Kanye West and Jay-Z. Two of the best rappers in the game. No one can match Jay’s flow – his voice was just made for hip hop and the beats he produces and sings over are always hard hitting and provocative. Kayne, alternatively, has developed into a hilarious and brilliant lyricist, perfectly toeing the line between self aggrandizing and self deprecating. His songs, likewise, have become grand productions, with his producer skills having skyrocketed in the last few years, as he manages the perfect balance between too much and not enough.
On their first full album collaboration, their styles mesh perfectly, and they play off one another, switching off between tongue in cheek lyrics and personal ones, and half-jokingly worrying that they’ve lost their positions at the top of the rap world. Continue reading
Liam Finn’s new album, “FOMO” reminds me of late nights at Camp Stone. Not the music, per se, but the title. We first learned the word FOMO from one of the Australians who came to work at camp. FOMO stood for, “Fear of missing out,” and it epitomized basically everything that happened at camp after the kids were put to bed. As staff members, we were constantly reprimanded for staying up way too late, well past 3AM on a regular night, due to a combination of no curfew for staff and a serious case of FOMO. How could we go to sleep if our friends were staying up? What if something incredible happened after 230AM when we went to sleep but a few others stayed up? Needless to say, there was a FOMO epidemic at camp that year, a serious disease that has transferred itself to my need to go to every Pearl Jam show that I possibly can. What if they play Bugs? What if this is the show where I finally get to see Immortality, Red Mosquito, and Rival? Continue reading
I knew so little about The Antlers when I headed down to Pier 54 at Yishai’s suggestion to catch their free show. He had seen them open up for The National and liked what he heard, but I had only just heard of them. I hadn’t been to a concert in months and it was a gorgeous evening, and even though Elana wasn’t able to come and Yishai wouldn’t be showing up until later, I decided to go solo and check out the show for myself. What I remember most is the enduring thump of the bass drum that shook my chest throughout the show, as the album they were supporting, “Hopsice,” would later make my heart tremble once again, with lyrics that were a little too close to home. Continue reading
I came into an album of songs that are played on an instrument other than a guitar. It happens to be a stringed instrument with four strings, and also happens not to be a violin or mandolin. The musician may go by Jerome Turner, or possibly Wes C. Addle. But probably not.
Either way, here are my thoughts on it, in 140 characters or fewer, per track. Continue reading
My Morning Jacket’s forthcoming album “Circuital” just leaked today, and this is my very premature analysis of it, track by track. If you haven’t purchased this album, please do it now.
And away we go… Continue reading
The Morning Benders have put together an EP with the proceeds going to the Japan Society’s Earthquake Relief Fund. Only two of the eight tracks are new (the rest are remixes), but the music sounds awesome. You can download the album on their website for a donation of $5, $15, $25, $40, $50, or $100
Singer and guitarist Chris Chu had this to say: Continue reading
As always, The Strokes have delivered.
“What?” you ask. “Are you serious? You think this is good Strokes.”
To which I must reply, yes, it’s good. It’s not their best, but it’s good. There’s just something to their music that works every time for me. Even if the music is somewhat 80s inspired and there are overtones of intra-band fighting, it still has the tight drums of Fabrizio Moretti which work unbelievably well with Nikolai Fraiture’s always-turned-up bass, the brilliant guitar interplay of Albert Hammond Jr. and Nick Valensi, and the lazily intense vocals of Julian Casablancas – an immediate recipe for success. This combination makes me highly doubt this band could put out a bad album. Continue reading