Long ago… In a upstairs of a pub far far away… Two band members of a obscure small band were interviewed by a man where questions were asked… Things were said. Where it was all, well, quite damn interesting!
I chatted with Jake and Rich from Drug Sweat. While Jakes girlfriend band Parsnip played on stage at the Barwon Club. We chatted away.
Was interesting to find out how the band came about and much more. Rich also plays in Ooga Boogas. While Jake also plays in Ausmutants and like a million other bands.
Regina Spektor has released her newest album Remember Us to Life which sadly feels very same same. I adore her sound and style but there isn’t anything I’d say ground breaking on this album.
She has some poppy layered songs which this time around don’t tend to work.
That being said what I love is when you strip her sound right back to just singing and a piano or with light instrumental elements. This where Regina truly does shine. She creates a real sense of how it is to feel depressed but enlightens us on her journey and her mind. Doing so in such a simple way of using her vocal talent and piano skills. I’ve always preferred her songs to Amanda Palmer but hey. Both are great in their own rights.
Sadly though I feel Regina Spektor and her pop efforts on What We Saw from the Cheap Seats were remarkably better.
This is how she takes us into the album in Older and Taller with lyrics such as “enjoy your youth” “sounds like a threat” What can I say I’m older now and I didn’t enjoy my youth I’d have to say I’m much happier now! Lies Regina Lies!! Honestly though I feel I’m enjoying myself and life much better then my actual youth. But hey that’s just me. Just enjoy your life I say. Not just your youth.
Also explaining what sounds like a well off child’s expression of depression on Grand Hotel is well kinda missing it’s point and not hitting it’s mark at all here just kind of boring me lyrically. Maybe I’m missing the point? But vocally and musically it is totally on point.
While saying all this don’t let that put any doubt in her ability and talent as she still does shine through tracks like The Light and Obsolete these are where her talents and abilities truly shine.
I wish I could be more positive about this release but hey just go see her live and you’ll be blown away.
She is flawless when you strip back the sound to just instrumental elements. This is how her voice truly shines.
Still worth a listen just not her best effort when it comes to doing “pop”
Pro tip: Skip through the pop songs and listen to the slower more intimate ones over and over again.
Also one must never forget that she did the theme to Orange is the New Black.
Now I’ve heard about rap concerts going down at the White House in the last few years but damn NPR always find ways to pull off something cool. This time NPRs Tiny Desk Concerts were invited to the White House to record Common perform. This Tiny Mix Tape concert brings a incredible vibe I mean you got to remember this is in the White House one of the most recognised and known buildings in America.
This has to be significant. Especially during Obama’s last month of his presidency to have things like this go down and have real culture going on in the White House. This is truly amazing and a shows how pure art and music is in this day and age and how close to our hearts we do find these things.
Also that we respect artists to the point we look into their views on the world and what people actually have to say not just enjoy the art they create and praise them for their mind and not just creativity.
This is another step forward. Not to mention it’s a insanely good concert. Commons vocals are smooth the music is smooth. Common really does bring a amazing vibe not just rapping but also using spoken word to perfection.
The man seems to be getting more smoother and soulful with age. I mean damn this suits the White House vibe perfectly. It’s respectful it’s smooth it’s jazzy and chilled. Suits the situation to a T. Common is flawless in this performance and totally chilled I really do like when he breaks it down like this with a full band. this is something I’d really enjoy live and as a tour.
A great performance and great show put together by NPR Tiny Desk Concerts. A truly amazing on point performance of Common and band that he put together for the occasion.
Solange has released her Third Album A seat at the table With it’s polished pop sound and interesting guest vocals which include The-Dream, BJ the Chicago Kid and Lil Wayne. They all seem nicely placed within this slowed down chilled album confines.
At first listen this album could Maybe the background of a dinner party you’ve spent at least 500 dollars on and having this in the background? Then everyone gets angry and some drama breaks out after someone gets slapped in a lift on the way up to the dinner party? I can imagine this playing out in a hour long video clip. Or maybe it was reality and it already happened? Either way this album would suit the situation perfectly.
Solange has always had a laid back pop sound that seems to just slip into the background of any setting. It’s R&B style has always really does work with her vocals. She wants to shine while singing laid back songs and that’s amazing. Especially if you can pull it off (Which Solange can).
Everyone as of late has had personal interludes on their albums to really bringing a personality to an album. Solage is the same. But it’s good that artists are able to show how they feel and put their heart on their sleeves through spoken word. I struggle with doing stand up comedy sometimes and it turns into stories so I understand what it’s like to try to get something out or a message with out it actually connecting in the art you are involved with. It’s the beauty of the human condition really.
But managing to do so with out dodgy 90’s interludes which included party scenes or missed messages from a boyfriend this is deeper it’s got something more to it now.
It’s not just about the music but also sending a message and trying to educate along the way. Hey why not! As long as you keep me grooving while I sip my fine expensive wine then it’s fine by me Solange (Note: I don’t drink expensive wine or wine for that matter but if I did it would be while listening to this album)
The album does have a smooth and mellow flow throughout never gets too abrasive and keeps it “cool”. Perfect for relaxing and reflecting on what ever you feel like while looking into the distance at the same time.
this album does get into subjects like being black and producing and creating art in F.U.B.U. Writing and working on a album for three years will mean you have a lot to say.
I hope living in Australia does mean we are getting albums in this digital age a day before everyone else now. If this is true this is amazing!!
Also one of the last lines of Junie does remind me of my sister with the line “Don’t want to do dishes just want to eat food” I relate and understand there are people out there EXACTLY like this.
A beautiful quiet not in your face release of a beautiful album that slips into your day nicely.
(Note: The album was played on a tape player surrounded by people who can barley hear and Bon Iver news papers handed out with no care for the environment)
Little did they know we’ve been listening away for the last month, or did they know? Has the world kept so quiet that the band managed to not realise and have it secretly slip under the radar while we all quietly listened away? Is Justin Vernon apart of the Illuminati? Does the Illuminati exist? So many unanswered questions.
But the album has been leaked for about a month now. Oh Well.. Let’s move on to the music anyway.
Firstly I feel this is a new direction for Bon Iver with more electronic elements. Are they The Killers? Only time will tell. This album has been conspired within conspiracy theories! where is the band? What have they done with them? Spending time with Kanye West will do this to music. Is it bad though? I’d have to go with no. Is it different in some tracks? Absolutely. Does the sounds of Bon Iver and the amazing harmony we know them for come through? Fucking absolutely! #Stanfford APTS is a perfect example of this bringing us the beauty that Bon Iver are known for and do best.
It should also be mentioned the track names are absolutely nuts but hey let’s go with something new with our direction?
Electronic elements come through strongly through tracks like 10 d E A T h b R E a s T ⚄ ⚄ Then there is the auto tuned ballad of 715 – CRΣΣKS. Which is exactly as it is described an Auto Tuned Ballad. Not bad if you feel the need to enjoy some auto tune in your life. But a but hit and miss also.
Bon Iver have taken their sound added a few more elements and created this album. It’s nice and cruisy I like the feel of the songs.
While we are asking questions and conspiracy theories though. Is there a Magic rule of three that someone has not mentioned to me about yet?? As Danny Browns album had three singles released before his new album dropped maybe that’s the new thing? I like it though. To have sample tracks and enjoy parts of a album before it comes out is actually quite nice. With the stand out this time around being 22 (OVER S∞∞N) Which was a tease of the new elements and less plucking of strings.