I love me some November. It’s cold and dark, and suddenly I find myself busting out my old Wu-Tang, BCC, and Def Jux albums. East coast street rap just sounds better in the cold.
But, man, can we get rid of daylight savings time already? I’ll never understand why we can’t just pick a fucking time and run with it!
Anyways, on to the good albums:
- Clinic – Bubblegum: I understand if they aren’t your bag. But there’s something I like about these guys, even though they’re not particularly flashy or exciting. They’re just pleasantly consistent and mildly creepy.
- The War on Drugs – Future Weather EP: I realize I’m in the minority, but War on Drugs without Kurt Vile > Kurt Vile without War on Drugs.
Honorable mention goes out to Spec Boogie, Aloe Blacc, and Waka Flocka Flame(!). Notably absent is the new Kanye. Don’t even get me started on that bloated mess. I don’t understand why so many people are pretending to like this crap.
On to the good stuff:
2) Danny Brown – Guitar Solo
Dude sounds like Young Zee version 2.0.
5) Henny (ft. Yelawolf & Pill) – I’m a Freek
Don’t know anything about this Henny dude, but getting Yelawolf and Pill on your song is a guaranteed way to get me to check your shit. And the guest verses aren’t wasted. Beat’s cool, and Henny holds his own.
7) Rye Rye (ft. M.I.A.) – Sunshine
Not exactly a November song.
8) Mark Morrison – Return of the Mack (C&J Edit)
Another certified summer song. But last month’s inclusion of “My Boo” reminded me that I didn’t have “Return of the Mack” on my iPod either.
9) Nu Shooz – I Can’t Wait
The sound guy played this song immediately after Menomena finished their set at Cat’s Cradle…and everyone started dancing! There’s some strange undeniable force with this song that can compel hipsters to dance, even though all the lights are on and people are being ushered out the door.
10) The Intelligence – Estate Sale
When you don’t have anything to say about a song, post a picture:
11) The Fresh & Onlys – Be My Hooker
Not a very successful pick-up line.
13) The War on Drugs – Baby Missiles
Since these guys always get compared to Bob Dylan, does that mean I need to start listening to Dylan?
14) Clinic – Bubblegum
Despite my love of Clinic’s consistently creepy sound, this one stands out for being pretty light and non-creepy.
15) The Morning Benders – Outlaw Blues
Since I really like this song, does that mean I need to start listening to Dylan? In all seriousness, advice on good Bob Dylan songs is welcome.
16) The Bees – No More Excuses
18) Clinic – Baby
This lullaby will give your baby nightmares.
19) Aloe Blacc – Life So Hard
I know music critics only like songs about how hard Kanye West’s life is, but they should give this one a listen. It’s also better than anything on that John Legend / Roots album.
20) Julius Sylvest – ¡Caramba!
Welcome to the weird part of the mix that’s all douchey “club” music (for lack of a better term since I don’t really know much about this type of music).
21) Say Wut – Digga Doom
It’s not like I go to clubs or dance. But this stuff is great when you’re jogging (which I’ve recently started doing).
22) Savage Skulls & Douster – Bad Gal (Crookers Remix – Douster Caliente Edit)
Can anyone direct me to more of this type of stuff? I just pull stuff off of Mad Decent’s blog, but would like to learn more about this scene if possible.
23) Waka Flocka Flame – O, Let’s Do It (Heroes & Villains Remix)
Waka sounds best over aggressive beats. Heroes & Villains rubbed some serious HGH on L-Don Beatz’ original.