Band of Blogs: Blood Orange, Uffie, SebastiAn & The Very Best

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Blood Orange

Lightspeed Champion’s Devonte Hynes goes into ’80s mode for his new project which was produced by Grizzly Bear’s Chris Taylor. Check out the Prince-inspired cold dancefloor stylings of single Dinner.

Uffie covers Tom Tom Club

France’s electronic enfant terrible finally comes good with a cover of Tom Tom Club’s Wordy Rappinghood. With TTC playing Vicar Street on July 22nd, the revival has started.

SebastiAn – Love In Motion

Uffie’s Ed Banger label-mate SebastiAn (capital A essential) goes into dark electro territory and ropes in soulful white boy Mayer Hawthorne for the hypnotic hook.
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The Very Best – Super Mom

Originally released for Mother’s Day in North America last Sunday, The Very Best’s new mixtape works well all year round with African-led covers of Kanye, Cee-Lo, Kate Bush and LCD Soundsystem. A free download.
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Wolfgang’s Vault: Classic rock gets its Youtube

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We all know where to look when we’re looking for shaky camera footage of our favourite live acts. To Youtube we go, where you can probably watch a bit of last night’s gig complete with super loud crowd screams, distorted audio that sounds like a boombox going through a wash cycle and a song that cuts off before the chorus.

Sure, you can find some professionally produced modern live performances on sites like AOL’s The Interface, Baeblemusic and GrandCrew.com, but what if you fancy something from the pre-internet era?

The American site Wolfgang’s Vault is now a treasure trove of concert video full of rock’s rich heritage going back to the ’60s. It has taken four years and millions of dollars to digitize and archive a huge collection of video material filmed and owned by the legendary rock promoter Bill Graham (pictured) and the bulk of it is now available online since last month.

The cache, which was found in a San Francisco warehouse owned by Graham in 2003 included audio recordings, video footage, memorabilia, posters and photographs amounting to 30 million items which serves as an authentic retelling of American rock ‘n’ roll history.

Named after Graham’s given birth name (Wolfgang Grajonca), the Wolfgang’s Vault site contains now hours of concert footage free to watch from the likes of The Who, Santana, Ray Charles, The Byrds, The Rolling Stones, Grateful Dead, AC/DC, Aerosmith, Van Morrison and many more. Basically, anyone who Graham promoted in concert from the mid-’60s up to his untimely death in 1991 in a helicopter crash, is featured.
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