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Majical Cloudz & Grimes – “Song for Ric”


You guys liked Altered Zones right? Well Ric and Emilie who ran that are trying to start a new website that will do the same thing called Ad Hoc. This will be a website, like AZ, that will support stuff that can't or has not yet made it to Pitchfork...

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video premiere: James Pants – “Clouds Over the Pacific”

James Pants

listen: Holy Other – With U EP


Listen to Holy Other's spectral/soulful With U EP in its entirety here, via Altered Zones. With U is out June 7 on Tri Angle.



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mp3: Tonstartssbandht – “Orange Miss You”


Here's a new one from Tonstartssbandht, taken from their all-over-the-place-in-the-best-way new record, Now I Am Become, which drops today on Arbutus. In stark contrast to the catchy, relatively structured previously unveiled jammer "Shot to La Parc, album closer "Orange Miss You" finds the bros in the midst of a noisy, chaotic, and occasionally abrasive experiment that takes a left-turn about halfway through, morphing into a glorious Beach Boys (or possibly Animal Collective, or probably both)-inspired hymn:


Tonstartss' Now I Am Become LP is out today...

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mp3: Grimes – “Fragments of the Future” + a new mixtape


Montreal's Grimes put together a dope little mixtape for the latest installment in Altered Zones' monthly mix series, featuring the likes of Blue Hawaii, Laurel Halo, Austra, and more, and she also threw down an unreleased track called "Fragments of the Future." Download both joints below, and check the mix tracklist after the jump...


Grimes :: April mix for altered zones

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zoned in: Peaking Lights – 936


We wrote a brief love letter to Peaking Lights' transcendent new record over at Altered Zones -- if you missed our previous posts about the album, we like it a lot. Go here to check it out.


Altered Zones x SXSW 2011



phone tag


Here's one from Brooklyn's Phone Tag, as first heard on the endlessly replayable mix that Small Black made for us a few weeks back. The band -- Texan Gryphon Graham, with Bodhi Landa + Eliza Walton fleshing out the live show -- says their sound is like "looking up at sunlight shining through the seawater from underneath," which is certainly an apt description for the hazy, soothing tropical pop of "Let It Go...

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co-premiere: Games –

“Shadows in Bloom”


We're psyched to co-premiere this new stunner from Games, the "sample / synth collaboration" from best friends Daniel Lopatin of Oneohtrix Point Never and Joel Ford of Tigercity. Warped '80s nostalgia trip "Shadows in Bloom" is a glimpse into the immersive, decidedly cinematic vintage synth wizardry that can be heard on the group's next-level new That We Can Play 12", out November 2 on Hippos in Tanks...

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