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So much new music coming out soon! I’m going to be broke. From top to bottom : The Ghost Inside - Dear Youth, Mike Mictlan - Hella Frreal, Hail Mary Mallon - Bestiary, you+me - Rose Ave., Run The Jewels - RTJ2 // #music

you+me (Dallas Green and P!nk) - You and Me

I didn’t see this coming, but this song is really good! Dallas and P!nk’s voices work so well together! I can’t wait for this project to drop in October.

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The Devil Wears Prada - Sailor’s Prayer

"Sailor’s Grave" is my favorite song off of TDWP’s latest album, 8:18. This video is outside the box and I’m stoked they were brave enough to do something like this. Most Hardcore or Metalcore bands out there wouldn’t dare do something like this (if I’m wrong, correct me). Not only does it tell the story of the song visually, but its ending resonates pretty well for a video made with puppets. 

Check it out, then listen to 8:18. It’s some of Prada’s best stuff to date.

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Every Time I Die - In The Studio w/ Keith Buckley

This is my favorite of the “In The Studio” segments from the recording of From Parts Unknown for numerous reasons. Here’s a few : 

1. I consider myself a writer and a fan of writing, so lyrics and vocals are always my favorite stuff to dig into.
2. Keith is one of my favorite writers/vocalists in any musical genre. Listening to him explain his lyrics and the motivation behind them is like a sports fan getting to practice with their favorite athlete. Sorry if that’s a poor analogy.
3. Hearing Keith describe what goes on with him personally, and how those personal issues affect the writing/recording are not only interesting and insightful; but it means something to me on a personal level. Knowing that someone I look up to creatively thinks about and goes through some of the same shit I think about and go through is reassuring and helpful. 
4. Watching Keith pull off the “angel of death” scream from “Idiot” in real time is impressive. That’s one of the many blistering moments from the album and he nails it.

So yeah, this is my favorite segment. Every Time I Die rules. Kurt Ballou is the man. From Parts Unknown slays. Listen to it.

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Every TIme I Die - In The Studio w/ Jordan & Andy

Another behind the scenes look at the recording process of From Parts Unknown, but this time with a focus on the maniacal (in the best way) guitar duo of Jordan Buckley and Andy Williams. Watching these guys work makes their recording and live shows all the more exciting! Their separate dudes, with separate influences and styles that come together and make magic happen. 

My favorite part is when Jordan explains the way he writes. It’s awesome getting a direct insight to why he writes the way he does. It’s also cool seeing Kurt Ballou compare/describe Jordan and Andy’s styles; how they’re alike, how they’re different, what’s so great about their combination,etc. 

I just wish these videos were longer. Last part, Keith’s vocals, is next on the queue.

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Every Time I Die - In The Studio w/ Kurt Ballou

Every Time I Die always do a good job of documenting their recording experiences. I love seeing how they work in the studio, how they work together, how they come up with parts, etc. They’re an incredible band with a pretty deep catalogue, but they continue to keep things fresh without abandoning the style they forged over the years of their career.

From Parts Unknown may possibly be my favorite album from them. It was produced by Kurt Ballou of God City Studios (and Converge). Seeing ETID bring their style and creativity to Kurt was exciting and interesting. He’s worked on some killer records (besides making/being a part of a few himself), so I was anxious to see what he would bring to ETID’s record. Here’s the ETID “In The Studio” segment with Kurt.

Two more to follow…

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Every Time I Die - Thirst (Noisey Premier)

ETID is back! This is the first new song from their upcoming album, From Parts Unknown, titled “Thirst”. It was first debuted on their headlining tour with letlive. and Code Orange Kids, but here we have it in studio recorded form WITH a visual treatment. It’s a brief song, but it oozes ETID’s character throughout; blistering riffage, ready-to-mosh heaviness and Keith Buckley’s mix of vocal styles. It’s reminiscent of older ETID material, which will be pleasant to old fans and new. I can imagine this one being a crowd pleaser on Warped Tour this Summer. Check out the video above presented by Noisey, and hit the link below to pre-order the new album!

From Parts Unknown Pre-Order 

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Rossi - The Storm (Review)

The artist formerly known as Deaf Steady; now known as Rossi, follows up his locally popular Amen with his second full length project, The Storm. On the 10 track piece the Suav emcee hopes to spread his brand of mellowed out, Mexican infused, San Diego Hip Hop. Ditch the umbrellas though, for this weather you’ll need some shades and a pair of Sk8-His. 

The Storm oozes Southern California, but not the one advertised in “come visit California” commercials. He reps the barrio as much as he does downtown SD. You hear one when he spits lines about waving the Mexican flag, the other when he drops nods to local businesses such as HDQTRS and 5&A Dime. His lyrics ooze the background and culture that made him who he is, whether it’s based in his Mexican upbringing or the more diverse, metropolitan area of SD. 

"I printed bolts on my shirts to rep the city…"

The beats, most of which are handled by Khalil Brandon, are destined to be cruised to. The music evokes imagery of sunsets, palm trees and lowriders - but no matter your vehicle of choice the production begs to be bumped while you’re driving. Khalil’s signature move seems to be laid-back horn samples with simple, yet fun drum hits that will have you nodding your head two beats in. And Rossi fits into them perfectly. He sounds at home over almost every track and knows just the right ways to deliver his smooth flow. The tempos mostly aim for “chilled out” more than “turnt up”, but no matter the speed the emcee can find a pocket and fill it. He can be choppy and spitfire words at you, or he can sit back and let them roll with ease. There’s some times where I feel like one style would’ve been better suited than the other, but he’ll learn to find those moments and styles in time. This is still a young emcee with plenty of room to grow.

The lyrical content, as mentioned above, delves into the spitter’s background while also giving you the heads up on his aim to put him and his crew on. Rossi shouts out his team and the people who support him often, but not in the name-dropping, annoying way Game always did. These aren’t shout outs to get props, they’re shout outs to give them. The content does just as good as the music with conjuring up thoughts of beaches, babes and beats. Though those subjects may seem like typical young rapper fare, Rossi’s authentic feel and skilled delivery make him more fun and more importantly, believable. I don’t question the subject matter ‘cos he delivers it with such ease that it must be true (and I’m by no means saying that it isn’t).

"Sk8-His say Rossi on the other got the posse…"

I don’t have many complaints about this project. In a local scene (shit, in Rap/Hip Hop as a culture) that’s full of pretenders, wannabes and young dudes lost trying to be something they’re not; strong production with a strong flow delivering true to life content is hard to whine about. Actually, it’s almost impossible. Rossi came through with a strong outlet that shows his strengths but still leaves him some room for positive growth. Put your shades on enjoy The Storm.

Download The Storm HERE and visit The Suav website HERE.

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ROSSI - Remind Me

The homie ROSSI (formerly known as Deaf Steady Rock) dropped this video a bit ago and I just realized I never shared it with y’all. Check the visuals for this super chill track and when you’re done head HERE and download ROSSI’s latest project The Storm.

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Big K.R.I.T featuring A$AP Ferg - Lac Lac

A new jam from one of my favorite Southern rappers, “Lac Lac”, is a track that shows off K.R.I.T’s production and his sometimes quick-sometimes smooth delivery. The beat is laid back, but does everything it needs to do to get you to nod your head along. The chorus has a Bone Thugz feel that boasts a catchiness K.R.I.T delivers with his signature Southern slang. A$AP Ferg lends his character to the second verse fitting in with ease.

I can’t wait to hear more from Krizzle and see what happens when his new effort Cadillactica hits retail.

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