Friday, December 15, 2017

10-Minute Black Thought Freestyle Has Everyone Talking

Roots frontman Black Thought was on Hot 97 this week and destroyed the mic in an epic 10-minute freestyle. Take a look.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Liam Gallagher Narrates Holiday Ad to Raise Climate Change Awareness

Liam Gallagher, who released one of the 10 best albums of the year, has narrated a holiday commercial for Climate Coalition to raise awareness on climate change. While the commercial is only airing in the UK, thanks to the power of the internet, you can hear the former Oasis singer tell the story of Sammy the Snowman and how climate change affects us all.

VINTAGE CLIP: Darlene Love Sings 'Baby, Please Come Home' on 'Letterman' in 1986

Each Christmas between 1986 and 2014, Darlene Love would sing "Baby, Please Come Home" on The Late Show with David Letterman. In this VINTAGE CLIP, we look back on Love's first performance of the Christmas classic in time for the holidays.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Quick News

Sad news to report, Pat DiNizio of The Smithereens passed away at 62. The band made the announcement on Facebook this morning. No cause of death was given, but the musician had been beset by health problems in recent years. Our thoughts are with his family, friends, and band.

Kendrick Lamar spoke to Howard Stern to discuss how Prince almost collaborated with him. Lamar said that he flew out to Paisley Park Studios in Minnesota and played him the song "Complexion," which later appeared on To Pimp a Butterfly. "I played him a record ... called 'Complexion' -- this just one of my favorite moments -- and he liked the record," Lamar explained. "It was at his estate. ... It's one of those things where it was so much going on in the moment, man. I did a show that day with him on stage. I didn't even know I was coming out on stage. Studio was next door where I just played him a song. We runnin' back and forth. It was just one of them things where it was a lot."

Speaking to the Rap Radar podcast, DJ Premier said he and Pete Rock are going to work on the beats for an upcoming De La Soul album. "Me and Pete Rock are supposed to be doing De La Soul’s next album. Just the two of us,” the DJ said. The iconic hip-hop group have not commented or confirmed that the legendary producers and DJ will be working on their new album or if there is a new album at all.

A new Jimi Hendrix record will be released in March. The album, Both Sides of the Sky, will feature 13 tracks will include 10 previously unissued songs recorded by the late musician between 1968 and 1970.

Moby will release his new album, Everything Was Beautiful, And Nothing Hurt, in March.

Ministry Announce Politically Charged New Album

In March, Ministry will release their politically charged new album, AMERIKKANT.

In a press release, frontman Al Jourgensen, who also produced the record, said the album "will provide FEMA-type relief for the devastation ‘Hurricane Cheeto’ has brought upon us.” Adding that the album is about “the waning respect for the US Constitution, the growing acceptance of one’s opinions replacing facts, the decline of our leaders’ sense of morals, ethics and personal responsibility to the country and to their constituents, and the mad man in the White House.”

Take a look at the cover, above, and hear see the tracklisting, below, and hear the lead single, "Antifa."

01. I Know Words
02. Twilight Zone
03. Victims of a Clown
04. TV5/4Chan
05. We’re Tired of It
06. Wargasm
07. Antifa
08. Game Over
09. AmeriKKKa

SZA on 'Fallon'

Days after wowing on Saturday Night Live, SZA returned to 30 Rock where she performed "Supermodel" on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

Gary Clark Jr. on 'Conan'

Watch Gary Clark Jr. perform "Come Together" on Conan.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Sunday, December 10, 2017

2017 The Albums: Top 10


It is that time of the year again, our favorite time actually, as well look back on the year in music and let you know our choices for the 10 best albums of the year.

In the year we lost voices like Chris Cornell, Tom Petty, Chester Benington, Gord Downie, we were still recovering from last year with the losses of Prince and David Bowie.  

2017 came on right away with great music as artists like The xx, Joey Bada$$, Loyle Carner, and one of the first of many solid releases from King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, saturated it with great sounds. Some of the heavy hitters and Officially A Yuppie favorites released solid albums that didn't make the cut like U2, Bjork, Noel Gallagher, Depeche Mode, Mastodon, Lorde, Ride, Royal Blood, and Lana Del Rey among others. There were some major disappointments from heavy hitters like Gorillaz, At the Drive-In, Snoop Dogg, and TLC among others. 

Yet, then there was Kendrick Lamar, whose album, DAMN., we put in a League of its Own, as it was the most important record of the year.  

While looking behind, 10 albums stood out for us and in our third and final list, we present the best of the year. These records not only made an impact to our ears but also have a welcomed longevity where we will be listening to them for years to come.

Here are our picks for the 10 Best Albums of the Year: 

10. Liam Gallagher - As You Were
9. Logic - Everybody
8. SZA - ctrl
7. JAY-Z - 4:44
6. Ryan Adams - Prisoner
5. Power Trip - Nightmare Logic
4. Thundercat - Drunk
3. St. Vincent - MASSEDUCATION
2. Future Islands - The Far Field
1. The Afghan Whigs - In Spades

Now in Long Form, With Explanations:
10. Liam Gallagher - As You Were

Generally it is Noel Gallagher in one of our Top 10 lists, but 2017 belonged to his younger brother and the voice of Oasis and Beady Eye. The anticipated solo debut from the former Oasis frontman is finally here and does not disappoint. The underrated Beady Eye released two solid records but now, on his own, the younger and more caustic Gallagher brother can bust out and prove his chops. With some of his best ballads, he brings forth a whole new dimension to a man you thought you knew.

 9. Logic - Everybody

Logic has developed a cult following thanks to Millennials but the Maryland rapper showcases his best work on his third studio album – Everybody. From the beats to the autobiographical lyrics to the in-your-face look at society, Logic proves he is just as much of a wordsmith as his contemporaries and not just some sensation for the young kids. With appearances by Neil deGrasse Tyson, Killer Mike, No I.D. and more, Logic is showing off he is for everybody.

8. SZA - ctrl

Our 2017 "Best New Artist" didn't pull any punches. Arriving with one of the best debuts in recent memory, the rapper blends R&B, soul, funk, into her autobiographical LP. Featuring Kendrick Lamar, Travis Scott, Isaiah Rashad, among others, she pulls her influences from Tupac to the Fugees to Odd Future to give the new school a taste of the old in an artistic manner. If this is her first step towards stardom, we are strapped in for the ride forever. 

7. JAY-Z - 4:44

On his 13th studio album, Jay-Z returns with what his best work since 2003’s The Black Album as well as his most personal record to date. What has plagued Jay Z for over a decade, including on Watch the Throne, is that he has nothing to talk about. He has seen and done it all and has Beyonce to call his wife to prove it. Yet, on 4:44, he opens up about his mistakes, setbacks, personal problems, and trying to sustain a legacy outside of being Queen Bey’s husband. 4:44 is easily one of the year’s best and one of his best records of his illustrious career. The minimal production from No I.D. is also a gem because HOVA is forcing the listener to pay attention to what he has to say and what needs to be said. This isn’t a record to blast in the car but one to indulge in on a good pair of headphones and shut the world away.  

6. Ryan Adams - Prisoner

Ryan Adams has always been an artist who wears his heart on his sleeve and on his latest record, his lets it beat in full force. Taking inspiration from his recent divorce, his struggle to find himself and the solace of being alone, Adams creates his best record in years. Touching on almost all of the different sub genres of rock and roll he has written and recorded in, Prisoner is him coming undone and back together again.

5. Power Trip - Nightmare Logic

Take the early thrash sound and production of Slayer, mix it with the technical metal of Megadeath and give it a storyline like early Protest the Hero and you have Power Trip’s fantastic new album. Nightmare Logic is a whiplash of force, power, and brutality rolled into one. More than just one of the best albums of the year, it is without a doubt, the best metal album this century. 

4. Thundercat - Drunk

If Key and Peele wrote songs for Prince it would sound like Thundercat's Drunk. The jazz, funk, psych bassist's third album is a concept record about getting drunk and figuring out life. While the record takes the listener on a musical journey and trip through some very strange places, it is an experience. The music gives the listener a visual idea of what they can play in their head when listening to it. Thundercat and the rest of the Brainfeeder label are the only artists pushing music in new directions and with the help of the label's master Flying Lotus as well as Kendrick Lamar, Wiz Khalifa, Pharrell, and others, Drunk is a trip and one you want to go back to.

3. St. Vincent - MASSEDUCATION
In 2017, we named St. Vincent an icon simply because of her shape-shifting, never stop, never cease creating attitude. The androgynous singer and songwriter is more than just a musician, she has become a cultural phenom much like David Bowie and Bjork before her. MASSEDUCATION is what you make of it -- a tongue in cheek look at society, a heartbreak record, a recovery album, it raises questions and also makes you want more. It is essential art for this day and age and we should be thrilled we are living in a world where St. Vincent has the paintbrush.

2. Future Islands - The Far Field
On their fifth record, Baltimore experimental outfit Future Islands delivers their thunderous best. The Far Field is a record about obsession, love, passion, and captivation. It is a record that also captures the rawness and intensity of their live shows and even gets applause from heavy hitters like Debbie Harry from Blondie who appears on the album to led her voice.  

1. The Afghan Whigs - In Spades
In their second record since reuniting in 2012, the Afghan Whigs prove they are without a doubt America’s most underrated rock and roll band. On their latest record, In Spades, a contender for Album of the Year, the Whigs show off their funk, rock, goth rock, R&B, and alternative swagger like never before. Like a fine wine not only do they get better with age, singer Greg Dulli is writing some of the best work of his career – and this is a career that spans over 30 years. As the band tour behind the record and seem to be in good spirits, be thankful we are living in a time when they are consistently giving us brilliant music.  

Guided By Voices Anounce Another New LP

Guided By Voices simply don't stop. They released two solid albums in 2017 and in March will return with Space Gun. 

Take a look at the cover, above, and the tracklisting, below, and hear the new single, "Space Gun."

01. Space Gun
02. Colonel Paper
03. King Flute
04. Ark Technican
05. See My Field
06. Liar’s Box
07. Blink Bank
08. Daily Get Ups
09. Hudson Rake
10. Sport Component National
11. I Love Kangaroos
12. Grey Spat Matters
13. That’s Good
14. Flight Advantage
15. Evolution Circus