Premiere: DJ JS-1, Ras Kass, and Esoteric Get Down on 'Interference'

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DJ JS-1 is a hip-hop triple threat. Whether flexing his production skills behind the boards, executing vicious cuts on the turntables or posting up and painting walls, the Queens-raised artist has been a part of the city's hip-hop scene since the '90s. Now he's dropped his latest album, It Is What It Isn't, which features the rugged banger "Interference." Handily, you can stream the track below and marvel at the natty B-Real vocal grab on the hook.

While you check out JS-1's music, read on to hear a potted history of his roots in the New York City graffiti scene.

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Exclusive Premiere: Carrie Ashley Hill's 'Broke Up, Broke Down' Video Breathes NYC

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Carrie Ashley Hill is "Broke Up, Broke Down."
For anyone bemoaning the death of certain NYC scenes, let us not forget that before most of us were even born, legacies were being built and demolished in this city faster than you could say "Fuhgeddaboudit." It's been decades, for instance, since the heyday of CBGB, Max's Kansas City, and the infamous Chelsea Hotel, which Patti Smith described thusly in her 2010 memoir, Just Kids: "The Chelsea was like a doll's house in The Twilight Zone, with a hundred rooms, each a small universe...Everyone had something to offer and nobody seemed to have much money. Even the successful seemed to have just enough to live like extravagant bums."

Those extravagant bums have included everyone from Smith herself to Allen Ginsberg, Bob Dylan, Dylan Thomas, Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen, Tom Waits, Iggy Pop, Edie Sedgwick, Nico, Robert Mapplethorpe, and countless more. Once immortalized by songs like Leonard Cohen's "Chelsea Hotel No. 2," the landmark was purchased last year by King & Grove Hotels, who renamed their entire company after the iconic location.

For residents of the Chelsea who still called it home, that meant finally vacating the premises and moving on. One of those residents was April Barton, a stylist who occupied Suite 303 for nearly 20 years, working with Bono, Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, Mary J. Blige, and Avril Lavigne, among others. When she saw singer-songwriter Carrie Ashley Hill sing "Broke Up, Broke Down" at the Bowery Electric a few days before the move, something hit a nerve, and the two decided to collaborate on a video for the track that would act as a fitting swan song for Barton's salon. We're happy to premiere it here today, exclusively.

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Exclusive Premiere: Brooklyn's Metermaids Get Dark in 'Profiteer' Video

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Swell and Sentence: The Metermaids
Sage Francis's Strange Famous Records has been on a tear as one of the last true indie-rap labels regularly putting out MCs from all over the hip-hop map. Strange Famous is following-up Francis's Copper Gone record with Brooklyn duo Metermaids' We Brought Knives, the group's second album for the label, due out December 2. We're proud to premiere the first single, "Profiteer."

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Video Premiere: DJ Dog Dick's "Why's a Dog" Was Inspired by Phil Collins, Naturally

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"In the Air Tonight" Why's a Dog?"
"Why's a Dog" was released on DJ Dog Dick's The Life Stains LP on HOSS Records almost a year ago. The accompanying video, directed and edited by Joe Skinner and premiering here, is a bizarrely mesmerizing complement to the cacophony of synth and vocal effects, guitar, bass, drums and other sounds crawling through this song. It is catchy and disorienting all at once, and like much of this Baltimore-born, Rockaways-living half-Jewish, noise emcee's material, it is hard not to feel a little bit confused when it's done. Max Eisenberg, the man behind DJ Dog Dick, sheds some light on the track and video below.

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Exclusive Premiere: Greenpoint's All Ages Press Presents MOTEL TV's "Lemonade"

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While school's been back in session for just over a month now, hip youngsters around the city have something to look forward to this autumn! Greenpoint-based All Ages Press, a small press/indie label specializing in teens-aimed books, tapes and zines for the stranger-spectrum of high school kids is unleashing their debut release tomorrow, October 4th, with a cassette from MOTEL TV, the new project from Dave Otto of Slam Donahue. It's coming out in conjunction with the zine "Smaller Town" at theĀ  Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo which features short stories from members of Man Man, PUJOL and Prince Rama.

We're thrilled to premiere one of MOTEL TV's tracks, "Lemonade," and spoke to Dave about his teen years and doing everything himself.


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Exclusive Premiere: Diamond District Still Got It on 'Lost Cause'

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Five years ago, established solo MCs Oddisee, Uptown XO, and yU came together as rap trio Diamond District to release In the Ruff, a refreshingly traditional rap album during one of the genre's (and the music industry as a whole's) most tumultuous years. Since then, all three have continued on with highly acclaimed solo careers and are now returning to their group dynamic with a new album, March on Washington, out October 14.

We have the premiere of the album's second single, "Lost Cause," and spoke to Oddisee about what makes their new album different, and how the group maintains chemistry between such distinct styles.

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Premiere: The Lawsuits' Funk Up on "You Aren't the Same"

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Forget New York, Los Angeles or Nashville, for the last few years the most fertile and vibrant music scene in the country has been in Philadelphia. The evidence is all around you: [ASSUMES PHILLY VOICE] you got your Kurt Viles over dere, and your War on Drugs over dere, and your Man Mans, and your Pissed Jeans etc. etc so on and so forth. That's present day Philly, which adds tremendously to that city's already stellar music history. Enter the Lawsuits: the band would make Teddy Pendergrass proud, and their sometimes-funky, R&B-laced sound, one could argue, would sound right at home on Philadelphia International Records. There's no doubt singer Vanessa Winters' soulful voice has some Gamble and Huff-ness injected into it, which is perhaps why she often lends it to Philly groups like rappers Ground Up when they need help murdering a hook. On the Lawsuits' new song, "You Aren't the Same," which you can hear after the jump, she sings a lovelorn tale of a relationship gone awry. "No dreams are designed for two," she puts it plainly.

The band plays Mercury Lounge on Oct. 1, so listen to "You Aren't the Same" over and over and sing the words back to them when they're in town.

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PREMIERE: Chromeo feat. Solange - "Lost On The Way Home (Mat Zo Remix)"

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Chromeo's White Women, their fantastic album released this past spring, was filled with amazing guest features, but the indisputable winner was Solange Knowles' contribution, "Lost On The Way Home." Combining the best of both their worlds -- Chromeo's disco-funk throwback and Solange's futuristic R&B -- the pair of acts made a sexy not-so-slow slow jam. As Chromeo prepares for their Frequent Flyer Tour, kicking off September 25 in Ohio, and we anxiously await more new music from Solange to follow up her True EP, British producer and DJ Mat Zo has turned up the already excellent track several notches.

We're happy to share the premiere of Mat Zo's remix of "Lost On The Way Home" after the jump.

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Premiere: Diabolic, Sean Price, and Vinnie Paz Knock 'Em Out on "Game Time"

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Broadcasting from a base in Long Island, Diabolic etched his mark on the underground's rap scene with 2010's Liar & A Thief long-player. Now the MC is gearing up for the release of his Fightin' Words album (out next Tuesday), spearheaded by the DJ Premier-produced single "Diabolical Sound." Building on the buzz of that dose of boom-bap goodness, Diabolic is leaking a second offering from the record. Titled "Game Time," the track includes guest turns from the gruff Sean Price and the firebrand Vinnie Paz, while for his own part Diabolic conjures the charming image of "Action Bronson cooking crack in Compton." You can stream the rowdy soiree after the jump, plus read on to hear Diabolic talk up his latest project.

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Premiere: Lily and the Parlour Tricks Get Lovesick on "Lovesongs"

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The three-part harmonies of fiercely proud New Yorker's Lily and the Parlour Tricks are so big and bold and powerful they could knock down buildings, and the group puts them to good use on new track "Lovesongs," a slinky, danceable hit that just might signal their breakout. Chances are its theme -- "when your heart says yes and your head says no" -- is one all who've ever loved the wrong one (and who hasn't at some point?) can relate to. It's the kind of song that sounds best while dancing on a bed, and we can easily imagine hearing it over the top of every rom-com film trailer over the next year. You can listen to "Lovesongs" below. Bed not included.

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