in a remix from Au Revoir Simone’s Reverse Migration and a track from New York musicians-about-town, Gramercy Arms.

Download it here , subscribe on iTunes , and grab the albums at the links below.

Track 1: Cut Off Your Hands “Happy As Can Be” from Happy As Can Be [Frenchkiss]
Track 2: The Raveonettes “Black/White” from Beauty Dies [various]
Track 3: Toby Lightman “Color” from Serve3 [Hard Rock International and The Orchard]
Track 4: Au Revoir Simone “Lark (Ruff and Jam Remix)” from Reverse Migration [Our Secret Recording Company]
Track 5: Gramercy Arms “Looking At The Sun” from Gramercy Arms [Cheap Lullaby]
Bump music: Tipsy “A Night On The Town” from Buzzz [Ipecac Recordings]

The Daily Rind podcast: Week of December 1st