Saturday, August 27, 2016

A Special Kind Of Hell: Music Reviews for August 2016

When I started blogging 10 years ago, one of the things I did was reviews based off of 30 second samples on iTunes to determine if new releases were crap or historically crap (2006 was not a good time for music; neither was 2007).  Most of my reviews back then were not...great.  But some are still genuinely funny, and a few might have even had a point.

I've written less and less in this blog, mostly just ceding it to be the shownotes for my radio show Expect The Unexpected.  That's because I've written less and less in general.  I've written a haiku since May, and that's it.  So I figured "Hey, if I'm gonna dip my toe back in the water and see how it feels, how about a consequence-free music review thing?"


Ratings are as always 0 to 5 stars.  0 Star reviews are denoted by no asterisks after them.  Occasionally, I get hateful and bestow a negative rating, but something really has to get under my skin to get one of those.


Let's get started:

Frank Ocean "Blond" *

Fuck.  Way to jump in at the deep end there, Nick.  This is the album everyone is blowing up about, and the anticipation for which has been a meme for at least a year.  Now is as good a time as any to make a confession:

Before I hit play, I had never heard a note of Frank Ocean.

I had no idea what his voice sounded like, I had little clue what kind of "R&B" he does, since that catch-all term has been impossibly vague since I was born, so I really went in with no guesses as to what to expect.

The first thing that pleasantly surprised me is there isn't an over-reliance on the 808 drum kit that has MURDERED creativity for the last 18 plus years in beatmaking.  There's some, but if you use it sparingly and well, 808's can still be effective.  Unfortunately...

Most of this shit sounds like it's half finished.  The only groundbreaking thing this guy did was forget to put drums in half the songs.  The vocals, ideas, cohesion and music all sound profoundly boring, sloppy and scattershot.  "Pink + White" was the only one of the bunch where I liked the beat and the vocal.  "Nights", "Solo (Reprise)" and "Pretty Sweet" have cool beats, but the lyrics and vocal delivery make me not care; and "Solo (Reprise)" is an Andre 3000 verse.  "Skyline To" has lame lyrics, though I like the way the chorus just slams into the end of the verse, like "My turn, fucker."  It has a cool post-chorus keyboard line too, but there's not much to it other than that.  "Nikes" sounds like it's trying to talk deep, but the helium pitch shifting really undercuts the message.  "Ivy" sounds like exhausted-toddler core, with a breathy, nasally delivery that comes off as petulant and plaintive even if that's not the intention.  Like a 4-year old dragging it's feet.

This music is not for me.  At all.  I do not get why this guy is seen as a visionary.  I hear how he's different from the average, but what he's doing has been done before and done better over the last 40 years; the genre is littered with examples.

Britney Spears "Glory"

One thing this album has going for it is you can barely tell this is Britney Spears.  As a matter of fact, the opener "Invitation" reminds me of Frank Ocean.  Her voice is a lot more processed of course, because that's one thing Frank has over Britney, but that's like saying Neil Young is a better pure singer than Tom Waits.

The rest of this album is pretty goddam painful.  The single "Make Me" is the same song you've heard everyone else do in the last 12 months, the slow, synth-drenched dystopian post-pop pop song.  I didn't even get to hear the rap verse in the sound sample.  "Private Show" has some CRINGE lyrics.  "Clumsy" is the first song that has any life to it at all.  It's not good, but it's at least a palette cleanser after 17 tracks of Frank Ocean and the first five tracks of this. 

All in all, this album is too generic to make fun of except for a few instances of painful lyrics.  It's main selling point is a brand name and that it sounds like whatever else passes for popular.


Florida Georgia Line "Dig Your Roots" [NEGATIVE ONE STAR]

God DAMN did I step in a shit pile.  I hate modern country more than room temperature slow jams.  Especially when infused with all the worst parts of Nickelback PLUS attempts at using "hip lingo".  When you're disappointed the opener isn't a cover of "Smooth" by Santana & Rob Thomas, hell, when you'd rather be listening to "Smooth" by Santana & Rob Thomas, you know you done fucked up.  Track three has Ziggy Marley on it for some God-forsaken reason, track five sounds like a rejected Backstreet Boys ballad with twang on it, and "Lifer" barely even has country in it's slow-jam...goddamit, there's 808's ON THIS SHIT!

And if track five weren't BSB enough for you, "God, Your Mama and Me" actually HAS the Backstreet Boys on it.  FUCK this album is a special kind of bad.

Barbara Streisand "Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway"  This review is turning into a special kind of hell for me.  It's hit three of my four food groups for "Nick's Least Favorite Music"s, which are Country, Opera, Showtunes and Lazy Pop Music.  Showtunes have been fingernails on the chalkboard for me because of how unrepentantly corny they are.  Sure, the music I like sucks too, but at least it tries to be cool.  Showtunes?  Normally self-awareness would earn you points, but the very tropes of the genre are cringe-inducing to me.  And I acknowledge the skill it takes to make Broadway: Patrick Wilson on "Loving You" is fucking phenomenal from a skill standpoint.  But I'm never going to want to listen to this stuff willingly.

Ingrid Michaelson "It Doesn't Have To Make Sense" *

I had no idea she was coming out with new music.  I went from loving "Human Again" to liking "Lights Out" to hearing some song from this and thinking "Well, I knew she was trending poppier, but this one's too far for me" about a year ago, and just forgetting she existed.

The opener "Light Me Up" sounds like the typical good Ingrid song, anthemic but somehow restrained.  "Whole Lot Of Heart" is chill, maybe a bit too simplistic and laid back for a track 2, but it could grow on me.  "Miss America" is a little too poppy for it's own good, but it's not offensive to the sensibilities or anything.  "Another Life" is...there, I guess?  It says "love" too much in the chorus to be taken seriously.  "I Remember Her" is a painfully average ballad, as is "Drink You Gone".  "Hell No" is the song that put me off Ingrid when I saw the video, which came out right about the same time Instagram filters that put animal faces or crowns or whatever on you became popular.  And the song "Celebrate" sounds like it's a few twangs and bro Country lyrics away from belonging on the Florida Georgia Line album.

Easily Ingrid's worst album.  Certainly the least inspired.  It's not even close.  The other depressing thing is it's slightly better than "Blond", so this makes it the new leader of this review so far.

Glass Animals "How To Be A Human Being"

For the first three seconds, I was already ready to crown this the new leader of this review; not even gonna lie.  "Life Itself" is about ten years out of date as a pop song, but it beats the shit out of most of the songs I've heard so far tonight.  Of course, that's all before the lyrics, which are passé to the point of appendicitis.  (I don't even know what that means, but it's the most clever turn of phrase that has anything to do with this review so far.)

And then the rest of the album just kept sucking.  This is the kind of white boy meh you've heard on alternative stations since 1997 except more poppy and not as good.

Young Thug "Jeffrey"

This is sort of unique, I gotta give it that.  But it's unique in how it sounds like a stroke patient who had half their language center taken out during a lobotomy wears their psychosis proudly like a cloak.  I know the track "RiRi" is supposed to refer to Rihanna, but it REALLY sounds like he means the other, more offensive meaning with how he fucking "flows" on it.

For those that might take me to task for being on some "get off my lawn" shit or say I don't know hip hop because I'm the whitest motherfucker you've ever come across on the internet (a charge I don't really deny, btw) I submit as examples: Kendrick Lamar, Vic Mensa, Schoolboy Q, YG, and even Vince Staples: all newer rappers that put out shit this year that makes this shit look foolish.  Young Thug is in that lane of "I don't rap, so you can't judge my flow, but hold up because when I'm singing you can't judge that either because I'm just a rapper" that Fetty Wop, Future and Desiigner have already occupied.  At least the chorus to "Trap Queen" is sorta catchy; this shit is just the ramblings of a mind that may not be there to be diseased.

Also, on the "you can't judge me because..." front: This isn't even an album.  It's a mixtape, because it turns out Young Thug has never released an "album".  If it's just a mixtape, the criticism is invalid, because "Well, wait til you hear the album, THEN we'll give you the real shit."  This is ten songs.  It's around 40 minutes.  You're charging people for it.  It's a fucking album.  Hell, last year when he released "The Barter 6", it was initially promoted as Young Thug's debut album.  Then the label back-peddled and said it was a "retail mixtape".  Fuck you, man.  If it's longer than an EP and you charge for it, it's an album.  Quit trying to change definitions just to avoid people calling you out for putting out whack shit.  Because that's the only reason you can continue to exist: if you keep shifting the goalposts, no one will be able to take a clear shot of kicking your ass right through them and out of the public arena for good.  The minute you put out a "real" album, the gimmick is over and you'll be subjected to some "real" criticism.  But that's bullshit too, because I'm not the first person to call Thug out for being whack.  And I certainly won't be the last.

Here's the thing, though: the music itself is so typical of modern mainstream hip hop that I can't even really get mad at it.  Not really.  It doesn't evoke much of an emotional response, save for "[sigh]...again?  Whatever..."  And in the world we live in today, I can avoid the SHIT out of Young Thug.  This is the first time I've even heard the guy. 

Everything about him is hype, from his cross-dressing to his status in the game...even to his status as a rapper, since he sings everything and doesn't even rap.  Yet there are critics out there who would champion his cause as an innovator.  Well, what say they?  Here's some new-agey vagaries from Meaghan Garvey of Pitchfork:

"[...]what may not be legible at first glance reveals itself patiently over time ... More than anything, Barter 6 feels like a 50-minute performance of what rap, as a form, can do: rap that need not transcend itself, towards High Art on one hand or commercial art on the other, in order to succeed in 2015."


I know.  I've written enough term papers and read enough academic fanboy bullshit (read: peer-reviewed articles) to know it when I see it: You don't even understand your own review.  Granted, I have no idea what context that statement is in; I copied it from Wikipedia and quoted the source, but SHIT does it sound like nothing.

And that, ladies and gentleman is the problem with all seven albums I've reviewed here this week: None of them feel like they have a reason to exist.  Hell, most of the material is so sparse and minimalist it barely even exists in the first place.  Is that to hide from the potential criticism?  If the music pretends it's not there does it think I can't be disappointed in it for not DOING anything?  Fuck kinda bullshit is that?  At least when I put out a song, I KNOW it sucks.  But I fucking OWN it.  I put my back into it and say "THIS is my shit.  DEAL with it."

Kind of like this blog.  I posted it.  Feel free to criticize it.  Lord knows it's flawed.  That's not even self-deprecation; that's acknowledgement.  I own that.  And that's the difference.  It is time for musicians to stop being afraid.

Make.  Some.  Kind.  Of.  Fucking.  STATEMENT.

(P.S.: I have "Trap Queen" stuck in my head because it's catchier than anything I reviewed.  I didn't even hear it and now I have to deal with getting it out of there.  Thanks a lot pop music for not being catchy anymore.)

(P.P.S.: Wyclef Jean is on this "mixtape", but not on the song called "Wyclef Jean".  He's on the song called "Kanye West".  I give up.)

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED - Episode 051: Summerslam

Hey, let's talk about the strangely alluring toilet fire that was Summerslam!  Bask in its bizarreness, sweat from its noxious heat!  Seriously, I know the length was probably a contributing factor, but this was a fever dream of a pay-per-view.  Let's talk about it, shall we?

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED - EPISODE 050: Music To Build Furniture To

This week's episode is a cross-section of what I've been listening to over the last six weeks or so.  While I've been jamming said music, I've been getting my apartment situation straight, and since I put together a futon the night before the show (which took eight hours to complete) I decided "Music To Build Furniture To" would be a fitting title.

The mix is quite eclectic, ranging from retro indie pop to mid-period big four thrash to nu-new wave to radio djent to positive rap to soulful downtempo to spazzy prog metal to old school prog to grindcore to chill alt rock to G-tuned orchestral epicness to spacey neo soul to garage rock to acoustic reggae to classic hip hop revived for 2016.  In that order.  Not only that, but sixteen songs is the second most I've ever been able to cram into an episode (the episode "25" had eighteen).

[P.S.: Shoutout to my Russian audience!  Apparently, there is a large contingent of Russian users accessing this blog, dwarfing my American audience by 5 to 1.  I don't really get why, but I'm not going to look a gift horse in the mouth!  (Wait, is that an expression in Russia?  Hmmm....Taking culture into account is hard...)]

Without further ado, here is episode 5 to the 0 of this show:

1. "Bang Bang Bang" Mark Ronson, Q-Tip, MNDR
2. "Holier Than Thou" Metallica
3. "Touch-Tone Telephone" Lemon Demon
4. "Radio" Insense
5. "$100 Weekend" Ugly Duckling
6. "Thought To The Meaning" Mr. Scruff (feat Denis Jones)
7. "Wouldn't Have Even Have Been Able To Be" Impossible Voyage
8. "I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)" Genesis
9. "It's A M.A.N.S. World!" Napalm Death
10. "Lucid Fairytale" Napalm Death
11. "Science Fiction" Everclear
12. "Failure" Devin Townsend
13. "The Story" King
14. "Redacted" 50 Breaks
15. "Social Anxiety" Nicola Elias
16. "We Home" Busta Rhymes & Leaders Of The New School

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED - Episode 049: The GV Crew

This week's episode is about an act that avid readers of this blog (are there any?  Let me know in the comments, and I might start writing again!) are familiar with: The GV Crew.  For the uninitiated, here is a brief introduction to the crew, as read at the beginning of the episode:

Ladies and gentleman, this is Expect The Unexpected, I am your host Nick Nutter...and we have a special episode this evening.  Not only is this the first ever interview I've conducted for this program, but tonight's entire episode will be dedicated to talking about The GV Crew.  My friends and I started banging out albums one after another and didn't stop until the end of Obama's first term.

First, lemme say some things about the crew.  Josh Kannageiser kind of brought us all together in the fall of 1997.  We call ourselves GV because Josh named us; it's a combination of the anime Bio Booster Armor Guyver and his favorite wrestler Vader.  Guy...Vader.  Our number is 7:22, because G is the 7th letter of the alphabet and V is the 22nd.

Hey, playing around with the Blogger controls really paid off there.

This is ostensibly a story about a musician who takes two of his friends who know nothing about music and makes them into song makers using a PlayStation One game.  That was 14 years ago, and in spite of not putting out a real "album" since 2012 (not sure if "The Most Bullshit Album Of All Time" counts or not), we still average more than one album per year.  And some of it is actually quite good!

Anyway, here is an episode that took ten hours to make (counting the live broadcast, where I was still changing songs and coming up with things to say).  It's a labor of love, and be on the lookout for new shit, because we have a new GV song for you in the episode, "Nightmare Perusal".

Songs featured:

1. "Also Sprach Zarathustra" Elvis Presley

[All other songs by The GV Crew]

2. In The Beginning There Was Noise (Then We Told A Computer To Make It Into Music)
3. Cryogenics
4. Who Craps #1?
5. Sonic Mango Juice
6. Call Of Ol' Pizza Back
7. Spanish Inquisition
8. Donkey Kong
9. Fuck Kano
10. Deader Than Disco
11. Wickedly Awful Music
12. (untitled track 4 from GV 8, formerly known as "Fuck You Nick")
13. Buttknuckle
14. H-Town Cruisin' (Po-Po Fishin' Remix)
15. Nightmare Perusal
16. Wwwwwwwoooooooooooooooooooooo

Friday, August 5, 2016

EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED - Episode 047: Live from the Riverwest 24! / Episode 048: Request Line X

Apologies for the late post.  Soundcloud took forever to process this week's episode, so I wasn't able to even get at it until Thursday.  I usually post shownotes the day after I post a link, so here we are.

I did two episodes since the last post, so let's break 'em down in reverse order:

EPISODE 048: Request Line X

It's the first request line in two months!  We got banjo music, we got prog, we got ANIME LIKE A SONOVABITCH, and we've got genuine Brew City Hardcore.  N.S.O.A., Hi/Jack and The Night Howls will be playing September 10th at Kochanski's pub and concertina, so I'm hype as hell about that!  Here is what you wanted to hear this time around with the exception of 15 plus minutes of Phil Collins Genesis at the end, because I didn't have enough requests, it fit about perfect, and no one wants to hear Phil Collins Genesis, so it's the perfect punish....ahem, MOTIVATION, that's right, motivation to get requests in early and often.

1. "Brew City Hardcore" N.S.O.A.
2. "Let Yourself Be Huge" Cloudkicker
3. "People Are People" Depeche Mode
4. "The World Without Logos" Yasushi Ishii
5. "Go" Outlaw Star
6. One Punch Man OVA 6 Ending. One-Punch Marching Song, Mumen Rider and Friends edition
7. "Tailed Beasts & Jinchuuriki Song" Naruto
8. "Eye Catch" Outlaw Star
9. "Angel Cop Ending Theme" Itami & The Cleon Company
10. "The Night Begins To Shine" B.E.R.
11. Sailor Moon Remix
12. "Sailor Moon Meets Metal" ERock
13. "Late For School" Steve Martin
14. "In The Cage / Slippermen / Afterglow" Genesis

EPISODE 047: Live from the Riverwest 24! (07/30/2016)

I do an episode under a bridge, blasting tunes in front of a sign that says “Loud Music Prohibited” while being ignored by picnicers and bike riders. AKA: A Saturday.  The Riverwest 24 is a 24 hour bike race with over 400 teams of bike riders doing crazy stunts and whatnot through the community and like with side bonus challenges and stuff.  Seems pretty cool, so I tried to get together an "energetic" mix and this is what pooped out:

1. "Bicycle Race" Queen
2. "Turn It Up" Ugly Duckling
3. "The Auto Race" Edison Concert Band
4. "Come Ride With Us!" The GV Crew
5. "The Shakes" Bad Bread
6. "You Prefer Gold" The Atomic Spins
7. "Dream" Mahavishnu Orchestra
8. "Raining Blood" Slayer
9. "It's A Long Road" Dan Hill
10. "Hogsback Road" RatBatSpider
11. "The Night Howls" The Night Howls
12. "Road Racin'" Riot
13. "(We Are) The Road Crew" Motorhead
14. "Cosmic Wheels" Donovan
15. "Bike Ride To The Moon" Boom Boom Satellites

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED - Episode 046: The Power Of Positivity

First off, I want to apologize for the audio quality of this show.  There are only two songs that aren't overdriven or distorted out of fourteen.  Here I went and did an episode that I felt really good about, one of the only episodes I've felt good about all summer, and I get home and the levels are all way too high.  Maybe they tweeked something with the boards or whatever, but I still feel bad about it.

Not the greatest start to the shownotes of an episode that's supposed to be super fun and all about positivity, but hey.  Keep it real.

Anyway, this IS an episode about The Power Of Positivity, and it IS supposed to be uplifting as fuck.  The songs are supposed to get you jazzed, yo!  So...pretend the audio difficulties are my over-enthusiasm or something in trying to get the message out there that not everything has to be terrible right now, even though 2016 has been a fucking AWFUL year for humanity so far.  Just means we have to band together to banish the darkness, and this playlist is designed to fuel that fire!  So SQUAD UP!  THE POWER OF POSITIVITY SHALL PREVAIL!

1. "Daylight" Kenna
2. "Unchained" Van Halen
3. "Love Of Babble" K-Taro Takanami
4. "MkLvFkWr" Public Enemy
5. "Get Down" War
6. "Knock On Wood" Cloudyhead
7. "Everything Is Awesome" Tegan & Sara, The Lonely Island & Mark Mothersbaugh
8. "I Don't Know" Lisa Hannigan
9. "Everybody Hurts" R.E.M.
10. "Esoteric Surgery" Gojira
11. "People Everyday" Tsuneo Imahori
12. "Real" William Shatner
13. "All You Need Is Love" Yoko Kanno
14. "Party Rock Anthem" LMFAO

Wednesday, July 20, 2016


It's finally here!  I've been trying to get this episode together for awhile now.  My equipment is all in one place, I got a reasonable amount of sleep, I gave myself the whole day (which I needed and more, since I didn't quite manage to get the last segment to work) and I didn't have a 'maybe' guest that turned into a 'no' at showtime, so nothing stopped me this time!

Felt nice to do something creative again.  Maybe I'll do it again someday.

Anyway, the episode was recorded onto cassette, then played through WXRW's tape deck (which I wasn't sure would work).  When I say I gave myself all day to make this episode, I mean it.  Woke up at 10:30 and did research for two hours or so, found out my dual-deck tape machine doesn't even play tapes anymore, then went through over an hour fucking around with the recording for the intro from 1993 because the tape wouldn't rewind to the point where the interview with Dave Luczak (nor fast forward on the reverse side, nor play for more than five seconds without stopping because the spools were jammed).  I thought maybe mom's friend had just missed taping the segment.  But then I noticed how far into the tape side it was, and went through what can only be described as a rigamarole trying to get this 23-year old P.O.S. (the tape itself was well over 30; trust me) to work.

To get everything onto the tape, I used a red/white audio in to a headphone out cable to tape things off my laptop.  I did all the voiceover in Audacity, while pulling up songs on the fly.  The tape running out gag was manufactured, because I was using a 90 minute tape with 45 minute sides.  I just did some math and, weirdly enough, found the exact place where the tape ran out on me during Dream Theater's Summerfest set in 1993 (though this recording was from Milan, Italy and downloaded from Limewire in 2003, then put on tape, then broadcast on radio, then recorded to Soundcloud, then here we are.  Lovely audio quality right there.)

I finished taping "Touching The Untouchables" at 7:27 P.M., which is right when I had to leave to get to the station in time to set up the equipment (and make sure it worked).  I also noticed that my planned finale wouldn't have fit on the tape, so I had to cut my favorite Men At Work song short.  I even fast forwarded through a bit of the Babymetal song when I realized how little time I had left.  My only other regret is I wasn't able to work a fast-forwarding/rewinding gag into the episode, but hey.  I think it turned out pretty well!

[One last note: I announced at the end of the episode that I would be doing a bonus episode from the Riverwest 24 bike race, but I got my dates mixed up, and that's NEXT weekend.  Good thing I asked Marty about it, because I've had this weekend blocked off for that for a month now.]

1. "Sad But True" Metallica
2. "Motownphilly" Boyz II Men
3. "The Devil's Children" Heavy Duty
4. "Let It Roll" Little Feat
5. "A Fortune In Lies" (Live) Dream Theater
6. "Cooks County" The Who
7. "Poison My Eyes" Anthrax
8. "Conquistador" The Night Howls
9. "Fogged Out" Ghost Pope
10. "Awadama Fever" Babymetal
11. "Touching The Untouchables" Men At Work
12. "Raining Blood (On A Kazoo)" Nick Nutter

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED - Episode 044: Meaning?

What is meaning? Can we define it when we cannot define what we are? Who knows? No, really, who knows anything? Prove it. Can you?

Sometimes it’s healthy to question everything, but it can quickly overwhelm one and spiral out of control. Be careful out there. Or jump into the maelstrom. You’ve got to find your own meaning before you can mean anything to anyone else.

I think.

Honestly, I don’t know.

Anyways, here's some semi-unrelated songs about the subject.  (Can you tell this episode was supposed to be something else and this is what I came up with in 45 min. of intense panic?  I can't.)

1. "Infinite Lives" Mega Ran
2. "Major" The Asteroids Galaxy Tour
3. "Seven Stars" Fates Warning
4. "Words I Hear" AbJo
5. "Brodyquest" Neil Cicierega
6. "Darkest Light" Haken
7. "Sensual Woman" The Herbalizer
8. "In Between" Hiromi Umehara
9. "Silver River" Yoko Kanno & The Seatbelts
10. "Lovesick Teenagers" Bear In Heaven
11. "Scattered Pain" Nick Nutter

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED - Episode 043: Anticipation

Truth be told: I've had this one on deck since 2011 or '12 (depending on how you count).  When I got a USB condenser mic and thought about making a podcast, I wanted to do what I'm doing now.  So I did.  This was the more high concept of the two episodes I finished, and I think the idea of building towards something for a whole show was kinda neat (also, I don't have all my equipment in one place, so that tape episode'll hafta wait).  So here is that build.  Enjoy!

1. "Blackbird" The Beatles
2. "In The Air Tonight" Nonpoint
3. "10,000 Days (Wings Pt. 2)" Tool
4. "Anesthetize" Porcupine Tree
5. "Make It Happen" Mariah Carey
6. "Sirius" The Alan Parsons Project
7. "Let Me Clear My Throat" DJ Kool
8. "What Happens Now?" Porcupine Tree

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED - Episode 042: This Must Be Deep...(Pt. 2)

We continue last week's adventure this week.  Plumbing the depths of meaning itself to discern wether or not it exists.  Or whatever.  (Really I just wanted to play some cool songs.  Because that means something to me.  Is that enough for it to actually mean something?  Ah, who cares?  Let's jam.)

1. "Miles Beyond" Mahavishnu Orchestra
2. "Have You Got It In You?" Imogen Heap
3. "Summer Skin" Death Cab For Cutie
4. "Sea Legs" Run The Jewels
5. "The Summoning" Grip INC.
6."Young Man" Living Colour
7. "Albert Flasher" The Guess Who
8. "Look Around" John Abercrombie
9. "Fuk Tha World" 2Pac
10. "In The Presence Of My Enemies" Machine Head
11. "Snow Coast" Yoshihiro Sawazaki

Here is part one if you missed it: