Monday, March 27

Month: February 2016

SONG OF THE DAY: GREEN DAY – “2000 LIGHT YEARS AWAY”
Music, Song of the Week(end)

SONG OF THE DAY: GREEN DAY – “2000 LIGHT YEARS AWAY”

Has anyone posted about Green Day lately? I don't think so, or if they have, it hasn't been recent enough. If you know me, you know I'm a Green Day fanatic- indeed, every song they've ever recorded has found its way into my itunes library, and I've heard them all, too (it's about 14 hours of listening, if you wanted to do it all in one sitting). "2000 Light Years Away" is the opening track from Green Day's first album, the oft-forgotten "Kerplunk!" The album was released during a simpler time; nobody was arguing about what was or wasn't """pop punk""" and, I'm gonna say it, it always seems to me that kids who wanted to listen to Green Day in 1992 probably had it a lot easier than kids do now. The song is written in a familiar style if one listens to a lot of early Green Day, with Billie...
SONG OF THE DAY: Kush & Corinthians – Kendrick Lamar
Music, Song of the Week(end)

SONG OF THE DAY: Kush & Corinthians – Kendrick Lamar

After listening to the Life of Pablo for the past week on repeat, it's a good feeling to return to Kendrick Lamar. Kendrick's poetic talent is on full display on his 2011 mixtape, section.80. Kush and Corinthians in particular is a great song to climb back into. The clarity with which the Compton native expresses himself on the track stands out in a time when rappers such as Future can mumble over eccentric beats and sell millions of records. It was good to see Kendrick get some recognition at the Grammys for his obvious talent. TPAB certainly took a different direction than section.80, but on Kush and Corinthians there are glimpses of the rapper that he would hatch into three years down the line. enjoy. also, check out episode 1 of the viceland series: Bompton
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Summer 2016 Music Festivals

The summer of sophomore year in high school in England is known as festival season –– girls put on tonnes of make-up and flower headbands, boys buy condoms in futile dreams of losing their virginity to a “festival fling”, twenty-or-so of them get together, buy a bunch of cheap shitty beer (or Strongbow cider, if you’re feeling really classy), and head off for weekends of music, mud and mindlessness. While most of my memories of those weekends consist of wishing it’d stopped raining for at least one of the four festival days, some of them are bright, beautiful memories of shows –– Phoenix at Reading Festival in 2013, for example. Most of the festival crowd had gone off to see either Green Day (I’m sorry, Billie Joe Armstrong, but in 2013 you were already much past your prime) or Knif...
Animal Collective – Painting With Album Review
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Animal Collective – Painting With Album Review

https://open.spotify.com/album/04EajKw866bzJn3EW8HOdQ From their 2000 debut Spirit They’re Gone, Spirit They’ve Vanished to the release of the seminal Merriweather Post Pavillion and excellent Fall Be Kind EP in 2009, Animal Collective were a force to be reckoned with. The band released one fantastic record after another, each with a unique ever-evolving take on psychedelia. From the freak-folk meanderings of Sung Tongs to the eclectic, glitchy, psych-pop of Strawberry Jam, Animal Collective's distinctive brand of psychedelia was always on point. That is, until 2012’s polarizing, and, in my opinion, disappointing Centipede Hz. Centipede, more than any other Animal Collective record, had songs that were forgettable. The hooks were duller, the instrumentals muddier, and with the exception o...
Song of the Day: The Clean – Point That Thing Somewhere Else
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Song of the Day: The Clean – Point That Thing Somewhere Else

https://open.spotify.com/track/2Hdc29xZCcYZiz0W9iEr1n In 1981, Roger Shepard started Flying Nun Records in Christchurch, New Zealand. He initially wanted to release music by local Christchurch bands, but Shepard's great success was releasing the music of Dunedin bands, like The Clean. The Clean were without a doubt the most influential band Flying Nun signed. Steven Malkmus of Pavement, Yo La Tengo, and Jay Reatard all site The Clean as a major influence. Their first single "Tally Ho!" and following EP "Boodle Boodle Boodle" set the template for the Dunedin Sound, which would become the dominant style of Kiwi Rock for the next decade. This track, "Point That Thing Somewhere Else" is the 5th and final track off of The Clean's 1982 EP Boodle Boodle Boodle.  The EP was recorded in a bedroom...
Music, Song of the Week(end)

SONG OF THE DAY: Van Morrison –– “Moondance – Take 22”

https://open.spotify.com/track/4hFzKTAlO7qybAOnjS5o0e   I was driving today, looking at the fog blanket on the mountains. It started snowing, and this song came on. My whole drive home suddenly took on a really lovely quality –– honestly, play this song on your walk/cycle/drive home and the next five or so minutes will become a tiny bit more wonderful. This is an extended version of the original song, and has a much longer beautiful instrumental part with a lot of brass, which is dope –– brass is always pretty great. Personally, I associate Van a bit more with the summer, but this version of ‘Moondance’ is perfect for this meteorogically–bipolar beginning of the week.
SONG OF THE DAY: WILLIAM ONYEABOR – “Fantastic Man”
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SONG OF THE DAY: WILLIAM ONYEABOR – “Fantastic Man”

https://open.spotify.com/track/1ETZhP9orTkDclKEyt0xqm WILLIAM ONYEABOR is hopefully but not likely a name you have heard before. The music of the mysterious man, released in the late 1970s and early 80s, characterizes a unique form of African electronic funk. After self-releasing eight albums during this time, he became a born-again Christian and essentially denounced his whole music career. To add another level of intrigue, there are rumors of his having went to Russia to study filmmaking. After recently being "discovered" by Damon Albarn, David Byrne and other powerful male white British musicians, his music has gotten a little more exposure.  There is apparently a short documentary released by Noisey (affiliated with Vice) on Onyeabor and -- someone -- has been trying to write a biogr...
SONG OF THE DAY: Motion City Soundtrack – “The Future Freaks Me Out”
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SONG OF THE DAY: Motion City Soundtrack – “The Future Freaks Me Out”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qd3dgB_ocQs Did anyone else listen to Motion City Soundtrack during their angsty years as much as I did? Sometimes I forget that these guys aren't super well known because of how large they loom in my memories of middle school. I "discovered" them in 6th grade when they opened for Panic at the Disco (OmG like Ryan Ross, plz DO me XD) and more or less kicked ass.  Over the past 8 years I've followed MCS at a distance, tuning into new albums a couple months after they're released and vaguely giving a shit when their lead singer went to rehab. I recently went to a free concert they played at a famous record store in Minneapolis, but now that I think about it, that happened four years ago. Time flies when you're not listening to pop-punk. At any rate, Motion Cit...
SONG OF THE DAY: THE GAME – “FROM ADAM (FEAT. LIL WAYNE)”
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SONG OF THE DAY: THE GAME – “FROM ADAM (FEAT. LIL WAYNE)”

It's a fairly universal experience to get drunk with the homies. It's usually pretty fun, but sometimes, we all get a little too introspective during the process and end up talking about personal stuff instead of acting the fool. I mean, that could just be my experience, but I know I've gotten a little too sloshy and told people about the time I got hit by a car, which was super messed up and a bad time all around. Anyway, on this track, The Game is drunk and introspective, and we the listeners are the homies. The Game is tough, and doesn't often get into this mood on the mic- he's rough and ready and wants to make sure you know it. The somber beat by Cool & Dre (not the Doc) must have The Game getting deep, because he gets drunk and flows over it, discussing the death of friends an...
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