It’s hump day. Starting to put together my Xmas List possibles for the special people in my life. Hoping not to go overboard, but that’s asking a lot. Like to give. Too much. Gonna finalize everything Saturday & shop Sunday.
Wish I had more to write but life is quiet. Too quiet. And I’m healing. Getting there.
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?
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?
Unbelievably exhausted as I type this. Didn’t do anything. Just stayed in watched the Brew Dogs marathon that I taped. Also, South Park’s Black Friday Trilogy finale. That left me in stitches. Got a few things to do this weekend, but nothing big worth mentioning. Just more recovery. I recommend coming back Saturday where our Spotlight will shine once more. Got a bunch of emails piled up in my inbox that I have to go through & possibly feature. Not much love on Twitter. Bunch of fake followers keep adding & then dropping me because I don’t like a ‘follow/unfollow’ phony. Either you like my stuff or you don’t. I repay loyalty with communication. So yeah…
Oh god. Complaining about utter bullshit again. Sorry. When keeping it real goes wrong, right?
We did a piece on Richard Marx for the day job last week and the whole experience of hearing music I actually like as background fodder was pleasurable. Not my favorite Marx track. Catchy. But very 80s. Prefer Hazard or Right Here Waiting…the dark ballad hooky cuts. But is greatest hits album gets my recommendation. Bought it at Best Buy back in the ’00s for cheap, took it home, played it while playing video games, and remember every second of it. Hope you like. Have a great weekend y’all! More words…coming soon.
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.
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.”
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There is something truly haunting about the digital portrait that Abel paints as The Weeknd on his official studio release — ‘Kiss Land’. Always feel like I’m a foreign land when it streams. Living the life of another seeder man with darker ambitions. Words I have expressed before, I know. Still holds true.
Seeing how I have spoken much about this record over 2013…I’m really at a lost for words. What more can I say? It shouldn’t be that hard to come up with a meaningful experience when this LP was present. Mostly listened to ‘Kiss Land’ in the car rides to work or in my room reading. Didn’t share it with any of the hometown friends or lovers. Part of me agrees that half of the record would work better in a love making situations. Thus, I have wasted those tracks on myself. A sort of indirect self-pleasure as I see it.
Abel evolved beautifully between his Mixtape ‘Trilogy’ and arriving in ‘Kiss Land’. He wants to be a electronic dream of Michael Jackson with a very futurist sound. Loved it when I first heard it, love it as bumps in my ears now, and such. ”This is the shit that I live for,” sums it up perfectly. The standout musical experience is “Wanderlust”, the precious little diamond of the entirely short album. You’ll hit repeat many times. Maybe even ‘Belong to the World’. It’s a record you wouldn’t probably buy at first glance, but trust me it’s fantastic over you peel back the layers.
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!
A heartbreaking video for Arcade Fire’s “Afterlife”.
Directed by Emily Kai Bock