I’m impressed at how well The Strokes have branded themselves and maintained their particular style and sound that is distinct only to them through 5 albums now. There are times where I want something new and something that isn’t rehashed but in this case I wouldn’t mind it if The Strokes just kept making the same kind of music over and over.
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N.E.R.D., then Ye and now Lupe? In such close proximity of one another? Nice. As much as I herald and praise Kanye’s latest effort, I need something that packs a little more punch lyrically and I think Lasers will be just what I need. I can’t believe I didn’t notice it before but the hook on this is taken from Modest Mouse’s hook on “Float On”. I felt stupid for not catching that sooner. Old age will do that to you.
John Lennon was assassinated 30 years ago today. Pay your respects to the most important musician of the 20th century. And try not to laugh at the band pretending to play the instruments live in this performance. Especially the bass player.
Abbey Road, my favorite album from my favorite band of all time celebrates a birthday today. This album not only has the best Harrison song(“Here Comes The Sun”) It has two of the best McCartney songs back to back in “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer” and “Oh Darling.” Oh and “Her Majesty” is the greatest 23 second song of all time. A song which I vow to one day learn on guitar.
What sets Abbey Road apart for me is from the start of “You Never Give Me Your Money” till the end of “Her Majesty”. Those sixteen minutes is my favorite sixteen minutes of any album I’ve ever heard in my life. It plays much like Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon in it’s seamless transitions and cohesive tone among the songs…but 4 years earlier! The two albums contrast heavily in mood but they both share a certain je ne se qua that when I hear one, I can’t help but be reminded of the other. Like in “Carry That Weight” where near the end of the song, it circles back around to “You Never Give Me Your Money”? It’s just like in DSOTM where towards the end of “Time”, it circles back around to “Breathe.” I’m totally serious. I think this is enough to give my opinion of Dark Side Of The Moon being directly influenced by the last 16 minutes of Abbey Road some sort of credibility. Don’t you think? Eh whatever. Maybe I’m just getting lost in my head.
Nevertheless, happy birthday Abbey.
Try to think of two musical artists who have absolutely no business performing together. Go ahead, I’ll give you a second to think…
Okay what did you come up with? Daryl Hall of Hall & Oates and Chromeo right?! You too?! I know right?! Weird huh? How odd is it that we both came up with the same fucking answer?! Unbelieveable. Anyways, this collabo did happen and the result is amazing. Respect goes to Daryl Hall for even considering such an obscure group like Chromeo to be on his Live From Daryl’s House show. And a huge shout out to Chromeo for being as big a Hall & Oates fan as I am.
I would’ve rather seen them perform “You Make My Dreams Come True” but that’s just me.
I truly feel this is the next “Paper Planes” by M.I.A.. And by “Paper Planes” I mean a song I was totally raving about when the album originally came out but no one cared, then after being on TV like say for a trailer for a movie, *cough* Pineapple Express *cough* or beer commercial, *cough* Budweiser *cough*, it blows the fuck up and everyone and their great uncle makes it their default song on Myspace all of a sudden. I’m so cool, I was the first one to get tired of these songs. Don’t forget, I’m driving this bandwagon goddamnit!
Whoa, whoa. I’m sorry, I don’t know what just came over me. My “elitist snob” persona reared his ugly head for a second there. Sometimes I gotta remember to keep him in check.
Kanye posted this video of Colin Munroe the other day on his blog. I have never heard of him prior to this, I have no idea if his music is played on the radio or MTV so forgive me if I’m showing up late to the party. I checked out his Myspace page and listened to some of the songs he has on there and I have to say, I was really impressed. All of the songs I listened to were very enjoyable(I especially like “World of Pain”). You wouldn’t expect from listening to his music that surprisingly one of his biggest influences is the late great, legendary hip hop producer J Dilla. What’s even more amazing is that he wrote, produced and performed every song on his debut album and that always scores major points with me. He has recently hooked up with Dallas Austin and his record company to distribute his upcoming debut album, Don’t Think Less of Me stateside. This unofficial remix of “Flashing Lights” should definitely help him get some buzz.