Friday, January 23, 2015

Badbadnotgood & Ghostface Killah - Ray Gun

New collaboration album coming in February! Yes! What a combo!


Stan Bush - The Touch

A little nostalgia? Transformers yo! Now in HD!


The Bright Light Social Hour - Infinite Cities

Speaking of space, just finding out about these guys. Great psychedelic rock sound, I can imagine them being stellar live. Here's one from their upcoming album.


Chris Hadfield - Going Blind In Space

Great TED Talk from the always amazing Canadian astronaut.


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Timber Timbre - Tiny Desk Concert

Ye gads it's been a few days. Completely unintentionally. Time flies when you're busy being unproductive. Here, enjoy this terrific Tiny Desk Concert.

1. Hot Dreams
2. Run From Me
3. Grand Canyon

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Owen Steel - Old Man Lammes

Here's Owen, one of the nicest guys you'll ever meet. Great story singer.


The Young Punx - Kowloon Kickback

No more Saturday Beat, no more bonus beats. Why? Because they're now mainstream! Random Soundcloud beats all the time! I thought they deserved their own post instead of getting bunched up together. Here's a great electro-swing remix by Gramophonedzie.


Monday, January 12, 2015

Death Grips - Inanimate Sensation

So... are these guys done? Not done? Whatever, they're nuts.


Mark Ronson - Feel Right

More funky beats from the Ronsonator. This time with Mystikal in tow.


Chilly Gonzales - Shake It Off Masterclass

For all you producers looking to make a hit, check out this great little masterclass series. This is a brief dissection of that Taylor Swift track, actually written by Max Martin.


Peter Griffin Goes To New York Comic Con

Right, it's been a nice break, time to get back to business. As I hinted at briefly earlier, I'm changing things up a bit around here. Once upon a time I posted lots of crazy random stuff, and since I keep running across more said random stuff, I figure I'll start posting it again. No more pre-programmed  three-hit song days, all random, all the time. Let's kick this off.

Meet Robert Franzese. This dude is awesome.


Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Best of 2014 Part 7

We're here at last! Somehow the year has come and gone. I haven't done nearly as many awesome things as I would have liked, but there were a few highlights. Silent disco at FollyFest was great, the weekend in TO, and I had all kinds of fancy new craft beers. I'm guessing this coming year will be a little more eventful, if only because there's so much I didn't get done this time.

Only one EP ended up getting finished this year, which is slightly annoying considering I've got a few that are really close to done. Think I'm just gonna sneak them out instead of promising dates that don't happen. Some changes in store for the blog as well, nothing revolutionary but it might make it a little more interesting to random observers.

Anyway here's my top 3 albums of the year, all loads of fun, and a great EP worth digging into. Hope your evening is swell, I'm sure mine will be hazy. 

#3
Mariachi El Bronx
III


Is it really that hard to pick a name for an album? Come one guys. Seriously. Urgh. So this one had a bit of hype behind it, or maybe just from me, because I love these guys, I think even more than their hardcore identity, The Bronx, but I'll probably change my mind again tomorrow. 

So this is actually what it should be. Mariachi rock. At its best. The first album from 2009 was great, the second three years ago wasn't quite as flash, this one takes the cake. Every song stands on its own, with a dash of epic tossed around liberally. It's upbeat and cynical at the same time, but a total blast throughout its 37 minutes, which is really my only complaint. I want more. Hell ya!

Wildfires


High Tide


New Beat


#2
Jungle
Jungle


I give up. Album titles are out. Disco is in. Remember their EP? It was my runaway favorite of last year. Soon as this album was announced I knew it would be the business. I've read complaints that they're just rehashed Bee-Gee's. And...? Who cares, they've done it so, so well, how can you complain? Their videos are the best of the year, and they've done a very commendable job on their live show. Needs a little work, but it's a great start.

It was a little disappointing to see all four tracks from the EP on this album, but they're all killer tracks so I guess it was inevitable. For me the most pleasing aspect was that the songs that aren't dance floor smashers are also great, if not my favorites. I can't say enough good things about this record. Go check it out and have yourself a good time.

Busy Earnin'


Julia


Crumbler


#1
La Roux
Trouble In Paradise


Finally! A proper album title, and with it go the spoils. Yesterday I said that any of the top 6 or so albums could be put in any order, and I stand by that, sorta. To be fair this was definitely my favorite of the year, even against stiff competition. It wasn't mind blowing, but it was really, really good. The whole disc has an unmistakably 80's feel to it, but in a good way, with just enough edge to keep it fresh. I loved the first single, "Let Me Down Slowly", and the opening track, "Uptight Downtown", is surely the best dance track of the year. How is there no video to that song?

That's really the gist of it. Eight tracks are just the type you want to play over, and over, and over. It's flighty and vibrant without sounding too pretentious. I also like that Elly has put substance in her songs, they're not 3-minute radio buzzer beaters. My biggest complaint is that the 9th track sounds like it was just thrown on, like it's not finished. It just doesn't belong, but the first 8 are so good it doesn't matter. Discounting that final letdown, it's 38 of the most engaging minutes of audio you'll find anywhere from the last 12 months. Don't say I didn't warn you.

Cruel Sexuality


Kiss And Not Tell


Tropical Chancer


EP #1
Black Milk
Glitches In The Break


Thought it would be something bouncy, didn't you? Nope, gotta hand it to one of the best hip hop artists in the biz. Curtis Cross kills it every time, and this EP is right up there with his best work. Phat beats, dope lyrics, and one of my favorites of the year, "Cold Day". Good one to end with.

G


1 For Dam


Cold Day


Catch ya on the flipside.