Vince Staples and Larry Fisherman - Stuck In My Ways
I’m really diggin this song at the moment and to be honest I never gave Vince much of a listen. I wouldn’t say I cared much for what he had done with Odd Future but this release called ‘Stolen Youth’ (2013) is really good and really shines through for him. It showcases his lyrical ability well and the fact he holds good flow on some pretty different and straight up bumpin beats through out this album thanks to Mac Miller (AKA Larry).
It’s got some features of Ab-Soul, Schoolboy Q and Joey Fatts too, all of whom are welcome. This album was also released as a free mixtape on the internet, which is awesome/strange considering it’s underground yet well produced kind of status. In any case this song reminds me a little of Nujabes jazz/wind pipey kind of soul tracks, so it’s very cool. The whole album is excellent and everyone should check it out.
Armand Hammer - Where The Wild Things Are
Here’s an underground Hip Hop duo that has just recently dropped their album ‘Race Music’ on Oct 22nd, 2013. To my surprise it is a really really good album with fantastic production and instrumentation that you don’t hear on a lot of hip hop albums. Both Elucid and Billy Woods are interesting, diverse and thought provoking lyricists that attack each track with a lot of conviction and strength.
It’s often really hard to pick up on what they are saying and I would say on the whole this album warrants close observation if you are into it, (as in re-listens) because they get topical and touch on some heavy personal and social perspectives of life, war, poverty, politics and other things of that serious nature.
They are strange but clever with their flow and also a little aggressive at times. Race Music is a pretty dark album at times but its bold and even though I find it hard to get through Hip Hop albums that hit the 20 song mark, this was a really great ride that I’m keen to keep revisiting.
Ween - The Mollusk
I remember first hearing Ween a long time ago when i was about 13 and laughing at how silly they seemed. You could guess the song I heard was Push Th’ Little Daisies. I cast them off after listening to it even though i thought it was hilarious because I thought they were a joke and had nothing else to offer. I think I was just getting into my own musical snobbery phase, when at 13 being into alternative music seemed to be the height of cool that no one else at school was delving into.
Anyway, I feel stupid because I recently revisited them at the age of 21 and I get that that’s what is great about Ween. They are silly and stupid and its even better because they are really experimental too. They are a really charming band and write really inventive songs. This one especially makes me feel happy as shit and makes me laugh by myself in public but I don’t even care because when I listen to these guys [especially ‘The Mollusk’ (1997) album itself] I’m floating through a mist of blissful unawareness and childlike wonder, where all i wanna do is boogy down and ignore everything. If you are a little bored of music at the moment in general try these guys out, I guarantee you’ll have a weird but wonderful time.
Menahan Street Band - The Contender
I absolutely haven’t posted in ages and I’m gonna start this up again for anyone who digs cool music and also because i keep discovering bands and listening to great songs then forget who they were a week later. I really should be writing or typing them down somewhere and then i remembered I have this blog and that is just as good.
Anyway, I was watching Amoeba’s youtube channel, all of their ‘Whats in my Bag’ videos that feature a variety of musicians and celebrities going and buying a bunch of records then sitting down and talking about their collection. Donald Glover had his spot and revealed this sweet soul album by MSB and I got a 20 second snippet of a song as he briefly mentioned them and I immediately rushed off to snag their album ‘Make the Road by Walking’ (2008) and it is so, so great. A really relaxing and groovy album that is so fantastically feel good. I highly reccommend it and I should mention I rarely listen to Soul but am seriously enjoying this to the point where Soul is my new favorite thing and I’m seeking out more. Oh also these guys are of course from Brooklyn, New York..
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Pond - Giant Tortoise
Pond just released Hobo Rocket on August 2nd. It’s an EP that hosts some seriously killer tracks, totaling 7 which is very generous as well. Just bought a ticket to their sideshow in Sydney for a 22 dollars (WHA-?!). That’s outrageously cheap for a band of their caliber, honestly they could get away with more but I’m so chill with this. They’ve already announced their next album too, they are killing it! Pond is like a sick blend of sabbathy psychadelic, experimental pop and garage rock and are glorious.
The Wipers - Nothing Left to Lose
Dunno how I only just discovered this band. Kurt Cobain himself said he took much inspiration from this band which I didn’t know. Fantastic post-punk alternative band from the 80s. Shit man, they just straight up have a cool sound what else can I say. I just got their best of album to begin with because I didn’t know where to start so if you’re interested do that. Its pretty phenomenal. Dig these TOONZ.
Danny Brown - Grown up
Heaps psyched for Danny’s next album ‘Old’ which is being released tomorrow. I’m keen to see where he goes with this album because this song is totally chill. The kid is fantastic too.
Danny is one of those rappers I respect because of his total honesty, he talks about growing up and his life in a very genuine way because he really doesn’t have any shame about the shit hes experienced. He doesn’t front and act like someone he’s not. I think that only elevates his character and his music and as much as I shouldn’t be into half of the vulgar sexual innuendo that he spits, it’s kind of so outrageous its funny. Fuck yeah Danny Brown.
EDIT: scratch that, new album is coming out on the 30th of Sept, not august. Sheeeeiiit
The Wytches - Digsaw
Wytches totally ruuulleeee. They sneaked me, as soon as i heard this song I felt instantly down to fucking party. They are hectically raucous, and I am loving it. They are based in London as a 3 piece now. I don’t think they’ve released anything yet and I’m totally hyping the shit out of them but it’s fine. I’m going to put up both videos they have because they are just that good. I have nothing more to say, their music is like that noisier psychadelic band you love (they are supporting The Black Angels soon on a side note), the singer is reminiscent of Jack White but he wails his own style, they are kind of filtering that garage rock vibe that the Horrors once had. Now I’m waiting around for these guys to get big because they probably will. OF till I O.D and I probably will.
Hooray For Earth - True Loves
I got onto these guys through snooping around Twin Shadow, because he collaborated on a song with these guys. I really like this song because I have a pretty strong affinity with gaming, and the electronic effects they use remind of old-school game soundtracks, so that in itself brings an entirely nostalgic and interesting feel to me. Not that these guys have anything to do with gaming, I can’t say they’d concur with that statement at all. Anyway, these guys are a lot of fun to listen to, they have a great electronic pop sound that is ‘almost’ in tandem with Passion Pit or some bullshit which I hate. I hate that I’m reminded of them when I listen to this band, that is probably not a good thing to say but I really do feel Hooray for Earth are a little edgier than that so I like them a lot more, it doesn’t sound like they are going for that type of sound my brain often just makes weird connections like that. They are certainly more experimental. Anyway, based in New York, they have released 4 albums and are relatively known at this point in their career, steadily they are garnering more attention which is tops. This was taken from ‘True Loves’ released in 2011. Oh shit, this video clip is totally cool as well. I should have mentioned that earlier.
Kurt Vile - Never Run Away
This is taken from his new album ‘Wakin On A Pretty Daze’ which is a really relaxing album. It’s actually so nice to listen to when I’m working my shitty call center job, I can put this album on by the half way mark of working 3 hours into an 6 hour shift of sitting in a cubicle and making calls to assholes who hate me (understandably- whatever, I need money) and its all okay. This song is currently just stuck in my head and has been for hours on end. This is a pretty sweet video clip of Kurt just being cool guy I guess in gloomy places. Sure thing, I’m down with that. Props to my coworker cousin James for reminding me of how chill Kurt’s music is. I think i previously posted a ‘War on Drugs’ song on this thing, Kurt’s previous (briefly) band. Check it all out because its also mad lovely.
Beck - Defriended (2013)
Posting this just because this song is crazy nice and chill. Heaps excited for new beck. His sheet music album was an interesting concept but im excited for beck to be back with a legit album coming out again. His experimentation just knows no bounds because he is just straight up a super original and talented person. Yessssssss. Listen and love ittttt.