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"Lie to me, lie to me. Tell me I’m not wasting time."

Apparently I’ve posted about this album a lot but whatever.

Just realizing how much I love this song. Like, this is making me depressed that ‘Ye isn’t producing anymore. Even if he was, I don’t think he’d be going for this sound. It’s great though and John and Seal both kill it.

I’ll admit, when I first started trying to get into Jazz, I wasn’t feeling the slow stuff. Something upbeat or technical could always catch my attention but it was hard for me to get emotionally connected to music without words. It’s always seemed like the title was trying to tell me how to feel but was ultimately irrelevant to the randomly “sad” music.

That changed when I listened to this track from My Favorite Things. More than any other jazz tune I’ve heard, I completely feel what Coltrane is playing here. Honestly it’s astounding a little bit scary how strongly I get mental images whenever I listen to this.

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st. vincent // prince johnny

This is like my favorite St. Vincent song and I don’t even know why.

Y’all remember when ‘Ye rapped over a soul beat on a solo track only months after Cruel Summer dropped? Yeezy season was already approaching.

Whenever I listen to this song I picture a silhouette of a man, he’s stumbling like the piano, bottle in hand. He’s standing across the frame from a woman who’s just standing there. Probably with her arms folded. I can’t see her face but it’s probably a “God, you’re so drunk again” expression. And he’s explaining, pretty much the lyrics. They’re standing in the snow too, in the forest. It’s not thick though, just a couple trees. I can feel the pain and desperation in his voice. It makes me shiver.

I don’t care if it’s a cover. There isn’t a single James Blake song I like more.

This song’s been out for a while but Jhené’s EP is coming out tomorrow (and already leaked) and if you’re not up on this, you should be.

She’s been all over everybody’s album and she has some really solid tracks on her EP. Excited for her debut next year.


Childish Gambino - 3005

I didn’t think it was possible but his music is starting to sound even more indie influenced. This and “Yaphet Kotto” both feel really light and floaty, which is not at all what I’ve come to expect since the movie and now the instagram photos.

On the vocal side, I’m impressed with how he switches up his flow a few times. For a bit there, he sounded like Chance the Rapper. Not surprising and honestly kinda cool since I’ve never heard anyone else rap like Chance before. I’ve always liked Donald’s singing too so I’ll be listening to this a lot, most likely.

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One of the most amazing things I’ve ever heard. And I’m not just saying that.

This song makes me imagine John Legend and Pharrell as house musicians in a jazz lounge. Just groovin’.

Hey guys, I think MCHG went over people’s heads. I know that could be an easy way to explain-away poor quality, but I’ve really thought about this. Childish Gambino has a line where he basically says that rappers don’t get the benefit of listeners understanding any subtlety or subtext in their lyrics and Jay Z doesn’t seem to be immune to that.

I didn’t love it when it came out. Then recently I realized it’s actually a good album up through “Heaven.” Take out “Versus,” “BBC,” and “La Familia” and I think we have a 8-point-something on out hands easy. Maybe give “Part II” to Bey while we’re at it.

I’m posting “Somewhere in America” because I think it’s a pretty simple example of the difference between what Jay was doing and what reviewers thought on day one. I’ve read a couple reviews that talk about Hov name dropping throughout the album. But I don’t think he’s doing it to seem relevant or anything. This is a guy who drops like 6 Italian words in “Fuckwithmeyouknowigotit” knowing damn well we don’t know Italian. Maybe he’s trying to portray different things with those lyrics but in my opinion, he’s really just using whatever he can to be effective.

Is Miley Cyrus’ twerking all the rage right now? Yeah. It’s got buzz. But because we know all about her and her career, the lyric makes perfect sense when you think about it as an example of how hip-hop and black culture are invading the mainstream. I mean, think about it. Miley Cyrus is fucking twerking. Hov’s giving himself some credit for that (“You see I’m still puttin’ work in”) and he’s earned that. No one can say he’s not one of the most influential figures in the genre ever. Not saying every line is a classic but spend some time on RapGenius and a little more time thinking about some of the lyrics and I think it’ll grow on you like it did me.

I’m still working on “I don’t pop molly, I rock Tom Ford.”