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Monthly Archives: March 2012

Full Albums:

  • Thin Lizzy, Dedication
  • Kraftwerk, Tour de France1
  • Raekwon, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx
  • Beastie Boys, Ill Communication2
  • Left Lane Cruiser, Bring Yo’ Ass to the Table

Random Excellence:

  • Living Things, “End Gospel”
  • Animal Collective, “My Girls”
  • Terius Nash, “Long Gone”
  • Thin Lizzy, “Dedication”
  • The Kooks, “Sway”

Songs of the Week:

  • Dropkick Murphys, “Shipping off to Boston”
  • U2, “Sunday Bloody Sunday”
  • Dropkick Murphies, “Drunken Lullabies”
  • Thin Lizzy, “Chinatown”
  • Jay-Z, “Why I Love You”

Reviews:

1. This album frustrated the hell out of me. Incredibly repetitive and the lyrics were…the same words. I started weaving in modern Irish music to dull the pain.

2. An oddly diverse album. Songs about paranoia and Buddhism on the same album; punk and hip hop everywhere. Still, it’s very good.

Comment:

It’s incredible how much posters can really do for a room. This place already feels nearly uninhabitable and I haven’t even taken everything down. The prospect of not needing some of my IKEA storage solutions is also freaking me out. I guess I…sell it all before next week? How does that work? I thoroughly look forward to moving all the stuff into a fifth-floor walk up, just to start selling it all, piece by piece.

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Full Albums:

  • The-Dream, Love-Hate
  • Van Halen, 1984
  • Buzzcocks, Singles Going Steady1
  • Lifter Puller, Fiestas + Fiascos2
  • Madvillain, Madvillainy3
  • Neon Indian, Psychic Chasms
  • Ohio Players, Fire4
  • The Rolling Stones, Some Girls
  • Driver F, Chase the White Whale and Bury a Dream
  • The Gaslight Anthem, The ’59 Sound
Random Excellence:
  • Frank Ocean, “Swim Good”5
  • The Police, “Bring on the Night”
  • LCD Soundsystem, “Someone Great”
  • Outkast, “Rosa Parks”
  • Rage Against the Machine, “Calm like a Bomb”

Songs of the Week:

  • Notorious B.I.G., “Notorious Thugs”
  • Buzzcocks, “Harmony in my Head” and “Why Can’t I Touch It?”
  • Driver F, “Younce Creek”
  • Pretenders, “You Hurt Me”

Reviews:

1. I guess I’m not surprised, based on the name of their band, but they seem like the consumate rock band: everything is sex, drugs, and rock and roll.

2. It’s like a weirder Hold Steady, and for good reason. Most of the band’s here and it’s mostly excellent.

3. Super weirdo rhymes over laid-back beats.

4. Funky, funky, funky, funky.

5. I know what I said.

Comment:

I think the most difficult part about searching for an apartment is that it feels exactly like applying for jobs three years ago: search diligently for something I’m actually interested in (and frequently things I’m not); send out one thousand well-crafted, hilarious emails; and get nothing in return. In the rare case of a response, it’s something that either demands immediate action or smacks of nothing short of a scam. Tonight’s showings were the first two I managed to schedule: the first canceled because the tenant is no longer moving out and the second smelled terrible, had a needle-drop-off bin three doors away, and a seven-year-old roommate whose mom (the apartment’s owner) did not appear to speak English.

So it feels like the few times there’s a glimmer of hope in that sea of poorly lit listings, my salvation slips through my fingers again. But I can keep sending some emails. Maybe these ones are more bland. Maybe these ones have what they wanted to hear in them. Maybe I’ll be okay.

Full Albums:

  • Driver F, Chase the White Whale and Bury a Dream
  • Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth, Mecca & the Soul Brother
  • Tom Vek, Leisure Seizure
  • Gang Starr, Daily Operation1
  • Gary Clark, Jr., The Bright Lights EP2
  • Homeboy Sandman, Subject: Matter3
  • Slum Village, Trinity (Past, Present and Future)4
Random Excellence:
  • Seasick Steve, “You Can’t Teach an Old Dog New Tricks”
  • The Sheepdogs, “Learn & Burn”
  • Lily Allen, “The Fear”
  • The Jimi Hendrix Experience, “Spanish Castle Magic”
  • Funkadelic, “Cholly (Funk Get Ready to Roll!)”

Songs of the Week:

  • Otis Redding, “The Happy Song”
  • Gary Clark, Jr., “Bright Lights”
  • M83, “We Own the Sky”
  • The Hold Steady, “Chips Ahoy!”
  • Gorillaz, Andre 3000, and James Murphy, “DoYaThing”

Reviews:

1. I think this one and the Slum Village album get categorized in the same subgenre, but somehow this one comes out way on top. I found myself more willing to sink into the darkness; great beats and great rhymes without wallowing.

2. I think the kid’s gonna be okay. I can’t believe this is just four songs, but it’s nice to hear a whole bunch of consistently excellent tunes from a tuneful dude.

3. Someone pointed out he doesn’t even curse.It’s almost as if his posture, his delivery, and his tone are enough to say “I’m fucking killing you guys at this” without having to say it; the whole album’s a metaphor.

4. Not to say these guys wallowed, just that this is a much darker album to process. Perhaps it was the lack of a singular vision that made the waters that much murkier. Whereas Guru was guiding everyone through Daily Operation and adding his own complexity, the trinity here seemed to work more against them than anything.

Comment:

Staten Island St. Patrick’s Day was yesterday. I saw Mayor Bloomberg, Senator Schumer, and a couple of people in a parade. I definitely had a bit of fun, though I’m seriously terrified about the whole apartment hunt thing. Craigslist is proving to be just as much of a nightmare as I expected and I still can’t hear much due to yesterday’s activities. I wondered on and off today if I spent my time wisely this weekend, only to remember that there’s a very real chance that if I didn’t take some time for myself to have the kind of fun I did, I would probably be wallowing in a much deeper hole of apartment woe and cynicism right now. So the game goes on.