Wednesday, January 15, 2014

John Frusciante and Omar Rodriguez-Lopez team up? I can get behind this.

Literally two of the most crazy musicians I can think of have come together to create their own breed of ramblingly insane electro sub-hyper megalomaniacle indy-pop rave shock-tramp super jazz. I can support an announcement like this.

All involved have said this won't be just a glitzy super group for post career-height 2nd round groupy tang. The band mates are also from some relatively high profile LA acts. And they totally have a girl! This seems like a group that could be just overall disturbing. In a good-for-you way like eating at Taco Bell.

The EP drops on March 4th and you can pre-order on the Neurotic Yell Records bandcamp!

Spank that cave man deer-horse!

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Megaman 25th Anniversary Celebrated Right!

Because who remembers anything about the Megaman game series except the music?

Literally one of the most inspired soundtracks ever on 8 bits.

In fact, Capcom is celebrating the anniversary with not one but two albums worth of tribute music.

Mega Man Rocks, a modern rearrangement of lots of megaman tracks,
(Featuring one of my favorites, Mega Ran.)

and a release by popular game music resource OCRemix,

They're both really good. Check it out.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Hop Along - Sister Cities

One of my favorite bands, from one of my favorite crowd funded music collaborations.
This beautiful shrieking should be more famous than it is.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Fitz and the Tantrums - More Than Just a Dream

Looks like a heart. Sounds like a time machine.
First things first, this record shouldn't exist. It literally came from the 80's through as-of-yet undiscovered scientific means. I tried burning it with fire, and banishing it to the negative zone. I cursed it with a mouse skeleton and some incense, and then I eventually broke down and finished listening to it. It made me regret the third and fourth sentences.

This record is pretty great. It's bleeding soul, and echoing great rhythms from a time when music was literally supported by a platform made of cocaine-mortared bricks of more cocaine.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Childish Gambino - Camp

Trees. Motherfucker.
Donald Glover ain't just that guy you saw on Community. That show is the shit, and that's true. He's trying to tell you he's got more goin' on than that. And he does. M#th$r F*uck#r.

Gambino is doing a Kanye impression here, nobody is arguing that. However, I might go so far as to say I prefer Glover's impression to the real thing 30% of the time. If this is the type of protégé we can expect Kanye to leave in his wake, we're in for a bright and Kanye-sounding future ahead of us. I got no problem with that. See "Backpackers" and "Fire Fly."

Friday, February 3, 2012

The Black Keys - El Camino

The original concept for the El Camino.
The Black Keys seventh studio album, El Camino is drenched in Black Keys goodness. Danger Mouse is back in the production seat, and I couldn't be happier about that. Danger Mouse is to music what MSG is to Chinese food. I don't care if it has more sodium than a Pakistani salt mine, it tastes good, and I don't want to live that long anyway.

The tempos are back up, after Brothers slow jams saturated the radios for a while. The wiki says that this is because of the difficulty that the boys had playing through them live. Interesting thing about Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney: they groove too fast to slow down. When they aren't out of control break-neck rocking, I think they lose their powers and turn back into shitty Clark Kent.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

Noel Gallagher is as hard to photograph as Bigfoot.
To begin, I thought I hated this man for causing every amateur musician in the world to take up guitar specifically to learn Wonderwall to impress girls in beanies at low attendance house parties. As it turns out, this man can really write. He's also a great singer. I guess I shouldn't be surprised, but I can't help but feel a bit betrayed by my tastes. Shut up tastes! I tell you what to like! Not the other way around. For anyone who isn't following this rant, Noel Gallagher is credited with the majority of the writing for the English easy rock group Oasis.

Now that that's out of the way, I actually couldn't get enough of this record. For the first time in a while, I agree with the labels decision to release "If I had a Gun..." as the first single. This is an awesome track that I wouldn't mind replacing Wonderwall in the guitar catalog of new-to-the-game hippies.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Das Racist - Relax

They forgot to dive away from the explosion, none survived.
The alternate band name was: Facial Hair in Front of Fire.

So first things first, this album came out a little while ago. However, before I jump into reviews of albums coming out this year, I'm trying to get through some of my favorite albums of 2011, and releases I simply haven't gotten around to listening to.

That being said, Das Racist's last release "Sit Down, Man" has got to be one of the most listened to records in my Winamp collection. (Yeah. I don't use iTunes. Shut Up. I don't know why. Don't let it stop you from being my friend.) So I'm literally disgusted with myself at how long this was out before I first listened to it. This record starts an finishes feeling very familiar, for those that heard any of those tracks. Throughout the record there are even overt references to both Sit Down and Shut Up. "I'm at the Newcastle" anyone?

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Coachella: The Best Show You Can't Afford

With the Coachella 2012 lineup announced, people wearing cardigans across America are salivating onto their laptops as they unleash their credit cards on the internet, buying band tee's for those acts their friends stopped listening to when they got their record deal. This year, the festival promises to single-handedly pull the United States out of the financial crisis by generating it's own small nation worth of commercial expenditure. Unfortunately, the majority of festival goers' time will still be spent in line for disgusting portable disease hatcheries, and $11.00 water.

Anybody who knows the festival by name, will surely remember the insanity of last year, when tickets for the festival sold out in 6 days. Personally, it took me a week just to finally get the Coachella main page to load... I never had a chance. Seeing as how I also couldn't swing the 4.9 billion dollar passes for resale on eBay, I wasn't in attendance in 2011.

However, this year the festival has been split into two identical 3 day showings, promising to make more tickets available, and theoretically allowing a much larger attendance. What this really means is that now, extravagant hipsters can be filthy in the desert for 6 days instead of 3, while they pretend that they all came to see the daytime acts, and hide their embarrassment at how their suburban sensibilities are challenged by the day 3 hip-hop finale. (Dre and Snoop!) Official festival dates are April 13-15th, and the 20-22nd.

For anybody who didn't dive on presale tickets late last year, festival passes will go on sale Friday, January 13th starting at $285. Now, check out the lineup, and have fun being distraught over which day you can afford to go to, once you decide you don't really need to eat next month after all.

Check after the break for an easily readable text list too!