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Mykki Blanco releases debut mixtape + kicks off first US tour 11.12

Sharp trash-talking lyricist, style icon on the rise – Mykki Blanco poppped onto everyone's radar o nly few months back, this intriguing crossdressing character that would instantly seduce most, and for the others, inevitably become a case study in some scholarly debate on gender issues in rap. Getting ready for the release, tomorrow, of debut mixtape Cosmic Angel: The Illuminati Prince/ss, Blanco couldn't resist but drop a track a couple of days ahead. On Wednesday, Kingpinning, with its organic beats and eerie signature stripped-down sound, came to introduce a first full-length for which the rapper surrounded himself with some of the country's most prominent DJs/producers, such as Gatekeeper, Flosstradamus, or Brenmar (the man behind 'Wavvy'). Mykki Blanco will be performing tonight (11.9) at Cameo Gallery, for this year's Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival before kicking off a first US tour on November 12th at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, opening for Death Grips.  

Download Cosmic Angel: The Illuminati Prince/ss via The Fader.

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People Get Ready release video for "Windy Cindy"

We know, lately we covered these guys a little too often, but they always give us a good reason for some extra content - I guess you should follow their example if you want to be featured on this blog! Check out People Get Ready's new video for "Windy Cindy." Full length out in January.

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Deli NYC Album of the Month: Wilsen

Much has been made of Wilsen’s unique combination of dream pop and folk, which has been dubbed as “dream folk.” Yet there is a much easier way to describe the NYC-based singer-songwriter: really, really talented. Her debut album, “Sirens,” is eerie, confident, and a fantastic first step for this bright artist.

“Sirens” opens with “House On a Hill,” which is highlighted by some strangely ominous whistling over a melodic guitar line. Wilsen then moves to her folk roots with “Dusk.” Here, her vocals softly shine while even softer instrumentation ornaments the dueling senses of comfort and apprehension.

Throughout the album, Wilsen experiments with different sounds and styles, although her overall sound keeps faith to early Leonard Cohen's sparse, pensive approach. The guitar work on “Lady Jane” has an almost Middle Eastern feel, while the vocals on “Springtime” bounce with a jazzy swagger.

Closing “Sirens” is the ten and a half minute epic, “Anahita” (see the video here). I’ve already sung the praises of this track, yet its breathtaking power cannot be overstated. The moment halfway through the song when the stunning guitar line gives way to aural chaos is one of the best recorded musical instances of the year. - Josh S. Johnson - Listen to "Sirens" on Spotify.

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NYC psych-rockers on the rise: Street Smells

New York's Street Smells may be named after various aromas that are sometimes inescapable in this town, but their music appears to be more firmly rooted in Scotland, circa 1990. "Jerky Ride" ambles along with the casual cool of Jim Reid's swagger and his brother's guitar textures. "We went down, down (so far down) that I don't believe we'll ever come around" is the nihilistic searching for kicks message. "Lemon Yellow Rasberry" slows the shuffle down even further, presenting a heavier, near dirge-like quality. Tambourine on snare shot beats and dueling guitar layers create the proper level of foreboding. "The Slippery Slope of Being A Drug Dealer" takes its obvious message and positions it against a rhythm closer to The Brian Jonestown Massacre. Dirty guitar lines shear the top off power chords churning underneath. "Ghost In The Sky" returns to a shuffle rhythm while updating the two chord churn of The MaryChain's "Birthday" for maximum effect. - Dave Cromwell

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Eastern Phoebes: Better People

Is the Elephant 6 Collective arriving in New York, or has a new arts commune sprung up unexpectedly in the otherwise serene waters of Long Island? Meet the fascinating arts collective/loft apartment recording project of Eastern Phoebes. While the band has already released several records, the band has now arrived at a larger juncture with their latest EP 'Better People.' An ensemble including the large, inviting personalities of Ry Cooder and Meg Bayley, it's amazing they've been able to come together to create such a cohesive statement.

Like the way Olivia Tremor Control took an analog sensibility and coupled it with an appreciation for all things Beach Boys, Eastern Phoebes is extending the noble tradition of Weird Old Americana to yet another generation. And on their latest record 'Better People,' the band delivers. From the psychedelic protest of 'Yer Dollar is a Dead Spore' to domestic dramas like the back and forth of "everyone here is allergic it seems..." off 'We Can't Have a Cat,' this record covers its subjects with a wide brush and fills in the lines with immense detail.

Here's a group exploring all the ups and downs associated with life lived among family and friends. And the humour, pain and joy of this kind of life lights up every shooting harmony and floating guitar riff off 'Better People.' Check out the record on their Bandcamp. - Mike Levine (@Goldnuggets)

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