New Release: Jaidene Veda – ‘shadowboxing heroes (mixes and monologues)’


You can take the album teaser off repeat now. Jaidene Veda this week released her new album, shadowboxing heroes (mixes and monologues), and simply just draws out the tease. Whew. We’ve got a few clips from the 23-track album for you to hear below.

Her beginning hums on “Open Love Letter” take us straight to Meshell Ndegeocello nostalgia as she then transitions into straight seductress spoken word, tightening her grip on your poor, poor heart. A soothing Ursula Rucker joins on “When” while Jai tickles us further with her backing vocals on the moving downtempo track.

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Video: Sky Ferreira – “Everything is Embarrassing”


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Sky Ferreira got her a little vintage Madonna steez going on. In this video for “Everything is Embarrassing,” she flails about like the natural carefree pop star rocker she seems destined to be. That early 90s pop zest on this tune is exactly what we needed to make this sunny Friday seem all the more perfect.

Pitchfork even gave it the honor of Best New Track when it first came out – not too shabby. And she’s quite easy on the eyes with that carefully crafted “messy” hair, too, huh? Winning all around.

The track is part of her upcoming EP, Ghost, where Sky calls on an impressive cast of producers, including Greg Kurstin (Santigold, The Shins), Jon Brion (Fiona Apple), and Ariel Rechtshaid (Usher).

Look out for Ghost on October 16.

CMJ Show Dates
October 17 (10pm) @ Union Hall, NYC
October 18 (early, 8pm) @ Bowery Ballroom, NYC
October 18 (late 11:30pm) @ Santo’s Party House, NYC
October 20 (daytime tbd) @ Piano’s, NYC
October 20 (12am) @ 92Y Tribeca, NYC

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