Welcome back, world. We are back at it with more albums that I thought rocked out loud from this year. I'm going to keep some of these write ups short this week since I have a couple more to get to. Let's get back into it.
First order of business is a band by the name of THE TONIGHT LIFE. They released a new record this year that goes by the name "CARRY ME ON".
This band hails from Bergen County. The lead guitarist, Joe Crawford, used to be in one of the bigger local bands of the past years, Hometown Anthem. They were fucking great to listen to. Take his great voice, add his sister Kim Crawford to the picture and you have some harmonies that will make you sing like a happy little person. Bass is handled by the awesome man Kevin Siedel and drums are banged on by Aaron Richman. This record starts off strong and doesn't let go. It sends you on a journey through pop-rock tracks, to blues, to beautiful acoustic serenades. A MUST HAVE. Especially if you dig great vocals. I'm telling you, Kim can sing "Whoopie Goldberg" over and over and it'd sound like opera. Shit is that real out here.
TRACKS TO CHECK OUT: DIAMOND EYES, JUST FOR TONIGHT, CATCHING FIRE, and you MUST listen to CARRY ME ON.
This next band somehow always releases huge records without even spending billions of years on it. This nod goes to PORTUGAL. THE MAN for the awesome record "IN THE MOUNTAINS IN THE CLOUDS".
These guys released one of my favorite albums from last year (American Ghetto) and still somehow had time to get right back into the studio and release this album. It is perfect from start to finish. They have slowly been creeping into my top ten favorite musical acts ever list. They are that good. This album starts off strong with the song "So American" and then keeps on hitting you with the type of music Portugal is used to making: beautiful psychadelia mixed with great harmonies and awesome instrumentality. What's not to love?
TRACKS TO CHECK OUT: HEAD IS A FLAME(COOL WITH IT), FLOATING(TIME ISN'T WORKING MY SIDE), SLEEP FOREVER, and if you only need one track to convince you of how great this record is, listen to SO AMERICAN.
Ok, time to write up some quick reviews because no one likes reading ramblings from a 38 year old man that lives in an attic:
TYLER THE CREATOR'S "GOBLIN".
Songs about being a peeping tom. Songs about rape. This shit rules. He skates, so that is always a plus. OFWGKTA is the crew. Get familiar.
TRACK YOU NEED TO CHECK OUT: YONKERS.
PHONTE'S "CHARITY STARTS AT HOME".
Debut solo album. Used to be in Little Brother, one of the better hip-hop groups of this generation. Every song hits home in a great way. If you like classic hip-hop, this is the album you need.
TRACK YOU NEED TO CHECK OUT: THE GOOD FIGHT.
9TH WONDER'S "THE WONDER YEARS".
I love when producers put out albums. Great compliation of artists that hit mainstream and underground lovers alike. Even have cameos from some real OG's. Great listen and the time that went into each track is notable and appreciated throughout the whole album.
TRACK YOU NEED TO CHECK OUT: LOYALTY.
A$AP ROCKY'S "LIVE.LOVE.A$AP".
This guy A$AP Rocky definitely blew up out of nowhere. Being cosigned by Drake probably helps. Going on tour with Drake probably helps even more. The mixtape is trill as fuck. Not what'd you expect coming out of Harlem. Great mixtape. With beats by Clam Casino, a NJ native, you can never go wrong.
TRACKS YOU NEED TO CHECK OUT: BASS AND PESO.
Honorable mentions go to Lady Gaga for "Born This Way" and Jay-Z and Kanye West for "Watch The Throne". Why? Because every girl loves "Marry The Night" and every nigga loves "Niggas in Paris".
That is perfect proof of the latter statement.
WHAT A GREAT YEAR IN MUSIC! Will see you tomorrow to bring ya the best Montages of the year from every member of the squad...or as many as I can round up. Have a shitty Tuesday, world!