The Social Blog

  1. See Kurt Vile and The Violators, Beach Fossil, At The Social

    Saturday, November 2, see Kurt Vile perform with his backing band, The Violators, as well as lofi indie pop band, Beach Fossils, in a grand night full of fuzz at Orlando’s coolest venue, The Social.

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    These are some of the biggest and critically acclaimed lofi bands to emerge out of the last decade of music, bringing stylistic pop into indie rock territory with hints of psychedelic.

    Kurt Vile is a heavily acclaimed musician who performs live with his backing band, The Violators. His fourth album, Smoke Ring for My Halo, garnered major attention, with publications like Mojo placing the album at #12 on its “Top 50 albums of 2011″ list, Uncut pacing it at #14, and Pitchfork ranking the album as #16. His latest album, Wakin’ on a Pretty Daze, was described by Pitchfork’s Jayson Green as Vile’s most spacious, becalmed record yet, and it contains some of his best-ever brand of cosmic stand-up…feels like the culmination of Vile’s quest to get away from people, noises, civilization and find somewhere to sit and whistle his own tune.”

  2. Come See Mount Kimbie, Jonwayne, and D33J on October 14

    On October 14, The Social is housing some underground heroes from the terrific Warp Records, Stones Throw, and Anticon: Mount Kimbie, Jonwayne, and D33J. This perfect trio is performing for one incredible night at The Social for $15.

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    D33J is opening the night up with tranquil beats and lucid textures, setting the mood for a hazy and dreamlike night jam. The Californian musician is apart of Wedidit Collective, which includes Shlohmo, Juj, Ground Is Lava, and a handful of other talented electronic artists. He will be performing songs from his two EPs until its Jonwayne‘s turn to take the stage.

    Jonwayne is a rapper/producer signed to legendary hip-hop label, Stones Throw. While his debut album, Rap Album One, doesn’t drop until October 29, Jonwayne will be performing one of his numerous hip-hop cuts he’s previous put out on various cassette tapes and instrumental releases. His flawless flow and booming beats will lead into the night’s main event: Mount Kimbie.

    Mount Kimbie is a powerful act in the post-dubstep scene, critically acclaimed and well-respected by their peers. The duo seems to strive for greatness as their latest album, Cold Spring Fault Less Youth, sees the two progress from earlier sounds, creating intricate layers of electronic clicking and booming. NME called their newest album “ruthless in their pursuit of greatness,” while DJ Mag said the album brought a “bolder and more confident sound.” The two DJs will be performing songs from their latest album in addition to songs from their debut, Crooks & Lovers, live at The Social for an incredible experience!

    Do not miss this incredible line-up! The show is all ages and only $15, so reserve your ticket today for a fantastic night at The Social.

  3. See STRFKR This Wednesday at The Social

    This Wednesday, Portland natives STRFKR are coming to The Social to promote their latest effort, Miracle Mile. The synthy, dancey, indie poppy, electronic blending band are performing in less than two days, playing songs from their four album discography and getting support by bands Chrome Sparks and Feelings.

    Since the band’s emergence in 2008, STRFKR made waves through numerous blogs and Internet publications for their catchy pop tunes. Performing songs from their original self-titled, Starfucker, as well as 2009′s Jupiter, 2011′s Reptilians, and this year’s Miracle Mile, this will indeed be a very danceable show. With a similar synthy-indie pop style to Passion Pit and MGMT, their contagious catchiness will be the cause of celebration Wednesday night.

    STRFKR is happily being supported at The Social with two other solid musical acts:  Chrome Sparks and Feelings. Chrome Sparks is an exciting act to see playing live, providing a chillout atmosphere that is still laced with groovy bass lines and danceable tunes, really creating a great show experience.  Feelings is a dark, lofi sounding artist, complete with lots of synths and bass.

    STRFKR tickets are $20 at the door, so if purchased before the show, the better the price is. Grab your ticket to see STRFKR, Feelings, and Chrome Sparks for $17 now.

  4. See Anamanaguchi & Kitty this Tuesday at The Social

    If Furbees, video games, neon colors, and the Internet interest you even somewhat, you may already know of Anamanaguchi and Kitty Pryde. The two of been the leading wave of music blog talk since premiering, circulating the likes of Tumblr and geeky websites alike.

    For those who don’t already know of Anamanaguchi, here’s quick run-down:

    The four-piece band started creating music in 2004, and debuted their first EP, Power Supply, in 2006. The band used a combination of 8bit sounds from old Nintendo gaming systems from the mid to late 80′s with the NES and Gameboy, along with a touch of “simple pop,” self described as being similar to Weezer and Beach Boys. They dropped their debut LP, Dawn Metropolis, in 2009, and received critical acclaim. The following years were spent crafted video game soundtracks for Bit.Trip Runner and the popular Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game. They launched a Kickstarter to raise money for their latest album, Endless Fantasy (in which they’re promoting this tour!) and in just 11 hours, their funding goal of $50,000 was reached, but ultimately was backed by 7,253 people who contributed a grand total of $277,399, making Anamanguchi‘s Endless Fantasy the second-successful music related Kickstarter, behind Amanda Palmer.

    Here’s a gem from Anamanaguchi‘s latest album, Endless Fantasy, titled “Meow,” which is a neon-colored video of an amazing time at the county fair riddled in numerous cat samples.

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    The band also recorded a music video for the album’s title track in which they launched a slice of pizza into space. The band’s bass player, James DeVito, received an email from an environmental medicine professor at NYU, who learned about the video after a family found the pizza landed in their backyard. They almost lost all the footage, had the family called the NY bomb squad about the incident.

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    Floridian rapper, Kitty, has been steadily skipping through the Internet since her viral debut last year. She got the attention of rapper RiFF RAFF, and the two collaborated on a song called “Orion’s Belt,” which has garnered over a million views on YouTube so far. Her delivery is extremely lazy and super casual, almost stumbling over the beats she chooses to play over. Her success drives from Tumblr and other social media outlets, gathering the attention of both peers and music critics. Her song, “Ok Cupid,” ranked number 17 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of top 50 songs of 2012.

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    Kitty takes production from numerous sources, such as boyfriend Hot Sugar (who produced the track above), Beautiful Lou, and GRANT Beats, who will be opening the show on Tuesday night. GRANT Beats has released a few tapes on Bandcamp, combining 90′s boom bap with modern southern/trap influence.

    The show will be absolutely insane and it’s almost sold out. Admirers of Anamanaguchi already know what Tuesday night will bring alongside them, including vivid colored spectrums, a costumed audience, and probably lots of Furbees. Don’t miss your opportunity to party with one of the coolest bands to have ever performed, this Tuesday night, at The Social.

    See Anamanguchi, Kitty, and GRANT Beats for $10 by buying your tickets in advanced, via TicketFly.

    $12 at the door, all ages.

  5. Music Video: Kurt Vile – KV Crimes

    From his Wakin on a Pretty Daze album, Kurt Vile has released this music video for “KV Crimes,” directed by Tom Scharpling. The video has Vile being paraded around Philadelphia and being worshipped like the Philly king he is.

    His label, Matador, notes that August 28 will be officially Kurt Vile Day in Philly, which has been officially named by the city’s mayor. Kurt Vile will be presented a Liberty Bell Award on August 28. Matador describes the award as “the highest honor the City can bestow upon one of its citizens… given only to native Philadelphians, and presented in recognition of outstanding professional achievements and civic generosity.”

  6. Questlove vs. Nardwuar

    This is a pretty lengthy interview that Nardwuar got a chance to conduct with drummer and joint frontment of The Roots, Questlove. Cool Questo spoke with Nardwuar for about 46 minutes long, going back and forth with Nardwuar about old soul and funk records and groups from decades ago. It’s a very interesting watch and Questlove loves showing off his heartfelt laugh throughout.

  7. Free MP3: Earl Sweatshirt & RiFF RAFF – “Yacht Lash” Produced by Harry Fraud

    Hip-hop producer Harry Fraud is prepping his EP release, High Tide, for May 7th. To build hype, one of the tracks from the EP, “Yacht Lash,” featuring Earl Sweatshirt and RiFF RAFF, is available for free as a download, thanks to Scion A/V.

    Here’s the tracklist for the High Tide EP, featuring Smoke DZA, Action Bronson, and others:

    01 Rising [ft. Tech N9ne]
    02 Loopy [ft. Chinx Drugz and Smoke DZA]
    03 Tell Em Bout It [ft. Mistah F.A.B. and Troy Ave.]
    04 Mean [ft. French Montana and Action Bronson]
    05 Yacht Lash [ft. Earl Sweatshirt and Riff Raff]

  8. Adult Swim Announces Free Compilation Called “Garage Swim,” Releases New Song from Thee Oh Sees

    May 6 marks the date in which Adult Swim will be releasing their free-to-download garage rock compilation album, titled Garage Swim. The album is sponsored by Dr. Pepper, and will feature unreleased singles from the Black Lips, King Tuff, Mikal Cronin, JEFF the Brotherhood, the Gories, King Khan and the Gris Gris, Mind Spiders, Bass Drum of Death, and others.

    Thee Oh Sees has a track available online, via William Street Records‘ Soundcloud, titled “Devil Again.” Hear it here.

    Peep the tracklist below.

    01 Bass Drum of Death: “Dregs”
    02 Apache Dropout: “Constant Plaything”
    03 Thee Oh Sees: “Devil Again”
    04 King Tuff: “She’s on Fire”
    05 JEFF the Brotherhood: “Melting Place”
    06 Black Lips: “Cruising”
    07 King Khan and the Gris Gris: “Discreate Disguise”
    08 Mikal Cronin: “Better Man”
    09 Mind Spiders: “They Lie”
    10 Cheap Time: “Kill the Light”
    11 King Louie’s Missing Monuments: “Covered in Ice”
    12 OBN IIIs: “A Good Lover”
    13 The Gories: “On the Run”
    14 King Khan: “Strange Ways”
    15 Weekend: “Teal Kia”

  9. Music Video: Mac Miller – “S.D.S.”

    It’s funny — now that Mac Miller has this track out that’s produced by Flying Lotus, people who didn’t care about Mac Miller are now starting to, me included. This beat is dope, his flow is on point, and the video is something as silly as an old Slim Shady video. Great stuff here.