Breakfast for the Block

Cayetana - “Miss Thing” (2014)

I’ve been pumping this Cayetana song non stop for a minute. I guess I was a bigger Cranberries fan than I remember? The way the vocalist’s voice breaks when she hits an upper register is just SO cranberries and I love it. The slow build with the chiming guitar at the beginning is just gorgeous. 

T.I. - “About the Money” feat. Young Thug

It’s a shame more people haven’t been about this song since it dropped. I listen to it all the time. T.I. sounds like he’s having so much fun. Pretty much every line of his can be imagined as him spitting it then doing that glorious side eye, cocked T.I. face. 

Lil Bibby - “We Are Strong” feat. Kevin Gates (2014)

Any track that Gates keeps rapping on when the beat drops out is aces in my book. Him and Bibby sound good together here with Gates getting most of the track time, even though it’s a Bibby joint. OH RIGHT, there’s a Pat Benatar sample too.

Dads - “I’ll Be The Tornado” (I’ll Be The Tornado/2014)

Wonderful new Dads track that reminds me a lot of some Dear Ephesus song I loved as a young pup. I can’t put my finger on what it was and it’s going to chew me up.

Starz gets all the high-fives this week for giving Bryan Fuller more TV to make. Fuller is that dude, has been for years, and now he’s getting to help craft another crazy world for TV. Something he’s done wonderfully time and time again. 

Fuller’s proven he can turn out the fantastical with whimsy and heart (Wonderfalls, Pushing Daisies) then turn around to sculpt something equally breathtakingly beautiful as it is downright frightening like Hannibal (go watch it now).

So, big ups to Starz for getting him on board for the premise of something as interesting as Neil Gaiman’s “American Gods” because as his past and current works have proven, the man can do weird, but make it compelling. 

Unlike other emo heavyweights from the ’90s who are getting back together, Braid isn’t just collecting some checks from a few one off shows in major metropolitan areas. Next week they are actually dropping a full-length, the band’s first in 16 years, and it’s pretty damn good. (No Coast/Topshelf Records 2014)

With almost two decades out the game, the band’s sound could be viewed as a bit more mature on No Coast. There’s some power pop here and a dancier indie rock number there, “East End Hollows” is the best Death Cab song in forever and ever. However, the whole record is anchored by their mastery of loud/quiet/loud midwestern emo they helped pioneer. 

No Coast's end result is an amalgamation of frontman Bob Nanna's two bands. We get the more nervy, punchy Braid with the poppier sweetness of Hey Mercedes forming one of the most confident rock records of the year. 

Not in any order, here are some albums of music that I have enjoyed over the first half of this year. Complete with HOT Spotify playlist (sadly no Lil’ Herb).

Sturgill Simpson- Metamodern Sounds In Country

Eric Church- The Outsiders

Lil Herb- Welcome To Fazoland

Shy Glizzy- Young Jefe

The Hotelier- Home Like No Place Is There

Freddie Gibbs/Madlib- Cocaine Piñata 

The Coathangers- Suck My Shirt

Bob Mould- Beauty & Ruin

Future- Honest

Hamilton Leithauser- Black Hours

YG- My Krazy Life

The Menzingers- Rented World

Lydia Loveless- Somewhere Else

Strand of Oaks- Heal

Nikki Lane - All Or Nothin’

Friday Fist Pump: Strike Anywhere - “Sunset On 32nd Street”

I watched Killing Them Softly again this week after not seeing it since early 2013 on a hungover Sunday. The movie did nothing for me then. It felt hollow and disappointing given the cast involved. The Andrew Dominik directed movie popped into my brain for some reason or another this week and I gave that puppy another whirl as one can do when they work at home without THE MAN breathing down their neck. New Luke consensus alert, it’s pretty damn great.
The look, the feel, it’s all so dirty from the dilapidated cityscapes to Ben Mendelsohn’s slop of hair. Just look at him in the picture above with Scoot McNairy. The dude looks like a smack addicted Gollum! The film is built on conversation and also listening. Anyone could get picked off at anytime so a good chunk of the movie is the superb cast sitting across from one another sighing and deciphering what the next moves are. In that way it reminds me a lot of NBC’s Hannibal, where the real action is taking place in the words being exchanged, not the blood that eventually will be splattered. 

I watched Killing Them Softly again this week after not seeing it since early 2013 on a hungover Sunday. The movie did nothing for me then. It felt hollow and disappointing given the cast involved. The Andrew Dominik directed movie popped into my brain for some reason or another this week and I gave that puppy another whirl as one can do when they work at home without THE MAN breathing down their neck. New Luke consensus alert, it’s pretty damn great.

The look, the feel, it’s all so dirty from the dilapidated cityscapes to Ben Mendelsohn’s slop of hair. Just look at him in the picture above with Scoot McNairy. The dude looks like a smack addicted Gollum! The film is built on conversation and also listening. Anyone could get picked off at anytime so a good chunk of the movie is the superb cast sitting across from one another sighing and deciphering what the next moves are. In that way it reminds me a lot of NBC’s Hannibal, where the real action is taking place in the words being exchanged, not the blood that eventually will be splattered. 

Garth Brooks - “When You Come Back To Me Again”

Do you even remember the 2000 Dennis Quaid thriller Frequency?!?! Well there’s this massive Garth Brooks tub of schmaltz at the end and I’ve listened to it three times this morning.