These past two weeks I have, alongside numerous new 2014 metal releases, been catching up on a lot of 2013 hip-hop albums that I missed. One thing I have noticed is that Strange Music’s artists are the ones that I find myself listening to constantly. I put a few of these albums on my Hip-Hop Year-End List and the order of those may have changed by this point, but I have gotten into a few more records from the Strange Music roster and it is with that that I dub Strange the best hip-hop label of 2013. After the jump you can check out my thoughts on my favorite records from Strange artists from last year. Continue reading
Hello, kiddies. It’s that time of the year again where I breakdown and tell you all about the shit I listened to repeatedly over this shitfucking year. I didn’t listen to nearly as much hip-hop in 2013 as I did the last few years, but I still managed to get into some shit and enjoy it and you can now waste a few minutes of your time and see what rap ruled in 2013. Get bent. Continue reading
Sacramento’s own Death Grips have a history of surprising just about anyone that follows their exploits. 2013 proved to be no different due to various show cancellations and other controversies, but the band seems to be finishing the year out by dropping a new record for free on the internet with absolutely no warning whatsoever.
The UK’s hip-hopcore outfit TRC released their latest offering Nation not too long ago and they’ve now followed it up with a new music video! The video is for their song “10,000 Hours.” The video is mostly the bands front man strolling through the streets and getting busted by the cops interspersed with footage of the entire band. It’s not a relatively unique video, this the track is phenomenal. Check out the video after the jump. Continue reading
Houston, Texas based cataclysmic noise/hip-hop artist B L A C K I E has released his new EP, Only 4 The Real, over at his Bandcamp page. This seven track follows his “acoustic” album GEN of last year with huge system shocking beats. You can pick up the tape of the EP at this location and stream it below. Just be sure to turn it up.
Obscure samples, trip hop beats and eccentric effects are what Lilacs & Champagne (Emil Amos and Alex Hall of Grails) are all about. Their self titled release of last year was one of my favorite records of 2012. So of course I am excited that the duo will release their sophomore effort, Danish & Blue, on April 23rd via Mexican Summer. The band have released a commercial for the album which can be viewed below. In Lilacs fashion, it features strange and obscure film clips set to psychedelic tunes. I cannot wait for this thing to drop. Check out the commercial below as well as the track “Babbling Brook”.
Yes, you are reading the headline correctly.. In true what the fuck fashion, hip-hop artist Tyler, The Creator has recorded a song with pre-teen icon
Hannah Montana Miley Cyrus. The track which was also co-written with Mary J. Blige will be featured on Cyrus’ upcoming 2013 release.
When asked about the collaboration, Miley Cyrus had this to say to Cosmopolitan -
I wrote this song with Mary J. Blige, and Tyler, the Creator heard it and said, ‘I am obsessed with this song, and I will guest on it if you promise me that you will keep it on the album.’ And he killed it!
Most of the music world might find this as some what of a shock and some might even go as far as to call Tyler a “sellout”, but anyone who actually follows Odd Future shouldn’t surprised by this move. The group is always making Miley Cyrus jokes and group leader Tyler probably saw this as an excellent publicity stunt as well as a way to have some fun with his persona.
God damn, this is going to be ridiculous. I can’t wait to check this out…
– Josh Huddleston
Just a few days ago, television’s cooking icon Rachael Ray featured Saturday Night Live and Portlandia cast member Fred Armisen as the guest on her show. At some point in the interview, Ray gives her guests one minute of free time to purvey any message that they choose. In this particular instant, Armisen chose to go on a thirty-second tangent about “a musician who he thinks is the greatest ever”. That musician was none other than Death Grips drummer Zach Hill! According to Armisen, Hill has “reinvented how you drum”.
Man, that is some killer press, too bad it’s going to be wasted on people who’d rather listen to Justin Beiber. Can you just imagine America’s bored house wives casually youtubing Death Grips? Yeah, pretty fucking awesome, right? To view the clip of Armisen on Rachael Ray click here.
– Josh Huddleston
Featured above is the strange music video for Evil Nine‘s collaboration with rapper Danny Brown. The track is titled “The Black Brad Pitt” and the video features everything you’d want in a music video; Diamonds, a African solider dancing and a random chick! Yeah, it’s that strange, but at least the track isn’t bad at all.
Oddly enough, this is the first Danny Brown song I ever heard (which was when I randomly watched his set at Fun Fun Fun Fest) and I haven’t heard it since, but yet still remember all the words.. Anyway, soak in all the Danny Brown you can before he drops OLD drops later this year. it’s going to be a banger.
– Josh Huddleston
Aeon, Agitator, Cattle Decapitation, Chelsea Wolfe, Code Orange Kids, Column Of Heaven, Death Grips, deftones, Departures, Disgrace, Dodecahedron, dying fetus, early graves, Expire, Fever Dreams, Fire And Ice, Gaza, Godstopper, hivesmasher, Homewrecker, Like Rats, Meshuggah, Misser, periphery, pig destroyer, Spawn of possession, The Love Below, Twitching Tongues, War Hound, Xibalba
Similar to the conflicted state of mind the character Jules Winnfield Of Pulp Fiction was in when he decided not to execute the characters of Honey Bunny and Ringo like “fucking fried chicken”, my American Aftermath writership came at a period in my life of transition, a time of both fleeting and returning tastes. In short, my idea of “music” was flipped upside down. What was once a streamlined process of music listening and discovery was overloaded and overridden by my previous months exploration into a multitude of realms and genres previously unexplored, most notable among that being my new found discovery of hardcore and the cascading effects of that discovery, which led to realms from sludge metal to pop punk.
The following thirty album list reflects the few difficultly chosen releases that stuck with me the most throughout both the bombarding ocean of releases this year and the aforementioned musical overturn. Before we actually begin, I’d like to thank the American Aftermath crew especially Ross Gnarly, Lane Oliver, and Josh Huddleston for allowing me to be a part of their team. I would also like to thank the musicians and bands that have created music for me to write about and those that have helped out in interviews and features. Last but not least I want to thank you, the readers, for giving a shit. See you all after the jump.
2012, Aesop Rock, Balmorhea, best of, birds in row, Bone Dance, Car Bomb, Cattle Decapitation, Converge Xiu Xiu, Cursive, Death Grips, deftones, Earth, El-P, Fiona Apple, Gaza, Gifts from Enola, godspeed you black emperor, Killer Mike, King Dude, Kowloon Walled City, Lilacs & Champagne, Locrain, Mamiffer, Marriages, pig destroyer, Sharon Van Etten, So is the Tongue, swans, The Mars Volta, The Men
This year has been more than gracious to my ears. I was fond of so many releases in 2012 that it was like pulling teeth trying to narrow this list down to JUST thirty. Since albums have the tendency to grow on me, this list was compiled without review ratings in mind, if I had a chance to review them that is. These thirty albums are the records that I continued to revisit throughout the year and have yet to stop jamming. These are the records that are still fresh and exciting upon the umpteenth listen. Without further adieu, these are my favorite albums of the year.
Let me get you up to speed. Death Grips released their new record, NO LOVE DEEP WEB, without their label’s consent. Epic Records was pissed. Death Grips began posting confidential web infringement emails from Epic Records on their Facebook Page. The following pictures are of said emails:
Aesop Rock has released a new music video for his track “Homemade Mummy”, which appears on his stellar new record Skelethon. The music video is really nothing special at all unfortunately. It simply just shows Aesop and friends playing around in an Arcade. Yup, that’s it. Check it out below but focus mainly on the song, because it’s killer.
El-P has released a new music for his track “Stay Down” which is featured on his stellar new album, Cancer 4 Cure. The video shows El-P and Jaleel Bunton (TV on the Radio), portraying Nick Diamonds, performing a show. The crowd absolutely hate El-P while they go ape shit for Jaleel/Nick. It’s a pretty ridiculous video and features a guest appearance from Mr. Killums, the squirrel who starred in the video for “The Full Retard”. Anyway, I will quite running my mouth and let you get to it!