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Download Konono No. 1’s New 12-Minute Track “Wumbanzanga”

April 1st, 2010
Photo: Pieter Hugo Konono No. 1, the Congolese trance band who shook the music world (and opened for Björk) with their home-tweaked junkyard electronics and delirious grooves, are returning on June 8th with their long-awaited second album Assume Crash Position. We have the first taste, the 12-minute opening track, “Wumbanzanga,” whose distorted likembes pick up where 2005’s buzzy, fuzzy Congotronics 1 left off, but adds new swirls of color, joy and hypnotic euphoria. Hear them ...

Is Bob Dylan Hip-Hop’s Godfather? His Ties to Beasties, Roots, More

March 30th, 2010
Photo: Michael Ochs Archive/GettyRecently, a YouTube made the rounds of Bob Dylan raspily rapping his way through a solid chunk of LL Cool J’s classic “Mama Said Knock You Out.” The Internet had good time with “LOL” and “WTF” responses, but Dylan’s symbiotic relationship with hip-hop actually runs fairly deep. Hip-hop and Dylan were both gestated in New York, distrust the government, aren’t fond of using their birth names, and have a pretty evocative way ...

Animal Collective’s Offbeat Art Project Comes to the Guggenheim

March 5th, 2010
Photo by Roger Kisby © Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, NY Boundary-pushing avant-indie crew Animal Collective and video artist Danny Perez took over the iconic rotunda of New York’s Guggenheim Museum last night, bringing their signature weirdness to a capacity audience of 1,500 people. Billed as an “immersive environment for visitors to come and go through,” the unique performance titled Transverse Temporal Gyrus was part rock concert, part art installation, part hang-out session, and part Night at ...

Evanescence Go Electro As Lee Has “Fun With Music” on Next LP

March 2nd, 2010
Photo: Lovekin/Getty On Monday, February 22nd, Evanescence started recording their upcoming third album in New York with famed producer Steve Lillywhite. Singer Amy Lee tells Rolling Stone the new disc is going to be a mix of “sarcastic aggression” that will show a new side of the band — a distinct electro influence. “A lot of bands I’ve always been inspired by are just coming into play a little more,” says Lee, citing the future-shock ...

Behind Animal Collective’s Film “Oddsac”: Fire, Cults and Glitter

March 1st, 2010
After four years of furious editing, a polarizing screening at Sundance and loads of body glitter, Animal Collective’s long-awaited “visual album” Oddsac is set to have its New York premiere at a handful of sold-out screenings starting tomorrow. The film, a collaboration between the celebrated avant-indie band and Philadelphia film director Danny Perez, has been shrouded in mystery since its announcement last year. Little footage has leaked, save a 30-second teaser, and initial reviews at ...

Breaking: The Big Pink

December 9th, 2009
Who: A fuzzy, scuzzy electro-indie duo made up of Londoners Milo Cordell and Robbie Furze. Their enormous sound is currently sweeping the indie underground, but you may know them from the countless reviews that joke about how they don’t exactly sound like Music From Big Pink creators the Band — a journalistic trend than rankles the two Brits. “What we set out to be is pretty much a Band cover band,” jokes Furze. “When you ...

Lil Wayne Revealed: 7 Weezyisms Confirmed by “The Carter” Film

November 13th, 2009
Photo: Venema/WireImage After storming Sundance and escaping some legal entanglements, The Carter, the documentary about rapper and Rolling Stone cover star Lil Wayne is finally set to hit theaters. Executive produced by Quincy Jones III, the film takes an intimate look at Wayne’s World circa 2008, the year when the 25-year-old MC turned from a prolific wordsmith to platinum-selling rock star — a star who is likely heading to prison on gun charges in the near ...

Jay-Z Reveals “DJ Hero” Habits, Onstage Tips Learned From Bono

October 27th, 2009
Photo: Kambouris/Getty “My nephews ain’t beat me their whole entire life — until now,” said Jay-Z, clad in his trademark Yankee cap and shades yesterday, demonstrating for a small press roundtable that he could be just as competitive with gaming as he is with MCing. “I would never let them win because that meant they controlled the household, so I would just beat them mercilessly. Suck it up, kid!” The rapper and longtime gamer is throwing ...

Them Crooked Vultures Blast Through Jams at New York Debut

October 16th, 2009
Photo: Ken Grand-Pierre“It’s a lot of new music,” said Them Crooked Vultures frontman Josh Homme onstage at the Roseland Ballroom for the New York debut of his supergroup with Dave Grohl and John Paul Jones last night. “It’s not often you get to hear a bunch of music that you have no idea what’s gonna happen.” Supergroups supergallery: Cream, Audioslave and more. Debuting in public seems like a coup in the age of instant leaks and message ...

The Jams That Time Forgot: Def Jam’s Eight Most Slept-On Records

October 14th, 2009
Last night, VH1’s Hip Hop Honors paid tribute to Def Jam Records, the molten core of hip-hop labels, the 25-year-strong business monolith, and the launch pad for everyone from LL Cool J to Kanye (read our report from the scene here). But what about all those great records that weren’t hits, but merely gleams in Russell Simmons’ eyes? For the bazillions of records that Def Jam sold, there’s still tons of slept-on classics that never ...