1. Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest
2. Dirty Projectors - Bitte Orca
3. Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavillion
4. The Antlers - Hospice
5. Bibio - Ambivalence Avenue 6. Dinosaur Jr. - Farm
7. Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
8 The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
9. Mos Def - The Ecstatic
10. Wavves - Wavves
11. Super Furry Animals - Dark Days/Light Years
12. Dan Deacon - Bromst
13. Sunset Rubdown - Dragonslayer
14. St. Vincent - Actor
15. ISIS - Wavering Radiant
16. P.O.S. - Never Better
17. Japandroids - Post-Nothing
18. Mastodon - Crack The Skye
19. Fever Ray - Fever Ray
20. Bat For Lashes - Two Suns
21. Cymbals Eat Guitars -Why There Are Miountains
22. Wilco - Wilco (The Album)
23. So Many Dynamos - The Loud Wars
24. Passion Pit - Manners
25. The Thermals - Now We Can See
At this point, this man really needs no introduction, so I won't waste your time. His back catalog (besides Kingdom Come) pretty much speaks on it's own. His new tracks are no different. "D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune)" has made waves and with good reason. Hova made a great choice in tackling a relevant topic that would get reactions from a lot of people, but looking more surface than that, the song is just damn good. The guitar line, everything just works, and it shows how great he still is.
But that is nothing compared to the latest track he released. "Run This Town" is possibly the catchiest and most anthemic song he's released in years. Rhianna's chorus is out of this world, Jay's verses kill, and Kanye slays on his as well.
Blueprint 3 is shaping up to one hell of an album. It's hard to speculate from the little that we have so far, but this looks like it good rank pretty damn high in Hova's discography. Sept. 11th will be huge.
At the request of my buddy Edgar (Liar23), I'm going to try writing more music related blogs, given that the only 4 I've done the entire summer have been personal and before that, I just hadn't written in a while.
So, to honor this request, I figured I'd start a feature I'm going to call "Holy Shit". This will be whatever has really caught my attention at the time, whether it be a new band or an old band, it's something that is taking up a lot of my attention.
Now that the idea makes sense, I'm going to swing right into Volume 1: The Antlers
I saw this band at Pitchfork on Saturday, insisting to everyone that I was with that we needed to see them. They have been getting some good hype around the General Forum, but I didn't honestly check them out until I saw them. Their performance didn't quite prepare me for what I was going to hear when I put their CD into the stereo after I arrived home from the festival.
Haunting ambiance, stellar lyrics, and an intricate instrumentation make Hospice an absolute must listen. Lyrics stick with you far past your initial listen, and so does most of the rest of the record. The album can get a little depressing, but that's been fitting my mood perfectly. The way the entire record is composed is astonishing, as lines that hit hard are always put in front of everything, while less memorable (though no worse) lines are placed under a layer of noise.
Again, The Antlers are a band that deserve to be heard. They are a new band that is worth your time. I promise.
Monday: tell one of my good friends (also co-worker) that I like other co-worker
Tuesday: Find out co-worker I like likes me also. I ask her out, she says yes. We text for about 2 hours
Wednesday: She's sick, no real development as far as the situation goes
Thursday at work: "Look, I know I said yes, but I think it'll be too awkward and we should just be friends"
Thursday night: What if about after camp (where we work) ends? "Sure, maybe"
Saturday: "I know I said that it would only be awkward because of work, but I think we should just be friends"
1. Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest
2. Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavillion
3. Dirty Projectors - Bitte Orca
4. Madlib - Beat Konducta Vol. 5-6: A Tribute To...
5. Super Furry Animals - Dark Days/Light Years
6. Dan Deacon - Bromst
7. Passion Pit - Manners
8. Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
9. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart -The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
10. Mos Def - The Ecstatic
11. Sonic Youth - The Eternal
12. J Dilla - Jay Stay Paid
13. Isis - Wavering Radiant
14. Method Man & Redman - Blackout! 2
15. Wavves - Wavves
16. Japandroids - Post-Nothing
17. Junior Boys - Begone Dull Care
18. Doom - Born Like This
19. Fever Ray - Fever Ray
20. The Field - Yesterday & Today
21. Charles Spearin - The Happiness Project
22. Years - Years 23. Franz Ferdinand - Tonight: Franz Ferdinand
24. Silversun Pickups - Swoon
25. Manchester Orchestra - Mean Everything To Nothing
This week, I picked up the new albums by Dirty Projectors, Sonic Youth, and Mos Def. I was ridiculously excited for all three of these, but Sonic Youth the most, because they are easily one of my top 5 favorite bands. However, despite them having a measurable advantage due to this fact, they still released my third favorite album of the week.
When I sat down to listen to this, I wasn't sure what to expect. I knew it would be good, but I didn't know how or what it would really sound like, as I assumed this wouldn't be EP pt. 2. I was correct. The album is diverse and very impressive. It still has their proggy sound, drenched in a little "indier" stylings. The vocals are great, the drums are great, the guitars are mind-blowing. This album is going to be very popular for the people waiting for the Circa record.
It's extremely impressive. This is one of 2 pop rock albums that I care about this year (the other is The Graduate). It has fantastic vocals in the vein of Kenny Vasoli, and the instrumentation is unique. They don't play average pop rock, the guitars are much more intricate and complicated than most. The production isn't fabulous, but it does work well enough to not be a point of note. The drums take very interesting beats, and they help drive the songs. This is a really good album. Get excited.
So, my tastes are, if you follow anything on this blog, are pretty "indie". However, their are two pop rock bands that have really caught my ears, and that's saying something. The Graduate and The Dangerous Summer are both taking a lot of my attention at the moment. I've been a fan of The Graduate for about a year now, but it still feels fresh. The way the add their ambiance into the their tracks is astonishing. The Dangerous Summer are just... really fucking good.
Q-Tip has got to be one the best hip-hop artists of all time, it's not even close. First of all, he did A Tribe Called Quest, that in itself is grounds for absolute praise. But while the others members of Tribe have done little at all and even less that's noteworthy, Q-Tip has released two official full length albums and two unofficially released albums, all of which (except for parts of Amplified), have been fantastic. While it doesn't really compare to Tribe (who are supposed to be releasing something new at somepoint), it's damn good, especially compared to a lot of the mainstream hip-hop coming out.