Comic Book Wednesday! Don’t really have anything to pick up. Which is kind of nice. Can spend the $ on a trade. Something classic. Really want to re-read the Age of Apoc saga of Uncanny. Or I can pick up my one book & call it a night. Hmm.
Last night I was enthralled with Crunchyroll’s iPad App. Watched so much Anime. Don’t even need my TV anymore. Just a good wi-fi connection. This new toy will probably put a damper on the time I leave open for reading. Maybe I’ll schedule days where I watch Anime and read comic books. Maybe I should put down the toys, get a girlfriend, and meet my future now…Naw. That’s what weekends are for? Any girl reading this will probably kick me in the shin. But hey, yolo. (lol)
Speaking of shins. That’s your hump day song. Because Wednesdays are made for Mercer & the guys. Another album drops tonight.
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.
The whole team f’n here. And they’re fucking jousting on fucking motorcycles. Dope. Gotta live like a refugee in ruins one of these days.
2013 pop sensation Lorde drops her next big video for ‘Pure Heroine’s’ “Team”. A track that gets catchier the more you listen. Pity you’ll be hearing it a lot. She posted a note on her Facebook describing the inspiration & vision for the video which reads:
“This video was borne from a dream i had a few months ago about teenagers in their own world, a world with hierarchies and initiations, where the boy who was second in command had acne on his face, and so did the girl who was queen. I dreamt about this world being so different to anything anyone had ever seen, a dark world full of tropical plants and ruins and sweat. and of this world, I dreamt about tests that didn’t need to be passed in order to be allowed in: sometimes the person who loses is stronger.”
The Young Blood Chronicle continues into phase 7 featuring the track — “Where Did The Party Go”. It went to the hospital, became a monster mash, and ends on a cliffhanger.
We’re back…well, not really. I’m back behind the wheel as autopilot has been turned off. My auto publish was quite busy all weekend long with new albums to share. December / This half of the holiday season is my favorite time of year. I get a bit saucy when it comes to sharing. So expect more. Another one of my favorite albums drops tonight. I’m currently writing #14. That’s how dangerous I can be if I organize my time properly. Blurbs on blurbs. .
I’m relaxed & feeling quite better. Until this week hits then I’ll be fucked. ha!
I sort of liked this record. Dig this Dashboard track. Especially the acoustic. Chirs & Dash are just one of those bands that works in a intimate / stripped down sound. Not made for big arenas. Like when I saw them at Staples. Kind of pointless to sway in an arena. Anyway. A classically new dashboard anthem while I work on another pretape. Welcome back…this is “Belle of the Boulevard”
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Another record that was named an album of the week!
Part of me wants to judge Haim. Who the hell are these catchy sisters? Did they know someone in the industry? Why them? There are so many other girl bands currently. Then I listened to their debut LP — ‘Days Are Gone’ — and evidence is there. Este, Danielle, Alana, & Dash have chemistry, putting their heart & soul on this record. Found myself spellbound by every lyric, melody, and even that indescribable weird chant-grunt-shout in-between sentences. They are a modern day 80s girl band. A bit softer. Not so angry in projection, but in words. Made for nerdy hipsters. Because the sisters all take center stage none of the cuts are boring. Most meet at a nice harmonious moment in the chorus where the speaker switches. No matter the subject matter.
Or dark harmony if you take “My Song 5″ where the girls distort their voice & amp up the guitar. Every girl has a bad side. Imagine 3? oooooo chills. My favorite chorus is the sensual ‘Go Slow’.
Didn’t really have a life experience tied to this record. (yet) Just another album I admire for it’s execution, fresh take, and overall package. Not sure how long I’ll follow them because SNL just made them bigger. They killed it. Should be happy. My hipster sensibility is telling me to run. Gonna fight it for now. Take a listen to ‘Days Are Gone’ by Haim. Surely, you’ll dig.
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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!
The artist who topped our favorite albums of 2012 is kicking off our 2013 countdown with a wildfire. So, what happened?
Nothing really. Still a fantastic record. Most would’ve expected Mr. Mayer’s ‘Paradise Valley’ to place quite high just because the last record was so special to me. Part of me, again just me talking, felt like ‘Paradise’ was the all the b-sides to Born & Raised. Together they are a really amazing package. And tracks like “Waitin’ on the Day”, “Dear Marie”, “Wildfire II”, “Badge & Gun” really do stand out. I’ll listen to them many more times in the future. Just didn’t have the same connection that I did with ‘Born & Raised’. That record changed me forever. Remember? Slim chance that this record would have a big effect.
Can sum up the B&R sequel like this. After losing & finding myself, ‘Paradise Valley’ was the music gift of allowing myself to enjoy everything that I built in 2012 with new friends & adventures. One of the themes in this series that I will touch upon is how much I did evolve over the year. Now when I listen to it…I’m gonna think of me, my friends, and strangers staring at a bonfire on a beach…or field…mountain canyon…bar.
The world is wondrous. Get lost in Paradise Valley.
Isn’t it? Aloe Blacc’s new EP — “Wake Me Up” — is out and this is the second single & music video from it. ”Love is the Answer” really is a song that celebrates that fact. It’s not as catchy as “Wake Me Up” yet still profound.
Haven’t stopped humming this song all morning. I picked up Continuum on vinyl two weeks ago & haven’t stopped bumping the record. I blame our Hollywood Bowl Showcase for highlighting all these tracks. Fell in love with Mayer’s classics once more. What could be more wondrous? Kind of what my life has been sounding like over the past few months of long days and even longer nights. In which my doc & forecast have told me to cut back on. I’m ready for 30. Seriously. Happy that the way I’m ending my joyous, heartbreaking. adventurous, 20s is quietly. I have done so much in 10 years & got a few more weeks until the clock turns on me. Gonna put together another memorable holiday. That I will.
Happy Friday. We made it once more. Hunger Games tonight with the click. Doctor Who 50th tomorrow. Rocking my PJs. And Random goodies until I return on Monday. Hopefully feeling the best I have felt since Oct. Until then enjoy riding in the cabin cart as the world passes us by. Have a fantastic weekend reader.