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I think its awesome that Lil’ B puts out so much music, but the sheer volume of his material makes him so hard to keep track of. My solution is to do a big Lil’ B post like this every once in a while. Up top you can watch the video for his new track “Motivation” which caters to the people who think Lil’ B can’t rap. After the jump you can watch “The Growth”, another more conventional hip-hop track, “I Still Can’t Sleep”, a track that shows that Lil’ B is socially conscious, “Exhibit 6”, one of the darkest tracks I’ve ever heard from Lil’ B, and “Dr. Phil”, some good ol’ cookin’ music. Enjoy, or bitch about how Lil’ B can’t rap, your choice.
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Here’s a new track from NicX. The beat selection is a little clubby for my taste but NicX is on point lyrically. This is one of those songs that I suggest you listen to a few times to make sure your taking it all in. Plus, he throws in a shout out to The Up-Turn towards the end. How could you go wrong with that? Download link below…
As much as I love R.E.M. for their amazing slew of albums released on I.R.S. Records during the 80s, much of their work since those days has left me wanting more. When I heard that R.E.M. was releasing an album this year I was not excited at all, expecting that the album would contain mostly the squicky-clean modern rock that they have been pumping out recently. The early tracks released from the album, Discoverer and It Happened Today, didn’t really reassure me as I didn’t find much of this R.E.M. in them:
The most recent leak, and first radio single, has completely blown me away. Even though I was expecting much, Mine Smell Like Honey is a fantastic track that is filled with the energy and enthusiasm that made me fall in love with the band in the first place. Once the chorus takes off it really reminds me of some of the stuff they were making on Murmur. Stream and enjoy the track below.
To be honest, I’m kind of glad I didn’t start listening to Jay Reatard until after his sad, untimely death last year. It may make me one of those douche bags who waits for an artist to die and then makes them out to be the most legendary person to ever make music (I’m looking at you, Jay Dilla fanatics) but if I had been a fan when he died I probably would have been completely devastated. I just recently picked up Jay Reatard’s 2006 release Blood Visions and I haven’t stopped listening to it since. I’m currently in the midst of midterm week, and Jay Reatard’s fast-paced, angsty music is perfect for distracting me from the guilt that will inevitably come with the heavy amount of procrastinating that is sure to be the result of me trying to study. “Nightmares” is the perfect example of the catchy, energetic, early Misfits-esque garage-punk rock that this album is full to the brim with. I’m not going to say that Jay Reatard was the greatest garage-rock artist to ever grace the planet Earth, but I am going to point out the fact that he started making amazing music at the age of 15 and didn’t stop until he dropped dead 15 years later. That’s got to be worth something.
David Byrne has to be one of the greatest performers ever. Not only does he have a great voice live, but when he’s on stage, you can tell that he is completely absorbed in his music and thinking of nothing else. Its extremely difficult to look out into a crowd of people all staring at you and not care what any of them think, which is why so many artists try to be someone else when they are on stage, but not David Byrne.
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Gorillaz already released a stellar album earlier this year with thier 3rd full-length Plastic Beach. Albarn didn’t stop his creative streak and Doncamatic is a continuation of great Gorillaz work that would have really fit onto the album. Doncamatic features the vocals of UK soul-singer Daley. I am usually not a fan of modern soul-singers but Daley really sells the song and gives a great performance. Fittingly the video for this song features mostly Daley as he navigates a submarine and eventually discovers the Plastic Beach. This video is a great watch and makes me wish they would release an entire music video full-length about the Plastic Beach.