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I almost forgot…

September 2, 2011

…that there was going to be a Blakroc 2. This made my day even more awesome. The Black Keys are doing it again and probably even bigger. I just hope Mos Def is involved again. Check it:

 

and in case you haven’t checked out my Hip-Hop Anonymous segment, one of Blakroc’s best songs off their first album:

 

Put some Foo into your Monday

August 30, 2011

So considering my unhealthy obsession with anything Dave Grohl and/or Queens of the Stone Age I, of course, just had to post this. The guys from Foo Fighters released a NSFW video, called “Hot Buns,” promoting their North American tour and…well, subsequently their asses. If you like showering truckers, bare Foo, or simply have a great sense of humor click on that link for the uncensored version (you’ll have to connect through FB). You can also see the censored version via Youtube below:

 

On that note, if your a true Foo Fighters fan don’t do like Wavves. They put out a new song, “I wanna Meet Dave Grohl” that you can go check out at CoS. And quite frankly if I were Dave Grohl, this song would not make me want to meet you, Wavves. I may be biased, because I don’t like Wavves, but this song isn’t very Grohl-ish.

 

THIS is “Dave Grohl” in it’s true form, however:

Totally Awesome Tuesday….

August 24, 2011

Yeah...he's the absolute shit....

 

What’s better than DJ Shadow or Talib Kweli…? DJ Shadow PLUS Talib Kweli! Yeup, take a listen to DJ Shadow’s new song, “Stay the Course,” over at Some Kind of Awesome. It is more than some kind of awesome, trust me. His new album is going to go hard as always. In the meantime check out his video below for “Walkie Talkie” from Private Press (only because there was no official video for “Building Steam with a Grain of Sand, my favorite song of DJ Shadow, ever, and “Walkie Talkie” is simply a badass song).

 

The DOs and DON’Ts of Wednesday

August 18, 2011

...Yeah, what they said.

DON’T listen to Primus’ new song “Tragedy’s A-Comin” via Spin from their new album Naugahyde…unless you like to hear bad attempts of a comeback infused with Red Hot Chili Pepper sounds. Speaking of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, I’m apathetic to their new video for “The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie.”

 

DO listen to Cut Chemist’s new track “Outro (revisited)” via Some Kind of Aweseome. And write a petition for him to come to Texas, pretty please.

 

DON’T listen to Lenny Kravitz’s new songs from Black and White America…they suck, really bad. What happened to THIS Lenny Kravitz, man? First he’s a hippie-ish rocker, then he tries to be like Sade? Come back you Jimi Hendrix impersonating ethnic melting pot jew of a hot rocker Kravitz.

 

DO watch and listen to Moby’s new song/video for “Lie Down in Darkness” from upcoming album, Destroyed, which sounds awesomely familiar to his old album, Play.


Totally Metal Tuesday

August 17, 2011
  • F**k YES! Black Sabbath semi-reunion album AND tour?! Maybe, but hopefully. Read HERE.
  • SPIN, is for once doing something awesome lately – They’re streaming CSS’s new album La Liberacion in whole over on their website. Their album drops August 22nd. Okay so this isn’t “Metal” related news but the fact that they’re streaming this album is so brutal in itself. (Disclaimer to Metal heads: I wouldn’t click on the CSS link, unless you like Brazillian electro-pop artists that in no way sound Metal.)
  • Mastodon releases new single “Curl of the Burl.” Check it out via CoS. Or watch full video below (beware it kind of made me dizzy). I’m actually not that impressed about it but simply excited for the remainder of their album. I got a little too stoked when this song was described as Queens of the Stone Age-ish before I even heard it (in which it doesn’t really sound reminiscent of QotSA). Regardless, it makes me want to blast that shit real loud and prance about my room slightly headbanging.

Excuse me I’ll be back: Watch the Throne review in full

August 10, 2011

So, Watch the Throne was released on iTunes yesterday. I of course jumped on a torrent site and tried to find copies, but got nothing. (Don’t judge, unless you want to help pay for my grad school, stfu, I’m broke and listen to waaaay too much music to buy every album.) Finally, today people started uploading…so I dl’ed WtT, put on my super bass noise cancellation Denons, and had myself a solo listening party. Below is my personal review but I’m a biased bitch…so go form your opinion by either downloading Watch the Throne on itunes, torrent it, OR stream the entire album via Some Kind of Awesome HERE.

My verdict, song by song:

No Church In The Wild ft. Frank Ocean – Genius choice as opening song. I’m biased because I love Frank Ocean but he definitely delivers with this song and, gladly, this was a more subtly “Kanye” type song. The bass line was viral and attacked my motor control making me nod throughout the whole song (almost reminded me, rhythmically, of an awesome mix between “Amazing” and “Flashing Lights”).

Lift Off ft. (blehhhh) Beyonce – From the first 5 seconds I had negative expectations and I’m not a big fan of Beyonce these days (big understatement). I honestly think this was Jay-Z pulling the husband card. BUT I will admit I was diggin’ Kanye’s lyrics, the brassy-synth, and bass line (not so much the electro-drums part). A little latter part of 808’s, in my opinion. This is one of those songs that I will probably be skipping on future album listens.

Niggas In Paris – I anticipate this being a lot of people’s anthems. The lyrics are, I’ll admit, kinda awesome and the music is addictive. Don’t quite dig the end transition but the beginning part of the song “ball[s] so hard motherf**kers wanna” repeat it.

Otis ft. Otis Redding – Yes, Jay-Z, I do agree it “sounds so soulful.” I loved this song from the day they released it. More than decent lines from Jay-Z and Kanye. And, of course, genius (despite the redundancy and short duration) funky sampling.I just wished they would have done a little more with this song and made it last longer.

Gotta Have It – I can’t quite put my finger on this one. I love the sampling and looped vocal effects. This track’s growing on me but there’s quite a few lyric lines that are pretty random and forced. I’ll come back to this one.

New Day – This is one of those Kanye self-reflective tracks. I think he pulled a lot of MBDTF sounds and a little from his earlier albums. Diggin’ the lyrics and Nina Simone sampling too. I think this song was oddly placed though considering the previous two songs brought up the album with a lot of funky feel (actually, I think the whole album, as far as track listing, isn’t very fluid).

That’s my bitch – Good jam track. Great beats but nothing in particular stuck out to me.

Welcome to the Jungle – Slightly obnoxious keyboard loop, cool sampling, decent lyrics. Maybe one of those “skipped” tracks on future listens too.

Who Gon Stop Me – Reminded me of being back in Houston for some reason, maybe it was just the chopped & slightly screwed vocal sampling. Another one of those personal anthem songs. Hard and drunken bass/synths. But I didn’t dig the transition after 2 minutes (was expecting Niki Minaj to pop up at that point) and I think Jay-Z’s lyrics were a little choppy after 3 minutes. Pressing skip halfway through.

Murder to Excellence – Lovin’ the music…again with the abrupt transitions, though.

Made in America ft. Frank Ocean – A very chill song. Liking the lyrics and beats. Nothing extravagant about this song, so far, to me, though.

Why I Love You ft. Mr. Hudson – I love the original song its sampling (the Cassius app is fun btw) and though this is a more Jay-Z kind of song, his lyrics go hard.

Illest Motherf**ker Alive – …Is a pretty ill song. Like the overall musical components, decent raps, and viral synth. I expect a very badass epic video for this song that will indeed be “in slow motion.”

H.A.M. – Well, I’m not going to even go there. I think this was the down point to the album and when this song was released it gave me the initial low expectations. So glad this is only on the Deluxe versions of the album. Shitty forced sounding lyrics, overambitious beats, and I just personally hate this song.

Primetime – LOVE the sampling. Love Kanye’s lyrics.

The Joy ft. Curtis Mayfield – I, of course, dig the Curtis Mayfield sampling and the lyrics. Baby making music that definitely “deserves Hennessy.” However, I think this song is one of the few that is also a bit out of place in the album song order.

In summary: This is a very mixed review. I’m genuinely and pleasantly surprised how this album turned out and my new favorite song is “No Church in the Wild (ft. Frank Ocean).” Still not a fan of Jay-Z lately but I love that this album was fortunately more Kanye influenced (with the exception of about 3 songs). There were a lot of really great ideas thrown around, but I think fluidity was lacking (despite the music-box-like transition sample used throughout the album). They should have pushed the release date back a little further. I’m going to be giving this multiple listens within the upcoming weeks. Though it’s not as musically layered as Mr. West’s MBDTF, it seems as if I will still hear new things with each listen, have songs grow on me or grow old, and change certain opinions. I really want to get a hold of the album inlay/covers and see all the production, sampling, and guest details.

Speaking of Frank Ocean, check out his new song “Best Seller” via Consequence of Sound. Shit’s legit. Can’t wait for HIS album.

I have a feeling that I’m going to especially not like Jay-Z…

August 8, 2011

…after I hear the entirety of Watch the Throne.

Just a thought...Jay-Z should not have came out of retirement.

Kanye and Jay-Z’s album droped today on iTunes for purchase in regular and extended versions. The physical and another extended version will be out August 12th. Some Kind of Awesome shares a trailer for the album featuring “Otis” and has 30 second “snippets” of each song on their music player. Check it out, stew in it, formulate an opinion. I’m thinking that compared to and after the release of My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy it’s sounding a bit disappointing and not nearly as epic as it was hyped up to be.

Don’t get me wrong, I think Jay-Z is (well, was, rather) the man. But after coming back from retirement, his shit just doesn’t go as “H.A.M.” as The Blueprint  and every album beforehand did.