Upcoming Attractions 2008: Vol. 6

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23 juin 2008, 7h16m



In trying to stay honest with myself, I have to admit that I’ve been operating on minimal activity mode these last few weeks since the semester let out. I’m still currently bumming around in-between part-timers, so most of my time is spent eating, intermittently working out, playing Mario Kart Wii or Super Smash Bros.: Brawl, and cruising the web. This wouldn’t be completely annoying if it weren’t for the fact that – especially for the last couple of weeks – I haven’t really been reading or researching anything particularly constructive online, either.

Beforehand, I used to dedicate a lot of my online activity on CNN.com, The New York Times and a couple select blogs by political pundits for their presidential election coverage. If I wasn’t doing that, I was usually scanning my 6 or 7 other music-related websites for miscellaneous news artists or album releases. But ever since Senator Barack Obama was able to clinch the Democratic nomination earlier this month, my interest in politics has noticeably waned. Similarly, I haven’t felt very motivated in keeping tabs on upcoming releases, and even my interest in new music is somewhat suffering from both a largely stagnant, disappointing ’08 scene and a bloated queue of recently-acquired records that I haven’t really mustered up the fascination to pound through quite yet. And on top of that, my 2007 year-end list still isn’t done yet.

This is probably one of those inexplicable and contradictory instances in my life where I truly do have way too much free time on my hands for my own good. I’m hoping that this pending job and a trip back down to Dallas for my buddy Jeremy’s wedding in a couple of weeks will reinvigorate my pursuit in, um, doing things again.

On a related tangent, I fear that American politics have entered a lackluster phase of glaringly trivial news blurbs and occasionally lopsided outbursts by one candidate detailing how narrow-minded or hypocritical the other one is regarding this and that policy issue. Perhaps this can be directly attributed to the fact that the Obama camp has (prudently) maintained a largely defensive posture throughout the majority of the Democratic nomination process against Hillary Clinton; however, pitting this stance against the still-shockingly obstinate, mono-dimensional campaign approach of Republican conservatism unfortunately makes for severely dull politics. It’s arguable that I just think it’s boring because the Obama camp more or less has my fixed vote in November at this point, but there aren’t really any notable policy conflicts between these two candidates that I find very intriguing at all.

I guess my current disinterest can also be chalked up to the fact that the Republican Party has engendered a balking distrust in me so severe over these last 7 and half years, that it’s effectively repelled me from even the objective consideration of a non-Democratic nominee. It’s difficult to admit how biased the logic I used to arrive at this decision is, but the Bush Administration’s astonishing level of head-scratching ineptitude on both fronts of international relations and fundamental bureaucratic micromanagement at home has been (perhaps irreparably) damaging to our economy, security, and national credibility as a competent sovereign state. Once upon a time, I would have voted for John McCain in a heartbeat, Democrat or not. Now, I want to be able to vote for a candidate who not only has a realistic chance of winning, but is also outfitted with the resources to succeed in the long run.

Hillary acted like a skank sometimes, but her fiery vigor for offense-oriented politics never failed to make for exciting headlines.

Moving along, the two biggest movies I’ve seen so far this season have been Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk.

Iron Man was enjoyable, as expected: Robert Downey, Jr. turns in probably the most accurate depiction of a once-carefree billionaire playboy in Tony Stark that appropriately fit the bill of the film’s origin framework. Alternatively, it took me about a week to get over the initial buzz of seeing the flick, but once that wore off, it definitely seemed considerably less like the movie that was being described as the greatest comic book movie adaptation ever. There’s an undeniable presence of a Hollywood editing hand through the movie, something that both the special effects and the plot’s predictable narrative trajectory betrays. Suspension of disbelief aside, Tony Stark’s miraculous leaps in quantum science as well as his seamless transition into the rigors of being an armored superhero jars at logic more often than it should, and even Downey’s portrayal – just when it seems like his character is about to elevate to the third dimension – sometimes drowns himself in a flurry of punchy one-liners. Regardless, Downey’s interpretation of the source material is mostly impeccable, and the magnetism behind his performance easily makes Iron Man great, and may very well the movie’s biggest draw.

Having said this, I’m still surprised at what I’m about to say next: I enjoyed The Incredible Hulk more than Iron Man. Granted, I headed into the viewing with significantly lowered expectations – I wasn’t too fond of Ang Lee’s version, nor was I pleased to hear that Edward Norton himself was disappointed with the final cut of the movie. But despite that, I was amazed at how easy it was to get lost in the film’s immaculate balance of fine-tuned character development and riveting action. The storyline of the movie is arguably The Incredible Hulk’s least important component, but the movie mostly benefits from this simplicity. Bruce Banner’s slow-boiling trials with his rage and mutation really seemed as if it were a legitimate struggle, and the relatively small gains the Hulk makes in both cogent speech and rational decision-making at the end of the movie seem like monumental payoffs for the character. It also had something that Iron Man lacked – a bad-ass third act.

On a numeric rating scale, the differences probably seem negligible at the end of the day, but I won’t hesitate to give both movies my full-fledged recommendation.

In the meantime, if any of you scrubs want to challenge me to an online match of Brawl or a race in Mario Kart Wii, take a few moments to consider your request with the gravest of gravity: is a broken spirit and a shattered self-confidence in your ability to compete is worth the risk of going toe-to-toe with a legend?

That’s what I thought.

♫ JUNE

2 June
1.AlphabeatThis is Alphabeat

[A fun, bouncy indie pop outfit from Denmark. I don’t always enjoy this kind of thing, but I’ll take what I can get at this point in the year.]

3 June
2.AshantiThe Declaration
3.JewelPerfectly Clear
4.LadytronVelocifero
5.Aimee Mann@#%&*! Smilers
6.WeezerWeezer

[Unsurprisingly, Ashanti’s latest effort ended up being a complete drag. I’m beginning to think her career will never recover. As far as Weezer goes, I’m similarly convinced that I’ll probably never be able to enjoy these guys. Maybe Rivers Cuomo ought to take a short break from being such a archetypal narcissistic dick-hole ravaged by premature fame and a bloated sense of self-importance so he can consider taking the most important advice he ever gave anyone: get Timbaland to produce your next record. Seriously, stop making music.]

10 June
7.The BoxmastersThe Boxmasters
8.Jakob DylanSeeing Things
9.Emmylou HarrisAll I Intended to Be
10.Joan as Police WomanTo Survive
11.Lil’ WayneTha Carter III
12.My Morning JacketEvil Urges
13.Alanis MorisetteFlavors of Entanglement
14.N.E.R.D.Seeing Sounds
15.Martha WainwrightI Know You’re Married But I’ve Got Feelings, Too

[The Boxmasters is Billy Bob Thornton’s latest country project and a strong contender for worst record of 2008.

Jakob Dylan’s solo excursion is predictably frothy and shallow, devoid of even the simple lyrical elegance that he reputably made a staple of in earlier records with The Wallflowers. It’s a real unfortunate artistic decline from an artist I used to really enjoy listening to.

Emmylou Harris sneaks up on us with an obligatory late-career covers album. I’m not usually crazy about this format (unless your name is Mandy Moore and your most creative record happens to be stuffed with excellent renditions of pop favorites), but it could be a lot worse than what the album actually is: serviceably pleasant.

After much deliberation, Lil’ Wayne’s Tha Carter III is, miles and away, the best hip-hop record to come out this year. As with many rap records, it’s not without its flaws; it could be contended that the record suffers from sounding a little too glossy for a Lil’ Wayne album, and it closes a generally successful listening experience with a trio of misplaced stinkers (including a compulsory, nearly 10-minute hip-hop monologue about nothing but bullshit), but top-shelf production and a torrent of droll and deft punch-lines allow the most hyped hip-hop record of the last 2 years to stick its landing. It might not be the best thing he’s ever put out, but I don’t think there’s any other hip-hop artist as weird and prolific as Lil’ Wayne that’s more deserving of having the first Billboard entry to clear the 1 million unit mark in a 1-week period for the first time in over 3 years. Props to ya, you sinfully unattractive little man.

Alanis’ Flavors of Entanglement is not very good.

Somewhere else in the hip-hop sector, the brilliance of a production genius lurks in the darkness, trapped in the recesses of Pharrell’s body. You would think that after a teeth-pullingly terrible case of the sophomore slump on N*E*R*D’s Fly or Die, an inexcusably repulsive solo debut, and countless of tracks he’s ruined with his tuneless falsetto that the guy would catch the drift and let someone else more qualified shine on the hook of one of his jams. What we have instead is Seeing Sounds, a cluster-fuck of a rock album that cloys more than it amuses. As usual, N*E*R*D’s strongest suit in varying and detailed production is squandered by Pharrell’s indulgent impulse to step behind the mic – would it really surprise you that much if I told you that two of the record’s best songs are coincidentally the ones that hit the hardest and features no real singing on Pharrell’s part? The egos of renowned hip-hop producers are strange and immutable things, indeed. In small doses, The Neptunes’ newfound penchant for rock production can be a genuinely agreeable sensation; their 2 or 3 tracks on The Hives’ most recent album are supremely well-done, and Chad Hugo’s bits on Ashlee Simpson’s Bittersweet World were even a few notches above functional. Honestly, the only thing standing in the way from The Strokes possible making a great rock record with The Neptunes is Pharrell’s narcissism. I guess time will dictate how this one plays out…

17 June
16.ColdplayViva la Vida or Death and All His Friends
17.Wolf ParadeAt Mount Zoomer

[Although Viva la Vida benefits greatly from Brian Eno’s production hand, Coldplay still manages to completely suck. I tried really hard this time, too.]

19 June
18.Girl TalkFeed the Animals

[One of the most transcendent moments in mash-up history is featured on ‘Still Here’ from Gregg Gillis’ Feed the Animals – the song features brilliant beat-mixing interplay with Teddy Riley’s syrupy introductory vocals to Blackstreet’s biggest hit, ‘No Diggity’, over the hypnotic slow-burn of Kanye West’s ‘Flashing Lights’. The album has a few other ingenious moments like this, although none of them pack quite the same wallop. Occasionally, Gillis shifts gears too fast and doesn’t allow some of the better instances of phrasing and beat-matching a proper opportunity to congeal, and some of the mash-ups just don’t work very well together; but you’d be hard-pressed not to consider this a generally seamless listen from a record based solely on being a patchwork of previously existing songs.]

24 June
19.DweleSketches of a Man
20.Sigur RosMeð suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust
21.Sam SparroSam Sparro
22.Three 6 MafiaLast 2 Walk
23.The Watson TwinsFire Songs

[I’m sort of looking forward to new Three 6 material. Everything else here is sorta blah.]

♫ JULY

1 July
24.G-UnitTerminate on Sight
25.Vanessa HudgensIdentified

[Should I lie and not admit that I’m deathly excited for a new Vanessa Hudgens record?]

8 July
26.BeckModern Guilt
27.The GameL.A.X.
28.Mike JonesThe Voice of the Streets

[Reductively speaking, I’m interested in seeing whether or not Beck is able to break the gradual monotony of getting progressively worse with each album. Alternatively, I’m genuinely fascinated at what kind of political ruminations The Game might have in store for us. By my count, he’s never put out a truly bad album, which is more than I can say about his former compatriot, 50 Cent.]

15 July
29.David BannerThe Greatest Story Ever Told
30.The Hold Steady Stay Positive
31.NasNas

[So how does Nas deal with being stripped of his right of titling his upcoming record Nigger? – he sidesteps the matter completely and releases a new album sleeve featuring his bare upper back with a series of whip lacerations patterning the letter “N.” Totally, mind-fuckingly brilliant. This isn’t even mentioning that he’s even got a truly awesome lead single attached to one of his projects for a change (Nas serves up another lyrically sprawling monologue while Polow Da Don continues to blaze a path of dominance in the production realm on ‘Hero’). God save us if this album ends up sucking too, however.

22 July
32.Dr. DogFate
33.EspersEspers

[Espers is the only reason I continue to believe that not all instances of freak folk are created equal. These guys are far and away the best in their class.]

29 July
34.Young JeezyThe Recession

[The beat to ‘Put On’ is pretty cool, even though Jeezy still sounds lazy as hell, and even though Kanye ruins the entire thing with his T-Pain-aping vocoder effects. I’m not expecting too much out of this one.]

♫ AUGUST

5 August
35.The FaintFasciinatiion
36.Hawthorne HeightsFragile Future
37.Ne-YoYear of the Gentleman
38.Conor OberstConor Oberst

[I’m really not crazy about any of these upcoming releases.]

12 August
39.T.I.Paper Trail

[T.I.’s upcoming reality show is probably going to consume my life.]

19 August
40.Lykke LiYouth Novels
41.Ice CubeRaw Footage
42.NellyBrass Knuckles
43.The WalkmenYou & Me

[With how great ‘Party People’ is, I’m not sure if pushing Brass Knuckles back this late into the summer is a very smart move. You’re conceivably going to need a second single to fill the void while people mark time for this album to drop, and I can’t imagine anything else being quite as awesome as ‘Party People.’ I’ll hold my breath, I suppose.]

26 August
44.Missy ElliottBlock Party
45.Solange KnowlesSol-Angel and the Hadley Street Dreams
46.Pretty Ricky80s Babies

[Missy’s never had a particularly strong penchant for creative album titles, but I’m fine with settling with this, considering some of the asinine options that were getting tossed around by in previous fan submissions. As for the bad news, three singles from this oft-delayed set have already leaked or dropped, and none of them (even the Danja-helmed ‘Best Best’) are very captivating. I love and respect Missy Elliott as one of the most premiere rappers in the game period – and not just “for a female” – but I’m not very confident she’ll be able to completely snap her drought of weak-sauce singles at the moment, even though she has all the resources to do so.

Solange Knowles, on the other hand, is possibly poised to release the winsome Freemasons remix of ‘I Decided’ stateside as the lead single, as opposed to the original mellower (read: more boring) version by The Neptunes. I’m curious to hear how the rest of this R&B/throwback slant on her album plays out.]

♫ SEPTEMBER

9 September
47.CalexicoCarried to Dust
48.Ray LaMontagneGossip in the Grain
49.TrickyKnowle West Boy

[Truth be told, I don’t have much to say other than I’m excited at the prospect of a new Tricky album.]

16 September
50.Fujiya & MiyagiLightbulbs
51.MorisseyYears of Refusal
52.MyaLiberation
53.The Pussycat DollsDoll Domination

[So, it seems that official word on Nicole Scherzinger and all related projects is that she’ll be resuming Pussycat Doll duty full-time again for the upcoming release of Doll Domination, while the current version of her solo debut will be scrapped in favor of something – I presume – more listenable next year. In a pop climate that revolves around relentless aural consumption and instant gratification, this is probably the best move that she could have made. Nicole is a talented singer and performer, and not a single one of her songs, leaked or otherwise, really did her any justice.

I guess you could also say I’m mildly intrigued at the idea of new Fujiya & Miyagi material.]

23 September
54.Dido
55.Keri HilsonIn a Perfect World

[These dates are still largely tentative. Both these chicks need to get a move on, pronto.]

24 September
56.EverlastLove, War and the Ghost of Whitey Ford

[ORLY?]

29 September
57.Mercury RevSnowflake Midnight

[Yay, yay, yay!]

30 September
58.T-PainThr33 Ringz

[I can see Billboard creating an entirely new category dedicated to T-Pain associated jams, titled the T-Pain Hot 500. Or the House of T-Pain. Or Shawty’s Jukebox.]

~ To Be Announced ~

A
59.A Camp
60.Paula Abdul
61.Ambulance Ltd
62.AnnieDon’t Stop [July 2008]
63.Antony & the JohnsonsThe Crying Light [January 2009]
64.Melissa Auf Der MaurOut of Our Minds
65.The Avalanches

B
66.Sophie Barker
67.Basement Jaxx
68.Beyonce
69.Big BoiSir Luscious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty August 2008
70.Big KuntryMy Turn to Eat [March 2008]
71.Black Eyed Peas
72.Blur
73.The Boy Least Likely To
74.Michelle BranchEverything Comes and Goes
75.Built to Spill
76.Laura Burhenn
77.Busta RhymesBlessed
78.Buttonhead

[Michelle Branch is slated to drop a new solo record sometime this year, continuing in a similar vein set off by her project with The Wreckers. Although pleasant, I’m hoping for something a little less mainstream sounding on the second go.]

C
79.Isobel Campbell
80.Neko Case
81.Cassie [September 2008]
82.JC ChasezKate
83.CiaraFantasy Ride [October 2008]
84.Leonard Cohen
85.CommonInvincible Summer [July 2008]
86.Bill CosbyState of Emergency

[Common’s reportedly aiming for a fun, summery dance joint on his upcoming album, but his first single, ‘Universal Mind Control,’ doesn’t really showcase anything that made Common likable in previous lifetimes. The futuristic beat by The Neptunes is definitely at odds with the man’s typical style, and he just sounds horribly misplaced on a club jam. Oh, well – after his last album, I guess there’s really nowhere else to go but up at this point.]

D
87.Britt Daniel
88.Dave Matthews Band
89.DeerhunterMicrocastle
90.Dells
91.Doves [2008]
92.Dr. DreDetox

[June has come and almost gone, Señor Dre. My patience is wearing thin!]

E
93.Eagles of Death MetalHeart On
94.EveHere I Am

F
95.Final FantasyHeartland
96.Franz Ferdinand
97.Fugees

G
98.Garbage
99.Goo Goo Dolls
100.David Gray

H
101.Imogen Heap
102.Whitney Houston

I
103.India.ArieTestimony: Vol. 2, Love & Politics

J
104.Ja RuleThe Mirror
105. Michael Jackson
106.JemDown to Earth [September 2008]

K
107.R. Kelly12 Play: Fourth Quarter [Summer 2008]
108.Dawn Kinnard

[Congratulations to Mr. Kelly for being acquitted of all 14 various charges of child pornography are in order, for sure. I was afraid I was never going to hear another jam like ‘I’m a Flirt’ ever again, but I’m glad that my fears were premature at best.]

L
109.Lady GagaThe Fame [July 2008]
110.Jenny Lewis
111.Lil JonCrunk Rock
112.Lil’ Kim
113.LudacrisTheater of the Mind [September 2008]

[Ludacris is apparently collaborating with Good Charlotte on his next record. This is all I have to comment on.]

M
114.Shirley Manson
115.Massive AttackWeather Underground
116.Metric
117.Janelle MonaeMetropolis [September 2008]
118.My Bloody Valentine
119.My Chemical Romance

N

O
120.Karen O
121.OK Go
122.Outkast

P
123.The Pixies
124.Lisa Marie Presley
125.George Pringle
126.The ProdigyThe Last Gang in Town

[A new set by The Prodigy is apparently just around the corner – they’ve been reportedly debuting a slew of new songs on their most recent tour.]

R
127.RahzelGreatest Knockouts: The Album, Vol. 2
128.Kate Rogers BandBeauregard [October 2008]

[The new album by Kate Rogers and her new band is wonderful. I wonder if anyone’s even heard of her?]


S
129.Raphael Saddiq
130.Nicole ScherzingerHer Name is Nicole
131.Shiny Toy GunsSeason of Poison
132.Jessica Simpson
133.SisqoThe Last Dragon
134.Rachel Stevens
135.The StreetsEverything is Borrowed
136.Sunday MunichFlood

T
137.TimbalandShock Value II

U

V

W
138.Sara Watkins

Y
139.Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Commentaires

  • Le_THieN

    [b]nativeseduction[/b]: [quote]...I fucking love this year so far. Seriously.[/quote] This is fucking ridonkulous! [quote]Didn't know Emmylou has a new one. I'll have to check that out.[/quote] Tell me about it. I didn't even hear about it until 2 or 3 days it dropped. And like I said, I don't have a very delicate barometer when it comes to covers records (I had my bridges burned pretty badly most recently with Cat Power's [i]Jukebox[/i]), but it's not bad at all. And thanks for the ups. I still get roughly the same amount of traffic thanks to journal linking, but not very many people feel compelled to drop a comment these days. It wouldn't be such a big deal if the journal recommendations weren't so broke as hell - I still attribute that to the single most reason our community got murdered. =(

    23 juin 2008, 8h02m
  • MrModernRock

    [quote]And thanks for the ups. I still get roughly the same amount of traffic thanks to journal linking, but not very many people feel compelled to drop a comment these days. It wouldn't be such a big deal if the journal recommendations weren't so broke as hell - I still attribute that to the single most reason our community got murdered. =([/quote] I have a couple ideas for journals floating around in my head, but I don't feel like putting forth the effort when only a handful of comments (possibly less) are made. Honestly it takes me at least an hour to put together even the simplest of my journals (and I'd expect you spent a great deal of time on each of these upcoming attraction journals, too) and it simply isn't worth it anymore. Recommending reading being completely shut-off has definitely cut the wrists of the community here for me. Its sad that you have to message or shout an update to your compatriots on here whenever you post something new. And 2008 is over for me now as far as new releases go. Since I've started actively buying music about 5 years, 2008 is definitely the slowest year for me. I don't even know if I will have bought 10 albums released in 2008, much less have a decent top 10. My top 5 is fine, but everything after that is just meh. Coincidently, 2008 might take the cake as far as concerts go for me. In August I'm going to see B.B. King and in September I'll be seeing My Morning Jacket and The Drive-By Truckers. Despite MMJ's lackluster album, I'm still super excited because they put on a great opening act when I saw Pearl Jam two years ago.

    23 juin 2008, 23h40m
  • Chamberk

    Gotta agree with you - this year is horrendously and really slow. I've been seriously digging to find SOMETHING worth listening to. It's pretty telling that I've gone by the wide-release date for Bon Iver just so I can have a legitimately great album on my list this year.

    24 juin 2008, 4h53m
  • Le_THieN

    [b]MrModernRock[/b]: [quote]have a couple ideas for journals floating around in my head, but I don't feel like putting forth the effort when only a handful of comments (possibly less) are made. Honestly it takes me at least an hour to put together even the simplest of my journals (and I'd expect you spent a great deal of time on each of these upcoming attraction journals, too) and it simply isn't worth it anymore. Recommending reading being completely shut-off has definitely cut the wrists of the community here for me. Its sad that you have to message or shout an update to your compatriots on here whenever you post something new.[/quote] Yeah, towards the end, I had to resort to just bookmarking entire profile pages to keep track of everyone's shit. They've been letting subscribers beta test the upcoming new site these last few weeks (long story short, it looked [i]a lot[/i] worse than it does now), and I bitched about the lack of emphasis on journals on the forums, but I fear my voice went unheard - mostly because I really think they just don't give a shit. [quote]Coincidently, 2008 might take the cake as far as concerts go for me. In August I'm going to see B.B. King and in September I'll be seeing My Morning Jacket and The Drive-By Truckers. Despite MMJ's lackluster album, I'm still super excited because they put on a great opening act when I saw Pearl Jam two years ago.[/quote] Everyone's been doggin' on that new MMJ joint, but I actually rather enjoy it. It's mostly a chore to listen to because of its sheer length, but I really liked some of the weirder, less country-sounding bits. [b]Chamberk[/b]: [quote]Gotta agree with you - this year is horrendously and really slow. I've been seriously digging to find SOMETHING worth listening to. It's pretty telling that I've gone by the wide-release date for Bon Iver just so I can have a legitimately great album on my list this year.[/quote] I should probably clarify that I don't necessarily think this year is absolutely shit - just that I'll probably have to dig harder for a lot more knockouts this time around. I've got a handful of releases from this year that I truly adore, but I'm just disappointed at how some of my other highly anticipated releases haven't really held up.

    24 juin 2008, 5h17m
  • MrModernRock

    I've been looking for music - all the good stuff was just made prior to 2008 and that is what I've been listening to mostly. :)

    25 juin 2008, 2h24m
  • Le_THieN

    [b]nativeseduction[/b]: [quote]You guys need to stop reading P4K and spend more time on blogs/Dusted. Maybe it's entirely my taste but my success rate is much higher now that I've only been reading those types of sources. I even love 2007 now. Expand yr horizons etc. You're on the internets, find your music. There's no reason to stop at the mainstream/indie mainstream for new stuff.[/quote] There are so many things blatantly wrong and presumptuous about this proclamation; where do I start? The expression of disappointment shouldn't be inherently equated to some overblown sentiment that signifies that the rest of this year will be lackluster, as well. In my personal case, I merely feel like a mild victim of circumstance - the bands and artists whose releases I was previously excited to hear have simply turned out to be underwhelming in most cases. I like to at least think that my tastes, although more [i]pop[/i]-leaning than anything else, arguably encompasses a diverse array of styles and sub-genres - including instances of artists on the fringe of your precious experimental noise. Even if you refuse to take [i]that[/i] into consideration, your comments still beg the following question: Why do you isolate this as a phenomenon exclusive to the mainstream and indie music scenes? That's fine if you personally loathe these "things" that I currently still have in listening rotation; it was, after all, your sole choice to make to eschew all the Bob Dylans and Leonard Cohens and whatever else you consider garbage these days out of your musical diet. But to elevate your own personal taste to this upper echelon of infallible greatness by proxy of the fact that you visit blogs and e-zines that specialize in music inaccessible to laymen is, at best, fucking absurd. Likewise, the implication that you'll always have a 100% success ratio with Dusted recommendations is equally amusing.

    26 juin 2008, 20h05m
  • MrModernRock

    Oh snaps. MORTAL KOMBAT!!!!

    27 juin 2008, 0h57m
  • Le_THieN

    [b]nativeseduction[/b]: [quote]Even if that stuff is boring to you there's still so much coming out in every genre to discover that giving up mid-year seems ridiculous to me (especially when MrModernRock says he probably hasn't heard a dozen albums)[/quote] Okay, I appreciate the clarification. =) To be honest, I wasn't really sure who you were talking to, but the remark seemed fairly applicable to me anyway so I thought I'd take it upon myself to go on defense. Likewise, I didn't mean to be a dick about it. I've done the whole "mainstream sucks" song and dance with tons of other people since being on Last.FM, so I thought it was unusual that you might have been taking similar jabs, that's all. [quote]Again I'm not seeing a whole lot they'd cover on your list.[/quote] That's fair - although that's exactly why I was inquiring you and Paul about that stuff. Neither of you have ever actually steered me into anything outright horrendous (on the contrary, most of it has been rather pleasant), but most of them will probably remain hovering outside of the Top 50 simply because of the sheer depth of my charts. Anyway, I'll get back to you soon on your shoutbox recs.

    27 juin 2008, 4h15m
  • senorwoohoo

    Although we disagree a lot, I love reading these.

    28 juin 2008, 1h24m
  • Le_THieN

    [b]senorwoohoo[/b]: [quote]Although we disagree a lot, I love reading these[/quote] Maybe you should start voicing your disagreements. =)

    28 juin 2008, 3h13m
  • MrModernRock

    Its not like I'm not going to stop welcoming music for the rest of the year. Most of the artists that I was looking forward to releasing new albums this year either have already or haven't commented on any set dates, so that's taken a lot of air out of my balloon anyway. You know me, I'm always looking for new stuff to listen to, but I've really cut down on the amount of time I spend listening to music at home for various reasons, which in turn limits the number of albums I listen to regularly. Coincidentally, this year I've just been getting into a lot more older stuff than in previous years and so I haven't been keeping my ear to the 2008 door. Not to mention that financially I can't hear every album I want (and last year is partially to blame for this, fyi) because I have very weird, personal rules about downloading music off the internetz, but most simply because I like the pretty booklets, the snazzy cases/packs, and I just like having a hard-copy lying around. Back to the point, though. I've been in a weird slump this year, not really digging a lot of the different stuff I usually do. For the past 3-4 months, I've been on a country tangent, so all the new hip-hop releases that are garnering a lot of favor are bookmarked for now, along with all the other T Bone Burnetts, Old 97s, Vampire Weekends, Tokyo Police Clubs etc. Ya dig? Just FOR NOW, 2008 seems lackluster, much in the same way that for you Aaron, 2007 seemed lackluster last year at the time. Plus, you know I like me some impressions before hand and with the journals being down, I've just not mustered up enough energy to slapping a journal together and then parading around like Paul Revere. :) I promise, one by....Sunday night so check it. It'll be a coming back party. *Hugz*

    28 juin 2008, 6h03m
  • senorwoohoo

    I'll make comments when I feel like it! Ha, jk, I was just feeling lazy last night. For example, I felt like the new Nas that I've heard has been rather disappointing, mostly because of the production. And I know this makes me gay, per the joke from [i]The 40-Year-Old Virgin[/i], but I like the new Coldplay.

    28 juin 2008, 12h15m
  • dwolfson20

    1. 2008 does kind of suck. 2. New Blur record? Explain please! 3. The Kanye-Blackstreet mix-up was CLASSIC.

    29 juin 2008, 22h24m
  • dwolfson20

    Oh, Aaron, glad to see you back. You better drop me some sweet shit as well.

    29 juin 2008, 22h31m
  • dwolfson20

    It used to be, a band had to be at a certain level before anyone outside their immediate family would hear them. Now, I think the relative ease of getting your music out there has led to a rise in the amount of bullshit that must be waded through to get to the good stuff. It gets frustrating, but I agree that you have to push through. It's worth it. That said, I think Hanson is correct that many anticipated releases from the usual sources have tanked lately, leading to a bad perception of the current climate.

    29 juin 2008, 23h11m
  • dwolfson20

    Oh yeah, last thing: Cool Kids EP > Tha Carter III

    29 juin 2008, 23h57m
  • Le_THieN

    [b]senorwoohoo[/b]: [quote]And I know this makes me gay, per the joke from The 40-Year-Old Virgin, but I like the new Coldplay.[/quote] Nah, almost everyone I've ever met likes Coldplay - they're just not usually my bag, that's all. =) [b]dwolfson20[/b]: [quote]2. New Blur record? Explain please![/quote] I had read in an interview some time ago that Damon Albarn was either trying to get the crew back together, or that he wanted to hit the studio soon, or both. [quote]Oh yeah, last thing: Cool Kids EP > Tha Carter III[/quote] I respectfully disagree. My beef with them is mostly just an aesthetic divergence, but there's nothing really that unique about their brand of hollow, too-cool-for-school narcissism; at the end of the day, it's neither engaging or remotely entertaining. I realize that a majority of hip-hop is built on self-proclamation and being your own best public relations manager, but these Cool Kids really seem to have a lot of difficulty mustering up any sort of convincing presence on the pathway they've opted to take. This might even be more forgivable if these guys were at least doing something slightly inventive with their simple lyrical approach, but this is hardly the case. Alternatively, their sparse production is probably the best thing they've got going for him, but the lack of variety behind their static minimalism end up hurting them over the course of the 10-track EP. Everything seems to run together after the first track.

    30 juin 2008, 18h24m
  • senorwoohoo

    OK, so I was wrong about "Hero". The beat is miles ahead of what I thought I had listened to, which was actually "Black President". Polow da Don did a fantastic job with "Hero" and I find myself playing that track more than any other off the Nas mixtape; I refuse to listen to the leak. And as much as I want to like "Black President", the marching band snare bares too much of a resemblance to Lupe Fiasco's "Little Weapon", which was crafted by Patrick Stump. While Lupe's track is good enough, "Black President", for me, is another case of Nas picking a shitty beat.

    9 jui. 2008, 13h05m
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