I’m trying to come clean here, so if you’re already a fan let me just say I have no excuse for missing Shut Up, Dude when it was first put out. I have no idea why I avoided it, and if you think a little less of me I will understand. Perhaps I should do some sort of musical penance being that I’m confessing here. Maybe I should be forced to listen to the complete discographies of Nickelback and Creed in order to make up for this injustice. And I would be willing to do that if it didn’t take away time I could spend listening to both Shut Up, Dude and the more recently released Sit Down, Man.
I’ve been through Shut Up, Dude now a few times and can’t wait to start digesting Sit Down, Man. A lot of folks were drawn in by internet sensation “Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell”, but for my money I’d say check out “Ek Shaneesh” if you want a better idea of what these guys are capable of. Playing on their decidely Middle Eastern look, the song is full of sitar and sterotypical chanting of sorts. Don’t let that take your attention away from the rhymes that kick off by referencing Tony Bourdain and then begin to take on the vibe of an uncensored version of the globetrotting chef’s No Reservations episodes; by that I mean lots of boozing and smoking.
Look, long story short, check out the video below and score both of the aforementioned mixtapes for free, courtesy of the group’s website and Mishka. Oh, and did I mention these guys have connects to Diplo? Yeah, the man produced the track “You Can Sell Anything” for Das Racist. So if I didn’t give you enough reason to check it out, a guy who is cooler than me and you, combined, thinks enough of these dudes.
I used to love making mix tapes and still love making mix CDs and playlists. Whether its a road trip or, just as today, a way to avoid doing work, putting one together is one of my favorite past times.
Without further adieu, here’s a quick play list (and a brief explanation for each song) that is getting me through today and ready for the weekend:
Black and Yellow – Wiz Khalifa – I live in Pittsburgh; this has become something of a rallying cry as of late. That and it’s way better than the infernal “Here we go Steelers” song. Also, Wiz is super laid back and keeps me from getting stabby at work.
Monster – Kanye West – I cannot stop listening to this song. Nicky Minaj’s verse alone is worth the price of admission.
Howling for You – Black Keys – These sons of bitches are everywhere. On SNL. On the Colbert Report (fighting Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig). On the soundtrack for video games. On commercials. Good thing the song is everything that this latest wave of blues rock should be. Plus the Rock and Roll pt. 2 biting drum beat never fails to get the toes tapping.
Get Off of my Cloud – The Rolling Stones – This might be my favorite Stones’ song. It always puts me in a good mood.
Don’t Let me Down – The Beatles – A lesser light, as far as the “hits” go. This song makes me want to play music, or perhaps more accurately, be able to play music.
Rotten Hell – Menomena – Starts off innocently enough and builds to a challenge to take it outside. It’s basically a microcosm for my Friday.
Mysteries – Yeah Yeah Yeahs – It’s a jangly, bouncy, perfectly crafted mess of a song. It feels like something I should be listening to over cheap beer in a dimly lit bar in one of the city’s less desirable neighborhoods. Then Karen O’s voice comes through and immediately everyone looks at me and gives the look of “you might want to leave before the end of the song.” I no longer fit in, but this song shreds at the end, so it’s worth it.
Walk in the Park – Beach House - This song is for later. You know after the whole drinking cheap beer thing. It’s mellow, somewhat contemplative and just generally soothing.
Birth and Death of the Day – Explosions in the Sky - To prove that this list is not in chronological order, this is the perfect song for the start of my day. As with a lot of their stuff it builds from next to nothing to quite the crescendo. The rolling drums toward the end get me every time; why, I don’t know.
Bodysnatchers – Radiohead – Gets me ready for my long cold walk after work. That, and read Cracked.com’s article on easter eggs in famous albums here (Radiohead’s at #8). Crazy, eh?
"You guys are cool with me wearing fish net to the photo shoot right?"
Jane’s Addiction has seen the departure of Eric Avery (yes again) and has enlisted Dave Sitek of TV on the Radio to join them as part of their “creative team” (Thanks Pitchfork and AV Club for the heads up).
Normally any Jane’s Addiction news may be glossed over, but there might be something to this. Adding Sitek might actually bring Jane’s Addiction’s sound into this century. On the other hand, Dave Navarro’s penchant for fish net tank tops and fingerless arm-length gloves seem poised to set these fellas back a bit with the kids. That’s not to mention Perry Farrell appearing on E!’s show Married to Rock.
You know what, now that I’ve had time to digest this news, I’m reconsidering how helpful Dave Sitek might be to Jane’s sound and credibility. Maybe you’re just better off listening to Sitek’s infinitely more interesting solo project, Maximum Balloon (video below). Consider this paragraph null and void if Jane’s Addiction puts out an album that shames Ritual into lame older brother status. In which case, you heard all about the new album here and I’m totally your new cool friend that re-exposed you to Jane’s Addiction.
Dig your feet into the sand until you reach the cool layer just below the surface. Feel the sweat of your beer bottle slowly drip over your knuckles. Smell the hot charcoal and cool cocoa butter. Lean your head back, close your eyes, and watch the sun through the pink of your eyelids.
Summer is gone but not forgotten. Here are some tunes to help you remember.