Why I’ve never sought out Lyle Lovett’s “Penguins” video before is beyond me. I love this.


Somewhere between 3 Rounds and a Sound and this album, Blind Pilot discovered drums. And is that the ’80s I hear in the chorus?


I’m not sure if that album title is English, and I don’t know how to make that character in their name, but I do like the singer’s “elfin coo”.


This is exactly as cool as you’d expect it to be.


Favorite music, 2011

I’ve already done my TV and movies lists, so music is the obvious one I’m missing.

Songs and albums are mixed in together. (A lot of songs this year — I think that reflects not so much what was available as the fact that I downloaded a lot more free singles than I usually do.) No order.

If I haven’t listed your favorite album, it’s probably because I didn’t hear it.

  • Action Bronson, “Set It Off”
  • Apathy, “Check to Check”
  • Danny Brown, “Outer Space”
  • Wiley, 100% Publishing
  • Earth, Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light
  • Bobby Long, A Winter Tale
  • Lana Del Rey, “Video Games” — shut up
  • Shabazz Palaces, “Swerve… The reeping [sic?] of all that is worthwhile (Noir not withstanding [sic?])”
  • Omar LinX f/ Emilio Rojas, “Say Goodbye”
  • Glasses Malone, “May 1st”
  • Spank Rock f/ Big Freedia, “Nasty”
  • Merle Haggard, I Am What I Am
  • Ben Sollee, Inclusions
  • Diz Gibran & Moonshine, “SLICK”
  • Jojo Pellegrino f/ Vinnie Paz, “Pellienza” (Vinnie’s verse is a goddamn riot — this doesn’t have all of them, but it’s close, and it’s so amazing)
  • Mount Moriah, “Lament”
  • Braids, Native Speaker
  • The Answer Page, “Cold Blue Light (In Circles)”
  • EMA, “The Grey Ship”
  • Theophilus London, “I Stand Alone”
  • Balam Acab, “Oh, Why”
  • Fielded, “White Death”
Tags: music


Dumbfoundead - Are We There Yet

With his new album out, it’s easy to see how far Dumbfoundead has come since his humble hip-hop beginnings. From working his way up the unforgiving freestyle food chain to making outstanding music like this. I’m going to write an in-depth review of his new album, so make sure to check that out.

My Song Rating: 9.7 out of 10

I’ve posted this before, but I still like it. Plus, how many rap videos are shot in my neighborhood?

(Source: hiphopfightsback)

Tags: hip hop music

Nacho Picasso “Bad Guy.” He’s from Seattle.

Tags: hip hop music

Maffew Ragazino & Action Bronson, Jordan vs. Bird. Haven’t felt inspired by much of the music I’m listening to tonight, but I like this one.


Gaby Moreno, “Mess a Good Thing.” There are other videos of this song on the internet, actual moving pictures instead of slideshows, but they don’t have the horns. Moreno’s voice can carry the song, but I like horns.

Tags: music horns

The High Strung, “Maybe You’re Coming Down With It” — this is a live-in-studio version. It’s catchy.

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Owiny Sigoma Band, “Doyoi Nyajo Nam.” The band is, per Google, a collaboration between British and Kenyan musicians that grew out of a trip to Kenya organized by a group called Art of Protest. The groove is strong.

Tags: music Kenya

I’ve been listening to free Google Music tracks all day, and this, “Fisbawdup” by Willie Evans, Jr., is the first one that’s grabbed me. I don’t know anything about Evans. He’s apparently a producer/rapper who has worked with such as Mr. Lif.

Tags: hip hop music

Theophilus London, “I Stand Alone.” Please, Theophilus London and Santigold, make an album together.

(If you call him “Theo,” I will get mad at you.)


Wellington Downs, “Grapefruit & Rye,” noisy (instrumental) but not noise. Be careful about the volume.


Porcelain Raft, “Amateur’s Feeling.” P’ork calls it “typically shadowy.” I guess?