Friday, January 19, 2018

call the police.



a playlist.

1/fever ray/wanna sip/3:29
2/hot chip/let me be him/7:41
3/hot chip/flutes/7:05
4/devo/gut feeling (slap your mammy)/4:58
5/lcd soundsystem/other voices/6:43
6/daphni/vulture/4:35
7/daphni/xing tian/4:57
8/com truise/vacuume/3:19
9/junior boys/over it/3:45
10/the pointer sisters/automatic (long version)/6:09
11/rick james/cold blooded/5:59
12/hot chip/always been your love/5:04

 stream here.


Thursday, January 18, 2018

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

elevation.

FILE UNDER: a moment of clarity.

"MY PRESIDENT IS __________."

FILE UNDER: AMERICA/a moment of clarity.



the national anthem.

starring donald trump.


Saturday, January 06, 2018

family feud.

a video.

filthy.

a video.

starring justin timberlake.


Monday, January 01, 2018

DON'T LOOK BACK IN ANGER : THE ALBUMS, 2017.


01/kendrick lamar/damn

His cousin Carl told him to know his worth. That power, hustle, flow, ambition residing in his DNA since day one. Know it and own it in order to give the people what they need: this Grey Poupon, that Evian, this TED TALK to help "learn you a lesson". On DAMN, Kendrick places his faith in his lyrics, the text of this talk, hoping to make amends and connect on a personal level while sermonizing calmly and engaging us in a few thought provoking conversations. DAMN keeps it one hundred percent real on Kendrick's current successful Black American existence while confronting those internal struggles grinding within him trying to figure it all out, stay black, and keep hope alive even as outside forces try their damnedest to work against his ever ascendant climb. It also isn't afraid to speak on the subject of fear.  Fear that his humbleness is gone. Fear that love ain't livin' here no more. Wondering whether the fear is wickedness or weakness, but never stopping the hustle and that climb. Fear of knowing that "what happens on Earth stays on Earth" and that he can't take these feelings with him "so hopefully they disperse within fourteen tracks carried over wax." The power, poison, pain, and joy, geeked up and fired up in he and DAMN's DNA. With his latest, Kendrick works effortlessly to keep "Mr. One through Five" in the running as a personal title and accolade for himself as he continues to process walking through this here life fully with a sound mind, knowing his worth, in order to speak clearly and bypass all the bullshit and those not worth his time on this journey to the center of who he is and what we stand for.

KEY TRACKS: DNA/Lust/Fear

02/dirty projectors/dirty projectors

03/mac demarco/this old dog

04/demi lovato/tell me you love me

05/jay z/4:44

06/amber coffman/city of no reply

07/priests/nothing feels natural

08/fever ray/plunge

09/sza/ctrl

10/ariel pink/dedicated to bobby jameson

11/miguel/war & leisure

12/ema/exile in the outer ring

13/charli xcx/number 1 angel

14/lcd soundsystem/american dream

15/lorde/melodrama

16/syd/fin


18/st. vincent/masseduction

19/cherry glazerr/apocalipstick

20/kesha/rainbow

21/vince staples/big fish theory

22/thundercat/drunk

23/kehlani/sweetsexysavage

24/palberta/bye bye berta

25/father john misty/pure comedy






























DON'T LOOK BACK IN ANGER : THE SONGS, 2017.


01/dirty projectors/up in hudson

When David Longstreth opens his mouth to speak on "Up in Hudson", the first words that come out of his mouth are "The first time ever I saw your face...", setting the table for what's in store content wise with this "Once Upon a Time..." But unlike the Roberta Flack song that shares its name with Dave's opening salvo, the thrill is now gone in "Up in Hudson". She's in Echo Park blasting 2Pac, and he's on the Taconic Parkway listening to Kanye, convinced that this is what love does: burns out and fades away, eventually rotting before it disappears completely as it did here. For close to eight minutes (with two of them wonderfully wordless and rambunctious at the end), David recounts the times of a love that once made his heart leap up from a mountaintop over a slinky and fanciful, horn assisted worldbeat like pop number, and comes to grips with her absence and the absence of that emotional security. Every sound bubbling underneath, plus the extreme patience of the track and that of our narrator, is set about to wash away the anger and the pain. And when you sit with "Up in Hudson" and come back to earth after flying away on that wordless cloud, you know that David has made his peace, as well as something incredibly captivating and ambitious out of that boredom and free time that hit him that one time up in Hudson.




Sunday, December 31, 2017

DON'T LOOK BACK IN ANGER : THE ALBUMS, 2017.


02/dirty projectors/dirty projectors 

Love will burn out.

And love will just fade away.

And love's gonna rot.

And love will just dissipate...

And when it does, it will force you to gather your thoughts and attempt to collect yourself. You can't see em coming down your eyes, so you go and make the songs cry. Cause this is what it is and where we are and where he is: alone, with a reset. And with this reset, David Longstreth takes his emotional distress and compositional wizardry to the studio to address and make sense of what happened, and this involves being almost uncomfortably personal and revealing, often lashing out.

And it is incredibly dazzling. David playing with all of the colors in his orbit to expand even further upon his off-center take on the contemporary pop and R&B that vibrantly floats around him and speaks for him when the words don't do enough justice to paint his emotional recollections (peep the instrumental euphoria that is 5:20 - 7:31 of album highlight "Up in Hudson").

Love burned out, and love faded away, but with Dirty Projectors it is made clear that this love can't knock him or keep him down.


KEY TRACKS: Keep Your Name/Up in Hudson/Little Bubble

03/mac demarco/this old dog

04/demi lovato/tell me you love me

05/jay z/4:44

06/amber coffman/city of no reply

07/priests/nothing feels natural

08/fever ray/plunge

09/sza/ctrl

10/ariel pink/dedicated to bobby jameson

11/miguel/war & leisure

12/ema/exile in the outer ring

13/charli xcx/number 1 angel

14/lcd soundsystem/american dream

15/lorde/melodrama

16/syd/fin


18/st. vincent/masseduction

19/cherry glazerr/apocalipstick

20/kesha/rainbow

21/vince staples/big fish theory

22/thundercat/drunk

23/kehlani/sweetsexysavage

24/palberta/bye bye berta

25/father john misty/pure comedy


















DON'T LOOK BACK IN ANGER : THE SONGS, 2017.


02/demi lovato/sorry not sorry

So the pre-chorus goes:
 
"Now payback is a bad bitch/And baby, I'm the baddest/You fuckin' with a savage/Can't have this, can't have this (ah)/And it'd be nice of me to take it easy on ya, but nah..."
 
It's, a lot.
 
BUT,
 
Fineness is the way to kill, and on “Sorry Not Sorry”, Demi kisses them off by putting her fine, new and improved self forward prominently in order to let them know and show them it's a brand new fucking day. It's a musical selection from the Church of Haters to the Left. And her delivery? It's the gospel, and savage. That beat? A monster. Bass Boomin' for days and the baddest; A testament to her statement that you fucking with a savage, marching and finger snapping with her every step of the way. 
 
It's a lot, but hey, 
 
Payback is a bad bitch. 
 
Always.



03/sza + travis scott/love galore

04/fever ray/wanna sip

05/jay z/the story of oj

06/cardi b/bodak yellow

07/two chainz/riverdale rd

08/future/mask off

09/ema/breathalyzer

10/lcd soundsystem/how do you sleep?

11/j balvin + willy william + beyonce/mi gente

12/thundercat + michael mcdonald + kenny loggins/show you the way

13/drake/passionfruit

14/kendrick lamar + rihanna/loyalty

15/joe goddard/home

16/n.e.r.d + rihanna/lemon

17/vince staples/big fish

18/charli xcx/blame it on u

19/cut copy/standing in the middle of the field

20/haim/right now

21/ariel pink/feels like heaven

22/harry styles/sign of the times

23/lorde/green light

24/st. vincent/los ageless

25/miley cyrus/malibu