OFWGKTA

Changing things up quite a bit this week, I’m listening to an old favorite out of a genre I haven’t touched on yet. I’m not a huge advocate in rap music, but it’s most definitely a genre I can appreciate and enjoy. I feel as though the genre can be very competitive for rapper since they are continuously rapping and comparing themselves to other rappers. Typically, they are rapping about the money, girl and drugs they get because they’re, “the best”. Tyler, The Creator does just the opposite. Although those subjects are still rapped about in his music, he does it in a different manner than most other artists. For those that are unfamiliar with who he is, he is a character. Tyler and his crew of rappers he brought together make up the rap group; OFWGKTA are filled with all different personalities, but are hilarious. The crew also created their own show on Adult Swim called Loiter Squad to film and show people their antics. With all this humor and fun, what could go wrong right? Although Tyler gives off this crazy persona for people to laugh with, his raps can be interpreted in a whole other way. Tyler is known for rapping about much more gruesome topics like murder and things in that category. Tyler says this happens because all while growing up, it was something that fascinated him and so he would rap about it. Understanding the mind of a killer and making sense of it. This has gotten Tyler some negative feedback from listeners who don’t want to hear about things like...

growlin thru this week…

    So for an example of the kind of sound and images this band associates with, I attached the music video I spoke of before in here. The video is for the song, I’ll Be Around. Now the music video most definitely follows the rules of rock in the sense that there are no rules when it comes to rock. This band in the video defies what some may consider appropriate. The video is definitely filled with the band members humor which can also be considered crude to others. The video takes place entirely in the emergency room wing of a hospital. Off to tragic start as a group of friends drag their friends body out of the car as it appears he is suffering from an overdose. They bring him in and he is laid out on a stretcher as two nurses wheel him down hallway after hallway. The gang of friends follow behind as they want to see the fate of their friend. Although their friend is in bad condition, his friends don’t seem to notice and all sit in the room hanging out and almost too happy. The doctor tries to revive their friend but is careless and gives up after two attempts. The video continues as they have a party in the emergency room wing, dancing around with lights and other patients. The ghost of their friend joins them as well as other dead corpses in the morgue can be seen singing along. The video overall is set in the 60’s vibe they are going for including the clothes and the mentality of the...

Los Growlers

Dating back to only about last semester did I pick this band up in my go to playlist of music. My best friend Kevin, showed me their music after attending one of their shows in Chicago. This band is considered similar to the sound of Tame Impala, the 1960’s grunge rock. Their sound and lyrics are softer than those of Tame Impala, but are perfect for a relaxing day at the beach and reminds me of sweet summertime. Although The Growlers fit in the same style as Tame Impala, they are seen as of more of underground and don’t have quite as much music out at the time. Tame Impala has three albums and countless music videos to visualize the music theme. The Growlers only have one official music video out and only two albums out. The Growlers are getting their start coming from 2010 so they are on the track to greatness. Music aside, this band makes me happy to listen to knowing the recommendation came from one of my absolute best friends. This is the kind of music he loves and puts him in such a great mood. Just knowing that can automatically make me excited to listen to....

Tame or Wild Impala???

Don’t let the name of this band fool you because although their sound may be mellow, their music videos are far from it. The rock group has a plethora of different videos from their older albums to their newest music. But one thing is for sure; they love color and all things psychedelic. This vibe follows the idea of The Beatles that they were trying to capture for...

Tame Impala

Starting off the week of midterms and chaos before spring break calls for some calming music to take me to a happy quiet place. What better way to do that than listening to the psychedelic rock/pop group, Tame Impala. The band of four men got their start back in 2010 when they debuted their self-entitled album and really began to give a name for themselves. They’ve had the privilege to play with bands like The Black Keys. Some people would go as far as saying they give off vibes much like The Beatles did. The sound they give off can be described as spacy, and psychedelic. They uphold this theme with not only their music but their music videos. They utilize many different aspects of color and mind warping graphics that pull you in. Their most popular song off their most recent album that I really like is called, The Less I Know the Better. This song can be listened to when studying, driving, walking around campus, etc. It is off the album titled, Currents that came out in 2015. The song much like a lot of the songs on the album must do with love and the battles of it. In this song, specifically the lead talks about his love being with someone else and how he wants to be with her. He then tells himself the less he knows, the better because it’s breaking his heart to know what she’s doing with someone...

Winter Mix 3

To finish off the week with Big Gigantic, I wanted to talk about a mix that they added to their SoundCloud account about a month prior to me seeing them in concert. Nothing got me more excited to hear them live than this mix. The mix is about 50 minutes long which makes it great for listening to in the shower or car when you just want something to play all the way through and not have to worry about flipping through songs. So the mix that they put out was created by them with song and sounds from all other EDM artists. This is always cool to hear because you get a taste of what that artists produces, but also other music in their genre that they appreciate. The incorporate a lot of their own work from the most recent album which is always a nice touch to catch the flow of their album. This is the third mix they have created and it brought joy to many other listeners. The list of songs in total was created by edmchicago.com “All Of Me – Big Gigantic Light – San Holo Dirt Off Your Shoulders (SMLE & Jupe Remix) – Jay Z Together feat. Sam Smith – Disclosure & Jimmy Naples The Little Things (Kasbo Remix) – Big Gigantic Love Sick feat ASAP Rocky – Mura Masa Cant Hide feat. Ashe – Whethan Im Juiced – Mr Carmack You feat. Toot Illdude – TheSpvceAge Heater – Flume Ms Jackson (Party Pupils Remix) – Outkast No Apologies feat. Natalie Cressman – Big Gigantic Dang! feat Anderson Paak – Mac Miller...

Big G

In light of a recent and amazing weekend of mine, I have to talk about this dynamic duo. Big Gigantic, the EDM team based out of Boulder, CO continue to make jazzy music that’s almost impossible to not dance to. Over this past weekend I attended one of their shows they had in Milwaukee at the Riverside Theater. I went with two of my best friends and that in itself called for an amazing night. We got spots just in time to hear the opening act of a very similar duo called, Brasstracks open. They follow the same music trends as their lead act, Big G do. They incorporate lots of live instruments into their sets so that that sound is authentic. The only major difference is, they use a trumpet, while Big G is known for their saxophone solos. During the show, one of my friends was bold enough to reach out to the opening act via instagram and message them. She left them a note saying how we would love a chance to meet with them after the show. With little to no faith in an message back, she got a text from the lead trumpeter saying they would love to meet us after the show. We were absolutely ecstatic. We waited after the show after they took pictures with fans and got a chance to introduce ourselves. We met the manager first who then led us to the duo. They were more than thrilled to hang out with us and explore Milwaukee seeing as they’ve never been. We offered to go to a club nearby and...

How to be a Human Being

To finish off the week, I dive into the second album for Glass Animals. Now I will admit the first is an all-time favorite and a classic, but I was pleasantly surprised with the work they made for their second album. They brought new music out not too long after their first album that gave them their rise to stardom. The album is titled, ‘How to be a Human Being’. The album has 11 beautifully crafted songs that start to share a more acoustic sound than the synth pop they had in the previous album. I like the new sound and can still appreciate the old sound as well. When looking at the new songs they have listed they touch on several different emotions throughout. One of the songs that really stood out to me in this album was, ‘Agnes’. Written and sang by Dave from their group, it’s about being friends with someone who has struggled with drug addiction. Now I don’t personally relate to the song in that aspect but the song sympathizes for the abuser and wants to see them get better. I think it can sound a lot darker than it really is. The song is hopeful that Dave can help this person and wants to take this person back to a place before the addiction and make things right again. It’s beautifully made and the line right before the chorus erupts says, “I wanna hold you like your mine” and that always sticks with me when I hear it. It’s the sound of comfort and love and that’s what people really want.   Lyrics:...

ZABA

After listening to Flume last week and stumbling upon the song with the feature of Dave from Glass Animals, there’s no way I can’t talk about how much I love Glass Animals now! They have two albums currently out in which I want to break them down. Glass Animals has a unique sound that mixes together different genres together, which I think is what really appeals to me. They are considered, ‘synth pop’, as well as indie music with a touch of hip hop according to their band bio. Synth pop is most definitely an accurate description to their sound at broad.   Their first album is called, ZABA. It was released as a full album in 2014 after releasing singles to promote this album. This album contains their most popular song, Gooey. My personal favorite song they have is, Pools. This was the song that made me realized I liked their funky sound. I not only heard the song originally but saw the music video. The music video is something out of an Alice in Wonderland movie and contains constantly moving and extremely vivid colors and claymation. This struck me as something super bizarre because claymation isn’t something you see very often now. I think the music video accurately depicts who they are a band as well. The modernized trippy images you see explain the sound and the calming music they want to display.  ...

features on features

Continuing into the end of this week, I’ve stayed with the same artist but transitioned to some of his even newer music. The Australian DJ released another EP shortly after the Grammy’s this year. The Skin Companion II EP features four new songs that were not on his previous album but will rather stand separate from his other work. On this EP, three out of the four songs include other artists who he collaborated with. He continues to put out new music with new artists, staying away from any repeat features as well. In the first song, ‘Enough’ it has a feature of Pusha T for vocals. He raps over the track that the DJ created, giving both a unique sound that when they stand alone. The second song is featuring, Moses Sumney. This song differs from the first collaborating with a completely different artist in genre. The song is much slower in terms of vocals and gives a sweet melody with his inspirational and description lyrics. The third song, is only by Flume and features no artist, still giving the DJ a chance to share his work in it’s purest form. The song is about 5 minutes long, making it the longest song on the EP as well. I like that he does this because it gives you a taste of all kinds of mixes while still staying true to his own organic sound. The last song is, ‘Fantastic’ by Flume featuring Dave from the band, Glass Animals. This song especially peaked my interest in the sense that I’m a huge fan of Glass Animals and hope to...