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Electronic fans be sure to check out Recycle Culture’s take on The xx’s “Chained,” Rustie and AlunaGeorge getting together to add vocals to last year’s excellent “After Light” and if you like Rustie you will like S-Type. His track “Sensi Star” is huge. There is also a Slugabed remix that I really like. Lindstrom, The Crystal Ark and a LOL Boys remix are also included.
Rap fans have some really exciting new stuff to check out… Ty Dolla’s “4 A Young” is an excellent track that shifts midway from a soulful sex romp to a pure pop club track. The sides come together to make one of my favorite tracks right now.
Angel Haze is a new rapper you should check out. Her take on Eminem’s “Cleaning out My Closet” is darker than anything Eminem has ever done. I also included her song “CHI” which shows a totally different side of her. She’s an exciting young artist to watch.
One of my favorite producers right now, Ryan Hemsworth, contributes a cloud rap beat that I like. New joints from Curren$y, Kendrick Lamar and Lil Durk are also included.
As always, let me know what you like and what else you are into right now!
Using Dropbox.com I have created a shared folder called LivingEars.com. As inspiration hits, I will be moving mp3s in and out of that folder. All I ask of you is to check the folder once in a while, drop the mp3s in your iTunes and listen.
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There is so much music available today that not only will I only listen if it’s almost immediately acceptable to my ears but I won’t listen unless I find something that I immediately like. You get about 10 seconds.
I’ve been writing outside in the mornings and lately unless there is an album that I want to listen to immediately, I put on my Best of 2012 playlist which aggregates all of my 3+ star tracks and shuffles them.
The past couple of mornings there was a Smashing Pumpkins song that came on.
I heard Billy interviewed on Howard Stern and I loved the way he spoke about expression and following your own thing and the songs never really being difficult, that it’s more of a mindset… well, I really admired the guy for his honesty. The same reason I admire Howard. And, the same reason I enjoy reading Bob Lefsetz.
Lefsetz has it right. The pop album is over (yes, there will be great exceptions). We want our own personal playlists. Your music has to be tailored to my individual tastes. Also, I usually want to find it on my own. That is something that Billy doesn’t have going for him. So, will the fans embrace his music again? The music really isn’t that great but it does sound both current and progressive at the same time. The reason this song “Pinwheels” works is because you don’t know it’s a rock song until you’re already sucked in. It opens really beautifully and sounds very much like a lot of the electronic I listen to daily.
I’ve become very interested in putting a music project together.
I want to find another person or people who find equal influence in Salem, Kanye, A$AP, and progressive electronic and future whatever the fuck you call it that bands like Death Grips are doing.
You must read the words to this song. It’s really brilliant. So is the music.
I’ve been thinking of music in the sense of what do consumers want. Could I do that? Could I oversee that? Manage? A&R? Where do I fit in? All I know is that I know what I want to hear and very rarely do I hear it. I’ve validated my thoughts enough to trust in my opinions and vision.
So, what do you make?
First, I would put Billy in touch with these guys:
Physical Therapy – Drone
Or maybe these guys:
Supreme Cuts – Val Venus
This exact sound will be on pop radio in a couple of years I will guarantee it. It might even happen this year. That’s the remaining question… how early am I exactly on this? I guess this will be the test. If, by the time this type of music is on pop radio, I am not at least knee deep in making this happen, I will have disappointed myself.
My friend Jheri that runs a thousand things and designs other cool things put me onto this guy going by Haleek Maul.
We started talking about music and what it means if MTV is covering the music we like. Just the other day I saw Schoolboy Q and A$AP doing interviews for the channel. If we consider ourselves deeper entrenched in these types of music we like, what does it mean if MTV is covering it? I was thinking maybe we were just losing touch and looking for something more pop than what we liked before. But Jheri doesn’t operate that way and I’ve never considered myself one to really LOVE pop music either.
Except when I was a kid. When I was in kindergarten, I was really into Guns N Roses. Guns N Roses, Motley Crue, Poison… a lot of that shit. Then in 2nd grade I got really into Nine Inch Nails. I had seen the video for “Wish” on Headbanger’s Ball. See, I watched Headbanger’s Ball every weekend from Kindergarten forward. Music to me seemed mostly the same up until this point. “Wish” changed everything. I bought everything NIN put out, I had a bunch of those obscure singles and started tracking the releases by number, trying to figure out what else was being put out and why I was only able to get about every 3rd or 4th thing in my small town of Spanish Fork, Utah.
I kept collecting that stuff and getting into industrial mostly through compilations and Alternative Nation I think at that point. In 2nd-4th grades I remember my friends were really into rap. My friend Nate had an older brother that was into Too $hort. We were into “Life Is…” and “Short Dog’s In the House”. We used to like “Benzo’s” as Short calls them. We would rip the emblems off the Cadillac’s and Benz’s in the neighborhood. Then, we’d wear them on our neck, everywhere. I never really got into this because I was afraid my parent’s would ask where they came from. I guess my friends’ parent’s didn’t ask or my friends were better liars.
While my friends were really into rap I was continuing to buy NIN releases, shopping at Media Play and the local CD Store, buying shit like weird hard rock compilations for $19 each. I remember dropping $50 on music probably twice a week during the summer or winter months. Basically anytime I could mow lawns or shovel side walks I was able to make some dough. And I spent it all on music.
I remember my uncle coming back from what was probably a rehab trip to CA, or maybe he was a Satanist out there, I never could get straight stories when something went down in my family. I guess I was too young. Funny how a kid into Nine Inch Nails is too young to know what the ‘adults’ are up to.
Eventually I was turned on to Pink Floyd by my Dad. The Wall changed everything again. I sold all of my Nine Inch Nails albums because I thought I was getting too sad when I listened to them. I didn’t know anything about depression. Around the same time I started having these panic attacks in the night. I would wake up and if it wasn’t time to wake up for school I would focus on the clock. I would watch the minutes go by until it was time to get up. I remember doing this for hours when I was a kid. This was 6th grade. I wanted to get to school early to hang out with the kids that got there early and we lived across the street. I would get up at 6:00 AM everyday. I’d get to school an hour in advance to talk to these girls Cassie and Meghan who, for whatever reason, were dropped off an hour early every single day. Seems odd looking back.
Anyhow, one of the local stations would play the full 15 minute version of Rapper’s Delight every Friday at 6:00AM. I started setting my clock for 5:55 so that I could wake up and be ready for it each week. I loved that song. I still love that song.
I think my question is, is media getting that much better at catching things and promoting them earlier or is it that much more difficult for me to find and enjoy rap that focuses on off the radar music in a way similar to this blog and others like it?
Is it just so much ‘our time’ that this new era of rap music is pop and it hits my niche unlike anything has done before? Seems unlikely but something is happening here….
The EP drops later this month on Merok. Here are some more tracks:
It’s pretty great. It uses your iPhone video camera to record a short video. Right as you press record, it also takes a photo. After you capture the video you choose which area of the photo to display the video on. It’s almost a reverse editing process. Very cool! Check out what it can do: