Archive for the ‘Rock’ Category

So 2012 is almost over and here is a list of my favorite albums of 2012. There are 22 albums total (I could have listed a lot more but got tired lol) 11 Hiphop albums, 3 R&B, 1 Pop and 7 Rock albums.

Kendrick Lamar “Good Kid Mad City”

This would be my pick as the best overall album of 2012. All the guest appearances on the album fit perfectly. The skits fit into the overall story perfectly as well. The only “flaw” to me is the chorus on “Real” to me it is just annoying and repetitive. This album will be heralded as a “classic” years from now.

Frank Ocean “Channel Orange”

While this album is not as good as his “Nostalgia” mixtape/album it is still great. Probably the best R&B album of the year as well. And the album has a guest appearance from Andre 3000 which you can never go wrong with!

Deftones “Koi No Yokan”

Ok so maybe i’m a little biased with this pick since the Deftones are one of my favorite bands of all time. Then again this is MY favorite albums of 2012 list so yeah. Chino’s voice is great as always. Mix of hard rock to more mild mellow tracks.

Nas “Life is Good”

On his 11th studio album Nas delivers one of his best efforts. As probably the greatest rapper of all time he always delivers lyrically but usually his albums do not have the best production. The production on this album however is greatness. Kendrick Lamar’s album just slightly edges this album out for best Hiphop album of the year.

Jack White “Blunderbuss”

I do enjoy me some White Stripes. When Jack White decided to do a solo album I knew I’d like it before I heard it. Great rock album!

Ab-Soul “Control System”

For those that do not know Ab-Soul is a member of the same group as Kendrick Lamar called Black Hippy and under the same label (TDE) with Schoolboy Q and Jay Rock. This has one of my favorite songs of 2012 “Illuminate” with Kendrick Lamar.

Killer Mike “R.A.P.”

Produced by El-P this album is great both lyrically and beat wise.

The Smashing Pumpkins “Oceania”

Their 8th studio album and a great one.

Lana Del Rey “Born to Die”

Yes, you read correctly…. Lana Del Rey. Love this album… she has a 50′s sound to her voice with the vulgarity of 2012 lol. Great pop album overall.

Apollo Brown & O.C. “Trophies”

This album is a collab between O.C. (of the D.I.T.C. crew with Fat Joe, Big L, Showbiz & AG etc.) and producer Apollo Brown. Great boom bap beats and great rhymes from the legendary O.C.

Miguel “Kaleidoscope Dream”

Another great R&B album.

Schoolboy Q “Habits and Contradictions”

Another release from the Black Hippy group and of course there are guest appearances from Kendrick Lamar.

Other great albums this year were:

Sean Price “Mic Tyson”
The Weeknd “Trilogy”
Action Bronson and Alchemist “Rare Chandeliers”
Greenday “Uno” (actually 3 albums uno, dos and tres)
Beach House “Bloom”
Gary Clark Jr. “Blak and Blu”
9th Wonder & Murs “The Final Adventure”
G.O.O.D. Music Group “Cruel Summer”
Mumford & Sons “Babel”
9th Wonder & Buckshot “The Solution”

Thoughts and Comments? What did I miss?

Radio Show!

Posted: March 12, 2011 by Joe "Bird" in Hiphop, Rock
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chyeahhhhh weekly radio shows from us…….. Hiphop, Rock and R&B… the newest songs out………

 

http://www.mixcloud.com/JoeBird23/

Give the Drummer Some!!

Posted: March 10, 2011 by Joe "Bird" in Hiphop, Rock
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1. Can A Drummer Get Some (Feat. Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, Swizz Beatz, Game)
2. If You Want To (Feat. Pharrell, Lupe Fiasco)
3. Carry It (Feat. RZA, Raekwon, Tom Morello)
4. Knockin’ (Feat. Snoop Dogg, Ludacris, E-40, Dev)
5. Jump Down (Feat. The Cool Kids)
6. Devil’s Got A Hold (Feat. Slaughterhouse)
7. Let’s Go (Feat. Yelawolf, Twista, Busta Rhymes, Lil Jon)
8. Saturday Night (Feat. Transplants, Slash)
9. Cool Head (Feat. Kid Cudi)
10. Raw Shit (Feat. Tech N9Ne, Bun B)
11. Just Chill (Feat. Beanie Sigel, Bun B, Kobe)
12. Beat Goes On / I Play The Drums (Feat.Cypress Hill)
13. On My Own (Feat. Corey Taylor) (Deluxe Edition Only)
14. Don’t F*ck With Me (Feat. Paul Wall, Jay Rock & Kurrupt) (Deluxe Edition Only)
15. City of Dreams (Feat. The Clipse & Kobe) (Deluxe Edition Only)
16. Misfits (Feat. Steve Aoki) (Deluxe Edition Only)

 

So I gotta say the mixtape he put out was great… and so far this sounds great too… it’s like we got 2 albums for the price of one (assuming you buy the retail copy!)  I will probably be buying this on March 15th!!

Gorillaz new FREE album….

Posted: December 26, 2010 by Joe "Bird" in Rock
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So it seems these days a lot of artists are putting out a lottttttt of FREE music. This could be because today singles sell more and produce more revenue than albums. But I thought this was an interesting album here’s what they said about it on their website……..

All tracks written and performed by Gorillaz using the iPad and additional instruments: Korg Vocoder, Ukelele, Microkorg, Omnichord, Moog Voyager, Melodica, Guitar, Piano, Korg Monotron. Except track 13 written and performed by Gorillaz and Bobby Womack. Recorded between Montreal and Vancouver over 32 days on the Gorillaz North American Tour 2010

Sounds bad ass to me………..

to download or listen to the album go to http://thefall.gorillaz.com/

It will ask you to sign up for their fan club mailing list or if you don’t want to just click “i’m already on the list” to just stream the album instead of downloading it!

My favorite albums of 2010 were numerous…………

Ghostface “Apollo Kids”

Kanye West “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy”

The Black Keys “Brothers”

Eminem “Recovery”

The Roots “How I Got Over”

Nas and Damian Marley  “Distant Relatives”

Arcade Fire “The Suburbs”

Broken Bells “the high road”

many, many more………..

Best Rock Album of the Year = The Black Keys

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Best Hiphop Album of the Year = The Roots “How I Got Over”

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Best Songs of the Year =

Kanye West “lord, lord, lord” featuring Mos Def and Raekwon

Lil Wayne f. Corey Gunz “6’7” (yes a Wayne track lol)

Lupe Fiasco “i’m beaming”

Broken Bells “The High Road”

The Black Keys “10 Cent Pistol”

Aloe Blacc “I need a Dollar”

Honestly I could go on for like 6 more pages…………..

Mixtape of the Year = Big K.R.I.T. “KRIT wuz here”

Best R&B Song = Aloe Blacc “I need a dollar”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iR6oYX1D-0w

Best Rock Song = Broken Bells “the high road”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWBG1j_flrg

Best Hiphop Song = Currensy f. Jay Electronica, Mos Def “the day” (chose this only due to Jay’s verse…. )

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=amS-GMSjsCw

 

And yes I realize i’ve left out a lottttttttttttttt of stuff…….. but it’s 4am and i’m tired……. there were also just too many albums/songs to mention like Janelle Monae, Redman, Kings of Leon, Madlib, J. Cole, Cee-lo, Eminem…. etc.. etc…. etc….. lol………

Time Magazine Top 10 of ’10

Posted: December 10, 2010 by Joe "Bird" in Hiphop, Rock
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So Time Magazine put out their top 10 albums of the year list… and it’s not a bad list coming from a magazine that isn’t all about music….. good to see the Kanye, Black Keys, Arcade Fire and Big Boi albums all made the list as they are all great albums!!!!

There are some I haven’t heard but after I post this I will be listening!

Broken Bells anybody???

Posted: October 29, 2010 by Joe "Bird" in Rock
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Anybody listening to the Broken Bells new album “The High Road”????

 

I think it’s quite dandy if I may say so myself………..

 

For those that don’t know Broken Bells consists of singer James Mercer from The Shins and DJ Dangermouse who is part of the group Gnarls Barkley with Cee-lo………… anyway be sure to check them out!!!!