Saturday, November 26, 2011
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Normally, this would be relegated to one pick but there are a lot of things that I have wanted to write about but never got around to writing about them. So taking an awesome page from Hey! Look Around You!, here are several picks guaranteed to fill your ears while you fill your belly this Thanksgiving. The pick of the week is assorted musical excellence.
Smallpox & Plymouth Crack Rocks (November 2011)
01. Coma America by Amen
02. American Cliche by Filter
03. Boylife in America by Cody Chesnutt
04. America is Waiting by Brian Eno & David Byrne
05. America Gangster Time by Elvis Costello & the Imposters
06. American Flag by Cat Power
07. America by Deconstruction
08. American Leather by The Germs
09. Sins of America by D Generation
10. The American Woman by Cake Like
11. America Eats Its Young by Funkadelic
12. American Nights by Runaways
13. Which Way to America? by Living Colour
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Oh, Rebecca Black. It seems like only yesterday that you wowed us with your hit single "Friday" and taught us that it comes after Thursday, before Saturday and Sunday and that we must get down on that particular day. Also, the debate over with seat she should choose presented 2011 with its biggest crisis since wondering how American Idol would survive in a post-Simon Cowell world. As amusing as the song was, it was never explained why and how she and her 13-year-old friends were driving places and partying late at night. At 13, all I did was play Sega Genesis, watch The Box and crush on girls I could not get then and, in many cases, still could not get now.
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Autobiographical, honest and humorous are three accurate adjectives when best describing the work of Kimya Dawson. Hard working can also be used to describe her time since the hiatus of The Moldy Peaches in 2004. In that time, she has found a balance between family life and being one of most prolific artists of the new millennium. One could even go as far as describing her as the Lil' Wayne or Mike Patton for the indie folk crowd.
Friday, November 11, 2011
This past Tuesday, rapper/actor Heavy D passed away at the age of 44. While H & J offer their condolences to his family and friends, this post is not meant to look at what was lost. It is to honor what was given to us during his time. Whether it is his huge crossover hit "Now That We Found Love" to his classic theme song for In Living Color as well as his transition into reggae and acting, Heavy D (born Dwight Myers) will forever be a part of pop culture history as a man who gave his all to the things he loved most. His talent was a gift and definitely a gift that he graciously shared with us. As reported on Pitchfork earlier this week, his final tweet was "BE INSPIRED!" and hopefully the art that he left behind will assist in inspiring each of us.
Somewhere Satan's laughing and spreading his wings as the original lineup of Black Sabbath announced their reunion earlier this afternoon. While this may come as no surprise to fans as the reunion has been rumored about for months, it is still a welcomed return nevertheless. As of now, the band has one performance lined up at Download Festival in June 2012 and plan to record a comeback album produced by Rick Rubin (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Dixie Chicks, Danzig). This album will mark the second time since 1978's Never Say Die that this lineup will attempt to record a full-length album of all new material (the first attempt was in 2001). This is also the second time tht any lineup of the band would have recorded and released an album in recent times (2009's The Devil You Know consisted of the Mob Rules-era, Dio fronted lineup under the moniker Heaven and Hell). The band's announcement trailer is below and welcome back, Black Sabbath.
Monday, November 7, 2011
Yes, November is underway and with that said, let us move onto some great albums coming out this month. What other month has ever been filled with new releases from Megadeth, Florence + the Machine, Childish Gambino and Rhianna as well as deluxe reissues from The Beach Boys, U2, Slipknot, The Who and Smashing Pumpkins? In fact, Kate Bush is will releasing her second new album this month (the first being The Director's Cut in May) which a source of excitement here. There has never been a better time to buy music that this month.