No seriously. The problem never worked itself out on paper. Because I was able to put both Pusha T’s ‘My Name Is My Name’ & Panic! At The Disco’s ‘Too Weird…’ on the same disc. They were fantastic together. Played them all over the valley for the past couple months. Kind of symbolizes my musical taste. To have two genre extremes, on the same disc, and never got bored. Started hard with some drums, ended with one silent voice drawing off. You get Pusha T raw, Kanye West produced, ghetto anthems on the other side was the dark turn Panic! took with mysterious pop tracks.
One featured hip hop superstars…Kendrick Lamar, Rick Ross, Jeezy, Chris Brown, 2 Chaniz!, Big Sean, etc. King Push lives up to the name with hell of a record. Like it was the missing pieces of Yeezus. In or bad way. The guests & beats really make this record shine. Made for radio plays. Pusha had great guidance & direction on how to sell this piece of art. Yeezy taught you well.
The second was far more intimate. Just Panic being Panic. On the same level of production value as Fall Out Boy’s ‘Save Rock And Roll’. Pop Punk that showed glimmers of their debut. Couldn’t get over how catchy both albums were.
Whether on I was on my Tom Ford-Ric Flair shit or dancing in the gospel lights in vegas. It had everything I wanted from a record. Sometimes you don’t get what you hope for. You get more. The pleasure of making mixes & burnt discs. The thing is this musical chef cooked up one hell of a dish that destroyed all genre. but more so cause I was lazy.
Pusha with a side dish of Panic! available for pick up below! Tell me how it tastes. Dope?
Probably my favorite Christmas album of all time is my choice for our holiday music selection. Got in the mood for it while spending too much time at work yesterday. We did finish 2 pretapes & one weekend show. That wrapped up the entire Christmas week shows. Impressed we’ve stayed on track. Will allow us to chill despite having to come in. But enough about work.
This album is a definite classic for so many music listeners that it’s shocking more people don’t add it to the best albums of all time. Cause it really is one of the best soundtracks ever assembled. Iconic melodies like “Linus & Lucy”, “Christmas Time is Here”, “O Tannenbaum”, all come included. On the bonus rendition below they include the other holiday tracks making this Soundtrack the essential Charlie Brown album.
More the reason why I’m featuring it as we all continue to get in the holiday mood. Don’t forget about the meaning of the season.
We continue down the US west coast on our way to Portlandia where we find indie folk rock foursome, The Parson Red Heads. Their new fun loving new album — ‘Orb Weaver’ — came out in the Fall and is full of amazing tracks to drive too. You can smell nature through the open windows as wind sends your hair back on almost every track. Kind of precog seeing how some of the tracks are even named “Every Mile”, “Borrow Your Car”, etc. It’s the kick pedal percussion & guitar working in harmony with the solid vocals. Always brings a smile to my face…like when wheels are rollin’. For every song on ‘Orb Weaver’ showcases a romantic, carefree feeling that makes me more relaxed as I listen.
Found myself getting lost in the vintage indie pop / psychedelic / rock beats that Parson Red Heads produce. Kind of Beatles-Mama Papas ’60s / ’70s in sound…yet, discovered in the modern age with the help of a time machine. More like when your diggin’ through some vinyl crates on a weekend.
Kick your feet back and prepare to travel with no sense of time. This is ‘Orb Weaver’ by The Parson Red Heads.
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This record will blow your mind. Seriously. Chvrches’ ‘The Bones Of What You Believe’ is one of those amazing debut albums that will severely add major pressure to this fresh import that blew up the indie pop world in 2013. Almost as much as Lorde did, but on a more secret blog level. Our friends over on Picksysticks got me into this electronic trio just by seeing some stunning photos of Lauren at their showcases at SXSW. He has covered them 4 times over the year. I allowed myself one. And Chvrches left me speechless. This was before LP dropped when they had a mini EP & a few singles. Crazy. But the hype was true. Then the record followed and now I’m sponsoring them again.
I listened to this album more during my hikes than at home or in the car. Loved running to “Recover”. When that chorus hits, I just want to sprint. Feel like she’s kind of taunting me. Maybe she wants to run with me? Hmm.
Still not sure what I love about them. I keep going back to admiring Lauren’s perfectly pitched voice with the flowery electronic background beats that are more EDM then indie pop. What an out of this world sound. Whether it is fast, slow, or jumbled. It works. Like our music has finally reached that predicted futuristic dreamed sound. She could just babble & I’d buy it. She kind of does.
2013′s breakout artist, in my book, is Chvrches. SXSW put them on the map & the rest is history. See what I mean below. You’re in for a treat. Truly.
You can now watch Donald Glover aka that Childish Gambino music video for ‘Because The Internet’ cut — “3005″. It takes you on a ferris wheel ride with a major / dark twist towards the end. Spoilers: Lava! But Donald continues to be his gloomy self. Quite hipster.
The record is streaming over on iTunes. I dig it. Also the music video for his Chance the Rapper collabo, The Worst Guys, is streaming on other sites with a passcode & shit. Click this link & follow the CoS masters to watch that fun video.
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Aw. Naw. We’re buying you a shot. Patron, if you don’t have a preference. Only the good stuff for you babe, (wink!) This party is going to extend into A.M. where you’ll find Chris Young serenading you with some late night anthems on his 2013 effort. Because I loved his last album, NEON, so much…it made B4M’s 2011 top 5 old fans will remember…went into this album with high hopes. Happy to report they were met. You get sort of the same package of typical country songs: rowdy, beer fueled, and a bit heartbreaking. What makes it difference is Mr. Young’s delivery and the lyrics. Such fantastic lyrics. Sang beautifully in a ruff ‘real man’ sort of way. Not as cold as Aldean nor sweet like a Luke Bryan. Right in the middle. Catchy. Not annoying. How I like it.
Chris Young has tendency to wear his music feelings on his sleeves. When he’s ready to party, he brings the cooler. When he’s sad…he’ll try to make you stay. But the most telling track is “Who I Am With You”. A cut that praises the love of his life.
‘A.M.’ is well rounded. 12 shades of a normal country artist. Always sounds like a good time when I play it. Take a listen for I love this record. Pity 2013 was quite competitive. Didn’t spend much time in the car with it like I did with Neon. On my musical Saturday mornings. Still can’t deny it. That you can’t.
What more is left me to say about this record that I haven’t said already? (Here & Here to all who didn’t read my past words before). Cheers to all who read those imperfect posts. They were quite popular.
The pleasure of experiencing the first six tracks in the studio, alone, was one of the highlights of my year. Big shout out to my friend Ms. Escobar for hooking me on that short adventure. Drove me to go out & shoot more material for the day job company. I thought after leaving the studio that my life needed more musical experiences like that. Felt like my life could be much more than sitting in a pod dealing with BS on a daily basis that drove me to strange stress levels. I’m very thankful for that experience & hearing this record.
I love ‘The Civil Wars’. Own it on vinyl now. That’s something new. Sounds amazing. That it does. Side A is my favorite because it features the best tracks on the record. ”Same Old, Same Old”, “Dust To Dust”, and “Eavesdrop” will leave you crying on a park bench thinking about the one that got away. That it will. Feel your feelings. If side B wasn’t full of remastered tour tracks & Joy Williams solo material maybe it would’ve ranked higher or claimed the top spot that ‘Barton Hallow’ did back in 2011.
Much love to Joy for finalizing and putting the period to their collective journey so far. I will always support Joy & John Paul despite not being together at the moment. I understand. Much like their situation, this album came into my life when I was breaking away from feelings. That was hard. Still regret some of the things I did. But I’ll write more about that shortly (seriously, 2 albums away from that confessional. ugh). It doesn’t get anymore heartbreaking than this. Time to battle with The Civil Wars on their self-titled #1 sophomore effort. It’s a killer.
My feelings for these records rose and fell throughout the year. I didn’t like it, then I loved part 1 when I heard it on vinyl, geeked out as part 2 was announced, hoped, got hyped, then was disappointed once more when iTunes streamed it before it dropped, and now I’m back to stage 2 believing that the complete 21+ track (144:36 min) experience is worth praising. With 2+ hours of catchy, repetitive, soulful fusion tracks to bump…music fans will find something to love. I love a overloaded record. Prefer it to a 9 track minimalist take. Mr. Timberlake issued a buffet of really unique beats, hooks, clicks, random Timbaland shouts, cheesy high school lyrics, and two of R&B’s catchiest mainstream hits (Mirrors & TKO). Jeez. I prefer the Part 1, but when you finish it you’ll be demanding more. That’s where Part II comes in. Gives you a bit more radio friend pop than soul. Nothing can deny that this record is what Justin Timberlake is as an artist. It’s all pure Timberlake. No pandering. Just every side of the man behind the soulful poppy voice we admire so much.
My biggest problem is the arrangement of the songs. ’That Girl’ should be track 1 and such on…seeing how the Tennessee Kids aspect deserved a better set up. They are just dabbled in and makes no sense. There isn’t bad tracks on 20/20. Just needed a little more thought in the organization. But when you’re dealing with the kitchen sink sometimes you gotta keep problems at bay. Otherwise you’ll be knocked out when it comes your away.
There is so much shelf life left on this record that we have yet to feel the true potential of JT, Timbo, Jigga, Drizzy, and the TK. You’ll hear much more from 20/20. So get comfy, let the groove get in, and get ready to take back the night in your suit & tie. This is the jam packed 20/20 Experience by Mr. Justin Timberlake. Try to not hate it. If you do…play it for your girlfriend. She’ll dig.
I will always love ‘Take Care’. So, when I tried compared that record to Drake’s 2013 junior effort — ‘Nothing Was The Same’ – I kept coming short. I liked ‘NWTS’ when I first heard it. The transitions within each track made me like portions of songs, but not the entire ones. Cause of It…took me a few months to actually fall in love with the imperfect record. Loved what I didn’t like the first time I heard. Because Drake did his best to change the game, but what really excels is his raps. This record proves the boy is skilled. They are like razor sharp teeth biting into the weak beats. There isn’t a moment when the raps lacks. Drizzy is quite focus at his subject matter: his enemies, father, city, groupies, etc. No doubts about it.
This record sat in my CD changer since it came out. No matter what record entered my musical thunderdome…NWTS remained in slot 5 this entire time. It gave me a nice break from other rappers, pop icons, jazz fiends, and rock gods. Because the styles & beats are too unique for their own good…helped be a palate cleanser. This isn’t just a rap album: it’s hip hop, r&b, blues, and variety of different of styles that I dare not to name. What really lies at the heart is Drake’s relationship with his father. Seems his still getting out a bit of frustration and slowly accepting his father’s role in his life. Which isn’t what I expected. Made me think about how special my father is.
Not many special guest, but you do get a few verses from 2 Chainz.
Drake’s life, from this point on, won’t be the same because he changed his future by forgiving past sins. This album isn’t about changing the game…but his life. Just hold on cause Drake is going home.