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Cool Songs : November

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Tracklist:
Panama – Always (Classixx RMX)
Arcade Fire – Afterlife
Flume & Chet Faker – What About Us
múm – When Girls Collide
Anushka – Never Can Decide
White Denim – Under Mi Pretty Green
Childish Gambino – Sweatpants
Grizzly Bear – Will Calls (Diplo RMX)
James Blake – Bills, Bills, Bills (Destiny’s Child RMX)
Dornik – Rebound
Busta Rhymes – Thank You (Feat. Qtip, Kanye & Lil Wayne)
Bombay Bicycle Club – Carry Me
Doc Daneeka – Walk On In (Feat. Ratcatcher)

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Cool Songs : October

We all are.

Remember when I made a pledge to supplement this space with fresh new content throughout the month of October?

Well that was a bold-faced lie. 

As it tends to do, life has gotten in the way of my beloved domain, and thus it’s time to be honest with myself and anybody left reading this blog.

We’re done here. 

I’ll construct a more proper obituary in a post at the end of the year, because there actually will be about 3 more – all of which rounding up a period of time by it’s musical highlights.  We’ll do the last two installments of “Cool Songs” along with a Top Album/Tracks of the year roundup.

It’s worth mentioning I couldn’t hunt down tracks from either of my favorite albums from October because they weren’t on Soundcloud.  Those albums were Dreamboats by Sleeping Bag & Rozwell Kid and  Savior by Shark?.

Tracklist:
Baio – Welterweight
Odd Future – Look
Danny Brown – Lonely
Sufjan Stevens – Take Me
Swearin’ – Dust In The Gold Sack
Pusha-T feat. Tyler the Creator – Trouble On My Mind (Rustie RMX)
Ben Khan – Eden
Janelle Monae ft. Miguel – Primetime
Flume ft. Freddie Gibbs – Holdin On
Star Slinger – Free
Ryan Hemsworth feat. Sinead Harnett – Small + Lost
Azealia Banks – Work Bitch RMX

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Cool Songs : September

Smart move by Floyd with the 6-14 demographic largely up for grabs in boxing.

For about the 5th time, I’ll start a post with an apology.

After an August that saw a bit of a renaissance around these parts, we damn near laid egg this in September.  If it not for an incredible Natty Morrison piece that had been sitting in the drafts for about a month, we assuredly would have given you no original content for 30 days.

I hereby pledge October will be different.

If you pay attention to this blog at all, you’d know that I always make time for a monthly playlist.  This is due in large part to the fact I make these into CDs for when I’m sitting in L.A. traffic.  I realize this is a very 2004 move.

So without further ado, 44 minutes of choice cuts.

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Kwes – 36
Celestial Shore – Valerie
Drake – Hold On, We’re Going Home
Twin Shadow – Old Love/New Love
Polica – Smug
Movement – Us
A$AP Rocky – R. Cali
The Range – Metal Swing
BANKS – Bedroom Wall
Nowhere – Dead Live
SOHN – Lessons
Four Tet – Parallel Jalebi
Say Lou Lou – Feels Like We Only Go Backwards

Also s/o to my favorite Lafayette, Indiana independent record label, Jurassic Pop, who sent me some shit I didn’t order a couple weeks ago.  Since they refuse to comply with my desires and put shit on Soundcloud so I can listen to in my car without paying them, I will embed this fantastic track from Nowhere’s self titled album here.

EDIT: The gentlemen of Nowhere reached out on Twitter with a soundcloud link! As luck would have it, it nestled perfectly into the back half.

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Cool Songs : August

Let’s put August in the distant fucking rearview, please.  That month just didn’t cut it for me.

A Recap of The Month That Was:

Some of you got up in arms about some fairly predictable shit : Starlet kicks off adulthood by pushing the boundaries of her sexuality and experimenting with drugs.  Then again, the uproar was pretty predictable in itself.  Keep fighting that good fight people…

College Football happened, and I shouldn’t try to escape it this time.   Personally, I’m not much of a College Football fan, but 90% of the people I follow on social media love the fucking game, so I was completely bombarded this weekend with unwanted commentary.  Well, maybe not all of it wasn’t unwanted.  Here’s a friendly reminder of what exists in the south:

Sweet jesus.

A very solid month musically, with one of the better albums of the year dropping in Doris from Earl Sweatshirt.  Kendrick Lamar claimed himself the King of New York on his verse in “Control” and the only fallout was a sea of journalists producing paltry quotes from rappers not yet too annoyed to address it.  This playlist is a strong one, with a predictably summery vibe that might just be perfect for that Labor Day BBQ tomorrow.  Maybe the best track of the bunch I yanked off because of audio issues, but here’s all 45 seconds of it, compliments of Flying Lotus and Thudercat.

And the playlist.  Enjoy Friends.

Tracklist
RAC – Let Go (Feat. Kele & MNDR)
Le1f – Damn Son
Holy Ghost – Okay
Parquet Courts – You’ve Got Me Wonderin’ Now
Danny Brown – ODB
Alex Smoke – Dust
Misun – Hills and Trails
Big Sean – Control (Feat. Kendrick lamar & Jay Electronica)
of Montreal – She Ain’t Speakin’ Now
Marnie Stern – This Was It
Courtney Barnett – Avant Gardener
Earl Sweatshirt – Hive (feat. Vince Staples & Casey Veggies)
Frankie Rose – Street of Dreams
Chloe Howl – How Proud
A$AP Rocky – Thuggin’ Noise (It’s Hemsworth, Bitch Edit)

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Cool Songs : July

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Another one in the books, and a particularly eventful one due to my reinstated unemployment.  Everybody wins when Matt doesn’t need to put on pants until he starts getting paranoid about life still existing outside his front door and ventures to the coffee shop (To get attacked by a fucking dog).

A recap of the month that was here at SOH:
Son of Hilljack’s 10 Most “Watchable Movies”
Best Albums of 2013 (Thus Far)
The Best Original SyFy Movies
6 People Who Might Be Satan (According to the Internet)
The 10 Silent Film Actors You See At, Like, Every Summer Music Festival

What’s even stranger than our recent bout of productivity is the fact people are actually reading this shit.  Some of you guys even repost these links on Facebook and Twitter and, on behalf of all of us, that is the coolest favor ever.  Thank You.

Best Thing That Happened in July

– BFF’s of this blog Jurassic Pop put out the cassette release of Mac DeMarco from Russian Recording in Bloomington, IN, and it very much blew up.  They were on Pitchfork and Spin and a bunch of other reputable domains.  If you’re not familiar with their catalog, I recommend listening to every single fucking release.  I’m not kidding you, they’re all incredible.

Prediction For Best Thing That Happens In August

– Breaking Bad.  It’s going to be an intense 7 weeks.

 Tracklist:
Diana – Perpetual Surrender (Four Tet Remix)
La Luz – Brainwash
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib feat. Karriem Riggins – City
Billie Holiday – My Man (Toro y Moi Remix)
Summer Camp – Fresh
Jacques Greene – Faithful
London Grammar – Strong
Friends – The Way
Mac DeMarco – Young Blood
Explosions In The Sky & David Wingo – Join Me On My Avalanche
Guy Andrews – 7AM
Local Natives – You & I (Local Natives Remix)
Spirit Animal – Forever Ago
BOY/FRIEND – Leather Weather (Brenmar Remix)
College – Un Long Sommeil

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Best Albums of 2013 (thus far)

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Parquet Courts – Light Up Gold
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I turned 24 the other day, and this shit gets a little more depressing every year.  Thankfully we have Brooklyn pessimists with Squire Stratocasters pledging their discontent through feedback and razor sharp wit.  A soundtrack for post graduate despair that radiates with slacker quirk, I can blast this in my compact economy car while some lady next to me at an LA stoplight in an Audi purses her lips and thinks to herself “Get a job.”  Conversely, I’m thinking to myself, “Atleast 3 people just ran that red light.  And why does nobody have their turn signals on?  Did none of you people have stable father figures in your life?”
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James Blake : Overgrown (Track by Track)

I’ve been wanting to try this for a while now.  Nearly every album review I do materializes out of a notepad, where I listen track by track and jot down impressions of what I hear.  Track by track reviews aren’t unheard of, but they’re putting a lot of stock in the reader/listener to follow along.  Personally, I love them, but I also have more free time than the average adult. I’m going to go ahead and do it anyway.

Furthermore,  I’m going to leave the notes almost entirely untouched from the notepad, journalistic integrity out the window. If you’re going to give this album a serious listen — and you should, because it’s hardly an album you can passively play through your laptop speakers — you can follow along with my thought process, as meandering as it can get.  Let me know how you guys feel about it (it being my decision on this post and the album itself), and maybe I’ll do this again in some form in the future.  Grab your best headphones. You’re going to want to hear every bit of what James Blake is saying on this record.
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Unknown Mortal Orchestra : II

Take that ‘Electric Ladyland’

The Primer

Fuck me, I did it again.

Every year – usually the first week in January – I’ll run a Google search for the years’ upcoming albums.  And every year – usually the first week in January – I’ll ritualistically adorn one as my most anticipated.  I’ve learned to try and make especially safe bets, because obviously this shit never works out.  Take 2012.  There’s no possible way a full-length collaboration between Annie Clark and David Byrne could fall short of timeless classic.   Except it was mostly just fine.  Hardly a high point in either of their careers, though.

So here we are.

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Yo La Tengo: Fade

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Yo La Tengo is a messed up band.

On Fade, the group’s first proper album since 2009’s Popular Songs, the album’s first single, “Ohm” opens the disc with a nervous percussion loop and a dark, ominous hum until bursting into chugging guitar and a seriously heavy drum part from Georgia Hubley.  That may sound convoluted; that’s because it totally is.  Major key riffs and sing-song vocals mix with devastating six-string deconstruction and inexplicable lyrics that seem to suggest exactly what the instrumental side of the song does: “But nothing ever stays the same / Nothing’s explained.”  The same can be said for Yo La Tengo.

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