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download HOOPS’ charming lo-fi pop tapes

HOOPS

Shout out to our boy Greg for the heads up on the charming and eminently listenable lo-fi guitar pop from HOOPS, which is seemingly just one of the many projects of a kid named Drew Auscherman. For our money, the songwriting is consistently as strong as the stuff with which it will inevitably be compared — Mac Demarco comes to mind — and there are legit flashes of brilliance to be found in the tapes' collective, gently warped 40-minutes, starting with tape #1's basketball-as-metaphor-for-love opening track "Nothing But Net"...

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video premiere: Fort Romeau – seventyfour

FORT ROMEAU

We previewed the stellar new release from London's Mike Greene — aka Fort Romeau — earlier this week, and now the producer has dropped a new vid / mini sci-fi flick for celestial and very cinematic 12" highlight "seventyfour"...

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White Denim drop new single “Holda You (I’m Psycho)”

Stiff

White Denim share a rousing new shredder from the group's just-announced 6th full-length Stiff, which a press release calls their "first truly live record", featuring a new lineup and production from Ethan Johns, as well as a collab with Cass McCombs on the beautiful, heartfelt album-closer "Thank You"...

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Charles – That’s How Baby Learns

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Faded, gauzy #dreampop to help kick off your 2016 with yearning and regret, courtesy of Charlotte Lindèn Ercoli Coe, aka Charles. Charlotte, who seems to be from LA but who knows, says That's How Baby Learns was "produced by me in my bed", and the record elicits similarly warped vibes as the earliest jams from the likes of Ariel Pink, Puro Instinct, Nite Jewel, and other hazy '80s-indebted pop hypnagogists...

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listen to Hinds’ debut LP Leave Me Alone

HINDS LEAVE ME ALONE

Madrid band Hinds' excellent debut LP isn't officially out for over a week, but you can stream the record in its entirety now via NPR's First Listen:

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download Miss Red’s Murder mixtape

MISS RED

Shout out to Son Raw over at Passion of the Weiss for the heads up on Israeli dancehall MC Miss Red, who just dropped her unbelievably dope, self-released debut mixtape, produced by The Bug and featuring riddims from Andy Stott, Evian Christ, and more. Check out the NSFW video for the thick-as-fuck title track below + download the whole tape for free here.

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Animal Collective announce new album Painting With + share first single Floridada

ANIMAL COLLECTIVE PAINTING WITH PANDA

Animal Collective unveil the opening track and lead single from their forthcoming album, the ecstatic and kaleidoscopic Avey Tare + Panda Bear duet "Floridada". The new LP Painting With, which features contributions from John Cale and Colin Stetson (and a dope Bea Arthur sample, RIP), is out February 19, 2016, on Domino...

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Erykah Badu reunites with Andre 3000 on Hello from her But You Caint Use My Phone mixtape

BADU MIXTAPE

Erykah Badu does the Rundgren/Nazz/Isley Brothers classic with 3 Stacks, taken from Badu's new mixtape. Listen to the whole tape below + download BUT YOU CAINT USE MY PHONE now on iTunes.

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hear an achingly beautiful song from Cindy Lee’s new MALENKOST cassette

CINDY LEE ALWAYS LOVERS

Cindy Lee, the experimental pop project from former Women guitarist/singer Pat Flegel, follows up one of the best albums of 2015 with MALENKOST, an 11-song cassette release on Vancouver label Isolated Now Waves...

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Oneohtrix Point Never’s “stoner metal country ballad” No Good is one of the best songs of the year

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Oneohtrix Point Never's seventh full-length has officially been out for just over a week now, and while we're still parsing through its labyrinthine themes, the record has spawned arguably the most fucked-up video of 2015, and one of our favorite tracks of the year, album-closer "No Good"...

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