Thursday, May 8, 2014

Some Music (News) I Liked This Week

I've got to be real with you. I've been in a comfortable cocoon of a five-track playlist this week, which kept me away from new releases. But since I can't leave you hanging, here's a new track from North Carolina duo Sylvan Esso. Clap along!


Future Islands

I don't think there's a hotter live band out there right now than Future Islands. They're everywhere. Well, everywhere but close to Sioux Falls.

So when I saw an announcement earlier this week that they'd added tour dates, I clicked the link hoping that they'd come to Minneapolis or Omaha (hell, even Fargo seemed possible). I'm willing to drive. But as it turns out, I can walk to their show on August 11, because somehow Burlap Wolf King convinced Future Islands to perform in the intimate confines of Latitude 44. I can't wait to witness their show in person and tell Sam Herring, "I'll take all of that you got!"

Ticket purchased!


Lyrical Lexicon

Somewhere in storage at my parents' house is a case full of carefully curated burned CDs. That case includes a disc full of the illest hip hop jams titled Summer 2003, which is highlighted by the smash summer hit "Shake Ya Tailfeather" by Nelly, P. Diddy, and (where is he now?) Murphy Lee. And when you spend an entire summer blaring this mix, making the blue, glowing bass light throb in your buddy's silver Mitsubishi Galant, hip hop will always hold a special place in your heart.

Which is why my curiosity was piqued this week by designer, coder, and data scientist, Matt Daniels, who was a man on a mission to discover who boasts the largest vocabulary in hip hop. There's no way I wasn't going to find out if my favorite artists have bragging rights.
"I decided to compare this data point against the most famous artists in hip hop. I used each artist’s first 35,000 lyrics. That way, prolific artists, such as Jay-Z, could be compared to newer artists, such as Drake." - Matt Daniels
Biggest lesson? The Wu-Tang Clan really ain't nothin' ta f**k wit. And for the record, P. Diddy (4,429) narrowly beat out Nelly (4,413).


Jack White

When it comes to buying new vinyl, I have one rule: Wait and purchase records only if I can't stop listening to them. It's a tried and true method that virtually eliminates buyers' remorse. But thanks to Jack White, I'm breaking my golden rule.

White's newest record, Lazaretto, comes out June 10 and so far all I've heard is an instrumental track - hardly enough to elicit a purchase. But after you watch the video above, you'll realize why owning Lazaretto is a must for any vinyl collector. It plays at three speeds, holds two hidden tracks, and even has holographic dead wax. I mean, come on!



The Black Keys

The Black Keys' new record Turn Blue comes out on Tuesday, May 13. While the cover was most likely designed by an eight-year-old who just learned how to use Photoshop, the record itself is pretty great. The opening track, "Weight of Love", turns Dan Auerbach loose and captures the free-flowing nature of their live performances. I've streamed it a few times on iTunes radio, where I assume it will stay until its release.

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