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Saturday, December 24, 2005
Kanye West- Late Registration. Although not as consistently good. as College Dropout, it is a more diverse collection. The strong songs are probably stronger than the strongest on College Dropout. The songs that are not that good are still pretty dang good. "Gone" is currently my favorite hip-hop song. Collabos on this one, excellent.
Z-Trip - Shifting Gears. It got a 4 star review in Rolling Stone. It features Chester(from LinkinPark), Churck D, Murs, Lyrics Born and more. It is his first major label album and it is not surprisingly DJ friendly. A mixture of new and old-school artists.
Dangerdoom - The Mouse and the Mask. MF Doom is at the top of the underground emcee game. Dangermouse is making great beats. Combine this with having vocal samples from Adult Swim from Cartoon Network and you have a classic.
Quasimoto - The Further Adventures of Lord Quas. Madlib puts together another album of pitch bent vocals, streaofconciosnessss vocals and obscure sampled beats. Med and MF Doom make guest appearances. He made a good amount of these beats on a 303 Dr. Sample, ahi-fi cassette deck and a fisher price turntable in a hotel room. Ridiculousus
Dreddy Kruger presents...Think Differently Music. Wu-Tang meets the Indie Culture. Hard to go wrong with Wu-Beats and underground heavy hitters. The Wu-Tang are a marketing machine and they produced a good one here. Not club music at all. Presents some great emcees that sometimes only need a better beat for their vocals. Well, now they get a better beat for their vocals. MFDoom, Del, Casual, J-Live, Rza, Aesop Rock and so many more...
Motown - Remixed. This is a nuts one. The challenge of taking classic songs and remixing them is dangerous. Well, Z-Trip provided the intro song of a lifetime with "I want you back" and it continues in goodness. ?estlove provides some drums onof Jazzy Jeff, DJ Spinna and more. one of the albums of the year and it's a remix album no doubt.
The Mars Volta - Frances the Mute. Who cares if they continue to be self indulgent. We should not be surprised if the next album ends up only being 3 tracks in even more parts. This one was 5 songs broken up into12 tracks. One song works out to over half anhour. Fortunately it is broken up into sections. Genius to the point of near inaccessibility. If you think this is out there, go pick up Omar's solo release.
Moby - Hotel. He broke out of trying to release Play part 3. Probably one of the most over looked albums of the year. If you got the double disc, the second disc is called Ambient and provides great background meditation style music. Moby gets around to alienating fans and makes a decent but not perfect effort. He does a solid cover of "Temptation" by New Order. A few really good songs but nothing that would be great in a car commercial
Audioslave - Out of Exile. Not as strong as the first album. Some mind bending solos and effects by Tom. It has been said that it seems like Audioslave sounds like a war between Tom and Chris over who should have the spotlight. There are a few awesome songsbut it doesn't have the agression that the first album had. I really wish, ZDLR would at some point release his solo album. I doubt that will happen though.
Beck - Guero. Beck always makes good music. If you were looking for sea change part 2, you would be dissapointed. If you wanted something with a vibe that is some where around midnite vultures and odelay but more futuristic(whatever that means),Guero is the answer. Produced by the Dust Brothers, who have produced for the Beastie Boys, Young MC and even the new Tom Green album. Have to checkout Guerolito before the year is out hopefully. They aren't paying me to talk.
White Stripes - Get Behind me Satan. Jack and Meg make another odd release. Definitely a little different from the others. A little bit of a country feel at times. Some more piano on this one. Some bluesy stuff as usual too. They even made a video for 'The DenialTwist' with Conan O'Brien making a cameo. Don't forget that they are also the first musical guests that Jon Stewart has had on. As far as two-piece groups go, freakin' solid. Wierd and solid.The Best Delay of 2005 (again).
Mars Ill - Pro Pain. I got a chance to preview the not going to be released version of this recently. Mars Ill don't disappoint. Dust provides some sample heavy beats and ManChild guides the mic through clever rhymes and great flow. The chemistry between the two is like the chemistry between Guru and Premier. That might be a far stretch...but when the new version comes out it will bea must have.