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Monthly Archives: November 2010

Full Albums

  • Cee Lo Green, The Lady Killer
  • The Cure, Galore
  • Ghostface Killah, Supreme Clientele
  • Girl Talk, All Day1
  • LCD Soundsystem, This is Happening!
  • Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth, Mecca & the Soul Brother
  • The Roots, How I Got Over
  • Talking Heads, Popular Favorites
  • The-Dream, Love vs. Money
  • Thin Lizzy, Dedication

Random Excellence:

  • Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth, “They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)”2
  • UGK, “Int’l Player’s Anthem (I Choose You Chopped & Screwed)”
  • Ludacris, “One More Drink (Feat. T-Pain)”
  • The Beatles, “The End”

Songs of the Week:

  • The Temper Trap, “Sweet Disposition” and “Fader”
  • Talking Heads, “This Must be the Place (Naive Melody)” and “Lifetime Piling Up”3
  • Prince and The Revolution, “I Would Die For U”

Reviews:

1. Eminently danceable.

2. This came up on shuffle and reminded me I should probably be listening to the whole album again.

3. Definitely listened to these two songs for three and a half hours. Just those two songs, three and a half hours. Magnificent.

Comment:

Are there any pirates on this ship? And if they sober up, they’ll have us home by morning.

I had 4Loko last night. Honestly, I don’t see what the fuss is about. All you have is some sort of punch with caffeine and alcohol in it.

I think people are intimidated by it because it’s got a lot of things going for it that could be considered dangerous. The color schemes are designed almost strictly to grab the attention of kids. The alcohol percentage is pretty high even though you can’t taste it. Even with 12% alcohol, it’s a big can. And it’s cheap–very cheap for all that alcohol in a big can.

If you look over those “Blackout in a can” reports about kids drinking it in college until they blackout, would any of that really be any different from every other story about kids drinking in college until they blackout? Sure, it has caffeine in it, but Irish Coffee has yet to be banned. People regularly order Jack and Cokes. If you drink any of those like you’re pledging a frat, you’ll probably crash cars, pass out or get alcohol poisoning.

I think it spiraled out of control because, like I said earlier, it’s cheap and appeals to younger kids. I’ve been a lover of IPAs since I started loving beers, but I don’t always drink them because they tend to have the highest alcohol content of beers. I drink them because I like the taste. Not once have I heard someone tell me they actually like the way a 4Loko tastes. No one likes how it tastes. People like it because people are trying to ban it and because it will get you drunk. I honestly think it should be on the market. Some people might actually like this stuff; sales are up despite rumors of bans and banning it won’t keep someone else from making another caffeinated alcoholic beverage. Or Jager bombs.

If the kids are getting introduced to healthy consumption habits via a beverage named “for crazy,” then aren’t they setting themselves up for failure? I think, instead of media firestorm, the proper response is probably more along the lines of education, discussion and maybe public service announcements about healthy drinking habits–particularly in a country where more people die from drunk driving related incidents than airplaine accidents and terrorism combined. I’m fully aware of how much of a puritanical society America can be but in this case I think our senators might be making some missteps.

And sure, it did make me act a little stupid. But in my defense I picked one up around 3AM and had been drinking IPAs for most of the night.

  • Three, maybe four parts vanilla or chocolate ice cream–frequently both flavors
  • One part milk–in some cases just a splash
  • Big ‘ol gob of chocolate syrup

Mix all that shit up, drink it. This has been my personal crack for the last three days. I expect to either gain between five and ten pounds or, as a result of extended and strenuous work days involving lots of heavy lifting, to be roughly the same.

But happier.

Full Albums:

  • Cee Lo Green, The Lady Killer1
  • The Gaslight Anthem, American Slang
  • The Hold Steady, Boys and Girls in America and Heaven is Whenever
  • Katy Perry, Teenage Dream
  • Kings of Leon, Come Around Sundown
  • Ladyhawke, Ladyhawke
  • LCD Soundsystem, This is Happening!
  • The Notorious B.I.G, Ready to Die2
  • Outkast, Stankonia3
  • Owl City, Ocean Eyes
  • Passion Pit, Manners
  • Prince and The Revolution, Purple Rain1
  • Queens of the Stone Age, Songs for the Deaf3
  • The-Dream, Love King (Deluxe Edition)

Random Excellence:

  • Yelawolf, “Trunk Muzik”
  • Common, “The Light
  • The Hold Steady, “Joke about Jamaica”
  • Public Enemy, “By the time I get to Arizona”
  • Pearl Jam, “Last Exit”

Songs of the Week:

  • Pearl Jam, “Leash”
  • Lykke Li, “Breaking it Up”
  • Gym Class Heroes, “Catch Me if You Can” and “Cookie Jar (Feat. The-Dream)”
  • Cee Lo Green, “Radioactive”

Reviews:

1. I might’ve listened three or four times.

2. So intense, so good, so disturbing, so influential, so well done, so much excellence.

3. Easily one of my favorite albums.

Comment:

Like I said in a conversation with a friend, my life is hectic but pretty awesome even though the pay sucks. I’m working on stuff for multiple employers that won’t pay, but I still like it. The cover letters, on the other hand, are a perpetual stew of weak sauce.

Full Albums:

  • The Afghan Whigs, 1965
  • Barry White, All-Time Greatest Hits
  • Cee Lo Green, The Lady Killer0
  • Drake, Thank Me Later1
  • Earth, Wind & Fire, Greatest Hits
  • Interpol, Interpol
  • Kings of Leon, Come Around Sundown2
  • Mark Ronson and The Business Intl, Record Collection
  • The National, High Violet
  • N.E.R.D, Nothing3
  • Pearl Jam, Vs.4
  • Public Enemy, It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
  • Prince and the Revolution, Purple Rain5
  • R. Kelly, Chocolate Factory6
  • Robyn, Body Talk Pt. 2
  • Sleigh Bells, Treats
  • Soundgarden, Telephantasm
  • Talking Heads, Popular Favorites7

Random Excellence:

  • ZZ Top, “Cheap Sunglasses”
  • Outkast, “Skew it on the Bar-B (Feat. Raekwon)”
  • Steve Miller Band, “The Stake”
  • Michael Jackson, “Beat It”
  • Blind Faith, “Had to Cry Today”

Songs of the Week:

  • Shakira, “She Wolf”
  • Cee Lo Green, “Radioactive”8
  • Animal Collective, “My Girls”

Reviews:

0. I love it so I awarded it a special place in twim history: 0. Not a rating, just a place.

1. You can tell the kid’s good but with all that potential I just expect so much more from him. For example, there’s a line on the first track called “Firework” that goes, “But I just wish that they’d let you try it first/This time I’m really going off–fireworks.” This pisses me off to no end. I feel like it’s punchline rap because you see what he’s doing, but it’s kind of only there to get in another idea. It’s punchline rap because it’s kind of a joke. It’s clever but he’s just not doing it right. I feel like any other major label rapper would have at least said, “…really going off like I’m fireworks” or something more nimble. Instead we have an album full of this and R&B songs. I really don’t think he can be both. Even Ghostface Killah couldn’t pull of an album of all R&B and rap, but at least Ghostdini mixed the two together instead of murmuring for entire songs. I’ll give Drake credit for having The-Dream on the album but I’ll never forgive him for “Find Your Love.” That song’s fucking terrible.

2. I’m truly pleased with this album. Honestly, it just gets better for me with every listen; however, it kills me that they (and every successful band these days, it seems) have to keep getting compared to U2. Sure, there are some similarities–stadium-filling, their best albums are about America–but one is actually from America, knows how to play more than just a couple of chords and is far younger. I get that they have the potential to grow into U2 shoes, but does anyone honestly see that happening? Touring, bringing out “Soft” for all the kids compared to nightly renditions of “One”? No. They’re a different band.

3. Seriously, you set the bar pretty low for yourself when you name your album Nothing. I caught myself, at multiple points, thinking to myself, “What the fuck is this?” The music can be pretty awesome but the lyrics…whoooooo boy. The bonus songs are not good. That’s the best I can summon. “Life as a Fish” is fucking weird. I like the idea, but the execution was kind of lackluster. You know what you did, “Victory.” Keeping it positive? “Hot-n-Fun” isn’t entirely terrible (despite them trying to convince me this is stadium music) and I kind of like “Party People.

4. “Take/My fucking hand/It was their idea I prove to be a man/Will myself to find a home/A home within myself/We will find a way/We will find our place/Drop the leash/Drop the leash/Get outta my fuckin’ face…”

5. I think, out of the 6 billion people on the face of the Earth, you wouldn’t be able to find anyone that didn’t like at least one song on this album.

6. A. You’re great, but you mufuggin crazy, son. B. Tone it down, tune it up, tuck it in. C. Trim the fat; just put the remixes on.

7. “I’m just an animal looking for a home/Share the same space for a minute or two/And you love me till my heart stops/Love me till I’m dead”

8. Just a hell of a cover. I want to do stuff like that. Cover R. Kelly’s “Ignition [Remix],” Young Jeezy’s “My President is Black” or The-Dream’s “Fast Car.” So awesome.

Comment:

Howabout that Internet, huh? I seriously can’t get enough of it, but in a good way. Like how it keeps me connected to people in addition to stupid jokes and stupid TV shows I shouldn’t be wasting my time on. Luckily, the stupid shows and jokes help make the waiting for everyone else to get on the Internet easier.

Oh, cover letters; you mad stupid, yo. You like…TSA: You make my life easier but only after I get groped and poked and prodded without my shoes on. And then once I get through, it turns out all that bullshit wasn’t really going to help anyone, anyway–you just let through the people with the right paperwork, nicest attitudes and least metallic objects on.

BOOM.

Full Albums:

  • The Clash, The Clash and Combat Rock1
  • Clipse, Hell Hath no Fury and ‘Til the Casket Drops
  • Coheed and Cambria, Good Apollo I’m a Burning Star IV, Vol. 2: No World for Tomorrow
  • The Cure, Galore (The Singles 1987-1997)3
  • Erykah Badu, New Amerykah Pt. Two: Return of the Ankh
  • John Mayer, Battle Studies
  • Kings of Leon, Come Around Sundown
  • Nas, Illmatic
  • Passion Pit, Manners
  • Pearl Jam, Vs.
  • Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth, Mecca & the Soul Brother1
  • Phoenix, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
  • Prince and The Revolution, Purple Rain
  • Q-Tip, The Renaissance
  • Queens of the Stone Age, Era Vulgaris
  • Raekwon, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx
  • Robyn, Body Talk, Pt. 2
  • The Rolling Stones, Exile on Main St. (Deluxe Edition)1
  • The Roots, How I Got Over
  • Royskopp, Junior
  • Santogold, Santogold
  • The-Dream, Love Hate and Love vs. Money2
  • Timbaland, Presents Shock Value II4
  • TV on the Radio, Dear Science
  • Van Halen, Van Halen II1
  • The xx, xx

Random Excellence:

  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs, “Phenomena”
  • Three Six Mafia, “Don’t Cha Get Mad (Feat. Lil’ Flip)”5
  • Sleigh Bells, “Riot Rhythm”
  • Sadat X, “Turn It Up (Feat. Pete Rock)”6
  • Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, “More News from Nowhere”

Songs of the Week:

  • TV on the Radio, “Wash the Day Away”
  • The Temper Trap, “Sweet Disposition” and “Fader”
  • Snoop Dogg, “Gangsta Luv (Mayer Hawthorne G-Mix)”
  • Child Rebel Soldier, “Don’t Stop!”7

Reviews:

1. These are albums my kids will be raised on.

2. When they’re old enough, they’ll be raised on these albums.

3. I never listened to The Cure because why? Christmas wishlist updated.

4. Well this is just a hulking piece of crap, isn’t it? All the good stuff is at the front and “good stuff” is a little strong.

5. This song has been on every party playlist I’ve ever made. I love it even though they cut out the sample during Juicy J’s extra-special diatribe about his dick. Other than that, this song makes me so happy.

6. I have yet to hear a Pete Rock song I didn’t like. He’s a magician. If any of the music I make is as half as good as Pete Rock’s music, I will die happy.

7. I think this song is full of subliminal messages. Like, don’t stop playing this song. Don’t stop loving this song. Don’t stop playing this song. I’m going to go play this song.

Comment:

Man, Halloween. Hoodoggie. Amirite? Hope yours was as good as mine.