Monday, July 27, 2015

Adult Swim Singles Presents 19 weeks of Free Music featuring: THOU

Adult Swim is a cable network that plays unorthodox comedy and adult animation. Their connection with the weird has earned their shows cult followings and a place at the cool kids table. This has often manifested as collaborations with independent music. Adult Swim's latest collaboration has them working with 19 different artists in 19 weeks, releasing a free track in conjunction with a shirt designed for that specific track (not free of course.)

The eight week had the show team up with the mighty THOU to release a track titled "Eyehatethou," an obvious nod to Eyehategod fellow New Orleans residents and sludge metal legends.  Thou stays true to form in this single by releasing a heavy as fuck track of body-dragging riffage.  You can stream or download the track below as well as find links to the other weeks' singles (the Thou track is from the 8th week) and links to purchase the shirts.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

DJ QBert Presents: HARD BOILED SCRAMBLED EGG Break Mix Part 1 & 2 [FREE]

DJ QBert - the man, the myth, the legend - should require no introduction.  The pioneer of scratch released two albums last year, one of which made it to our Top Albums of the Year list.  It seems he isn't slowing down as he has already released 3 mixes this year.  Mass Appeal magazine premiered the first two of an apparent four part mix series titled HARD BOILED SCRAMBLED EGG. The first is billed as “an odyssey of future bass music,” with Q combining old school funk, soul and rock breaks for a fast-paced mix. The second mix showcases even more funk influences and amps up the energy taking the listeners on a journey that’s “a fast break from the bass.” It should go without saying that these mixes are essential listening, especially since you can download them for FREE! (click on the down arrow underneath the stream in each link.)  You should hurry too because with the recent troubles that Soundcloud has been having artists' tracks and mixes are being taken down left and right with no warning. ~GodzIL

Stream/Download Here: Hard Boiled Scrambled Egg

Part 2: Hard Boiled Scrambled Egg 2

Friday, July 10, 2015

Prefuse 73 - Themes for a 2005 SAAB (9/3 Wagon): A Commuter’s Lament [FREE Mix via FACT Magazine]

Guillermo Scott Herren is a Miami-born/Atlanta-raised producer that has released music under a ton of different names and groups throughout the years including Delarosa & Asora, Risill, Savath & Savalas,Diamond Watch Wrists and Piano Overlord. Despite all these projects he is probably most well-known for the alternative Hip Hop beats he makes as Prefuse 73, a project which was a mainstay for famed British electronic label Warp Records. After years of albums on Warp (and a brief stint with his own label Yellow Year Records) he now has plans to release 2 EPs and an album entitled Rivington Não Rio through NY label Temporary Records Limited this year.

In addition to these records he has teamed up with UK music magazine FACT to release a mix titled "Themes for a 2005 SAAB (9/3 Wagon): A Commuter’s Lament" which features three unheard new Prefuse tracks (two of which will feature on a new EP due in July, Every Color of Darkness) as well as music by Obey City, Nils Frahm, De La Soul, Flying Lotus and more. You can stream and download the mix below through the Soundcloud link, and a full tracklist can be found after the jump.

Stream/Download here: FACT Mix 496 - Prefuse 73 (May '15)

Monday, July 06, 2015

Grant Morrison Announced as new Editor-in-Chief of Heavy Metal Magazine

It has just been announced that legendary comic book writer Grant Morrison has been named the new Editor in Chief of Heavy Metal Magazine. Heavy Metal was created in 1977 as the U.S. version of the French adult comics magazine Metal Hurlant. It quickly gained it's own identity and grew into a highly popular adult magazine specializing in sci-fi, fantasy, and horror comics. It published works from many legends from inside and out of the comic field including Moebius, H.R. Giger, Bernie Wrightson, Richard Corben, Howard Chaykin, and Walter Simonson.

It also featured short prose fiction and interviews with alternative filmmakers like Federico Fellini and Roger Corman. The magazine even dove into film-making themselves when they released their eponymous animated cult-classic in 1981.  For awhile, the magazine was owned and published by Kevin Eastman the co-creator of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, until he sold the magazine to digital and music veteran David Boxenbaum and film producer Jeff Krelitz in January 2014. 

Although comics have long been a part of "Heavy Metal" magazine, the company had never actually published standalone comic books themselves. However, that changed last year when former Image Comics title "Hoax Hunters" became the first series released by the publishing company, so it's fitting that they've recruited Grant Morrison as their new Editor in Chief. 

Boxenbaum & Krelitz are hoping that the Scottish counterculture icon can breath new "punk energy" into the magazine, and it's hard to argue that the creator of The Invisibles, Filth, and the writer who revitalized Animal Man, X-Men and JLA doesn't have the track record to do so. Be on the lookout for Grant's first issue early next year (pictured above) and stay tuned to Idol Threat for further updates. - GodzIL

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

AFROPUNK Chicago June 4th, 2015 [FREE Show]

Originally a 2003 film by Matthew Morgan and James Spooner spotlighting Black Punks in America, AFROPUNK has since spawned a movement revolving around festivals, a forum and community of a rising culture.  The festivals were an extension of the Liberation Sessions, a live performance series hosted by Spooner.  The festivals gained momentum through the media and features at CMJ and SXSW until 2005 when the first annual AFROPUNK Festival debuted at Brooklyn Academy of Music.

After years of offering great, alternative multi-cultural music fests in New York Afropunk has decided to take the show on the road including a stop in Chicago!  Afropunk Chicago will take place June 4th at an undisclosed [fairly new] venue as the next stop on The Most Wicked Party Event Series, a event series sponsored by Redd’s Wicked Apple and Mango alcoholic beverages.  This show will feature performances by Detroit rapper/Fool's Gold signee Danny Brown and former Chicago native comedian Hannibal Buress, along with Chicago's own [Hollywood] HOLT who has just recently signed to Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music.  The event will be hosted by D.R.E.S. tha BEATnik and will also highlight acclaimed Chicago Afrofuturism visual artist Hebru Brantly and Max Sansing.

This is a very eclectic lineup (especially considering that HOLT is now singing instead of rapping) but we would expect nothing less from Afropunk.  The night will also double as a celebration of Hebru and of HOLT's recent signing.  The event is also FREE with the secret location being revealed once you RSVP with your email.  This is a 21+ so click below to RSVP only if you're over 21 years old.

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Monday, May 18, 2015

Charles Hamilton - Discography [FREE Download]

Charles Hamilton has led a career of many ups and downs. The young Harlem rapper gained much hype early on in High School and graced the cover of the XXL's 2009 Freshmen issue after signing a record deal with Interscope Records in 2008. He was well known to battle MCs and participated in cyphers with many up and coming lyricists including a young Rone and a pre-famous Kendrick Lamar, and established artists such as Kanye West, The Game and Slaughterhouse. Known for his ability to freestyle, penchant for rocking pink clothes and an affinity to Sonic the Hedgehog - it seemed that Hamilton had the skills and persona to go far. Unfortunately, despite a multitude of mixtape releases Charles was dropped from Interscope on September 19, 2009 before being able to release his official debut. He would then suffer many other setbacks such as self-imposed and court-ordered psychiatric treatment, being assaulted by his rapper girlfriend and being arrested for assaulting a police officer. In an interview in 2015 Hamilton would reveal that he suffered from bipolar disorder, depression and thoughts of suicide which was no doubt aggravated by the stress of the music industry and his addictions to Heroin and Psilocybin mushrooms.

Fortunately it seems that his career is once again in an upswing after handling all his personal demons. He is now signed to Republic Records and has even released a new single, "New York Raining" with Rita Ora that was featured on the soundtrack to the hit FOX TV show Empire. Hamilton’s return would come with a price however; as he announced that he will no longer be releasing any free music – not even to Youtube. In reaction to this Hamilton has posted what looks to be his entire discography for free download. This makes for a great purging of his past as well as a thank you to his fans, and a somewhat daunting introduction to newcomers. You can download the massive text file below which contains links to nearly every previous mixtape, EP, single and unreleased tracks that Charles Hamilton has created, and be on the lookout for his upcoming debut album:

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The Body live at the Empty Bottle with JR Robinson of Wrekmeister Harmonies

Sludge master duo The Body stops by Chicago's Empty Bottle during their tour with noisy grind kids Full of Hell.  The touring earthquake that is drummer Lee and vocalist/guitarist Chip was already heavy enough before they invited Chicago noise orchestrator JR Robinson of Wrekmeister Harmonies to play guitar with them on stage.  Check out the video of their opening salvo above and if you're lucky enough to be in the vicinity of their remaining tour dates I highly suggest you go see them.  You can find their remaining tour dates below:


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