Comes out April 3rd. I dig it.
Girls got their first non-loss of the season. They’ve improved so much. A win is just around the corner!
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.
Great interview. This makes me love @sharonvanetten even more. Hope she comes to Buffalo some day.
Ice skating with these ladies tonight.
Let’s make 2020 the year we all get off Instagram and move back to Flickr: The world’s most-beloved, money-losing business needs your help
Re-upped my Pro account.
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:
- Clairo – Immunity
- King Princess – Cheap Queen
- Bon Iver – i,i
- Hatchie – Keepsake
- Better Oblivion Community Center – s/t
- Angel Olsen – All Mirrors
- Middle Kids – New Songs for Old Problems
- Bob Mould – Sunshine Rock
- Sharon Van Etten – Remind Me Tomorrow
- Maggie Rogers – Heard it in a Past Life
- Mannequin Pussy – Patience
- Tyler the Creator – IGOR
- Anderson .Paak – Ventura
- The New Pornographers – In the Morse Code of Brake Lights
- Earthgang – Mirrorland
- Vampire Weekend – Father of the Bride
- Khalid – Free Spirit
- Stella Donnelly – Beware of the Dogs
- Freddie Gibbs and Madlib – Bandana
- Tank and the Bangas – Green Balloon
- Jamila Woods – Legacy! Legacy!
- 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:
Sharon Van Etten:
One of my fave albums of all time. Will be listening today.