Keep looking to my cell phone like it will save me. It hasn’t. That’s not a line from the song posted above. Just a personal thought on my current state. On the bright side, it’s comic book Wednesday. Have a whole stack of titles in my pull list. Might wait another week if I can’t get off early enough.
But yeah, came to work bumping ‘Born Sinner’. All rap fans should cop Sinner & Yeezus. They kind of complete the whole experience…for Yeezus feels like an incomplete album. Despite the fact that it’s still great as a whole. Born Sinner’s cuts will get far more radio play than Yeezus and ultimately make more $ down the road. It reminds me of ‘GOOD KID, MADD CITY” in style just with a more gospel feel. Cole is lyrical at his best. He brings it on each track, which is nice. He didn’t phone it in.
In Imperfect Man vs. Electronic Egotistical God, the satisfaction I get from listening to ‘Let Nas Down’, ‘Crooked Smile’, or the track above sounds way better while traversing the congested LA freeways than Yeezus does. Plus, I can see it getting major play in the club. You’ll hear Yeezus remixed by famous DJs and that’s the only way I can imagine hearing those tracks in the club. Dance mix. Woob Woob Woob.
History will name the winner. For right now, we’re all winning because the two records deserves a major buy! So do it. You won’t be disappointed. You can name your winner.
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Long day ahead. Gonna run off and get it started.
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It’s out. Allowing me to finally talk about it. I’ve been reading & listening to comments, opinions, thoughts, complaints, since Friday afternoon and to say almost every music lover/fan has at one point were curious about the very simplified take on Mr. West’s new project is an understatement. Twitter or Tumblr have yet to cease the conversation. Biggest conversation in music. After I finish here, gonna find me reading each word of Pitchfork’s glowing 9.5 rated review.
I’ll be channeling all my thoughts in a very special Album of the Week session that will drop before Saturday. Not a big fan of album reviews because who am I tell you what is good music or not. You’ve been apart of my 1st Songs. Some of the worst songs ever conceived. Which I’m fine with. Just music. Right mood. But I do have my thoughts that have been building since Friday. Played it for friends & family and how I constructed my final opinion based off my 50+ run throughs. Still like water.
Blood on the Leaves, which samples & shatters Nina Simone’s “Strange Fruit“…which was a cover of a Billie Holiday track…that is about a lynching, is by far the best track on the record. Not my favorite track. Maybe second fav, but if you’re looking for the old Mr. West you’ll find him on this track. Every other track will test your patience.
Wish I had more time to write right now because I could go ‘college paper’ here, but for now gotta stay minimalist. If you hear any track from Yeezus (out now) it’s Blood on the Leaves. The rest you can choose for yourself. Enjoy, and I’ll be back with more thoughts later.
Call Me Steve-O too because I’m one hell of a wild boy. Were you following me on Instagram? The twitter? Trekked all over the Southland in the span of two days. I’m beat. Now I’m starting five days of work. Talk about a ‘buzz kill’. Could have kept raging to infinity & beyond. Now gotta deal with Kimye baby news. Bleh. Pop culture nonsense.
Was able to listen to Yeezus…couple 1000xs. Have my own thoughts that i’ll get to in a special post. Also, I added two more showcases to our flickr. Absolutely loved the 100 shots from our Getty Showcase with Robert DeLong. Gonna keep promoting the photos, but I’m nearing the time where I recap you all on my monthly adventures. This month has been equally crazy…in comparison to SXSW. Will there be a few more showcases before we conclude June? Most likely. But for right now. Gonna savor the quietness.
I’ve always considered ‘My Hands’ by Leona Lewis to be one of the most beautiful songs I’ve heard in my life. Wait? That can’t be right? This is a track for insecure girls? It isn’t about the content, but the ambiance in the backing beat in composition with her chilling vocals. Strip it all away and there will be something that moves me. The perfect pop formula hidden in a very sad shell. Plus, it was the official song for FFXIII. That helped it too.
To express my current exhausted well being would be cliche. You know I went late, saved rock and roll with Fob & New politics, and had trouble sleeping from all that soda consumed 24 hours ago. Got a handful of photo gems, which would’ve have been possible if my partner & crime didn’t sweet talked the security and Wiltern staff. No matter how charming I think I am, will always fold because I am a six foot giant with a very scary nick cage looking face. I lack female charms…aka: breasts. There was no chance in hell I would’ve made it in past the uncertain security guards. So, P&C you get my deepest heartfelt love & respect. This showcase would’ve have happened without you. Remember that.
When I say we go Guerrilla…we do. Our goal is to zoom past the battle line into enemy territory & capture the moments in it’s raw / purest form. Any means necessary. Saw the doubt in their eyes. Unlike the Troubadour where they don’t fight or take pity. No means no in that arena. Very interesting, but yeah…I’m no woman. That’s why my partners are always expert spies. They are what every soldier needs.
The show was fun. Way better than our SXSW mini-showcase. More words on this event in the coming days. The pictures will be live, hopefully, tonight. The one above is one of my favorites. Depends on how exhausted and if I go see a flick in the evening hours. Probably stay up late afterwards anyway, but got life waiting for me and crappy job fueling up for another long 10 hr day. That’s all for now. May the weekend be kind, YOLO, and enjoy yourself.
The morning before a planned showcase is full of so many emotions: excitement, nervousness, prep, questions of doubt, joy. Yeah, lots of the later. For there is no bigger high in my life than standing in a crowded room with rude & drunk music lovers while I wait for the curtain to rises. The weird comments I hear, the awkward glances at that couple locked in a celebrated PDA, the feeling of having to pee but no ability to leave because you the best spot in the house are everything that drive me and my weird hobby that has collected 100+ photo albums. Impressive, but the sheer number for a non-professional is not to just have racked up a impressive list…my goal is to keep making imperfect art. For blurry pictures can be impressionistic. With all their flaws, there isn’t that makes them different than from what I see on ‘ishootshows.com’. The hi-rez, HD quality is way better due to equipment & technique, but really defines a concert photographer? A conversation I should roll back to without my 15 minute writing time limit. The most popular photos are coming from Instagram or Twitter from shaky, blurry, iPhones. Now, like most art, the line has been set between the snobbish professionals with all their hard earned photo access and the guerrilla.
Instead of taking on the brunt of the concert world should really go to social media and showcase the best Guerrilla Photographers in the media today. For their is a more swagger than what people are getting…and social media fiends boarder on ‘love thy self’. I’ll try it…when I have more time. Random thought.
For now, let me get back on track to my original thought which was way simple than all that…I’m excited. Fall out Boy! SXSW’s showcase wasn’t enough. Needed more. Plus ‘Save Rock And Roll’ is one of my top records of 2013. Listened to it on the way in, in fact. The New Politics are opening for them again. Crush Management bringing the ‘Hip-pop’ flavor once again. Wish it was Panic!. A boy can dream. Wasn’t too impressed by NP back in Austin., but really dig the new record. Harlem is popping up everywhere. Sounds great in the car. I’ll report if he break dances in the audience again wasting valuable rocking time.
So, yeah. A SXSW encore. Are you ready? I am. Can’t wait to get the fuck out of here. The only sad thing is Wing Night will be going on without me. Which probably means Wing Night is cancelled. Sad I know. The major players are all either out of town or busy. There is always next week.
Long day ahead with being grump already written onto my schedule for Friday. Here’s one of my favorite songs about LA from Anna Nalick. Imagine yourself listening to it at midnight in the car through the damp & dark shiny metropolis streets. Something I’ve actually done back in my college days. Such a wonderful feeling.
The day started out crazy on the way in, now…more of the same. Here’s a song. Chat later…
Sorry, not a Katy Perry cover.
Waiting. Waiting is the only thing you can do when you have a song stuck in your head for days with no option to hear it again. First heard the track last week. (TY again K & K). Spellbound & mesmerized by the thunderous electric bluegrass echoing off the quiet room. Now, that feeling is expanded with each passing listening. Joy’s haunting vocals, John Paul’s whispers & weeping guitar, and the catchy chorus make the Civil Wars’ sophomore album lead single chilling as we all expected. There have been much waves on the road to this record, but happy to say that this record won’t be disappointing to the fans. This single speaks for itself. Like to imagine myself being lost in a desert, holding on to the sweetest easily corruptible memories. That is “The Civil Wars self-titled venture” in a nutshell.
Will this track break into the mainstream? That’s what I’m waiting to see. The chorus will get stuck in your head. Been humming it for awhile. However, dark tracks usually get passed by radio. The country fans will embrace it. But, I’m waiting to find out if what I think is sellable and what I personally love as a music lover will be grasped by the mainstream audience. Kind of like a test. Music Producers vs. The Mainstream Vs. The Super Fans. The embodiment of sellability. They have so many hurdles to jump over on this record. Only time will tell. I’ll be hitting repeating throughout the day. Praying it’s not the song that gets away.
You can buy it here, otherwise enjoy: “The One That Got Away” by The Civil Wars.
Get the feeling that I’ve posted this track before. If I have, sorry. If I haven’t then, oh well. It’s country music Friday. I guess? Praying not. Been in a hard rock mood…if you’ve been paying attention to our tumblr. Yes, a third…fourth…shameless plug to my new favorite tech. Do you blame me? Wordpress.com is so suffocating. Really need to make the move to .org. Until then, Tumblr will be streaming music for bored people. Again, my goal for this site was more about showcase reviews. Now if I can write & keep my schedule to weekly post showcase reviews then who knows. This site might get the necessary evolution I’ve been waiting for.
Last Call me that idea BTW…such an amazing program.
VSCO Cam is my new IPhone App toy. Played with it during ‘Not Wing Night’. Why ‘not’ because Happy Hour was suspended by the horde of Tom Petty fans invading my favorite bar before the show started. Very happy to Brian & my favorite bar staff at the Blue Palms for the huge spike in Business for the past couple of nights. But, it was mad crazy in the tiny bar. The line was around corner when I got there at 5. Expecting the same horde next Thursday at the Wiltern. But yeah, VSCO gives the 9Mp camera a very Hi-Def look & feel with controllable filters. There are so many more upgrades to buy.
Not gonna throw out my electronic dollars until the BETA test phase is complete. Might lose interest, but yeah…made my wings look super tasty. Can’t wait to test it out in the field. That happens when I bum rush out of the office at 4ish and head down to Silverlake for 2013′s Jubliee. Two Gotta plan my schedule after this. Praying for rain. Is that strange? Kind of want epic concert pictures in the rain…grunge.
Two days music festival & hiking are my weekend plans. But yeah, transforming this site a bit. Be patient. I haven’t let you down yet. Well, maybe a little. Luckily you forgive me when I say this at the end of every week…HAVE AN BRILLIANT WEEKEND! I’ll be working.
Dig this song. Not my favorite from the near perfect ‘Suburbs’. The sum of all the parts do make this a amazing.
Ugh. So tired. Was out super late with the comic book team. Chatting about nerdy stuff. Picked up my pull list at House of Secrets, so that will keep me entertained for a week or so. The TMNT city fall saga is the one I’m looking forward to. Did read Superior Spider-man #10. The issue marked the return of the Green Goblin in a very cartoonish / baddie henchman kind of way.
No break. Wing Night. Special event. Another late night. My life has been quite crazy. Nice change of pace. Stories to follow. And if you need a quick song, go check out our Tumblr! Been spending a bunch of time there. Not sure what the future will hold for GN. Maybe just a concert review site as I originally wished it to be? Who knows? Here is some music…
Love this song. Hell, love the record. Nice to start this tasking Wednesday with a chill ass song. My busy week continues with comic book tonight. Then Thursday is wings & listening party for ‘The Wack Album’. Probably gonna go to jubilee Friday as well as Saturday. Still trying to decide. I’ll keep ranting with daily post I’m sure. Yesterday didn’t have much music news. Which was disappointing. But I get to rap with some weird thoughts…
Which I don’t have any. Guess i’ll let the music speak for itself. Uh oh, Chris ain’t gonna like that i didn’t say anything of value. Deal with it. Here’s Gambino’s ‘All The Shine’.