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  1. Terrace Martin - Velvet Portraits Curly Martin: This is just a weird album that is a mix of jazz, soul, hip hop, and pop (more former than latter). I think Martin has produced for Kendrick Lamar because I'm pretty sure this specific song is the beat to some Kendrick song. And Thundercat plays on this song. Anyway, pretty smooth album if that's your thing. I love the vibes. The Avalanches - Wildflower Kaleidoscopic Lovers: Holy fuck. This album actually fucking dropped. No way. Ok, so first thought was "be careful what you wish for", because I was not digging their first single, Frankie Sinatra, at all. On top of that, news of all the collabs between other artists... I just wanted an album of nothing but thousands of ridiculous samples. But when I finally got to dig into the album, I fell in love. The vibes are so perfect. Everything just blends that I can't tell if it is a sample or a recording for the album and, frankly, I don't really care. Even Frankie Sinatra has grown on me (even though it's the worst on the album) -- the Beatles' 'Being for the Benefit of Mr Kite' sample does it for me... In fact, I also love how smoothly the Come Together cover sample works in The Noisy Eater. But anyway, Kaleidoscopic Lovers is probably my favourite song on the album. Kendrick Lamar - Untitled/Unmastered Untitled 03 (Live from Colbert Report) Kendrick Lamar had probably my favourite album of 2015, and for the first half of the year I thought he may have my favourite album of 2016 too. So many good tracks. I don't really have much else to say. If you haven't heard Kendrick and like rap, or consider yourself a Tupac fan, you should really listen to Pimp a Butterfly. If you do, you've probably heard this album. If you liked TPAB and haven't heard this, what the hell are you doing? Thrice - To Be Everywhere is to Be Nowhere Death from Above: Yeah. Shit. It's Thrice. Everyone has their opinion on this band by now, and their albums will always be decisive. I like it. I've never hated any album this band has put out. Mild High Club - Skiptracing Homage: I found this band going through Stone's Throw's recent releases (probably my favourite label ever), and this is a great 60's/70's LA lo-fi sound that you would expect from a band on an alternative hip-hop label. Everything sounds smoky, and the melodies are catchy. Not too shabby. I would say if you liked what the Beatles were doing in the second half of their career, you may like this. But I tend to relate everything back to the Beatles because they're cool as fuck. NOFX - First Ditch Effort It Ain't Lonely at the Bottom: No. It doesn't seem right that an overdrunk band of 50-somethings (one of whom has a serious drug problem) who write the same songs over and over again should still be writing good albums. But as much as I thought I would hate this album going into it, here we are... Also weird is NOFX writing my favourite book of 2016, and playing the tightest show I've seen in 2016. What a weird fucking year. John K. Samson - Winter Wheat Carrie Ends the Call: Fuck. Thanks to donwayneleach for pointing this one out to me. Everything he said is spot on. This is the next Weakerthans album by every measure other than name. Also new Virtute song is a heartbreaker. The whole album breaks my heart actually. Beautiful. The Olympians - The Olympians Neptune: Instrumental soul. It's good. I don't think I can really add anything else. It's a concept album. Not that it really matters for an instrumental album. It's good fun. Savoy Motel - Savoy Motel Souvenir Rock Shop: Another band that emulates classic rock, down to their music videos. It's completely mindless, but it grows on you and ends up fun. It's the type of music that, if somebody played it in their car I would hate it, but because I found it myself and gave it a bit of a listen I ended up enjoying it. Doctor Cook is the perfect example of a song I hated and it just grew on me. That chorus... Do do do do-do doo. NxWorries - Yes Lawd! Scared Money: KnxSwledge is a beat producer who released this sick album last year called Hud Dreams. It kind of reminded of some J Dilla stuff (but, with the shitty Beatles comparisons... I suck at making comparisons). Anyway, NxWorries is him teaming up with a singer and releasing this. Good hip hop vibes, good vocals, good shit. Norah Jones - Day Breaks Peace: This album is great and I'll fight anybody who says otherwise. Norah Jones with that smooth fucking voice mixed with smoky new york club jazz. Gets me in the seasonal mood. Animals as Leaders - The Madness of Many The Brain Dance: My friends at work aren't fans of this album. But I am. That's all I can think of saying actually. Need More Time: Dillinger Escape Plan - Disassociation: I like what I heard from this album, but I really have no desire to go back to this one for some reason. Not feeling the vibe at all. A Tribe Called Quest - We Got it from Here... Thank You 4 Your Service Bruno Mars - 24K Magic: I love everything 80s so pretty sure I'm going to end up loving this one. Kanye West - The Life of Pablo: Man Kanye's albums are too fucking long. I'll get to this one day. For what it's worth I really enjoy Ultralight Beam Joe Hawley - Joe Hawley: Tally Hall are one of the best bands ever, and some of the band members have gone on to great things (Rob Cantor's Shia Lebouf song for instance). Joe Hawley's last album was so fucking good and weird that I think I had 500 hits on from that album alone. It's not on spotify yet though, but when it is... Mr. T Experience - Kong Dork Approximately. The last time this band released an album was in 2004. Frank Portman went on to become a famous YA author (whose novel was to be adapted to a movie by Will Farrell's Dirty Sanchez Productions), and this year released this album as a accompaniment to his novel of the same name. Not on Spotify...
  2. Just moved to the US two months ago and what the fuck did I do what the shit
  3. Holy fuck bump. The new season is absolutely amazing so far (four episodes in). Not only San Junipero probably the best episode of Black Mirror I've seen so far (and gives me a lot I want to talk about...) but it scratches that 80s itch so damn hard. Fuck yeah.
  4. The Autobiography of Malcolm X This book could probably be split into two parts. The first part can be looked into the troubling life of a young man with a difficult upbringing. It's a ridiculous journey and a crazy look into lives of black men in the United States during the 40s and 50s. Very entertaining. The second half of the book is the life of Malcolm X in the public eye. The Malcolm X who was an outspoken Muslim. The Malcolm X under Elijah Muhammed. This section of the book was almost a chore at times. It would include pages of ramblings, of preaching, of beliefs that perhaps seem outdated. I didn't enjoy this part of the book much at all, and found myself zoning out quite a bit. But the first part of the book is worth it. 3/5 Ghettoside: Investiating a Homicide Epidemic A look into the epidemic of murder/violence by and against young black men in Los Angelos, as told through the story of one murder than occurred in 2007. It looks into the role that police and investigators play in this epidemic. The book itself was published last year (2015), so to think about where some of these people could have ended up and how much suffering their parents have been put through... there are some absolute gut wrenching moments in here. Jill Leovy is an excellent writer that does an amazing job of fleshing out the real-life characters on paper. 5/5 NOFX: The Hepatitis Bathtub and Other Stories Fuck. I loved everything about this book. So many fucked up stories, so many moments that made me want to never touch any drug ever again, so many sad moments where I wanted to ring my family to tell them I loved them, or moments where I was just so happy for one of the guys in the band, and fuck, so many moments I actually laughed out loud (lol'd) at something. I haven't done that in a long, long while from a book. I knew nothing about Smelly and just assumed his chapters would be the most boring, but as it turned out his were by far the most interesting (and every emotion I felt above, I felt in one of his chapters). Fat Mike has a lot of issues and seeing the juxtaposition of how people in the band view his habits was really something. These guys have had some fucked up lives, and I'm so glad they took the time to write them down. 5/5 Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town This book is just pretty much what I expected it to be as I went in, which is dissappointing... not in the sense of the book but in the sense of society. Detailed stories of rape by non-strangers, inadequate responses by the justice system, disturbing accusations about the victim by the public... This book is written by Jon Krakauer (author of Into The Wild, Into Thin Air, etc.) and follows a couple of cases in the town of Missoula during 2010-2015. 4/5
  5. HBO's Westworld looks like it is on the right track for the same production levels. Definitely keeping an eye on that one. Not a book reader, but the last episode of GoT was probably my favourite episode ever. The opening sequence was just amazing, and Cersei has been my favourite character since the first season probably. And the music. Good lord.
  6. I got my Oculus Rift yesterday and it is cool as shit. The best part is how well it is designed. It's like a super good looking product that even the box it came in impressed me. Yeah I know I'm complimenting a box right now, but that's just how cool it was. I'm actually really impressed by how professional it all is. I feel like I've just purchased a new console, because Oculus Home is really well designed and the games are all really top level. I feel like everything I buy has the Nintendo Seal of Approval (up to and including a pointless friends online system mind you). And Lucky's Tale really helps with that. It's a Mario style platformer, and it actually works so incredibly well. And the best part is just the design of the actual headset. I keep slipping it on and off like a baseball cap because it's so easy and so comfortable. It never feels like a burden to get started playing. You pop it on and it pushes you right into Oculus Home. Really good shit. Yeah anyway, I'm so glad this dropped after all these years. I've stopped gaming for ages, but I just love this thing. The short animated VR movies are really impressive too, and the 360 videos aren't bad either. So excited to see what people do with this. I can't see myself going back to normal games for a while; though I would absolutely love to see GTA or something like that in this. Anyway yeah that's it. Get a chance to try it out or buy it. I haven't had a chance to show anybody else yet but I'm seriously excited. My friend got a job at Facebook and possibly Oculus, and he hasn't had a chance to try out a VR headset at all so I can't wait to see his reaction. And I can't wait for E3 next week to see what Oculus announce.
  7. Damn the discussions on this board (especially by Atila) always made me want to see Prince live. Always loved the videos of his performances. Not only in playing but just the crazy presentation. Super bummed about his passing. Really need to get some Paul McCartney tickets.
  9. Since December 2014, I've had the pleasure of living and spending nine months in the US. I head back on Saturday and I don't know if I will ever get a chance to return. Hopefully I will. Fingers crossed. I like this country. Please don't make terrible political choices whilst I'm gone.
  10. Actually so excited for this band to be back. I still play Thrice's stuff, and their whole discrography resonates with me so much still. I love Beggars -- Circles, Wood & Wire, Talking Through Glass / We Move Like Swingsets. Such a great album. Still my favorite band, alongside the Beatles.
  11. Yeah did the same with Star Wars and really glad I did. Sounds like people has plot point expectations going in which I never did, and it was awesome seeing Kylo Ren play out without knowing anything about him. Nathan For You is the best comedy on television. It's probably the best show on television at the moment. Every episode has me in tears, and there are some genuine heartfelt moments from such ridiculous moments. I love it. F is for Family was really... not great. I love Bill Burr, but the last thing I wanted to see from him was a family sitcom, especially when the jokes rely on just swearing/cussing. I gave up after three episodes. Didn't laugh once I think. Circle Caught this movie on Netflix -- it was one of my recommendations. I loved it. Loved loved loved it. Basically, the premise is this (according to Netflix): "When a group of strangers is seized and awaits execution, they face the impossible task of choosing the one person among them worthy of being spared." If you've ever seen the movie Cube and enjoyed that, it reminds me a lot of that movie. Sci-fi elements and human paranoia in a closed environment. Really surprisingly fun.
  12. Fuck yes. Still my favourite band. Cannot wait.
  13. Just a heads up, Jon Glaser has a new show starting up on AdultSwim called Neon Joe, Werewolf Hunter. Starts Dec 7th.
  14. I've always been able to recommend shows to people and have them love it and get addicted. This is the one show I've never been able to convince anybody to watch and enjoy. You need the right level of immaturity for this one. Love it.
  15. Japan at the end of next week. Back at Google/US at the start of Jan. Fun times.