Sorry for the delay. Summers are my busy time at work and my woman got back from 3 months in another country. For some reason, she’d rather talk to me rather than watch me listen to music. To top it off, my dumb ass decided to set a record for the number of songs I put on my iPod this month. You don’t really want to know how many songs that was. I’ll just say this: My name is Nordy, and I have a problem.
Good albums this month:
- Major Lazer – Guns Don’t Kill People…Lazers Do: I still prefer South Rakkas Crew’s The Mix Up, but this is a fun summer album.
- Truck North – Truck Jewels: Rappers. There is no excuse for having crappy beats on a mixtape. You can rhyme over whateverthefuck you want to rhyme over. Props to Truck North for being one of the only dudes out there who seems to get the concept. Banger after banger after banger.
- Wale – Back to the Feature: Despite feeling the need to rap over a couple of boring-ass 9th Wonder beats, Wale pretty much gets the concept, too.
- The Budos Band – The Budos Band EP: They’ve yet to make a bad song.
- Harlem – Free Drugs ;-): As a general rule, I hate bands who title their album “Free Drugs.” And a band who adds a fcuking emoticon in their title? Terrible. But these guys make some of that good, classic garage-rock that I like so much (and need more of now that Oxford Collapse broke up and Black Lips have started doing too many drugs).
As always, let me know if you think I missed anything:
1. Major Lazer (feat. Mr. Vegas & Jovi Rockwell) – Can’t Stop Now
This kind of beach music >>>>> that dreck that middle-aged white North Carolinians call beach music
2. The Very Best (ft. Ezra Koenig) – Warm Heart of Africa
Ezra Koenig + Esau Mwamwaya = two of the best voices in pop music
3. Love Language – Lalita
Even though they’re from here in the Triangle, I’ve avoided them because of their name. Maybe I need to start putting less weight on band names and album titles. I’ll have to check them out in a couple of weeks.
4. Spoon – Got Nuffin
New Spoon. Sounds like the rest of their stuff. Ain’t nothing wrong with that.
5. Grizzly Bear – Two Weeks
Their album bores the hell out of me. Luckily I was at least able to make it to this — the second track on the album — before falling asleep and deleting the rest of the album.
6. Harlem – Beautiful & Very Smart
There’s something a bit charming about lyrics this literal. Enough with love songs about rainbows and metaphors and shit.
8. Clipse (ft. Pharrell) – I’m Good
I wasn’t feeling the softness at first, but man this one has grown on me.
9. Young Jeezy (feat. Lil’ Boosie & Webbie) – Betta Believe It
All for that Boosie Boo verse. He’s quickly becoming one of my favorite rappers. Dude sounds HUNGRY.
10. G-Side – Paradise
Remember what I said above about Budos Band having never made a bad song? Well I’ve yet to hear a bad one from G-Side either. I can’t think of (m)any other hip-hop groups that I can say that about. (courtesy of Blvd St)
11. Ghostface Killah – Forever
“I’m lost in love with nowhere to go / she says I’m a pain in the ass, boy get to the sto / She can say that / cause we best friends, we play together / she carry my left rib therefore we pray together / bury me on top of her in our grave together / cause when she feel pain, I know how to make it better / talks and long walks, communication and parks / understand what she going through I listen with smarts / especially when she’s on her friend / I be open to leave / I have to bite my tongue just to keep from arguin / 6 days of that it’s like, who let the monster in? / after it’s finished, then, I can get on top again / shorty girl’s my oxygen / never catch her gossipin / lookit y’all this my flower, she gonna keep on blossomin’ / long as she is mine and I am hers we gonna ride the wind / this lady here is all for me, I never have to lock her in” (got this one over at Unkut)
12. Bettye LaVette – Let Me Down Easy
Got the pleasure of catching this one live earlier this month (see picture above).
13. The Castaways – Liar, Liar
In record reviews, I kept seeing people write about bands (mostly bands I like) being influenced by the Nuggets series. Finally got around to dipping my toe in that water.
14. Truck North – Gimme A $ign feat. Get Low (R.I.P. J Dilla)
When putting a mixtape together, rapping over Dilla beats is always a good idea.
15. Beyonce – Single Ladies (Ted Smooth Remix)
Who would have thought that the drums from “The Show” would make this song about 800 times more awesome?
16. DJ Class – I’m The Shit
“Is that your girlfriend? I really like her” — listen to this song more than once, and you’ll find yourself singing that randomly.
17. Central Line – Walking Into Sunshine (Original Larry Levan 12” Mix)
Jinglin’ baby. Props to Madvillain_626 for this undeservedly short-lived thread over at The Lesson.
20. Dam-Funk – Killdat a.k.a. Killdatmuthafucka
The perfect music to ride out to.