March 29, 2012


Free Music: OFF!, Ghostface, Mountain Goats & More

Tim Mosenfelder
Tim Mosenfelder

OFF!: “King Kong Brigade”
Even though they have 4 EPs under their spike-studded belts, the punk supergroup is just releasing its self-titled debut on May 8. This succinct number is a short, snarly punk tune that sounds like lead singer Keith Morris might have kicked it around a Black Flag session at one point. [Pitchfork]

Sheek Louch & Ghostface Killah: “Batman”
Turning the focus from Shaolin to the Dark Knight, Ghostface and the LOX’s Louch use James Brown’s endlessly-sampled “Funky Drummer” and shout-out the fantastically cheesy ’60s Batman theme. Incidentally, it’s fantastic. [XXL

Screaming Females: “Expire”
This second new track from the Jersey wailers has a hip-wigglin’ surf punk vibe that makes me doubly excited to hear the entire Ugly album when it drops next week. [Pitchfork]

The Mountain Goats and Anonymous 4: Ecstatic Music Festival Concert
Who hasn't been waiting years for indie folk-rocker John Darnielle to team with a classical music vocal quartet and produce a 90-minute collaborative effort? This eyebrow-raising pair sounds exactly like you’d expect: Weird. [NPR]

Quakers: “Russia With Love”
There are a lot of hip hop collectives out there today, but most of them don’t have 35 members. Nor do most of them have Portishead’s Geoff Barrow, who sows the oats of rhythmic discord on this track. Quakers… oats… oh, never mind. [Rolling Stone]

ScHoolboy Q: “Brainstorm Freestyle”
Speaking of hip hop collectives, Black Hippy MC ScHoolboy Q freestyles over one of the laid-back stoner jams from Wiz Khalifa’s Taylor Allderdice mixtape. [XXL]

Jay Rock: “Checkmate”
Speaking of Black Hippy, here’s one of the group’s comparatively under-praised members delivering a husky-voiced, hard-edged track about playing life “one move at a time.” [The Fader]