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Full Albums:

  • The Afghan Whigs, 1965
  • Daft Punk, Discovery
  • Duffy, Endlessly1
  • Empire of the Sun, Walking on a Dream
  • Gorillaz, Demon Days and Plastic Beach
  • GZA, Pro Tools
  • The Hold Steady, Heaven is Whenever
  • Interpol, Our Love to Admire
  • Katy Perry, Teenage Dream
  • Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Trouble Is…
  • Kings of Leon, Come Around Sundown
  • The Kooks, Konk
  • Miike Snow, Miike Snow
  • Money Making Jam Boys, The Prestige
  • Passion Pit, Manners
  • Pete Rock and C.L. Smooth, The Main Ingredient and Mecca and the Soul Brother2
  • Prince, Sign O’ the Times3
  • The Raconteurs, Consoler of the Lonely
  • The Roots, Rising Down
  • The-Dream, Love King (Deluxe Edition) and Love vs. Money

Random Excellence:

  • The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, “Phenomena”
  • Wolfmother, “Colossal”
  • Peter Bjorn and John, “Amsterdam”
  • Led Zeppelin, “Hey Hey What Can I Do”
  • Grand Funk Railroad, “Closer to Home/I’m Your Captain”

Songs of the Week:

  • Pete Rock and C.L. Smooth, “All the Places”
  • Miike Snow, “Black and Blue”
  • Mark Ronson and The Business Intl, “Bang Bang Bang”
  • LCD Soundsystem, “Dance Yrself Clean”
  • The Hold Steady, “Southtown Girls”

Reviews:

1. I don’t think this is as good as her first album. It feels like a huge shift away from that “My heart’s in a million pieces right now” vibe that dominated her last album. I kind of get the impression she and Adele are like the soul Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears: one’s getting more attention because she’s hotter even though the other’s the better singer. Which is kind of a ridiculous similie because they’re both incredible singers. Uncommonly good.

The point remains, though: this album, though it’s good, wasn’t as good as I was expecting and hoping for.

2. PETE ROCK, STOP WINNING AT EVERYTHING. GO RECORD WITH SOME GUY NO ONE’S NEVER HEARD OF NAMED KAYNE OR SOMETHING.

3. I have five bucks that says this album is the reason The-Dream’s a recording artist. The lyrics for “U Got the Look” include: “Ladies and gentlemen/The dream we all dream of/Boy versus girl in the world series of love.” Come on. In once sentence you have and introduction to “The Dream” and an idea that kind of sounds like Love vs. Money. Consider that and how a lot of Love King is just Purple Rain with modern lyrics and you’ve got a cash cow on your hands.

Comment:

Sorry for the delay, I went to Staten Island’s St. Patrick’s Day parade yesterday so by the time I got home I was neither awake nor sober enough to write a post about anything. Toward the end of the night, my friend had somehow gotten someone’s fleece–it was pouring the whole afternoon–and our friend who’d invited us out called a cab. The car never came, so we walked down the main avenue asking people how to get to the ferry. My friend even tried to bribe a couple of cops to take us to the ferry.

Conversations literally went like this: “Hey brother, can you tell us how to get to the ferry from here?” “Nah, I’m not from here. Catch a cab, I guess.” “We already called like fifteen minutes ago. Is there any chance I could give you $40 to take us there?” “We’re cops, not a cab.” “Right, but there’s no way you’re going to be going to the ferry? We already called a cab.” “Catch the bus?” “It’s not running right now, that’s why we’re looking for a cab.” Definitely happened twice.

We finally ended up getting some guy with his daughter’s birthday cake in the front seat to take us there. Quite possibly the easiest $40 dollars that man has ever made–he was already on the way and his passengers were well paying gentlemen with a whole bunch of social sauce in ’em? Cash money.

So everyone got home safe and I slept like a rock, but woke up feeling like I’d been hit with one. I hope you had a good weekend, too.

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