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V.25 No.42 | 10/20/2016

The Daily Word in nasty women, nightmare machines, and Leslie Jones

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Earlier today, Elizabeth Warren delivered a searing speech in support of Hillary Clinton on the campus of Saint Anselm College. “We nasty women are going to march our nasty feet to cast our nasty votes to get you out of our lives forever,” said Warren, citing the quickly reclaimed term Trump fired at Hillary on the debate stage last week. Remember, my fellow nasty women, early voting has already opened.

In late August, comedian, actor and Ghostbuster Leslie Jones was hacked by some racist losers on the internet. Nude photos that she had taken years prior were leaked to the public. Over the weekend, Jones appeared in an SNL skit where she proved that there's not much a hacker can do to shame a tell-all comedian. "If you want to see Leslie Jones naked, just ask," she said. "You can't embarrass me more than I've already embarrassed myself."

Certified musical geniuses and hip hop/soul genre-benders Anderson .Paak and Knxwledge released Yes Lawd! last Friday, their debut album as the group Nxworries. It is powerfully good. See the video for the single "Link Up" here.

Scientists at MIT are trying to teach a computer to terrify humans. It's doing a pretty good job. The only question that remains is: why?

In Japan, women are waging a legal battle for the right to keep their own surname after marriage.

V.25 No.33 | 08/18/2016

New Album from De la Soul Coming Next Week

Listen to single "Greyhounds" feat. Usher

Hip-hop veterans De la Soul have been pretty quiet since their 2004 album The Grind Date. That’s about to change: on August 26th, we get a new De la album called and the Anonymous Nobody….

But the collaborators on this album are anything but anonymous. Of the four singles from the new album that De la have released, three feature big name musicians: there’s Snoop Dogg adding a verse to “Pain,” Little Dragon on the ethereal, minimalist track “Drawn,” and now, Usher croons the chorus to “Greyhounds,” a wistful ballad about those who uproot themselves and search for a better life in a new area code.

Along with the new singles comes a tracklist for the upcoming album, which holds even more collaborations with heavy hitters. There’s a track with 2 Chainz, one with Damon Albarn, and even one with David Byrne. Let that sink in: De la Soul and David Byrne made a song together. It’s truly a magnificent time to be alive.

V.25 No.32 | 08/11/2016
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New Collaboration: Hamilton Leithauser and Rostam Batmanglij

Indie rock elder statesmen release "I Had a Dream That You Were Mine" next month

In case you hadn’t heard, two of your favorite indie music boys are teaming up for an album. Hamilton Leithauser of The Walkmen and Rostam Batmanglij of Vampire Weekend and Discovery (and also of everything else. Dude’s been productive.) have released two singles from an upcoming album titled I Had a Dream That You Were Mine.

“A 1000 Times” (video above) is upbeat: all twinkly pianos and major chord guitar plucking. Lyrically it’s a bit more somber, following Leithauser as he reminisces and regrets on a late-night walk: “Oh tender November/the year’s almost over/if I had your number/I’d call you tomorrow.” His crooning voice quickly shifts into his throat-scratching falsetto howl. When this guy switches octaves, he does it with a vengeance.

In a Black Out” sounds more like a Walkmen song: there’s distant-sounding guitar picking and little other accompaniment until some spare drums come in over halfway through. Here Leithauser’s voice stays restrained — he’s in Frank Sinatra mode.

The two tracks bode well for this album and this collaboration. Both artists have already said nice things about the record and about working with each other: on Twitter, Rostam said “If it sounds like we had fun making this record it’s cos we did.”

Just two days ago, Rostam premiered two new songs on KCRW radio, where he DJed a special set. The two songs are called “Gwan” and “Sick as a Dog” — the latter features Leithauser, though it’s unclear if this track will be on the new album. You can listen to that DJ set here via Stereogum.

Look for I Had a Dream That You Were Mine out 9/23.

V.19 No.29 | 7/22/2010
Not this kind of 8 track. And not Phil Collins.

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Access others’ music libraries with 8tracks

8tracks, an internet radio site wherein users upload songs from their libraries making playlists that contain at least eight tracks, isn’t new. It’s just that I rediscovered it this weekend, created an account and made some mixes. Here’s my latest: Songs I listen to at the office. This website is particularly excellent when bored of your own music library, and in the mood to expose yourself to something new.