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Death Grips release a new free album titled Government Plates

After a long period of silence, the constantly surprising experimental hip-hop group released a new full LP today for free on their website thirdworlds.net. Titled Governmennt Plates and still dawning a terrible album cover, the group continues the in-your-face unique sound they’re known for. Stream the album in it’s entirity below and enjoy!

Listen to the new Death Grips song “Birds”

The buzz surrounding Death Grips and their recent antics has been forgotten. Their dropped shows, including one post-lollapalooza show which went viral, doesn’t mean a thing because a new track titled, “Birds”, has been released on the bands official Youtube. It resembles the sounds of last years album, The Money Store, using a number of sampled and electronic drum tracks and voice manipulation. While not as up-front and aggressive, it gives us a sample of what to expect from the 2014 album they’re expected to release off their own Thirdworlds label.

“Birds” by Death Grips

Win tickets to see A Band Called Death @ The Phoenix Filmbar June 28

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Wanna see the Draft House Film: A Band Called Death at the Phoenix Filmbar on June 28th 2013? Let us know who these six Detroit based rock acts are and win a ticket to the premier. The first four people to answer correctly, will receive tickets to the premier.

“Your answers must be submitted through our homepage www.mitng.org (the event/contest is located in the right sidebar) or our Facebook in the comment section of the post.”

Before Bad Brains, the Sex Pistols or even the Ramones, there was a band called Death. Punk before punk existed, three teenage brothers in the early ’70s formed a band in their spare bedroom, began playing a few local gigs and even pressed a single in the hopes of getting signed. But this was the era of Motown and emerging disco. Record companies found Death’s music— and band name—too intimidating, and the group were never given a fair shot, disbanding before they even completed one album. Equal parts electrifying rockumentary and epic family love story, A Band Called Death chronicles the incredible fairy-tale journey of what happened almost three decades later, when a dusty 1974 demo tape made its way out of the attic and found an audience several generations younger. Playing music impossibly ahead of its time, Death is now being credited as the first black punk band (hell…the first punk band!), and are finally receiving their long overdue recognition as true rock pioneers.

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Finally the trailer for the SXSW Selection A Band Called Death

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Forget Man of Steel, forget The Hunger Games, if there is one film that I must see this year, it’s this one. We heard about this documentary a month back when it showcased at SWSX. News spread like wildfire about this film that talked about this Detroit based band comprised of all black guys and who were playing punk before most in the U.S. knew what punk was. My ears perked up quick upon hearing this news and MITNG immediately did a spread on the film, but we didn’t have a trailer for you guys…well now we do and it looks outstanding!

Before Bad Brains, the Sex Pistols or even the Ramones, there was a band called Death. Punk before punk existed, three teenage brothers in the early ’70s formed a band in their spare bedroom, began playing a few local gigs and even pressed a single in the hopes of getting signed. But this was the era of Motown and emerging disco. Record companies found Death’s music— and band name—too intimidating, and the group were never given a fair shot, disbanding before they even completed one album. Equal parts electrifying rockumentary and epic family love story, A Band Called Deathchronicles the incredible fairy-tale journey of what happened almost three decades later, when a dusty 1974 demo tape made its way out of the attic and found an audience several generations younger. Playing music impossibly ahead of its time, Death is now being credited as the first black punk band (hell…the first punk band!), and are finally receiving their long overdue recognition as true rock pioneers.

This is mind boggling, almost an anomaly of sorts to think that this sound was created almost out of thin air. This is a must see for music heads! A Band Called Death is directed by Jeff Howlett, Mark Covino and will be available on itunes and VOD on May 24 and in theaters June 28.

Download a free, never-before-released Death demo recording from 1974: http://t.opsp.in/p0OG6

Official A Band Called Death website

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A Band Called Death changed the course of music in this great documentary

death-punk-bandBefore bands like Bad Brains and The Ramones, there was another band that blew up the punk scene. Death was an African-American punk trio from the 1970′s that never hit the big times, but 30 years later, their work showed up to the public as a hit.

DC387 COVERWhat started out as an R&B band, they quickly switched to a ‘Proto-Punk‘ sound that didn’t click with the public. Although they’re thought of as visionaries for their sound, Death was a struggling group of teenagers. The claim to the sudden switch was after an Alice Cooper show, a member felt the need to pursue rock. They’re unorthodox switch made a major impact on many musicians today.

Jack White said it best with a quote in a New York Times article, “I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. When I was told the history of the band and what year they recorded this music, it just didn’t make sense. Ahead of punk, and ahead of their time.”

Ahead of punk, ahead of time. Death was lucky enough to not have to survive on musical earnings, but a documentary about the band has been played around a few festivals. Titled, A Band Called Death, the documentary follows the group as they go through major moments in the band. From how they got their name, to finding a discarded guitar in an alley that allowed the members to play, this is quite an impactful film.

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