Tinariwen: Emmaar

Tinariwen stateside, Phantogram's Bill Murray, a tribute to J Dilla and more in the music we tweeted this week

Malian band Tinariwen are famous in their own Saharan country as much for their rocking desert blues as for their role in the ’80s as Tuareg rebel fighters for Gadaffi. Despite their critically acclaimed musical talent, it would be hard to separate the band from politics and, as NPR points out, the new album Emmaar is a reflection of their native region’s turmoil. The band …

Phantogram: Bill Murray

Tinariwen stateside, Phantogram's Bill Murray, a tribute to J Dilla and more in the music we tweeted this week

Like a genuine siren song, Phantogram’s new track “Bill Murray” is exactly as the name implies: a musical tribute to the brilliant actor. The New York-based twosome hopes Murray will guest star in the song’s future video, but with or without him, the track—from their forthcoming sophomore album, Voices—is still a major success with its dreamy shoegaze vocal stylings, which are backed by gentle strikes …

Jan Hammer Group: Don’t You Know

Tinariwen stateside, Phantogram's Bill Murray, a tribute to J Dilla and more in the music we tweeted this week

This week’s #PrivateJam is selected by the man behind London-based music blog, Amateurism, who regularly delivers obscure tracks in the form of “daily vibes.” Of Jan Hammer Group’s “Don’t You Know,” Leo Walton explains, “First of all, take three minutes out of your life to listen to this record right now (preferably loud and undisturbed). I know, it’s very special, right?! Now take into account …