Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Snoop Dogg's Beautiful = Snoop Dogg's Signs?

WELCOME to "random thoughts post" #3(?).

1. Have you heard Snoop Dogg ft. Pharrell - Beautiful? It's pretty good!. While I was discussing this with blog co-author ramey I was reminded of Snoop Dogg ft. Justin Timberlake - Signs. THEY'RE P MUCH THE SAME SONG YOU GUYS. YouTube it. I'm right.

2. I just read on ABC News about some divers who were lost at sea for several hours or some shit. Although they were safely rescued, their boat sank. But, someone just recovered a camera from the event, and there are some 'choice snaps' of an apparently dramatic sea-rescue. I don't really get if this is big news or not but I quite like this "recovered phote":


It sort of looks like it could be a chillwave album cover a la Washed Out's Life of Leisure:

3. I recently had a discussion(/argument) with a friend about, uh, I'm not sure what specifically, but I know it definitely had something to do with music taste. It was after approx 2 bottles of wine on my end. But. I remember in particular being caught up on the idea of 'when to stop.' As in, when do you stop actively seeking out music to listen to? Is there ever a stage of giving in/up or emotional resolution where new artists/albums/songs are not sought out? (Not including those thrust upon us by mainstream media.)

I'd like to think that there is no such thing as being satisfied musically, but there seem to be people around who have reached this. Unless I'm just being a huge snob and underestimating everyone and everything.

4. Latest listenings:

-Warpaint: The Fool. P damn good. Reminds me a bit of the Australian band called Beaches.
-Antony and the Johnsons: Swanlights, still.
-N.E.R.D.: Nothing. There are ~4 good songs on this. I quite like N.E.R.D. so I'm a little disappointed with this album.
-Rollins Band.: I know the music is awful, awful "big dumb rock" but, I think songs like "I Feel Like This" or "Lonely" manage to be amazing despite being so shit. Panic at the Sight of Henry Rollins!
-Also, anything electronic Chilligan's Island music a la Gold Panda, Prefuse 73, Flying Lotus' L.A. album.

5. Sunset Rubdown dethroned Sonic Youth at the top of my charts. I've been on that site for like 5 fucken years and this has never happened. LUV U SPENCEY KRUG

6. Here is a YouTube to finish upppp. This song is by a band(?) called The Foreign Exchange. The album kind of reminds me of Blue Lines-era Massive Attack, which is a good thing. This song is so nice, and successfully makes me feel bitter about heteronormative relationships, HA. The video seems to be a bit of a downer though, I'm not sure what their interpretation of the song is there.

Peace out y'all

Monday, October 18, 2010

"She's a clear cut lesbian"

USHER. AND Nicki Minaj! This is good. It's been out for a while but hey! I'ma share it with you NOW. Altho the version I have is apparently a clean one because the chorus is "coming with me" and not "fucken with me."
Don't pretend you don't like either of these performers. JUS DON'T. Can't wait for Minaj's "Pink Friday" album to drop.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Tony and the Jo-Jo's

I honestly believe "Do you remember Antony & The Johnsons?" is the least necessary question in the english language. Antony Hegarty's voice sticks in your memory like the smell of your grandparent's house. Except it is (most likely) much, much more pleasant.

Antony and The Johnsons' latest album, 'Swanlights,' is absolutely fantastic. I recall quite enjoying 'I am a Bird Now' back in the day, but I was only about 16 and probably didn't appreciate it to the fullest. I think I even laughed at songs like "For Today I am a Boy." I never got into the next release, 'The Crying Light,' as much, but some songs really stood out as important. The video for the song "Epilepsy is Dancing" is still one of the greatest around (if a little over-the-top):

So, the new album manages to achieve songs which are a lot more esoteric in sound. Antony's voice is still front and center as it should be (except for one song which feature Bjork in lead vocals- who's going to complain about that?), but the style of sounds and instrumentation is a lot more diverse. From the acoustic guitar balladry of 'The Great White Ocean' to the psychadelic shoegaze-esque title track, 'Swanlights' covers a lot more ground than his morose previous offerings. It's pretty refreshing to hear Antony sing an upbeat song that isn't about domestic violence a la "I feel your fist, and I know it's out of love!"

Overall, fans of Antony's previous work should like this, unless they really are the saddest sacks around. And if you're not a fan of Antony's previous work, fuck right off. You should be. My only inconsequential qualm is that the album cover doesn't follow the high contrast black and white photo aesthetic. As I said, inconsequential.

Antony & The Johnsons - Swanlights gets

Tuesday, October 5, 2010


Drink in my Cup by "Electrik Red"
Everything about this is so awful and so awesome. (Unfortunately their album doesn't seem to be as consistent..)

Sunday, October 3, 2010


I kind of think this Sufjan Stevens guy might be some sort of crazy genius.


So he has a new album, called The Age of Adz. As per the title track, this is pronounced more like "odds" than "ads." I have no idea what its meant to mean. Its probably a prophecy that The Sufjan has Seen and we will all find out in harrowing moments of terror.

The album kicks off on Chilligan's Island with a nice lil' not-atypical Sufjy Stevens piano thing called "Futile Devices" and then BAM second track is all "I'M EXPERIMENTAL," drum machines and synthaholler. Sufjan Stevens: electronic genius!? WHO KNEW (A: basically anyone who listened to and appreciated his Year of the Rabbit thing). The third song is the aforementioned title track and it kind of sounds like the Terminator films would sound if they were actually musicals. O shit, gang gang etc. Everything on this album sounds completely not-of-this-planet. It's hella bizzaro.


"I am The Sufjan. hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm"

My personal favourite tracks from THE AAAGE OF AAAADZ are called: I Walked, The Age of Adz, I Want To Be Well (a.k.a. the song where Sufjan repeatedly yells in our faces a reassurance that he is "not fucking around") and Impossible Soul.

It is worth nothing that Impossible Soul, the closing "track" GOES FOR TWENTY-FIVE FUCKEN MINUTES. It is fantastic. In the future, this song will be compulsory listening in The Church of The Sufjan. Contained within the song's lengthy stream are: a terrifying moment where a horrorhouse auto-tuned version of The Sufjan bellows "STUPID MAN IN THE WINDOW", live drums(!), and a 3 minute burnout that is all the more smooth and tasty after 22 minutes of spastic experimental music.

Having said all this, it's pretty heavy listening and I kind of think that some of the tracks in the middle of the album get a bit lost in all the cacophony. But. I'm p sure that they'll reveal themselves with repeated listenings. So it's NBD.

gets like 8 Lukes out of 10

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