Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Nu-Vember: P.O.D. - Set It Off

Band:  P.O.D. (Payable On Death)
Song:  Set It Off
Album:  Satellite (2001)
Genre:  Nu-Metal

Shouldn't be a surprise that I include the band that's probably the most popular Nu-Metal band ever.  I've seen a couple lists now that have placed them at the top of people's like, top 10 lists.  How they beat guys like Korn out I'll have no clue since they're literally what I think of when I hear people talking about Nu-Metal, but whatever.

P.O.D. pulls a special audience though, they manage to snag the Christian crowd along with everybody else.  Not an easy feat.

I've always found their music to be a little flat, but I'm told I just need to get into their first album or two to really get into their sound.  Either way, I have a couple songs of theirs that I like, which include this one.  Go to town all!

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Monday, November 20, 2017

Nirvana - Downer

Band:  Nirvana
Song:  Downer
Album:  Bleach (1989)
Genre:  Grunge

After reading an article about Kurt Cobain being a petty asshole, I decided I wanted to get into Nirvana again.  But like, not good Nirvana, the crappy demo tape old school Nirvana.  In the article it mentioned their album Incesticide, so that seemed a good place to start, yeah?

Turns out other than some live stuff, there's not too many songs that are unique to the album.  There's alternate versions though, and those are pretty sick.  Then there's some songs that just straight up ended up on albums like Beach.

This one perked my ears cause it rocks that nifty bass riff like, the whole way through the song.  Even the off key screeching of Kurt couldn't hurt my enjoyment of the song.

Jokes aside though it's actually a pretty dope song, and as long as you don't mind kinda noisy music the album is pretty solid too.  It's definitely their least accessible music though, even songs like Rape Me were musically enjoyable.  Bleach is just a mess of sloppy guitar and vocals, with a mess of feedback going on.  Not a bad thing to me since that's literally the sound my band goes for, but I really can see why you wouldn't want it.

All in all though I'm enjoying actually looking into some of Nirvana's lesser played (on the radio at least) songs.  It's helping me understand why they were as popular as they were.

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Sunday, November 19, 2017

This Is Hell - Acid Rain

Band:  This Is Hell
Song:  Acid Rain
Album:  Black Mass (2011)
Genre:  Hardcore Punk

While I was writing up for the Week Of Evil I came across these guys.  For the life of me I can't remember what band it was, but apparently the band is releasing or had just released an album called Black Mass.  Searching for that album though just brought me to these guys, since they also had released such an album, and since they aren't Black Metal there's a decent number of people that like it.

It's not a band I'm familiar with, and it's not my favorite strain of Punk music, but it's not too bad really.  I liked it enough to post it, right?

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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Rick Ross - Dead Presidents

Artist:  Rick Ross feat. Future, Jeezy, Yo Gotti
Song:  Dead Presidents
Album:  Rather You Than Me (2017)
Genre:  Rap, Hip Hop
Language:  Strong

This song is a wonderful example of my hearing the flow of a song, but having no clue what's being said.  I have this problem sometimes where I'll just ignore the lyrics to a song and focus on how it sounds.  This isn't usually a huge issue, but when it comes to Rap I've been screwed over once or twice because of it.

I went to show my mom a 2 Chainz song once that I love a certain piece of, and it turns out the flow I loved came from the most crude part of the song.

The same thing is true here honestly.  I absolutely love the first few bars in Future's verse cause of the flow, but lyrically I can see why you might not want to say, play it around kids.  Bums me out, it's such a good flow.

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Friday, November 17, 2017

Nu-Vember: Limp Bizkit - Break Stuff

Band:  Limp Bizkit
Song:  Break Stuff
Album:  Significant Other (1999)
Genre:  Nu-Metal
Language:  Strong

So let's be real, as if Nu-Vember wasn't enough to clue you in I have a huge love for Nu-Metal.  I do acknowledge that on the whole the genre is filled with bad bands, but there's one that's worse than some of the others, and I love them the most.

Limp Bizkit.

With their crazy frat bro energy, Limp Bizkit managed to rock the Nu-Metal world in the early 2000s.  A lot of people had bad taste then as seen in this photo, so that really helped Limp Bizkit just hit the stage in a major way.

One thing you can't write off though is that they managed to make some 3 amazingly solid albums to kick off their career.  The others weren't too bad, but the first 3 were better than they have any right to be.  See, Limp Bizkit has some honestly fantastic talent in the group.  The guitarist Wes Borland for example (The dude in the weird outfit) is straight up ingenius with what he comes up with.  The sounds he makes his guitar make are just awesome.

Honestly if Fred hadn't started fighting with other bands they probably would have been doing much better in the main field.  But hey, they (for the most part) make music they enjoy, and that's what counts.  I love it, I jammed to this album for a few months when I finally picked it up.

If you watch this video, you'll see a mess of cameos from various music icons from the 2000s, so that's a fun little "where's Waldo" for ya.

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Kanye West - Black Skinhead

Artist:  Kanye West
Song:  Black Skinhead (BlKKK SKKKn Head)
Album:  Yeezus (2013)
Genre:  Rap, Hip Hop
Language:  Strong

I feel like I couldn't in good conscience post Kanye right after Taylor without using this photo.

It took me ages to pick the freaking Kanye song I was gonna post today.  I just shuffled his songs for a while and honestly picked 5 or 6 different songs that "I'm definitely gonna post".  It didn't even help once I decided to go with the angry Kanye album, Yeezus.  Like, my goodness, there's so many great tracks on it.  For an album that only has 10 tracks on it it has no right to be as good as it is.  I honestly feel like I enjoy all the tracks on the album, which I suppose is weird since it was all controversial and new when it came out.  Take a listen though, this song (and the rest of the album) don't really sound like Rap people are making right now.  There was so much potential here, it could have been amazing.

To be honest though, I don't know that I'd want to listen to a lot of albums that sound like this.  It's a very good album, but at the same time it might get a little old after a while.

Either way, Kanye manages to remind me why he's one of my top 5 rappers.

Keep it 300 like the Romans though?  Come on Ye, that was the Spartans, check your facts.

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Taylor Swift - ...Ready For It?

Artist:  Taylor Swift
Song:  ...Ready For It?
Album:  Reputation (2017)
Genre:  Hip Hop

So good ol' T Swift dropped an album the other day, have you listened to it?

I've heard a decent chunk of it at this point, and I really have just a couple takeaways.  The album is wonderfully produced, the beats and quality are just really good music.  However, edgy Taylor is not a good look.  She's hitting that awkward emo stage she should have hit in her teens and she's trying to blame other people for her problems.  Lyrically it's a little weird too, there's some songs that just make me feel weird, and others are just way too petty to be good.

This song is an example of one that just feels a little weird.  The song's beat is straight up wonderful, it actually reminds me of something Kanye would come up with.  The lyrics though don't really work for me.  It's a little off, I dunno.

The album just leaves me feeling a little worse about Taylor Swift honestly.  Red was a legitimately solid album, but this one makes me feel like she's a child trying to prove she's all grown up.  Kind alike Miley's faze he went through.

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