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Monthly Archives: February 2011

Full Albums:

  • Adele, 21
  • Big K.R.I.T, K.R.I.T. Wuz Here1
  • The Cure, Galore
  • Cut Copy, Zonoscope2
  • J Dilla/Pete Rock, The Yancey Phillips Project3
  • LCD Soundsystem, This is Happening!
  • Money Making Jam Boys, The Prestige
  • Paper Route Gangtaz, Fear and Loathing in Hunts Vegas
  • Pete Rock and C.L. Smooth, The Main Ingredient4
  • The Sheepdogs, Learn and Burn
  • Slim Harpo, The Best of Slim Harpo5
  • Soundgarden, Telephantasm (Deluxe Edition)
  • Toro Y Moi, Causers of This6
  • Wacka Flocka Flame, Flockaveli7

Random Excellence:

  • Wiz Khalifa, “Glass House”
  • Van Halen, “Unchained”
  • Saves the Day, “Get Fucked Up”
  • The Raconteurs, “Top Yourself”
  • Jay-Z, “Hola Hovito”

Songs of the Week:

  • The Rolling Stones, “Shake Your Hips”
  • Robert Johnson, “Traveling Riverside Blues”
  • Rad Omen, “Rad Anthem”
  • The Afghan Whigs, “Faded”
  • LCD Soundsystem, “Dance Yrself Clean”

Reviews:

1. Very good, but also very, very long. The length felt almost unjustified, like it was ruining songs via overexposure. I don’t have specific examples off the top of my head, but it really felt like it lost steam in the middle and bits in the end. I will admit I thoroughly enjoy his knowledge of Southern rap.

2. Still super indie, though I did realize that all the hottest tracks are at the beginning of the album. It’s like the first four or five and then it sort of spirals out of control. The last song is a great example of what I mean: it’s 14 minutes long. There are only a few people who can make me want to listen to songs longer than eight minutes and their names are usually things like LCD Soundsystem or Led Zeppelin. So I see what you’re doing there, Cut Copy, but I just want more “Take Me Over” and “Need You Now.”

3. I love these beats though this mixtape makes it rather difficult for me to understand which beats belong to whom. It did however, reinforce my previous belief that Pete Rock is amazing.

4. Which brings us to the other Pete Rock album. These beats are incredible although nothing quite stands out on the first listen like it was “Wig Out” or “They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.).” It’s kind of just a whole album of above average goodness. I’ll probably listen to it until I find the new “Straighten It Out”; which means for hours and hours.

5. I’m not surprised The Rolling Stones loved this guy. Almost too much awesome on one CD.

6. Like Cut Copy, still very indie, but unlike Cut Copy all the hottest tracks are at the end of the album. It’s almost too abrasive: there’s too much stop and go. I keep listening and hoping for him to stop cutting out the music. I love a good beat but when the music is the beat, I’m not sure it’s my favorite.

7. I went into this hoping to find something like Lil Jon and The Eastside Boys’ Crunk Juice, but it was kind of the opposite. Instead of that “Hey, we’re having fun in the club, don’t fuck with us” vibe, it was more of a “Don’t fuck with me” vibe. For the love of God, he named himself after Muppet’s catchphrase. Truly, I listened because the reviews promised great beats and shitty rhymes, but his catchphrases are worse than Lil Jon’s: “Bow. Bow.” “Briiiiick Squaaddd.” “Flocka. Wacka.” Every fucking song. And that spaceship noise Lex Luger uses on almost every song? I know the kid’s only 19 and his beats are extremely impressive for someone that age, but he will almost certainly look back on this album and regret using that sound effect so much.

Where Lil Jon made a stupid feelgood club album, Wacka Flocka made a stupid feel-like-shooting-someone album. And sometimes I wanted to shoot Luger for just using the same formula: extremely low base note as a kick drum beat, fast and almost mechanical hi hat with a high pitched snare, keyboard and violin in the midrange with extremely high pitched synth laced almost annoyingly on top. Honestly, the most exciting part about these beats was the how low the bass was. I liked that, but little else. The only impressive rapper on the whole thing was Wale–for a verse.

Comment:

I reinstalled Windows a week ago and I’m afraid a lot of relevant play counts were lost in the process. I have no evidence to back it up, but I’m pretty sure I listened to way more music than this.

I was looking over my collection of Dia Del Valentin mixtapes,  and I swear to God I’m missing one. I’m pretty sure I put The Kooks’ “Do You Wanna,” Queens of the Stone Age’s “Misfit Love” and LCD Soundsystem’s “Someone Great” together once. To remedy that and all the issues I had with having to omit stuff last week, here’s a backup playlist.

This is part alternates, part things I’ll never be able to include and part me just thoroughly enjoying making playlists. Maybe I’ll use this as a list to cull tasty licks from for next year’s list. Although this might fit on a CD, the chances of it ever getting burned are very, very slim.

The ordering mostly revolves around genres, making transitions from rock into pop and ending with rap and R&B. Quality is not guaranteed since this look like an hour and is more of a placeholder than anything else. I might have only been performing at 80% for this one because I kinda just threw some songs I had been considering two weeks ago together instead of adjusting the playlist every day for an entire month. True story: Dia Del Valentins can take a month and, even then,  I’ll wonder if the results were really any good  and sometimes make another. Maybe that’s what happened with Dia Del Valentin 1 and Dia Del Valentin Dos

  1. Slim Harpo, “Te-Ni-Nee-Ni-Nu”
  2. U2, “Two Hearts Beat as One
  3. The Temper Trap, “Sweet Disposition
  4. The Kooks, “Do You Wanna?
  5. Jimi Hendrix, “You Got Me Floatin'”
  6. Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, “Here Comes My Girl”
  7. Steve Winwood, “Higher Love”
  8. Genesis v. Katy Perry, “Invisible Gurls
  9. The-Dream, “Yamaha
  10. M83, “We Own the Sky
  11. Yelle, “Amour Du Sol”
  12. Robyn, “Stars 4-Ever”
  13. Ladyhawke, “Magic
  14. Mike Posner, “Bow Chicka Wow Wow”
  15. R. Kelly, “Ignition (Remix)
  16. Usher, “That’s What it’s Made For”
  17. Ghostface Killah, “Not Your Average Girl”
  18. Lupe Fiasco, “Sunshine”
  19. Method Man, “All I Need
  20. UGK, “Real Women”

Full Albums:

  • Adele, 1988 and 211
  • The Afghan Whigs, Unbreakable
  • Fleetwood Mac, Rumours
  • Girl Talk, All Day
  • The Hold Steady, Boys and Girls in America and Separation Sunday
  • Jay-Z, Hard Knock Life, Vol. 2
  • Ladyhawke, Ladyhawke
  • M83, Saturdays = Youth
  • Miike Snow, Miike Snow2
  • Money Making Jam Boys, The Prestige
  • Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth, Mecca & The Soul Brother
  • Queens of the Stone Age, Era Vulgaris
  • The Rolling Stones, Exile on Main St. (Deluxe Edition)
  • Say Anything, In Defense of the Genre
  • The Sheepdogs, Learn and Burn3
  • The-Dream, Love vs. Money

Random Excellence:

  • The Wildbirds, “421 (Everybody Loves You)”
  • The Police, “Voices inside my Head”
  • Lauryn Hill, “Every Ghetto, Every City”
  • Daft Punk, “Voyager”
  • The Heavy, “How You like Me Now?

Songs of the Week:

  • Yelle, “Amour Du Sol”
  • Raekwon, “Criminology”
  • GZA, “Alphabets”
  • Kings of Leon, “King of the Rodeo”
  • Gym Class Heroes, “Cookie Jar (Feat. The-Dream)”

Reviews:

1. Adele had a seriously excellent week (at least in terms of my listenership).

One of my friends from my old internship finally convinced me to sign up for datpiff.com and it has opened a whole new world of music to me. I’ve seriously been terrified of mix tapes for a while because 1. literally anyone can make them, which guarantees no level of quality, and, 2. they are that new frontier, that freaky, uncharted ground of music that contains anything from shitty raps by great rappers to incredible music from people who will never be heard from again.

After chatting with my friend about our long history of loving the same music (The-Dream, Adele, Lil Wayne, etc.), he finally convinced me to download the 1988 mixtape since it contains two things we both love: Adele’s incredible voice and beats from rap’s heyday. (Her first album was 19 so they obviously get endless admiration for their mixtape titling skills.)

And the greatness doesn’t end there–she released 21 recently, to pretty much everyone’s great joy. I don’t want to overstep my bounds but I think it sounds a lot better than her first album. I think she’s singing the pants right off of these songs.

2. The hardest part about this album was first discovering it at my retail-type job and the second hardest part was realizing all the best songs on the album have already been beaten into my cranium ad nauseum thanks to my retail-type job. Having this album is just a way to satiate my twitches when I’m fiending for some otherworldly Swedish electropop with weird fucking titles like, “A Horse is not a Home.” I’m not entirely convinced I’ve missed the metaphor on that song in particular–it genuinely sounds like a bunch of Swedish dudes who speak English as a second language and meant “house” but went with “horse.” But, like all of the songs I don’t enjoy because they haven’t been beaten into my head, I could be wrong.

3. The only thing that made this album sound like it wasn’t recorded 30 years ago was when he sang something about Facebook. I think someone dug this up out of a time capsule and decided to tell everyone they recorded it three to six months ago. Which is to say, the music is plain old phenomenal, although I am sincerely worried that the lyrical content is lacking–I have to revisit these hot tracks to verify my original thesis that their vocalist did indeed mention some Internet thing called The Facebook.

Comment:

I glanced over some old twim recently and realized I might have misspoken about my intentions to keep listening to some of the stuff I reviewed only halfheartedly.

Things like Janelle Monae, Warpaint and Toro y Moi are definitely good, but my problem is that I’m currently in a state of heavy flux and I rely upon my music to belay my anchor. While I’m walking to the new job where I average about two face palms a day, the last thing I want to have to think about is the important messages and worlds Janelle has crafted: it is just so much easier to sink into “Ventilator Blues,” “Dreams” or “Southtown Girls” and the “1234, 12, fill, chorus 234, solo” feeling I already know and love from multiple listens. I need that feeling to keep me grounded, to keep me normal even though I know I should be experimenting and trying more new music (i.e, reexamining something I was not too hot on during the first listen).

I was sad to discover that the whole reason I started this tradition no longer wishes to participate: I never heard back from my roommate’s ex-girlfriend when I asked for her address and when I asked my roommate for her current address he, and this is highly privileged information, told me, “Fuck you.” Luckily, though, I picked up a new subscriber last year even though I’ve lost two since. My new trinity of super-select women who totally deserve this mixtape now include one repeat customer, a lady I recently took on a date and my sister. All Freudian implications aside, I’m not entirely sure there’s a reason I can’t keep expanding the subscribers. I might start sending these to my Mom, although sending a romantic, sexy, no pants playlist to my sister is already weird enough.

It should also be noted that, due to popular and overwhelming demand, I made an honest attempt to exclude a lot of really good rap songs. I was considering including things like Lupe Fiasco’s “Sunshine,” The-Dream’s “Yamaha” or Method Man’s “All I Need,” but I realized some of these things might be overkill or could stick out like a sore thumb among a very alternative- and indie-heavy song set.

I also realized after I’d burned the first mixtape I should probably have included The Temper Trap’s “Sweet Disposition” and I really wanted to include M83’s “We Own the Sky” though it only had hints of love in it. Perhaps they will be that much more effective next year with some distance, some perspective. It’s also killing me that “Little Bit” probably belongs more towards the end of the second section (right after “Indestructible”), but this what happens when the Postal Service forces you to, like, plan ahead and stuff.

Without any further distraction or male bovine feces, I’d like to present Dia Del Valntin ’11:

1. Robyn, “Hang with Me
2. TV on the Radio, “Province
3. Mike Posner, “Do You Wanna?”
4. Lykke Li, “Little Bit
5. The Black Keys, “Everlasting Light
6. The-Dream, “F.I.L.A.”
7. Robyn, “Indestructible
8. Cee-Lo Green, “Wildflower”
9. Katy Perry, “Hummingbird Heartbeat”
10. Alicia Keys, “Teenage Love Affair
11. Common, “The Light
12. Yelle, “Tu Es Beau
13. Talking Heads, “This Must be the Place (Naive Melody)
14. The Black Keys, “Howlin’ for You”
15. The Rolling Stones, “Pass the Wine (Sophia Loren)”
16. Prince and The Revolution, “I Would Die 4 U”
17. The Cure, “Strange Attraction”
18. Barry White, “Never, Never Gonna Give You Up”
19. Kings of Leon, “Birthday”
20. Prince and The Revolution, “Take Me with U”
21. Mike Posner, “Please Don’t Go

So here’s why this happened:

You like me? You shouldn’t. 1-2: This is the, “Hey, you should know I’m crazy and weird before you get into this” section. That, “Oh, you like music and movies? Me too, but are you sure that means we should date?” time frame.

Alright, but are you sure? 3-7: That was an impressive speech you gave about the virtues of dating and I was thoroughly impressed with your Powerpoint presentation on your levels of awesome. After some serious consideration, I’ve come to the conclusion that, “Shit, I’m kinda falling for you, too.”

Whoa, you’re right: I love you. 8-11: This is the puppy love section. Note the “Teenage Love Affair” and “Hummingbird Heartbeat” pairing making its way into a very serious “The Light.”

Intermission: Slow down, this is a lot to take in. 12-13: I don’t speak a lot of French but I get the impression this song’s about how beautiful you are. These songs also go really well together in terms of singer and musical composition. A good way to say, “Yes, I know I put a rap and an R&B song on here, but this one makes a smooth transition into all that indie shit we love.” “This must be the place” is kind of a nice way to smoothly transition into next section as well. I put these here because I love them so much; they are the love jelly spread between the lust bread and peanut butter.

I would do anything for you. 14-16: I’m fucking crazy about you. You are the waxing gibbous moon to my werewolf. See what I’m talking about? Even that analogy I just used was crazy.

I need you, stay with me. 17-21: This section says, “I can’t be without you, please don’t leave.” “Strange Attraction” is here instead of in the “Holy shit I love you” sections because the story line swims through meeting, loving and leaving while maintaining an adorable chorus. It probably really belongs in the “Alright, are you sure?” section, but instead of dealing with break-ups for an entire mixtape, I included it to introduce a thought more along the lines of something like: Every time you walk out the door, it feels like you won’t come back. Don’t go.

Full Albums:

  • The Black Keys, Brothers
  • The Clash, The Essential Clash
  • Cut Copy, Zonoscope1
  • Ghostface Killah, Apollo Kids
  • GZA, Pro Tools
  • Kanye West, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
  • Keri Hilson, No Boys Allowed2
  • Kings of Leon, Come Around Sundown
  • Metric, Fantasies
  • Money Making Jam Boys, The Prestige: Jam Boy Magic3
  • Nicki Minaj, Pink Friday4
  • Queens of the Stone Age, Era Vulgaris
  • The Rolling Stones, Beggar’s Banquet and Exile on Main Street
  • The Roots, Rising Down and The Tipping Point
  • Saves the Day, Stay What You Are
  • Taking Back Sunday, Where You Want to Be
  • The-Dream, Love Hate
  • Toro Y Moi, Causers of This1
  • Warpaint, The Fool5

Random Excellence:

  • Wu-Tang Clan, “Ain’t Nothin’ Ta Fuck Wit”
  • Van Halen, “D.O.A.”
  • Lupe Fiasco, “Sunshine”
  • Girl Talk, “On and On”
  • Elefant, “Misfit”

Songs of the Week:

  • The Clash, “This is England”
  • The Rolling Stones, “Pass the Wine (Sophia Loren)”
  • The Cure, “Strange Attraction”
  • The Black Keys, “Sinister Kid”
  • The Afghan Whigs, “Faded”

Reviews:

1. I know it’s supposed to be good but right now it all sounds the same. Some songs are starting to stick out but it’s just so damned indie that I had to whip out some near-metal like Queens of the Stone Age. All that whispering can’t be fun to record, although I’m sure I’ll love this so much more next week.

2. I had to force myself to listen to this whole album. “Pretty Girl Rock,” the second song, is plain old terrible; it was only a little salvaged with the remix but she’s still rhyming the same terrible crap on it. And I know Rolling Stone already dealt with this issue, but how can she have so many rappers on this album and call it No Boys Allowed? It’s like she’s warning you in advance: “I think you’re an idiot. Don’t listen to this album.” The only songs I am guilty of liking are “Lose Control (Let Me Down Feat. Nelly)” and “Beautiful Mistake.” I honestly expected to like more than just two songs after she sang on like every rappers’ song–but most importantly Nas’ “Hero.”

3. As far as I’m concerned, Dice Raw and Black Thought won this round. Truck North seems to have had, simultaneously, some of the coolest lines and some of the wackest. However, it’s entirely possible the things that got the Internet hating this mixtape so much was all the talking between songs. It’s a rap tradition and all, but I don’t need an update on what mixtape I’m listening to–shut the fuck up and rap. No intros explaining your name–just spit it, drop your name in your verse.

I know this shouldn’t really be a factor since it’s a mixtape, but the production was excellent–there wasn’t a beat on there I didn’t like. Particularly since they turned a Sleigh Bells song into a rap beat.

4. There are few rappers I’m having such a love/hate relationship with. I think she has some talent, but more than anything the networking and the unique delivery method that has secured her an audience and some great production. She’s made some great rhymes, but I might never stop hating hashtag/punchline rap. It just feels like a cop-out and she can’t stop copping out. After all the swagger and braggadocio on the first track, I keep finding the rest of the album just doesn’t stand up to her boasts. Don’t get me wrong though, I think she’s really good and she’s definitely found her niche; I just want her to be better.

5. The drums are far and away the best thing on this album. I had the same problem with this album that I had with the Toro Y Moi and Cut Copy album though: it’s so damned indie; I want them to sing louder and with less reverb. I should probably sit down and listen to this one while not reading to get a better understanding of what they’re talking about because it seems like they’ve got some important stuff to say. I also kind of want them to speed up their music. Kinda like their EP, I want them to sort of reign it in and tighten it up, but I see what they’re getting at.

Comment:

I seriously have to set aside some time to reinstall my OS. When I browse the Intranets, I’m starting to get popups like I’m on my parents’ computer. It’s embarrassing. I used to be better at computers than this.

In preparation for whatever it is that happens on this day in one week, I’ve gone through the archives to ensure I’m not repeating super hot sexy jams in the upcoming Dia Del Valentin ’11 playlist. In addition to last year’s playlist, it seems like it would be good to add the previous two playlists and, if not just for prosperity, make an honest attempt to draw any conclusions about my sequencing habits.

Dia Del Valentin 1:

1. Saves The Day, “Firefly”
2. Muse, “Invincible”
3. John Mayer, “Only Heart”
4. Daft Punk, “Digital Love
5. Elefant, “Make Up”
6. Radiohead, “All I Need
7. The Ataris, “San Dimas High School Football Rules”
8. Say Anything, “Baby Girl, I’m a Blur
9. David Bowie, “Heroes”
10. The Who, “Love Ain’t for Keeping”
11. Michael Buble, “How Sweet It Is”
12. Kenny Wayne Shepherd, “I Found Love (When I Found You)”
13. Kings of Leon, “Knocked Up”
14. Eddie Money, “Take Me Home Tonight
15. Interpol, “Obstacle 2”
16. Saves The Day, “Nightingale”
17. Justin Timberlake, “Let’s Take a Ride”
18. MGMT, “Electric Feel
19. Dave Matthews Band, “Dreamgirl”
20. Incubus, “Here in my Room”

Dia Del Valentin Dos:

Just a brief preface: Apparently, I didn’t used to have the qualms I currently do about using the same songs. Some of them even appear here in the same order as on the previous playlist. Thank goodness I’ve come back to study this crap in detail so I don’t keep making these mistakes.

1. Outkast, “Happy Valentine’s Day”
2. Saves The Day, “Firefly”
3. John Mayer, “Only Heart”
4. Daft Punk, “Digital Love”
5. The Postal Service, “Brand New Colony”
6. Steve Miller Band, “Serenade”
7. Kings of Leon, “On Call
8. The Ataris, “Sand Dimas High School Football Rules”
9. Say Anything, “Alive with the Glory of Love
10. David Bowie, “Heroes”
11. The Who, “Love Ain’t for Keeping”
12. Michael Buble, “How Sweet It Is”
13. Kenny Wayne Shepherd, “I Found Love (When I Found You)”
14. Eddie Money, “Take Me Home Tonight”
15. The Tragically Hip, “Silver Jet
16. Interpol, “Obstacle 2”
17. Justin Timberlake, “Let’s Take a Ride”
18. MGMT, “Electric Feel”
19. Dave Matthews Band, “Dreamgirl”
20. Foo Fighters, “Everlong”
21. Saves The Day, “Nightingale”

Conclusions:

I am criminally unimpressed with myself. I owe my college roomate’s ex-girlfriend a sincere apology (probably in the form of the Dia Del Valentin ’11 I will be mailing her in the near future). By the numbers it looks like I used 15 of the same songs–only partially changed chronologically–and introduced two new songs that were by the same band they were replacing (Say Anything, Kings of Leon). Perhaps some of this makes sense, though; some of the songs here are my all-time favorite songs (you know what you did, Saves The Day, David Bowie, Interpol and Eddie Money).

If anything, this might be a reflection of not a lack of effort but a learning curve. Unlike last year’s playlist, I’m having a hard time dividing these into groups or themes just by looking at them, but the fact that I have some of them in the same order tells me I used to think they were all supposed to go together. The thing that really leads me to believe this was a set of learning mixes is the way numero Dos starts.

“Happy Valentine’s Day” is a song after my own heart. I’ve written about it before, but it’s an appropriate way to start this playlist (and this tradition) for me because on the surface it’s wishing you nothing but the best Valentine’s Day even though I’ve never really been a fan. For the first time last year, I wasn’t completely alone on Valentine’s Day, although that doesn’t necessarily mean it was really that much better. A little. Not enough for me to decide to stop disliking Valentine’s Day.

Personal damage–and mistakes–aside, the song switches are much more appropriate (a Kings of Leon song about being there for your lover instead of about unplanned pregnancy and a Say Anything song with a WWII love metaphor instead of about being a blur). I’m also very proud of how I altered the playlist’s ending. Leaving the Incubus song about sexing an incubus (probably an alien actually, but still weird) makes less sense then ending with a beautiful song about love. “Nightingale” is possibly the best song Saves The Day has done on their best album; as a testament to that album’s excellence, the only Saves The Day songs I’ve used on my playlists have both come from Stay What You Are.

As I keep adapting and improving, I might impress myself with the minutiae that only barely fixes the great error that is not creating a new playlist, but I’m hoping to keep outdoing myself every year. Get excited.

Full Albums:

  • The Afghan Whigs, 1965
  • The Clash, The Essential Clash1
  • Empire of the Sun, Walking on a Dream
  • Ghostface Killah, Apollo Kids and Ghostdini Wizard of Poetry in Emerald City
  • Gorillaz, Plastic Beach and The Fall2
  • GZA, Pro Tools
  • Janelle Monae, The ArchAndroid3
  • M83, Saturdays =Youth
  • Method Man, Tical
  • Mike Posner, 31 Minutes to Takeoff
  • Passion Pit, Manners
  • Rad Omen, Search, Party and Destroy4
  • Rihanna, Loud5
  • The Rolling Stones, Exile on Main Street (Deluxe Edition)
  • Sufjan Stevens, The Age of Adz6

Random Excellence:

  • Brand New, “Jude Law and a Semester Abroad”7
  • Wu Tang Vs. The Beatles, “Back in the Game”
  • UGK, “Pinky Ring”
  • The Hold Steady, “Party Pit”8
  • Jay-Z, “Reservoir Dogs”8

Songs of the Week:

  • Ghostface Killah, “Ghetto” and “Guesthouse”9
  • The Clash, “This is England”
  • Rad Omen, “Rad Anthem” and “Losing Tonight”

Reviews:

1. The computer at my new internship had this album and I listened to the whole thing. I gotta get up on this Sandista! thing. The more I listen, the more impressed I get with these guys. “This is England” is amazing. “This is Radio Clash” is phenomenal. “Police on my Back?” Classic. Thank God Simonon and Jones are making music with each other again. Looking at you, Gorillaz.

2. So you found Gorillaz. Plastic Beach was the first time those two dudes I just mentioned played with each other since The Clash broke up–and this is an amazing album. Which was what was hard for me about The Fall. It’s definitely impressive for an album recorded on an iPad, but it’s plain old got nothing on Plastic Beach. I do admit I like that song about Houston (“The Parish of Space Dust”).

3. The best word for this one is “lush.” There’s a lot going on here and I’m going to need to keep listening because it’s very complex–lyrically, musically, metaphorically. I get the impression this is a great and highly underrated album. Plus, this lady’s pipes belong in the fifties or something because she can freakin’ wail with the kind of soul unheard of these days–unless it’s from white girls like Adele or Amy Winehouse. The latter is perhaps an undersell.

4. Very obvious why these guys don’t seem to be signed yet. A spotty little EP I downloaded for free from their website. Unlike another album I downloaded for free from an artist’s website (you know what you did, Childish Gambino), this one shows a lot of potential. Spotty, but showing a lot of potential. In addition to genuinely loving “Rad Anthem,” the music video is kind of hilarious–and not just because Nick Swardson is in it. I moved past the fact that they all seem to be doing a lot of coke because I know I don’t have to do coke to like the video and the song. I guess it wouldn’t hurt, but I’m not going to start doing drugs because a music video’s entertaining. Similarly, I wouldn’t like the whole EP even if I was on drugs. It’s a good first EP, though.

5. I had the same problem listening to her that I did when I listened to my first Usher album: the singles are amazing and the rest is just filler. The singles won’t get the deuce out of your head and the filler is better than average but still not good enough for me to drop my headphones and rush the the nearest Best Buy to purchase their entire back catalog. She ain’t no goddamned Clash.

6. I want him to take singing lessons and tune down the musical freak outs. I like it, but I’m not going to write home to my parents about it. Tone it down, friend.

7. For some reason my iPod played this on shuffle like two or three times. I’m not dealing with a recent breakup or attempting to resolve any lingering girl issues, but for some reason DignePod could not have been more correct to select this song at random multiple times for my listening pleasure. You’ve earned a treat, DignePod.

8. Nothing says “Congratulations on making it through another day in retail without any ‘accidental’ boxcutter guttings” like the one-two punch of these two songs. God, DignePod was freakin’ on fire this week.

9. I might have listened to “Ghetto” 10 times this week. For a while I was so hung up on the greatness of the sample, the beat and the bassline that I though it was a Ghostface Killah song without Ghostface on it. All I could hear was bass, Shallah, drums, Cappadonna and samples–and that’s saying quite a bit because I’m not big on Cappadonna and it’s Ghostface’s album. Sometimes he doesn’t appear on songs on his own albums, but seriously? Capadonna over Ghostface. No, DigneBrain: that beat can’t be that magnificent. It might be, though.

Comment:

Check out all that Wu, kid. The new internship is not only fantastic, but also earbud friendly, so I’m finally back into a normal music groove. Plus, some of the people I work with are big on Wu too, so it was easy to slip back into Tical or Pro Tools–to slip back into the classics.

Being alive right now’s pretty awesome despite weird sleep schedules and a severely heightened coffee intake. I’ll be fine and I’m pretty sure it’s only going to get better.