Archive for December 9th, 2008

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Dec
08

New! Charles Hamilton – Tracks from The Pink Lavalamp


This album has become somewhat of an internet legend. It’s Charles’ first album ever… before the record label, before the Hamiltonization process, before all that. He’s offering the full album for free at his own blog, but if you want to get a taste first here are my picks.

Charles Hamilton – Music
Charles Hamilton – Voices
Charles Hamilton – Boy Who Cried Wolf
Charles Hamilton – The Cookout

09
Dec
08

NY Mag’s Top Albums of 2008


These are the top 10 albums of 2008 according to NY Magazine. I’m sure a lot of people won’t like the choice of C3 as number one, but this list makes me a lot less angry than most of the other lists I’ve seen so far. I’d switch around the order and replace a couple, but not bad at all. Thanks to TheMusicSlut for bringing it to my attention.

1. Lil Wayne, Tha Carter III
Lil Wayne may be a visionary, delivering his unhinged but subtly patterned rhymes in a wry croak. But this disc was a throwback to the time when pop stars commanded huge CD sales. The legendarily prolific rapper focused everyone’s attention on one uncompromising set of songs and quite possibly closed out an era.

2. TV on the Radio, Dear Science
The band’s melodic gifts have never been in doubt, but they sometimes got mired in noisy, self-indulgent dirges. Not on this album. The fresh, funky horn players from Antibalas give TVOTR just the kick in the ass they needed to make their finest record.

3. Bon Iver, For Emma, Forever Ago
Brokenhearted dude heads up to a remote cabin in Wisconsin with an acoustic guitar to cry his heart out—and somehow defies all stereotypes to make an incredibly meticulous and powerful body of songs that, for all their pain, manage to feel uplifting.

4. Portishead, Third
After ten years away, the seminal British trip-hoppers managed to reinvent themselves while still sounding exactly like Portishead. The emotional despair and gorgeously grainy ambience remain the same, but now they’re underpinned by blasts of grungy Krautrock.

5.Hercules and Love Affair
Antony Hegarty (a.k.a. Antony of Antony and the Johnsons) should be a full-time disco singer. His doleful euphoria is perfect for dance music, and the rest of the vocalists on this loving re-creation of classic house and disco rhythms work just as nicely in your living room.

6. Santogold
The comparison to the sui generis British–Sri Lankan artist M.I.A. is misleading. Yes, this Brooklyn adoptee makes supremely catchy Technicolor future-pop. But aside from “Creator” and “L.E.S. Artistes,” her debut was packed with solid songs inspired by the mashed-up post-punk era.

7. Fleet Foxes
Seattle’s Fleet Foxes especially value traditional craft, owing more to Crosby, Stills & Nash than any indie-rock band; Robin Pecknold leads ecstatic four-part harmonies over the group’s mostly acoustic instrumentation.

8. Erykah Badu, New Amerykah, Pt. 1: 4th World War
Badu’s first album in five years is as massively entertaining as it is unfailingly weird. Cooked up in her Fort Greene laboratory, it bubbles with hip-hop beats, Funkadelic-style jams, free-jazz excursions, slinky soul singing, and even a cappella scat, a kitchen-sink mix that ought to be unworkable but through Badu’s madness-as-method somehow works.

9. Beck, Modern Guilt
Maybe expectations were just too high for this album, a collaboration with the amazing Danger Mouse, because it barely made a dent. But this collection of rueful, melancholic songs—just a bit peppier than Sea Change— is one of Beck’s strongest.

10. Vampire Weekend
Four white Columbia grads singing about Cape Cod over appropriated Afro-pop to the acclaim of (white) bloggers invites a certain amount of cynicism. Vampire Weekend risked sounding entitled or worse. But their winning little songs, bubbling with good-natured stabs at literary lyrics and West African sounds, made their debut a model for indie rockers in need of a little loosening up.

09
Dec
08

Jimmy Fallon Has the Best House Band

Still can’t believe it.

09
Dec
08

F.A.M.E. – Cereal for Dinner, Plant the Seeds


F.A.M.E. [Follow All My Examples] is from Jersey City and he works as a graphic designer. His latest projects include Hard+Work, a dual digital album [half audio, half visual] released for free with all artwork designed by F.A.M.E and MySpace Beat Jacking, a concept where F.A.M.E finds a producer on MySpace who has a hot track and freestyles over it on the spot [no practice, writtens or second takes]. New episodes are uploaded on a weekly basis. Additionally, he’s working on his next album “The Monolith,” due for completion in the first quarter of ’09.

I like this dude’s style. His personality comes through in his lyrics and he talks some shit without sounding overly arrogant and repetitive. Thanks to Holley for the heads up.

F.A.M.E. – Plant the Seeds

F.A.M.E. – Cereal for Dinner

09
Dec
08

New! Wale ft. Brother Ali – 2nd Time


These guys know each other? Nice. I like Wale and Brother Ali because they both come with some intensity. Nothing wrong with a Mase flow every now and then, but I like hearing some passion in the voice. This is gonna be on the 10.Deep’s The New Deal Mixtape.

Wale ft. Brother Ali – 2nd Time

09
Dec
08

Songs and Sentence Fragments


Here’s some stuff that I’ve been into.

Wavves – So Bored
: Probably heard about this guy by now. One man band that creates great pop songs and locks them inside a fuzz box. Often associated with skating.

Wilco – Heavy Metal Drummer (Swine Forkbeard Remix)
: This sounds like something I’d really love to listen to drunk. No idea who this Swine Forkbeard is, but he sounds like a pirate and he put Eminem in a Wilco song, so I support him. Forget where I saw this. Let me know if it was at your spot.

Rivers Cuomo – I Don’t Want To Let You Go : From the home recordings of Rivers. Pretty solid song, but I’m still pissed that Rivers won’t let Asher Roth use that “Say It Ain’t So” sample.

Los Campesinos – Ways To Make It Through The Wall : Reminds me of Johnny Foreigner. Guy sings and girl sings. Lots of attitude. A little sloppy. Very cool.

All My Pretty Ones – Do Or Don’t
: Gentle acoustic music. Some nice back up singing. Would like to listen to this while camping in the winter. Warm feelings in this one.

09
Dec
08

La Roux – Quicksand (Video) + Fascination (mp3)


Here’s the video for La Roux’s debut single “Quicksand”. I don’t know much about La Roux, but she’s kind of a guilty pleasure for me. Based on many factors, some which probably shouldn’t come in to play (what the fuck is up with her hair?, she reminds me of Peter Pan), this doesn’t seem like something I should enjoy. But I do. I like “Fascination” better than “Quicksand”. “Quicksand” sounds like a “When Doves Cry” ripoff to me.

La Roux – Fascination

09
Dec
08

New! Kid Cudi – Super Boo


Fuck yeah. New Kid Cudi. I’m excited about this guy. I’ll be honest, when I first heard him I didn’t like it at all. I thought his half-singing, half-rapping style was half-assed and lame. Somewhere along the way, it clicked. I feel like I get what he’s trying to do, and I love it. Isn’t it weird how that happens? I feel bad for ever doubting in the first place, cause I think he’s got a big future and I wish I could say I was with him from the start. Oh well. Just makes me appreciate it more now. I think all of the game changers are misunderstood at some point. I saw this one at illRoots. Can I make this a dedication…? Ha if you’re reading this you know.

Kid Cudi – Super Boo

Check out this post if you’re looking for more dope Cudi. Didn’t realize I said the same thing twice but whatever.

09
Dec
08

New! M.I.A. – O… Saya, Common ft. Pharrell – Punch Drunk Love (Neptunes remix), Swizz Beats ft. Lil Wayne – Up In This Club

Here are some new ones that have been floating around the blogosphere today. That M.I.A. is a new joint she did for a Bollywood movie called Slumdog Millionaire. Saw it at MOSSIP. I know I read about that movie somewhere but I can’t remember where… If anyone has any info leave it in the comments. Last time I used this pic someone commented that it looks like the guy in the background is givin it to M.I.A. and now that’s all I see.

M.I.A. – O… Saya
Common ft. Pharrell – Punch Drunk Love (Neptunes Remix)
Swizz Beats ft. Lil Wayne – Up In This Club