What the hell did I do this month? Where did it go? Is that a sausage pattie wrapped in a waffle?
Oh yeah, I mostly spent my time having this conversation:
— So, are you excited for the wedding?
— Yeah, I guess so.
What a month. Actually, it’s the first month in a long time that I haven’t gotten to a show. I guess I’m saving it up for Hopscotch Festival in two weeks.
In the meantime, here were the albums I was listening to:
- The Budos Band – The Budos Band III: Three albums, all great. An incredibly consistent band. If you need a soundtrack to a spy flick set in Africa, these are your guys.
- Arcade Fire – The Suburbs: I thought Neon Bible suffered from being overly dramatic. The Suburbs is much more subdued and subtle, and I freaking love it. The themes/subject matter have been covered before, but this album hit me at a time in my life for it to really resonate.
- Menomena – Mines: The most underrated band doing it today. Please listen to this album. Then listen to it again and again. It’s a grower, and is well worth your time. Also, they’ll be playing the Cat’s Cradle 10/7.
- Green Llama Crew – Llamaville: Uncut Raw’s First Toke was one of my favorite albums of 2007. This free album, posted up by one of the crew on the Okayplayer message boards, is essentially the long-awaited follow-up. Reminds me of a slightly more bugged out version of Strong Arm Steady (or a slightly less bugged MF Doom).
- Curren$y – Pilot Talk: Dude’s been getting some blog-love for a while now, but I never really saw the appeal in Curren$y as a rapper. I’m still not sure if I do. But dude has an ear for beats and knows how to put together an album. Ski Beatz put together the perfect smoothed-out backdrop for Curren$y’s blunted ramblings. Note to rappers: find a producer you work well with, and stick with him (or her).
Here we go.
1) Fat Joe – Valley of Death
Oh yeah. Joey used to run with DITC and rhyme decently over good beats. That Joey has returned!
2) Slum Village – Earl Flinn
Love hearing Baatin bug out on the first verse. Then Dilla on the hook.
3) The Kid Daytona – On the Hill
New trend: young rappers rhyming over slow, laid back looped up beats. I like it.
4) Green Llama Crew (feat. Tone Liv) – Easy Way
Really should be the last song on the album. Sounds like a victory lap.
6) The Budos Band – Reppirt Yad
Let’s hope the Beatles can’t read backwards since they like to sue people who use their music.
7) Major Lazer (feat. Collie Buddz & Lindi Ortega) – Good Enuff (Cash Flow Dub)
I’d say that this song sounds like summer. But let’s be honest. At 32, I’m not going to any bars or parties anymore that play music that’s this good. It’s mostly just me on my couch with earbuds, or walking to work in the sweltering heat in a suit.
10) Arcade Fire – The Suburbs
Had trouble picking out one song from this album. But the lyric
“So can you understand?
Why I want a daughter while I’m still young
I wanna hold her hand
And show her some beauty
Before this damage is done”
is, for me, the most memorable part of the album.
11) Menomena – BOTE
Had a hell of a time picking one out from this album, too.
12) Curren$y (feat. Snoop Dogg) – Seat Change
On an album full of incredible beats, this one is my favorite. That guitar makes a song about kicking some girl to the curb sound kinda weighty.
13) L.E.$. – Bass
Dude should be getting just about the same hype that Big K.R.I.T. is currently getting.
14) Fat Joe (feat. Rico Love) – No Problems
The other rap trend I love is how lots of producers are now re-purposing (I wouldn’t really call it remixing) classic songs and making new songs that sound awesome. See also Snoops’ “I Wanna Rock.”
15) Rick Ross (ft. Styles P) – B.M.F.
One of the biggest hip-hop songs of the summer, for good reason. Also, let white people know about Big Meech and Larry Hoover.
16) Curren$y – Life Under the Scope
Old-as-hell Real World reference alert: “Like when Beth instigated that situation with Tammy, got David kicked out.”
18) Dam Funk – A Day at the Carnival
I also love that dudes like Dam Funk are still making music like this, and pushing electro-funk into the future.
19) MNDR – Fade to Black
The sign of a great pop song is when it gets stuck in your head, and you still don’t get sick of it. This one’s almost a year old, but it’s new to me (brought to my attention by the boys over at Mixtape Riot).
21) Kelis – 4th of July (Rusko Remix)
Ironically, this sounds like the opposite of a summer song. This one’s cold and icy.