All day I see my Facebook canvased with Skrillex and Bassnectar and Kaskade and Flux Pavillion and Avicii from morning ’til night. Not gonna front, I love me some Bassnectar (unbelievable live) and Flux Pavillion and I’ve even enjoyed Skrillex at a certain point beyond six or seven beers. Avicii is someone I’ve yet to get into even though I know he’s huge right now and I’ve heard a few of his songs. But there are times when we’ve got to look back and remember the gems from the past, even though it freaks me out to refer to 1998 in that kind of way.
After catching a Kaskade song posted on my Facebook, the first song that came to mind, that I really wanted to listen to, for some reason, was ‘Oh Comely’ by Neutral Milk Hotel. Without a doubt, one of the greatest songs ever recorded. Like, top 10 greatest songs ever recorded. Somewhere up there with ‘Life’s a Bitch’ by Nas and ‘Killing an Arab’ by the Cure. It creeps as close to perfection as music can get. If you listen to that song, and not only don’t like it, but also don’t actually feel it powerfully affect you, you’re favorite artist is probably Hurricane Chris.
The list of Grammy nominees for the awards ceremony in February was released pretty recently. Here’s a quick look at some of the bigger categories, and who should win, but probably won’t, at least in most cases, because music awards often suck.
Album of the Year (Adele, Foo Fighters, Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars, Rhianna)
Definitely either Adele’s ’21′ or the Foo Fighter’s ‘Wasting Light’
Best New Artist (J. Cole, Skrillex, Bon Iver, Nicki Minaj, The Band Perry)
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance (Amy Winehouse & Tony Bennet, Foster the People, The Black Keys, Coldplay, Maroon 5)
Tough one. Amy Winehouse definitely deserves one more award following her death and her and Tony Bennet’s ‘Body and Soul’ is a great throwback. The Black Keys threw together a great cover of Buddy Holly, and Foster the People’s ‘Pumped up Kicks’ had to be one of the catchiest songs of the year. Probably, Amy Winehouse.
Best Rock Album (Foo Fighters, Jeff Beck, Kings of Leon, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Wilco)
No doubt, Foo Fighters. Not only did they put together an amazing album, they recorded the entire thing without modern studio technology. Unbelievable.
Best Rap Album (Jay Z & Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Lupe Fiasco, Nicki Minaj, Kanye West)
Definitely ‘Watch the Throne’
Seriously one of the greatest bands ever. Even if you don’t like them, nobody can deny that. The illest.
While I’m on the subject of broken up, unknown Long Island bands…
On the Might of Princes, unfuckingbelievable.
A small part of the reason I started this was to promote Long Island music. I’ve always loved the music scene where I come from, powerful melodic punk music all over the place, with touches of reggae and an impressive underground rap scene. I mean come on, Busta Rhymes? Erik B. and Rakim? Aesop Rock, Brand New, Taking Back Sunday. One of my favorite bands though, a band I have clung to since high school, through changing music tastes and a plethora of new artists, is a band that never got to see the mainstream, I don’t know if they ever tried to. I’ve posted them here before, I’m sure of that, but I was listening to their last album on the bus today, and couldn’t help but dropping a few tunes on here. Check it out people, the one, the only, Crime in Stereo. Gives me chills, seriously. Wish I got to see them live before they broke up…
I’m just digging some Black Hippy music before heading over to work tonight. Kendrick Lamar isn’t the only good rapper blowing up California, and no, I don’t mean Odd Future. His crew, Black Hippy is pretty dirty as well, and if you’re keeping track of Kendrick, you should probably start looking into the rest of his crew too. Check him in action with Schoolboy Q, Jay Rock, and Ab-Soul below.
‘Birds and the Beez’ ft. Kendrick Lamar – Schoolboy Q
‘Try Me’ – Black Hippy
Robotaki’s remix of that DJ Shadow song was so unbelievable I had to cruise his Soundcloud and dig out some more sweet tracks. He takes a very house-ish approach to a good amount of his stuff, a different direction then the DJ Shadow remix, but not bad. I feel like he really does stand out on smoother, more hip-hopish beats. For example:
However he can rock a dirty disco track as well. This dude can seriously craft some pretty funky bangers.