Heroin: For such a horrible substance, a lot of great art has been influenced by it. The Velvet Underground wrote a song about it (“Heroin”) The Flaming Lips made their best record under the influence of it (The Soft Bulletin) Acclaimed books which have been translated to acclaimed movies have been made about it (Trainspotting) Diiv’s new record Is The Is Are is a record about you guessed it… heroin addiction. Created in light of the arrest of Zachary Cole Smith and his girlfriend Sky Ferreira for drug possession Is The Is Are is a 17 track concept record that documents addiction in Diiv’s hazy white washed indie rock sound which in this context creates a literal soundscape to being strung out on smack. It’s a grim listen, but a highly rewarding one from an indie act that had a lot riding and a lot to prove with this album
Hello and welcome to Basement Dwelling, a column written by me Daniel R. Fiorio where I review new records that should be on your musical radar. What sets Basement Dwelling apart from other music review columns is that these are all albums that are currently residing in my record collection. No promo copy was given, no stream was listened to. Instead, a record was purchased (even if I didn’t like it). Don’t think of me as a critic but as a music obsessive looking to open a dialogue about some of the best tunes that are currently being released. Let’s head down to the basement and listen to….
Basement Dwelling Presents:
Live transmissions and eclectic mixes every Wednesday curated by yours truly. Listen to it in the car, while you procrastinate, work, make love, walk the dog, and live your life.
1. Brian Jonestown Massacre: David Bowie I Loved You Since I was Six
2. Quilt: Elliot St.
3. Deerhunter: Duplex Planet
4. So Pitted: Rot In Hell
5. Vince Staples: Summertime
6. Tune-Yards: Sink-O
7. Ratking: Canal
8. Beat Happening: Hangman
9. Grimes: Realiti (Demo)
10. Chairlift: Romeo
11. Twin Sister: Bad Street
Hello and welcome to Basement Dwelling, a column written by me Daniel R. Fiorio where I review new records that should be on your musical radar. What sets Basment Dwelling apart from other music review columns is that these are all albums that are currently residing in my record collection. No promo copy was given, no stream was listened to. Instead, a record was purchased (even if I didn’t like it). Don’t think of me as a critic but as a music obsessive looking to open a dialouge about some of the best tunes that are currently being released. Let’s head down to the basement and listen to….
“I went to college, I got a job, but i still can’t figure out how to join the mob!”
The quote above is from the album closer of Priests debut record Bodies and Control Money and Power “And Breeding”. Everything about the sentence above is brash, funny and exciting all of which are perfect words to describe this record as a whole. Through Bodies and Control’s eight tracks, Priests take us through a sarcastic and pissed off sonic assault; the songs are fast, the playing a tad rudimentary, the lyrical content touching the basses of being confused with life, wanting to take on authority of any kind, hating the ideas of settling down and having children. Y’know the main qualities required for a really great punk rock record, and Priests take these qualities and uses them in a way that while being tried and true for it’s genre, feels like a breath of fresh air and revleatory too.
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The Joup Friday Album: Priests- Bodies and Control and Money and Power
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A few days ago while combing through my record collection I started taking tabs of just how many records I have bought within this calendar year of 2015. As someone who makes an effort to buy at least one new record a week i didn’t find it too surprising that my count calculated to around 65. I say ‘around’ because odds are I forgot to count down an album or two or forgot a release came out this year; because I’m a man not a filing system. But out of this mass amount of 65 albums these were the records that I felt offered some of the best music to come out this year. Believe me when i say this list could have been much longer and It was painful to cut a lot of great releases as well as rank my favorites. But here it, is the cream of the musical crop. These are the records that have kept this music nerd most entertained and made my life feel most affirmed throughout 2015. Hopefully they did or will for you too.
I’m not here, this isn’t happening.
For lyrics like this to be presented on a record such as Kid A is kismet. Kid A by Radiohead was created at a time when the band was facing deep pressures. With all of the album of the year and modern classic accolades that the band received with their 1997 classic Ok Computer it’s understandable why the thought of how a follow up to a record that important could be a daunting task. Somehow along the way though, amid all of the stress and tension within the band, a near perfect piece of art emerged in a way most great thing in life do, completely by accident.