Weekly Highlights: 7/23-7/30

This week’s news starts off with a healthy dose of Father John Misty.  Within the past week or so, Josh Tillman has used his stage time as a medium to vent on some ‘heavy topics’ that have been weighing on his beautiful post-ironic soul.  While many of these stage rants have been filled with vague rhetoric and seemingly neurotic behavior, this one is rather straightforward and finds a special place within my heart.

The above video comes from Consequence of Sound and is filled with a terrific rant about “burrito money” that can only be done justice by simply clicking play and listening to its glory.


In other news, Massive Attack have teased the second EP that was promised earlier this year after the release of Ritual Spirit.

The trip hop duo is once again using Fantom (which was also used prior to Ritual Spirit release), which is a neat app that remixes the group’s songs based off of heart rate, movement, and social media notifications.  I like the concept, but I think I’ll just wait until I can listen to the raw cut once the new EP comes out.


For some reason, July has been a fantastic month for quality music videos.  This week, Beach House gave us a slurred and dreamy visual for The Traveller, which is a song off of their latest LP Thank Your Lucky Stars.

The idea for creating this video is so simple, but combined with the lo-fi effects and shadows that provide an eery contrast; it sets itself apart from other artists that hop aboard the VHS aesthetic bandwagon through its smooth transitions and abstract theme.


If there’s one TV series that has been begging me to reactivate my Netflix account, it definitely has to be Stranger Things.  While I have heard nothing but rave reviews about the plot of this Goonies-esque show, another outstanding quality is the soundtrack that challenges everything that Guardians of the Galaxy had to throw at us.

According to Consequence of Sound, the soundtrack “featuring the likes of Joy Division, The Clash, The Bangles, New Order, Toto, [and] Foreigner”.  Fans have started working on their own Spotify playlists, but the article states that the official Facebook page has noted that the official soundtrack is “coming soon”.


That about does it for this week.  Sorry about the lack of any reviews, I promise I’ll have something written this week!  In the meantime, please accept this moving image of Panda Bear catching a ball as a token of apology.

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Weekly Highlights: 7/10-7/16

This week’s news is rather slim, though there are a few notable announcements worth mentioning.

Starting off, we have two new Death Grips videos out this week that promote their latest release Bottomless Pit.  The first video lacks sole (I’ll see myself out) but the effects used on “Eh” are actually very cool and definitely finds a spot on my list of great videos of 2016.

Starting with the bad:

Ending with the good:


Among the series of rumors and unknowns spread through the airwaves, one in particular that caught my eye is the reassurance that The Mars Volta are still alive and strong.  In a recent interview with The Rolling Stone, Omar Rodríguez-López (the band’s lead guitarist) spoke about how the group will “eventually” get back together.  At this point, it’s only a waiting game.


 If you’re looking for something a bit more surreal, you might want to check out H3H3’s latest video on their main channel.  Months after their DJ Khaled mockumentary, they’ve finally found the homogeneous khalidius.  It’s full of funny and uncomfortable moments that reinforce the reason why I keep watching this cool couple.


 

Lastly, Pitchfork Music Festival is happening this weekend and there is a ton of great coverage happening on YouTube and their website.  If you’re interested in seeing Sufjan Stevens, Beach House, Kamasi Washington or anyone under the lineup then it’s definitely worth checking out.  I would be there myself, but I have decided to go to Sound On Sound Festival later this year.  I’ll make sure to upload some cool content and personal stories from that experience.

That’s all for this week!  I’m working on a review for YG’s new album so be looking for that at some point in the coming days.  Have a great weekend!

Weekly Highlights: 6/26-7/2

The first highlight of the week goes to Aesop Rock for his music video for “Kirby”.

The video is everything I could have imagined and really compliments the song that is already so great on its own.  I mean, who doesn’t love puppets and kittens?


One big announcement that was made this week is the lineup for Sound On Sound Festival that will be having its first event in Austin, TX this fall.

For a first year festival, the lineup is very solid and offers an array of various genres but is mostly directed towards a more underground audience.  The price is also a fantastic incentive, with 3 day passes starting at only a little over $180 after service fees and taxes.  In my opinion, it appears that Sound On Sound is attempting to emulate a Pitchfork Music Festival vibe in an Austin setting.


In the realm of album releases, we saw two major artists drop their music out of nowhere despite prior release dates already being in place.  First, we have Blood Orange unveiling Freetown Sound, which is a follow-up to his 2013 release of Cupid Deluxe.  I haven’t given this album a full listen, but I’m enjoying what I’ve heard so far.  Perhaps I’ll write a review if I find time in the midst of all these summer LPs.

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The second and definitely more surprising release comes from The Avalanches, with their highly anticipated album Wildflower dropping an entire week before the day that everyone was expecting.  I have given this album a few listens cover to cover, but I will hold my tongue for a review that will hopefully be out relatively soon.


Lastly, we have news as of today that Frank Ocean’s long awaited follow up to Channel Orange might be here as soon as sometime this month.  This rumor comes from an image uploaded onto his website with an assortment of dates that have been updated/ crossed off, with July (date obscured) 2016 being the last date on the list.

It would be in all of our best interests if we just passed this off as nothing in order to avoid getting our hopes shut down, but my sixth sense tells me that this could finally be the moment that we’ve all been waiting for.

That about covers it for this week.  Stay tuned for more reviews and news in the near future.  Have a great 4th of July weekend!