Media Crack

The Internet can be pretty annoying with it constantly punching you in the face with new stuff on the hourly. Media Candy is here to help you, sorting through the sugar coated, and only bringing you the sweet and savory side of music, arts and more into a weekly snack of bliss.

Straight from our overloaded inbox to you, the lovely reader with a serious sweet tooth for all things awesome.

Neko Case & Nick: “True Blood” Soundtrack

Are you a fiend of “True Blood?” Of course you are. Like the rest of the country, you’re obsessed with vampires. We’ll bite our tongue on what we think of the national fascination with the whole bloodsucking phenom thing, but we will applaud the soundtracks that accompany these shows and movies.

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The “Twilight” series has given us a host of exclusive tracks from indie upper middle class and “True Blood” is following suit -- especially with this single from Neko Case (the New Pornographers) and Nick Cave (the musical prince of darkness). It’s a sauntering, sexy and organ-fueled cover of the Zombies’ “She’s Not There.” While Case recorded it up in Seattle, Cave recorded it in between stops at Universal Studios and Disneyland on a family vacation. Weird.

[Stream via KCRW blog]

Jean Grae Release Free Mixtape

Jean Grae is far from a household name, but sleeping on her would be foolish. Signed to Talib Kweli’s Blacksmith Music, Grae is a hip-hop child of New York via Cape Town, South Africa.

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Her mixtape, the sweet and sour titled “Cookies Or Comas,” is hosted by DJ Drama and boasts an impressive roster of cameos from labelmate Kweli, Detroit MC Royce da 5’9” (who has the #1 album in the country with Eminem right now), Pharoahe Monch, Styles P. and others.

[Stream and download mixtape via DJ Booth] 

Mad Decent’s Derek Allen Previews Upcoming EP

Mad Decent’s Derek Allen is the man behind the curtain, pulling the strings and making the sounds come alive for your listening pleasure.

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He works extensively with Mad Decent founder Diplo, producing and engineering albums like Robyn’s “Body Talk” and MIA’s “Kala.” His debut EP, DJA, arrives July 5.

[Stream via Mad Decent]

The Knux & Kid Cudi Fill The Garage With Hip-Hop Flare

The Knux and Kid Cudi have made a name for themselves by mashing genres together, leaving caution to the wind and reaping the rewards of taking risks. What does the listener get? “Run,” the freakishly radio friendly track featuring both artists doing their best cleaned-up garage rock impersonation.

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The single is the second to leak from the Knux’s sophomore release, “Eraser.” Tentatively scheduled for release on June 21, it seems the fate of the album is in the hands of record label Interscope at this point. Hopefully “Run” will hold you off till then.

[Stream via Complex]

Scottish Indie Rockers FOUND Create Chocolate 7”

Obviously, Media Candy is all about the audible treat. But how awesome is it to stumble across an audible treat that is also edible? It doesn’t happen everyday unless you live in Scotland and you are a member of indie rockers FOUND.

A clever attempt at garnering media attention (that is totally working), the group had their chocolatier friend create a 7” out of chocolate that actually plays. If only Jack White’s triple decker record was actually a burger!

[More info via FOUND]

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