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Posts made in June 9th, 2009

WAR TAPES-“The Continental Divide”

War Tapes busted out a solid EP last year, showing their skills at a gloomy version of  dreampop, and now they’ve released their full-length debut.  The Continental Divide is a solid, very Los Angeles effort–it’s got the hip-and-coolness of Southern California, but lacks any Tex-Mex influence whatsoever.  Think Joy Division/New Order.  Very male, too smart to be emo, too mature to appeal to the young girlie set, and too upbeat to be Goth.  Though all those constituents will likely find some things they enjoy about the album.  The nice thing about the record is it doesn’t sit still.  Although much of it has the afore-described deep and dreamy sound, there are other songs that show raw edges and unclean, frayed threads.  This is what prevents the album from being dull, or from being overmuch like so many other bands today who use this same sound.

For fans of: Interpol, Alkaline Trio, The Cure, The Bravery, Longwave.

The Night Unfolds

BONUS DREAMPOP COVERS!

It’s All I Can Do (The Cars cover)-The Bravery

Save it For Later (english beat)-Harvey Danger

War Tapes’ U.S. Tour Dates:

  • 5/27 CLUB MOSCOW Hollywood, CA
  • 5/28 CONTINENTAL ROOM Fullerton, CA
  • 6/27 CLUB NOKIA Los Angeles, CA
  • 6/29 REGENCY CENTER San Fransisco, CA
  • 6/30 BARBATI’S PAN Portland, OR
  • 7/01 THE SHOWBOX Seattle, WA
  • 7/03 MURRAY THEATRE Salt Lake City, UT
  • 7/05 GOTHIC THEATRE Englewood, CO
  • 7/07 TURNER HALL Milwaukee, WI
  • 7/08 STATION 4 Minneapolis, MN
  • 7/10 HOUSE OF BLUES Chicago, IL
  • 7/11 ST. ANDREWS HALL Detroit, MI
  • 7/12 PEABODY’S Cleveland, OH
  • 7/17 PARADISE Boston, MA
  • 7/18 NOKIA THEATRE New York, NY
  • 7/19 Theatre of Living Arts Philadelphia, PA
  • 7/21 9:30 CLUB Washington, D.C.
  • 7/23 MASQUERADE Atlanta, GA
  • 7/24 THE RITZ Tampa, FL
  • 7/25 CULTURE ROOM Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  • 7/27 GRANADA THEATRE Dallas, TX
  • 7/28 WHITE RABBIT San Antonio, TX
  • 7/30 MARQUEE THEATRE Tempe, AZ
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    MIKKEY HALSTEAD-“Uncrowned King” (Mixtape)

    Mixtapes are never even affairs, but Mikkey Halstead has come pretty damn close.  Eschewing filler, stupid bits, annoying DJ shout outs, and posse cuts, Halstead’s mixtape is easily one of the best I’ve heard this year.

    You may know Halstead from an appearance on Rhymefest‘s “Blue Collar” album, or you may just have heard the hype about Chicago’s newest MC.  If you have, you’re probably excited as hell to hear “Uncrowned King.”  Believe the hype.

    Beginning with a bio over a “Comin’ From Where I’m From” beat, Halstead starts right out the box letting us know he’s honest, skilled, funny, and agile.  Then he cuts right into biting on Chi-town’s best known hip hopper, speaking on his career over Kanye West’s “Can’t Tell Me Nothin.”  There’s two guests here, KT & Ken Rock, who appear elsewhere on the mixtape as well, and they’re not bad.  But as a listener, I can’t wait to hear from Halstead again.

    Most of the production is by No I.D., who should need no introduction, and most of the content is conscious without being preachy (and with plenty of profanity), and is about his attempt to rise to the top of the industry.  But Halstead can also spit street rhymes (such as “G Shit”), and over the course of the tape he hits beats used by Jay-Z, Common, Mobb Deep, Memphis Bleek, and many others, and even invites Clipse posse members Ab Liva & Famous on a track.  One of the best mixtapes I’ve heard in years, just about every track is pure fire.

    Taste it!

    The Corner (remix)-Common, Kanye, and Mikkey (YSI)

    Git the whole damn thing!

    BONUS!

    A couple other takes on “The Corner:”

    The Corner-Clipse (YSI)

    The Corner-Saigon (YSI)

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