"Girls & Boys camouflaged itself well: on the surface it was a gaudy tale of holidaymakers trading STDs in Kavos, recounted over trashy electro. But bubbling away underneath was the culmination of a plan that had hatched in Damon Albarn’s mind many months before: how to halt the pervading Americanisation of guitar music and reassert some belief into a British scene suffering from an identity crisis." —You know what's old now? Everything.
As I have no musical training I lack the formal vocabulary with which to adequately discuss the kind of beat that carries songs like this along, but I can very definitely say that it is a sound I rather enjoy, signifying as it does both propulsion and possibility. It is difficult to know with music—with anything, really, but music in particular—if these feelings are subjective or universal, so give this one a listen and see if you don't nod along. [Via]
I don't know why everything about this seems to say, "right now," but I wouldn't be surprised if it had something to do with the fact that winter is never going to end and things are never going to get better. I mean, I wouldn't be surprised if there was another reason either, but given what we've got to work with my guess remains "seasonal." Enjoy. [Via]
The song itself is fine and catchy, but the clip confuses me: What is that bright thing in the background there? It's like they fucked up on the lighting or something.
"A few years back, Max Tundra spent a day recording a cover of Prince’s 'I Wanna Be Your Lover' entirely with hand-played keyboard parts and no samples. Since realizing that it isn’t available online anywhere, he posted a very silly 'phoned-in' video with all the charm of something you might come across on public-access TV at 2 AM." —Catch me on certain days and I will argue that Mastered By Guy At The Exchange is the greatest album from the the first decade of this century, and most of those days I will actually be quite serious. Anyway, this is pretty enjoyable.
"Everything I do, I mean sincerely, but there is a little joke within this one. In every critique of Twin Shadow, there is a dropping of Morrissey’s name, which I always thought was funny because I have never really been a huge fan of Morrissey or the Smiths. [Laughs] So it’s a nod to people calling me 'the Dominican Morrissey'. I think part of it is just that the trend in underground music the last 20 years has been to sing in a high, sort of whiny voice—coming from that MGMT, John Lennon place. I have a gloomy, low-ish voice, so I think people attach that to Morrissey." —Twin [...]
If you happened to walk past a movie theater this weekend it is not unlikely that you saw an odd combination of small children and college-age kids singing this song as they emerged from what it turns out was The Lego Movie. Now it is impossible to unknow, impossible to unhear. It is too late for me to save myself, so I leave this here as an explanation of what happened to me for those in the future who might wonder. It is an almost unforgivable thing I do, putting this in a place where you might create your own relentless earworm, so I will warn you very seriously [...]
"This is my shit," notes NahRight's Eskay, and after a considered evaluation I find it difficult to disagree.
This one sounded so good in another tab that I have not even watched the video content yet, so hopefully it's not like porn or racism or just a nonstop montage of various people holding "Bush did 9/11" signs or whatever. Anyway, song pretty, [...]
I know nothing of Sauce McKinley and have only a passing familiarity with the work of Freddie Gibbs but I have to say, I like this a lot, especially the video. [Via]
Once this one gets started there is not a whole lot of sonic variety to be found, but the sounds that are made work just fine for me. Plus, this fellow is from Brooklyn and, fairly or not, we give extra credit to the locals. [Previously]
Not than any excuse is ever needed but were there some sort of relevancy requirement for sharing this video I think the fact that Robert Peter Williams celebrates his 40th birthday today would probably exceed any and all requisite criteria. Also, wow does this all seem like a lifetime ago.
Is it just me or does it seem like Rick Ross is always going out of his way to let you know just how well he's doing? I bet this is what getting a Christmas letter from Donald Trump feels like, but all the time. Anyway, this one isn't going to change lives or influence future generations but it is perfectly acceptable for a chilly Monday in February which, coincidentally, is exactly where we are right now. Enjoy.
You could spend a couple of minutes try to tease out the influences that are so obvious in this one or you could just accept that at this moment in our culture it is virtually impossible to create anything that is not essentially an amalgamation of everything that came before it and simply enjoy it for what it is. I know what I'm gonna choose!
The song that is generally acknowledged to be the first rock and roll record was recorded on this day back in 1951, and here, 60-some years later, is what they are doing with rock and roll now. I like it, but I also like the song that is generally acknowledged to be the first rock and roll record, so I may be from a different demographic than you. FYI, "the clip features a bit of female [...]
It is now past 10 AM here in the east. If you are still a little groggy, a little less limber or alert than you'd usually be at this hour, please play this on repeat until you find yourself awake. I can't imagine it will take all that long. Also, this is GREAT. [Via]
I go back and forth on Haim. Sometimes I'm all, "This is exactly the kind of low-investment sonic palate I need to color my world right now," but other times I'm more like, "Oh, come on, be less obvious." That actually makes it seem as if I don't really appreciate Haim at all, which could not be further from the truth: In this age of constant distraction and inescapable demands made on your attention by everything around you there is an almost spiritual hunger for something that you can simply appreciate for what it is, and there is no band right now which fits that particular bill like Haim. [...]
I did not know that this was what I needed today but it turns out that it fully was. Maybe you will feel the same way. [Via]
You know how the other day you were all, "Hey Al, what would 'Mr. Roboto' sound like if it had been a Motown track?" and I was like, "Beats me, and also you don't know me well enough to call me Al, where do you get off?" As it turns out, the answer to your question is in the video above. You still can't call me Al, though. In fact, don't call me at all. [Via]