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Part 4: Asher Roth

Asher Roth "Pabst & Jazz"***




Discovered by: Looking at the Video Recommendations on Youtube back in early '09 while watching a completely unrelated video. (I discovered the existence of this MixTape by playing around with the XBox Youtube app and finding a video where a guy reviewed this. Otherwise, I may have never known it existed.)

Released: December 20, 2011

First, I have to put up a disclamer: This is not the studio follow-up to "Asleep In The Bread Aisle"; this is a mixtape. A majority of the songs only have Asher on one verse. But the outcome is still pretty decent. The feeling fits the title; it's laid back, it's reserved, it's blues and purples, though it's not really jazzy. That's more of a metaphoric descriptor. If his output before now was perceived as frat boy-ish, this is an older, wiser type of statement. It's far more lyrical than "Asleep In The Bread Aisle", whereas back then he would tell stories, they wou…

Part 3 - Apollo 440

Apollo 440 "The Future's What It Used To Be" *** 1/3


Discovered by: My friends listening to the "Lost In Space" movie soundtrack while working at the bowling alley back in the Y2K.

Released: January 23, 2012 (on UK iTunes only; no physical or stateside release is foreseeable at this posting)

The third installment of this series is about the return of the mighty Apollo 440. One of my favorite albums of all time is 1999's "Gettin High On Your Own Supply". I was a little disappointed by 2003's "Dude Descending A Staircase", mainly because I couldn't get a copy of it until 2006. (That, and it's impossible to follow up an album like "Gettin High". It's thirteen years old and still sounds like the future to me.) Oddly enough, distribution has been a problem with a lot of my favorite acts. (I had to order Level 42's "Retroglide" from Amazon UK (back when they let Americans do that), Busta Rhymes has had a…

A Series Of Blogs About Music I Got In The Last Six Weeks Part 2: Andrew W.K.

Andrew W.K. "Close Calls With Brick Walls" ***
                      "Mother Of Mankind" **



Discovered by: What else? PARTYING!!!

Released: 2010 ("Close Calls With Brick Walls" was recorded between 2004 & 2006, and "Mother Of Mankind" is a B-Side collection from 1998 through 2010.)

There is a very weird story behind the act known as Andrew W.K. The guy that wrote all the music and created the persona of Andrew W.K. is a guy named Steev Mike. The guy we all know as Andrew W.K., the dude on stage going nuts, in music videos and on Cartoon Network, is actually an ex motivational speaker and small time actor who was hired to portray the character (and who is currently touring under the moniker in the U.S.).

Confused yet?

Tough.

In 2004, Steev Mike had a falling out with the people "in charge" of the Andrew W.K. operation, and wanted to take things in a different direction, including re-staffing. Those involved were not happy, the lawyer…

What The Eff Did I Just Hear? - A Series Of Blogs About What I Got In The Last Six Weeks - Part 1: Access Royale

I've gotten my hands on a LOT of new music in the last two months, a decent chunk of which is actually from 2012. This shatters all previous records for this time of year, since normally nothing good comes out until March. And since this week seems like the first one this year when something interesting didn't come out, I decided I'd take a look back at what the hell I just picked up and write my thoughts about it.

Access Royale "City Of Paradigm"***




Discovered by: Perusing the bargain bins at the WMSE garage sale. It was a dollar and I took a chance.

Released: May 17, 2012 (Had NO Earthly idea this wasn't out yet until I went to get the image to href for this.)

This band is like indie rock, but interesting. Actually, I relent my previous stance on indie music; it's hipster shit I have a problem with. (Looking squarely at you Arcade Fire.) The harmonic and melodic choices are nice. The songs aren't all the same mind-numbing, self-involved schlock embod…

Now THIS Is What I Call Music, Spring 2012 Edition

I know it's kinda early to do a Spring anything, expecially in Wisconsin, where to do so is really asking for it. But there have been fifteen new albums that I bought this year already. The first three months of the year usually average somewhere between one and none new albums, so this is already fucking crazy. (And I actually liked fourteen of them. Even crazier.)

So anyways, I'm continuing the tradition of posting the mixes I make for my car that would be my radio rotation if I got to pick programming. The songs are all links, and they do take you away from the blog, and I have no idea how to fix that yet, so you might want to open them in a different tab.

1. "Tattoo" by Van Halen
2. "Heart Attack" by The Asteroid Galaxy Tour
3. "Stare Into The Sun" by Graffiti6
4. "Ghost Walking" by Lamb Of God
5. "Set Fire To The Rain" by Adele
6. "Christmas Time (All The Time)" by Death Penis
7. "Hide" by Access Royale

JUST WRITE SOMETHING.

I haven’t written in awhile, so here’s what one of my brain farts looks like. (Seriously. I don’t write JACK anymore.)

Today’s date was a palindrome. (2/11/12)

I was rooting for Whitney to pull it together and make a comeback. But sometimes you pick up a demon you just can’t get off your back.

Blake Griffin’s dunks are siiiiick. (And I don’t even follow basketball that much.)

The impression I’m getting for 2012 so far is that it’s gonna suck, but it’s not gonna be horrible. I think it’s going to be more of an “Eat Your Vegetables” kind of year. A headache and a pain in the ass, but a necessary bump in the road to shake things back into working order.

I’m not sure why I haven’t written in the last month or so. Just haven’t felt inspired. Well, not really. I did really want to create something several times, be it a song or an essay or whatever, but really the only work I’ve done is a mere pittance of editing in my poetry book. (A little over half way through that process, bu…