Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Kanye who? Graduation had some sick beats but anyone who knows shit about hip hop knows Kanye's flow is reminiscent of a black doctor Seuss just out of the dentists with mad Novocaine. Alright it's not so bad, I really like the first two records but that's besides the point. Lupe Fiasco is a dude with ill flow and nasty narratives that could rhyme octagons around most of the shit comin' out of the mainstream, and with this new record i'm sold as a lifelong fan. Here we got a darker feel all around, soulful hooks, much less boasting, and just a more solid experience. Bump it on your block.
"All my inspiration comes from Ahmad Jamal."
The movie "The Song Remains The Same" blew my head. It was my doorway to Led Zeppelin, and the soundtrack is undoubtedly one of my favorite Led Records. Favorite tracks are "Since I Been Lovin' You" and "Rain Song". Additionally the part where Jimmy breaks out the bow is nasty as hell. I'd recommend seeing the movie first if you haven't already. The dream sequences are terrifically tripped out and just amazing to watch.
Jimmy Page's and Robert Plant's dreams are my favorites. Enjoy.
Lead Singer of Portishead and Paul Webb (Rustin Man) who used to rock bass in Talk Talk. This record is utterly beautiful. Each song has this feel like the world is going to end as soon as the song does and this is the sweetest goodbye you could listen to. Mad organic, mad soulful. My favorite tracks are "Mysteries", and "Show". I've said before that Beth Gibbons is one of my favorite vocalists. She has the ability to completely jazz out her voice depending on the style of the song. Is she singing through a sax patch on "Show"? Nah. A Nice afternoon listen is sure to be followed by a soothed out evening.
Where do i begin? Four of the illest emcees i've ever heard straight out of the early nineties west coast hip hip atmosphere. If you're a fan of A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, or Freestyle Fellowship you'll buck wild for this record. Founder of the Hieroglyphics Del Tha Funkee Homosapien spits a chorus on "Limitations". Really though, two of my favorite hip hop tracks came out of this album. "Never No More" features a funky horn line behind a heavy beat, and mastermind Phesto flows a nasty second verse. "'93 'til Infinity" was Soul's best selling single. This A-Plus production comes out groovy with Tajai spittin' a narrative. The beat drops on the bass line like a brick of concrete strapped with a tambo. Easily one of the greatest most classic beats ever. Play it Loud.
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
"On The Corner" was released in 1972. As a jazz fusion album it was Miles's funkiest attempt at connecting with a young black audience who had left jazz behind for the new sounds of Hip-Hop and Rock & Roll. Turns out the styles implemented in "On The Corner" became major influences for modern Hip-Hop, as well as Drum & Bass. This record is phenomenal so listen good.
Nobody does electronic like the French, in my humble opinion, and M83's second release is a fine example. So thick, so hypnotic, this album will leave you entranced and at the same time fill your mind with fantastical themes. These songs sound heavy and, at times, tragic. This has become my favorite acid record and you'll understand why once you give a listen. So please do.. listen.
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
This is the grammy nominated sophomore album from the post-hardcore earthquake knows as Glassjaw. This is by far my favorite album ever, incorporating Jazz and Ambient styles on tracks like "Ape Dos Mil" and "Must've Rained All Day" while maintaining crunchy guitars and soulful bass-lines on songs like "Tip Your Bartender" and "Mu Empire". Daryl Palumbo's vocals are a mix-up of a pitch-bending crooner and straight up progression, and his lyrics display a serious sense of philosophical and spiritual phrasing.
Friday, June 15, 2007
The film takes place in the near future. The world is experiencing a sort of global depression after what seems to have been a societal meltdown. Morale is low, conditions are the poorest. In looking for work Roddy Piper's character, Nada, finds himself in the middle of an uprising; a conspiracy to overthrow the powers that be. Powers that no one would expect to be. Nada finds a box full of special sunglasses that strip away the strategically placed layers and let him see what is truly happening. The media, Politics, everything is controlled by these malevolent inhabitants. The terrifying nature of this movie is enough to chill your bones as you watch Nada's world crumble before his, and your own, eyes. It is a movie that can be watched again and again for it's depth is that of worldly proportions. Watch "They Live".
Thursday, June 7, 2007
This is the debut single called "Homecoming" from The Teenagers. The video is directed by Kinga Burza. This three piece high school trip is all about sex, parties, cigarettes, and sunglasses, which is pretty regular for a trio called The Teenagers. Their style fuses pop, rock, and trance into joyful hodgepodge that passes love notes to your ears in between classes. I saw this video on one of my friend's posts and i enjoyed every bit of it. The direction is subtle and classy for a song that narrates a fuck-at-first-sight from dual perspectives.