When you load up your Itunes and hit shuffle, what comes up? It could be good, it could be bad or anywhere in between. Shuffle Sunday is a look at what happens when I load up my library and hit play. Hopefully it will introduce you to a new artist you like, remind you of an old favorite or maybe just give you a good laugh! So without further ado, let’s see what Shuffle has in store this week…..
Santogold “L.E.S. Artistes”
So I totally missed the boat with this one. Seems like just a while back, everyone was talking about Santogold being “the next big thing” but after listening to this song, I can’t really see what everyone was going on about. Now, that’s not to say that I didn’t like this song. In fact, it’s a pretty decent little pop tune. But I certainly don’t see what all the hype is about. Maybe this is a bad representation of Santogold’s work as a whole? Guess I’ll have to do some further listening.
Redman “Pick It Up”
OK, this is more like it. I’ve always thought that Redman was one of the most underrated MC’s in hip-hop. Dude’s got a really cool style, like a mix between Busta Rhymes and Mobb Deep. Such a cool flow. That being said, the one thing that’s always held Redman back (like so many other MC’s) are his beats. It’s not that the music is outright bad or anything, but so many of his tracks could be fucking massive with just a few tweaks. Instead, we are left with tracks like this, which are great, but have a hard time keeping the energy up.
Pixies “All Over the World”
I’ve definitely got a love/hate relationship with the Pixies. It’s always been a mystery to me how a band that is capable of writing such incredible songs manages to also churn out songs that sound like a high school band practicing in their garage. Maybe this is due in part to the absolutely massive amount of work that Frank Black releases. Seriously, since the late ’80s, he has released 25+ albums in some fashion. Is that prolific? Sure, but it also leaves a lot of room for error. Thankfully, “All Over the World” falls in to the enjoyable category (especially the quick bursts of distortion) but the Pixies and by extension Frank Black, really do too much to make an impact.
The Appleseed Cast “The Road West”
So I haven’t got any idea who the hell this band is, but I do know that this song is fucking rad. Sure, it features all of the benchmarks of a great post-rock song, from broad instrumentation, sweeping arpeggios and length worthy of a good story. Now usually, those thing really aren’t my style, but I really liked the arrangement on this track. Am I gonna listen to this everyday? Nope. But today, this track sounds awesome.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs “Gold Lion”
Remember back when the Yeah Yeah Yeahs released good albums? OK, that may be a little harsh, after all, last years Mosquito was the first album they put out that really didn’t go anywhere. Before that, everything these New Yorkers touched was gold. Seriously, their first three records were damn near flawless. Their streak had to end sometime, it’s just a shame that it ended so abruptly. At least we can look back on songs like this while we wait for what (hopefully) is a return to form for this once amazing band.
WINNER OF THE WEEK: I liked the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s song the most, but it made me think of Mosquito which made me sad, so The Appleseed Cast wins by default!
TURKEY OF THE WEEK: None of these songs were really bad so to speak, but the Pixies song got me the least excited.