Alabaster Jones

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Last Active 03-19-16 3:32 am
Joined 06-28-13

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musical taste

Currently Digging:
Bladee and Thaiboy Digital
Diamanda Galas

favorite bands
Post Malone Stoney
Looking back on it, "White Iverson" was a pretty huge and pretty strange song. I mean, here was this goofy-ass kid with cornrows and gold teeth that copped a Future-esque style and an Allen Iverson swagger and become an overnight sensation. August 26th was a bit lukewarm, but it was certainly promising, and Post Malone delivered it just like the mailman himself used to. But we're not talking about the Jazz, we're talking about the clouds, and that's exactly where Stoney makes its home, whether they are airy and just barely there or dense and full to bursting. The constant, hazy, cloudy atmosphere works wonders all throughout
Bladee and Thaiboy Digital AvP
To say Bladee's had a great year this year is an understatement. His debut Eversince is one of if not the most unique albums of the year, and he doesn't skip a beat on this collaborative EP with fellow Gravity Boys member Thaiboy Digital. With production handled by whitearmor, who once again turns in a practically flawless performance, the icy backdrop is set for both Bladee and Thaiboy, who trade autotune-drenched verses and hooks with a seamless synergy. The tracks here are very concise, and no songs overstay their welcome. There's no shortage of great hooks ("Painkillers", "Brokeboy", "Area 51"), or great beats (the whole EP), and
Iced Earth The Crucible of Man
I miss the days when Iced Earth was good. They were awesome: so much energy and catchiness and riffs and they had that perfect mix of thrash and power metal. But wow did they fall off. The Crucible Of Man: Something Wicked Part 2 is at once a totally overblown and yet woefully underwritten. There's no even slightly memorable riffs to be found here besides the one that opens "The Dimension Gauntlet" and I swear at some point they have to have repeated a riff from earlier albums. It's all mid-paced and there isn't any energy, and that isn't made up for by the trite and ever-present choruses that pollute the album with their faux-epic p
SUMAC What One Becomes
Simplistic in composition yet totally enveloping in sound, sludge/post-metal/noise rock trio SUMAC are quickly eschewing the "side-project" label and sound like a project coming into realization on What One Becomes. Fronted by the ineffable Aaron Turner and helped along massively in the low end by Brian Cook and Nick Yacyshyn, there's no shortage of experience holding them back and one can hear that very clearly even in the opening minutes of "Image Of Control". These guys know what they're doing, which is why the album succeeds despite being relatively standard from a compositional standpoint. There's nothing re-inventing the wheel
Aesop Rock None Shall Pass
I really think Aes had more or less exhausted his creativity by the time None Shall Pass was released. That's not to say he didn't have some good ideas that were executed well here, but there's a whole lot of things that just sound, well, tired. His shortcomings as a producer are very apparent here. It's no surprise the best two beats here, the title-track and "Gun For The Whole Family", were produced by Blockhead and El-P respectively. Lyrically, he's still a wordsmith with a penchant for heavy metaphorical use, but part of what made his best work so great was that while listening to him spit and trying to ascertain what it means, y
Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP 2
While I'm partial to The Slim Shady LP, there really isn't any denying that The Marshall Mathers LP is objectively Eminem's best work. As such, The Marshall Mathers LP 2 writes a check it could never hope of cashing, and is predictably nowhere near the level of the original. That said, there are some pretty good moments here for Em. His technical ability is still second to none, and there's plenty of lyrical acrobatics to be found here. He also touches on a couple of topics that he's visited before (his mother, his ex-wife), but with an entirely different perspective on them. Still, though, without all of that flash
Manners Escapism
Shame these guys broke up, they had some excellent material, including this dandy of an EP. Escapism set the tone initially for the band, as the heavy-yet-heartfelt riffs, poetic lyricism, and heartbreaking vocals were in abundance even then. This is especially apparent on opener "Orbiter", which for all intents and purposes defined their early sound and set the rest of the EP (and by extension their entire discography) into motion. The production is quite good for a hardcore EP, packing the needing punch for the music. It's a tight, well-written debut EP for one of the best hardcore bands in the 2010's. R.I.P.

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  • joshrhodes if he can stop getting into legal trouble hopefully, plus he's bound to drop a debut project at some point anyway
    November 13 03:36 PM
  • sosabirdman I live for the PING
    October 31 11:03 PM
  • sosabirdman that's perfectly fine. i wouldn't want you contributing super-frequently or anything, but it's best you deal with the other things on your plate first, for sure. if things do clear up, shoot me a shoutbox (assuming I'm still active here, otherwise talk to futures or arcade and they'll steer you to me and w/e). not sure if you've checked this either, but I feel you'd like:
    October 31 10:54 PM
  • sosabirdman oh yeah, and were you interested in writing for the zine? i'd be happy to have you aboard (as there are currently a lot of inconsistent [read: LAZY] contributors that i'll probably end up booting).
    October 31 10:42 PM
  • sosabirdman not a problem. :) glad you liked (on both fronts).
    October 31 10:39 PM

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