Everybody needs somebody, you’re not the only one

Just a random post listing the tunes I’ve heard as of late.

November Rain by Guns N’ Roses

Listened to the two Use Your Illusion albums (on casette!) lately. And while I (probably like most) prefer the second volume, it’s hard not to give the first one its time, especially when one of the most epic and sweeping rock anthems in history is in there.

Sour Soul by BADBADNOTGOOD and Ghostface Killah

I don’t know about you, but I think that Ghostface Killah’s rhymes and BADBADNOTGOOD’s jazz harmonies are a match made in heaven. It’s an album I eagerly anticipated from early on and it’s an album that does not disappoint.

All Day by Kanye West (feat. Theophilus London and Allan Kingdom)

Blow torches and black hoodies aside, that was a great Brit Awards performance by Yeezy, one that I will put in multiple viewings on Youtube before that new ‘surprise’ record finally drops.

Christy by Natalie Prass

Reading several praises for Natalie Prass, I was genuinely surprised by what came out. Listening to her music is like a man drinking mojitos, there might be some embarrassment, but damn, it really is a good drink.

Sehnsucht by Rammstein

Everyone needs a little German industrial metal band in their life once in a while.

Hold up, hold up, I bet you thinking we dead

Youre Dead

Truth be told, I never cared for much of Flying Lotus’ discography. I listened to his previous LP Cosmogramma, and while widely praised by critics all over, I wasn’t particularly keen on that record and passed on it after a single listen.

It’s different this time though as his latest effort, You’re Dead, got me hooked on first listen. I’ve heard the first single Never Catch Me (feat. Kendrick Lamar) prior to listening to the entire album (and liked the song enough to put on my previous playlist). But it still surprised me at how much this song works better as a part of the entire package.

I’ve likened this album to Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew (and apparently, I’m not the only one to make this connection), mainly because it’s a type of jazz record that requires a certain degree of attention. It is a little bit avant-garde and one cannot simply sit down and hear this in the background; this is an album that begs to be listened to. Armed with elements of bebop, ambient electronica and modern hiphop, this is in fact, a very cerebral album. And with a running time of under 40 minutes, it’s an LP that gives you enough but leaves just enough room for you to desire for more.

Those things said, for my money, Flying Lotus’ You’re Dead is the best album released this year.

Other notable albums on repeat mode the past week or so:

  • Our Love by Caribou
  • Dances by Benjamin Grosvenor
  • Pisces Iscariot by the Smashing Pumpkins
  • Feel Not Bad by SW/MM/NG
  • Bitches Brew by Miles Davis

Haters gonna hate hate hate hate hate

Some of the tunes I’ve listened to the past week or so and enjoyed (or otherwise).

Shake It Off by Taylor Swift

I don’t really like Taylor Swift but man, this latest of hers is incredibly catchy! Even her off-putting performance at the VMAs can’t shake (shake, shake, shake, shake) off why I love this song.

Archie, Marry Me by ALVVAYS

Listening to the self-titled debut from ALVVAYS remind me of Cults, Best Coast or Camera Obscura as their songs are what I can describe as lo-fi sunshine-y bubblegum pop. Great stuff.

1995 / Sabado by the Eraserheads

I can listen to these two tracks over and over and over. Very nostalgia inducing, I’d say these songs have the same DNA as those in the Bananatype EP. 1995 and Sabado are proof that if these guys put their (e)heads together, they’d still produce beautiful music. If these two tracks are the last songs I’ll ever hear in my life, then I’d be happy.

Head Home by Midlake

Incredibly late to the party, I discovered Midlake upon viewing a St. Vincent interview where she talks about her influences. Anyway, Midlake has a very throwback vibe to the folk rock of Fleetwood Mac and am kicking myself for not having discovered their music earlier. The Trials of Van Occupanther is a super album, one that would’ve made my top 10 of ’08 for sure.

Brill Bruisers by the New Pornographers

The title and opening track to the New Pornographers latest record starts off banging and pyrotechnics seem to spice up throughout the song, adding to its devil may care nature. I also love the backing vocals courtesy of Neko Case and Destroyer, greatly complimenting AC Newman’s delivery.

All the Rage Back Home by Interpol

Unfortunately for Interpol, too much of the same thing becomes rather pedestrian. Their latest effort, El Pintor, suffers from sounding too close to what brought them success in the first place. At least, that’s what I think.

The Miracle (of Joey Ramone) by U2

Am never one to rush into listening to any new U2 record, but if the word free is attached, hey, I’m there!

she was the miss in your mistake

Am thinking of making this blogging about my listening patterns a regular thing. Anyway, here are the tunes that I’ve listened to as of late.

Heart in Your Heartbreak by The Pains of Being Pure At Heart

I haven’t heard their new album Days of Abandon just yet, but in preparation for that, I listened to Belong, the album preceding this. Unsurprisingly, this album still is a solid listen years after. Heart in Your Heartbreak is arguably one of my favorites from here.

Only in Dreams by Weezer

Weezer’s self-titled debut (aka The Blue Album) recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. I’m still a Pinkerton man but Weezer is a pretty well thought out album start to end. I only wish that I’d appreciated this album earlier apart from the singles that were released. The album closer, Only in Dreams, is so good that it could appropriately soundtrack the end of the world.

Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence by Ryuichi Sakamoto

If I had a vote for the best song ever contest, it would go to One Direction Ryuichi Sakamoto’s Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence. I don’t think there could ever be any other song in history that could rival its power.

A Little God in My Hands by Swans

I never got the critical appeal of Swans. Listening to their new album To Be Kind, I still don’t.

Air Balloon by Lily Allen

Listening to Lily Allen has always been a guilty pleasure of mine. Her previous two albums lie somewhere between ‘I like it’ and ‘I love it’ territory. And her latest, Sheezus, is no exception.

The Way You Look Tonight by Thelonious Monk and Sonny Rollins

The opening track to one of my go to jazz records Thelonious Monk / Sonny Rollins. I’m not exactly sure if this is a cover of the original by Fred Astaire. Here, judge for yourself.

when you say you love me, know i love you more

Just some tracks, old or new, that I’ve listened to and been digging lately.

Dance Dance Dance by Lykke Li

I’ve been trying to get into Lykke Li’s new album, I Never Learn. That hasn’t happened yet, but it reminded me to go back and get reacquainted with what arguably is her best album, 2008’s Youth Novels, where Dance Dance Dance is probably my favorite track from there.

We Got A Love by Shit Robot (feat. Reggie Watts)

On days that I miss hearing new stuff from LCD Soundsystem, I turn to their label mates Shit Robot for the next best indie dance music today. The title track to their latest album is a gorgeous piece, one that is made even more wonderful by the guest vocal appearance of the talented Reggie Watts.

Adore You by Miley Cyrus

Adore You is the powerful opening track to Miley Cyrus’ Bangerz, before the album goes incredibly haywire. Or awesome, depending on who you ask. I actually half wish that the entire album was filled with tracks like this. But then again, if it was all similar to this track,  I probably wouldn’t give Miley that time of day.

Workin’ Day and Night by Michael Jackson

Among MJ’s early work with Epic Records, I’d have to say that Off the Wall is the one I’m least familiar with. Decided to listen to that album on a whim and was in awe of what I heard. There are the familiar tracks like Rock with You and Can’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough, but Workin’ Day and Night was new and fresh to me, and I thoroughly enjoyed that song.

Boom by Le1f

Like most people, I took an interest in Le1f after learning of his preferences. (‘What does gay rap sound anyway?’) But you know what, that shouldn’t matter, because Le1f’s Hey EP is a really great listen and Boom an incredibly clever and catchy track. Although I wish that I could take back the moment I found out he was gay, and enjoy this album without that knowledge.

Blue Moon by Beck

In terms of musicianship, song writing prowess and overall production, I’d say that Beck has to be on top of that game today. He’s tired of being alone on Blue Moon, but the song sounds lush and hopeful, one can’t help but feel that something good would come Beck’s way.

Band on the Run by Paul McCartney

For the first few years after the Beatles’ breakup, it was fair to say that John was kicking Paul’s ass. John released critically acclaimed albums John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band and Imagine, while Paul had McCartney and Ram to show for. These albums were revered many years after, but in those days, didn’t quite receive the love that John got. Anyway, Paul released Band on the Run in ’73, and that cemented his place back among the music elite. The album’s title track was a three part medley, stylistically different and thematically linked, but all in all, wove together beautifully.

Birth in Reverse by St. Vincent

I’d say that St. Vincent’s fourth and self-titled record is the best album this year but in terms of ranking her discography, I wouldn’t go as far as saying it’s her best. But definitely it’s up there for sure. Birth in Reverse is a fun and hypnotic song that I could listen to over and over.