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Full Albums:

  • Statik Selektah, Well-Done1
  • Ludacris, Word of Mouf2
  • The Roots, Tipping Point
  • Air, Le Voyage Danse la Lune3
  • J Dilla, Jay Stay Paid4
  • Van Halen, A Different Kind of Truth5
  • Escort, Escort6
  • We Were Promised Jetpacks, In the Pit of the Stomach7
  • Homeboy Sandman, The Good Sun8
  • Lana Del Rey, Born to Die9
  • Schoolboy Q, Habits & Contradictions
  • Pretenders, Learning to Crawl10
  • Big K.R.I.T., K.R.I.T. Wuz Here
  • The Black Keys, El Camino
  • Ghostface Killah, Apollo Kids
  • LCD Soundsystem, This Is Happening!
  • Left Lane Cruiser, All You Can Eat!! and Bring Yo’ Ass to the Table
Random Excellence:
  • The Tragically Hip, “Silver Jet”
  • Wu-Tang Clan, “Meteor Hammer”
  • N.E.R.D., “Am I High”
  • Saves the Day, “This Is not an Exit”
  • Prince, “Bambi”

Songs of the Week:

  • The Replacements, “Can’t Hardly Wait”11
  • The Weeknd, “D.D.”
  • Mayer Hawthorne, “Finally Falling”
  • Gorillaz, “Dare”
  • Eddie Money, “Baby Hold On”

Reviews:

1. Yo, this album is delicious. You can tell Bronsollini hungry for success. Bronson got Statik whipping up ill beats. Puns and excellence aside, I had kind of a hard time with the credits for this album: No one seemed to be able to agree if it was Action Bronson’s album with Statik producing or a Statik album with Bronson featured on every song. In the end, AllMusic said Statik’s album so I went with that.

2. I was honestly surprised by how there were a lot of songs, but almost all of the good ones were the singles. I usually can’t get enough Luda, but I definitely got my fill of this album from the radio.

3. The only thing that might make this better would probably be viewing the film. And if the film’s as gorgeous, I might have no choice but to have a braingasm, keel over, and die.

4. Though it has some great beats and was mixed by Pete Rock, it still has the feel of the jumbled collection of unfinished work that it really is–and not because it was released posthumously. The songs are good, but they’re good individually and lack a sense of unity. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but I like the vast majority of it because it’s all classic early-nineties jazz-rap beats.

5. I wanted to hate this so bad. Van Hagar was dumb and I couldn’t care so much as to even look up the name of their third vocalist. Part of me loves all their early work and views them as classic so much that I just didn’t want them to fuck that up for me. And yet, there are some genuinely great songs on here that might stand up with the original Van Halen records. That is, it’s not 1984, but it’s still pretty good.

6. It has the feel of an LCD Soundsystem album with a female vocalist; a welcome relief for the current LCD dry spell.

7. I almost didn’t get to the end I the album. It felt too close to some kind of bro rock and nearly cacophonous. Something about it just sounded like someone had recorded nails on a chalkboard and mixed it down so you couldn’t hear it, but the cringe still bled through.

8. This felt like a talent show with only one performer because he scared everyone else off. He’s also got a new album out I want to wear out because homie got skills.

9. I think I’ve already made my feelings about this album abundantly clear, but you don’t get to shit on something without at least knowing what it is and understanding it. That said, my feelings haven’t changed and she’s probably not going anywhere. She has vaulted herself to (temporary?) pop star, and now all that’s left is she either spreads her wings under a barrage of hatred and rises above or succumbs and vanishes into obscurity. Honestly, I kind of hope she succeeds because the production’s really quite good though her ability to sing, generate original content or perform really is not. I don’t want her around so I can keep shitting on her, I just want to see if she can keep the hype machine going after what she’s done to the become such a huge part of the general public’s consciousness.

10. My Dad used to play their debut record for me all the time as a kid, but the amount of country here really caught me off guard. I think I expected every song to be like “My City Was Gone,” but it was a slight relief when it wasn’t. It spreads them across more than just a microcosm of the punk genre and shows how talented they really are–even though I abhor country music.

11. Everyone who’s analyzed these lyrics always tells me it’s about suicide, but another, seemingly far less popular, opinion is that it’s about the tedium of touring, about missing someone so much and your excitement to finally see them again. So when I listened to that song on repeat for about two hours, that’s the interpretation I chose to continue to believe: I just have to get through what’s on my plate and I’ll be okay.

Comment:

It’s come to my attention that I might really need to cut back on writing here. Though just one twim a week might seem like not too much at all, I spend quite a bit of time on this that I might need to devote to other things like finding a new apartment or freelancing.

Then again, I might really just need to find a better way of prioritizing because this is one of the things that keeps me from losing it. I have incredible amounts of stress that seem to only be satiated by taking days off to sit in front of my computer. President’s Day was incredibly helpful, but Good God the things I have to do to catch up. It’s like I’m on a Stair Master and everyone keeps handing me five pound weights.

However, speaking from my experience in the past few weeks of climbing up and down stairs with a 30-pound vest on, it gets easier with time. My heart rate will continue to beat too fast and I’ll breathe like a beached whale, but I’m going to be okay. That’s all I have right now: an ability to slowly get better at this, to figure out how to make it work until I’m okay.

In the words of a very wise man, “Shake it off and keep dancin’.”

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