Bounce Around With Some Bhangra

I have to admit – as much as I try to be as worldly of a person as I can, there is just too much to learn and too much to know on a daily basis. Luckily for me, I’ve been able to amp up my exposure and learning experience through my passions – food being one, but more importantly, music! Whether it’s heavy industrial techno straight out of a Berlin club, rhythms and chants around a Brazilian berimbao, or French electro-pop á la Sébastien Tellier, I can definitely say that I have pretty eclectic international taste in tunes.

I probably wouldn’t have even known that there was a name for Indian-sounding music that is a little traditional, a little hip-hop, and a lotta dance, but luckily my best friend Ethan got me in to something known as Bhangra. In our generation, Bhangra has gotten some commercial exposure through mainstream hip-hop artists like Jay-Z with Punjabi MC in “Beware of the Boys,” but once a hip-hop fan hears that kind of beat, they’re hooked. It’s a completely different feel, and whether you know how to dance Bhangra style or not, you’ll want to attempt it once you hear this. (more…)

Mr. Lif issues Presidential Report

Hip-hop visionary, Mr. Lif issued a “Presidential Report” today ahead of a newly announced unprecendented “album” which will be released piece by piece leading up to election day. According to a press release, Mr. Lif will write and release 1-2 songs every three weeks until Election Day on November 4th, following which Mr. Lif will release one more single based on his post electoral thoughts.  This single will preface the release of the I Heard It Today full length on Inauguration Day (January 20, 2009), out through Lif’s own label Bloodbot Tactical Enterprises.  The album will feature additional unreleased tracks and corresponding artwork.

In addition, Mr. Lif will be issuing regular “Presidential Reports” commenting on recent events in national and world politics. “The Presidential Report, Vol. 1” tackles tension between Obama and McCain and the recently erupted conflict between Russia and Georgia, and can currently be heard on Mr. Lif’s MySpace page. Stay tuned as more “Presidential Reports” are sure to follow, connecting the dots between each new installment of I Heard it Today.

MP3: Mr. Lif – Presidential Report, Vol. 1

Call Shall Perish: Oakland Deathcore Demigods Launch Phone Line

In preparation for the release of their ferocious third full-length, Awaken The Dreamers, Oakland metalmeisters All Shall Perish have launched an interactive mobile fan club to support the legion of Dreamers eagerly awaiting the album’s release. By joining, fans get special content only available to members. What sort of stuff, you ask? Tons. An Awaken The Dreamers cellphone wallpaper, ringtones from the album, and text updates sent directly from the band about all things ASP. All fans need to do to join is text asp to 66937. Standard carrier text messaging rates apply, but that’s it. No extra cost!

In other ASP news, the band recently announced a slew of winter dates in support of the mighty Job For A Cowboy. Hate Eternal, Animosity, and Annotations of an Autopsy will tag along for the ride, as the tour kicks off on November 13th in Pomona, California, and winds back down over a month later on December 16th in Tuscon. Dates after the jump. And be warned: the All Shall Perish headlining tour looms not far off in the distance. Prepare!

MP3: All Shall Perish – Awaken The Dreamers


You & Me & Everyone We Know Should Own This Album

The Walkmen
You & Me / Gigantic Music / BUY

New York City darlings The Walkmen are back with one of their most ambitious releases yet, and we here at Rind HQ have already added You & Me to our “Best of 2008” list. Seems we’re not the only ones, with Pitchfork having just bestowed upon the album its coveted Best New Music tag.

You & Me doesn’t so much break new ground for the quintet as it fully realizes the ideas that they’ve been exploring on their previous three albums to date. It feels laid back upon first listen (and when you have a maniacal beauty like “The Rat” in your catalog, what doesn’t?), but You & Me still possesses that vein-popping intensity we’ve come to know and love from Leithauser and co. The tracklist loosely tells a story of beaches and Canada, as diametrically opposed as those two concepts might seem, but something about this album evokes both the south and the past, causing you to imagine yourself generations ago on the bayou, reading Faulkner at sunset.

“Canadian Girl” and “The Blue Route” are easily some of the best songs the band has written, with “In The New Year” as another standout that thematically could have easily fit with the Christmas/winter world of Bows + Arrows. And while not a single track on You & Me disappoints, we’re of the mind that like a good book, it should be enjoyed whole.

MP3: The Walkmen – In The New Year

Tracklist and tour dates after the jump. (more…)

Sam Champion Goes Video Gung-Ho

The Brooklyn boys in Sam Champion are getting ready for the September 2nd release of their sophomore full-length, Heavenly Bender, but they’re taking a less traditional route for promotion – they’ve created a batch of hilarious videos, starting with one that’s a great way to mess with your friends. Head on over to Music For Robots to see the first of the four, and keep an eye out for the other three set to be unveiled t throughout August and September. Teaser grabs from the full series are here in case you just can’t wait (and we won’t blame you; Sam Champion are quite the jokesters). Can’t wait for the music either? Check out the video for “You Can’t Stop ,” which was premiered on Stereogum last month . The buzz generating around the foursome is already cause for excitement. Witness: Stereogum refers to them as “an absolute force of nature,” and our old pal Aziz Ansari of Human Giant says “it’s already becoming really cool to hate this album.” Call us squares then, because we’re ready to love it! Just be careful whose hands you look in to…

MP3: Sam Champion – “Be Mine Everyone”