Beat Culture is the name of 17 year old Sunik Kim, from Hong Kong. According to his bio, he only started making music as of February 2011, creating post dub / experimental pop while drawing influence from artists like Balam Acab, Gold Panda, and SBTRKT. There’s a wonderful build up that starts with the metallic ticks and glitchy female vocals and ultimately progresses into a dreamy cascade of synths that are guaranteed to make you shake in wonder at the talent. The last 30 seconds are an absolute thrill, as the build up cited earlier finally releases into a rush of pulsing bassline and the splashing of previously mentioned synths before suddenly ending with a flourish. A lovely song to listen to early in the morning.
I feel that this following image best describes the song:
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When you title your song “Waikiki”, there are certain expectations that must be satisfied to justify the name. The reference to the Hawaiian land must evoke some warm feelings at the beach, and this brief track does not disappoint. Mikey Maramag, the person behind Blackbird Blackbird drops one of the most upbeat chillwave tracks I have ever heard. Beautiful sequencing and uplifting synths are a trademark of Blackbird Blarkbird, and the vocals were a nice touch from what I previously heard from the artist. If you see the sun peeking out of the clouds, put on this track to to really lift those rain clouds from your day. When the only complaint is the briefness of it all, that isn’t too much of a slight is it?
Blackbird Blackbird will be releasing a new EP Boracay Planet sometime in the middle of this year. “Waikiki” will not be one of the new songs, but it would be a pleasure to hear the songs along this kind of sound.
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I’m going to be quick, seeing as my next class starts in 9 minutes and counting. Just had to pass along this band. The Menzingers, from Scranton, Pennsylvania, are a four piece punk band who signed to Epitaph Records a while back. They released their third full length and Epitaph debut in February. I totally missed it, but it’s awesome. Honest and raw songwriting, these guys are a real rock band. Give em a listen, I’ll probably post more on them later after I’ve listened to the album a few times.
A couple of years back on St. Patrick’s Day I was hanging out at home with my family. Naturally, at the ripe young age of 14 I was drinking myself into a stupor with cans of 7-up and Sprite (the cans are green, and that’s really what counts right?). So as my caffeinated self began to trudge up the stairs back to the solace of my room, my mother informed me that we would be watching a family movie tonight. Ugh mom, anything, ANYTHING, but a family movie.
Spoiler alert, the movie was awesome. In lieu of Kevin’s post on my friend Mr. Wolfy Bauer, I present to you, the creators of Dublin Soul, The Commitments. Both a movie and a band, The Commitments is/are amazing. To keep the summary short, Jimmy Rabbitte sets himself on a quest to bring soul to Dublin and to create the “World’s Hardest Working Band”. You might be a bit hard-pressed to find a whole lot of symbolism or deep meaning in the plot, but I have yet to see a more honest movie. You get this awesome mixture of the whole Irish lifestyle, with the passion and energy behind the soul music scene. Mr. Rabbitte describes it perfectly in this quote: “The Irish are the blacks of Europe. And Dubliners are the blacks of Ireland. And the Northside Dubliners are the blacks of Dublin. So say it once, say it loud: I’m black and I’m proud.”
The film itself is riddled with great music redone by the Commitments such as Take Me to the River and Destination Anywhere. The great music working with the constant humor ranging from subtle satire to the quick-witted jibes the band members fling at each other at all times of the movie (I believe its customary for every Irish conversation to include one “Piss off”).
What really makes the movie is the amazing music. It’s amazing how well the transition of Black American soul to Dublin soul goes. The Irish spin adds this raw and rowdy feel to the music that’s already a direct result of binge drinking. The movie’s a bit long but feels great in the end. If you’re looking for a feel-good with tons of great music definitely check this movie out.
The internet brings about some of the most fantastic things. This cautionary tale about the dangers of being near Shia LaBeouf in the middle of the night. One part comedy, two parts spooky, and everything violent, this ain’t about Shia LaBeouf from the Even Stevens Disney era. Turns out he took his murdering status from movies to real life. This song is glorious in how absurd it is. Repeat status.
Hot Problems by Double Take is the BEST SO….no. This is absolute trash. I can’t even tell if they are just flat out stupid for producing some mangled cat vomit or brilliant for producing a terrible video that will get so much feed from the internet. I think I am going to stick with with the first one. Seriously? These girls are so damn superficial. Their chorus line is:
Hot girls we have problems too
We’re just like you, except we’re hot
Seriously the dumbest shit I’ve ever listened to. I do have to give props to Rebecca Black. At least she tried to cover up her terrible voice. These girls didn’t do anything at all. And Friday got catchy at times haha. Friday has Hot Problems beat for closest thing to an actual song. Let’s see how long it takes before these two girls rack up more dislikes than Rebecca Black…