Product Launch: Relic Scout

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Volume 1, Issue 1: Run-DMC’s Raising Hell

Run DMC Raising Hell

7 Day Music Club

Note: This post was published elsewhere initially. I am moving my 7-Day Music Club efforts from that domain to my main blog. Enjoy!

As we start this new journey on 7-Day Music Club, I felt the best place to start was at the beginning. For me, the true joy of music, discovery, and finding my own taste started with Run-DMC’s Raising Hell.

Not only was was Raising Hell the first cassette I bought with my own (10th birthday) money – purchased at K-Mart in Lockport, NY shortly after release in 1986 – but it was the first album I listened to repeatedly, memorizing all of the lyrics. It was also the first record I bonded with friends over: my friend Alex and I would listen repeatedly in his bedroom or while playing Sega Genesis – we’d each take turns being Run or DMC, nailing our parts as we went through each song.

The love of Run-DMC evolved creatively as well – we eventually started writing our own raps as Run-PVD (as creative a name as you could expect from a 10-year old) with our friend Eric. We even performed in the hall for our 5th grade student teacher the following school year.

The discovery of Hip-Hop was universe expanding for me in many ways – especially after a childhood of exposure to classic and yacht rock via my parents. Run-DMC led me to LL Cool J’s Bigger and Deffer, the Beastie Boys’ Licensed to Ill, and the Fat Boys’ Crushin’. From there: Public Enemy, Slick Rick, A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Erik B. & Rakim, Nas, BDP, 3rd Bass, Black Sheep, Digital Underground, the D.O.C., Geto Boys, Ice Cube, Young MC, and Digable Planets. I was hooked.

My love for Hip-Hop has only grown over time. Today my faves include: Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Jay-Z, Run the Jewels, Joey Bada$$, Saba, Schoolboy Q, Earl Sweatshirt, A$AP Rocky, and many more.

My Fave Albums from 2019

I’ve finally narrowed my list of favorite music releases of 2019 to 22. I tried my hardest to get it lower, but I just couldn’t boot any more from the list.

With that said, here’s the general order of preference:

  1. Clairo – Immunity
  2. King Princess – Cheap Queen
  3. Bon Iver – i,i
  4. Hatchie – Keepsake
  5. Better Oblivion Community Center – s/t
  6. Angel Olsen – All Mirrors
  7. Middle Kids – New Songs for Old Problems
  8. Bob Mould – Sunshine Rock
  9. Sharon Van Etten – Remind Me Tomorrow
  10. Maggie Rogers – Heard it in a Past Life
  11. Mannequin Pussy – Patience
  12. Tyler the Creator – IGOR
  13. Anderson .Paak – Ventura
  14. The New Pornographers – In the Morse Code of Brake Lights
  15. Earthgang – Mirrorland
  16. Vampire Weekend – Father of the Bride
  17. Khalid – Free Spirit
  18. Stella Donnelly – Beware of the Dogs
  19. Freddie Gibbs and Madlib – Bandana
  20. Tank and the Bangas – Green Balloon
  21. Jamila Woods – Legacy! Legacy!
  22. The Japanese House – Good at Failing

Feel free to listen along:

Are there any releases I missed, that you think I’d dig? Feel free to share in the comments.

If you don’t have Apple Music and are in need of some instant gratification, here are a few of my favorite performances from these artists:

Stella Donnelly:

Clairo:

Sharon Van Etten:

King Princess:

Maggie Rogers:

Middle Kids:

Greta’s message

Greta Thunberg had a powerful message at the United Nations Climate Action Summit. I hope world leaders (both government and business) felt half as much shame as I felt listening to her words.

My actions are half measures at best and empty at worst. I need to take a deep look at my place in all this and make changes. Please consider the same.