Maria Minerva, d'Eon Remix Peaking Lights

Maria Minerva and d'Eon just dropped their own versions of "Birds of Paradise" and "Hey Sparrow," adding to Peaking Lights' ever-expanding roster of top notch remixers that includes the likes of DaM-FunK, Main Attrakionz, and Patten, all of whom appear on the forthcoming '936' Remix LP. But if you're craving even more from Madison's best husband-and-wife duo, Peaking Lights are curating additional 936 re-workings by Damu, Sunless '97, Cadenza, and Doldrums available streaming at --Mark Craig, Altered Zones via Gorilla Vs Bear

Peaking Lights: "Birds Of Paradise (Maria Minerva's Ooh Aah Eh Edit)"

Peaking Lights: "Hey Sparrow (d'Eon Remix)"

The UK/Europe release of 936 drops tomorrow on Weird World, the same place you can pick up the limited '936' Remix 12"


MP3: Peaking Lights: "Marshmellow Yellow / Amazing and Wonderful (Main Attrakionz Remix)"

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Posted by alteredzones on 11/21/2011 at 12:47 p.m..

Hear Trash Talk, Main Attrakionz, Bleached, White Fence Live at Shea Stadium

Between hosting CMJ showcases with Impose, Art Fag, Gorilla Vs. Bear, and Yours Truly, DIY do-gooders at Brooklyn's Shea Stadium had the strongest line-ups across the board during the 5-day festival. Visit their website to hear full sets from Main AttrakionzBleachedWhite FenceAcid Baby JesusGauntlet Hair, and Dent May. Hear Trash Talk's set below. --Ric Leichtung, Altered Zones

Trash Talk live at Shea Stadium

Tags: main attrakionz, Bleached, white fence, acid baby jesus, gauntlet hair, dent may, audio

Posted by alteredzones on 11/10/2011 at 3:10 p.m..

Set Times For Altered Zones New Museum Showcase This Saturday Unveiled

Altered Zones is excited to announce the set times for our unofficial CMJ extravaganza at the New Museum tomorrow. Atlas Sound recently jumped on the bill, and there also a few new names on the Nuit Blanche New York-curated roster of visual artists, which will include Alice Cohen, Liz Harris (Grouper), Luke WyattMiko ReverezaCamilla Padgitt-ColesStephanie WuertzTodd LedfordOlivia WyattJames ThacherEthan Vogt, and Brock Monroe of Joshua Light Show.

Altered Zones takes place at the New Museum, located at 235 Bowery in Downtown Manhattan. It starts at 7:30 p.m. and costs $20 for New Museum members and $25 for general admission. Buy tickets here. This event is 21+. Beer will be provided by Brooklyn Brewery.


08:00 pm (downstairs) Dive
09:00 pm (downstairs) Teengirl Fantasy
10:00 pm (downstairs) Light Asylum
11:00 pm  (downstairs) Eric Copeland
12:00 am (downstairs) Trash Talk
1:00 am (downstairs) Atlas Sound

08:30 pm (upstairs) FORMA
09:30 pm (upstairs) Xeno & Oaklander
10:30 pm (upstairs) Prince Rama
11:30 pm  (upstairs) GRIMES
12:30 am (upstairs) AraabMUZIK

Lobby (DJs):
Awesome Tapes From Africa 8-9
Weird Magic 9-10
Todd Pendu 10-11
Main Attrakionz  11-12
Ayshay 12-1

Altered Zones' CMJ Guide 2011

CMJ is finally here! While we couldn't be more stoked to present our own party at the New Museum this Saturday with Trash Talk, Eric Copeland, araabMUZIK, and Atlas Sound, among others, there's four other nights of music to behold. Read on to see the CMJ shows that you absolutely can't miss. --Ric Leichtung, Altered Zones

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Altered Zones x New Museum: Atlas Sound Added!

Update: We are thrilled to announce today that Atlas Sound has joined the lineup of our event this Saturday at New Museum! More information, as well as set times, will be revealed Friday.

This Saturday, October 22nd, Altered Zones is throwing an unofficial CMJ party at the the New Museum. Inspired by the idea of setting some of our favorite artists from the DIY music world in the museum context, we've teamed with our parent site, Pitchfork, to put together a line-up of AraabMuzikGrimesTeengirl FantasyTrash TalkEric CopelandPrince RamaLight AsylumXeno and OaklanderFORMA, and Dive, not to mention a killer stable of DJs, including Awesome Tapes From AfricaWeird MagicTodd PenduMain Attrakionz, and Ayshay.

Visuals will be curated by Nuit Blanche New York, will feature Alice Cohen, Grouper's Liz Harris, Luke WyattMiko ReverezaCamilla Padgitt-Coles, and more. The New Museum, our city's only museum devoted exclusively to contemporary art, will be donating a portion of the proceeds to the 2012 New Museum triennial, which is an international exhibition of emerging artists.

Altered Zones takes place at the New Museum, located at 235 Bowery in Downtown Manhattan. It starts at 7:30 p.m. and costs $20 for New Museum members and $25 for general admission. Buy tickets here. This event is 21+. Beer will be provided by Brooklyn Brewery.

MP3: Atlas Sound: "Te Amo"

MP3: araabMUZIK: "Streetz Tonight"

MP3: Trash Talk: "Explode"

MP3: Eric Copeland: "Krankendudel"

MP3: Grimes: "Vanessa"

MP3: Dive: "Sometime"

MP3: Ayshay: "WARN-U"

MP3: Main Attrakionz: "Perfect Skies"

MP3: Grouper: "Alien Observer"

Download Main Attrakionz's 808s & Dark Grapes II

The always generous Main Attrakionz just dropped another free album, 808s & Dark Grapes II, on fashionista Мишка's bandcamp. Like every great sequel, Dark Grapes II is bigger and bolder, and expands on what made its predecessor so compelling. Squadda B and MondreM.A.N.'s skills on the mic are sharper than ever and the upgrade to hi-fi clarifies their blunted aesthetic without sacrificing its character. The Bay Area boys have also enlisted the help of some killer producers from all over the underground, including Marlee B, Keyboard Kid, and AZ favorite, Clams Casino. --Matt Sullivan, Altered Zones

Main Attrakionz: 808s & Dark Grapes II

Stream 808s & Dark Grapes II for a taste, or you can grab the free download from Мишка's bandcamp

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Posted by alteredzones on 08/16/2011 at 2:12 p.m..

Main Attrakionz: "Diamond of God"

The Main Attrakionz crew will continue their release streak with 808s & Dark Grapes II, presented by Мишка (you know, that clothes-smith with the eyeball). A couple weeks back, we were treated to a stream of the album's first single, "Vegetables," premiered by The Fader. The Noa Boa produced cut makes use of some goofy samples of a woman saying "vegetables," "broccoli," and "lettuce" on the hook while Squadda B and Mondre go in about avocados, cabbages, and sandwich bags, which are presumably stuffed with dark green weed buds. Мишка has now allowed us to premiere "Diamond of God," the second single from the new mixtape, produced by Squadda himself. Here we find the duo nestled into their signature patience flow, taking their time while preaching peace and positive living. --Ian Paul Roger Nelson, Friendship Bracelet

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Posted by friendshipbracelet on 07/15/2011 at 9 a.m..

Main Attrakionz: "The Neighborhood"

It doesn’t matter how many zip codes you tag the Bay Area with, it’s all one big, blessed, beautiful neighborhood. So, when talking about The Neighborhood, Yours Truly had to meet up with the Town’s most promising hip-hop duo, Main Attrakionz. Take lessons on acknowledging your roots and staying true to yourself as MondreM.A.N. and Squadda Bambino ride through the streets of Oakland. --Yours Truly

Tags: main attrakionz, video

Posted by yourstruly on 06/10/2011 at 4:44 p.m..

Squadda B ft. Robbie Rob: "2012"

The first time I mentioned Squadda B was when I had heard that Oakland's Main Attrakionz got caught up in some Mondre joints on their 808s & Dark Grapes mixtape. I must say that I was immediately taken by the title of Squadda B's new I Smoke Because I Don't Care About Death mix; it felt like a weird blend of harsh truth, hesitant pride, and slight humor.

Inside, we find verses about life, struggle, swag-- rapped mostly in an inspirational manner, with the occassional party sequence thrown in. But throughout there is a darkness hovering overhead, a perennial pressure to outdo one's self: to go big and make a name for yourself, 'cos otherwise you're just going to live in mediocrity until you die lonely and broke and a nobody. So why not smoke weed and sip codeine and write rhymes about how fucked-up life is, beefing the whole up with huge, Hot Boys-style beats and chopped wisps of female vocals?

My favorite couple of tracks on the mixtape squeeze multiple motifs into a single song. "2012" starts off cold and metallic-- much Main Attrakionz' "Legion of Doom," which Delorean posted in their Altered Zones guest post last August-- then warps into a cooled-out, summer anthem. (via Friendship Bracelet)

MP3: Squadda B ft. Robbie Rob: "2012"

I Smoke Because I Don't Care About Death is available for free download from Bandcamp

Tags: audio, squadda b, robbie rob, main attrakionz

Posted by friendshipbracelet on 02/10/2011 at 4:30 p.m..

Guest Post: Delorean

Ekhi Lopetegi of Delorean says:
This was originally posted by our friend K**O on Desparrame. It caught my attention right away because of the pitched-up sample base and the quiet mood of the song. Main Attrakionz are Squadda B and Mondre, and they come from the Bay Area. Like Lil B, they sound lo-fi and based, but I'd say they're more special than that. This won't make you dance, but it'll probably feel good after a party session. I am just sad that my English isn't quite good enough to get their lyrics. Oh, they've got a mixtape called 808s and Dark Grapes that you should hunt for, too!

MP3: Main Attrakionz: "Legion of Doom"

Tags: main attrakionz, audio, video, guest posts, guest artist, delorean

Posted by alteredzones on 08/05/2010 at 3:30 p.m..

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