Tis such a silly world we exist in where we complain about the changing of the seasons. What a glorious anomaly of existence that we get to experience such varying degrees of climate all within a period of time that, in comparison to life, is quite short.
Thanks everybody. Tell your friends.
If my life were a music video it would probably be dimly lit and boring, but with a bunch of cameos. Who doesn’t like a good cameo? One time my brother and I were at a crowded bar and we thought we saw Bruce Willis. The excitement was enough. We didn’t even check if it was him. It was HIM. So here I am back with a cameo in my own life. Showing up to surprise everyone, even though they already knew I was here. Leaving you with a “I don’t know what I was expecting…” kinda vibe.
Lately, I’ve really been enthralled by older sounds. Revisiting albums I used to spin in my Blue Walkman with behind the ear headphones and dream about how great life will be once I get my braces off.
Let’s start on the schoolbus. I think this may have been the first track I ever downloaded of Kazaa. And subsequently the first track that I burned onto a blank cd, probably with the only three other songs that I had downloaded on dial-up that week.
Next was a song that I thought I understood so well when I heard it as a new song. However years down the road I would read the lyrics and find out that I had no idea what heck it meant.
Things were different then. And, this song was just way to groovy for a kid to comprehend. I still lurk around with the chime from this song in my head. Coming from a artist that I’m not sure I’ll ever really understand, but still inspires.
Now let’s slap it back to the new school with a new song from Athens, GA hailing songsmith Kishi Bashi. I had the chance to see him in Asheville last week and boy-o-boy was it a good show. Truly a gifted artist. Pay him your respect.
Wise men share what they’ve found. Others don’t.
“If I were more nocturnal, I would surely miss seeing my shadow. This peculiar dark spot that diligently follows my earthly shell, reminds me of the momentary changes I can make to this physical world. Similarly, it is a constant reminder of the great ball of fire that we rely on to survive on this planet. Lying on my back towards the sun, I am often stricken with guilt that people of the current era do not pay respect to the sun as much as the people of old. With spring fully upon us, the days are getting longer, and our mid-day shadows are becoming much shorter. This provides an excellent opportunity to explore the wonders of your individual world. So the next time you’re feeling the urge to re-watch old episodes of your program of choice, drop your headphones onto that powerful cranium, and romp around for an hour or so. If you truly regret it, then you may be having an uncommon case of springtime seasonal depression, and just might be beyond help.”
– Robert “Bobby” Frost
This month’s Brain Salad comes with its fair share of sunny and bright tunes, most notably, two tracks off the debut release from Vacationer with “No Rules” and “Good as New”. Both tracks are extremely catchy and have everything that I look for in a good synth pop song. Make sure to check out their album,Gone, on their Bandcamp, it’s too legit to be illegitimate. Topping of the mix, is two folky songs, one from an artists I’ve been following for a while, Of Monsters and Men, and a brand new discovery to me, an excellent folk group out of Houston that goes by the name of Buxton. Next, the fun, bounding track from Imperial Teen, has been my international walking anthem for the past few weeks. Delicate Steve teases us with a track his latest album, Positive Force, coming on May 15. I brought in another track off Conner Youngblood‘s free EP Sketches Pt. 1, simply because he’s making some extremely creative music and I firmly believe that more people should be aware of it. Nite Jewel‘s album One Second of Love, caught me completely off guard and I’m simply infatuated with the track “She’s always Watching you”off that one. The mix ends with some peppy, and almost-annoying tunes, from Tanlines and the always reliable Remix Artist Collective. The last track on this is a unique banger from french hip-hop/edm producers Chill Bump. Watch out for them if you dig this track because they’re quite on point.
As always, take care, please share, and Thank you x2. xx
Tracklist and link After the Jumpoff
Brain Salad – March 2012
Despite being relatively absent from the blogosphere for the past few months, I have been listening to a fair bit of music. So here I am picking it back up with a brand new Brain Salad release. March’s mix continues the trend of eclectic compilations with everything from Shigeto’s exciting glitchy remix of Sufjan Steven’s “Futile Devices”, to the light folky soul tune in Michael Kiwanuka’s “I’m Getting Ready”. Highlights from this month’s include a quality track titled “Lonesome” from another quality release from Dr. Dog off Be the Void. The new track from one of my personal favorites Yellow Ostrich, “Shakedown” is a driving rock tune that starts off strong and ends with a crescendo that is as fulfilling as it is hectic. Blood Orange has been ringing its smooth R&B Rock through my head for the past few months, so I figured I’d share “Forget it” with all y’all. By the way, Blood Orange is the project of one Lightspeed Champion, who I found out about through Emmy The Great, won me over with his excellent name and even better music, so check him out, please. Pepper Rabbit comes through with a nice catchy tune that is just plain nice. Michael Kiwanuka and Ben Howard wins the best folk tunes so far this year. Polica and Rhye and Grimes all came out of nowhere this year with some awesome female dance/electronic tunes. Conner Youngblood continues to crank out tunes that I can’t help but love, and even better, “Will You Be There”, came on a free EP called Sketches Pt.1. Last of all comes A$AP Rocky’s “Peso” which if you aren’t already aware of, fix it, because A$AP Rocky is doin his own thang like none other, and gettin paid for it. As always, thanks and enjoy and thanks.
Tracklist after the Jump.
“Whenever the first leaves would fall, back when I was a child, I would began to count down the moments until there were enough to gather. The amount wasn’t anything specific, more like an estimation of how big the pile would have to be to break my fall. Just beyond the worn away patch of dirt in the lawn, I would corral the leaves. Always careful to try and filter out any twigs or other debris that could later become dangerous. The old rope swing stayed up year round, but some seasons were favorable. You never knew for sure if it was a good cushion until you tried it. So once I felt I had an adequate collection I would back up as far as I could go. Running and leaping with a mighty push, I would launch into the brisk air.”
Last night I had a dream that my friends and I were being pulled around a lake (in which one end was a shallow indoor pool) by a rope that had some sort of strange throttle mechanism on it. Hanging on to this rope, my friends and I zipped around the lake just enjoying the ride. All of this was fine and grand until we were pulled back into the pool area and we discovered something written on the floor of the pool. I remember getting just close enough to read it, feeling scared because of the way that my friend had shouted about it, and then I woke up.
Enjoy this months Brain Salad.
Yellow Ostrich came to my attention while scouring the interwebz for material for the Brain Salad compilations. I first came across “WHALE” which is a track that starts simply with just some looped vocals and percussion. Lead singer and project mastermind Alex Schaff chimes in with his juvenile and playful voice that he decorates really really well with some light distortion. This adds a really nice grainy, yellowish touch to the music. For the most part, Schaff writes songs that form around looped vocals of some sort, typically densely harmonized as well. His latest release, Mistress, comes after two EP’s – The Morgan Freeman EP, and Fade Cave EP. All of these releases are good, and if you’re into movies and pop culture as much as you are into good music, I highly suggest checking out The Morgan Freeman EP. It is exactly what you might assume it not to be: a collection of songs about or directly relating to Morgan Freeman. Its incredibly entertaining and it really gives you a good idea about what Yellow Ostrich is all about. Other highlights include “Hahahaohhoho” off The Mistress and “Getting Lost/Staying Lost” from the Fade Cave EP. I really really like what Yellow Ostrich has going on, and they’ll be doing a string of dates with Ra Ra Riot, so that would just be an excellent show. So try and catch them if they’re around. They’re playing an excellent ACL Fest this weekend. And I don’t want to talk about how I’m not there. xx
“Get Lost/Staying Lost”[audio http://www.archive.org/download/YellowOstrich/05GettingLost-stayingLost.mp3]
“Morgan Freeman’s Selected Filmography”[audio http://www.archive.org/download/YellowOstrich/05MorganFreemansSelectedFilmography.mp3]
He also has a couple of wonderful covers that you will probably (hopefully) enjoy.
“King of Spain” – Tallest Man on Earth cover[audio http://www.archive.org/download/YellowOstrich/King-of-Spain-The-Tallest-Man-on-Earth-cover.mp3]
“Don’t Haunt this Place” – The Rural Alberta Advantage cover[audio http://www.archive.org/download/YellowOstrich/Dont-Haunt-This-Place-The-Rural-Alberta-Advantage-cover.mp3]
Thanks and enjoy and thanks.
Shabazz Palaces is a hip-hop group on Sub Pop Records (swag) and one of the most on point artists out there right now. Their lyricists articulate delivery and hard-hitting instrumentals have had me vibin’ hard since I first gave him a listen. His song’s typically deal with subject matter far removed from that of most rap and hip-hop acts of today, which is refreshing and extremely appealing. The raw attitude of the lyrics is what hooked me initially, and as I kept listening, it was the songs as a whole that kept me coming back. It’s hard to categorize Shabazz Palaces, and I think that that attests to their straightforward mentality. They seem to do exactly what they want, and thats what keeps the music honest and pure. Songs like “Chuch” and “Blastit” having driving rhythms that instantly create the urge to bob your head, these are the songs you want to blast with the windows down while passing a group of punk middle school hood rats. If you catch my drift. Their use of interesting electronic sounds on their instrumentals really defines their sound. Their extremely creative with their rhythms and I can’t wait to see what these guys throw at us in the future.
32 leaves[audio http://www.archive.org/download/ShabazzPalaces/03-ShabazzPalaces-32Leaves.mp3]
An echo from the hosts that profess infinitum[audio http://www.archive.org/download/ShabazzPalaces/02AnEchoFromTheHostsThatProfessInfinitum.mp3]
Blastit (live from Daytrotter)[audio http://www.archive.org/download/ShabazzPalaces/005-Blastit….mp3]
Swerve… The reeping of all that is worthwhile (Noir not withstanding)[audio http://www.archive.org/download/ShabazzPalaces/10Swerve…TheReepingOfAllThatIsWorthwhilenoirNotWithstanding.mp3]
LIVE AT KEXP Seattle.
Thanks and Enjoy. and thanks.
In the words of Mark Wahlberg, “Brain Salad is my favorite meat.” I couldn’t have said it better myself Marky. This Brain Salad created itself in the midst of what was a very strange month, and I think it reflects that. The mix of greens and veggies and dressing and crunchy squares of bread in this one really create quick a delicious dish. There are parts of this mix that I’ve struggled not to share with you prematurely because iI was so dayum excited about them. Sew much good music came out this month, and it was fun and time-consuming sorting through all of it. But I’ve done it, and I’m confident I’ve done it well. I Sincerely hope you agree. Continue reading
Chiddy Bang is a hip-hop duo comprised of “Chiddy” the rapper and Xaphoon Jones the producer. They first came to my attention because of a freestyle that Chiddy did over the UK rapper Tinie Tempah’s song “Pass Out” instrumental. Immediately I loved his flow and lyricism for creativity and its sheer originality. Also it helped how articulate he was. After picking up more of their material I was impressed with the collabs and the samples they used. Passion Pit features on the song “Truth”, the always lovely Kate Nash’s (love her….) song “Skeleton” is sampled on the hard hitting “Breakfast”. The list goes on, MGMT… Darwin Deez…Radiohead…Gorillaz… Sufjan Stevens… Not to mention I had a Xaphoon Jones remix on a Mansions on the Moon album that I loved. Having been pretty burnt out on most of the Hip-hop I had been hearing, this was quite refreshing. Bottom line, Chiddy Bang is on point with the genre I would consider Indie Hip-hop. From lyrics to production to collabs, Chiddy Bang is doing it right.
For Fans of: Hoodie Allen, The Hood Internet, Childish Gambino