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Tuesday
Nov152016

me and your mama

Check the opening track to Childish Gambino's newest album [Awaken, My Love!].

It's called 'Me and Your mama', and it's breaking into a whole new world of soul and vibes.

 

The album will be available December 2nd, and if this is any indication, it promises to be wirth the money.

 

- james

Friday
Dec042015

Belieb the hype?

it absolutely kills me to say this, but Bieber's new album is actually not completely and utterly terrible. That being said, it seems like everybody is going crazy about and raving about how "amazing" it is, and I'm here to tell you that it's just not true. Don't belieb the hype. 

What I will say is this: there are, in fact, 2-3 bangers on this latest album and maybe one slow jam that's pretty good, and the rest is just borderline nonsensical garbage. Keep in mind that all of these songs are written by Julia Michaels, Justin Tranter, Sonny Moore, Jaosn Boyd, and an entire team of paid songwriters not named Justin Bieber. 

The underlying theme of the album seems to be apologizing for being a dumb adolescent, complaining about a teenage relationship between two pre-pubescent idiots, and asking people to understand that the life of a celebrity is real hard and that we should be more understanding of celebrity screw ups, blah blah blah..... welcome to adulthood, Mr. Bieber. 

But like I said, there are some bangers. So here are the only songs on the album worth listening to:

Where are you now?

Sorry

What do you mean?

mark my words

summary: a great songs surround by some garbage aimed at making a statement with some cheesy "purpose"

 

- james

Monday
Oct192015

mø.

Most likely an abbreviation of Karen Marie Ørsetd's middle and last names, MØ is my monday mix-tape (this isn't actually a mix-tape, but it sounded better than "album" on account of Monday starting with an 'M'. Alliteration is cool).

Now, I have no idea how you pronounce that (mo? muh? mero?), but it starts with an 'm' and an 'o'-ish letter and so does monday, so this seemed like a fitting soundtrack for my monday. take a listen. 

fire rides

No mythologies to follow

red in the gray

never wanna know

 

 

- james

 

Thursday
May142015

glass animals.

I've been in kind of a weird mood this morning. Maybe it's the fact that I injured my back so I'm walking like an 84 year-old man and I smell like an Icy Hot factory. Whatever the reason, a weird mood calls for a semi-weird music groove.

Meet Glass Animals: a newish indie rock band from Oxford (that's in Europe). They're videos are weird as fuhhhh. Also some of their beats and instrumentations are weird. And some of the build-ups feel weird. A lot of weirdness going on that makes for a weirdly awesome overall groove. You'll dig 'em.

Hazey

Pools

Gooey

Black Mambo

 

- James

 

Tuesday
Mar172015

kendrick lamar - to pimp a butterfly album stream.

king kendrick's new album finally dropped. this year is going to be a crazy year in music. drake kicked it off with if you're reading this it's too late and now kendrick lamar brings us to pimp a butterfly.

if you've listened to "i," "the blacker the berry" or "king kunta" then you already know the vibe that to pimp a butterfly has and the sound kendrick was going for. there are no radio hits or club bangers on this album. lamar speaks his mind and let's us know where his thoughts are at in this album. he focuses on some heavy subjects as themes of race and ethnicity are extremely present in this album.

kendrick doesn't fall short. this album will go down in the books and really shows off lamar's talent for story telling in his songs as well as his talent for delivering strong lyrics. 

sit back and actually listen to this album. you won't be disappointed. link below.

stream it on spotify here.

- taylor

Thursday
Mar122015

mumford & sons plugs in.

Mumford & Sons has announced the release of their new album Wilder Mind and with it, a big step for them: they're going electric. My first assumption was that this was an answer to criticisms of the band being one dimensional, and writing songs that all sound the same guitar strumming + banjo + harmonies + kick drum(partially true). But here's what the band had to say about it: "We spent 2014 writing and recording this record. It's been a liberating and unifying experience for us as a band, and we're proud of what's come out. It was about songs, first and foremost. And then of course the sound we felt supported those songs best. It was fun."

Take a listen to the first single from the album: Believe (make sure you at least get to the 2-minute mark before making your decision).

It's hard for me to decide if I actually like this or not. To be honest, when I listen to it, knowing that it's Mumford & Sons, I assume that this album is just an effort to stay current and I tend to dislike it. I don't like the idea of a band changing just to stay popular. 

However, if I block all that out, and pretend the song comes from a band I've never heard before, I find it catchy, and well composed and I dig it. I'll have to wait and see jhow the rest of the album plays out, but for now I'm optimistic. What do you think?

 

- James

Monday
Oct062014

bombay bicycle club.

I was listening to this album yesterday driving along the coast on Highway 1. I had already forgotten how good it was. If nothying else, most of these tracks will make your monday feel like an artistic montage from a movie. If you haven't already gotten this album, I highly recommend it. 

overdone

carry me

it's alright now

luna

feel

 

- james


Wednesday
Jul162014

django django.

No, this isn't a nickname for the movie featuring Jamie Foxx and Christoph Waltz. It's the name of a band. A good band. A band you should know. A band you're going to thank me for introducing you to. 

This self-titled album is beyond good. It's unique, it's clever, it's creative, catchy, it rocks. It seems impossible to pinpoint major infuences because this album pulls together what feels like a different genre for each individual song--it's seriously impressive. I don't want to be the guy that says "these guys can do it all", but seriously, than can pretty mich do it all.

Take a listen to these songs and then do yourself a favor and pickup the album, you won't regret it.

wor

Hail Bop

Zumm zumm

Default

For lo, he heard the jamz, and beheld that they were good...because they obviously were. Stop by here to find out more about Django Django and pickup the album.

 

- james

Friday
Jan172014

beirut - the flying cup

this is one of my favorite albums of all time. 

listen to it.

now.

all of it.

now.

you're welcome.

 

- james

Thursday
Jan092014

foals - holy fire.

This is absolutely in my top three albums of 2013, and possibly my overall favorite. It's absolutely brilliant.

Even the album structure and song layout is carefully organized and progressive. THe album begins with 'Prelude'--a four-minute instrumental track that progresses into a claustrophobic mix of reverb and effects in the song 'Inhaler'--until vocalist Yannis Philippakis declares "and I can't get enough... SPACE!" at 1:51 into the song and the instrumentals break into a heavy, grunge-influenced groove. 

foals - prelude

foals - inhaler

The rest of the album continues to mix technical chops with solid rock grooves and unique blends of effects and voice. The Oxford-based group has labeled this their comeback album, and for me, it's easy to see why. I highly recommend you pick it up. 

foals - my number

foals - everytime

Listen to the tunes we've provided and then buy the album direct from the source by clicking here and going to the official Foals websiste. From there, your life is made simple in four easy steps:

  1. Listen
  2. Enjoy
  3. Repeat
  4. Drip Drip

foals - holy fire - full album

 

 

- james