I started this blog as an assignment for a class, but I will still be doing it, even if no one is reading it. Maybe I’ll pick up some readers along the way! If you do follow my blog as of this moment, I am still writing it. I just have finals! College is rather time consuming. Anyway, here’s a list of what I’ve been listening to in the past month to keep you occupied until I have more time to work on this blog in the summer.
- “Golden Chords” by Deakin (from Sleep Cycle)
- “Rubber Traits” by WHY? (from Elephant Eyelash)
- “Rotterdam” by The Wedding Present (from Seamonsters)
- “Sherane aka Master Splinter’s Daughter” by Kendrick Lamar (from good kid, m.A.A.d city)
- “Y Control” by The Yeah Yeah Yeahs (from Fever to Tell)
- “One Dance” by Drake (from Views)
- “Back to Black” by Amy Winehouse (from Back to Black)
- “The Biggest Lie” by Elliott Smith (from Elliott Smith)
- “Drones Over Brooklyn” by El-P (from Cancer 4 Cure)
- “March Madness” by Future (from 56 Nights)
- “Sound and Vision” by David Bowie (from Low)
- “Until It Goes” by John Congleton & The Nighty Nite (from Until The Horror Goes)
John Congleton & the Nighty Night is the new band from Grammy winning and prolific producer John Congleton, who in the past fronted the incredible and provocative band The Paper Chase. His new album maintains the same horrific intensity that The Paper Chase had while being poppier, more direct, and through entirely different instrumentation. It’s fantastic! On top of that, he’s a really nice guy who I’ve had the pleasure to interview twice. Here’s the most recent interview we did where we talk mostly about his new record, but I thoroughly recommend checking out our first interview with him where we talk about working as a producer, which you can watch here.
Moving on, I’d like to take the time to talk about WHY? again. “Rubber Traits” is
one of the most sparkly, fun, upbeat, danceable tracks about wanting to not kill yourself (despite past preoccupations) ever made. Yoni has talked about suicide many times throughout his career, but this is perhaps the most interesting perspective he’s ever offered on it. I strongly recommend the whole album as well, some of the most fascinating and unique instrumentals on any album that I have ever heard. This record goes through musical ideas like pieces of paper.
Seamonsters is a fascinating post-punk album with moments of furious, soul-shattering shoegaze that was produced and engineered by Steve Albini. I’m not too familiar with the record yet but it’s incredible so far and I strongly recommend it.
Cancer 4 Cure is my favorite El-P album, and El-P is a really really good dude with a lot of good things to say about our political climate. As a solo artist, he raps from the perspective of made up characters from unwritten sci-fi dystopian novels. However, I’m sure you’re familiar with his work as 1/2 of Run The Jewels, where he makes incredible, almost shocking beats put behind hilarious braggadocio and political lyrics. Listen to him.
“The Biggest Lie” is one of my favorite songs (though, admittedly, every song on this album fits into that category) from one of my favorite albums ever made. Elliott Smith was a once in a lifetime artist whose writing turned his brand of deep depression and angst from a trite cliche to something heartbreaking and new.