Boy, oh boy, it seems like it has been so slow the last couple months, when it comes to music. It’s actually made it quite hard for me to come up with material to write about. It feels like there has been barely any noteworthy albums that have come out since mid November. But actually there has been a bunch of pretty good albums. Kate Bush’s “50 Words For Snow” was great, as usual. I mentioned in my top ten albums of the year post last week, naming it number 1. There were a couple good releases in December, worth listening to, with albums like “Red” by Dia Frampton and “The Dreamer/The Believer” by Common. Also Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa released a soundtrack album to their upcoming film, a “black” Cheech and Chong take off “Mac and Devin Go To High School” and is better than I’d though it would be. Lot’s of catchy song’s about pot smoking, but what would you expect from Snoop in a Cheech and Chong style film’s soundtrack?
Come to think of it Rap has has had a few good months, recently, which Hip-Hop desperately needed, because Hip-Hop has been, well, dead for years now. Some really good, new Rap albums I’ve been listening to include Eminem’s new protege Yelawolf’s debut “Radioactive”. Childish Gambino a.k.a. Donald Glover from the TV show, Community, who you’ve NEVER heard like this before, released a killer debut album called “Camp”. Idle Warship’s is a genre bending Hip-Hop group consisting of Talib Kweli and female singer, Res, who released their debut album, “Habits Of The Heart” back in mid October on Spotify before it even hit the store shelves, to create a buzz. It seems like all the good, new music is coming from new acts and a lot from Rap for a change. This is what Rock needs. Rock has had really no major albums come out in recent memory and all the Rock radio stations are switching format away from Rock. Rock really needs a renaissance. If Rap can do it, so can Rock. The Black Keys new album, “El Camino” is really good and they have been getting quite a bit of attention and are even on the cover of the current issue of Rolling Stone. Foster The People are another Rock band that have been holding it down on the pop radio waves with their surprise, smash hit “Pumped Up Kicks” from their album “Torches”.
I began writing this blog post as a question of what to do when there is not much good music coming out, but in the end, I realized that there is quite a bit of pretty decent music out right now. However the questions remains the same, what to do in times, when you thirst for something new for your ears to feast on and there really isn’t anything catching you ears? What I do is go back and listen to old artists that I’ve always wanted to, but never got into and start to dig through their catalouges. While it might not be “new” music, it’s new to me. So, I’ve been listening to the above mentioned albums and some “old” music by Kate Bush, The Allman Brothers and some other older artists. I should note that just because there may not be any major releases out doesn’t mean there is nothing good out. It just takes a bit more digging to find something new and fresh. What do you recommend I listen to right now? Have you heard anything new and interesting? Anything oldy, but goody?
These are some of the albums I’ve been listening to that you all should check out. There’s a little something here for everyone.: