Friday, December 19, 2008
Try to follow my logic here. Eat a Peach : Duane Allman ::: Sublime (the self-titled 1996 album) : Bradley Nowell.
Translation time: Duane died during the recording of this album in a motorcycle accident just as Brad died during the recording of the Sublime record, albeit from heroin he was using to make his music better. Some would argue the heroin helped alot, but that's another debate for another time.
This is a classic fucking album. Some point to Live at the Fillmore East which came out just a short time before this one. However, this one has some live tracks on it, in addition to some studio staples which are now veritable classics. "Melissa" is the best known track here, but "Blue Sky" and "Ain't Wastin' Time No More" are also pretty well known if you know your way around the classic rock radio dial. I present it here because I think it's a cohesive work and one I often put on when I want to be in a good mood. Hope it cheers one of ya'll up.
To all our readers all across the globe, from Germany to D.C. to Chicago to NYC: Merry Christmas and a happy strictly bangers.
Man oh man, what I wouldn't give to be one of you guys, downloading the Rolling Stones' seminal Exile on Main Street and hearing it for the first time in 2008/09. This album is as raw as it is polished, as carnal as it is subtle, as country as it is rock and as hard as it is soft. It can be all of these things because it is a true masterpiece. I'm not sure if it's widely regarded as the Stones' masterpiece by all, but it is certainly regarded as such by me. And I, as you may or may not be aware, am the supreme arbiter of all things relating to taste.
Lotsa classic tunes on here that you're probably already familiar with, from "Tumblin' Dice" to the Keith Richards-sung "Happy" to the oft-covered "Loving Cup." The album as a whole is nothing short of intensely cohesive, especially when you consider that this was a double LP (4 sides of music) when it came out. For you trivia nuts out there, Beatles rooftop pal and organist/performer in his own right Billy Preston appears on a bunch of these tracks also. Continuing the trivia fun, track 3, "Shake Your Hips" is a tune written by Slim Harpo most recently made famous by a man named Robert Randolph and his friendly Family Band.
Give it to your dad for Christmas. He'll thank me but want to know what you did with his vinyl collection... Get it here...
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Listen: Saint Dymphna
PS - for all you folks in the NY area, David Byrne is performing at Radio City in the near future. Get on it. Saw his show a month ago in DC and the man is back! Full stage production, dancers, choreography, and his voice is like a bell. Excellent show, worth the dough. Not to mention, the new album is unbelievable and I hope you haven't slept on that one.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
Enjoy : Menahan Street Band
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Johnny Osbourne - Truth & Rights
Saturday, November 22, 2008
http://www.asherrothmusic.com/ <------- Settin up a pension when I mention I'm professional...
Save the eminem comparison for someone who cares.
Hey Jerry, it's your cousin Andy...Andy Garcia; you remember that old sound you've been looking for? Well listen...to this!
I may have gone a little overboard on that title, but that's OK, you live and learn, right?
Instead of a "classic rock" album, I've chosen to go with a classic rock throwback album, albeit one that came out about a month ago. Those of you who know me know that I have a fondness for the so-called Americana music scene, also known as alternative country, in particular the work of the tabloid-friendly Ryan Adams. I'm also of the opinion that he hasn't really made a great, standout, perfect all-the-way-through album since 2001's Gold. Cold Roses came close, and I'd recommend that one highly , but the length of its two discs sometimes get in the way. This is his newest, Cardinology, also made with a backing band called the Cardinals, and it's by golly by gosh outstanding.
Lyrically, Adams is at his best, whimsical, forlorn, but always searching for the romance in the everyday monotony, "I always pause if I can on fifth avenue, look uptown with my head in the stars..." He even gets a bit Lou Reed-ish on Magick, "You're like a missile strike, government goes underground, warhead on legs, what goes around comes around..." Musically, the album finds the perfect mix of the American Beauty-era Grateful Dead of Cold Roses and the Exile on Main Street era Rolling Stones.
I promise I'll be back in a week or whatever with something that's actually classic (maybe one of those two albums or do you guys have those already?,) but in the meantime, I thought I'd give ya'll a taste of what I've been spinning (as though I own a turntable...what file has been accessed the most by my audio decoding software?) HERE!
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Radical Face - Ghost
Solid Gold: http://www.zshare.net/audio/5156571130747d07/
Moonlight Fantasy: http://www.zshare.net/audio/51558393a55b6672/
By the way, any thoughts on the new Blue Sky Black Death album Slow Burning Lights?
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Friday, October 31, 2008
I might recommend the opening track, "Sarah through a Wall" and also the odd Nirvana cover, "Heart Shaped Box."
Enjoy. More classics to come soon.
Are A**x H***i, Larson and I the only ones left who care anymore?
Anyone else wanna contribute?
I'm calling out to all ya'll... Download HERE
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Prolyphic and Reanimator - The Ugly Truth
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Alot of people don't realize that Frank Zappa never did drugs. Most of you probably just reread that and are now wondering why I've begun lying on this blog to inflate my already self-aggrandizing ego. In fact, I am telling the truth; Zappa was notorious for living on a diet of cigarettes and coffee only. He wouldn't even allow his band members to do drugs.
Most people point to the names of Zappa's children, Moon Unit, Dweezil, Ahmet Ehmuukha Rodan and Diva Thin Muffin Pigeen, and suggest that the acid didn't fall too far from the tree. In fact, there was no acid; Zappa frequently decried the trippy-dippy nature of 1960s psychedelic rock, even, unlike John Lennon, during the actual 1960s. This album was Zappa's answer, as you might guess from the cover art, to Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. He asserts sarcastically, "Who needs the peace corps?" [From a political standpoint, I might recommend his bitch-slap on CNN's Crossfire from the mid 1980s investigations into obscenity on recording albums <--Way before Jon Stewart ever did it...]
I could've posted Joe's Garage, which is perhaps a better known album, but simply doesn't showcase the outright bizarre oddity that is We're Only In It For the Money. Some of his more comedic, better known songs, (I might suggest "Jewish Princess" or "Catholic Girls") are great, but not indicative of his true genius. He was also a classically trained composer; his last public appearance before his death from prostate cancer, was by invitation to conduct a German chamber ensemble through his song "G-Spot Tornado."
This album is very weird. I'd recommend headphones and perhaps some of that stuff Zappa wouldn't touch. Listen to it in full first...but for clarification's sake, I think it's extremely important to note that many of these songs do stand alone, both lyrically and musically, separate from the larger cohesive unit of the LP as a whole. Most notably: "What's the Ugliest Part of Your Body," "Concentration Moon" and "Bow Tie Daddy." When listening, keep in mind that this album was released in January of 1968. If I turn just one of you on to Frank Zappa, I'll consider it all worthwhile.
Happy Thursday morning...
Friday, October 10, 2008
So what does 4 months of total seclusion sound like? One of the most intensely beautiful acoustic albums since "Pink Moon". The comparisons to Iron & Wine and Elliott Smith can be made, sure, but as Pitchfork said its more like the solo album TV on the Radio's Tunde Adebimpe never made. The contrast of Justin Vernon's powerful voice against the most subtle instrumentation is just fucking perfect. Simply put, you need this album in your life.
Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago
Friday, October 3, 2008
Yes, that's right folks. Welcome back to Classic Rock Album Time. I received alot of warm regards and well-heeded advice regarding my little shindig here. In the late 80's, five super-hit songwriter guitarists got together, almost entirely out of coincidence and convenience, to record a song. Those 5, George Harrison (of Beatles fame, maybe you've heard of 'em?), Bob Dylan (the Real Bard), Roy Orbison (voice of rare beauty), Jeff Lynne (of the Electric Light Orchestra and shockingly, the most minimal household name of the 5) and Tom Petty (the consummate hitmaker), were collectively referred to as The Traveling Wilburys.
They took on aliases, as Wikipedia explains, and nowhere on the entire album is it discussed whom is actually whom:
- Otis Wilbury (Jeff Lynne): keyboards, guitars, lead & backing vocals.
- Nelson Wilbury (George Harrison): guitars, lead & backing vocals.
- Charlie T. Jnr (Tom Petty): acoustic guitar, bass guitar, lead & backing vocals.
- Lefty Wilbury (Roy Orbison): acoustic guitar, lead & backing vocals.
- Lucky Wilbury (Bob Dylan): acoustic guitar, harmonica, lead & backing vocals.
The hit that you'll probably know is the title track, "Handle With Care," which was recorded to such delight that the fivesome regrouped to record a full album. They're all pretty great though, each with a solid hook, strong, subtly poignant lyrics incorporating elements of each individual member's contributions.
If you've never heard it, I implore you to download it. How's this for a classic rock album selection?
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
This is the album about which Cameron Crowe-penned Elaine Miller states matter-of-factly, "Yes it's poetry. It's poetry of drugs and promiscuous sex. Honey-" Then she points to their eyes on the album cover: "-they're on pot."
And indeed, it's very likely they were. I'm not sure how much love Simon and Garfunkel get from our little online crew here. Either way, this is arguably their masterpiece, although some might argue for their final album, 1970's Bridge Over Troubled Water, the fact that this came out in the all-important year 1968 should probably push it over the top.
All these tracks are standouts. Listen to the title track, "Fakin' It," and the frighteningly accusatory, "You Don't Know Where Your Interest Lies." Garfunkel would go on to star in Mike Nichols, Carnal Knowledge, but would never do much more together other than play Central Park. Garfunkel did co-write "Voices of Old People" but in case you were wondering, that track's fairly, shall we say, conceptual.
Is anyone enjoying these classic albums? If not, I'll just stop. If nobody responds, I'll take that to assume you hate me. But I still won't stop... ("I thought I told you that we won't stop...")
Monday, September 22, 2008
Up until now, TVotR has been one of those bands I've admired way more than actually listened to. That all changes with "Dear Science" - Pitchfork's current album of the year and easily the most interesting music I've heard in awhile. From the afrofunk horns to the 80's synths, this is a rock album that's weird in all the right ways, always pleading for more of your attention and consciously defying your expectations. These guys sound like no one else now or before, singular in a time when that's almost impossible. I'm not ready to say "album of the year" after a few spins through, but fuck me if I won't still be pounding this 4 months from now.
TVotR - Dear Science (now a .zip, thanks Lev)
Thursday, September 11, 2008
"Where Would You Be"
"How Bout Us"
Gilles Peterson - Brownswood Bubblers 3
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Elbow - Asleep In The Back
Cast Of Thousands (2003) - "Rather than attempting to repeat the maudlin splendour of their debut, Asleep In The Back or even succumbing to the temptation to write about celebrity parties and having more money than they used to, Elbow managed to remain wonderfully accessible. It sounds a bit more polished than Asleep but is just as moving and it’s a bit more psychedelic but just as powerful. "
Leaders Of The Free World (2005) - "Elbow are a great band regardless of what it takes for them to find their footing. Leaders of the Free World is a bit more rock & roll than not, with guts and heart, because Elbow have finally embraced their powerful, surrounding space this time out."
Monday, September 1, 2008
So...I've been reading this blog and keeping quiet. Once again, I feel a need to decry the unreasonably impartial hip-hop leaning segments of the viewing and listening audience. As a result, I'm going to take this opportunity to, "take it ol' school." I'm going to try to post a classic, oft-unheard from album as regularly as possible. Hey...it's all illegal in the end, right?
King Crimson was a British pseudo-psychedelic progressive rock band from the late '60s, early '70s. This is their debut record, "In the Court of the Crimson King." It's very odd, but...most contemporary headbangers and hip pop-rockers would at least cite it as groundbreaking. I happen to think it holds up really well and is always worth a listen.
Hopefully this turns some of you on. Incidentally, that Beatles mashup got me really excited but for the most part kind of dissapointed. As far as I'm concerned, no rapper should ever say Yoko Ono's name unless it's followed by "has a vagina saltier than sushi." Yes, you can quote me on that.
Keep the posts coming guys (and Brynna)...they always make me feel more cultured than I really am.
Nas should have just named his album Black Guy. Why was he trying to be so controversial?
Download here or by clicking title.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
"The World Is Yours"
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Danny! - And I Love H.E.R. (REUPPED)
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
Coming straight out of the dungeons of rap in Cleveland, Kid Cudi totally shouldn't work on paper but somehow does. Picture a second-rate John Legend doing a duet album with a second-rate Lupe Fiasco, produced by Spank Rock and you're in the neighborhood. Lyrics are eh, but holy shit what beats. His LP drops later this year, can't wait for it.
Kid Cudi - A Kid Named Cudi
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
For all of you looking for the new Nas album and were disappointed by Brandon's post -- it's because the one below is part album part mixtape... check out this link to get the official 'Untitled' or just click on the title of this post
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Seems to take cues from "In Rainbows" with the stripped-down feel and abbreviated tracklist. Dangermouse brings an interesting psychedelic edge to his sound, with the end result being somewhere between "Sea Change" and "Guero". Very good, and too short.
B - MG
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Monday, June 16, 2008
Friday, June 6, 2008
PUTS are a rap duo who singlehandedly brought the golden-age, 1990s sound into the present. Everything about them sounds dated - the beats, the flows, the party-up lyrics. But that's the beauty of them, too...crystallizing a moment in time when LA was the hip-hop center of the world and even Tupac was rapping about enjoying sunsets. This is what hip-hop, at least at one point in time, was meant to be: relaxed yet focused, raw yet happy, pure yet universal. At this point, OST is 6 years old, but it hits me the same way it did when I was lighting Js in the high school parking lot. And I still maintain that the beat for "Montego Slay" is one of the best ever made.
Before this dropped, Phoenix was one of many dime-a-dozen French electropop bands to ride the wave of hysteria that followed Air's "Moon Safari". And then in 2006, Phoenix did something totally unexpected: they tried to make a Strokes album. And failed. Miserably.
The result, though, is an album of accidental genius. As much as they tried to bury their crack-addictive hooks under distorted guitar and half-baked production, the melodies shine through. This is a pop album with just enough edge, just enough rough to make the smooth work. You will hum this shit for months, I guarantee.
"Long Distance Call"
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
"Grounds For Divorce"
Elbow - The Seldom Seen Kid
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
"The Era When We Sang"
"My Work Will Be Done"
BSBD - Late Night Cinema (REUPPED)
Monday, May 12, 2008
1. All I Need
2. Jigsaw Falling Into Place
5. Pyramid Song
6. Weird Fishes/Arpeggi
9. Faust Arp
11. Paranoid Android
14. Everything In Its Right Place
15. Bangers and Mash
17. Like Spinning Plates
19. Karma Police
20. Go Slowly
21. Planet Telex
22. Fake Plastic Trees
23. National Anthem
24. House of Cards
Monday, May 5, 2008
"Rod Only Knows"
"Bring Him Back"
Starpower - The Petting Zoo
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
It's called Evil Urges and it comes out June 10th. It's also outstanding. This band continues to reinvent themselves with every album. If anyone needs any of their earlier stuff, let me know cause I'll totally throw 'em up here (I have no inhibitions whatsoever.)
Somehow they manage to sound like Prince one song, Rush on another and then the Allman Brothers the next... Lotsa love for these guys, hope ya'll enjoy it.
Keep up the good work.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
"I Got Mine"
Black Keys - Attack & Release
Thursday, April 17, 2008
J.cole. The next shit hip hop wise (along with the likes of Wale and Cudi but a little less out there) out of NC by way of Queens. An old school ny york flow (think AZ) with a dynamic personality (think Ye) and relatable personality (think Little Brother but a little more agressive). Anything you don't recognize is produced by the kid, because, get this.... hes a classically trained musician. He plays Horns and Strings people. It's J.cole, Aka. Simba With beautiful cover art by yours truely brought to the world by Say Uncle Group. Branding and Design if you need it. Attatched is the cover i liked... the official is on the itunes jump. http://www.zshare.net/download/1065071662ed466f/
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Wiki says: MGMT (formally known as The Management) are an American musical group based in Brooklyn, New York consisting of Ben Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden. Originally with New York-based Cantora Records, they signed on with Columbia Records/Red Ink/Sony in 2006. On October 5, 2007, Spin.com named MGMT "Artist of the Day". On November 14, 2007 Rolling Stone pegged MGMT as a top 10 "Artist to Watch" in 2008. The band was recently named 9th in the BBC's Sound of 2008 top 10 poll. Their debut album Oracular Spectacular debuted at number twelve on the UK album chart, and hit number one on the Billboard Top Heatseekers chart.
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Midas Touch is a DJ/producer from Montreal who splits the difference between the sped-up samples of early Kanye and the synth work of early Neptunes. He's released a 2 CD remixtape for free, and while the thing overall is kind of uneven, when he's on its a fucking homerun, like the baby's-ass smooth remix of the Clipse above. If you dig, he's got an American Gangster remix album coming out soon which you can preview here, featuring probably the best version of "Blue Magic" I've heard.
Midas Touch - The Remix Tape Vol. 1
Monday, March 10, 2008
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Friday, February 29, 2008
Okay so I've asked a lot of my friends recently if they've heard this track and they've all said "no." How is this possible? It's got one of those Kanye beats that sound like he didn't have the budget to bring Jon Brion in to play some kooky toy piano music that makes you think of Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet running around on the beach; in other words, it's a loop.
It's been way too cold the past 2 days so I've been listening to songs like this to warm me up
Another great LP