the weeknd release free mixtape, sample beach house, prob some other shit too

toronto alt r&b project the weeknd have dropped a free mixtape called “house of balloons”. i didnt think r&b could be tolerable considering the abundance of popular auto-tuned r&b pop crap. a couple tracks on “house of baloons” feature samples of brutal faves beach house. theres probably some other hip samples buried in there.

download and get groovy: http://www.the-weeknd.com/TheWeeknd_HouseOfBalloons.zip

beach house play new song (maybe) at laneway festival

beach house, who performed at the laneway festival singapore at fort canning park last week, may or may not have performed a new song. peep this fan-filmed footage of the song in question and tweet amongst yourselves… new song, obscure cover, or old gem?

[source: http://fuckyeahvictorialegrand.tumblr.com/post/3058147646/new-song-live-at-laneway-festival-singapore]

brutal rumor: coachella 2k11 lineup leaked, not leaked #rumorwave

as we near the official announcement, the annual coachella lineup guessing game is upon us and the internet-o-sphere has already taken to predicting the lineup based on bubbling rumors, tour schedules, album releases, iphone coming to verizon, myspace laying off employees, and statistics from past coachellas.

so as a member of the elite music blogging community, i too will construct a coachella 2k11 lineup consisting of totally uneducated guesses, wishlist rubbish, and past coachella participation factors. i have made sure to include some shitty acts since every year there are tons of barf worthy artists on the bill.

here is the brutal hipster coachella 2k11 lineup in no particular order…

radiohead
best coast
velvet revolver
pj harvey
sleigh bells
the arcade fire
daft punk
kings of leon
lykke li
kanye west
off!
major lazer
beach house
no joy
company flow *reunion
sufjan stevens
monotonix
la sera
girl talk
dimmu borgir
wavves
cults
valient thorr
justice
busy p
dj medhi
sunn o)))
salem
lower dens
toro y moi
gold panda
intronaut
harrys gym
woah hunx *reunion
tame impala
tim and eric
yelle
girls
das racist
baths
aloe blacc
ty segall

what do you think? best lineup ever? are these bands on your wish list? are you gonna ditch at&t for the verizon iphone?

brutal faves: top blog posts of 2010

as is customary in the blogosphere, the compilation of year-end lists never ends… even weeks into the new year either due to laziness, partying, and/or family gathering depression.

i thought i would drag out the top 10 (er… 8) onslaught by digging into ye olde brutal archive and recap the first-ever calendar year of brutal hipster blogging with some highlights and higherlights. some posts were breaking, some instigated mad controversy, others were totally overlooked… but all spread the good word.

here they are in no particular order…
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brutal leak: beach house live @ roskilde fest 2k10

a sweet lil live performance of beach house at roskilde fest 2010 has leaked in zune-friendly mp3 format featuring six songs from “teen dream”, the #1 album of 2010 (according to brutal hipster and any other relevant publication).

go download it here before the music industry shuts down the internet… http://www.mediafire.com/?767g2vzfgv6juq4

/via http://fuckyeahvictorialegrand.tumblr.com/

brutal faves: albums of 2010

u skimmed my fave songs of 2010 list… now here is the brutal hipster fave albums list of 2010 list for you to totally ignore.

though were are many excellent releases this year, these are probably the ones i spent the most time listening to. also, putting these picks in order of significance is pretty much the hardest thing a person can do. like sofies choice hard. but i cheated by looking at other blogs that already put out their year-end lists.

suckazzzzz.
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beach house gives not a rats ass for winter sun, gives fans new winter song

beach house have been dominating 2010 and their inclusion in year-end top album lists has been a clear indicator as to which blogs are relevant (gorilla vs bear, urban outfitters blog, my poproks) and which are just plain poo (mojo, npr).

riding that high, the band have gifted their fans with a new holiday song recorded just days ago in their bedroom databank. entitled “i do not care for the winter sun”, the song is of pre-“teen dream”-like dream pop poppiness likely due to garageband recording limitations.

thanks 4 the love but next time give us the “teen dream” vocal mix and production sparkles and ok? <3 brutal hipster. download "i do not care for the winter sun" here: http://beachhousebaltimore.com/winterbeachhouse/

brutal faves: mp3s of 2010

as a blog, its probably an important idea to do one of those year-end lists because youre not a legitimate blog without some ridiculous list that only serves to arbitrarily bookend a measurement of time. and since im new to blogging, i really want to be legit. so aboard the bandwagon i go…

here are my 14 fave mp3s of 2010 in half-assed countdown order as determined by my brutal and hip senses. was gonna do top 100 but a bunch of other shitty blogs already pulled that include-everything stunt. i wont stoop.

in brief, 2010 was all about kanye west because its always about him. but brutal hipster is not about kanye so here are my brutal faves sans kanye (with accompanying song in ipad-friendly video format).
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is the music industry in danger of running out of band names?

in these modern times of fail whales, groupons, social graphs, and cell phone providers still sucking ass, there has been an abundance of too-similar band names colliding in my itunes library (ALL legally acquired of course)…

twin shadow/twin sister/eagle twin, deerhunter/the dear hunter/deerhoof, the black keys/black lips/black mountain/black kids/black angels/black rebel motorcycle club, neon indian/neon trees/neon neon, crystal castles/crystal antlers/crystal stilts, memory tapes/memory house/beach house, sweet cobra/black cobra, black breath/death breath, gold panda/hot panda, etc. etc. etc.

this collision course has paved the way for bands to come up with names that are entirely unpronounceable, sometimes containing characters that may not even exist on your regular qwerty computer keyboard like SUNN O))), oOoOO, !!!, ///▲▲▲\, SLEEP ∞ OVER, †‡†, ℑ⊇≥◊≤⊆ℜ, etc…

are we running out of band names? are bands fucked? our music fans fucked? is the music industry fucked (up)?