What I’m Listening to:

Kristen-Wiig-The-Californians-No-Way-SNL

 

1. Bully-Sharktooth

Count me in as one of those that has embraced this arrival of this band. Bully is a group of out of Nashville and they have a polished, yet traditional garage rock sound to them. This is my favorite song by them, due to the insightful and meaningful lyrics and Alicia Bognanno’s captivating vocals. Her voice is what gives this group their signature sound. The guitars featured are spectacular as well, especially during the chorus.

 

 

2. A$AP w/Clams Casino-Wassup

Clams Casino puts down some classic, ambient beats to the vocals of A$AP. It all makes for a down-tempo loungey sounding track. It sounds like a more bare version of Lil’ Wayne’s Lollipop.

 

 

3. Jamie xx-Hold Tight

An exhilarating track by this mutli-talented member of the xx. A song that will largely go unnoticed even by those that are familiar with Jamie xx; this  and fast-paced song gets better and more invigorating as it progresses. It combines elements of aggressive synths,  layered percussion/bass beats, and  well-placed subtle backing lyrics that are spoken and not sung. Strap yourselves in for the 4-minute, fucking great thrillride

 

 

 

 

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Quick Hitters: The ABC’s of Non-Singles XYZ

 

We’ve made it! We’ve made it to the end of our countdown. I hope that the jubilant expressions these historic figures have here are similar to what you felt during this run-through of oft-forgotten tracks

 

~X~

Jamie XX-All Under One Roof Raving

 

This catchy, British electronica song is representing the X category and it does it quite well. A song comprised of subtle effect, heart-thumping beats, and a multitude of people with British accents talking about various things. I’ve always liked these types of songs because they take little effort to enjoy. Since there’s not much going on and it runs for 6 minutes, you can sit back and enjoy it for its effective simplicity.

 

 

~Y~

Weird Al Yankovic-MoneyFor Nothing/Beverly Hillbillies

 

While Weird Al has definitely had some misses in his career, I’ve always admired his commitment to the spoof of modern mainstream music. I also really admire his originality when doing so. Some were pretty superficial and unimaginative, like “Amish Paradise” (still funny though). But then there were others where he really thought outside the box. Case in point, his spoof of Dire Straights’s “Money for Nothing”. He took two things that could not have been more unrelated and merges them into something that is pretty comical. Judge for yourself but I think you’ll have a tough time holding in laughter as the backing vocalist bellows out “Be-ver-ly, be-ver-ly, be-ver-ly hill-billy.”

 

 

~Z~

Zero 7-Passing By

 

This band has perfected the art of creating the song that fits the occasion of sitting down after a long/stressful/momentous day in the life of a generation Y’er. They don’t disappoint with the track “Passing By”. One could argue it sounds pretty similar to another of their songs, “In the Waiting Line”, but I feel there’s a enough difference to make it worth your listen.