The Joup Friday Album: Shabazz Palaces ‘Black Up’

030911-2_1up [Converted]As if coming in out of nowhere or a distant alien planet spreading its word of love and peace; Shabazz Palaces debut album ‘Black Up” is an anomaly. From its borderline acid jazz-centric beats to its otherworldly production and long song titles, this is not your typical hip-hop record. This is not a record bent on dealing memorable hooks and lyrics with memorable beats (which it still does exceptionally well). Black Up is an examination of just how experimental and avant garde hip hop can be. Black Up hit in 2011, around the same time two other mad scientists of experimental hip hop saw their creations take flight in the forms of Death Grips and Clipping (two artistz Kanye West borrowed heavily from for the sound of his ‘Yeezus’ record), while those artists reveled in the abrasive, near punk rock side of hip hop, Palaces decided to dwell in another realm: making ethereal, dreamy music with lyrics that peered more at the beauty of life than the ugly sides of society. This is a style they’ve displayed exceptionally well for 4 records now, but never better than on this debut record.

Basement Dwelling// Gorillaz: Humanz

     It’s bothersome to hear people talk about Gorillaz. Sure, Gorillaz are a widely loved and celebrated act, and they have been for nearly 20 years now. But one of their greatest strengths is also one of their biggest setbacks.

It’s idiotic to me that the animated world of Gorillaz, co-created by legendary underground comic artist Jamie Hewlett, and which serves as the stylistic umbrella for a global and multigenerational collaborative music project, proves to be such a turnoff for people.

The Joup Friday Album: LCD Soundsystem- Sound Of Silver

LCD-Soundsystem-Sound-Of-Silver-1488988687Sound of silver talk to me, makes you wanna feel like a teenager

Until you remember the feelings of

A real life emotional teenager 

Then you think again.

The Joup Friday Album: Jessy Lanza ‘Oh No’

 Jessy Lanza List of things you should do while listening to Oh No, by Jessy Lanza:
  1. Go to an 80’s themed dance party
  2. Drive around in the rain
  3. Shop for some really upscale, nice clothes
  4. Make out and/or make love
  5. Buy it on vinyl (it sounds great)
  6. Play the title track, “VV Violence,” and “Never Enough” over and over and over again
  7. Immediately listen to the thing again and see why it’s a brilliant synth-pop record

The Joup Friday Album: Car Seat Headrest- Teens Of Denial

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I’m a huge dork and I’m really passionate about music. And as one who fits those two descriptions it follows that I am the type of person who is prone to ranking and categorizing music, especially the music that has come out in a particular year. As for every music nerd it’s exciting to recount what record came out this year that scratched every musical itch one could have and provided a soundtrack for being in the moment. Because if there’s one thing I love about being a music fan, it’s being in the moment, being there to experience an album you feel is truly great as it’s released. This is what Car Seat Headrest’s Teens Of Denial is for me

The Joup Friday Album: David Bowie – Lodger

Bowie-lodgerI’ve always vouched for Lodger as my favorite Bowie album, but have never been given the time to explain why I feel this way. When I saw that I was tagged to write this week’s Friday album I wanted to write a piece about an album I could talk endlessly about. This was one of the first that came to mind: a soapbox for me to lavish Lodger in praise was ready for me to sit on.

Basement Dwelling: Radiohead /A Moon Shaped Pool

 

a-moon-shaped-pool-600x400Lyrical excerpts from Radiohead’s 2007 record In Rainbows:

” I don’t want to be your friend…I just wanna be your lover. No matter how it ends, no matter how it starts.”

“Reckoner, Take me with you, dedicated to all human beings.”

“You are all I need. I’m in the middle of your picture lying in the leaves.”

Lyrical excerpts from A Moon Shaped Pool:

“Dreamers…they never learn beyond the point of no return.”

“Distance is a weapon.”

“Sweet faced ones with nothing left inside that we all can love.”

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