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Music I listened to in 2008

Posted in City with tags , on Tuesday, January 20 by City

The year in music for me started out on a good note from the post about the music I listened to in 2007 , experienced some bumps in the middle of the year, and died at the end. Mostly this was because my music consumption was drastically reduced throughout 2008 by my lack of a working (read: paid for) internet connection and music download capability. I was still able to get some random stuff here and there and did end up buying 2 cds like I have every year since I was 15. Obviously I am still not able to come to terms with the possibility of paying for music, I mean I have a 10+ album to-download list as it is and I’m not paying $15 per albm, or $150-$200, for music that I don’t even know if I like. Sue me RIAA, oh that’s right you’ve finally been exposed and given up on your illegal blackmailing mob style litigation strategy. But it’s OK, im back, ready to download, considering actually paying for the internet since no one in my building will open up their wifi. Hopefully some ideas from anyone who comments their lists below will inspire me. Cheers to a prosperous music listening year in 2009. Anyway, here is what I listened to in 2008:

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MIA  Kala

This album was the perfect way to start off the year. It was one of those breathes of fresh air you need every once in awhile. It was getting some Best Album of the Year for 2007 nods in various places but I hadn’t heard a single track before I listened to it over and over after Spencer recommended it in this post last year. Song I became obsessed with: World Town. 

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Justice  Cross

I’d been hankerin for some good ole “computers fucking in a lightening storm” music, or whatever Eric called it, after of the void that Daft Punk left in my ears when they stopped making music very frequently. It’s an awesome, short, techno interpretation of the Bible that starts with “Genesis”. Although, it gets a lot more funky and dance floor friendly than any bible I have ever read… (not including Dianetics, because that thing can get down).

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Cage  Hell’s Winter

Nothing has gotten me as excited about music* hip-hop as Cage. I can’t put my finger on what exactly it is about the album, but I listened to if for about a month straight once I finally got over that El-P album from the year before (which I wasn’t able to do until I saw him live… it brought closure). Maybe it’s the delivery, maybe its the production, or maybe it’s just that the guy is such an interesting person and his album is so disturbingly personal. It was right around this time that I came to that harsh realization that I will never again be able to listen to Kube93/Tpayne/Flowrida/Timbaland/almost any Rap/Cage’s first album(it’s awful). Looking forward to seeing what he puts out next. Not looking forward to the movie about Cage’s life that Shia LaBeouf is rumored to be trying to put together and star in (he’s a huge fan too!).
* see MIA

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Atmosphere  When Life Gives You Lemons Paint That Shit Gold

Pefect album – it’s almost as smooth as the man who crafted it himself. When I’m listening to the album it’s like we’re the only people in the room and I’m lost in his big brown eyes… does that make sense? Well whatever, you’re just jealous of what we have.

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Common Market  Tobacco Road

Writing this reminds me that I need to go back and listen to their first album to see which one I like better, and that’s a good sign, because I loved that first album. I listened to this album and the shorter EP they put out both quite a bit. I don’t know why I haven’t seen them live yet. I’m going to go search for when they are back in town next.

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The Streets  Everying is Borrowed

Enjoyable enough, much more laid back than previous albums… already  wrote about it. I’m liking what I’m hearing about the next album, but it probably won’t be out until 2010.

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Aphex Twin  Richard D. James Album

Did a little bit of exploring Aphex Twin this year. He has a lot of really interesting work put out in the 90’s and into the 00’s. The problem is, besides a few more-radio-friendly singles and possibly the best music video ever made, much of it isn’t too easy to listen too. Not that it isn’t good, it’s just hard to figure out where to start. For example the first few tracks off his album Druqks are titled: Jynweythek Ylow, Vordhosbn , Kladfvgbung Micshk, Omgyjya-Switch7 and it goes on from there. Apparently it’s Cornish or something and the first song translates to “electronic machine music”. Beat that song title… I’ll save you some time, you can’t. This album is more listener friendly however than the other stuff I’ve found. Listen to “Boy/Girl Song”.

Preview 2009: I don’t know anything coming out at this point, but I did just download Mitch Hedberg’s last 3 albums… so I am looking forward to listening to those on the ride over to Corey’s Cabin.

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Easy Rider

Posted in City with tags , , on Monday, January 21 by City

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(Hopper, Fonda, Nicholson)

Easy Rider (1969)

I have been meaning to watch this movie for awhile and I finally did last weekend. If you’ve seen it then you’ll agree it is the classic road movie. Dennis Hopper produced and wrote the movie with Peter Fonda, who directed it. Basically the movie films them in a series of towns visited in between road trippin interludes with classic 60’s music.

 

The plot is that Dennis Hopper’s character Billy (a crazy hippie) and his friend he calls ‘Captain America’(Peter Fonda) smuggle drugs from Mexico, sell them once they are back in the US, and head to Florida (via Mardi Gras) to retire. They pick up Jack Nicholson along the way who delivers what turned out to be his career break out role. Unfortunately the movie ends before they make it all the way to Florida. Without giving anything away I will just say that the thesis of the movie is that red-necks are pieces of shit, which I whole-heartedly agree with.

 

I was talking about how much I liked Dennis Hopper the other day to Kevin, who said that he can only remember him as the bad guy in Speed. Though I couldn’t argue with him at the time, a little more research confirms what I expected. His work is bad ass – see:

 

Rebel Without a Cause, Cool Hand Luke, Apocalypse Now, some low budget Neil Young film, David Lynch’s Blue Velvet, Waterworld, and he read for the Gorillaz last album Demon Days on a little track called “Fire Coming Out of the Monkey’s Head”

 

I can only conclude that Dennis Hopper is my favorite actor and I’m not sure what took me so long to realize this. Of course, this takes the spot away from current placeholder Edward Norton, who reigned there for about 8 years, but has been somewhat disappointing as of late. Seriously he goes from American History X and Fight Club, to what, The Illusionist. No thanks. Not that Dennis Hopper’s Ameriprise Financial commercials have been kicking that much ass lately, but still, I don’t feel like his body of work gets enough credit.

Parker’s most listened to in 2007

Posted in City with tags , , , , on Monday, January 14 by City

This was going to be a Best Albums of 2007 review, but I usually change my favorites about 3 times a day depending on what kind of mood I am in or who I am talking to. Instead I thought it would be easier (and more honest, see Lily Allen) to list the albums that were new to me in 2007, that I played the most. So without further ado, my most listened to in order of guessed # of spins.

 

Gorillaz Demon Days
demondaysCame out some time in 2006 but I didn’t really start listening to it until 2007. I probably played it for the entire month of March. I just kept finding more and more I liked about it. Plus front man Damon Albarn (better known as the dude from Blur) collaborates with so many people that it kept me coming back all year to listen again and learn more about who he worked with on some other track. The album influenced most of the music that I listened to for the rest of the year. Most listened to song: Intro + Are We the Last Living Soles.

DangerDoom The Mouse and the Mask
themouse Released in late 2005, but I didn’t find it until early 2007 after trying to figure out what else Danger Mouse had been working on. It is a collaboration between Danger Mouse and rapper MF Doom. It’s nice to hear a rapper who has a better understanding of the language than I do, though I some times get lost in his rhymes. MF Doom wears a crazy supervillian mask at all times, and raps as a fictional character. The album is strangely centered on their love and previous work on Adult Swim’s Aqua Teen Hunger Force and features the characters in the show. Most listened to song: Sofa King. MF Doom is supposedly working on an album with Ghostface Killah for 2008.

Common Market Common Market
commonmarketI think this album was released in early 2006, but I listened to the shit out of it in 2007. The Seattle group is MC’ed by RA Scion and produced by Sabzi (who also represents half of the Blue Scholars). Sabzi went to UW, which is pretty cool too. The lyrics are highly political and spiritual:

Devout by choice, but providentially Baha’I* by chance
I make the most of an unusual circumstance
For a Cause I discovered in another land
I don’t expect y’all to fully understand

from most listened to song: G’dang Diggy . It is intelligent hip-hop and it is really good. They are releasing “Tobacco Road” in 2008.
*his strange religion

Radiohead In Rainbows
inrainbowsEven though In Rainbows didn’t come out until late in 2007, I will still add it to this list because I listened to a lot of Thom Yorke’s solo album Eraser last year as well. If you combined those two albums, it would definitely crack the top of my plays. The album dips into the electronic sound of Kid A/Amnesiac but stays fairly remiscent of Hail to the Theif through most. I suppose the way they leaked their album on their website, while accepting donations, will end up making more history than the music, but still, it’s pretty good. Most listened to song: 15 steps

Lily Allen Alright, Still
alright I don’t know what to tell you about this one besides that I listened to it about 1000 times back around April, mostly because I’ve never really listened to much like it. She somehow makes her songs sound like radiofriendly pop songs, but they are all mostly about the dirty side of London or drugs or confrontation. She seems rather angry in several songs. She is probably the only other female artist I have besides Lady Sovereign. Most listened to song: LDN

The Good the Bad and the Queen (self titled)

thegoodAnother Damon Albarn and Danger Mouse production, but it sounds nothing like the Gorillaz. The music is a lot simpler than some of their other stuff and not much of it is electronic. The first song is my most listened to song: The History Song. Just listen to it and you will know what the album is about. The album is a story put together about everyday life. It’s a good listen all the way through, with most the songs having a great building until they break down into the chorus (ie song 11 “Green Fields”).

El-P I’ll Sleep When You’re Dead
illsleep A New York hip hop artist who goes by El Producto. The album features the Mars Volta, Trent Reznor, Aesop Rock and others. This one actually took me a couple plays through before I really got into it. I like it because seems like something more than just hip-hop, instead he might be actually doing something with it, taking it somewhere if you will. He described it himself as old school hip-hop on acid (basically it has a psychedelic rock influence to it). Most listened to song: The Overly Dramatic Truth.

 

Pre-view 2008: The albums I am most looking forward to being released

The Mars Volta – The Bedlam in Goliath (Jan 29)
Common Market – Tobacco Road (early 2008)
The Streets – not yet titled (mid-late 2008)