Seriously. Just trying to get the headline “Behold: The Tijuana Shitter” away from the top of this thing. I was starting to get kinda grossed out.
I guess we need something in here content-wise. Um…here, read this. This helped me maintain my stranglehold on the Prefuse 73 market over there…out of six reviews for him on the site, I’ve written four, and a couple are even readable.
Also, I joined Facebook, so everyone can stop yelling at me.
I was listening to NWA tonight and I was reminded of this totally awesome video that breaks down the, uh, break that forms the beat for “Straight Outta Compton” — as well as about 70 billion other songs. This is totally geeky, but it’s an unbelievably detailed deconstruction of the history and context of sampling and how it relates to the one drum break that has literally shaped modern music. Hip-hop and drum ‘n’ bass/jungle fans in particular really ought to listen to this mini-lecture at least once. Commence nerdery…now!
This song has been rocking my face big time over the past couple weeks. I’m finally going through all the XLR8R mags that have piled up in my room. (I read at about a third-grade pace; a less than desirable characteristic for someone who reads and writes for a living.) This was on the sampler from like May or something. I am pissed I’m just now getting to it.
Nick Andre & E Da Boss: “Don’t Sleep (feat. Bicasso)”
This song is fire, fire, FIRE. Listen and love. And read on if you feel like it.
Here’s the top of the list — everything but numero uno. It’s getting its own writeup because…well, because I said so. Jesus, this was a great year for music. If any of these records had been released in the past few years, they would have been top 3 at a minimum. On we go…
8. Jens Lekman: Night Falls Over Kortedala [Secretly Canadian]
Some artists are worth listening to because they write especially catchy songs, and some artists are worth listening to because they write like poets or novelists, full of lush lyrical details that create time and place. Lekman definitely falls into the latter category, but he often makes one hell of a case for the former as well. His baroque pop has a distinctly 1960s feel to it, and like many of the films created during that time, his songs have that “arty” feel to them, but they’re also inviting and honest and make you laugh when you think about life. That kind of music is worth your time.
So here we go. I had to rank my top 10 for Prefix, so I figured I’d just rank a couple more for this list. Other than the top few, it was harder than I thought it would be. Here’s the first group of records, with more coming in following days.
15. Justice: Cross [Ed Banger Records]
So hip. So trendy. So obvious. So what? Either you love their sound or you don’t. I do. That dirty, fuzzy noise has made these Parisians blogosphere darlings for long enough that dickrider extraordinaire Kanye West took notice, going so far as to nab the director of their amazing video for “D.A.N.C.E.” in an attempt to rip their steez (see his “Good Life” vid), but he will never be half as cool as these guys. I wanna smoke cigarettes with them sometime. I bet they even hold them all cool-like.
See the video for “D.A.N.C.E.” and read about more awesome music below.
So here’s the last batch of songs before we blast through the albums that made 2007 awesome. These are three of my absolute faves of the year, so I’m not going to go all pretentious fake music critic on you. Just listen and enjoy.
No pic on this bitch because you’ve already seen Okkervil River. This song rocks mah FACE! Goddamn RIGHT! If it fails to excite you you’re probably dead INSIDE! Emphasis on every last WORD! UNNHH! I need MEDICATION! BADLY!
Okkervil River: “Unless It’s Kicks” [from The Stage Names, 2007]
More bestest songs of the year as judged by some Polack with random taste in music after the jump.
My new headphones finally came in the mail. I’m not sure my ears have ever been happier. You can stop sending sympathy cards now.
Quick math lesson: Beers priced $2 or less are actually free. True story.
LCD Soundsystem: “Someone Great” [from Sound of Silver, 2007]
You may have read my “All My Friends” lovefest a while back, and yes, that still stands. Definitely song of the year. This one here, however, is still totally mindblowing. I’ve been told that James Murphy is lamenting the loss of a production partner on this track, but he spins it into an epic love song, the ambiguity of which casts a bit of light on the similarities of every personal interaction. The beat is a fetching blend of fuzz and melody, and the whole thing is basically just another exhibit of Murphy’s musical genius. Top 5 song of 2007.
And it don’t stop…at least not until I get bored with this. Which could be a while. I don’t get bored with music very easily.
Quick tangent: The A’s are going to suck this year. But at least they didn’t sign Aaron Rowand for $60M. Is that what “grit” costs these days? Comedy. On with the music…
Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings: “Tell Me” [from 100 Days, 100 Nights, 2007]
Miss Jones put on the best concert I’ve seen in the past few years last fall at Bimbo’s. I went with my parents and my dad wouldn’t stop talking about how much fun he had for like three months. The show was some high-energy craziness, and watching my parents get all excited and damn near dance made it worth every penny (plus they bought me dinner). This song isn’t one of Jones’s more fiery moments, but it’s a perfect re-creation of the Motown vibe, and Sharon still gets to show off the pipes a little bit.
So, how’s it going so far? Is UGK your thing? Isn’t Feist hot? Did Royce melt your face off? If you like stuff, comment. If you hate stuff, comment. If you like me, comment. If you hate me, uh, fuck off. Let’s continue…
Andrew Bird: “Heretics” [from Armchair Apocrypha, 2007]
I still can’t decide whether this soaring highlight of Bird’s newest album is the “best” song on that record, but I’ll be damned if it’s not the most fun – and it’s still gorgeous. That violin riff was stuck in my head for a significant period of time in 2007. Bird has a way of turning English into his bitch, and that, I appreciate. He can talk about nothing and make it sound profound. I did a pretty good job spreading the gospel of his last record, The Mysterious Production of Eggs, and Armchair Apocrypha is well deserving of a listen too.
Read on for gummy bears, assaults by supermodels and other nonrelevant crap. Also, more music.
This was a fantastic year for music. The last couple years were good, not amazing, but 2007 totally made up for it. Every genre — and by “every genre” I mean rock, hip-hop and electronic — came with some bona fide gems, and even the stuff that wasn’t amazing was still better than some of the best stuff the past two years had to offer.
After hours upon hours of refining and arguing with myself, I made a list of my 30 favorite songs of the year. Thing is, I couldn’t think of any good way to present it, and some of the songs I’ve already blogged about.
I decided I’m basically just going to throw out a random assortment of songs that took up a chunk of 2007 for me, and spit a few thoughts on each. I’ll do a few each day, in no real order of any kind.
… It’s just that I just saw Brother Ali, Ghostface and Rakim rip shit UP, and then when I get up I’m catching a flight to New York for a party. I’ll see you fools next week. O’Malley out this BITCH!
As a parting gift, some Ghost in your FACE. He played this in between talking about how he’ll still be rapping at 70, talking about false teeth and popping five Cialis to bag bitches even when he’s gotta walk with a cane. He’s like a totally ridiculous cartoon that’s actually real.
Ghostface: “Biscuits (feat. Trife)” [from The Pretty Toney Album, 2004]
What the hell is he talking about? Jay-Z would never release a video of himself hawking an autographed hat on eBay. And that is precisely what makes Tony Starks a bad muthafucka. Good times.
I can’t wait to see this dude with Rakim and Brother Ali in November. That show definitely has the potential to make my year. That really isn’t saying a whole lot because this year sucked my BALLS, but still … a compliment is a compliment.
Just for fun, click below for one of my all-time favorite Ghost moments.
North Carolina hip-hop duo Little Brother have taken an interesting path toward releasing their new record, Getback: LB’s Phonte Coleman leaked the record himself last week. You can buy it October 23.
Discriminating hip-hop heads have been eagerly awaiting this release for quite some time, and despite all the anticipation, it doesn’t disappoint. Can’t see how this wouldn’t make my year-end list. Here’s the leadoff track…
Little Brother: “Sirens (feat. Carlitta Durand)” [from Getback, 2007]
Put simply, it’s another brilliant release from one of the most levelheaded hip-hop crews making music right now. Read on for a long, rambling tangent about what makes them such a refreshing oddity in contemporary hip-hop. (more…)