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Vans Girls Music Crushes: Sierra Kay

Sierra Kay is giving us our new anthem for the year with Neaux’s single, “Somewhere Up North.” If you need to let go of the past and find your inner badass, this song is definitely for you. We’re getting inside Sierra’s head to find out what inspired this mega liberating video. Plus, preorder Neaux’s full-length debut vinyl, Fell Off The Deep End!

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We have a very special artist that’s starting to make his own waves slowly but surely, Information Flash, a diverse 21 year old producer coming straight outta Toulouse, France. Whose inspiration of genres ranging from jungle, ghettotech, acid techno and house has led him to have his first full length debut release coming very soon to Kudatah, with 50 tapes that will be available on release day. Stay safe y'all and check out the links for more on Information Flash.
https://soundcloud.com/i-flash
informationflash.tumblr.com
https://soundcloud.com/KUDATAH

1. Dynamo Dreesen & SVN & A Made Up Sound - Untitled A
2. Igor Tipura - Dwarms
3. Orson Wells - Red Planet
4. D.O.D - 1,2,3,4 (Remix)
5. Mantra - Access 2 Excess
6. The Railway Raver - My Lacoste (577 n mix)
7. Blake Baxter - Fuck You Up (Blake Fuck Mix)
8. Unit Moebius - The Hum
9. Yaleesa Hall - Second Lucas
10. Jovonn - Back to House (Ians new dub)
11. D.Futers - I Care
12. Silent Breed - Acid Fucker
13. Information Flash - Pill Poppin Animal
14. Antonio - $$$
15. Stacy Kidd - Swing it (Love beat Mix)
16. Mantra - Worked Up
17. Stratton - ???  [forthcoming on Of Paradise]
18. Unknown Artist (ATLANTIKWALL 003)
19. Sweely - NTM
20. Information Flash - Control
21. DJ Boneyard - Our Houz
22. Kriss Dior - KD Machinery
23. X - Untitled
24. Ress 93 - Easy Grip

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alltimelow: Here we are. Ten years since our first official full-length debut,
(nearly 14 years since we formed this band,) and we’re lucky enough to
be sharing another chapter in the tale of All Time Low with the world.
We couldn’t be more grateful than we are right now.

I hope you can forgive us, because we’ve been keeping secrets.

Since the beginning of last year, we have officially been signed to
Fueled By Ramen records, the very first label we ever showcased for
during our senior year of high school. It didn’t work out back then,
and that’s ok (we probably blew it), but FBR has always felt like a
second musical family to us through everything. From Hopeless Records,
to Interscope, and back to Hopeless, we’ve come up listening to the
bands on the FBR roster, working together on outside projects,
watching with pride and admiration, looking forward to the moment when
timing and purpose would align, affording us the chance to come in
under their wing. So, here we are; a year spent in secret on a new
label, writing songs and brainstorming for what comes next. I’m happy
to say that we can finally deliver.

Dirty Laundry is a proud moment for me personally, a song written in
the company of friends, torn apart and stitched back together several
times over like all the best relationships… It’s about leaving the
past where it belongs, and loving the people around you for not only
their light, but their darkness too.
We shot the video with that in mind; inspired by a dream about the ups
and downs that make us who we are, sometimes worn and tired, but
better for it… alive and inspired. You can check out the song and
watch the video at alltimelow.com . Our good friend Pat Tracy, who
directed the ‘Missing You’ video helped us bring it to life, and we
couldn’t be happier about where the story will go from here. Pay close
attention. :) I hope you all love the song as much as I do. We’re ecstatic about
everything we have lined up this year, and can’t wait to add this one
to the set list as we get back out on the road. See you soon!

xo,

Alex

#DirtyLaundry

That’s right, The Knocks have unleashed yet another sweet collaborative track off their debut album 55. This time, the Brooklynites have teamed up with red hot Cincinnati power poppers Walk The Moon on a surprisingly sleek and simmering tune named Best For Last. It should be obvious by now from the past months that The Knocks are music chameleons, a fact so easily apparent from the songs they’ve put together for their long awaited full length debut. They’re sexy as ever on glamorous Best For Last, which fuses a drum and bass like groove with some subtly nuanced electro house gloss. Debut album 55 arrives on March 4th. Pre-order on iTunes.

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The Damned “Damned Damned Damned” released 40 years ago today, February 18th, 1977. (Also today is Damned founding member and guitarist Brian James’ birthday, b. 1955). Stiff Records. Produced by Nick Lowe. I blogged about this album a year ago, but figured a 40th anniversary is important so doing a bit of cut-n-paste here.

Damned Damned Damned is the band’s debut full-length release and it reached #36 on the UK charts. (It’s also credited as the first British punk album release in the 70′s.) It’s a true classic punk album: messy, funny, fast and loud (the LP label states “made to be played loud at a low volume” - probably due to relatively low production value). So many great tracks like “Neat Neat Neat,” “Fan Club,” “Stab Yor Back,” “New Rose,” the Stooges’ “I Feel Alright” and the foray into the dark-n-creepy goth sound on “Feel The Pain.”

I wrote about seeing The Damned play live in a previous blog post, but the story is amusing enough to repeat here. We went to The Damned show at The Rave in Milwaukee in either ‘98 or ‘99. Captain Sensible was walking around the venue pre-performance so we decided to talk to him, but Joe didn’t want to have a typical fan-musician encounter so instead opted to ask how tall he was (both men are on the tall side). A bit taken aback, Captain Sensible said “Blimey!” and having no idea who was taller, they stood back-to-back. It was Captain Sensible, by a bit.

@alltimelow: Here we are. Ten years since our first official full-length debut,
(nearly 14 years since we formed this band,) and we’re lucky enough to
be sharing another chapter in the tale of All Time Low with the world.
We couldn’t be more grateful than we are right now.

I hope you can forgive us, because we’ve been keeping secrets.

Since the beginning of last year, we have officially been signed to
Fueled By Ramen records, the very first label we ever showcased for
during our senior year of high school. It didn’t work out back then,
and that’s ok (we probably blew it), but FBR has always felt like a
second musical family to us through everything. From Hopeless Records,
to Interscope, and back to Hopeless, we’ve come up listening to the
bands on the FBR roster, working together on outside projects,
watching with pride and admiration, looking forward to the moment when
timing and purpose would align, affording us the chance to come in
under their wing. So, here we are; a year spent in secret on a new
label, writing songs and brainstorming for what comes next. I’m happy
to say that we can finally deliver.

Dirty Laundry is a proud moment for me personally, a song written in
the company of friends, torn apart and stitched back together several
times over like all the best relationships… It’s about leaving the
past where it belongs, and loving the people around you for not only
their light, but their darkness too.
We shot the video with that in mind; inspired by a dream about the ups
and downs that make us who we are, sometimes worn and tired, but
better for it… alive and inspired. You can check out the song and
watch the video at alltimelow.com . Our good friend Pat Tracy, who
directed the ‘Missing You’ video helped us bring it to life, and we
couldn’t be happier about where the story will go from here. Pay close
attention. :) I hope you all love the song as much as I do. We’re ecstatic about
everything we have lined up this year, and can’t wait to add this one
to the set list as we get back out on the road. See you soon!D

xo,

Alex

All Time Low are back with a new song, sign to Fueled By Ramen

All Time Low kept every kind of updates to themselves until earlier this week, when they posted a picture on Twitter and everyone went crazy about it. Now we know what this is all about. The band just got signed to Fueled By Ramen and released their first single along with a music video with their new label, “Dirty Laundry.” You can read a message from the band and watch the video below:

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Mila J - “Real Love”

Mila J appears slated to hav an impactful 2016. After staying relatively low-key throughout the earlier parts of 2015 with her collaborative project with BC Kingdom Press Start, the Los Angeles-reared songstress re-emerged with the well-received The Waiting Game mixtape which featured her rendition of some of today’s hit records. Now she is slated to lead off the forthcoming mixtape from production maestro Timbaland, King Stays King, and Timbo will be the executive producer for her forthcoming full-length debut album. Mila now returns with a her unique take on another artist’s banger, “Real Love.” Despite its Mary J Blige-sounding title (she even interpolates the hook of Blige’s single), the song is actually a take on J. Cole’s 2014 Forest Hills Drive offering “No Role Modelz.” Essentially the lady’s equivalent of Cole’s catchy “don’t save her, she don’t wanna be saved” chant, Mila instead curves the no-goodnik and isn’t the one to be played in her version. Clearly in higher spirits than the gloomy nature of Press Start, Mila isn’t about to let a little thing like a dog dull her shine.

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Artists to Jam With: Melanie Martinez

Melanie Martinez is one-of-a-kind. She can be compared to Marina & the Diamonds, but what she does is her own. That shines through on her full-length debut. She isn’t really happy on the album. On “Dollhouse,” she tells the tale of a family (Cry Baby’s) torn apart by addiction and infidelity. On “Mrs. Potato Head,” she tears apart society’s beauty stereotypes (“little girls are learning to… pucker up their lips until they suffocate”). And on “Pity Party” (the highlight for me), she samples Leslie Gore’s breakout hit and sings about a birthday party for herself at which she is the only guest.

The instruments aren’t the highlight (most of the songs are stripped-down instrument-wise, possible exceptions being percussion and sound samples) – it’s her voice and lyrics. And with this much talent, there’s no need to “cry.”

Admirably ambitious, refreshingly original, highly conceptual, deeply personal and irresistibly catchy, “Cry Baby” blends infections beats, beautiful melodies, catchy hooks and razor-sharp lyrics layered underneath Martinez’s signature sweetly haunting femme-fatale vocals. The result? A dark, whimsical, seductive, melancholic and highly addictive collection of songs, amounting to one of the most impressive debut pop albums in recent memory.

Her wretched desire to emote her wretched pain is a colorful strife for love and acceptance. She has a real sense of belonging in a world that does not see her as a genuine fit. Her struggles for love and acceptance surrounded by the thud of chaos marries the trials and tribulations. She longs to be your love, whether it’s by the force of a childlike persona or by the realness of her womanly presence. Martinez brings forth her cinematic darkness in tones and colors it with a lightness and openness that is both frank and honest in its melodies.

Artists the Muses Want to Jam with: Melanie Martinez

Fifth Harmony Joins Maverick Management

Fifth Harmony is now represented by Maverick Management, Billboard can confirm.

 Maverick hinted at the arrangement with a tweet, which featured a photo of the girl-group along with the caption, “Welcome to the Maverick family, @FifthHarmony!”
 
The pop outfit, which was named Group of the Year at Billboard’s Women in Music 2015 ceremony, is now onboard with a management enclave that counts Pharrell Williams, Madonna, Alicia Keys, U2, Britney Spears and Miley Cyrus among its clients.

 Fifth Harmony had been repped by Jared Paul at Faculty.

 The pop-quintet’s debut full-length album, Reflection, opened at No. 5 on the Billboard 200. The 2015 set yielded two top 40 hits, “Worth It” (No. 12) and “Sledgehammer” (No. 40).[x]

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Halsey on her debut full length album ‘Badlands’

Grammy-nominated, platinum-certified a cappella group Pentatonix is taking the world by storm. With an upcoming cameo in Pitch Perfect 2, they haven’t even released their debut full-length album yet, but are touring throughout the world, selling out venues in the United States, Europe, Australia, and Asia. The North American section of their On My Way Home Tour (named after an original song on their EP “PTX Vol. 3,” which debuted at #5 on the Billboard charts) has already almost sold out venues such as the Madison Square Garden Theater. 

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