Trick or treat, smell my feet, give me something good to…listen to? (uh, fucking kill me)
- Divine Fits – A Thing Called Divine Fits: Sounds more like Spoon than Wolf Parade. I like both, and I like this.
- The Sea and Cake – Runner: It’s too cold to sit on the front porch and drink cocktails, so this album is officially the soundtrack of sitting on the back porch in front of the outdoor fireplace and drinking cocktails.
- Thee Oh Sees – Putrifiers II: If I had to just listen to one band for a year, Thee Oh Sees might be my choice.
- Uptown XO – The Color Grey: Straight-up boom-bap. This one came out of nowhere to pleasantly surprise me. Crazy that this one is “just” the mixtape.
- The Fresh & Onlys – Long Slow Dance: Did you like that Magic Trick album I was talking about last month?
- Aesop Rock – Skelethon: Everything dark, weird and dense that you’d expect from an Aesop Rock album.
- Homeboy Sandman – First of a Living Breed: An answer to the “hip-hop is dead” crowd.
On to the mix.
1) Thee Oh Sees – Wax Face
2) Divine Fits – Would That Not Be Nice
Spoon fans should all agree that this is definitely nice.
3) The Sea and Cake – Harps
As much as I love these guys, I had to pass when they came through Chapel Hill last month. They’re more of a “listen to someplace comfortable” band rather than a “get excited enough to drive 40 minutes to Chapel Hill and stay up til 1 in the morning on a Tuesday” type of band.
4) Mark Ronson – Glass Mountain Trust (feat. D’Angelo) (B. Bravo & Teeko Re-Funk)
Been a while since we’ve brought you some dirty electro-funk.
5) Purity Ring – Obedear
Fucking love this beat. The first 58 seconds before the vocals kick in are my favorite thing this month.
6) Toddla T – Cherry Pickling
7) Liars – Point Your Pistols to the Sigh
The official October “Song That You Better Not Listen To In the Car, Lest You Start Driving Like a Fucking Maniac”.
8) Aesop Rock – Saturn Missiles
Aesop Rock is pretty much the Liars of hip-hop.
9) Uptown XO – Media Lies
“but don’t blame me for tryin’ to bury, all the devils and pissin’ in their cemeteries” is a good reminder that I’ve yet to make the trip a couple of blocks away to piss on Jesse Helms’ final resting place.
10) Freddie Gibbs – Tell a Friend (feat. Curren$y)
Producers DJ Izzo & Matterafact (yeah, I’ve never heard of them either) did their thing. “Tell a Friend” > “Scottie Pippens”
11) Homeboy Sandman – Not Really
Not the greatest example of Sand’s rappity rap skillz (he’s got them in spades, trust), but a great example that dude knows how to write songs (in addition to being able to rap his ass off).
12) Blu – Lemonade
13) The Wurxs – Stoned Soul
This is the prettiest hip-hop song I’ve heard in a while.
15) Dum Dum Girls – Lord Knows
Destined for the soundtrack on some shitty no-plot indie movie where there’s a hipster girl who cries. But it’s still a damn good song.
16) Mac DeMarco – Freaking Out The Neighborhood
There’s something about the sound of his guitar that reminds me of several early 80s songs…none of which I can place my finger on. Definite ear worm of a song.
17) Dirty Projectors – Offspring Are Blank
Offspring are also something I’m glad to not have to worry about. Also, for what it’s worth, The Offspring are something that I’m glad I’don’t have to worry about anymore.
18) Menomena – Heavy Is As Heavy Does
As someone with a great dad, I feel a bit guilty liking this song about having a shitty dad. Can’t relate but still like.
19) The Fresh & Onlys – Foolish Person
“I don’t wanna be a fool any more, and walk into another glass door” is easily my favorite opening line of the month. There’s not much better in life than watching someone walk into a glass door.
20) Thee Oh Sees – Lupine Dominus