Action Bronson is back with a new one called Mr. Wonderful (Vice/Atlantic) but is he wonderful? He is very much that, and he is better than a lot of rappers getting attention these days for being good but the different is that A.B. has skills, great lyrics, and a flow that has made people compared him to this generation’s Ghostface Killah. I think what people love is the passion that is heard in these flows and with a sense of humor that is upfront, Action Bronson is not hiding behind any curtains. When he’s serious, he will let you know directly and make you a true believer. When he wants to crack a joke, he’ll do so like a comedian where his path is designed to pull you in and make you bust out in laughter. Tracks like “The Rising”, “Terry”, “City Boy Blues”, and “Galactic Love” make me, hell, make us wish everyone was still doing hip-hop in this manner, where the samples (or nice interpolations of it) make you want to dig for more records just to find the most obscure grooves. The construction of this album is not boring or lackluster, everything that is needed to make a hip-hop shine nicely is here. This is easily one of the best albums of 2015, of any genre.
I Am The Albatross make some pretty risky rock’n’roll and in 2015, that’s a good, if not necessary, thing to do. Lonesome Son play something that would borderline on the Americana-side of things, or at least if you were to go to a Wilco show, you may very well see I Am The Albatross open up during a leg. What I love is the grit mixed in with the nice delicacies, or perhaps it’s the intricacies of what they do, a nice pop touch that isn’t afraid to intercourse with a bit of distortion and warble power to have the stories come through stronger that they may have in its original state. A song like “World Of Money” goes in a simple acoustic manner but as is, it’s a song you may imagine being a bit more fierce but it’s very nice as is. Lonesome Son is something that may influence a younger generation to want to start their own bands but I think for the time being, immerse yourself in these songs and see where their paths will pull listeners and forthcoming new fans.
“70s-esque, swaggering, peach-fuzzy guitar rock, drawing influence from T.Rex.” – PopMatters
“Cosmic Glam Rock ‘n’ Soul” – Last.fm
“Restrained, soulful storytelling.” – When You Motor Away
These are quotes in the press release that are meant to lure writers to get a chance to put them in their publications. Then there’s a quote that goes “Think Dinosaur Jr. meets Neil Young meets a mason jar full of sweet tea and bourbon before mason jars started trending on Etsy.” I listen to a song and I immediately here hints of “Cinnamon Girl” and then I hear less of Dinosaur Jr. and something along the lines of White Stripes, Let’s Active and Marshall Crenshaw. Can you imagine Young in your Crenshaw? It’s a nice and gritty sound with hints of 60’s pop and soul but then the rock is blasted in and you may think to yourself, with a big grin, “what in the hell am I listening to?” Well, you are listening to Tedo Stone and the song is just a sliver of what will be on his forthcoming album due out on September 18th called Marshes (This Is American Music). If this doesn’t shake you up profusely, listen to it again. Then again. Once more.
Liz Minou directed “Million Ways To Live” by Mapei and is being used in a TV show called Reality Road so if you tune in and catch it, you can say you know where you’ve heard it.
Change decided to work with producer Tee-Wyla for a song that is very much a sign of the times, or maybe it has been in existence all the time, depending on your perspective. They’ve made a song called “White Privilege” and is a hint of what will be on the forthcoming album on Illect Recordings.
Do not fear the career of gonorrhea and if you have no idea why I’d start an article with words like that, you obviously have not heard Aaron Cohen’s “Panes”. The drip, drip reference is heard within the song produced by Myth Syzer! and you can download it for your pleasure, for free, while supplies last.
The video only lasts for 110 seconds but “Splash!” (listed as “SPLASH!”) will get in your face and not be allowed to get a napkin to make yourself dry. He goes by the name of Norman BA$E, in you face and it is not a disgrace to enjoy it and let everyone know you’re a fan. It’s only a verse and yes, he does curse so go ahead, enjoy this deeply and disperse.
For years, I’ve been wanting to try a hot sauce from Hawai’i called Adoboloco. I loved the name because it’s known that Filipinos love their chicken, especially their own chicken adobo. Nonetheless, I’ve been wanting to try one but never had the opportunity to order them, plus I didn’t get any as a free gift. However, a good friend from Oahu was nice enough to send me one and I had my first taste of Adoboloco and this was their pineapple variation.
I have been enjoying hot sauces with different fruits so I wasn’t sure how a pineapple hot sauce would be. I had read they use actual pineapples for this, not an extract or anything artificial so it was great that I had been given this. I tried it and woooo… this bugga is hot. I should say that on the meter on the Adoboloco bottle, it is listed as being between “Small Kine Spicy” and “Da Kine Stay Hot” so I at least knew (and hoped) it would be something I could handle. It is, but the heat kicks in immediately. It uses habanero peppers and also has apple cider vibera, sea salt, and garlic, but doesn’t taste too salty at all. I would say this fits in with any meal but if you’re someone that likes a lot of stews with pork, or savory dishes that feature pineapple, adding this will be a major plus. The pineapple flavor is very upfront but it is not overwhelming, it balances well with the peppers and in the end, I probably finished the bottle in about two days. I want to try this again but I would like to try Adoboloco’s other flavors too. In time.
“Day Fort” is a new song by TIO which was described this way in the press release:
“Day Fort is the refuge we seek in the new nature of now. We are not opposed or defined by what we do not seek. From our underground bunker we see the light. Xenofeminism, new nature, the laws of change and the movement of our true boundary in three dimensions- our bodies. This music and these images are the sky looking down on the fort at the end of the world where a new one emerges. Let’s go back to the start.”
Does that work for you? Then make it work and let it pulsate your senses. If you are completely feeling this, you may also be interested in hearing a remix for it below, which you may download for free while supplies last.