Today’s Sounds: Atoms for Peace

The Thom Yorke/Nigel Godrich/Flea/Joey Waronker project Atoms for Peace is greater than its parts, PLUS Yeah Yeah Yeahs return with “Sacrilege” and Sean Price advises whitey not to sing his chorus, but everyone’s invited to view his new video with Pharoahe Monch.

Today’s Sounds: Paul Giallorenzo’s Gitgo

In a year full of free blowing and intricately composed heads (that’s jazz talk, folks), 2012 produced one particularly fine out-jazz record: Emergent, by Paul Giallorenzo’s Gitgo. Also, hear the latest track by Thom Yorke and Nigel Godrich’s Atoms for Peace, and watch Mac DeMarco model 18th century duds.

Today’s Sounds: Lupe Fiasco

I dunno. Sequels often seem ill advised in hip hop, though it’s unfair to categorize them as uniformly so. Jay has done it well, Rae has done it well, and now ’Pe follows up his noisemaking 2006 debut LP, two records later. I didn’t actually think an artist of Lupe’s pedigree would get himself entangled in the hoopla sequels create.
In any media, explicit follow-ups are hit or miss largely because it’s difficult to recapture whatever it was that made the original great. Hip hop is further burdened by the conflict between moving forward and keeping it classic.

Today’s Sounds: Antibalas

Record: Antibalas, Antibalas (Daptone) Re-appearing from the fog with this fifth LP, after five years of absence from wax, Brooklyn’s global-est 12-piece finally comes home to a house they helped build but have never quite lived in until now. Forgive the esotericism, it’s just an exciting time for longtime supporters, and an extremely inviting place […]