Thursday, June 22, 2017

Travi$ Scott - Drugs You Should Try It


Artist:  Travis Scott (stylized Travi$)
Song:  Drugs You Should Try It
Album:  Days Before Rodeo
Genre:  Rap, R&B

Everybody loves those super sad depressing songs just a little bit, right?

A friend of mine has tried to direct me toward Travis Scott for ages now and I'm gonna be honest, I'm not a huge fan of most of his music.  His recent album may be one of the best produced things, but his other stuff isn't super great in my opinion.

But this album is freaking dope.  Days Before Rodeo, while not all the tracks are great, a good few of them are solid as all crap.

I find this song to be special since most of the beat is a guitar line.  It's kinda haunting, I love it.



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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Alice In Chains - Man In The Box


Band:  Alice In Chains
Song:  Man In The Box
Album:  Facelift
Genre:  Grunge
Language:  Mild

The vocal work on this song always gives me chills when it kicks in.  Layne Staley is such a fantastic vocalist, but unfortunately he fell victim to the problem that hit a lot of singers in Grunge bands.  He died of a heroin overdose.

They have some songs that kinda showcase what he was struggling with.  Songs like Sludge Factory, Hate To Feel, and Junkhead showcase a lot of what he was going through.  Just one of those things, ya know, there's always some sort of sign.  Of course, this was one of the kings of the Grunge scene, realistically he wasn't about to stop.  But hey, food for thought.

Always loved this song though.  It's really chunky in the way the drums and rhythm guitar groove together, and then when the vocals hit singing along with the lead guitar it just becomes that much better.  Check it out.



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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Tupac - Hail Mary


Artist:  Tupac
Song:  Hail Mary
Album:  The Don Killuminati
Genre:  Rap, Hip Hop
Language:  Strong

So technically this was after he switched over to his new name, Makaveli, but we're gonna just go with calling him Pac still cause he only had the one album out with this name before he died.

I'm pretty bummed out about his movie.  I was gonna go see it, but then all of his friends kept trashing the movie for not being accurate and I'm not sure I'm gonna check it out now.  The comfort of the situation though is that his music is still freaking solid.

Enjoy Hail Mary all, the song that was accidentally printed out for a church in South America last year as a singalong for their Christmas Eve service.  Good times, eh?



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Monday, June 19, 2017

Steel Panther - Party Like Tomorrow Is The End Of The World


Band:  Steel Panther
Song:  Party Like Tomorrow Is The End Of The World
Album:  All You Can Eat
Genre:  Glam Metal
Language:  Some, mostly the content.

I'm actually really mad at myself for liking Steel Panther.  Like, really mad at myself.

Not mad enough to not enjoy it though, so let's kick it with the most lewd rock band I've ever listened to.

I've got this soft spot for 80s Hair Metal, but honestly I don't like many of the bands of the era.  My issue always was they didn't really hold my attention.  Imma be honest, a lot of that was because of the production.  It's a picky thing to say, but I really love well produced music and a lot of bands of the era didn't have access to what they needed to really sound great.

Also there's the fact that Steel Panther sings exclusively about sex, drugs, and Rock 'n Roll.  That's dope.



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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Soundgarden - Rusty Cage


Band:  Soundgarden
Song:  Rusty Cage
Album:  Badmotorfinger
Genre:  Grunge

Right here is a band I need to listen to more.  Not just cause Chris Cornell died, but because they are also legitimately good.  One of the best ways to get myself to do that is to post the band's songs here, so when I want to listen to somebody, bad news, you're gonna listen to them too.

It's a solid song though on a really solid album, so I'm sure you can put up with that, yeah?  Have fun peeps.



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Saturday, June 17, 2017

The Showdown - Achilles


Band:  The Showdown
Song:  Achilles (The Backbreaker)
Album:  Back Breaker
Genre:  Southern Metal

I really miss this band.  They broke up a few years back and I wish they would get back together.

But hey, at least I have 4 albums to listen to, right?  I never really listened to it as much as Blood In The Gears, but that doesn't make it bad at all.  The whole thing has a heavy greek mythology vibe to it that's kinda cool to read while you listen.



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Friday, June 16, 2017

Slipknot - Surfacing


Band:  Slipknot
Song:  Surfacing
Album:  Slipknot
Genre:  Nu-Metal
Language:  Strong

This is one of Slipknot's best live songs hands down.  The way they get the crowd going is just straight up psychotic.  Here's a live video to check out, it's fantastic.

I've always loved this song though ever since I bought this album.  It was a big deal in my opinion since Slipknot was such an edgy band for me at the time, but I managed to get over that and really just enjoy what the band had to offer.

Not to say this first record isn't a little weird.  There's a couple songs that creep me out a little bit toward the end, but that doesn't detract from how solid the album as a whole is.  Hope ya dig the song.



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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Soilwork - Follow The Hollow


Band:  Soilwork
Song:  Follow The Hollow
Album:  Natural Born Chaos
Genre:  Melodic Death Metal
Language:  Brief, Strong

This was my favorite song off of my first Soilwork album.  I remember somebody had told me that they were really good and as was my habit at the time, I just went out and bought one of their albums.  If you actually want to learn more about bands that's a really solid habit by the way.  It get's you way more experience with the band than just listening to singles will give ya and you might be able to get your hipster self on by finding one of those hidden gem tracks.

I really dig this song though.  It grooves really solid much in the way as a lot of Soilwork's music does, but also has a hard edge...  As Soilwork's music does, haha



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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Slayer - Payback


Band:  Slayer
Song:  Payback
Album:  God Hates Us All
Genre:  Thrash Metal
Language:  Strong

If you payed attention to the links I dropped on The Fine Constant's post the other day, then you might have listened to a second or two of the ukelele cover of this song.  I honestly enjoy that cover a lot more than the original.  The sheer novelty of it is just fantastic.  But...  I mean, you can't listen to a cover and not at least kinda check out the original, right?

It's a fairly standard Slayer song though, so enjoy what you will with it.



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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Stevie Stone - Midwest Explosion


Artist:  Stevie Stone feat. Tech N9ne
Song:  Midwest Explosion
Album:  The New Kid Comin'
Genre:  Rap, Hip Hop
Language:  Strong

There's some people that I listen to that from time to time I just stop.  Tech N9ne is one of those guys cause, while I love his music, if I'm not in the mood for what he has to offer I generally don't want to listen to any of the dudes on his label either.  Nothing against any of them, but all their music sounds like Strange.

But then I come back to them and listen again,  That's always a good time.

Stevie Stone is a guy from Strange that I keep leaving on, but I feel like I'm gonna stick around a little more this time around because I found some of his older stuff to dig into.

His new stuff is also great, but I hadn't checked out any of his older stuff till the other day.  His first album was straight up fire man, and that's what this song is from.

Well, not his "first" album.  He was the rapper on a math album too.  Like, multiplication tables.  It's lit.

This song is amazing though.  Like, yo, it grooves the whole way through with Stevie and Tech rockin' the beat like a...  Something that rocks, I dunno.



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Monday, June 12, 2017

The Fine Constant - Quiescent


Band:  The Fine Constant
Song:  Quiescent
Album:  Woven In Light
Genre:  Progressive Metal
Bandcamp:  sarahshreds.bandcamp.com

I have never been one for exceptionally proggy stuff, that's always been more of Jeff's thing.  But ever since these guys came to Erie a while back I've got to admit, I've been interested.  Firstly, the girl, Sarah Longfield, is somebody I've followed on YouTube for a couple years now.  She's got some fantastic work that just kinda makes you either want to pick up a guitar and play, or just stop forever.  She did some collab work with Rob Scallon a few times if you happen to follow him.  This was my favorite one they did music wise.  I die with happiness every time I watch it.

But Fine Constant though.

Their music is really really freaking good.  Some of it is is chill like this, some of it less chill, but it's all really good.  Pick up a copy from the Bandcamp link if you like it on the cheap, it's only $9 for the whole album.



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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Parliament - Flash Light


Band:  Parliament
Song:  Flash Light
Album:  Funkentelechy Vs. the Placebo Syndrome
Genre: Funk

I've been trying to decide what to post for the 1000th post for a while now, and I decided that nothing better than some groovin' Funk tunes.

We're not gonna talk about the band though, we're gonna have a fun appreciation day.

I know there's not too many of you cause I only get something in the area of 20 views a post, but I'm really happy that you've all been here to enjoy some of this trip with me.  When I started this blog back in September of 2014 there were a lot of things I never thought would happen.  Like, I never would have thought that this freaking stupid post would be my most popular ever so far with 6400 hits and counting.  I also never thought I'd manage to keep 1000 straight days without missing a post.  Sure one or two have been late, but they've all been posted on the day of, no exceptions.

But hey, this post is as much about anybody who happens to read this as it is about me, what are your experiences here?  Have you been one of my early readers?  Did you just join me this April?  Have you started following me for "the first time" for the last 3 Aprils?  (Yeah man, there's one of you that's said that every time now.  No hard feelings, it's just funny, haha)  Maybe today is the first post you've seen.  Whatever way you put it though it's all good, I'm glad you're reading this.  I hope to at least amuse you with the mess of music I throw at you.

Here's to another 1000 days of blogging.  Cheers all



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Saturday, June 10, 2017

Bobaflex - I'm Glad You're Dead


Band:  Bobaflex
Song:  I'm Glad You're Dead
Album:  Charlatan Web
Genre:  Nu-Metal, Southern Metal

The last time I posted Bobaflex the band actually noticed and commented on the post.  That was freaking cool and actually boosted my views here for a long time.  Thanks guys, I appreciate it.

So I was gonna wait to post them again till I hit up a cover week since they recently did a cover of Hey You by Pink Floyd.  They knocked it out actually, really solidly done.  I opted to wait for more cover songs for a bit though so here's this one instead, yeah?

It's a really solid song that has all the grit and punch I really like about their music.  The whole thing just comes together in a really good way.  I dig it.

Side note, today is post #999, which is kinda a big deal.  Post 1000 is tomorrow and I'm kinda psyched about it.



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Friday, June 9, 2017

DMX - We Right Here


Band:  DMX
Song:  We Right Here
Album:  The Great Depression
Genre:  Rap, Hip Hop
Language:  Strong

DMX will forever and always hold a special place in my heart.  He has a lot of really heartfelt songs in his earlier material and I feel like I can relate to it for some reason.  The beat is simple enough that it doesn't distract from his flow, and X keeps his trademark percussive flow on top of it.  I honestly don't really know what it is that draws me to DMX.  I feel like it might be his generally morose attitude.  Like, he's got party songs, but they contrast harshly with the "repentance" tracks.  I feel like durring a lot of his career he was a really emotionally torn person.

I originally wanted to post "Slippin'", but I saw I had already posted it a while back.  This one's just as good though, so enjoy, eh?



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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Starset - My Demons


Band:  Starset
Song: Demons
Genre:  Art Metal
Album:  Transmissions

So this band has a rather dope thing going on.  They've got this wicked heavy sci fi backstory going on talking about transmissions from deep space, the end of the world, and a secret society.

Now that by itself is pretty cool, but then you get the actual music and it only get's freaking better.  Like, there's all kinds of stuff going on in this song that just makes me really happy.  The synth and strings, the heavy guitar work, it's all just so nice.  That chorus is just freaking dope.



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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Wiz Khalifa - King Of Everything


Artist:  Wiz Khalifa
Song:  King Of Everything
Album:  King Of Everything (Single)
Genre:  Rap, Hip Hop
Language:  Strong

For the longest time I just didn't listen to Wiz because I kinda just assumed he was a stoner with bad music.  I mean, he smokes hella weed, but his music is actually pretty enjoyable, so I guess I was only half right.

My friend Nick sent me this song a while ago and I've kinda been waiting to post it cause I still had that weird apprehension about posting Wiz Khalifa even though I've posted some of the most atrociously weird music all over the place.  I hope ya enjoy this, it's got a pretty dope beat and flow to it.



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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Prison - Losing My Mind


Band:  Prison
Song:  Losing My Mind
Album:  N.G.R.I.  (Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity)
Genre:  Nu-Metal, Hardcore
Bandcamp: prisonfl.bandcamp.com

So the frontman for Dark Sermon didn't want to be done with music when the rest of the band decided to go on hiatus.  He took his energy and has decided to channel it into Prison.

Always having been open about mental problems, Crowder has taken the lyrical theme of Prison to a whole new level with lyrics that blatantly showcase struggles and problems that need to have a much more open dialogue.

I'm really looking forward to this album, it's gonna be crazy dark, have killer music, and all in all be great from the reviews I've read so far.  I'm pumped man, gonna be great.

This song is hella tight.  There's some nifty Deathcore influence in the music here that I just love.



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