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[LISTEN] The Strokes – Angles (Full Album Stream) by wearesme

Ladies and Gentlemen, the wait is over; The Strokes are back and here we have their latest record in all it’s glory.

Angles is the New York bands first album for almost 5 years; an incredible wait for a group with so many plaudits and a massive following.

They kicked off all the hype with the release of Under Cover Of Darkness as a free download via their website and this was followed by leaks of Machu Pichu and You’re So Right and a performance on SNL.

Listen to the album in full below and let us know if it was worth the wait!

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SME RELOAD: [VIDEO] The Strokes perform on Saturday Night Live
SME RELOAD: [FRESH VIDEO] The Strokes – Under Cover Of Darkness

[FREE DOWNLOAD] The Kills – DNA by wearesme
March 12, 2011, 1:01 am
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The brilliant The Kills have offered up a free download in the form of a track titled DNA, which is set to feature on their forthcoming album Blood Pressures.

You can stream Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince’s newest rock number below and head over to the The Kills Official Website to get the download.

Blood Pressures is released on April 4th 2011.


[SME INTRODUCING] William Fitzsimmons by wearesme

Who? William Fitzsimmons

Yard? Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

Signed? Nettwerk Records

Sounds Like? Moby

Big Tune? The Tide Pulls from the Moon

Since his first release in 2005 Fitzsimmons has written and recorded songs themed and embossed with matters of family history, intimate disclosure, and bold confession. The rich folk music, ranging from the stark and acoustic to the voluminous and electronic, reflects William’s commitment to addressing what is always pressing and yet all too often ignored.

Fitzsimmons’ path into music came at the influence and education of his parents both of whom filled his childhood home with a myriad of instruments, sing-a-longs, and theoretical instruction. However, far from being a mere pastime in the Fitzsimmons’ household music was a communicative necessity between William and his parents, both of whom being blind relied on the language of music to bridge the relational gap between themselves and a child who experienced the world entirely differently from them.

During his collegiate and post-graduate years Fitzsimmons left music behind in order to pursue a career in the mental health field; becoming a therapist was a long-held aspiration. Upon completion of a Master’s Degree in counselling he worked as a therapist with the severely mentally ill for several years. It was during the latter part of his training that he began to write songs as both a preparative exercise for his work in the psychiatric field and as a personal catharsis to deal with his own long-standing psychological maladies.

His earlier albums, homemade and self-produced, were expositions on both his unorthodox upbringing and his family’s disintegration during his youth. Their understated presentation and overt descriptions of relational and familial disillusionment met quickly and potently with listeners. Very soon thereafter, still working within psychology, William found his songs spreading broadly and being featured on international television programs including Gray’s Anatomy and One Tree Hill. However, the process of such revelatory writing and rumination was taking a gradual and heavy toll and during the making of the ‘Goodnight’ album Fitzsimmons saw most of the segments of his life begin to tear asunder.

Consequently Fitzsimmons’ 2008 release ‘The Sparrow And The Crow’ was a detailed and affective retelling of the events surrounding his divorce from his wife of nearly ten years. Written as a personal apology to her, the album was a foreboding but genuine tale of misfortune and a reconciling of the darkest point of his life and was named iTunes’ Best Folk Album of 2008. Following the release of ‘Sparrow’, William would take a moratorium from songwriting for over two years.

His new album Gold In The Shadow represents a welcomed musical departure, not from authenticity in writing, but in the field of focus. It is a return to his pre-music therapeutic passions, but with one eye now fixated on actual and optimistic change. It is ripe with personal elements, but also represents his first foray into external perspective taking; examining the lives and psychological struggles of those around him in addition to his own. It is an acknowledgement of the shadow self and the Todestrieb (Freud’s “death instinct”); but, even still and more so, an acceptance of hope.

Gold In The Shadow is released on March 21st 2011. Pre-Order on iTunes HERE.


[FRESH VIDEO] Chris Brown feat. Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes – Look At Me Now by wearesme
March 10, 2011, 4:21 pm
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Breezy drops a fly video to his latest single Look At Me Now taken from the upcoming Fame album released on March 22nd.

The video pops just like the beat; think sick dance battles in a graffed up car park, featuring Weezy, Breezy and Busta. Oh and your token birdcage?

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[NEWS & VIDEO] Killer Mike to release album ‘PL3DGE’ in UK on 22/03/11 by wearesme

Mike Bigga a.k.a Killer Mike is causing waves (no fat jokes, he’s a big chap!) in the Hip-Hop scene right now following a series of well received tracks including Burn and the T.I featured track Ready Set Go, for which you can watch the video below.

After closing out 2010 on a high note, the Grammy-winning, Atlanta based rapper is set to unleash his album PL3DGE on March 22nd .

Full of live instrumentation, PL3DGE features production by NO ID, The Bizness, DJ Speedy, Raz, Zone and newcomers Sweatbox, who are credited by Mike for providing the album’s soul. Guests include TI, Young Jeezy, Gucci Mane, Twista & Rock D The Legend.

Having heard tracks like Burn, Ready Set Go and Pressure you can expect to hear plenty more political messages from this street soldier and catchy well produced beats to go with it.

PL3DGE is due for release in the UK on March 22nd.


[NEW MUSIC] Travis Barker feat. Pharell & Lupe Fiasco – If You Want To by wearesme

Here is a brand new cut from the upcoming Travis Barker album Give The Drummer Some. If You Want To features two big guns in the form of Lupe Fiasco and Pharell Williams.

Travis goes hard on the drums over the catchy beat but this track is all about Lupe who shines with several BIG verses. He had us out of breath just listening! Killed it.

Give A Drummer Some is released on March 15th.



[NEW MUSIC] Alex Turner – ‘Submarine’ Soundtrack (Preview) by wearesme

It looks like we can expect a beautifully mellow and uplifting soundtrack for the film Submarine, written and recorded by Alex Turner. A preview of all of the songs on the soundtrack which is released next week, has surfaced and makes for pleasant listening. Go ahead and do just that below.

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1. Stuck on the Puzzle (intro
2. Hiding Tonight
3. Glass in the Park
4. It’s Hard to get around the wind
5. Stuck on the Puzzle
6. Piledriver Waltz


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[FRESH VIDEO] Jamie xx & Gill Scott-Heron – I’ll Take Care Of You by wearesme

Premiered by Dazed & Confused, here is the brilliant new video for an equally brilliant song from Jamie xx and Gil Scott-Heron; I’ll Take Care Of You.

The beautifully shot film profiles a single mother who is torn between caring for her child and pursuing a career as a boxer. She trains hard in the gym and returns to her council flat to play with her young child.

“Who want’s to fight all of the time unless there’s something wrong with you”. A moving insight, set to the soundtrack of a moving song.

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SME RELOAD: [LISTEN] Jamie xx & Gil Scott-Heron – Were New Here (Full Album)
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[FRESH VIDEO] The Strokes – Under Cover Of Darkness by wearesme

The Strokes continue the promotional steam roll of their new album Angles, releasing the visuals for the lead single Under Cover Of Darkness.

The video isn’t the most exciting; it sees the band rocking out in a Victorian mansion before taking to a theatre stage. Never the less; it’s all about the music and The Strokes are the definition.

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Angles is released on March 22nd 2011.


SME RELOAD: [NEW MUSIC] The Strokes – You’re So Right
SME RELOAD: [NEW MUSIC] The Strokes – Under Cover Of Darkness

[FRESH VIDEO] Wretch 32 feat.Example – Unorthodox by wearesme
March 1, 2011, 5:29 pm
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Check out the premier of the brand new Wretch 32 video featuring Nando’s king Example; courtesy of Adidas Originals. Wretch hasn’t even tweeted the link yet; looks like they jumped the gun!

Unorthodox is released on 12th April 2011.


SME RELOAD: [BANGER OF THE WEEK] Wretch 32 feat. Example – Unorthodox (Bar 9 Remix)

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