Your JVB av is entertaining, lol.
Makes me laugh every time I see it.
Sup dude? Still always think of you when Barenaked Ladies comes on haha
Best part of that is that Barenaked Ladies songs still come on outside of Canada.
I do treasure these once-every-two-year chats of ours. Hope you're well.
Not much, man. At work. It's pouring here in Mass. How's Canada? I was in Ontario last May for a wedding. Damn it rocks up there
Ontario is pretty great, though the leader of the province is a real asshole so that's got everyone riled up. You may be able to relate. Fall came up quick so weather has already started to turn. Work's busy. Y'know, the usual.
Haha can def relate. Any music recs? Or you got a Spotify acct I can follow?
I use Apple Music. Always got recs - what are you into these days?
This is not a test. This really is a random comment posted to your wall.
You mentioned in a SD thread that you work in the film industry. Out of curiosity if you don't mind, what exactly do you do in the film industry?
I'll shoot you a private message in a bit!
Acta non fabula est!
just got that ending last night.
I mean, I modified it a bit. ("The story is *not* finished")
I *really* loved VLR, more than 999. I'm so hype that Kotaro Uchikoshi (Writer/Director of the Zero Escape games) is working on a new project.
I liked 999 a lot but I'm already seeing stuff that VLR is doing better. 999 felt like all the reveals and unspooling of the mystery was back-loaded, whereas VLR I feel like I'm picking up clues all the time (even if they're misdirections or I'm drawing wrong conclusions, it's still fun and keeps me engaged). It's also using the multiple timelines as an actual mechanic rather than the mostly story-element feel of 999. Like, the moment I started wondering if I should be using my knowledge of other timelines to influence how I played, the game used the story to prompt me that yes absolutely you should.
Oh yeah, 999 was *heavily* back-loaded, and, honestly, I don't think you can figure out what's going on in 999 until its revealed, because 90% of the clues aren't shown to you until the true ending. Meanwhile VLR feeds you a steady drip of hints and ideas.
Is the ZU Album Club getting a new album to review?
Seems like it was a bit of a failed attempt, but I’ll talk to Sol and see if we should try pushing the boulder up the hill one more time.
5-6 people isn't bad for a first time, that sort of thing builds up over time usually
True enough. We'll try to get it rolling again.
Hello is this the wall of the #1 Redwall-themed moderator on Zelda Universe
You could call this wall a Redwall, yes.
Hey! Did you ever listen to some Flashback?
Not familiar with Flashback, nope.
Whoops, I mean the group called Imagination and their track "Flashback". I am referring to the last time we spoke, if you scroll a little down.
Oh! Yeah I listened to those tracks when you shared 'em. Fun stuff, but not really my thing.
So I notice that one of the rules for advertising is to not make more than one post per product. So if I'm advertising articles for a blog, does that mean one post per article or can I never make another post relating to my blog?
Let me double check the policy and get back to you.
Best Game of Thrones/Downton Abbey Hot Take of 2017...bravo sir
He'll always be Sir Richard Carlisle to me.
HOW DID I LITERALLY NOT NOTICE THIS WHAT THE HELL OMG
I'm so ashamed of myself.
Wait til you realize Robert Baratheon was Fred Flintstone in THE FLINTSTONES VIVA ROCK VEGAS.
I think it would be a good idea for you to assist Farore in the clan wars Take 2 minutes and draw link in paint or write a love poem to keith. We get extra points for participation :3
Today is the last day!
I know you got a thing for falsetto vocals. Ever heard of the group called imagination? Falsetto paradise man, def won't miss you with that.
Cool! Is there a track or anything I should check out first?
Yes! Haha, sorry.
Flashback is a great start: youtube.com/watch?v=WYxouK8HVTM
Just an illusion is also another great one: youtube.com/watch?v=TnfHdZrmMAw
Their pretty big, so you may have already heard of these songs somewhere somehow. Oh and whatever you do, try to avoid seeing music videos done by them? They just ruin the songs for me I think haha.
Hey how's your back doing?! Sorry you hurt it but at least you have Netflix!
A lot better after resting it for the weekend. Don't know exactly what I did to it, but I suspect its because I carry a heavy bag on one shoulder to and from work every day...I should probably invest in a proper backpack. Thanks for asking!
If you haven't listened to it yet, "9" by Cashmere Cat is fucking *amazing*. I heartily recommend it~
It feels right up your alley too; pop infused with EDM, and a ton of cameos. Some of them are names I'm not too hot on (Selena Gomez and Ariana Grande) but they all perform really well. And the album itself just meshes together very, very nicely.
Cool! I'll check it out.
I saw on your 2017 album list you had Paramores newie. How was it in your view? (I've been meaning to get it). My choices this year usually stay in the death metal/pop genre.
First, I love the dichotomy of listening specifically to death metal on one and end pop on the other. Brilliant.
I really like After Laughter. I was a big fan of Paramore's first two albums when they came out, then sorta fell off after Brand New Eyes. I listened to the self-titled a couple times but it never stuck with me. After Laughter is something very different while still being recognizably Paramore. It wears its influences on its sleeve, everything from 80s Talking Heads and Blondie to 90s alt rock like No Doubt. "Hard Times" is one of my favourite singles I've heard this year, and there's a lot of other solid pop/pop-rock tracks on it. But despite being very poppy it tends to be lyrical quite dark (you know, relative) and introspective, and also has their most experimental track (at least outside of anything on the self-titled) in "No Friend" (which features vocals from Aaron Weiss of mewithoutYou, who is basically my favourite).
I'd say if you've been into Paramore before or are just looking for a solid pop record, it's worth checking out.
Yeah it is kind of different. But those two different spectrum's of music are fun to me. Oh I see! I must give it a listen then. Hayley Williams is so dreamy on the mic and then some
Yo yo yo
Have you been able to listen to DAMN. yet?
Yea! But only twice...
Ahhh ive listened to it at least a dozen already @_@ I love it so much
I just need more time! Not enough hours in the day.
Yeah makes sense. I've been lucky that I'm on spring break haha
KENDRICKS ALBUM DROPPED
JUST IN TIME FOR MY SIX HOUR CAR RIDE
Just in time for my three hour car ride with a bunch of people who don't listen to hip-hop
I'm in the same boat -- luckily I have some headphones.
Would sound so much better over the car speakers but this is serviceable haha
Hey man! Unsure if you've heard any more of Logic but his third studio album just got a release date -- May 5th. So far I've heard a teaser he left in his mixtape, BOBBY TARANTINO, and then he had a trailer with a sample of one of the songs (minus lyrics) as the bg music. And man I am BEYOND hype. The album is titled EVERYBODY and is meant to address Logic's personal experience as a mixed-race individual.
Regardless, if you heard his second album (THE INCREDIBLE TRUE STORY) you would have definitely heard a massive improvement in terms of developing his own style and from what I've heard from this album thus far it looks like this takes that concept even further. He also has this thematic concept with space/the future, and kind of pulls from his other albums with that respect. Like the robot AI from the first album makes an appearance in the second album -- which in turn takes place in the future, in space, with two people looking for a new planet for humanity to live on. This third album, based off of the trailer, looks like it takes place after this third album, around 200 years after, on this new planet. So I'm psyched to see what he does with that.
Anyways if you haven't given his second album a listen and you're curious Id definitely recommend it. Hopefully you have enough time to check out his new album when it releases as well.
Listen to anything new lately?
hey hey. I was planning on checking out his new album whenever it dropped, though I still haven't had a chance to listen to his second one. I'll hopefully have time to give it a spin or two before May, though I'll still give some time to the new one regardless.
It's been a decently busy few months of new music for me, for sure. Most of what I'm grooving on is more indie rock/guitar music type stuff, though. Only new hip-hop I've checked out so far are the latest Lupe Fiasco release which is pretty forgettable and the debut Jidenna album, which is pretty decent. But if Kendrick drops his new album on April 4th like rumour has it, that'll probably dominate my ears for awhile.
I haven't heard Lupe's new album -- I've actually been in a new music drought lately because I really like to buy my music, rather than listen to it on Youtube or something, and I lost my debit card and never replaced the info on my phone, so I haven't been able to buy any new music haha. Though the only thing that really has hit my radar lately was Drake's new release (which I've heard is actually pretty good).
Super hype for Kendrick's new album. I loved his last album, but I had one major criticism -- it wasn't really something you could listen to any time you wanted, ya know? Kind of have to be in the mood for it. Did you ever listen to Ab-Soul's last album?
Ugh, losing a debit card is the worst. I feel for you there. I'm the same way - I used to drop way too much money on music, but last year finally got a streaming subscription (went with Apple Music) and it's honestly been the best. Paying a flat rate for as much new music as a I want, plus having access to my whole library wherever I am...it's made the past two years the most I've been able to get into new music in a long time. I do like to buy physical copies of the stuff I really love, though.
Honestly, you can probably go without listening to Lupe's latest. It isn't THAT bad but it's just...not interesting. At least to me. I haven't bothered to return to it much aside from the first couple weeks after its release. I've heard that it's mostly a collection of odds and ends he's accumulated over the years and is the first part of a trilogy of albums he's putting out, but he's been talking about albums as trilogies for like ten years so I don't fully buy it.
I heard there was a new Drake thing out but I'm not huge into Drake. Did you hear the Kendrick song that dropped late last week? "IV" I think? I don't think it'll be on the new album, felt more like a hype track for it, but it was awesome. I actually found I could put on TPAB pretty much anytime but I really love that record...but I can understand getting bogged down in the runtime, especially when thinking about the spoken word/poetry interludes all over it.
I did add Ab-Soul's album to my library but have yet to actually listen to it. I heard it was pretty much in line with his last release, which was a step-down from Control System so I put it on the backburner. Hopefully one day I'll push play.
Re: Drake -- I'm not super into him but I did enjoy VIEWs. Not something that is very soulful but it's fun to listen to, sounds nice. I haven't listened to his new album yet but I planned on giving it a go pretty soon.
Re:Kendrick -- I haven't heard "IV"! However I did listen to "Humble" today and it was pretty sweet -- definitely a great song, and if his album is similar to it then I will enjoy it a lot I think. My main thing with listening to TPAP any time is that because the songs flow so closely with one another, like they are just *really* intertwined (which isn't a bad thing!) it sometimes makes it hard to listen to just one song randomly ya know? When one song has the first part of it literally starting off with words from the song before it, it gives that kind of "I'm missing out on a part of the song" vibe. There are a couple that are great to pick up and listen to whenever, but for the most part I don't think the album is great for that. Still an awesome work, just not something I can really listen to on my drive to/from school for instance.
Re:Ab-Soul -- Control System was great, but personally I like his new release a lot better. I definitely recommend it. One thing to go into it knowing is that the entire first half of the album is different from the second half of the album, and some of the themes he has going on are pretty crazy. I personally found that the album starts to drag around midway through (right around track 7/track 8), and then once you hit "D.R.U.G.S." it's an entirely different ball-game. And bar one song after the one I mentioned, the ones that follow "D.R.U.G.S" are -all- excellent (and are some of my favorite songs to listen to literally ever. "The Law" is something I listen to daily right now. Haha).
So, Logic's new album is available for pre-order apparently. I pre-ordered it, and one of the songs -- "Everybody" -- is already available to listen to. And I love it. As a song, just randomly, I think that it's an above-average song at best, but just as an indication of the direction they are taking the album it makes me super excited. They are experimenting far more with this from an instrumental standpoint and I think it's more stylish than UNDER PRESSURE and THE INCREDIBLE TRUE STORY. I can't wait a month for this. Haha.
Re: Kendrick - I get what you mean about the tracks on TPAB being hard to listen to outside of the context of the album and agree with you there. Doesn't much impact me though cause 90% of the time I'm listening to music I'm listening to an entire album.
Humble. is really good! I'm really curious about the album because so often his prerelease tracks take on a whole new meaning when heard in the context of the album - like "Backseat Freestyle" on gkmc or "i" on TPAB.
Do you think THE BIG BANG by NASA is worth listening to? I was considering it, but it's all remixes of THE SPIRIT OF APOLLO -- I dunno if it would be worth spending 10 bucks on (which, I usually buy any album I listen to, I like supporting albums and having ease of access is nice).
I'm listening to "Way Down" off of the album right now and it is certainly interesting/good, I'm wondering if the rest of the album is as good though.
(also really thanks for reccing them, this music is great to listen to while working out)
I've never listened to The Big Bang, actually, so I can't really help you out...remix albums tend to fall pretty low on my priority list when it comes to checking out music.
You ever listen to Hopsin btw?
Can't say I have.
If you ever get a chance check out POUND SYNDROME by him. He's one of the best lyricists ever imho; probably one of the only complaints that I've ever heard about him is that he's super raw -- as in a lot of the stuff he says is wildly offensive, very comparable to a lot of the things Eminem did when he was making a lot of music.
He does a lot of collabs with Dizzy Wright and SwizZz, dunno if you've ever listened to either of those guys
I've listened "The Spirit of the Apollo" a couple times, and I have thoughts:
--Musically, god, I fucking love this. The mix of older hip-hop sounds, funk, Brazillian rhythmes, edm, rock -- just, the texture of the music -- is soo satisfying. It's interesting, it's done well, and I just love how different it is. Particularly, I like the spanish influence, as I think it is something that modern hip hop is missing a lot of today -- good rhythm. This has good rhythm. @_@
--The message: I'm intrigued by the message. It seems to do a lot of the old-school messages (rejection of greed, communal evolution, etc. etc). I don't think it --focuses-- enough on any one thing, though, and while the actual music all flows together and makes sense, I can't say the same about the message. It's scattered, the story of the music is scattered, and it's hard to really pinpoint what they are trying to tell you. Maybe that's just me, though.
--The amount of people in the album. I think that this is what ultimately causes the problem with the message: There are so many people, all telling you one thing, that it's hard to really focus on any one thing. In, say, an album by J.Cole or Kendrick Lamar the amount of people in it are extremely minimal (if anyone else is in it at all), and it makes it a lot easier to really focus on one or two themes that they want to get across. That's not to say the amount of people is a bad thing though! I think that the actual content of the sound benefits as a whole, from the amount of people in it. The different background and different influences really shows, and I really enjoy it.
All in all, I am really digging it. I think, musically, it is one of the most interesting things I've heard in a really really long term. As far as actual content, it's not bad, and I appreciate what it was aiming at, but I think that it could benefit from being a bit more focused on the message, as it seems to be all over the place right now.
Also I really did enjoy the play on N.A.S.A/NASA throughout the album =P and I like that the two main people from the group are from wildly different backgrounds because I don't think it would be possible if they were from the same background.
Nice! I'm glad you enjoyed it! It came to mind to recommend to you because it incorporates a lot of different styles and genres into its production while still being pretty cohesive since the two members of the group worked exclusively on making the beats. I also thought the range of different guests they bring on would be interesting because while they have some titans of hip-hop doing verses, they also got people like Karen O and Tom Waits and David Byrne on there, which I was hoping might be a good way to broaden the musical horizons even further. Don't know if that worked out, but it would have just been a happy side effect anyway.
I've listened to Under Pressure once so far, I'm hoping to get another one or two listens in before I formulate any initial impressions. Should be able to do that in the next day or so.
J.Cole dropped his new album, For Your Eyez Only, and goddamn man. It's amazing. Definitely recommend you check it out if you get a chance.
One caveat: its theorized that this album isn't actually from Cole's point of view, so while I think the message(s), lyrical content and even just the music as a whole is better than anything he's made before, its story-telling is about on par with his last album, maybe a little better in some spots
Yeah, I have it on my list to check out, probably in the next couple weeks or the new year at the latest. Ab-Soul put out an album today as well so it's like, damn stop putting out albums in December already!
AB-SOUL PUT OUT AN ALBUM TOO?
Want to do an album exchange program? :3
I'm intrigued, tell me more.
I'll give you an album, you give me one, and then we will both listen to our respective albums twice (or so, I usually have to listen to an album twice to "get it"), then come back with thoughts on it
Sure, sounds like fun! Though is it ok if we hold off til the New Year? I'm a bit of a nut when it comes to putting together a year-end list for music so starting from November I pretty much exclusively focus on the music that's come out during the year.
Yeah that's cool! I'm a bit busy with school right now anyways
I'm not sure how much you like music other than hip-hop/rap, but Chuck Berry just announced his first album in 38 years and I am beyond hype
Heh, when it comes to music I listen to a little of everything and a lot of some things.
I haven't listened to much Chuck Berry beyond the essentials to understand his historical significance on popular music and whatnot, but that is very cool. It's crazy to think the guy who wrote "Johnny B. Goode" and pioneered Rock and Roll is going to release new music in 2016.
It's actually gonna be released in 2017. I am beyond excited ahhh
I am in a music history class right now, my prof is showing us like dozens of musicians I've straight up never heard of. Like Paul Whiteman is someone I've never heard of and apparently he was one of the most popular jazz musicians of the era (even if his jazz was horrible lol)
you ever listen to Gambino?
Yeah, but I have a weird sort of relationship with that project, in that I really don't care for much of what he was putting out before his 2011 EP. Then I enjoyed Camp quite a bit, and a bit of his Royalty mixtape...and that's about where it ends. I tried getting into Because The Internet but it just didn't click. Don't think I've gone back to see what he's out out since.
But I still really like Donald Glover. Atlanta is a really fantastic show.
Ahh yeah I'm actually the same. His EP really is what caught my attention, and then Camp and Royalty both got an A from me. I was actually gonna ask if Because the Internet was good cause I've never actually listened to the whole thing lmao
Yeahhh I can't really endorse it. It's been a long time since I've listened to it, but I found it a slog to get through. It's one of those albums that is like an hour long and feels double that. I don't know if I would have gotten into it more if I dove into the narrative and associated material that was linked with its release (there's screenplay I'm pretty sure), but on its own merits can't say its worth checking out. Though if you really liked his previous stuff I don't see any reason not to at least give it a shot if you've got a spare hour.
I'm listening to To Pimp a Butterfly again right now and after sampling Because the Internet it seems... similar somehow? Structurally I feel like the songs are the some but tone and rhythm are definitely different. Kendrick Lamar crafts really up-beat rhythms with his music, while Childish Gambino feels more slow. I feel like there's a focus more on the harmony in Because the Internet than the melody, which is what makes it more slow? If that makes sense.
I dunno. They both feel experimental in nature but I enjoyed To Pimp a Butterfly immediately upon listening to it (this is my third or fourth time). Beyond differences in how it's crafted I think Kendrick Lamar does a better job at presenting his narrative then Childish Gambino does, and maybe that's a stylistic choice on Donald Glovers part but it doesn't really jive with me. I feel like I have to be in the mood to listen to Because the Internet, while To Pimp a Butterfly puts you in that mood. But both are departures from "mainstream" rap so to speak and they are similar on that regard
I would never think to relate those two albums, but then again I haven't listened to BtI since it came out. TPAB is pretty unique in its use of soul/funk instrumentation and production whereas I feel like Gambino runs a bit more conventional (from what I can remember). Though I think Kendrick tends to collaborate a lot more and Gambino mostly works with Ludwig whatshisname. Though I will agree that Kendrick is much better at weaving a narrative through his projects than Gambino has done with his one story-focused one, but then again there's not many people in hip-hop that are on Kendrick's level in that regard.
Nolan, you interested in DJing one week here?
Yeah, I'd love to! I was gonna volunteer in the thread but got annoyed/distracted trying to get spotify running in my browser to check out what Bombchu had put together (if they have? I'm only seeing one song when I go to the playlist).
she's only added one song so far, I think she wanted some time to think about what exactly she was going to do, but it should be up soon, I'll post in the thread once it's started! in earnest
it's cool, i was talking to Jed, he's probably going to go thematic and maybe make some art for it even!
Alright, cool. I'm excited! I was a huge nerd about making mixtapes and CDs in high school, but kind of stopped once digital music pretty much took over. I've only started messing around with playlists in the past year or so, so I'm looking forward to overthinking stuff like order and mood for my turn!
Haha that was exactly the line of conversation that led to this idea, reliving the mixtape era! exciting, so glad you're into it dude
So I've been able to listen to clipping. I'm not gonna lie, I've only head a handful of track so far but I wanted to give my first impression before I forgot to
So, I like it! From a musical perspective, it sounds great (though not everybody would be a fan of this, I think, it's definitely noticeably experimental. I just happened to like that stuff). From a lyrical stuff, the MC is seriously impressive. It's great. The only complain I have is that the music doesn't speak to me ya know? While I listen to J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar and to an extent Drake because their music makes me -feel-, this music doesn't make me feel any type of way from what I've been able to gather so far. Rather, I'd have to already -be- in the mood to listen to this music. I can't exactly describe what mood that is but it's just a certain type of mood that I feel like I'd need to be in to want to bump this while I'm headed to class or before a workout or whatever. Whereas, other music, if it comes on I may not necessarily be in the mood to hear it but it can put me in that mood. If that makes sense?
But yeah, I definitely like them from what I've heard so far. It's definitely music that I imagine you'd need to be a certain 'type' to enjoy (like, not everybody who enjoys experimental/alt rock/metal would enjoy La Dispute for instance), but if you're that type or in that good it does it's job exceptionally well.
oh yeah and i particularly enjoy the chorus of "Work Work" lmao
Glad you're able to get into clipping. on some level at least! A lot of people have a hard time with the production, but I happen to love it. I've had other people tell me the same thing about needing to be in the right mindset to listen to them and not just be able to throw it on any old time, so I totally get it. Glad it doesn't apply to me, though, I can listen to them almost any time!
I think to get a more personal or emotional reaction to them from a lyrical standpoint it helps to kind of embrace the MC as an omniscient narrator. The fact that they don't really use the "I" pronoun at all in their songs means that the lyrics are very story-like in nature, so can be harder to connect with than someone like Kendrick Lamar, who is an amazing storyteller, but tells his stories as if he is one of the participants or characters within. I think that makes their songs easier to connect with, but clipping.'s songwriting methods allow for a more interesting explorations of themes and narratives (the songs "Story" and "Story 2" being the obvious examples).
Do you like J. Cole?
I LOVE his Friday Night Lights mixtape (though I haven't listened to it in ages) and listened to a bit of Cole World and Born Sinner, though neither ended up clicking with me much aside from a few tracks. Never did check out his last record. So I'd say yea I like him with the caveat that I haven't listened to him much at all recently.
You MUST listen 2014 Forest Hills Drive. It is absolutely the best album I've ever heard. It is amazing. Beyond just the music, it speaks up about so many different things -- and for me, personally, while I can't really identify with the racial strife portrayed in some of his songs, a lot of his stuff was eye opening in ways I wouldn't have thought possible. It even snapped me out of my depression. "G.O.M.D" is probably my favorite song of all time as well. It's so so so so so good. It's leagues better than Born Sinner, and while I liked Cole World, it is much more mature than that album -- the topics, the way he addresses himself and others, for instance, are much evolved from back then.
Friday Night Lights was pretty great as well I'll agree with you there.
Sweet, I'll check it out and let you know what I think!
Are there any other rappers that you like?
oh yeah, of course! I'm a pretty big hip-hop fan. I like a lot of the "bigger" names in hip-hop, like Kanye West and OutKast. I'm totally on the Kendrick Lamar love train, I think he's on a totally different level than a lot of other artists in the genre. I like Lupe Fiasco, particularly his first two records but his last one isn't too bad either. I just got into Chance the Rapper this year, but mostly just his latest album. I'm really into a southern rapper named Big K.R.I.T. who also produces most of his own tracks, and is crazy prolific, putting out a full-length mixtape most years.
How about you, anyone outside of J. Cole you'd recommend?