I saw Surfer Blood last week and can confirm that the singer didn't punch any women during the set, if that helps.
Mikal Cronin's album is fucking awesome. We've known this for a while but I think it will only become more apparent with time.
Jonwayne's newest mixtape is some chill, good hip hop.
Listening to Kanye's album while driving into Vegas is good. WHEN YOU POPPED YOUR FIRST MOLLEHHHH
Chris, I can set you up with an anonymous hotline number if you feel like you're ever being made to do or say anything you don't want to as an audience member and don't see a way out. There are audience members worldwide who don't even realize that they're in an abusive relationship with live performers, or who don't realize that they don't have to live in fear. It's time to take control, it's time to SPEAK OUT.
I cannot believe how intense a k hole is especially having gotten high off k a lot yet never exceeding into a k hole til detroit.....as that being a random thought from reading that.I think rapper and bands should be very encourage to sing/rap about new drugs or way to get high....like huffing air freshers or ingesting bath salts.
Im going to throw a fucking hissy fit if that advice ruins my darkrapwave debut album, "K$ N0rT" from hitting platinum
The only thing abusive about Surfer Blood is the new album itself. I liked the first one a lot, too. But aside from a few tracks this new one is shit.
How is Black Sabbath's 13 good? It just shouldn't be, but its fantastic.
And I too am greatly appreciative of the "innocent til proven guilty" theory and system, except that I know from personal and anecdotal experience that domestic violence happens to be a gigantic grey messy area. I've got a few issues with the interview he gave to P4K. One, is that he takes the angle of calling this incident "a mistake he regrets," which is basically just PR cover up language. Another is the "Oh, I still drink, I'm just more careful now," line -- that question, this idea that maybe you abused someone because of a substance, doesn't stand with me. But mostly, the way in which he wants to let everyone know that he didn't hit anyone, that he isn't violent, is what I find the most problematic. He doesn't want this incident to be a reflection upon his character, because he doesn't want people thinking that he hits women. And that's fine, I mean, very few people want to be known as someone that champions the idea of punching their significant other in the face, but that doesn't excuse or explain the fact that there might have been abuse in a different form. I mean, we all know that Chris Brown socked Rihanna in the face, hard. But the victim's statement of this incident is this:
Just because you don't punch someone doesn't mean that you haven't physically harmed them or made them feel like the are in danger. I'll say this: I am incredibly ticklish. And I don't enjoy being tickled at all. I might be laughing, because that's how my body responds, but what I am actually feeling when someone pins me down and tickles me is fear, misery, and terror And when I cry stop, it isn't a "tee hee he, staaaaahp," it's an actual plea of "stop violating me, I am not okay with this." And the reaction from the men who have done this to me, when I am asking them to please stop, is always laughter. They laugh at me.An argument pursued because she called a friend, stating she might need a place to stay. Pitts went into the bathroom and stated he was going to harm himself. When she knocked on the door, Pitts came out, they went into the bedroom, and the arguing continued. The victim stated Pitts grabbed her and flipped her over her shoulder, he then pinned her down by climbing on top of her. The defendant then proceeded to shove his fingers inside of her mouth. In return, she attempted to bite him and he pushed his fingers away. He continued to press his weight against her so she bit him on his chest. The victim stated this has occurred before. She told Pitts on numerous occasions she was going to call the police, but he just laughed.
So I am inclined to believe that this incident wasn't the first, and that the victim was (and had been before) violated. Who knows, because I wasn't there. I believe him when he says it was a toxic relationship, and I admire that this is something that he has hopefully reflected upon with sincerity as a person who wants to be better. I still don't think it's ridiculous for me to stop and muse about whether or not I want to listen to their new album, because I have my own ethical standards that I like to reflect upon.
I agree with that, especially the fact that you have the right (and should) reflect upon how supporting an artist or listening to their art supports them as individuals. However, this one is situation where, before the artist made any statement and before the victim's statement was released, he was routinely and resoundingly attacked for what were, at the time, unpursued accusations. Whether or not it's what you did, the fact that people can now access this sort of information so quickly after allegations are made and go on attack so resolutely is just frustrating and, yes, ridiculous to me. Now here it seems like we'll never know the full story because the charges were dropped, so unless he admits to being physically violent or she renews her complaint/pursues it further, it's wading into some pretty unclear territory. We can form our own opinions about what may have happened, but that's all they are, and it's dangerous to form opinions about other peoples' actions based upon limited information we receive as sideline spectators. That's where we start calling someone guilty before it's been shown.
And while I understand the fact that domestic violence cases can frequently be full of abused victims who recant stories out of fear, love or other situations such as battered spouse syndrome, it's not fair to anyone who is truly innocent to say that because this is the case in some instances that it can be inferred to more, which is why I wholly believe someone is innocent until proven guilty regardless of the crime charged.
She Beats by Beaches is fantastic. It's got that sunny female vocal that's been all the rage this year, but with a really ominous psychedelic backdrop for much of the record. Listen to it!
So no one is talking about Run The Jewels yet? The single release before hand were solid as anything El-P or Killer Mike released last year, but I was still skeptical about this album... considering the two of them have been touring non-stop and after releasing their respective solo albums only last year, I figured they would be tired. However, my skepticism was unfounded, as this album is dynamite. It may not be as "in your face" as R.A.P. Music, but the beats are just as great, and the back and forth between El-P and Killer Mike works great across the stretch of the album.
Long story short, another outstanding album from the seemingly unstoppable bff hip-hop dup of El-P and Killer Mike. Do not sleep on this one.
Chuck Johnson's "Crows in the Basilica" is a wonderful solo guitar/fingerpicking record. I saw him live last year and quite enjoyed it, but I really think this album is a step up from his older material. Less meandering and more deliberate. Highly recommended!
[SIZE=2]April 9th - The Residents at the Regent Theater
April 23rd - Parov Stelar at Club Nokia
May 2nd - Tortoise at the Teragram Ballroom
May 6th -*Sunn O)))*at the Regent Theater
May 7th - Melvins, Melt Banana at the Troubadour
May 16th - Brötzmann/Adasiewicz/Edwards/Noble at Zebulon
ATP Iceland, July 1-3, 2016*
FYF Fest, August 27-28, 2016*/SIZE]
Yeah, digging Run the Jewels a lot. Don't think I like it as much as Mike's last album tho
I finally got to touch the internet for the first time in a week, and i must echo any and all praise that has been given to Fuck Buttons' Slow Focus. Their work always has the ability to right off the bat elicit a very visceral reaction out of me, partially because it somehow sounds nothing like anything else I had ever heard, and partially because whatever they are doing just clicks so positively with my brain. This album is no different; I was 100% sold 90 seconds into the first song, and it just continued throughout the entirety of the album. It's amazing how noisy and dark and musical and uplifting this music can be all at the same time. I love that there are lots of sounds that sound organic, then mix and bleed into layers of distortion and fuzz. And I really love how different this is able to sound sound from Tarot Sport while still sounding like it was made from the same guys. The switch from epic, strangely anthemic thump that many of the tracks on the last album had to mostly shorter, more mid-tempo tracks really makes a big difference here. This is a really masterful album that manages to be extremely interesting from an intellectual standpoint, yet really evokes a strong emotional response at the same time. Bravo, Fuck Buttons - after one listen it seems to early to say this is my favorite album of the year so far, but i can't say that reacted so positively so quickly to anything in a long time.
8/7/16 - Sufjan Stevens @ Hollywood Bowl // 8/8/16 - Radiohead @ Shrine // 8/8/16 - Boris @ Regent
9/14/16 - Wilco @ Theatre at Ace Hotel // 9/18/16 - Kraftwerk @ Hollywood Bowl
Fuck Buttons album is awesome I agree. These guys just keep getting better.
Marisa Anderson's Mercury is fucking brilliant. Gorgeous, spinning experimental blues guitar. GET ON IT
Yeah, Fuck Buttons really out-did themselves with this recent one. I am also really, really enjoying the new Blondes album; that one came out of fucking nowhere! They've done well to add a few new wrinkles to their sound ("Bora Bora" and "Wire" in particular) and I find myself coming back to it a lot. µ-Ziq and Zomby have also been getting a lot of heavy rotation as of late too.
The release I am completely enamored with at the moment, however, is the compilation Enjoy the Experience - Homemade Recordings 1958-92 put out by Now Again. As the title suggests, these songs were never big or even moderate hits - they are all "private press" recordings, but are so forward-thinking and insanely good that it kind of boggles the mind. A lot of these tracks fall in the funk/soul/boogie genres, but there are some bizarrely wonderful gems on there (one in particular, "666" by Ray Torske, I just can't find an audio clip of):
Anyone else loving the Young Fathers' Tape Two? So groovy and good
Statik Selektah's Extended Play is 90s boom bap mixtape perfection.
*based upon tedious fact checking.
Really? I was sorely disappointed with it. Too pop oriented and not as groovy as her previous outputs. Prefer most of her dj sets over the album too.