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Monthly Archives: June 2011

Full Albums:

  • The Beatles, Revolver, Rubber Soul and The White Album
  • Brand New, Deja Entendu
  • Clipse, Hell Hath No Fury
  • Cream, Best of
  • Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi, Rome1
  • The Dells, The Very Best of -Oh What a Night2
  • Eddie Money, Greatest Hits: Sound of Money
  • Fall Out Boy, From Under the Cork Tree
  • Foster the People, Torches3
  • The Hold Steady, Stay Positive
  • Kate Nash, Made of Bricks
  • Method Man, Tical
  • Owl City, Ocean Eyes
  • Passion Pit, Manners
  • Pearl Jam, Vs.
  • The Rolling Stones, Sticky Fingers
  • The-Dream, Love vs. Money
  • Tom Vek, We Have Sound4
  • TV on the Radio, Nine Types of Light
  • The xx, xx

Random Excellence:

  • Van Halen, “So this is Love”
  • Rush, “Subdivisions”
  • K’naan, “Wavin’ Flag”
  • Coheed & Cambria, “Feathers”
  • The Arcade Fire, “No Cars Go”

Songs of the Week:

  • The Roots, “Web”
  • Robyn, “Dancing on My Own”
  • Miike Snow, “Black & Blue”
  • Jurassic 5, “What’s Golden”
  • Big K.R.I.T., “Return of 4eva”

Reviews:

1. I thought this was a lovely piece of music that definitely stands out as among modern music. I don’t know if I would have been able to hear all the analog recording or even to listen to it if I hadn’t already heard about it, but I think what’s really setting it apart sonically is the content. I feel like the back-breaking work to get everyone on the same instruments that Morricone used might have been excessive for this album, but I also think I’m kind of wrong. I’ve been hearing reports about how albums recorded strictly in digital don’t remaster well because digital recordings end up fading. Even if we don’t have any scientific evidence to prove one sounds categorically better than the other, there is something to be said about how recording this way can at least cultivate the different mindset needed to create different results.

2. This one breaks my heart. I know it’s good, but I feel like I’m jaded by the flashy techniques that have modernized the music industry in the last 30 years. I know that contradicts my somewhat anti-tech review above, but this almost felt like white noise. I need clangy, dirty guitars and a raspy voice. Or a horn section and a drummer so coked up he thinks he lives in Atlanta. That’s just the worst. I’m going to try to push past all that and keep listening because I’m sure they’re the best. Using your voice as an instrument is an extremely difficult task that should be rewarded.

3. It’s just catchy as all hell. A really beautiful album. The best songs are definitely “Helena Beat,” “Pumped Up Kicks,” “I Would Do Anything for You” and “Houdini.” But they don’t stand out like sore thumbs; they’re the digits that blend in, but stick out a little bit above a great, big, mellifluous hand.

4. Dude’s too good. First two songs and “Nothing but Green Lights”? Sell the farm ma, this kid’s going places.

Comment:

I’mma be out of town for the Fourth of July so I’ll probably do a t.w.i.m. Two Week Edition because a One-and-a-Halfer sounds dumb. On the bright side, I’ll be doing a lot of travelling; which means I’ll be listening to a lot of music. Should be good for all of us. Enjoy yourselves out there, but be safe. Don’t play with fire–too much. And so on.

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Full Albums

  • Adele, 21
  • The Afghan Whigs, 1965
  • Big Boi, Sir Luscious Left Foot
  • Big K.R.I.T., K.R.I.T. Wuz Here
  • Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Beat the Devil’s Tattoo
  • Eddie Money, Greatest Hits: Sound of Money1
  • Elefant, Sunlight Makes Me Paranoid
  • Faces, A Nod is as Good as a Wink…to a Blind Horse
  • The Hold Steady, Stay Positive
  • Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth, The Main Ingredient
  • Raphael Saadiq, Stone Rollin2
  • The Rolling Stones, Exile on Main St.
  • Saves the Day, Stay What You Are
  • Say Anything, In Defense of the Genre
  • The Strokes, Angles
  • The-Dream, Love Hate
  • Tom Vek, We Have Sound3
  • Van Halen, Fair Warning
  • Wale, Attention Deficit
  • Wu-Tang Clan, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)4

Random Excellence:

  • Outkast, “The Way You Move”
  • Koko Taylor, “I’m a Woman”
  • Kate Nash, “Pumpkin Soup”
  • Jay-Z, “Real as it Gets”
  • Driver F, “Water Fun Express”

Songs of the Weeks:

  • The Hold Steady, “Constructive Summer”5
  • Wale, “W.A.L.E.D.A.N.C.E.”
  • Faces, “Miss Judy’s Farm”
  • The-Dream, “Body Work/Fuck My Brains Out”
  • Say Anything, “We Killed It”
  • Eddie Money, “Baby Hold On,” “Shakin'” and “No Control”

Reviews:

1. When I was a kid, my parents had a house across a valley from Eddie Money’s mansion. Supposedly, I used to hate him because he often had late-night jam sessions that would keep me up. I’m sure if I could go back in time, I’d try to go back and tell myself, “No. Shhh. Listen closely. That man can play, sing and write. That’s just a talented man making good music. Keep listening.”

2. I feel like there’s more hype behind this than actual content. I got pretty bored within like ten minutes or so. I think he’s trying to go for that neo-soul-type vibe, but it doesn’t feel like it’s working for me. I turned around after listening to Stone Rollin and switched to The Rolling Stones as soon as I was done. Which sounded a whole lot better to me.

3. These beats! I almost sent a copy of this as a part of my Father’s Day care package because it’s awesome, but then I decided to tone it down a little. It’s almost more post-punk than my Dad would like. There are some songs where the texture, on any other song, would go from that grainy, tinny sound and solidify in a concrete song, but I think Vek just keeps it tinny because he knows you’re expecting something else. He’s not going to play into the stereotypes because he’s on a quest to make music that is distinctly Tom Vek, yet also parts rock, punk, rap and independent rock and so on. The result’s a solid album with excellent music.

4. It’s just…too good. I might never get out of those 36 chambers.

5. This is my mantra, my anthem, my go-to song right now. And tidbits from it are the idioms I refer to on a daily basis; because me and my friends are like: double whiskey/coke–no ice.

Comment:

Good gravy boat, batman. Those there Webby Awards done gone wrecked us back on Monday. I even took a cab from the office to the Apple Store where I bought a company iPad 2 and turned around and set it up at the Webbys. We interviewed people like Lisa Lampanelli, Michael Ian Black and Christian Finnegan on it. Can you believe that crap? We were running around like chickens with our heads cut off for a bit, though, because you can’t upload videos to Facebook from an iPad. Luckily, we found a computer that had reliable Internet (broken Internet at the Webbys!?!) and uploaded from that one while live blogging on our personal iPads and phones. And that was just Monday; the end of a hellish week that saw almost everyone doing things like carrying desktop computers for six blocks. I think I’m still trying to calm myself, to calm the flames of “Holy shit let’s do all the things!”

Full Albums:

  • Calvin Harris, I Created Disco
  • Chickenfoot, Chickenfoot
  • Childish Gambino, EP
  • The Cure, Galore
  • Does it Offend You, Yeah?, You Have No Idea What You’re Getting Yourself Into
  • Drake, Thank Me Later
  • Driver F, Chase the White Whale1
  • Eagles of Death Metal, Heart On
  • Faces, A Nod Is as Good as a Wink… To a Blind Horse
  • Fall Out Boy, Folie a Deux
  • The Gaslight Anthem, The ’59 Sound
  • Girl Talk, All Day
  • GZA, Liquid Swords and Pro Tools
  • The Hold Steady, Separation Sunday
  • Jay-Z, Hard Knock Life, Vol. 2
  • Led Zeppelin, II
  • Living Things, Ahead of the Lions
  • Method Man, Tical
  • Metric, Fantasies
  • Nas, Illmatic
  • Pearl Jam, Vs.
  • Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth, The Main Ingredient
  • Rage Against the Machine, Evil Empire
  • Robyn, Body Talk
  • The Roots, How I Got Over and The Tipping Point2
  • Royskopp, Junior
  • Saves the Day, Stay What You Are
  • Taking Back Sunday, Louder Now and Where You Want to Be
  • Tame Impala, Innerspeaker
  • The-Dream, Love King and Love vs. Money
  • Van Halen, Diver Down, Van Halen II and 1984
  • Wacka Flocka Flame, Flockaveli
  • The Weeknd, House of Balloons

Random Excellence

  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs, “Phenomena”
  • Wiz Khalifa, “Glass House”
  • Senses Fail, “Handguns & Second Chances”
  • New Found Glory, “Hit or Miss”
  • Kanye West, “Monster”

Songs of the Weeks:

  • Yelle, “Amour Du Sol”
  • The Rolling Stones, “Bitch”
  • The Wildbirds, “It’s Alright Now”
  • Wale, “Mirrors”
  • Santogold, “Lights Out”
  • The Police, “Bring on the Night”
  • Otis Redding, “Hard to Handle”

Reviews:

1. There’s a very real chance I listened to this album about five times in the last two weeks. I’m a pretty big fan.

2. I’m convinced the latter is severely underrated. So many great songs and rhymes.

Comment:

My computer’s monitor died two wednesdays ago. Just in time for me to not fulfill my promise about publishing these on time.