Staff Picks: November 2015 Edition

From Heidecker & Wood b-sides to Joywave’s secret mixtapes : your unofficial guide to November’s best releases. Read up.


Heidecker & Wood: Good As Is (2007 - 2015)

Comedian Tim Heidecker and composer Davin Wood’s project subverts and pays tribute to dadwave in equal measure. In Good As Is (2007 - 2015), the duo shares a 58-track collection of lost and unfinished songs. (Also included: epic, sheep-driven cover art.)  

Honora: Kilo Two Bravo

Kilo Two Bravo is an excruciatingly tense thriller about heroism, survival, and the reality of modern warfare: the true story of a group of soldiers on a mission to neutralize a Taliban roadblock in Afghanistan, who find themselves marooned in the middle of a minefield, Unlock the BAFTA-nominated film in exchange for a pay-what-you-want donation supporting veterans’ charities and conflict zone reporting.

Joywave: Cultco World Tour USA 2015

The indie band brings fans inside their USA tour, with videos, posters, and music -- including an unreleased remix of “Tongues” and an 8-track compilation tape. If you missed out on these dates, we got you covered. And if you made it out, well,  the band has some choice words for you here.  

Octave Minds: Live From Teufelsberg Berlin, 2015

Industrial electronic meets virtuoso instrumentation in Octave Minds, a collaboration between prolific German producer Boys Noize and GRAMMY Award-winning pianist Chilly Gonzales. In 2014, the duo released their much-lauded self-titled debut album. In September, they played their first show -- in an abandoned spy station. Cop the full set here.

Trampled By Turtles: Trampled By Turtles

Trampled By Turtles started out on the side: a way for musicians Dave Simonett, Ryan Young, Tim Saxhaug, Erik Berry and Dave Carroll to take a break from their rock projects and explore acoustic instruments. One by one, their other bands fell to the wayside. Eight albums in, Trampled By Turtles has solidified a brave new world of bluegrass: frenetic, raucous Americana by way of punk rock. Listen to a handpicked collection of the band’s favorite tracks on BitTorrent Bundle.

NESTHQ Presents: Benzi Bootlegz Vol. 1

Mad Decent’s Benzi has been steadily bringing the beat as one half of TWRK and Diplo & Friends resident DJ. In partnership with NEST HQ, the producer is starting a new series showcasing his edits -- previously only heard in live sets. Your first listen is here. Cop the BOOTLEGZ Bundle to unlock an exclusive 5-track collection of edits.

Sun Drug: EP

Sun Drug’s EP cast a powerful spell. Recorded in 2014 under the guidance of musical shaman, Rocco DeLuca, the collection pushes past psych and prog and genre norms, into something wilder: a map (literally) of ruin and renewal. To mark the November premiere of their newest video, “Soaked”, the group released a free Bundle: including the full EP, a live set, and the “Soaked” and “Wildman” music videos.

Open Labs: StageLight Mobile Music Studio

Calling all producers: to mark the release of StageLight’s new Android music production app, we’re sharing an exclusive download. Grab the app, plus an exclusive soundpack, music, and videos from Open Labs artist Michael Bernard Fitzgerald. Everything you need to record your next track: it’s all in here.

P. Morris: POP MORRIS Volume 3

The LA-based producer adds to his POP MORRIS project with a new collection of 26 edits exploring hip hop, tropical house, glitch, and pop distortion. Listen up.

Them&Us: Chapter 2 - The Great Escape

Them&Us, a new project from Lee Michael (aka beatbox pioneer Killa Kela) and vocalist Ami Carmine, pioneers a story-driven language for electronic music: equal parts epic fantasy and dark rave. It’s easy to get lost in. Their second EP, Chapter 2: The Great Escape, sees them further develop their sound; layering trance with tragedy. Chapter 2 premieres today on BitTorrent Bundle. Stream “Like Poison (Sri Rao Remix)” for free. Unlock the full EP, plus a video and bonus track, for $6.95.