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Weekly Release Spotlight: Lizzo

Posted on 10/21/2013

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Lizzo

Lizzobangers

Totally Gross National Product

By: Sam Sacks

"Batches and Cookies" -

Over the years, the Twin Cities area has proved itself to be the hub of the most dynamic progressive hip-hop and rap scene. Its eclectic music culture is what originally attracted Houston native, Lizzo, to relocate here. After receiving much positive attention from her collaboration in Lizzo and The Larva Ink, an electro funk duo, followed by her enlistment in female dominated rap trio, The Chalice, Lizzo quickly climbed the ranks of the alternative rap circuit. Inspired by the beats of Doomtree’s mastermind producer, Lazerbeak, Lizzo began working with him on Lizzobangers


Lizzobangers demands an attentive listen; the only thing more complex than the instrumentation on this album maybe Lizzo’s stream of pop-culture references throughout. Following her through a wide range in tempo and seriousness amongst the thirteen tracks is thoroughly enjoyable.  “W.E.R.K. Pt. II” is fast-paced and powerfully worded, showing off the speedy rapping prowess of Lizzo. Alternatively, the track “Go” is a much slower piece with an eerily beautiful chord progression, showcasing Lizzo’s soulful singing voice. That song could be Lazerbeak’s signature as it was layered ever so carefully, similar to the sound of a few Doomtree related records of past. 

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The single from Lizzobangers, “Batches & Cookies”, is perfectly catchy, having a minimal drum kit beat and repetitive whistling pattern to back up Lizzo. One of the most amazing parts about this song is the first verse. Not only does Lizzo parade her untouchable flow, but she also begins the verse very low in her register and climbs higher and higher in pitch until her voice squeaks at the last word. Additionally, music video for this track is fantastic; I have found myself watching it on repeat. It features Twin Cities hotspots lovingly as Lizzo and Sophia Eris (The Chalice) butter up locals at Glamdoll Donuts and prance around at a pride rally at the State Capitol.

 

 

The track, “Faded” starts powerfully after a hazy thirty-second intro with the familiar horn sounds of Lazerbeak, sounding similar to Doomtree’s, P.O.S. The range of instrumental sounds also appears on, “Be Still”, with a jazzy flute and bongos. With the creative beats from Lazerbeak, Lizzo was able to extract some very creative lyrics from the depths of her mind: “Takin’ a chill pill before I whip my sword out like Uma in Kill Bill” she raps in the track, “Be Still”. Another pop-culture reference from a movie appears in the track, “T-Baby” as Lizzo spits, “In retrospect, remember when the time when I was derelict, more like derelicte I made homeless chiq,” referring to the 2001 comedy, Zoolander. Aside from the clever pop-culture bits in her lyrics, Lizzo does a powerful job of showing the listener the real pieces of her life. On the captivating and emotional track, “Hot Dish”, Lizzo raps, “I lost my pops, man I wish he was alive, I can’t let go of the past, he never heard me rap, so I carry his spirit on my back in Minneap”, proving that she has no fears when it comes to lyrical content.

Encompassing pretty much everything it takes to be a successful musician, this definitely won’t be the last of Lizzo. Her “it factor” will surely take her very far, especially as she flourishes in the vibrant Twin Cities hip hop scene. Lizzo’s first album is an indicator of this, as it draws from the R&B and gospels sounds of her past while also being extremely innovative, making way for the future of her sound. Aside from her addition to the new female hip-hop group project, " href="http://www.grrrlprty.com/">GRRRL PRTY, she has recently been touring with " href="http://harmarsuperstar.com/">Har Mar Superstar. Check her out at her CD Release Show at the Triple Rock Social Club in December. 

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Track of the Day: Love Inks

Posted on 10/3/2013

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Love Inks - "Outta Sight"

Love Inks are kickin' it with a new album. Check out the track "Outta Sight" available for free download below. You won't be disappointed with the production quality on this synth-pop trio's new effort. Don't forget, there is a video below; you could watch it. Radio K only happens because you make it happen, become a member today!

"Outta Sight" -

 

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Track of the Day: Jon Hopkins (FT Purity Ring)

Posted on 9/5/2013

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"Breath This Air" (FT Purity Ring)

Jon Hopkins - "Breath This Air" (FT Purity Ring)

Jon Hopkins just released an amazing album this summer, and now we have a remix with one of our favorites- Purity Ring. Lofty, yet sharp, whipping, and spontaneous instrumentation joined with Megan James' (Purity Ring) innocent and whimsical charm; "Breathe This Air" is a much appreciated addition to the year. This track is streaming below. Check out more from Purity Ring & Jon Hopkins collaborative relationship below as well.

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Track of the Day: Montag

Posted on 7/10/2013
 

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Montag - "New Found Land"

Newest edition to Montag's PHASES project. This is the 5th of 12 singles, slotted to premiere one per month. Violin, bouncy sinths, 80s organs, and escapist themes are all making magic on this track. Be sure to check it out below. Montag's music video is also below. There is also a wonderful  audio documentary about the recording process on Soundcloud.

"New Found Land" -

 

 

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First Avenue's Best New Bands of 2012: The Chalice

Posted on 1/12/2013

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First Avenue's Best New Bands of 2012: Wiping out Thousands

Posted on 1/11/2013

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First Avenue's Best New Bands of 2012: John Mark Nelson

Posted on 1/11/2013

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First Avenue's Best New Bands of 2012: Actual Wolf

Posted on 1/11/2013

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First Avenue's Best New Bands of 2012: Eleganza!

Posted on 1/11/2013

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First Avenue's Best New Bands of 2012: Strange Names

Posted on 1/11/2013

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First Avenue's Best New Bands of 2012: Bomba De Luz

Posted on 1/11/2013

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New Music 8-27-12

Posted on 8/27/2012

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Frank Ocean
channel ORANGE
[Def Jam]

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Minus The Bear
Infinity Overhead
[Dangerbird]

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Dinosaur Jr.
I Bet On Sky
[Jagjaguwar]

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JJ DOOM
Keys to the Kuffs
[Lex]

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Matthew Dear
Beams
[Ghostly International]

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Fire in the Northern Firs
Of Bones and Things
[self-released]

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TEEN
In Limbo
[Carpark]

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Wild Nothing
Nocturne
[Captured Tracks]

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Nude Beach
II
[Other]

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Thee Oh Sees
Putrifiers II
[In The Red]

 
 
 
 
 
 

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New Music 7-9-12

Posted on 7/10/2012

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Confess
[4AD]

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JEFF The Brotherhood
Hypnotic Nights
[Infinity Cat]

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Sean Anonymous
Anonymo
[Wide Eyes]

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Aesop Rock
Skelethon
[Rhymesayers]

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Dirty Projectors
Swing Lo Magellan
[Domino]

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Wild Nothing
Shadow 7"
[Captured Tracks]

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Deep Time
Deep Time
[Hardly Art]

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Lorn
Ask The Dust
[Brainfeeder]

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Hot Panda
Go Outside
[Mint]

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New Releases - July 10th, 2012

Posted on 7/10/2012

Every Tuesday we'll keep you updated with new album releases you need to know about.

  • Aesop Rock: Skelethon [Rhymesayers]
  • Delicate Steve: Positive Force [Luaka Bop]
  • Dirty Projectors: Swing Lo Magellan [Domino]
  • The Early November: In Currents [Rise]
  • Marina and the Diamonds: Electra Heart [Elektra]
  • Mission of Burma: Unsound [Fire]
  • Serj Tankian: Harakiri [Serjical Strike]
  • Twin Shadow: Forget [4AD]

Find these releases at fine independent retailers in your area.

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New Music 7-2-12

Posted on 7/2/2012

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The Last Great...
[Fresh Heir]

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El-P
Cancer 4 Cure
[Fat Possum]

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Fiona Apple
The Idler Wheel...
[Epic]

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Communist Daughter
Lions & Lambs EP
[Grain Belt]

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White Fence
Vols. 1 & 2
[Fat Possum]

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Dusted
Total Dust
[Polyvinyl]

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Doseone
G Is For Deep
[Anticon]

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Black Taxi
We Don't Know Any Better
[Self-Released]

 
 
 
 
 
 

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New Music 6-25-12

Posted on 6/26/2012

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The Hand To Man Band

You Are Always On Our Minds

[Post Consumer]

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Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs

Trouble

[Casablanca]

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Delicate Steve

Positive Force

[Luaka Bop]

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Can

The Lost Tapes

[Mute]

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The Intelligence

Everybody's Got It Easy But Me

[In The Red]

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A Place To Bury Strangers

Worship

[Dead Oceans]

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Ty Segall Band

Slaughterhouse

[In The Red]

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The Daredevil Christopher Wright

The Nature of Things

[File Under: Music]

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Cadence Weapon

Hope In Dirt City

[Upperclass]

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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New Releases - June 19, 2012

Posted on 6/19/2012

Every Tuesday we'll keep you updated with new album releases you need to know about.

  • Fiona Apple: The Idler Wheel is wiser than the Driver of the Screw, and Whipping Cords will serve you more than Ropes will ever do. [Epic]
  • Can: The Lost Tapes [Mute]
  • Ravi Coltrane: Spirit Fiction [Blue Note]
  • Make Do And Mend: Everything You Ever Loved [Rise]
  • Smashing Pumpkins: Oceania [Martha's Music]
  • White Arrows: Dry Land Is Not A Myth [Warner]
  • Zulu Winter: Language [Arts & Crafts]

Find these releases at fine independent retailers in your area.

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New Releases - June 12th, 2012

Posted on 6/12/2012

Every Tuesday we'll keep you updated with new album releases you need to know about.

  • Dent May: Do Things [Paw Tracks]
  • Eternal Tapestry: Dawn in 2 Dimensions [Thrill Jockey]
  • Future of the Left: The Plot Against Common Sense [Xtra Mile]
  • Grace Potter & the Nocturnals: The Lion The Beast The Beat [Hollywood Records]
  • Guided By Voices: Class Clown Spots a UFO [Guided By Voices Inc.]
  • Hot Chip: In Our Heads [Domino]
  • Jukebox the Ghost: Safe Travels [Yep Roc]
  • Metric: Synthetica [Mom + Pop]
  • Mice Parade: Live: England vs. France [FatCat]
  • Rush: Clockwork Angels [Roadrunner]
  • SpaceGhostPurrp: Chronicles of SpaceGhostPurrp [4AD]
  • The Tallest Man on Earth: There's No Leaving Now [Dead Oceans]

 Find these releases at fine independent retailers in your area.

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New Releases - May 15th, 2012

Posted on 5/16/2012

Every Tuesday we'll keep you updated with new album releases you need to know about.

  • Beach House - Bloom [Sub Pop]
  • Best Coast - The Only Place [Mexican Summer]
  • The Cribs - In the Belly of the Brazen Bull [Wichita]
  • Garbage - Not Your Kind of People [Stunvolume]
  • Hot Water Music - Exister [Rise]
  • Violens - TRUE [Slumberland]
  • White Fence - Family Perfume Vol. 2 [Woodsist]

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New Releases - May 8th, 2012

Posted on 5/8/2012

Every Tuesday we'll keep you updated with new album releases you need to know about.

  • My Bloody Valentine - Loveless, Isn't Anything, EPs 1988-1991 (Reissues) - [Sony] (5-7-12)
  • Here We Go Magic - A Different Ship [Secretly Canadian]
  • Led Er Est - The Diver [Sacred Bones]
  • J Mascis - Heavy Blanket [Ouxed Battery]
  • M83 - Reunion EP [Mute]
  • Moon Duo - Mazes Remixed [Sacred Bones]
  • OFF! - OFF! [Vice]
  • S. Carey - Hoyas [Jajaguwar]
  • Silversun Pickups - Neck of the Woods [Dangerbird]

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New Releases - May 1st, 2012

Posted on 5/1/2012

Every Tuesday we'll keep you updated with new album releases you need to know about.

  • Ty Segall and White Fence - Hair [Drag City] (4-30-12)
  • Ariel Pink & R. Stevie Moore - Ku Klux Glam [Stroll On] (4-30-12)
  • JK Flesh - Posthuman [3by3] (4-30-12)
  • The Brian Jonestown Massacre - Aufheben [a' Records]
  • Bright Eyes - Fevers and Mirrors (Reissue) [Saddle Creek]
  • Bright Eyes - There Is No Beginning to the Story EP (Reissue) [Saddle Creek]
  • Father John Misty - Fear Fun [Sub Pop]
  • Light Asylum - In Tension [Mexican Summer]
  • Lower Dens - Nootropics [Ribbon Music]
  • The Lumineers - The Lumineers [Dualtone]
  • Santigold - Master of My Make Believe [Downtown/Atlantic]
  • Sea of Bees - Orangefarben [Team Love]
  • Spinto Band - Shy Pursui [Spintonic]
  • Woods & Amps for Christ - Spilt LP [Shrimper]

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New Releases - April 24th, 2012

Posted on 4/24/2012

Every Tuesday we'll keep you updated with new album releases you need to know about.

  • Actress - R.I.P. [Honest Jon's]
  • The Dandy Warhols - This Machine [The End]
  • Jack White - Blunderbuss [Third Man/Columbia]
  • Suckers - Candy Salad [Frenchkiss]
  • Toro y Moi - June 2009 [Carpark]

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New Releases - April 17th, 2012

Posted on 4/18/2012

Every Tuesday we'll keep you updated with new album releases you need to know about.

  • Moonface - With Sinaii: Heartbreaking Bravery [Jagjaguwar]
  • Maps & Atlases - Beware and Be Grateful [Barsuk]
  • Battles - Gross Dlop Remix [Warp]

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Adds - April 9th, 2012

Posted on 4/12/2012

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Zammuto                                                                              Xiu Xiu
Zammuto                                                                              Always
[Temporary Residence]                                                     [Polyvinyl/Bella Union]

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Screaming Females                                                          Sarah Jaffe
Ugly                                                                                     The Body Wins
[Don Giovanni]                                                                   [Kirtland]

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M. Ward                                                                               Moonface
A Wasteland Companion                                                Heartbreaking Bravery
[Merge]                                                                                [Jagjaguwar]

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Is/Is                                                                                        Dr. John
III                                                                                            Locked Down
                                                                                               [Nonesuch]

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Devin
Romancing
[Frenchkiss]

 

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New Releases - April 10th, 2012

Posted on 4/10/2012

Every Tuesday we'll keep you updated with new album releases you need to know about.

  • M. Ward - A Wasteland Companion [Merge]
  • Trampled by Turtles - Stars and Satellites [Banjodad]
  • Black Dice - Mr. Impossible [Ribbon]
  • Kishi Bashi - 151a [Joyful Noice]
  • Choir of Young Believers - Rhine Gold [Ghostly International]
  • Zambri - House of Baasa [Kanine]

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