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Editor’s Pick #301: “Doe Deer” by Crystal Castles by tjwell01
April 15, 2010, 7:27 pm
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They're back, and the new sound is electric.

PREVIEW: Crystal Castles’ MySpace

LISTEN: “Doe Deer” by Crystal Castles

It’s only a short, radio-version of the song from BBC Radio 1, but if “Doe Deer” is a reliable indicator of the new Crystal Castles album coming out in June, then we’re in for something awesome and special. It’s a lot more fast-paced and bouncier than we’re normally accustomed to, and I love that! I wish the track was longer, but this is all we get for now. It leaves me craving for so much more. There were questions if this band was going to break up a while back, but after seeing them perform at All Points West last summer, there was no doubting the passion from this band. You could smell the sweat trickling from Alice Glass’ nose, and you could feel the tremors from the bass. You don’t perform like that and half-ass it, and now with this released track and fresh new tour, Crystal Castles is back for real this time. I for one am stoked. What say you?!

–Jett Wells

Editor’s Pick #298: “Shutterbug” by Big Boi by tjwell01
April 8, 2010, 12:28 pm
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Big Boi's "Shutterbug" brings the beat back from the Outkast days.

PREVIEW: Big Boi’s MySpace

LISTEN: “Shutterbug” by Big Boi

Usually I completely ignore Pitchfork’s hot new tracks, because usually they’re really obscure, pseudo-trendy crap. That said, you can find a gem anywhere, and Big Boi’s “Shutterbug” has a great beat. Outkast was a great hip-hop tandem that added quirkiness to hip-hop, and Big Boi was the brass to Ande 3000‘s quirk. I love this track because the rhymes are grizzly, but it’s also got some nice auto-tune harmonies. I forgot about Big Boi for a while, but I’ll take notice the next time around.

–Jett Wells

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Editor’s Pick #297: “Fireworks” Music Video by tjwell01
April 2, 2010, 3:22 pm
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PREVIEW: The Hoof & The Heel’s MySpace

I really love this song, and it’s the sole reason I took notice of The Hoof & The Heel. But the video? Hmmm, looks pretty, but not sure what the hell is going on. If nothing else, it’s evidence the band is progressing and maybe more people will take notice. The unsigned Montreal indie group is a hot commodity, and offers some great folk/pop range. Something tells me, however, that this band might just be another talented act that’ll never get the proper recognition.

–Jett Wells

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Editor’s Pick #295: Sleigh Bells at SXSW Revisited by tjwell01
March 26, 2010, 10:46 am
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Alexis Krauss of Sleigh Bells rocking out at SXSW in Austin, TX, shot by SPIN.

PREVIEW THE BAND: Sleigh Bells’ MySpace

PREVIEW THE EVENT: Sleigh Bells @ Spark Art Place (4/8/10)

LISTEN: “Crown on the Ground” by Sleigh Bells Live at SXSW Festival (Recorded by NPR)

Just in case you missed it last week, Sleigh Bells tore it up at South by Southwest Festival in Austin, TX, and the critics raved loud. NPR recorded the whole set, but I edited it down to their final song “Crown on the Ground,” which sounds so much better live than on their MySpace with the fuzzy bass. It’s fitting because Sleigh Bells’ long-awaited performance at Syracuse’s Spark Art Place is less than two weeks away! Until I heard NPR’s podcast, I had no idea what their live concert sounded like, and I’m now ecstatic more than ever. I can’t wait.

–Jett Wells

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Editor’s Pick #294: New Charles Hamilton by tjwell01
March 23, 2010, 5:59 pm
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Charles Hamilton slips back into the picture with hot new track, "Deuces."

PREVIEW: Charles Hamilton’s MySpace

DOWNLOAD: Free Download of  Binge Vol. 3

LISTEN: “Deuces” by Charles Hamilton

Charles Hamilton is a workaholic hip-hop phenom that never quite breaks into a groove, but he loves making mixtapes. His latest featuring “Deuces” is a keeper. I first took notice of this MC when he first released “Brooklyn Girls” a year ago. Since then, I just waited for Hamilton to take the throne that was rightfully his. He’s a talented geek who loves rapping about video games and girls in New York, and I relate to him because he doesn’t pretend to be anyone else other than himself–and that’s pretty hard to accomplish in hip-hop when there’s pressure to come like a gangster all the time. I love the beat of “Deuces,” and it just makes me wonder when he will, if ever, release an album. When, Hamilton, WHEN???!

–Jett Wells

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Editor’s Pick #293: Myles P Mixtape by tjwell01
March 22, 2010, 11:08 am
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Binghamton's Myles P is emerging fast with his latest mixtape release

PREVIEW: Myles P’s MySpace


LISTEN: “Hip-Hop’s Last Hope” by Myles P (Produced by Nick Cicero)

SU grad and professional music producer Nick Cicero has worked with big names labels and artists like Drake, so  Myles P must have been licking his chops once Cicero agreed to work with him on his latest free for download mixtape. Myles P is a Binghamton, NY native and brings some unforeseen attitude and grit to an largely undefined music scene. He sounds more refined than SU’s very own Delirium, but that same kind of nerd-rap style people love about Kanye West and Kid Cudi.

–Jett Wells

Editor’s Pick #287: Mark Hoppus Uncut by 20watts

I'm still in love with Blink-182

PREVIEW: WATCH Mark Hoppus’ Uncut video on YouTube

Ok, maybe it’s just me, but I’ve been obsessed with Blink-182 lately. Mark, Tom, and Travis; they’re great! Who doesn’t love a little “All The Small Things,” “Stay Together For the Kids,” or “Down?” They were the first band I really feel in love with, so maybe my obsession has to deal with nostalgia, but I don’t care. I’m psyched that they’re back. Gillette actually put together this video of behind the scenes footage of Mark Hoppus. Watch as he prepares for Blink’s show last summer at Madison Square Garden. He rides his bike around the Garden, warms up his voice, and talks about life on tour. Hopefully this will help you get your Blink fix for the day.

-Eric Hoffman, Managing Editor

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