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Monthly Archives: July 2011

Full Albums:

  • Adele, 21
  • Beastie Boys, Hot Sauce Committee, Pt. II
  • Big K.R.I.T., K.R.I.T. Wuz Here
  • The Black Keys, Brothers
  • Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Beat the Devil’s Tattoo
  • Calvin Harris, I Created Disco and Ready for the Weekend1
  • Childish Gambino, EP2
  • Does it Offend You, Yeah?, You Have No Idea What You’re Getting Yourself Into
  • Driver F, Chase the White Whale2
  • Eagles of Death Metal, Heart On
  • Eddie Money, Greatest Hits: Sound of Money
  • Empire of the Sun, Waiting on a Dream
  • Faces, A Nod is as Good as a Wink…to a Blind Horse
  • Fleetwood Mac, Rumours
  • Friendly Fires, Pala3
  • Neon Indian, Psychic Chasms
  • Raekwon, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx
  • Rage Against the Machine, The Battle of Los Angeles
  • The-Dream, Love King and Love Vs. Money
  • Tom Vek, We Have Sound4
  • Van Halen, Van Halen II

Random Excellence:

  • Wu-Tang Vs The Beatles, “Clientele Kidd”
  • Kings of Leon, “Soft”
  • The Strokes, “The Modern Age”
  • Passion Pit, “Little Secrets”
  • Led Zeppelin, “When the Levee Breaks”

Songs of the Week:

  • Robyn, “Hang with Me”
  • Kate Nash, “Shit Song”
  • Driver F, “Bury Me with My Money”
  • The Clash, “Clampdown”
  • Jay-Z, “Off That”

Reviews:

1.Honestly, it’s incredible how different these two albums are. The first one’s some indie dance stuff and the second one’s this poppy, guest-filled piece of glittery and striking commercial music. It almost feels like a complete turn in a different direction, but it’s still very distinctly Calvin Harris. I find I still reach for the first album more often than for the new one because I’m more comfortable with it. I actually even think the general population still isn’t quite ready for him; if he keeps the trend going, his next album’s going to be full of nothing less than a bunch of straight-up pop hits.

2. Have to get pumped for the new album and all that noise.

3. This is also some super-indie, super-dancy music. It’s a lovely album, but I really don’t think anything on this album outdid the climax pairing of “Show Me Lights” and “True Love.” Those songs just stand out above all the rest, begging to be listened to on a loop.

4. HAHA, fooled you! Not only did I listen to more Tom Vek last week, but I listened to Leisure Seizure and Foster the People’s Torches once each on the way to and from work today. So getting Tom Vek out of my life is probably not going to happen; at least for a while.

Comment:

I put a hole in the crotch of one of my two pairs of shorts in the middle of summer. And, for those of you unfamiliar with fashion, stores don’t sell for the season you’re in; they sell for next season. So finding another pair of shorts was almost impossible. I mean, I found a pair, but the only sizes online were 28s and 42s. I honestly don’t think I’ll ever be either of those. I’m sure I was once a 28, but I don’t think my hips are ever getting smaller than a 32 because any smaller would be unhealthy or require surgery.

At any rate, this concludes what I consider the calm before the storm. Somehow I managed to sit down and watch a movie and write two blog posts for other people yesterday. At work today, I didn’t really have anything to do. My plans for tonight were cancelled, but I’ve just made some new ones. I’m also booked for activities from Tuesday night through Saturday. So I’m very suspicious that the second I walk out that door behind me, I’m about to enter a world of hurt full of friends, hard work and not nearly enough sleep. So wish me luck and affordable coffee prices.

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Full Albums:

  • The Afghan Whigs, Unbreakable and 1965
  • Justice, Cross
  • Oh Land, Oh Land
  • Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth, The Main Ingredient and Mecca & the Soul Brother
  • Taking Back Sunday, Where You Want to Be
  • The-Dream, Love Hate and Love King (Deluxe Edition)
  • Tom Vek, Leisure Seizure1
  • A Tribe Called Quest, Beats, Rhymes & Life
  • TV on the Radio, Nine Types of Light
  • The Weeknd, House of Balloons

Random Excellence:

  • Prince, “Sign O the Times”
  • Pearl Jam, “Dissident”
  • Cee Lo Green, “No One’s Gonna Love You”
  • Kings of Leon, “Soft”
  • The Roots, “Right On”

Songs of the Week:

  • Yeasayer, “O.N.E.”
  • The Wildbirds, “It’s Alright Now”
  • M.I.A., “20 Dollar”
  • Joe Bonamassa, “Funkier Than a Mosquito’s Tweeter”
  • Eyrkah Badu, “Honey”

Reviews:

1. I might have finally reached a pause break for Mr. Vek, but only because I listened to his album like four times this week.

Comment:

So there was an intern meet-up thing on the rooftop at work and they let me put on my giant “social” playlist. It’s full of music that someone always ends up critiquing or complaining about and I always get pissed about. Seriously, it’s a playlist of like 330 or more songs that I love and just throw on random. I don’t care if you don’t like “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” because that’s just classic music. Enjoy your “Party Rock Anthem” or whatever. I’m just saying, I put a lot of time into this and all I want is for you to nod your head when you listen.

And yet, I was greatly relieved that a couple of interns really liked it. Even some of my coworkers. I mean, my blog has mostly turned into a diary about my iPod by now, so nothing brings me more joy than knowing that sitting in my room and typing some words about things that make me nod my head is actually pretty okay.

Full Albums:

  • Adele, 21
  • The Beastie Boys, Hot Sauce Committee, Pt. II
  • Buddy Guy, Sweet Tea
  • The Clash, The Clash
  • Foster the People, Torches
  • Ladyhawke, Ladyhawke
  • LCD Soundsystem, This is Happening!
  • Metric, Fantasies
  • Miike Snow, Miike Snow
  • Neon Indian, Psychic Chasms1
  • Oh Land, Oh Land2
  • Passion Pit, Manners
  • Prince, Prince
  • The Sheepdogs,¬†Learn and Burn
  • The Strokes, Angles
  • Tom Vek, Leisure Seisure¬†and We Have Sound3
  • UGK, Ridin’ Dirty
  • The Weeknd, House of Balloons

Random Excellence:

  • A Tribe Called Quest, “Vibes and Stuff”
  • The Cure, “Hot Hot Hot!!!”
  • Kings of Leon, “Slow Night, So Long”
  • The Gaslight Anthem, “Orphans”
  • Interpol, “Rest My Chemistry”

Songs of the Weeks:

  • Wu-Tang Vs. Beatles, “Clientelle Kidd”
  • The-Dream, “Yamaha”
  • Taking Back Sunday, “Bonus Mosh Pt. II”
  • Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth, “All the Places”
  • The Black Keys, “Tighten Up”

Reviews:

1. I think this one would be a whole lot more fun for me if I was into drugs. I don’t think I heard a word they said. I mean, it’s cool and I’m sure I’ll grow to love it, but this is the kind of album that pops up in the super-cool next-new-thing loving indie circles…and then just kind of stays there. I’m not saying I’m super cool, I’m just saying this seems like the kind of stuff Pitchfork shits their pants over for a full month and then we never hear of the band again. Obviously I can’t be super cool: this album came out like two years ago and this is the first time I listened to it…

2. This is a bunch of fun, but I should mention this girl is absolutely captivating. Simply because a friend invited me, I went and saw her live without ever have hearing a song of hers before. The first thing I did when I got home was get the album. She’s this statuesque Scandinavian with the stage presence of at least four people and the voice of a siren. I pretty sure I’m not the only person who feels this way: during the show, my friend looked over and said, “I’m pretty sure every guy in the audience just fell in love with her.” I agreed and explained that I hadn’t been dancing the whole night because I was attempting to stare deeply into her eyes in the hopes that our love was mutual.

3. Man, my entire “Full Albums” list would have about, if my math is correct, six more albums on it if I hadn’t listened to the both of these about four times each in the last two weeks. Tom Vek is just a huge part of my iPod’s life right now.

Comment:

I bet this sounds like an introduction for a shitty movie preview, but do you ever look back on your life and realize you’ve made a life-altering mistake in just one night? Like you understand and have learned from the mistake, apologized endlessly for it, and you can still tell things will never be the same? Like that person can never be your friend again?

It feels absolutely ridiculous. Particularly when all I want is that person back in my life. I feel like a child because I’m given the silent treatment and ignored. And I’m worried all my frustration is turning these barricades into hatred. Which, perhaps unsurprisingly, feels even worse. I think I wash my hands of this, only because I don’t want to hate this person. Five years of friendship is a lot for me to give up on, but if they won’t accept my apology, then I guess those five years don’t have to mean anything.

On the off chance you still read my stuff, I’m still sorry. You were always better than me at writing, organizing, editing and having immeasurable tact. I apologize for the night when I had neither the latter nor a shred of decency. A million times, I’m sorry.

I can’t apologize forever, so I’m done.

Coming next week: More music! Less depression!