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  • #26391
    Cat
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    Hey hey all, our mutual friend Astronautalis spits some freestyle on a mixtape by Marijuana Deathsquads along with some vocals with Channy from Policia.

    Listen to it here: http://www.thefader.com/2012/09/07/stream-marijuana-deathsquads-top-down/
    Or download the whole mixape here: http://marijuanadeathsquads.com/

    Also, he’s on tour right now. See if he’s coming to your town and behold one of the best rap shows of your life: http://www.bandsintown.com/Astronautalis
    Tell him who sent ya.

    #26461
    Max
    Participant

    I’m going to try and catch him in New Orleans on Monday, but its about an hour from me on a Monday so that may not end up being a thing.

    #28811
    Wage
    Participant

    Oooooh shit, he’s gonna be in town on the 16th. Crazy, as I’ll be at the same venue for a show a few days before. Just the happening spot in town, I guess.

    #28842
    Cat
    Keymaster

    @Wage Do iiiiiiiit!

    #31309
    Cat
    Keymaster

    NEW TRACK!

    Astro collabs with SIMS on a new single

    http://amzn.to/13zsa78

    #33198
    Cat
    Keymaster

    Apparently Astro covered Back in the USSR on a Beatles tribute record last year? WTF? https://play.spotify.com/track/4Tv5vxBFf3skIoUAXRUDK1

    #34005
    Cat
    Keymaster

    1) Astro is on tour now. Go see him.

    2) He just put out a free cover of Wiz Khalifa’s “Black and Yellow”. Here’s the lowdown from the man himself:

    A little over a year ago, the folks at RadioLab contacted me about an episode they were working on about “colors”. Now, if you are not familiar with RadioLab, it is an astounding radio show/podcast about the marvelous of area where science, art, and magic all mix. Understandably, it is one of my favorite things ever, and when they asked to be apart of this episode, I was over the moon! The episode was going to be focusing on colors, what color is, how we relate to color, etc, and they wanted to get various musicians they liked to cover songs about color to soundtrack the entire episode.
    So, naturally, i chose: “Black & Yellow” by Wiz Khalifa

    So I enlisted the help of my dear friend Rickolus to shape the backbone of the song with pianos and synths, then I brought in the talented Erica Burton to add layers and layers of strings to really doll up this ditty…and make it the prettiest version of “Black & Yellow” ever. RadioLab never used the song, and I am too damn proud of the way this turned out to let it sit on the shelf any longer!

    So here you go, have this for free, since it is summer, and the sun is shining: http://astronautalis.bandcamp.com/track/black-yellow

    #36851
    Cat
    Keymaster

    http://astronautalis.com/chuck-ragan-me-springsteen-almost/

    I was asleep at the wheel when this got posted. Fun colors are sold out, but I got a copy and that’s what matters.

    #37279
    Cat
    Keymaster

    Back when Astro was working on This is Our Science he asked me if it’d be cool if he rerecorded “The City Ain’t Just a Skyline” the track he composed as grand prize for our Tetris Rap Attack contest. I said sure thing, he looked into contacting the fella who made the original beat (Evers McGee), the record came out without the song on it, and I never heard a word about it.

    But now – Astro has some great news about his past records AND he’s dropped three free songs one of which is the re-recorded version of “The City Ain’t Just a Skyline”! http://astronautalis.com/new-music-for-free/

    #37294
    Max
    Participant

    How is that springsteen record, @cap? Times being what they are, I haven’t been able to check it out.

    Looks like the 3 free songs were only free for the first 1000 downloaders, a cap which has been reached already it would seem.

    #37296
    Cat
    Keymaster

    The Springsteen track is good! (If only it came with a download code) It’s interesting actually because the music and mixing completely takes precedent over Andy’s vocals. The vocals in many ways just become a supplemental instrument.

    #37340
    Max
    Participant

    Pretty much right after I posted that, I saw that the Springsteen track is on Soundcloud now:

    #41179
    Cat
    Keymaster

    Astro’s long-gestating collab with Justin Vernon of Bon Iver is streaming now! They’re working under the name “Jason Feathers”

    http://pitchfork.com/news/56211-stream-mystery-band-jason-feathers-debut-album-de-oro-via-pitchfork-advance/

    #41183
    Max
    Participant

    That is a really interesting record, I’m not sure how I feel about it yet. The press release fictitious backstory is amusing, and adds to the experience of it. There’s something really Florida about the pitch-shifted vocals.

    #41344
    Cat
    Keymaster

    De Oro is our for digital download (psychical copies in the coming months). I’ve got some feels on it, but I’ll save that for the review that’s getting published soon.

    Meanwhile, hit that shit here.

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