fthrsn - On Our Way
I had zippy swag in middle school. Many would say I still lack heavily what these kids call ‘swag’, but by golly, this song is chuck full of it. Off his album Middle School Swag which recounts how he felt when that time in your life where EVERYTHING changes. All thanks to the shifting of your out of whack hormones. Half of your friends are 6’3 while you’re still kicking rocks down at 5’5. The girl you thought was so icky and gross last year is all of a sudden the most beautiful creature you’ve ever laid your naive eyes on.
Do peep the Michigan native Macklin Underdown’s newest album Middle School Swag, it’s available for digi download and soon out on cassette via the equally great GRL MTN. I had a hard time trying to decide which to feature off this album, down between this one and ‘What do I want to be when I grow up’. But I don’t think I went wrong.
yep. that’s about it.
also, always cool seeing artwork created by someone I know float around the tumblrsphere.
Kurt Vile - Walkin’ On A Pretty Day
When I saw one of my all time favorite song writers, Kurt Vile, was playing Coachella I got super excited. Not because I was going to Coachella but the fact that Kurt being on that bill likely meant there is new music to follow. Well didn’t ya know it my intuition was correct and the first single is a 9 minute and 31 second jam of breezy guitar and lazy vocals. There is this wonderfully slight build of intensity through out that ends in your.
New album Wakin’ On A Pretty Daze coming April 9 on 2xLP via Matador.
photo by Shawn Brackbill
new Kurt Vile automatically means it’s a good day.
Grouper | Cloud In Places
Unknown Mortal Orchestra - So Good At Being In Trouble
jamming to this record so hard lately.
Big Bird In A Small Cage - Patrick Watson
Listening to this on repeat because it’s just too good.
Shlohmo - Forgot I Was Here
Ooh La La - The Faces
For a Sunday.
JEFF the Brotherhood - Hey Friend
The Your Are Minez - Wild Thang
Lo-fi is something that’s easily thrown around these days when trying to describe music, often used incorrectly. It’s been used more as a way to describe the aesthetic vs the recordings actually being low fidelity. However, with this Calgary-based pile of sound I feel that it’s appropriate. It’s as if Jean-Sebastien took his 4-track tape recorder, took all of the levels and pushed them one notch under the brink of being unrecognizable.
If you want to set your twist dance tempo to half time and then I suggest you lend your ears to these “apocalyptic valentine” grooves.
It’s good to still stumble across stuff like this.
cannot get enough of this EP at the moment. so good.
Big Boi - Lines (feat. A$AP Rocky & Phantogram)
Thank goodness Guilty Pleasures Week is over. I’m ready to move on from being embarrassed by what I subjected you folks to last Tuesday. Sound like a plan? Good. Now that that’s been addressed…
There used to be a time when I didn’t listen to hip hop. I thought that most music other than rock wasn’t “artistic” enough, that it had no creative value. I was young, of course. I got older. My tastes shifted and grew quite a few times (notice the lack of rock on Tuesdays?). Three years ago a friend of mine at boarding school introduced me to Kid Cudi, which led to a renewed interest in Kanye West. I’ll admit that despite not listening to hip hop at the time, Jesus Walks was my seventh grade football pump up song… It naturally progressed from there. When I was younger, though, there were a few exceptions to my irrational bias. Outkast was one of them. When I was in middle school and everyone was obsessing over Hey Ya, I found out that the prolific duo had an album called Stankonia, which, with my last name being Stanko, was just the coolest at the time. When I started gaining an interest in hip hop, I found myself delving into Outkast’s discography.
I still love them (yes, even Hey Ya), and the slightly-less-prominent-but-every-bit-as-talented half, Big Boi, put out my second favorite hip hop album of 2010. I mean, there isn’t much that can top Ye’s Dark Fantasy, but Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty was just so damn good. While it was notorious for taking far too long to be released due to a strong current of label drama, it broke perceived boundaries on what Big Boi could really do in terms of creating a full sound. His rapping was crisp and smart. His beats were catchy and inventive. The features were great. The production was tight. This finished product had Big Boi wildly expanding in terms of creativity, and it doesn’t look like he’s slowing down. His follow-up, the far-too-cool-titled Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors, is set for a December 11 release. He’s already released a few tracks, as well as a video. On this particular one, he teams up with one of my other documented favorites, A$AP Rocky, and surprisingly, indie pop duo Phantogram. Unsurprisingly though, Big Boi and Rocky spit absolute fire against a slick and fierce background while the choruses keep the song grounded. It’s fantastic, and if you dig it, check out the link to the visually gorgeous video for Mama Told Me below, another one of his new tracks featuring the wonderful Kelly Rowland.
Shit, this is way cool.
Nosaj Thing - Eclipse/Blue
I’m freaking excited for his new upcoming album Home (out 01/22/13). His 2009 LP Drifter was freaking perfect. The video is by Daito Manabe, takcom, Satoru Higa, and MIKIKO with support from The Creators Project.
“Eclipse/Blue,” featuring vocals by Blonde Redhead’s Kazu Makino.
So fresh. So looking forward to this.
we all will- akron/family and angels of light
Sad that we have to grow old,
With catalogue stuff from the phone,
Living off songs that we wrote.
Sad that imagination it fades,
Because everyone must get paid,
So that catalogue stuff can get made.