Monthly Archives: January 2013

Sam Lachow – Dabbin’ Up a Storm

Hey there guys, good to see you. How you been? Well? Good to hear. We’re gonna do something a little bit different today (100% not different at all if you know anything about me).

For those of you that don’t know much about Sam Lachow he’s a classically hilarious white boy that grew up in the city. Starting his rapping career sometime in middle school Sammy was originally part of a rap group with his high school friends known as Shankbone. Not exactly a regular household name, but you’ll run into the rare Roosevelt or Garfield High graduate that saw Shankbone at some point. Fast-forward a couple of years, Sam Lachow is frequently releasing new music, producing his own beats, directing his own videos, and just killin the local rap game.

This song is a perfect example of why I love Lachow and his crew. Heavy thumping beats? Check. Trippy Stoner Lyrics? Check. Gorilla Suits? Check. The beat is powerful enough that you feel it, but not so overpowering that you stop listening to the lyrics. Lachow’s verse is exactly what I would expect from him with lines about weed, rap, and food (what can I say? it speaks to me). Long-time friends of Sam, Sky Blaow and Ryan Campbell come in for features that just feel like the 3 of them had a blast recording it all together. Wilson Luxurious (perhaps the flyest of the Avenue Music crew) features in the video as well with credit for collaborating on the beat. Coming out of no where (at least to me) is J. Bird with lines about drugs and girls like it’s just no thing. He’s got a nice drawling sound to his voice that says “of course I’m fucked up while recording this.”

Basically, you gotta dig this guy’s sound. Sam has been putting his heart and soul into his music for years and  his songs seem to keep finding their way into my Most Played songs in iTunes (“What a Night” By Shankbone is still my 19th most played). The video is directed and shot by Andrew Imanaka, another young talented artist in Seattle that clearly has some real talent judging by this video.

Hoping for more like this to be coming from Mr. Lachow. Check out his facebook page here (He’s about to start touring the Midwest!)


Ra Ra Riot – New Album “Beta Love”


First full length album coming from Ra Ra Riot since the release of The Orchard about 2.5 years ago, and the departure of their cellist. This album sounds pretty damn good, although it’s definitely a change from their earlier, organized rock type of sound to a more of synthpop. It’s actually kinda interesting to listen to, and some of the songs just kind of blend in with others because unfortunately, the synths don’t distinguish every single song from one another. A couple solid ones on this album though, that comes out January 22nd, especially “Dance With Me”, the first song on the album. Definitely an upbeat song, with a damn catchy chorus. Give it a listen here and you can just go through the playlist (note, the playlist may be taken down soon, and if it is, I will replace it).


Call and Response – Bubba Fish, writer/director of YouTube smash “Workout Buddies”

It’s been a wild ride for Bubba Fish these past few weeks. Since the online premiere of his short film “Workout Buddies”, a sort-of sequel to an earlier film–“Day and Night“, which accumulated over 150,000 views on YouTube–with the same cast, crew and themes, the ‘bro love story’ has accumulated over 50,000 views on YouTube, been posted on TotalFratMove.com and even featured on Wesleying. So the reveal of the film’s humble beginnings came as a surprise to me.

“We shot this a while ago. In twenty-four hours,” said Fish, the co-star, editor, producer, co-writer and director of “Workout Buddies”, “right before break.” About to return home for a break from classes, Fish and his buddy Michael Steves, who co-wrote and co-stars in the short, decided to embark on a ridiculous 24-hour shooting spree. The entirety of the film was shot in that time period. Fish remarked, “I was thinking I should probably pack”. With a little help from their friends—Joe Snell, Melanie Avalon and Drew Sampson—they were able to finish and Bubba made his flight home.

Following the sprint, however, the footage languished on Fish’s digital shelves as he focused on classwork and other projects. After a few months, Fish contacted his friend Eric Radloff, lead singer of the USC band Bear Attack (recently featured multiple times on the ABC Family hit “Pretty Little Liars”, and right here on LifeAfterNirvana), who had composed the song for the short’s sort-of prequel. Fish gave Radloff instructions to “make something poppy”. Radloff willfully disobeyed, and Fish now credits the acoustic, falsetto-filled song for creating the wonderfully bromantic atmosphere of the film. (You can download it here.)

The creative process on “Workout Buddies” was unique, in that Fish and Radloff collaborated throughout the editing process. “We sent it back and forth. I’d do an edit of the film, then he’d edit the song, I’d do another edit, he’d do another edit…” Fish recalls.

Fish is quick to credit the bromantic nature of the film for its success. “A lot of the recommended videos on the side [of the YouTube page] are gay videos,” Fish says. The top comment on the six-minute video at the moment is: “Hot makeout scene starts at 6:01”. It has 32 likes.

According to Fish, the film was inspired by “traditional romantic comedy structure”, subverting the tropes by focusing on bros who work out together. The over-dramatic nature of the execution of these emotional beats creates a comedy worth watching, and, according to Fish, “universally relatable”.

From personal experience, I’d say he ain’t lyin’. Check out Workout Buddies here, and revel in all its bromantic glory.


A.$.A.P. Rocky Ft. Florence Welch – “I Come Apart”

A$AP Rocky’s debut album, Long.Live.A$AP, dropped yesterday after numerous leaks from it as January 15th approached. A$AP has always been quite the interesting artist to me, because I usually don’t listen to rap, but I freakin’ love A$AP’s tracks. There’s been a few that have been out of his style, like his collab with Lana Del Rey, but this collab with Florence Welch from the fantastic Florence + The Machine, is definitely different from all his other tracks, only because they are two completely different artists. The meaning of this one is far different, essentially discussing the unraveling of a relationship at its seams and the repercussions that follow when trying to assemble the pieces back together While his fans of the harder tracks might not like this one, one has to appreciate his efforts to expand as an artist, really setting himself apart from the other ‘hard’ rappers.

A$AP is doing his best at a little bit of chill track, but this track soars as high as Florence’s superb vocals. I really do dig this one, not only because of Florence’s god-like singing, but it’s cool listening to the contrast between A$AP’s deep, rugged voice and Florence’s, setting the stage for a damn chill track that sends shivers down your spine from Florence’s voice, produces head-bobs to A$AP’s rapping, and a great appreciation of the track’s greatness.

LYRICS:

ASAP Rocky:
I thought you said you’d never leave
I think back as I took a puff
Know what happens every time you leave?
Always come back, cause you wanna f*ck
Always come back, cause you wanna fuss
Holding back, ain’t no turning back when you fall in love
Whatever happens anytime you speak
Always fall flat cause you on the rush
Uh, so you can take it slow
Separate the highs from the low
Separate the evens from the odds
Like something pull me back together when I come apart

Florence Welch:
I come apart, and you keep it together
I come apart, and I can’t stand the pressure
In all your grace and fire for me, that I cannot compare
I come apart, this can’t last forever
Can’t last forever
Can’t last forever

ASAP Rocky:
I woke up today, I felt a little less pressure for me
And I mad you say I, may you even learn the lesson for me
If you find the way to fight the pain,
If you fly away, you rest assure

Florence Welch:
I come apart, and you keep it together
I come apart, and I can’t stand the pressure
In all your grace and fire for me, that I cannot compare
I come apart, this can’t last forever
Can’t last forever

You’re the eye, but I’m tearing all the time
Always there to catch me, but I’m never coming down
Reconstructing all the pieces I left in my way
I guess you know, in control
Chaos I create
I come apart

ASAP Rocky
You made a bet with me, now you’re in debt with me
Made my bed, lied in it, then you slept with me
It’s ruthless, she the closest thing next to me
The truth is, that she blew it and you left with me
Especially hard to express to me
European attitude but born in West Philly
She just have a smokin’ ‘gina, where the Wet Willies?
I come apart, I’m in her heart on the left titty

Florence Welch:
I come apart, and you keep it together
I come apart, and I can’t stand the ṗressure
In all your grace and fire for me, that I cannot compare
I come apart, this can’t last forever
Can’t last forever
Can’t last forever
Can’t last forever
I come apart


My Favorite Albums of 2012

I’m not going to pretend like I’m a professional critic who gets the opportunity to pore over every piece of music released in any given week, month, or year. Listening to music and playing music are both crucial parts of my life, hell that is my life, and that’s why I’m here. That doesn’t mean that I’m qualified to tell you “THIS IS THE BEST THING OF 2012, UNQUESTIONABLY”. When I was posting on LifeAfterNirvana regularly, I had gotten into a habit of dressing my articles as something they were not. I took on the persona of a journalist, someone with qualified and trained writing background who was dropping little bombs of musical knowledge on the heads of the uninformed. I’m dropping that pretense now. I’m going to write to you guys more personally. I’m going to write from the perspective of a student of music who enjoys communicating ideas, because that’s what I am and that’s what I do. I spend most of my time playing an instrument that I’m never going to play in the real world, rehearsing with people who may or may not find me compelling and worthwhile, reading about sports, and playing xbox. I’ve decided that if I want to write on LAN regularly again, it’s gonna be fun god dammit. If I try to make it some sort of career builder or trainer like I had originally, contribution just won’t happen any more. So here we go, I’m jumping back into the fold and I’m sharing with you, my friends or random internet stragglers, what I personally enjoyed in music this year. 

My 15 Favorite Albums of 2012 –

1. Celebration Rock – Japandroids

Brian King and David Prowse have created an album that restores my faith in rock n’ roll. The genre’s energy, pulse, and unwavering yearn are pushed so heavily to the forefront, strapped to the backs of the 11th hour horsemen come from the north to spread the word of youthful longing, eagerness, and revelation from a pair of dudes pushing 30: hang on to your twenties. 

2. good kid, m.A.A.d city – Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick’s album plays like a Spike Lee film. His city throws so much bile at an earnest kid trying to get along, a demon corrupting an otherwise decent person, attempting to mold him into something that resembles the harsh reality of its streets. Instead, Kendrick plays hero and tries to influence change on his oppressor. 

3. There’s No Leaving Now – The Tallest Man on Earth

A songwriter cut from the mold of Dylan and Simon, the Tallest Man is a wizard at the helm of his wooden tool constructing elaborate lines of melodic bliss. 

4. Shields – Grizzly Bear

No band has the command of texture that Grizzly Bear does. Their compositions are elaborate, sophisticated, nuanced, beautiful. 

5. Valtari – Sigur Ros

Where Grizzly Bear hits with restraint, Sigur Ros pounds with ethereal bombast. 

6. No Love, Deep Web – Death Grips

Rap’s punk rock saviors, MC Ride and Zach Hill have welcomed us to the new frontier of electro-percussive expression. An album tailor made for 2012. 

7. Attack on Memory – Cloud Nothings

Hooks meet sludge. It’s 90’s emo for a new generation. The new pallbearers of angst. 

8. Until the Quiet Comes – Flying Lotus

Jazz for the technologically savvy. An introspective look at electronic sound as art. A musician with a laptop. 

9. Hope in Dirt City – Cadence Weapon

This is one of my favorites for its eccentricities – Weapon is a rapper with a poet’s grace and a musician’s fanaticism. His production is an eclectic mix of retro soul, AM radio, and modern glisten. 

10. Bossalona – Fresh Espresso

Seattle’s best hip hop release of 2012. P Smoov’s production and flow has never been better. Rik Rude is Kemp to Smoov’s Payton. 

11. Lord of the Fly – Nacho Picasso 

The king of oddball raps, Nacho’s smoked out lines are a scrapbook of 5th grade desk scrawl and inner city fear. Blue Sky Black Death’s production is top notch. 

12. Channel Orange – Frank Ocean

A crooner with indelible pipes. The notes he hits and the place from which he writes are worthy of the Grammy nominations, widespread critical acclaim, and fan adoration that Ocean has received.  

13. Oshin – Diiv

A band exploring what a traditional lineup can do without the expression of clear lyricism. The music is paramount. It’s chillwave with guitars, but not shitty. 

14. On The Impossible Past – The Menzingers

Another solid punk rock album. I like that these existed this year. 

15. Detroit Revolution(s) – Clear Soul Forces

Carrying the torch of “conscious” rap, CSF spit like the classic groups of the 80’s and 90’s, but with Rugrats references. 

 

 


STRFKR-“Say To You”

So new Starfucker track, “Say To You” just out, the third single on the upcoming album Miracle Mile and so far this album looks to shape up real nicely. This track is a bit more on the chill side and pretty relaxing to kick back and give a listen. Compare it to some of their other songs like “Born”, “Rawnald Gregory Erickson The Second”, or “Biggie Smalls” and you’ll hear a noticeable difference, a lot quieter, but kind of endearing in a strange way. Fairly simple meaning too I guess, just a little love song. Give it listen and see what you make of it:

LYRICS:

In the night when I come
crawling home
I want to say to you
curse the daylight when I come
crawling home
I want to say to you
Sleep, set me free
In a dream
I am born
apathetic, finally
I’m not sure anymore
We just take what we need
If I was stronger
I would play the fool
I would say to you
Mock the day, when
I come crawling home
I would say to you

ALSO, they’re coming to the Seattle on February 26th, so if that interests you, go for it.

http://stgpresents.org/neptune/calendar/eventdetail/485/-/strfkr


Damn Seattle, You Filthy

It’s OFFICIAL….. I’m running for Mayor of Seattle in 2025. Spread the word. We got a campaign to win.

-Macklemore

Oh man, This should be good. The current king of the Seattle music scene right now dropping this little gift for us on the first day of 2013? This is flipping awesome. Yeah it’s in 12 years, but  that doesn’t mean we can’t get excited now! Whatever you make of his music, that’s fine, but I’m not really sure there’s anyone out there that can call him a bad guy. Yeah he’s been through some rough times, but to potentially have a mayor where you already know his shady past and that he has overcome it? Don’t see how anyone can be more connected to the public than that. Also with a history of cultural aware songs like “Same Love” or “A Wake”, I’m sure that he’d make a great mayor. Obviously there will be some backlash to this because he’s a liberal guy, but hey, who knows? No you can’t have him; He’s ours to keep.

Go like Macklemore on Facebook!