Blogger keeps disappearing my posts. So, we’re trying something new. On the positive side, my posts will hopefully stop disappearing. On the negative side, I can’t figure out how to stream individual tracks. So, for the time being, you’ll just have to download the entire mix at the link above. If anyone wants to help me make this website work better, please let me know!
That said, November was a pretty good month. Thanksgiving is always a winner. And we elected some a new president who isn’t retarded. Bout time.
Albums I liked this month:
- Q-Tip – The Renaissance: Probably my favorite album of the year.
- Jay Reatard – Matador Singles 08: Dude is prolific. I just wish his live versions of songs sounded more like his recorded output.
- The Sea and Cake – Car Alarm: It’s like listening to a cup of hot chocolate. If you like Wilco, do yourself a favor and start listening to the Sea and Cake.
- Madlib – Beat Konducta Vol. 6: Dil Withers Suite: The second volume of Madlib’s ode to Dilla.
- Black Milk – Tronic: The best producer on the mic (at least until Oh No drops a follow up to The Disrupt)
As always, let me know if I missed anything this month:
1) Jay Reatard – See/Saw
“She creeps me out / she crept me in again” Hmm. Sounds like he’s talking about the type of girl who’s hot on some days, and frightening on others. Victoria Beckham comes to mind…
2) The Sea and Cake – Car Alarm
They’re rocking out on this. Yet Sam Prekop’s voice makes the song as comforting as a down quilt on a cold winter morning.
3) Jay Reatard – Painted Shut
Why he never busts out the acoustic guitar at shows, I’ll never know.
4) Iron & Wine – Arms of a Thief
Would have been a stand-out track on The Shepherd’s Dog.
5) The Sea and Cake – Weekend
Those drums and keyboards are damn near techno. Yet Sam Prekop’s voice makes the song as comforting as living in a uterus.
6) Deerhunter – Nothing Ever Happened
I don’t get the critical acclaim for Deerhunter. And I generally don’t care for songs that clock in at nearly 6 minutes. But the extended LCD Soundsystem-sounding ending to this song is nails.
7) DJ Rob 3 – Township Funk
I don’t even know what to call this, but it’s incredible.
8) Esau Mwamwaya – Funa Funa
I don’t know what the lyrics mean, but it sounds like the sound of triumph to me.
9) Curumin – Esperança
I need to go to Brazil. F*ck being cold.
10) Esau Mwamwaya – Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa
A Malawi-an cover of Vampire Weekend. Just what the world was demanding.
11) Q-Tip – Shaka
“Raise your glasses for the lost ones in your life”
12) Von Pea – Hell Yea
If the shelved Von Pea demos are this good, I can’t wait to hear a legit solo album.
13) Black Milk (ft. Fat Ray) – Hell Yeah
Black Milk dominates other producers’ drums. Black Milk does not dominate creative song titles, however.
14) Ruste Juxx (ft. Lil Vic) – Get Up
Speaking of unoriginal song titles. Whatever, it’s a fun song.
15) Black Milk – Try
The beat is sick enough for me to look past the line: “On top of a meal, hundred dollar bills”?
16) Q-Tip – Renaissance Rap
Q-Tip is Jason Bourne? WTF?
17) Felix Lebarty – Girls For Sale
Listen to Felix. Stay away from whores.
18) Mos Def – Ms. Fat Booty (Jay Dee Blend)
Some genius decided to put the Ms. Fat Booty vocals over the U-love donut. Works for me.
19) Madlib – The Sky (Beyond Sight)
20) Q-Tip – Gettin’ Up
This song will forever = November 2008 for me. Constant repeat.
21) Illa J – Timeless
Illa J should stick to singin’. This reminds me of the first time I heard those early Dewle demos.
22) The Donays – Devil In His Heart
It’s been a while since we’ve had some classic soul up here.
23) Madlib – Another Bag of Bomb (No Seeds)
“This bomb is so hot.”
24) Willie Isz – In the Red
An unlikely combo (Khujo Goodie and Jneiro Jarel), but if you like ATLiens-era ‘Kast…