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"Oh Sheit It's X" was released as single on May 7, 2013. It was one of the 214 songs originally featured in the 2013 video game Grand Theft Auto V, and was included on the FlyLo FM radio station, hosted by Lotus. Thundercat sang "Oh Sheit It's X" live at the Black Cab Sessions in 2015. Scott Heins said it sounded like a "tender [but goofy] ballad". In 2018, Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers covered the song.
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The song was ranked at number 29 on Rolling Stone's 100 Best Songs of 2013, with a commentary saying it was "[t]he most concentrated dose of disco joy [... and Thundercat] goes all the way pop with an irresistibly melodic groove". Chris Bodenner from The Atlantic named it the "Track of the Day" on December 19, 2015.
Thundercat -- 2013 Tour Dates11/13 San Francisco, CA The Independent11/14 Portland, OR Bunk Bar11/16 Vancouver, British Columbia Fortune Sound Club11/17 Seattle, WA Barboza11/19 Denver, CO Larimer Lounge11/21 Chicago, IL Schubas Tavern11/22 Toronto, Ontario Wrong Bar11/23 Montreal, Quebec Le Belmont11/24 Boston, MA The Sinclair11/25 Brooklyn, NY Music Hall of Williamsburg11/26 Washington, DC U Street Music Hall12/05 Los Angeles, CA The Echoplex
The musical zeitgeist never stays in one city too long (Brooklyn, wethinks your time is nearly up). Baltimore and Boston bands were well-represented this year, but the best of 2013 most definitely came from Los Angeles, with an insane number of new, noteworthy and dance-happy acts springing up from Silver Lake to the San Fernando Valley and everywhere between. These bands played the Echo and the Bootleg well before tweaker tweens were mispronouncing their names at Coachella. Boast that you knew them back when, or study up and catch up, as 2014's up-and-comers are already upon us. Here, the best LA bands of 2013.
21. BRAIDS - Flourish // Perish"Braids' production and songwriting on sophomore effort Flourish // Perish sounded to these ears like a leap in the right direction past their Native Speaker debut, harkening back to such turn-of-the-millenium leftfield electronic pop touchstones as Kid A and Homogenic while sounding completely of this era." (originally published on September 9, 2013)
10. RODION G.A. - The Lost Tapes"Crackling with distorted organ, synth, guitar, drum machine and live kit, this archival set from Strut reveals a persecution-skirting hybrid made between 1978 and 1984 by Romania's Rodion Rosça, one that in hindsight can be slotted somewhere between Kosmische prog and the punky sci-fi defiance of Heldon's Richard Pinhas, all while maintaining a degree of regional tradition in its scales and melodic lines." (originally published on July 11, 2013)
20. PETER JEFFERIES - The Last Great Challenge In A Dull World"A punky, piano-led solo debut placing proper emphasis on Jefferies' weathered baritone and world-weary yet outwardly-engaged lyrics, this is a crucial document of the '90s New Zealand cassette underground." (originally published on June 27, 2013)
25. VA - Très Chic: More French Girl Singers Of The 1960s"Just months after the release of a vinyl issue of 2010's C'est Chic! CD compilation (one of Ace's bestselling titles in our shop these past few years) hit our shelves, the follow-up comp [was] upon us, and as expected, [was] a fun, frug-friendly mix of name artists (such as France Gall, Françoise Hardy, Brigitte Bardot and Anna Karina) and equally strong cuts from a cast of lesser-known yé-yé singers." (originally published on July 15, 2013)
Thundercat released his new album It Is What It Is on Brainfeeder Records on April 3, 2020. The album, produced by Flying Lotus and Thundercat, features musical contributions from Ty Dolla $ign, Childish Gambino, Lil B, Kamasi Washington, Steve Lacy, Steve Arrington, BADBADNOTGOOD, Louis Cole and Zack Fox.It Is What It Is follows his game-changing third album Drunk (2017). That record completed his transition from virtuoso bassist to bonafide star and cemented his reputation as a unique voice that transcends genre. "This album is about love, loss, life and the ups and downs that come with that," Bruner says about It Is What It Is. "It's a bit tongue-in-cheek, but at different points in life you come across places that you don't necessarily understand... some things just aren't meant to be understood."The tragic passing of his friend Mac Miller in September 2018 had a profound effect on Thundercat and the making of It Is What It Is. "Losing Mac was extremely difficult," he explains. "I had to take that pain in and learn from it and grow from it. It sobered me up... it shook the ground for all of us in the artist community."Comedy is an integral part of Thundercat's personality. "If you can't laugh at this stuff you might as well not be here," he muses. He seems to be magnetically drawn to comedians from Zack Fox (with whom he collaborates regularly) to Dave Chappelle, Eric Andre and Hannibal Buress whom he counts as friends. "Every comedian wants to be a musician and every musician wants to be a comedian," he says. "And every good musician is really funny, for the most part." It's the juxtaposition, or the meeting point, between the laughter and the pain that is striking listening to It Is What It Is: it really is all-encompassing. "The thing that really becomes a bit transcendent in the laugh is when it goes in between how you really feel," Bruner says. "You're hoping people understand it, but you don't even understand how it's so funny 'cos it hurts sometimes."Thundercat forms a cornerstone of the Brainfeeder label; he released The Golden Age of Apocalypse (2011), Apocalypse (2013), followed by EP The Beyond / Where The Giants Roam featuring the modern classic "Them Changes." He was later "at the creative epicenter" (per Rolling Stone) of the 21st century's most influential hip-hop album Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp A Butterfly, where he won a Grammy for his collaboration on the track 'These Walls' before releasing his third album Drunk in 2017. In 2018 Thundercat and Flying Lotus composed an original score for an episode of Golden Globe and Emmy award winning TV series Atlanta (created and written by Donald Glover). For his latest album, Thundercat took home the Grammy Award for Progressive R&B Album. And in a truly full-circle moment, he contributed an original song for the reboot of anime he took his name from, Thundercats.