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SONG OF THE DAY: Tabloid — “Voyeur”; Review by Tom Silver

Doing a quick Google search on the music of Tabloid is a futile effort to say the least. Nothing can be found on this artist (these artists? Seriously, I have no idea who or what made this song). Aside from their tumblr, which more resembles brainwashing methods the Kardashians would have used in A Clockwork Orange, nothing is really known about the artist. The singular song speaks for itself.

“Voyeur” is a dark, but catchy number with anxiety filled lyrics and panicked rhythms. It has the beat of a Party Supplies song, but the vocals of something that Autre Ne Veut would be into. I have 80’s themed nightmares after listening to this song, but the weird thing is that I wake up wanting to have them again. Bravo Tabloid, whoever you are.

Keep a lookout for future content released by this interesting group/artist, but in the meantime get sucked into “Voyeur” and enjoy.

-Tom Silver

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SONG OF THE DAY: Pharrell Williams — “Happy”; review by Eboni Statham

As someone from Georgia, this weather is both exciting and a bit gloomy. Because of this, I have needed to acquire a new song to help pump up my mood before starting my day and that song happens to be “Happy” by Pharrell Williams. The song just makes me want to get up, sing, and dance. If you’re having a pretty dull day, I advise you to listen to this song immediately and all your worries will go away.

-Eboni Statham

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SONG OF THE DAY: Cortex – “Huit Octobre 1971”; review by Mercedes Whitman

Stumbling upon this song in search of the sample used on MF DOOM’s “One Beer,” I cannot get this addicting tune out of my head. I’ve now listened to the rest of Troupeau Bleu, the album the song is off of, and it is really incredible. I don’t know if my attention would have ever been brought to 1970s French jazz funk artists, but that’s one of the great parts about sampling: crate diggers bringing obscure artists to light.

“Huit Octobre 1971” has also been sampled by Jaylib (“No Games”), Wiz Khalifa (“Visions”) Tyler, the Creator (“Odd Toddlers”), among other artists. Other songs from Troupeau Bleu have been sampled by artists like Captain Murphy, Mellowhype and Rick Ross.

– Mercedes Whitman

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ALBUM OF THE DAY: Danny Brown — “Old”; review by Tom Silver

For the past four years I’ve had the same answer to “If you could be one person in all of history, who would you be?”

Danny Fuckin’ Brown

Starting as a relatively underground rapper from Detroit, Brown is now, without a doubt, the most unique and transcendent figure in modern hip-hop. He is an enigma. A man who can get his dick sucked onstage mid-song at a live performance, and the next moment can model for GQ and Mark McNairy. He is the mature man’s crazy fuck. The Ol’ Dirty Bastard for those who have outgrown the shock-value of Odd-Future’s fluffy horror-core rapping.

Move over Yeezus; Danny is the new God, and I pray to him every day.

In the past year or so we have seen Mr. Brown release his single Grown Up, a catchy and rhythmic anthem on his rise from Detroit gutter to glitzy fame. To continue the image of an aging rapper his junior album has been dubbed (and rightfully so) Old. And let’s face it, Danny Brown is pretty fucking old for a rapper. In a decade filled with young pretty boys like A$AP Rocky, Earl Sweatshirt (I guess I’m using “pretty” figuratively with this guy), and Chance, the Rapper, rappers over 30 are scarce and ultimately hard to take seriously.

Old gives us a Danny Brown that was seldom heard in his last album (XXX), a man aware of his mortality. This awareness seems to both humble him and at the same time give him an excuse to live to the excess life that he perfectly embodies. In short, Old is an audible manifestation of his sex and drug filled mid-life crisis. Two starkly different sides of Danny are presented on this double-sided album compilation. In Side-A we see the mature Danny, the Danny who does not constantly have his tongue in his cheek. In songs like “Lonely” and “Clean Up,” Brown ditches his nasally voice for a more mature one. He discusses the darker side of his life, including growing up in Detroit and finally being too old for certain illicit substances. Most of the songs on Side-A are produced by long-time affiliate Paul White, which explains the trance-like rhythms.
Departing from calm Danny, we quickly return to the drug fiend-ing, pussy loving Danny we have come to love in Side-B of Old. This side starts with what could be the best song on the album (“Dope Song”) and keeps hitting with bangers like “Kush Coma” and “Smokin and Drinkin.” Where Paul White goes mellow, SKYWLKR produces a good amount of the good stuff on this side of the album. Given that this album is his real first launch into mainstream fame, it’s a breathe of fresh air to see that not too many featured artists crowd the track-list (a feature that is all too common in popular rap albums today).

Saying you should obtain this album is like saying you should breathe air or eat three meals a day.
Get it.
Love it.
Praise Danny Brown.

-Tom Silver

by Catherine Sinow

SONG OF THE DAY: The Flaming Lips – “Silver Trembling Hands” ;review by Catherine S.

The Flaming Lips were hardly amusing with their mid-90s incompetent feedback games and their whining about a girl who puts Vaseline on toast; around the late 90’s they realized form and production; by the mid-2000s they were throwing high and low frequencies into the production spectrum. At this point, very little in the mix bled together. Planning. In fact, their 2009 album Embryonic saw a nearly contrived double disc existence and the stain of post-punk darkness.

Hiding on the final side of Embryonic, the third track rapidly blossoms with a furious harp glissando and synthesized elf-shrieks. Double-timed drum slams come in, overdriven and calling back to the 90’s Flips acid-glinted carelessness, but with an air of thought-out roboticism. Wayne Coyne sings, disguising his cracked vocals with a commanding and spacey echo, swimming, drowning each phrase and the spaces in between. The song’s a plain ol’ rapid, rigid bang-mess, but this time, they’re aware of the fact. The harp proves it.

And then, after a tiring amount of measures, the song surprises and shimmies into a 4-4 time signature, letting go of the speedy bangs for a steady beat. Lucid, swinging guitar chords in the left channel are a blissful come-down from all that tension. “When she’s high”, Wayne gloriously sings. The listener flies with the song, falling prey to society’s romantic view of LSD.

More than ever, especially with their recent pessimistic drone-gaze album, the Flaming Lips have been proving that they have planning abilities. That chorus? Magnificent. They have brains.

– Catherine S.

Featured Photo by Catherine S.

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ON-CAMPUS CONCERT: Steep Ravine

Steep Ravine is a badass acoustic quartet hailing from the northern San Francisco Bay Area. If you didn’t hear them play at “Blues and Shoes” last year, take my word that these guys seriously have the chops. They are currently touring from New Orleans to the West Coast and, luckily for us, they will be blessing the Rocky Mountains with their beautiful bluegrass get-down sound. This coming Saturday they will be playing in Armstrong Theater accompanied CC’s very own YouJazz.com and the event is co-hosted by the SOCC. TICKETS ARE FREE AT THE WORNER DESK for CC students, non-students need only pay $5. Worth it!

-Ben Feldman

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ARTIST OF THE DAY : Shy Girls; review by Eboni Statham

I discovered Shy Girls randomly the other day while browsing one of my favorite music blogs. To be honest, their name was what first got my attention and after listening to their song “Second Heartbeat,” I was immediately hooked. It was the perfect mix of everything I’ve been craving lately: RnB vocals and chill electronic instrumentals. All in all the perfect thing to listen to and relax on a Saturday morning.

Listen to their EP here: https://soundcloud.com/shygirls

-Eboni Statham

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SONG OF THE DAY: Camp Lo – “Luchini”; review by Ben Feldman

A lot of my musically oriented friends spend way too much time patrolling internet blogs for obscure music. If you want to find good stuff that isn’t very well known, don’t look to the interwebs. You only need to look to the past to find music that sounds dope. There are tons of hip-hop hits which were played on the radio 15 years ago, but have since slipped back into “the underground”. Check out this slapper by Camp Lo.
Perhaps forever doomed to be known as a one-hit-wonder group, Camp Lo has made a lot of other music worth listening to. Even though I usually have no idea what they’re talking about, the flow is sick!

-Ben Feldman