Vanilla Ice Coming to a Bar Near You!

Vanilla Ice has been following the release of his latest album Vanilla Ice is Back! Hip Hop Classics with three months of meet and greets and tour dates, which he kicked off with a performance on FOX News on November 8th on Talkshow with Spike Feresten. Last week Ice stopped by New York City’s Turtle Bay to pour shots and sign autographs, where he also surprised with a life sized Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle sidekick. And of course The ‘Rind was there.

Ice will continue to pour shots and shake hands from coast to coast through February. See him in a town near you! And tell him you liked his cover of “Baby Got Back.” Tracklist and dates after the jump.


Deconstructed Music Boxes From Norway

Conjuring up ethereal rhythmic landscapes that would make any quirky indietronica fan gush, Dokkemand isn’t afraid to use a bit of tension in his reveries. His debut album, Hons!, snags its name from a fifties-era plastic ring game, fittingly bringing to mind a colorful toddler’s mobile that he gazes up at with wonder. Sounding kind of like a conversation between space-robots and crickets, the Norwegian native spares nothing in his tapestry of arcade-inspired melodies. The lighthearted songs sparkle and pop and refuse to approach life with any semblance of restraint.

Dokkemand, a.k.a. Marius Egenes, releases Hons! on December 2nd, on the aptly named Other Electricities label.  The album features contributions from some amazing artists, including Kate Havnevik (courtesy of Universal Records) and Cranes vocalist Alison Shaw. If Passion Pit, Bjork, and glitchy fax machines are your thing, then we’ve found your newest dig.

New-ish Releases: Vanilla Ice, Au Revoir Simone, Jedi Mind Tricks, Gramercy Arms, Guilt By Association 2

November 4th :

Vanilla Ice – Vanilla Ice is Back! Hip Hop Classics (X-Ray Records)

Vanilla Ice is back! It’s been nearly 20 years since his 1990 hit single “Ice Ice Baby” took him seven times platinum and made him the second white rapper to top the charts. Now Ice is taking us back, with a new album called Vanilla Ice is Back! Hip Hop Classics containing 4 new versions of the song that made the world sing as well as 10 covers of classic 90’s hits from House of Pain’s “Jump Around” to Public Enemy’s “Fight the Power”.

MP3 : Vanilla Ice – Vanilla Ice is Back! album sampler

November 11th :

Au Revoir Simone – Reverse Migration (Our Secret Record Company)

Au Revoir Simone have received praise from Pitchfork, The London Times, MTV News, NME, and director David Lynch, who named them his favorite new group in 2007. Reverse Migration is a digital only release from this Brooklyn-based, all female trio, and finds a handful of indie superstars reimagining and reinterpreting their favorite tunes from the group’s 2007 release, The Bird of Music . Remixers include Hot Chip’s Alexis Taylor, The Teenagers, Best Fwends, Air France, and Air side project Darkel. iTunes and Amazon versions include an exclusive bonus track.

MP3 : Au Revoir Simone – Sad Song (Pacific Remix)

Jedi Mind Tricks – A History of Violence (Babygrande)

A History of Violence is the sixth studio album from this Philadelphia hip-hop group, and the first album to feature lead MC Vinnie Paz’s “partner in rhyme,” Jus Allah since his 2000 departure. The group’s previous album Servants In Heaven, Kings In Hell [2007] reached #1 on Billboard’s “Heatseekers” and #10 on the “Top Independent Albums.” called it “nearly flawless.”

MP3 : Jedi Mind Tricks – Monolith

November 18th :

Gramercy Arms – s/t (Cheap Lullaby)

Debut album from New York City group featuring members of Guided By Voices, Luna, Joan as Police Woman, and The Dambuilders. Guests include comic Sarah Silverman, Lloyd Cole, Chris Brokaw, and members of Nada Surf and The Pernice Brothers. The Guardian UK says of the album, “Imagine the Byrds paying tribute to the Velvet Underground.”

MP3 : Gramercy Arms – Looking at the Sun

Guilt By Association 2 (Engine Room Records)

Guilt by Association 2 is the second volume in series that features indie stars covering their favorite mainstream pop hits. This latest features Robbers On High Street doing New Edition, Matt Pond PA covering My Chemical Romance, Takka Takka tackling Phil Collins, Cassettes Won’t Listen covering INXS, and more. Digital versions at iTunes, eMusic, and Amazon include an exclusive bonus track by New York band The Bloodsugars. Harp Magazine wrote that the first volume is “more elegy than irony and offers a primer on how to cover songs successfully.

Stream Guilt by Association 2 at Stereogum.

Guilty Pleasures, Here We Come!

Various Artists
Guilt By Association Vol. 2 / Engine Room Recordings / BUY

While we here at the Rind feel pretty firmly that one need not feel guilty for liking cheesy pop songs (seriously, you should see some of our playlists), the idea behind this second volume of covers from Engine Room is a great one – indie artists cover their favorite songs that others might deem “un-indie” and therefore “uncool.”

We’re going to ignore the subjectivity of all that and get to the songs. Move over Marilyn Manson, because Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond) delivers a totally creepy version of the Soft Cell classic “Tainted Love,” making it sound more like a spy theme than a new wave song. Check it out here. Speaking of new wave, Rafter’s take on the OMD hit “If You Leave” is sparse in a good way, while Cassettes Won’t Listen offers an electro-poptastic version of INXS’ “Need You Tonight.” (more…)