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|Post-college Finals Listenings.|
Haven't wrote anything in forever, seems the last month of college has rtaken my precious time away from me, but that hasn't stopped me from ractually listening to music during the writing drought. Main listening of the rpast month that I thought of reviewing.
|4||The Hotelier |
Home, Like NoPlace Is There
So when Ian Cohen gave this a 8-something when it debuted back in February, I
was a little confused. "Really, P4K gave a pop-punk album a high rating? Especially
one with a slightly whiney lead singer and pretty standard lyrical matter found in
Pop-Punk" was my first thoughts. I hadn't listened to it, but it definitely put the
album on my "need to listen" list. And for some reason I put it off until a week ago.
In this past week of listening though, I enjoyed it, however not really to the
excitement of Cohen, or the Sputz user base. I find it extremely well done in a lot
of aspects, though it really doesn't bring anything to the pop-punk table that I
haven't heard before. It just does all the standard genre-fare really well. Maybe it's
just the state of the genre, but I felt like I was listening to hybrid of Say Anything's
musical aesthetic mixed with lyrics that I would find on any Dan Campbell wrote
Wonder Years album. "Your Deep Rest" and "Discomfort Revisited" are standouts for
me though. Overall it plays like a 3.5 with a hope that they find a more original sound
on their next LP.
By Any Means
Go listen to Kevin Gates. Right now. The man needs about 3x's the amount of votes
on each of his mixtapes that he has right now with all 3 mixtape votes combined
(btw, that would only be 141 votes per mixtape, which still isn't enough). At first I
was skeptical to proclaim him as the best technical rapper out there right now, but
with the way he flexed his muscles on his past two mixtapes, I think its an
appropriate claim. Just go listen to his stop and go flow the track "Wish I Had It," or
the way he roughs his voice and channels his aggression at all the right moments
on standout track "Homicide" or his syllable twisting on the lean-inducing track
"Amnesia" proves that when he drops his debut LP, whenever it is he decides to do
so, could be pretty monumental in Hip-Hop. Now go listen, please.
|2||The Horrible Crowes |
Brain Fallon has quickly became one of my favorite artists out there in the music
world. And Elsie is just another reason among many others that proves why I
believe so. "Sugar" is just. so. god. damn. good. And I don't rightfully know what
brought me back to this album that was left in better times past, but whatever the
reason I'm more than happy that it's back on my rotation. The solemn, emotional
levels that Brian Fallon reaches on the track "Sugar" are just untouchable, for me at
least, especially when the echoes of "I saw you walking with him, down the steps
that I walked you in" are spoken in a manner that sounds like it's literally a struggle just to
enunciate for him. But it's not just the down moments, its moments like the 60's
groovy-produced track, "I Witnessed a Crime" that make this album so special, and
furthermore cements Brian Fallon into the American Rock 'N Roll hall of fame for me.
At first the album didn't really latch on to me, but it definitely was a grower. I'm not
quite sure whether to put it on the level of On the Impossible Past or not, yet I'm
not entirely sure that any song they've produced beats the excellently structured,
no chorus needed, "In Remission." I mean, seriously, if I could find I way to get the
line "I don't want to be late for work today/ I want to chew up my dinner and spit
in your face/ Light fire to your home and tap your cell phone" out of my head, I probably still wouldn't choose to do so. It
deserves to be stuck there. The "Oh yeaaaaaaahs" afterwards probably should stay
up there though, instead of being screamed out of my vocal chords. My neighbors
would probably enjoy me more if that part stayed in my thoughts.
|Sup guys, long time no talks. |
|get up on my level|
|how high do i have to jump?|
|Hotelier is awesome! Still need to get into the new Menzingers.|
|lucky you, I have finals next week and I'm probably going to die|
|Dang man, what state are you in? I know my gf lives in Georgia and hers isn't until next week either. Good luck bro! Its going to feel terrible during the week, but the feeling you get once you know finals are done is unbeatable haha. |
|i'm in iowa, greatest state in the nation. except not. |
it's felt terrible all this week, too. I'm actually going to fail a class. See, I'm in my uni honors program, and they offer this program for freshman where we can research with a professor, because most research opportunities are closed until junior/senior year; and you get two credits for taking it. well, I signed up to work with a physics professor, and his work necessitated me getting safety certified to work in a lab. That took forever, all the way until february. The final step was I had to get rings from a guy to measure the radiation I would be exposed to.
Then my computer died, so I mailed it off to get warrantied. Which meant checking my email was a major pain in the ass. which meant rings dude and I played email tag until the week before spring break when I called him to set a meeting. So I finally got the rings right before spring break. After spring break, I meet with my prof and he asks if I'm free to travel to a national lab in a week. I have a calculus test that week, so I can't.
after that I guess I was expecting him to contact me; he didn't, and now it's fucking may and I haven't done anything and I'm going to fail.
|ugh wow sorry for the wall of text|
|Wow, that's a really poor series of events. When you contacted your professor did you tell him all of that? I mean, sometimes professors won't care, but maybe he would and could do something so that the class isn't a complete waste and you won't fail it. Sorry bro :/|
|we've got a meeting today to discuss that. it just feels really shitty because it's straight up my fault that me failing is a likelihood. Like, I let this happen.|
|I mean, its not like you let your computer die, or that it took that long to safety certified. Sure, you might have been able to do other things differently, but everything looks better in hindsight when dealt with a shitty situation like this. He should be able to help you out with this though, I have faith.|
|yeah, I'm still hopeful. sorry for like hijacking your list haha. |