Do you ever wonder what it is about New York City that makes it seem like the most explosive place in the universe, or is that just me? In any case, it feels like this seemingly-endless quest for answers might just finally meet an answer in Manhattan-based band Skaters' new album, which drops today (!). The (rather aptly titled) record, Manhattan, features both deliciously noisy pop-punk and samples starring a slew of New Yorkers you might encounter in day – depending on the neighborhood, that is. Take a listen right now on Spin or buy the album on iTunes. Either way, expect it to enlighten you on all of NYC’s most important things, from crass cliques to city love to – lest we forget what is most important – pizza. – VU
St. Vincent (aka Annie Clark) is back and better than ever. Give “Birth in Reverse” a listen right now and take in her amazing hair/incredible vocals/overall queenliness. The leaked version of St. Vincent is floating around on the internet as of today, but will be officially available in the US on February 25th. - JL
Watch Mac DeMarco roam around Portugal and play his latest crooning love song, “Let My Baby Stay,” on a treadmill, in a parking lot, at a concert, and more. His next LP, Salad Days, comes out April 1st and you can catch him playing at the Middle East in Boston on April 7th (where you’ll probably also run into some other ZLY djs…)
Long before he was Yeezus, Kanye West was a college dropout and a producer-turned-rapper getting ready to drop his debut album. Long before the razor-sharp, grindingly raw sounds of summer 2013’s Yeezus was the sample-heavy, instant classic that turns ten years old today. The Kanye West that created The College Dropout seems vastly different from the Kanye West that created Yeezus, and both are different from the rapper that gave us My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, and so on. But that is precisely what makes West such a force to be reckoned with in today’s musical climate: he has an artistic vision, the talent to bring it alive, and the audacity to continue to push the envelope in terms of his sound and image.
A decade ago today, Kanye’s debut (and top-grossing) album The College Dropout gave us a small sample of what he had in store. The artist took to Twitter today to thank his fans and reflect on the last ten years:
“I am honored and humbled by my fans, for the unwavering support and love over the past ten years. Ten years later I am still the same kid from Chicago, still dreaming out loud, still banging on the door. The doors may be heavier, but I promise you WE WILL BREAK THEM.” -@kanyewest
Celebrate the tenth birthday of The College Dropout by bumpin’ your fave tracks from the debut, and also keep an eye out for the next Kanye album, rumored to be produced by Q-Tip and Rick Rubin. - JL
I’m not gonna lie, I kind of did expect Phantogram’s newest song Bill Murray to be completely about the beloved comedian and actor, Bill Murray. It’s not, but that shouldn’t keep you from listening to it anyway. Band member Josh Carter writes, “We named it Bill Murray because we always pictured a sad Bill Murray for the visuals of that song, we want him to be in the music video.” The gentle synth and breezy vocals really do invoke melancholy feelings that fit perfectly with the crisp, cold weather (and imagery of sad Bill Murray). Phantogram drops their album Voices on February 18th, possibly great for your post-Valentine’s Day heartache emotions. -ec
Though the contract is still being negotiated and the fight isn’t 100% official at the moment, it was announced today that rapper DMX would be fighting George Zimmerman in a celebrity boxing match.
According to Pitchfork, there were more than 15,000 applicants, including the rapper Game. Both Game and DMX had similar reasons to fight — Game was quoted as saying, “I would not be boxing for me… I’d be boxing for the legacy of Trayvon Martin and his family,” and DMX said that he would be fighting on behalf of “every black person who has been done wrong in the system,” Pitchfork also reported.
On Jan. 30, TMZ reported that celebrity boxing promoter Damon Feldman had challenged Zimmerman to fight in a celebrity boxing match, against an opponent who at the time had not been chosen. According to TMZ, Zimmerman said that he’d fight anyone — “even black people.” Now that DMX has been chosen among 15,000 applicants, make sure to keep your eyes peeled for the fight, which is slated to occur on March 1.
For more info, check out this Pitchfork article
WZLY will have their Spring General Meeting next Sunday for all returning, interning, and interested DJ’s!!
**mandatory but not in the scary way. in the fun way. mandatory fun.**
The brilliant, lovely Archy Marshall – or King Krule, for right now – playing Brighton Music Hall back in November. -VU
Drowners (who named themselves after a Suede song, by the way), an NYC-based britpop-revival band that fuses Blur's infectious melodies with The Smiths' moodiness, released their eponymous album under Frenchkiss records earlier this week.
The record is filled with catchy, lighthearted lyrics that capture emotions ranging from heartache to jealousy to - well, more heartache. Besides being a perfect soundtrack to rrrromance, it’s also sure to conjure up images of yourself walking down Brighton Pier with Morrissey ca. 1986 (always a good thing, right?).
Check out video for one of their earliest songs, Long Hair, above (dir. Alan Del Rio Ortiz) - it might be a little older, but the Twin Peaks reference and shots of lead singer Matthew Hitt singing along against the backdrop of a tropical-themed sheet ensure it’s still golden. (Also, keep your eyes peeled for cameos by Dev Hynes/Blood Orange and Spector's Fred Macpherson!) - VU