Exclusive Premiere: Listen to Shana Falana's 'Go,' off Set Your Lightning Fire Free

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Shana Falana
Shana Falana may be gearing up to release her solo debut, but the Kingston-based psych goddess is hardly new to the game. Before she packed up and moved upstate, Falana was cutting her teeth in Brooklyn and on tour, constantly working on volumes of material that clutched at the hem of various genres and wavelengths. Everything from chanting with an Eastern European lilt (she sang in a Bulgarian women's choir for a bit) to increasingly undeniable wails to heady drum fills to distortion so fuzzy it puts Jim Henson's whole output to shame make an appearance on Set Your Lightning Fire Free, out April 7 on Team Love Records, and it's a strong new start for the incendiary indie talent.

Take "Go," for example: While the latest track to be released from Set Your Lightning Fire Free hits the ear as a kaleidoscopic, trippy gem that shines as brilliantly in 2015 as it would've in a Berkeley drug den during the Summer of Love, there's so much going on from start to finish that you can't help but lose yourself in Falana's crowing or Mike Amari's pugilistic way with the drum kit.

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Exclusive Premiere: Eula Nail Off-Kilter Postpunk With 'Like No Other'

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Eula release Wool Sucking on March 3 via Famous Swords.
From her passionate performances to her Famous Swords production collective, Eula frontwoman Alyse Lamb has been renewing our faith in New York's art-punk scene for several years now. A tightly wound masterpiece of yin and yang, Eula's debut LP, Maurice Narcisse (2011), was even more impressive for the fact that the band recorded and released it without support from a label. Four years later, the trio of Lamb, Stephen Reader (drums), and Jeff Maleri (bass) is set to release sophomore full-length Wool Sucking under the umbrella of Famous Swords (March 3) as well as on tape via Mirror Universe, and "Like No Other" is an early glimpse of what to expect on the album.

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Premiere: Watch Loveskills' Endearingly Woozy New Video for 'Chanel'

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Holed up in Williamsburg, the producer Loveskills creates emotional electro-tinged ballads. After dropping the six-track Pure EP late last year on the No Shame label, he's now released a woozy and endearingly hazy video for the track "Chanel." Ahead of his show January 12 at Mercury Lounge, you can check out our premiere of the video, while also reading about his approach to production, how drum'n'bass rhythms influence his music, and his inaugural New York City gig experience that involved Jewfros and a Led Zeppelin cover.

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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.

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

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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.

See also: The Month in Noise: Condom Sex and DJ Dog Dick

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

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Dave Otto of MOTEL TV
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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Diamond District
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.

See also: The 10 Best Male Rappers of All Time

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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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