Nicki Minaj Anaconda

I know this is a little out of character for TNLF, but I just can’t resist talking about Nicki Minaj’s new video for Anaconda. Yes the video has more ass than you can shake a stick at… yes it has jungle references… a cooking segment… hell, it even has Drake getting cock-teased towards the end. It all adds up to another reason for my irrational white-boy crush for Nicki to continue.

Of course you and 200 million other people have already seen the Anaconda video on YouTube so I’m not here to tip off the new clip for you. I wanted to share with you Nicki’s debut as a dance instructor with the Alexander Wang models from NY Fashion Week. “We have an anaconda problem”

 

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Nicki Minaj – Anaconda


Willow Smith King Kruel Cover

We are big King Kruel fans here at The New LoFi. His baritone voice is largely what makes his music so unique … with that said, hearing this cover of “Easy, Easy” is in stark contrast to that.

You may know Willow Smith from her 2010 release “Whip My Hair” or because she is Will Smiths daughter. Either way, she’s been making music for a while now. Whip My Hair was released when she was 9 or 10 years old. A few years later, she is now a seasoned artist of 13 years old with more maturity to her craft.

The simple fact that she’s covering King Kruel shows that her taste is maturing. The vocals are a far departure from the original giving this track her own spin. All in all this is an interesting cover but I wish she pushed the backing tracks further. This is really close to the original version, almost making it a high quality, studio produced karaoke version of Easy, Easy.


Django Django The New Creatives

Adobe put out a video series called “The New Creatives” last year. I just came across this and love the visuals set to Default by Django Django.


Chillwave Wednesday XLVIII

Chillwave Wednesday: a semi-weekly shortlist of chill music around the internet.

Birdy – Skinny Love Sebastian Carter Remix

Royksopp & Robyn – Monument (Mark E Remix)

Freedom Fry – The Wilder Mile (Urban Contact Remix)

Cyril Hahn & Javeon – Breaking

Dawn Golden – Last Train (Daktyl Remix)

Gidge – Norrland

Cambio Sun – Weight Of The World

Tobtok ft. Emil Hero – Higher (Avenue Remix)

….and here’s the Oliver Nelson & Skogsra version of the track:

Tobtok ft. Emil Hero – (Oliver Nelson & Skogsrå Remix)


Montevideo Mondays (XXII)

Better late than never.

Diego Rebella seems to be sick of many things since a lot of time. He is sick with the noisey motorbike riders of his neighbourhood, with the sad people who doesn´t read the news and also with Montevideo as a city. It may be surprising, since Rebella´s previous efforts as a solo artist (which followed a single record with his noise-pop-mostly Radiohead influenced band called Sinatras) tend to be more personal and, in a way, quiet.

But those two previous records (Guadalupe 1994 in 2010 and La vida de los árboles in 2013) mainly based in guitar and voice songs now seem to be a previous -”necessary”, the artist will say- to reach some intensity levels that are evident in his new A L A S K A, his first album recording with a new producer at the helm, Ezequiel Rivero (if you want to know about local indie music producers you may start with his works with many local artists). In A L A S K A, Rebella keeps his singer-songwriter soul but the intensity of his new sound seems to match with the more pure anger and irony that feelings this record puts on display.

The music from Rebella, a songcrafter with a delicate voice with other strong obsessions such as John Cale, R.E.M., Wilco, Bill Callahan or local songwriting heroes Fernando Cabrera and Eduardo Darnauchans, seems to travel alongside the record from the style of those previous records to a slick blend of rock styles and other sounds that went into the mix to give the last songs of this new record a different essence. All that stuff sets the musical environment for reflections such as “Where is the lucidity / when you die working? / What do you want when you`re thirty? / the credits of the movie”.

In a way, listening to this new Diego Rebella album allows to identify a bunch of layers to observe from the more local, mature approach of the lyrics to some sound experiments that worked well. It´s easier to say now that Rebella is reaching a level that allows to place him in a place of relevance among the acts that are the most successfully trying to push the boundaries of our prolific, bandcamp-based musical scene in pursuit of broader audiences.

You can hear A L A S K A here.


Gaslight Anthem Live

New Jersey state locals are saying it was their greatest home-state show so far. That said, I missed it. Huge bummer. Luckily I have my Austin City Limits ticket to see them on Oct 12. Stoked.

If you can’t make any of the dates on the “Get Hurt Tour” check out tomorrow’s live stream at The House of Blues in Boston. Yahoo and Live Nation are streaming the entire thing at 9:30 pm EDT. Sidenote, these live streams are really rad. I’ve been watching them from my AppleTV. Just go to the “Yahoo Screen” app and find “Live Nation” under “Channels”.

Add a reminder to your calendar for tomorrows show here. Check out other upcoming Yahoo Live shows here.

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Lowell – “The Bells” Video

Very excited to share this video from fellow Calgarian Lowell for her smash hit “The Bells”. Based out of the Canadian music mecca of Toronto, Lowell has polished her first LP “We Loved Her Dearly” due out in three days via Arts and Crafts records. You can snag a pre-order here.

It’s quite an infectious gem, and with early comparisons to genre heavyweights like Lykke Li, it’s easy to see why everyone is singing her praises this early into her career.

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Lowell – The Bells


Simian Mobile Disco New Album: Whorl

The new Simian Mobile Disco album Whorl is out now! Sweet!

Listen to the first single “Tangents” below, or go nuts and stream the entire album on YouTube (above).

Buy on iTunes here: http://bit.ly/iTunesWHORL
Buy the vinyl and t-shirt bundles here: http://bit.ly/WHORLvinyl

Simian Mobile Disco – Tangents