‘Overgrown’ by best new artist nominee James Blake…which seems kind of off to me…almost made our Top 25. It was sitting at #16 till I finished my finally calculated summaries & write up. Expect a Honorable mention blubs for my 30 to 26 picks after we reach #1. Might talk about it again.
The last official wing night of 2013 felt like the first one back in January with similar faces. They did run out of wings. I got the last batch & flaunted it to all who were watching. Mr. T made the Bar the first stop after hopping off a plane from Texas. Never seen someone bring luggage to a bar. Well…not entirely true. Pretty sure I have.
Tonight is our company Xmas bowling party. I’m ready to whoop some ass baby. And to enact some killer wings from Jerry’s Deli. Making my mouth water. That it is.
Nothing else to report. Got a bunch of holiday stuff to do this weekend. Have fun & we’ll report back on Monday. Safe weekend to all! This is the revealing Voyeur.
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If RAM isn’t listed in your top 10 records of 2013 then shame on you. Probably would’ve rank in my top 3 if the next 6 records didn’t have such an impact on my life. Overall probably THE record of 2013. However, most of the times I played Random Access Memories was in my bedroom or on my hikes. Made me strut more then run on the dirt road. Made me strut in the bars and clubs I frequented too. Seeing our generation uncontrollably sway as the mirror ball spun made me smile. Just lose yourself & free your mind. It is all based in a very timeless sound. Hits you with hip, electronic funk.
This wasn’t what I was expecting to tell you the truth. Part of me felt RAM was gonna be very Tron 2.0 Soundtrack. We get that in “Giorgio by Moroder” after Giorgio finishes his speech. That is my favorite song of the year. Recall hearing it for the first time in the car on the way to work. Giorgio’s life story of how birth a new genre of music in his own words shows you how Daft Punk went into this rebirth of their sound. Such a special musical moment for me. Any person can relate to his story. Sleeping in cars, late nights, struggling, hustling. Cause when that electronic beat hits. Fuck me. Shows you the impact his contribution made to the world…and to that track.
Then it all gets quite fun. “Lose Yourself” & “Get Lucky” are catchy anthems that compares to their classics — “Around the World”. Guest appearance from Julian Casablancas, Pharrell, Nile Rodgers, Panda Bear, Paul Williams, & the iconic Giorgio Moroder really does give RAM extra points. Nevertheless, Daft Punks are the stars of the entire record. Helmets and all. Each beat has such unforgettable prowess. Computers falling in love and this is what it sounds like.
You’ve probably heard it, own it, danced to it…if you haven’t here is another chance to lose yourself to dance. But really do buy it. Please. For music’s sake.
Go back in time with Avicii in his new visuals for the bluegrass EDM ‘True‘ cut — “Hey Brother”. The production value continues to be high with a fantastic homage to our american soldiers through young Timmy’s eyes. This is a very personal video. Might warm your heart.
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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.
Ever see that movie mannequin? ”Instant Crush”‘s Music Video is bit like it. You follow along in the tragic romantic lives of two wax figures in the natural history museum. Julian makes a dancing cameo…and did you spot the helmets?
The drums & electronic strings are sweeping in this Afrojack remix of Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball”. Miley’s vocals don’t appear until halfway through allowing Afrojack to steal the show with his expert level of EDM DJ skills. It begins haunting & dark. Then the bass hits like a million sledgehammers in your eardrums. Whew.
It’s one badass mix that plays for close to 8 minutes. Get out your glowing wrecking balls. We breaking down the club.
Jacob Banks does his own Aloe Blacc impression over the gritty visuals of Chase & Status’ new video for “Alive”. The haunting track takes brand new meaning as you follow in the footsteps of a few poor modern day Blackfoot Indians struggling to make it in the world by any means necessary.
Written & Directed by Josh Cole
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You’re really just battling for number two when your EDM album followed the release of Daft Punk’s ‘RAM’ in a highly competitive year. And our nod to that spot went to the underdog Avicii whose ‘True’ is probably more revolutionary as a whole than Random Access Memories’ core. Avicii jumped out of the genre box, grabbed folk-soul-bluegrass…hell, Americana and infused it with his own unique EDM flavor for the first half of the record. It worked didn’t it? Their Aloe Blacc collabo — “Wake Me Up” — is a bonafide smash. The second half showcases how truly amazing EDM is and can be. Flowing organic beats, pounding drums, rhythmic claps, while heavenly computer sirens ease your worries…repeating to you — “All You Need Is Love”. The final message of the record. Sounds familiar?
My favorite track is “Addicted to You”. A James Bond theme song on crack. Says a lot. ”Wake Me Up” is probably my favorite single track of 2013 because it makes me so hopeful. I have been trying to find myself for so long too. Nevertheless, still got some growing up to do. That I do. Lessons to take into 2014. Plus…I love to travel.
There is a definite voice throughout, whether spoken or unspoken…I can’t help but feel moved by the music. ‘True’ is true to the EDM genre while allowing some branching out. Shows you how this electronic dance infection will spread into every genre of music. Soon we’ll see major country / folk artists doing what Usher / the R&B genre is doing to keep the spark & innovation moving forward. Remember that this was the blueprint to the original formula.
Overall, ‘True’ gets you dancing. So wake me up…and start moving! Happy Friday!
If you think about it, this might be the last Killers track ever released? Doubt it. But possible. Having it star Dianna Agron as Brandon’s various regeneration’s in a look back way doesn’t help it’s case. No worries. Ms. Agron is well worth the attention.
The vinyl cover above stopped me yesterday at Ameoba. Surely the strangers outside on sunset blvd. saw my bewildered, drunken, frozen face. So, I did what any cheap bastard would do…take a picture of it on my phone, go home, and listen to it on Spotify on repeat.
This is an album that will make the changing winter weather even more haunting with it’s lush electronic pop ambiance. For Berlin based artist — Recondite — really captures what I imagine a desolate wasteland like ‘Hinterland’ should sound like. Nothing so lonely that I have heard recently has been presented in such a beautiful & profound sound. It;s like i’m lost in a grey, field surrounded by mountains. You won’t find any vocals here…sorry if that turns you off…but what it lacks in words makes up for in vivid imagination of a unknown deceiving paradise, ’Hinterland’ is musical adventure that your mind just passes through in a dream like state. Haven’t checked out the rest of his catalog yet, but I can imagine the same amount of pleasure will be had.
Hopefully, it will inspire you to pick it up for yourself. Enjoy!