It’s Thursday! That glorious day where we play all of our favorite songs, well-known or not, from the past and put them out for you. Here’s a fairly recent one from 2012: Wilkinson‘s remix of Jess Mills’ “Pixelated People.” 


New from Purity Ring! They’ve announced a North American tour, and released a new track today. Hear their cover of Soulja Boy here:

Tour dates:

3/8 Melbourne, Australia – Corner Hotel
3/10 Fortitude Valley, Australia – The Zoo
3/14 London, England – St John at Hackney Church
4/2 Ottawa, ON – Ritual Nightclub *
4/3 Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom*
4/4 Millvale, PA – Mr. Small’s Theatre*
4/5 Oberlin, OH – Oberlin, College*
4/6 St. Louis, MO – Plush*
4/7 Lawrence, KS – Granada Theatre*
4/8 Englewood, CO – Gothic Theatre*
4/10 Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge*
4/11 Las Vegas, NV – Beauty Bar*
4/14 Indio, CA – Coachella
4/15-16 San Francisco – The Independent*
4/17 San Francisco – Bottom of the Hill*
4/19 Indio, CA – Coachella4/21 Indio, CA – Coachella
4/23 Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom*
4/24 Seattle, WA – Neptune Theatre*
4/25 Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theatre*
4/27 Calgary, AB – Republik*
4/28 Edmonton, AB – The Starlite Ballroom*
4/30 Saskatoon, SK – Louis Pub*
5/1 Winnipeg, MB – WECC*
5/2 Minneapolis, MB – First Avenue*
5/3 Chicago, IL – Metro*
5/4 Pontiac, MI – Crofoot Ballroom*

*with Blue Hawaii


Quintessential counterculture rock group, Grateful Dead, will forever be remembered as one of America’s most progressive bands of all time. While the Beatles and the Beach Boys were notoriously popular during this era (the 1960s), Grateful Dead appealed to the iconoclasts with its eclectic combination of rock, folk, country, bluegrass, jazz, reggae, blues, and psychedelic rock.

Since my father is a Grateful Dead fanatic, I grew up listening to cassettes of Workingman’s Dead, American Beauty, and of course, Shakedown Street. “Fire On the Mountain” is probably one of my favorite tracks of all time, so enjoy.

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It’s that wonderful time again! Whether or not we get an apocalyptic-sized snowstorm tonight or tomorrow, you can bet we’ll have some hot posts for you. Time to break out the records ’cause it’s Throwback Thursday. We’d like to open with one of the greatest albums in R&B history. Marvin Gaye released his 11th album, believed by many to be his opus, in 1971–and it still remains one of the most influential releases to this date. For me, it has got to be THE quintessential social album–tackling many problems of the 1970’s black community. With many classics such as “Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)” and “Mercy, Mercy Me,” here’s the late Mr. Gaye’s “What’s Going On?” (Unfortunately, we can’t put the ENTIRE album up, but we’ll put a few songs here:)




Have you heard London rockers Vondelpark yet? If the answer to that question is no, then you need to listen up. Created in 2010, the trio has really been the first band to sign to R&S Records, a predominantly UK bass label. They have a great ability of taking samples of songs and re contextualizing them to fit in their songs that have a great R&B feel. For a complete interview with the Londoners, click here


It’s not often we hear beautiful lyrics in today’s music. It’s a shame really, as so much of what happens in life can only be captured in a lyrical form called poetry. We’re so glad one rapper gets the picture. Signed to Stones Throw Records, here’s rapper Homeboy Sandman from Elmhurst, Queens. Check out some of his earlier EPs and albums like Nourishment (Second Helpings) from 2007, The Good Sun (2010), and his most recent album First of a Living Breed, which dropped last year. We’ve posted a small collection of his work thus far–tell us what you think!