DOWNLOAD: Hoodie Allen “Crew Cuts”
DOWNLOAD HOODIE ALLEN “CREW CUTS” (via hoodieallen.com)
DOWNLOAD HOODIE ALLEN “CREW CUTS” (via hoodieallen.com)
So last week Hoodie Allen dropped the first track, “Cake Boy“ from his next mixtape Crew Cuts and it got kind of a mixed response cause it wasn’t like your traditional Hoodie cut with the switched up happy go lucky samples and fun sing along choruses. But it was showcasing Hoodie as a guy who can do more than rhyme witty wordplay over happy go lucky samples and sing along choruses. For those that were worried, thou shalt not fear cause HA has delivered. “Fame Is For Assholes” is back to familiar ground dropping names and wit waiting for all of us to figure it out and pick it up, with a feature from Chiddy Bang.
Your boy Hoodie Allen is making major moves with this professional looking video and production from !llmind for the latest track “Cake Boy”. HA is giving away the single as a thank you to the Hoodie Mob for getting the debut album All American to the top of the iTunes charts last year. Along with Macklemore, Hoodie is representing for the independents and its never sounded better.
Your boy, Hoodie Allen is a giver. Coming off the hot success of his first full length LP All American and just before his next tour, Hoodie drops “Feel The Love” for the Hoodie Mob.
So back in the day I used to do a monthly round up of what was posted up to catch you guys up, then that moved to a bi-monthly thing because I kept forgetting and now we’ve achieved a world record (olympic fever y’all) and we’re going for the big three month round up, it just got real.
Here are the highlights of the last three months…
Check out the ITYLTS Best of 2012…so far - 30 of the best of 2012
Frank Ocean surprised the internet by releasing his hotly anticipated debut album Channel Orange a week before originally scheduled, before all this “Pyramids” gave us a taster of what we were to expect from the album.
Hit-Boy stepped from behind the boards in the studio to say hey I can rap, here’s “Old School Caddy” with Kid Cudi.
Moby re-recorded “Extreme Ways” for the new Bourne film.
The Olympics are upon us and Underworld were in charge of the music for the opening ceremony, check out “Caliban’s Dream” featuring Alex Trimble from Two Door Cinema Club- who also have new track out “Sleep Alone“
Fiona Apple came out of a hiatus to deliver her first album in 7 years, The Idler Wheel… and did not disappoint- check out “Every Single Night“
Yeasayer teased their new album with “Henrietta” and “Longevity“
The Griswolds followed up “Mississippi” with the amazing “Heart of a Lion” while chatting with me about even more important global issues.
The Helio Sequence broke their silence with “October” from their forthcoming album.
The xx leaked the first track “Angels” from Coexist, the follow up to their massive debut.
The Antlers released a game changing EP Undersea, “Drift Drive”
Hoodie Allen kept on giving with “Hey Now” that didn’t quite make it to All American
Freelance Whales has a new album coming out, here’s “Locked Out“
Slow Club had a video starring Daniel Radcliffe for “Beginners“
disCOVER: Here are some flipped covers of Lana Del Rey, Robyn, Twin Peaks by She’s So Rad, Foster The People by Usher, Coldplay, Spoon, Frankie goes to Hollywood by Fossil Collective, Body Language by Emil & Friends, Gotye by fun. and Active Child by Ellie Goulding.
Enjoy party people.
Sometimes I’m wary of tracks released a little later because they didn’t make it onto the album. I start to ask questions like why didn’t it get on it, what’s wrong with it…why don’t you love it like the other tracks, what did it do? Then I realise those questions are stupid and silly.
Here’s a new track from Hoodie Allen, “Hey Now” that didn’t make it onto his first full-length album All American but still goes hard and shows how far Hoodie has come since the early days. Be sure to catch Hoodie on his upcoming tour in September, y’all. Dates is here.
Waking up to a new Hoodie Allen album is a great thing to wake up to and Hoodie’s debut EP on iTunes All American is awesome. Its his first album where he hasn’t relied on samples and instead showcases the production talents in the Hoodie Allen camp. If you haven’t grabbed a copy yet go do it, it’s only $4.99 in US and £3.49 in UK so there really is no excuse and Hoodie has been awfully good to us before with the free music. To give you a little taste check out the video above for “No Faith In Brooklyn” featuring Jhameel.
Because I’m good to you, you can stream All American right here. Please support Hoodie and go and buy it too.
Hoodie is getting us all excited for his debut commercial release All American on April 10th. Here’s the video for brand new track “No Interruptions” that should wet everyone’s appetite for the up coming release. And then there’s the 22 date All American tour, big things are happening in the Hoodie camp, get involved and grab “No Interruptions” over in iTunes now.
Happy Leap Day everyone, I hope Leap Day Williams gave you candy for those tears! As celebration, lets show some love to Hoodie Allen and his Leap Year mixtape. Always in steady rotation in my iTunes, this mixtape is fun from beginning to end and I am super excited for what Hoodie has in store for us in the coming months including teasers of a tour and a proper fully fledged album up available on iTunes. Big things happening.
It might be the end of world…So let’s go out with bang by listening to some good music.
There are a gazillion What’s going to be big in 2012 blah blah blah out there already. Like Pigeons and Planes approach, I’m going for who I think deserve to go big in 2012. These are artists who are just bubbling under the surface, who have put the work in and are just one step away from big things…and that step is coming in 2012, I can feel it.
One of the hardest working men in hip hop, E-dubs has put in work, and then some more work…and then a little bit more. Back in 2010 he released a freestyle every Friday for about a year and in 2011 it was released as an official mixtape Written Thursday. Since then E-Dubble hasn’t been resting on his laurels, he’s released hot track after track, playing shows, taking names and breaking hearts. (He talks a pretty mean words with friends game too…) Doing it through his own label Black Paisley, E-Dubble is going from strength to strength and its only a matter of time before he blows up BIG.
I really hope SEASFIRE do me proud this year. Mary Ann Hobbe’s loves them, John Kennedy loves them and you’ll love them. Probably best described as The Weeknd cross with Radiohead there’s no wonder that these Bristol boys are making people incredibly excited.
Adam Barnes put in some major work in 2011 with touring all over the place and making fans. In 2012 this has paid off as he has just been signed to LAB Records, home of Hellogoodbye. Fans of Ben Howard, Benjamin Francis Leftwich, James Vincent McMorrow, Marcus Foster and James Vincent McMorrow should listen to Barnes immediately, a great songwriter mixed with some great music makes Barnes one to watch for 2012.
St. Lucia has had a pretty good start by being signed to The Knock’s Heavy Roc label, home to them and Alex Winston. Grabbing people’s attention with the fantastic This Old House Is Gone and All Eyes On You, St. Lucia has cemented themselves firmly in the chillwave genre and are set to go much further in 2012.
And The Giraffe
Nick Robert’s solo project Summertime Kids is beautiful, his collaboration with Josh Morris on And The Giraffe could be even more beautiful, if possible. Described as “Dream Folk”, the duo made the album over dropbox and a couple of hundred miles between them. Perfect for late nights and those wonderful moments in life, And The Giraffe are on the verge of something massive.
Hoodie Allen is a self made success story. Since 2009, HA has turned free mixtapes into sold out shows and 2012 is the year for this kid. His most recent mixtape “Leap Year” was a fun and professional ride and its looking like spring could see a proper full length release along with some overseas shows. Hoodie Allen is on the up and up, get involved.
Cris Cab has been putting in work at the studio with Pharrell Williams and Wyclef Jean and turning heads all over the place. With his laidback hiphop-acoustic sounds, Cris Cab is perfect for the summer of 2012, so get ahead of the crowd and start listening now.
Husband was one of the biggest things (for me) I found in 2011 as soon as I heard “Ordinary” I knew it was something special. From Australia and previous bands Luna Parade and Carl Fox, Michael Paolino’s project Husband is mesmerising. Sounding not unlike The National, this EP is definitely worth listening to. And I can’t wait for Husband in 2012.
Work Drugs made a beautiful album with Aurora Lies and covered one of the most ubiquitous songs of 2011, Adele’s Rolling In The Deep. Chillwave and beautiful, Work Drugs work that fine line between 80s nostalgic pop and lo fi indie dance pop. Ones to watch in 2012.
Folk music has had a big revival in the last few years with Bon Iver, Mumford & Sons and Laura Marling. Add The Ridges to this list with their atmospheric and lush debut EP The Ridges. This debut EP has been followed with an amazing Daytrotter session and even more big things are to follow for this group in 2012. Check out are interview with Victor from The Ridges.
Along with The Ridges, Little Tybee have arrived in the folk/beautiful music scene. Similar to The Annuals sound, Little Tybee have wonderfully put together musical arrangements and beautiful visuals, like in the Boxcar Fair video.
Summer Camp are definitely going to be huge in 2012, they were already very much on the way in 2011. Their debut Welcome To Condale topped best of lists all over the shop and their infectious nostalgic pop sounds in Better Off Without You and Ghost Train makes you want excited things for this duo. With a big UK and European tour in the works this spring, expect to hear more and more from Summer Camp. If you want to hear more right now check out my interview with Elizabeth from Summer Camp.
San Cisco are probably celebrating right now, their track Awkward was No. 7 in Triple J’s Hottest 100. I first heard Golden Revolver over last summer and it was the perfect sunshine track. Big things are definitely happening for San Cisco, get onboard now.
So there you have it. The things I want and should do some big this in 2012. Start listening now so you can be all hipster and say things like “Oh you’re only hearing about them now…I was listening to them months ago”.