Clams Casino Goes “Gorilla” – MP3 for Proof


Feel like there’s some Miles Davis-type fusion jazz going on in this track somewhere. It’s more heavily slow and psychedelic than Clams’ collabos, groovy, even. But there’s also a high level of carving and molding that makes it almost a super sad song. Sculpted to be sad, intentionally emotional the same way Harvey Weinstein manipulates movies to be heart-wrenching, tear-jerking Oscar Bait. Clams is like, How can I make the most heartsick track? He loves the bleakness so much he even includes moments where the track breathes and feels lighter only to highlight how it then builds, comes to push itself down. Clams Casino’s Rainforest EP is out June 27th.

Original Post by Alex Frank and Naomi Zeichner on HERE

Neon Indian Announces New Album, Tour Dates

Electro-pop outfit Neon Indian has released a teaser to its upcoming sophomore full-length album to be released in fall 2011. The new track, “Heart: Attack,” is accompanied by a video, which takes place in Helsinki where Alan Palomo, the brains behind Neon Indian, wrote the upcoming record. Tour dates in North America have also been announced starting in mid-May and running through early July with stops at festivals.

Palomo’s one expands to four in live sets, adding Jason Faries, Leanne Macomber and Lars Larsen to fill out the Neon Indian sound. Starting his career as part of Ghosthustler and VEGA, Palomo released Neon Indian’s debut, Psychic Chasms, in 2009 to critical acclaim. The psychedelic, lo-fi ambiance was born from old scraps of VEGA tracks that didn’t seem right for that project, which Palomo then spun into his debut full-length.

In the winter of 2010, Palomo began working on the upcoming album before collaborating with the Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne on the four-track EP The Flaming Lips With Neon Indian. A limited edition 12-inch release, the album sold out on its first pressing.

Palomo and friends are joined on the road by Oberhofer, Sleigh Bells, CSS, Princeton and Asobi Seksu on select dates. The title and label for Neon Indian’s new album has yet to be released.

Tour Dates For Neon Indian:
05/14 – Dallas, TX – HomeGrown Music And Arts Festival
05/16 – Pittsburgh, PA – Brillobox
05/17 – Indianapolis, IN – Radio Radio
05/18 – Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall Ballroom
05/19 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
05/20 – Winnipeg, MB – Pyramid Cabaret
05/22 – Calgary, AB – The Republik
05/23 – Edmonton, AB – The Starlite Room
05/25 – Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theatre
05/26 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
05/29 – Oakland, CA – The New Parish
05/30 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent
05/31 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent
06/02 – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
06/03 – Aspen, CO – Belly Up Aspen
06/04 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre
06/05 – Houston, TX – Free Press Summer Fest
06/06 – Kansas City, MO – Midland Theatre
06/07 – Tulsa, OK – Cains Ballroom
06/08 – Saint Louis, MO – Firebird
06/09 – Columbus, OH – Outland Live
06/10 – Cincinnati, OH – Midpoint Music Fest Indie Summer Series
06/11 – Cleveland Heights, OH – Grog Shop
06/12 – Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
06/18 – Governors Island, NY – The Governors Ball
07/09 – Mariaville, NY – Camp Bisco 10
07/10 – Ottawa, ON – Lebron Flats

Credit – Brianne Galli @ CMJ – View The Original Post HERE

Clams Casino Interviewed By Pitchfork

Check out this interview, courtesy of Pitchfork Media, of a kid I’ve been hearing about for a second now, actually through friends of his, and  was actually was a part of the iStandard Producer Showcase a few years ago.

MP3: Clams Casino: “Motivation”

Hip-hop producer Clams Casino— aka 23-year-old physical therapy student Mike Volpe– just released his first beats tape for free online. But he’s been chopping drums for about 10 years, first for fun and then for an increasingly high-profile group of rappers including web sensation Lil B and Soulja Boy. The recent mixtape highlights his signature style, which combines thick, East Coast snare and bass hits with blurry, almost-new-age-y samples. It’s an intoxicating sound that recalls singer-producer How to Dress Well’s Xanex’d approach to R&B (though Volpe has never heard HTDW’s music).

Currently residing in Nutley, New Jersey, Volpe is the son of a musician father and started playing drums at six. After making beats in his spare time in high school, he started messaging MCs on MySpace in 2007 and simply “sent beats to whomever answered.” He’s currently interning at a hospital full-time and doesn’t have any big rap-producer dreams. “I just do it for a hobby,” he told me in a recent phone interview.

Even so, his self-titled tape is now being released on vinyl by experimental label Type (Grouper, Jóhann Jóhannsson), and he’s got more than 200 in-progress instrumentals taking up space on his hard drive. Some of those will end up on another beat tape he plans to release in the coming months.

Click on to read our Q&A with Volpe and listen to more of his music:

Pitchfork: When and how did you come up with the hazy production style featured on your mixtape?

Clams Casino: The first thing I remember doing like that was a remix of Mobb Deep’s “Got It Twisted” in 2006. Soon after that, I was in a beat battle and I made another beat like that, and it turned out really good. It just went from there. Lil B’s “I’m God” was the one that got the biggest reaction, so I started doing more shit like that.

Lil B: “I’m God” (produced by Clams Casino)

Pitchfork: How did you hook up with Lil B originally?

CC: I sent him a message on MySpace around September 2008 and he gave me his e-mail a few weeks later. I sent him a few things and he ended up freestyling on one of them. I just kept sending him more stuff.

Pitchfork: Have you hung out with him?

CC: Nah. I’ve never even met him. I talk to him on the phone here and there and we e-mail and text all the time, though. I’ve been to the two recent shows he’s done in New York City, but I’ve never hung out with him. For the first show, I bought two tickets online a month before but I had no idea it was going to sell out, so a few of my friends couldn’t get in. I went in for half of the show but then I had to leave early.

Pitchfork: Your samples aren’t really obvious, for the most part. How do you find them?

CC: Well, the sample in “Motivation” is based on a 30-second clip of a voice and some noise in the background that I found online. I just search for free sounds– that’s how I get all my drum sounds. I try to cut stuff up as much as I can to make it my own; when I really chop something up a lot and make it totally different, I feel really good about it.

Like, my beat “Realist Alive” samples the song “Hometown Glory” by Adele– it’s not a weird source, but I just make it sound weird. To find things to sample, I used to just type a random word– like “blue” or “cold”– into LimeWire or BearShare and download the first 10 results. I had no idea who the artists were or anything.

Clams Casino: “Realest Alive”

Pitchfork: I went back and listened to some of the songs on your mixtape with the rappers on them, and I liked the instrumentals better most of the time.

CC: Yeah, I hear that a lot. I didn’t even really think about just putting the instrumentals out until I did this mixtape. I don’t really listen to instrumental hip-hop at all; I have RJD2‘s Deadringer, but that’s probably it. Now, all I want to do is put out instrumental stuff.

Pitchfork: Have any more well-known rappers hit you up for beats recently?

CC: Not really. Though, around Christmas, Lil B texted me like, “Soulja Boy wants you to send some sample beats through.” So I sent three beats and Soulja put them out. We were supposed to do a whole mixtape together but it never happened. Honestly, that’s one of the things that makes me want to do instrumental stuff, too. Because people tell me to save something for them and then they never rap on it. The beats just sit around for months. It’s frustrating.

MP3: Clams Casino: “Numb”

Pitchfork: Are there any rappers that you’d really like to work with?

CC: Number one is probably Cam’ron. I feel like he would fit my beats best. I’ve tried to reach out to him on Twitter but I haven’t been able to get in touch. My other favorite rappers are Lil Wayne, Lil B, Juelz Santana, and 50 Cent. And my favorite producers are Young L from the Pack, Alchemist, Heatmakerz, and RZA.

Pitchfork: Finally, is clams casino one of your favorite dishes?

CC: I don’t know if I’ve ever had it, honestly.

Originally Posted by Ryan Dombal on March 31, 2011 at 12:20 p.m.

DOWNLOAD – 10 New Animal Collective Songs (Live)

Animal Collective

Last night Animal Collective debuted 10 new tracks to an unsuspecting crowd at Phoenix Theater in Petaluma, CA. These ten tracks, fortunately all of decent quality, are essentially the first pieces of new material to come from the band since the highly acclaimed Merriweather Post Pavilion and Fall Be Kind in 2009.

I try to refrain from listening to bootlegs of new music, especially Animal Collective, who are notorious for testing new tunes on tour then radically changing them for the official run. With a band like Animal Collective, having a preconceived opinion about their music might be detrimental. However, with an album has widely regarded as Merriweather Post Pavilion, many people already feel the band has nowhere to go but down. These new, not even half-baked tracks can possibly provide some insight on what AnCo have planned for us.

Download: Animal Collective – Petaluma, CA 4/10/11 Bootleg

If we can take anything from these bootlegs, it’s that we can hopefully expect a new Animal Collective album soon. I would be willing to bet on a late 2011 release date.

ORIGINAL POST ON PRETTY MUCH AMAZING by Luis Tovar on April 11, 2011 – View That HERE