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…..
Alain Johannes “Make God Jealous”
I was familiar with Alain’s work mostly through what he’s done with Queens of the Stone Age, but looking through his discography, he’s been involved in a ton of music that I know and enjoy. Honestly, I didn’t even know that he had come out with a solo album, let alone that I owned it, so it was with great surprise when this song came on today. It’s got an interesting vibe to it, having some singer songwriter tendencies mixed with what sounds like classical Indian music vibes. The backstory behind the album is pretty intense too. I’m happy this song came up because now I’ll get to check out the rest of this album.
Fawn “Ice Like Mine”
We’re off to a pretty good start for the day! Fawn is one of the bands from Jason Novak (Acumen Nation, Czar, Acucrack, ILC, Cocksure) from Chicago’s Cracknation Records. This band only put out one full-length album, but it was fucking awesome. Although a fan of Novak’s other projects, I always had a soft spot in my heart for Fawn. Their entire output was really solid, and while their records contained all of the typical shoegaze fare, they also went so much further with additional sound textures and structure. Fawn is like a shoegaze band on….crack (wow, that was lame). Really quality music here from a great label. If you are even slightly interested in shoegaze/industrial/electronic/metal music, do yourself a huge favor and check out the Cracknation label. I promise, you won’t be disappointed.
Kanye West “Street Lights”
I remember back when this album came out, everyone was all pissed off that Kanye would put something this different out. Now, I didn’t totally disagree (autotune is just flat out fucking annoying) but I always thought it was a little shortsighted of fans and critics to judge this album so harshly. I mean, back when Kanye released his first album, people were praising it for being different. For being unique. For standing out from the rest of the pack. After his debut blew up, every rapper and producer in the game started to bite Ye’s style, so he switched it up again. 808’s and Heartbreak may not be the typical hip-hop record, but it sure is interesting. Interestingly enough, Kanye again faced massive criticism for 2013’s Yeezus. Personally, I’d much rather have an artist like Kanye who isn’t afraid to take risks rather than someone that simply rehashes everything else.
Now this record right here could be one of my favorite hip-hop albums of all time. Hell, this could be one of my favorite albums of any genre of all time. The Score is just a solid listen from beginning to end, with no filler tracks to be found on the damn thing! Thanks to the remake of “Killing Me Softly” this record got massive in the mid-’90s, but I’m not sure how many folks actually dug deep into this album. If you own this album, I encourage you to sit down and listen to it from beginning to end and try and tell me that it’s not a classic. Unfortunately, the success of The Score didn’t really carry over. Wyclef has released a ton of albums since and only a handful of the material could’ve stood up to this. Lauryn Hill put out that one album that made everyone go apeshit, then disappeared. And Pras? I dunno. He did that song with Mya and ODB that was pretty great, then….nothing. The Fugees threaten to get back together every few years, but never manage to get their shit together long enough to get along and make some money. Too bad cause the world could really use some great hip-hop these days.
Alan Jackson “I Don’t Need The Booze (To Get A Buzz On)”
I’m curious, do you think the woman that Alan Jackson was writing about was flattered or put off by this song? I mean, he sure does say some pretty nice things about her and all, but the idea that her love makes him feel drunk is just a little weird. If that was directed to me, I don’t know how I’d feel about it. On the other hand, someone should really sit Alan Jackson down and tell him how much fun it is to have two buzz’s going on. Seriously Alan, live a little. Crack open a couple of nice beers, get a little tipsy and try to make out with your lady. Really, I do like Alan Jackson quite a bit, but this song always came across a little too corny for me. And thinking about Alan Jackson “moaning all night long” is really gross, so there’s that. This isn’t a bad song by any means, but it makes me think of too many things that I really shouldn’t when trying to rock out.
WINNER OF THE WEEK: The Fawn track is my favorite, but Alain Johannes was the biggest surprise, so he wins today!
TURKEY OF THE WEEK: I actually like all these songs, but the Kanye is my least favorite.