Week In Review (12/12/14)

 

You Need To Hear This Cat Singing About Flies

https://soundcloud.com/petercatrecordingco/flies

And by this cat I mean this awesome band from Delhi, India. And by flies I mean flies.

I Have No Idea What’s Going On In This Majid Jordan Video But Hello Sexy Lady Robots Wait Are They Actually Robots What The Hell Is Going On Oh Hey This Song Is Kinda Catchy

But it’s cool, these guys hang out with Drake.

 You Need To Hear This Tycho Remix Of Spoon’s “Inside Out”

So good.

And You Also Need To Hear This N’to Remix Of Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Scar Tissue”

Also so good.

Shlohmo – “Emerge From Smoke”

Lady Lamb the Beekeeper – “Billions Of Eyes”

She’s doing well considering that she also wrote one of my favorite songs of 2013. Can’t wait for the new album.

Ten Walls – “Walking With Elephants”

I’m all ’bout that brass, ’bout that brass.

Literature Is The Latest Great Indie Pop Band That Sounds Like They’re Not Trying At All

Here’s A Great Grungy Shoegazing Band From My Home State Of Indiana

https://soundcloud.com/vice/cloakroom-starchild-skull

Go Hoosiers!

Wait, Death Grips Are Still Making Music?

Well kinda. This is a new song off their final album that they’ve already made but haven’t released yet. Got it?

Daunt – “This Body Rushes”

A strange song that’s upbeat yet moody at the same time.

Watch Jack Black Fight A Bear

And OFF! might be playing Coachella this year!

And Modest Mouse Is Back!

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2015 just got a lot more exciting.

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Music Journal: The Lollapalooza 2012 Lineup, One Day Later

I gotta be honest folks, I’m not a huge fan of this year’s lineup for Lollapalooza.  I was really tempted to include some personal attacks against the famed Chicago festival in yesterday’s post, but with these kinds of things I’ve learned from experience that it’s always best to wait a day to think about the situation and not say something I’ll regret later.

Well it’s been a day.

My feelings are still the same – I’m not planning on attention Lolla this year.  However, those who are going are in for a treat not for the main attractions but for the hidden treats.  This year has a great middle-teir section, including a handful of bands I would pay to see if they were the headliners.  These acts include M83, Dawes, Guy Clark Jr., The Gaslight Anthem, and Washed Out.  It’s a shame these guys aren’t in a more prominent spot, but at least they’ll be playing.

As for the headliners I’m not as thrilled.  As much as I love the Chili Peppers they seem to be out of their prime, and it doesn’t help that their latest album I’m With You isn’t superb (though I will say it’s growing on me).  I love the Black Keys, but their music is not meant to headline Lollapalooza.  Black Sabbath is just going to be awkward, and it’s not for certain how good they will sound.  Jack White has the potential to be really good, but I can also see him being extremely weird on stage, and don’t get your hopes up for a lot of White Stripes material.

Well there’s my two cents.  This year is an ok mix of music that isn’t worth over $200 to see.  Agree or disagree with what I have to say, this is still Lollapalooza, and it is always a good time.  We’ll see how well they pull it off this year when August comes around.

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And The Lollapalooza 2012 Lineup Is….

Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you this year’s Lolla lineup!

The top acts are the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Black Keys, Black Sabbath, and Jack White.  The other major acts include Florence and the Machine, The Shins, M83, Sigur Ros, Frank Ocean, Wale, J. Cole, and Guy Clark Jr.  Some hidden gems include Sharon Van Etten, Washed Out, The Weeknd, and plenty of other up and coming acts.

To see the full list, click here.

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Extra! Extra!: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2012 Announced

Each year the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducts a group of worthy musical acts, and this year’s class has some big names.  The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Guns N’ Roses, The Beastie Boys, Donovan, The Small Faces (otherwise known as The Faces, which included Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood), and Laura Nyro will all be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  The award ceremony will be held on April 14 and will be televised on HBO sometime in May.

This is an impressive group of musicians, but what I’m looking forward to the most is the possibility of a Guns N’ Roses reunion.  The band members have been talking over the years about getting back together – the original lineup hasn’t played together since 1990 – and this ceremony might be all the band needs to bury the hatchet and get back together.  Let’s see if Axel Rose and Slash can actually kiss and make up though.

In order to be eligible for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the music act must have released its first record at least twenty-five years ago.

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Grammy Nominations: Who Should Win, Who Will Win, And Who Got Snubbed

The Grammy nominations have been announced, and there were a lot of pleasant surprises.  Some things I expected (Kanye West and Adele with the most nominations), but there were some genuine shockers (Bon Iver getting so many nominations, Kanye’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy not up for Album of the Year).  Here is the list for the most prominent awards and their nominees along with who I think should win, who will probably win, and who I believe got snubbed out of a well-deserved chance at this year’s Grammys.  Also to clarify, Song of the Year means that it was the best written song and the award goes to the songwriters.  Record of the Year is the best sounding song and goes to the performers and producers.

Album of the Year

Adele – 21

Foo Fighters – Wasting Light

Lady Gaga – Born This Way

Bruno Mars – Do-Wops & Hooligans

Rihanna – Loud

Who Should Win: None of these.  I’m very unimpressed with this selection.  The only album here I’ve heard is Wasting Light which is a great album, but there were much better albums that came out this year.

Who Will Win: 21, because that’s what most people heard all year.

Who Got Snubbed: Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. This was truly the album of the year.  It was commercially successful while still being artistically strong.  The Purple Rain of our generation (might not be a good comparison musically, but hopefully you get what I mean).

Record of the Year

Bon Iver – “Holocene”

Adele – “Rolling in the Deep”

Mumford & Sons – “The Cave”

Bruno Mars – “Grenade”

Katy Perry – “Firework”

Who Should Win: “Holocene”.  The production of this song is gorgeous and is matched with an equally gorgeous vocal work from Justin Vernon.  A highlight from a truly great album.

Who Will Win: “Rolling in the Deep”.  It was impossible to escape this song, and unfortunately I bet most people have never heard “Holocene” (for those people, please click here).  But then again, I said the same thing about Arcade Fire at last year’s Grammys.

Who Got Snubbed: The Strokes – “Taken For A Fool”.  Listen to the song here and see if you agree.

Song of the Year

Kanye West – “All of the Lights”

Mumford & Sons – “The Cave”

Bruno Mars – “Grenade”

Bon Iver – “Holocene”

Adele – “Rolling in the Deep”

Who Should Win: “The Cave”.  This is such a great and uplifting song, something that has been missing from popular music for a long time.

Who Will Win: “Rolling in the Deep”.  Same reason as why it’ll win Record of the Year.

Who Got Snubbed: The Head And The Heart – “Down In The Valley”.  A simple yet powerful song.  Click here to make up your mind on it.

Best New Artist

Bon Iver

J. Cole

Nicki Minaj

Skrillex

The Band Perry

Who Should Win: Either Bon Iver or Nicki Minaj.  Both have been around for a decent time making quality music, but they are now getting due credit.  I’ll be happy just as long as J. Cole, Skrillex, or The Band Perry doesn’t win the award.

Who Will Win: This is a tough call.  Probably Nicki Minaj but there’s a decent chance for Bon Iver.

Who Got Snubbed: The Head And The Heart.  I’m not sure if they would be eligible, but this is a solid band with a promising future.

Best Rock Album

Foo Fighters – Wasting Light

Jeff Beck – Rock ‘N’ Roll Party Honoring Les Paul

Kings of Leon – Come Around Sundown

Red Hot Chili Peppers – I’m With You

Wilco – The Whole Love

Who Should Win: The Whole Love.  I’m so glad Wilco gets recognition from the Grammys.  This was by far my favorite album out of all of these, and I actually listened to all of these (expect Jeff Beck).

Who Will Win: Wasting Light.  The album did well commercially and it really is a great album.

Who Got Snubbed: The Strokes – Angels.  This might not be the band’s best album, but it was better than most of the albums on this list.

Best Alternative Album

Bon Iver – Bon Iver

Death Cab For Cutie – Codes and Keys

Foster the People – Torches

My Morning Jacket – Circuital

Radiohead – The King of Limbs

Who Should Win: Bon Iver.  For goodness sake please give Justin Vernon a Grammy.

Who Will Win: No Idea: This is a hard call because all these albums did equally well commercially.  Radiohead is probably the most well known band here, but they don’t deserve this Grammy.

Who Got Snubbed: Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues.  This album had my vote for the best album of the year so far.  Though my opinion may have changed, this album still deserves a Grammy.

Best Rap Album

Jay-Z & Kanye West – Watch the Throne

Lil Wayne – Tha Carter IV

Lupe Fiasco – Lasers

Nicki Minaj – Pink Friday

Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

Who Should Win: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.  The least the Grammys can do for Kanye is to give him this award to make up for not being nominated for Album of the Year.

Who Will Win: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.  I have faith that the Grammys won’t screw this up, but anything can happen.

Who Got Snubbed: Nobody.  That’s because MBDTF deserves this award.

Other Thoughts On This Year’s Grammys

James Blake should have been nominated for Electronica Album of the Year.

Congratulations to Fleet Foxes for being nominated for Folk Album of the Year.

So how did I do?  Are my predictions accurate or way out of line?  Comment below or Tweet at me (@BradyWGerber) and let me know who should bring home the big trophies at this year’s Grammys.


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Music Journal: Off To Mackinac Island!

I will be taking one final vacation with the family before I go down to IU.  We’ll be at the beautiful Mackinac Island relaxing, so I’ll be taking a break from blogging.  I’ll be back Friday, but until then here’s a little taste of Michigan.

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Music Journal: Miscellaneous Music Awards For 2011 (So Far!)

Because I couldn’t get enough of these awards, here are some more!

BEST ALBUM ARTWORK

Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues

MOST OVERPLAYED SONG

Adele – “Rolling In The Deep”

Terrific song, but I heard it once too many times.  There are even better tracks off of 21.

BIGGEST DISSAPOINTMENT

Radiohead – The King of Limbs

I love Radiohead, but this album wasn’t as good as it should have been.  It didn’t take me too long to get into Kid A, but after staying with the album for awhile I still found it boring.  Maybe the problem is that we expect too much from this band?

BEST MUSIC VIDEO

Radiohead – “Lotus Flower”

Even though I didn’t care for the album, this music video is perfect.

ALBUMS TO LOOK FORWARD TO FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR

Wilco – The Whole Love

Red Hot Chili Peppers – I’m With You

Kanye West & Jay Z – Watch The Throne

Lil Wayne – Tha Carter IV

Blitzen Trapper – American Goldwing

Das Racist – Relax

Blink 182 – Neighborhoods

Coldplay – TBA

Any other awards I forgot to mention?  Hit me up on Twitter @BradyWGerber

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Top Lists: Great Albums Turning 20 This Year

One year shy of legal drinking!

1991 must have been an incredible year for music (I wouldn’t know, I wasn’t born yet!).  Many remember 1991 simply as the year Nirvana released Nevermind, which ended hair metal and began a grunge movement that bands today are still taking inspiration from.  As important as that album would become, there were many other albums released in 1991 that were just as good, if not better, than Nevermind.  For the 20th anniversary of the great year that was 1991 (it was also the year Silence of the Lambs came out!) let’s take a walk down memory lane and see what music was released.

Soundgarden – Badmoterfinger

Pearl Jam – Ten

Stevie Ray Vaughan – The Sky Is Crying

Guns N’ Roses – Use Your Illusions I and II

U2 – Achtung Baby

B.B. King – Live at the Apollo

Nirvana – Nevermind

My Bloody Valentine – Loveless

Teenage Fanclub – Bandwagonesque

Metallica – Metallica (The Black Album)

Red Hot Chili Peppers – Blood Sugar Sex Magik

Blur – Leisure

The inspiration for this post came from an article from Guitar World, check out that article here.

Any albums that I missed?  Hit me up on Twitter @BradyWGerber

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Extra! Extra!: New Red Hot Chili Peppers Song!

It’s been a long time since we’ve heard anything new from the Chili Peppers, but now the wait is over.  You can here the band’s new song, “The Adventures Of Rain Dance Maggie,” via Consequence Of Sound.  This is the first single off the new album I’m With You which comes out August 30.

Click here to hear the song.

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