Thursday, April 24, 2014

Some Music (Things) I Liked This Week


Iggy Azalea

Dope. Summer. Jam. "Fancy (feat. Charli XCX)" is off of Australian rapper Iggy Azalea's debut record, The New Classic. It's exactly what I'm looking for when it comes to hip hop: Minimal beat with a sick flow - you know, something the kids can bop to. I also conveniently watched Clueless for the first time earlier this year, so thankfully the music video wasn't lost on me.

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Total Drag

Sioux Falls is getting a new record and cassette store downtown this May. Total Drag will also double as an all-ages venue, which is an important part of their mission.
"Sioux Falls needs a place for music for people of all ages. There's all sorts of spots you have to be 21-plus to get into, and the kids need a place to see music." - Dan Nissen, Co-Owner (via Argus Leader)
I'll never complain about another business opening that caters to the music scene. I'm anxious to see what they bring to the market and to the ever-growing Downtown Sioux Falls culture - especially after they announced that The Courtneys will be playing at the store on June 13. If you want to check them out, their first event is on May 2.

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Sturgill Simpson

While I've always had a broad taste in music, admittedly I don't listen to a lot of modern country. In fact, my only country phase happened somewhere around first or second grade when I couldn't get enough of Garth Brooks. Somewhere in storage my mom has a child-sized cowboy hat, snakeskin boots and belt buckle to prove it.

But just when I think I'm not interested, artists like Ryan Bingham or Sturgill Simpson will come around and bring me back to country. "Turtles All The Way Down" is from Simpson's latest record, Metamodern Sounds In Country Music. This track in particular finds Simpson taking inspiration from Stephen Hawking, which I wouldn't consider common country rhetoric. What I love most about this tune is the classic country guitar groove that accompanies the existential lyrics.

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Boots

I clicked on this song, because I liked the album art. I kept listening, because it's in line with the rest of the electronic R&B that I can't seem to get enough of lately. BOOTS is the stage name of producer Jordy Asher. Most people would know Asher's work from Beyoncé's 2013 self-titled record. On "Dreams", BOOTS gets a little help from Beyoncé on what will be the final track of his latest mixtape, WinterSpringSummerFall. Enjoy.

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Bits & Pieces

STREAM // tUnE-yArDs: Nikki Nack (NPR) A surprise Friday debut for their new record.

WATCH // PHOX: Slow Motion (EW) Finally, an official music video.

STREAM // Phantogram: Eyelid Movies (Spotify) It's not their newest record, but hey, it's still good.

WATCH // Diane Coffee: All The Young Girls (NPR) Stop motion magic.

LISTEN // Torres: New Skin (SoundCloud) All-star lineup.

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