It’s been a short bit, so let’s do a quick Class of 2012 update. Let’s start with A$AP Rocky. His first full length album LongLiveA$AP will be out on Sept. 11th, but in advance of that he’s making the media rounds which included a stop at Late Night With Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday. You can go here to see him perform “Goldie” with The Roots. It’s a pretty subdued performance, perhaps because he had to do his best to censor his language for TV. Even then I think a swear or two got past the censors. While we wait for Lana Del Rey to actually start touring in support of her album Born to Die that was released earlier this year, it’s been announced that she’ll be the new face of Jaguar automobiles. Yes, starting next month you’ll see her in ads for Jaguars. See some details about that here. Del Rey will also be appearing in ads for H&M this fall. In other words, you’ll be seeing her on TV and in print quite a bit, but music will have little to nothing to do with it. In sadder news, while she’s made plenty of waves so far in 2012, Azealia Banks has announced that her debut album Broke With Expensive Taste has been pushed back from this fall to February 12, 2013. Between her changing management and getting a lot of other exciting opportunities going, I guess she really wants to take the time to ensure everything about that record is as great as it can possibly be. One of the better things to happen with Azealia Banks in recent weeks though is that she’s stopped fighting with her 2012 Classmate Kreayshawn. They got into a bit of an argument at the start of the year, but they’ve since talked out their problems and after some apologies are now friends. I’m always happy when my Artists to Watch get along. By the way Kreayshawn’s album Somethin’ Bout Kreay was also pushed back, but only by about a month. It will be out officially on September 18th, and I’ll be reviewing it right around then. Last but certainly not least, Grimes released her music video for “Genesis” yesterday, and it’s pretty awesome. If you like weird dancing, girls in floor-length dreadlocks wearing silver suits of armor, swordplay (and swords on fire!), snakes and much more, it’s pretty much a visual feast. Hell yes it’s amusing and hell yes you should watch it. Like, now. Pick Your Poison can wait. When you get back though, you’ll want to keep an eye on mp3s from Animal Parts, Crybaby, Happy New Year, Southern Shores, Soviet, and Teen Daze’s remix of White Arrows. In the Soundcloud section, stream delights from Dark Dark Dark, Princess Music and TE Morris.

Animal Parts – What Our Love Is

Bailterspace – Blue Star

Chasing Kings – Do It To My Self

Comtron – Fraud

Crybaby – True Love Will Find You in the End

Diva – Wanna Get to Know You

Dog Society – The Fuse Before

Glitches – Dust & Shadow

Happy New Year – Summer

Nervous Curtains – Wired to Make Waves

Pravada – Someone Else

Rich E Rheu – Don’t Like Freestyle

Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside – Like A Drug

Seamonster – Parasol (Monster Rally Remix)

Southern Shores – New Love

Soviet – Lost When Found

Van She – Jamaica (Unicorn Kid Remix)

White Arrows – Roll Forever (Teen Daze Remix)


Dark Dark Dark – How It Went Down

Marilyn Manson – Slo-Mo-Tion (Dirtyphonics Remix)

Princess Music – White Wave

TE Morris – The Long Distance Runner

Tes Elations – May She

Ungdomskulen – Askefast