The New Classics

October 25, 2009

New Music: Clipse, Popular Demand (Popeye’s) [ft. Cam’ron]

Filed under: Download, Hip Hop, Song — Tags: , , , — Greg @ 12:23 pm

10.25.09

Song: Popular Demand (Popeye’s) [ft. Cam’ron]
Artist: Clipse
Album: Till the Casket Drops
Producer: The Neptunes
Label: Columbia Records
Notes: none
Analysis: Cult followings in hip hop don’t get much bigger than that of both Clipse and Cam’ron. Neither act has had a mainstream hit in years, but both have fans hungry for new material constantly. In Clipse’s case, most of the material they put out is worthwhile, but with Cam’ron, for every ‘Dead or Alive‘ there is an absurd track like ‘IBS‘ (which  happens to be about his irritable bowel syndrome). Thankfully, on the drowsy piano-laced banger ‘Popular Demand (Popeye’s)’, Malice, Pusha T and Cam’ron stick with what they’re all best at – shit talking, bragging and drug raps: Continue Reading

October 23, 2009

New Music / Music Video: Arctic Monkeys, Cornerstone

Filed under: Download, Indie Rock, Music Video, Song — Tags: , — Greg @ 6:00 pm

10.23.09


Song: Cornerstone
Artist: Arctic Monkeys
Album: Humbug
Label: Domino / Warner Bros.
Notes: 2nd single from LP
Analysis: ‘Cornerstone’ has a simple, slowly-strummed sweetness to it that Arctic Monkeys songs don’t usually go for, as far as I know. Here, Alex Turner sings a tune about (or at least what I interpret as) wanting to pretend that every woman he meets is a different woman in particular, and in the end settles for the woman’s sister. It’s the kind of song that I picture will get the crowd of a Monkeys show swaying back and forth and singing grinningly. Continue Reading

New Music / Music Video: Snoop Dogg, Gangsta Luv [ft. The-Dream]

Filed under: Download, Hip Hop, Music Video, Song — Tags: , , — Greg @ 6:48 am

10.23.09

Song: Gangsta Luv [ft. The-Dream]
Artist: Snoop Dogg
Album: Malice in Wonderland
Producer: The-Dream
Label: Priority Records
Notes: 1st single from LP
Analysis: Snoop decided to play it a little bit safer with his latest lead single. Unlike the stripped-out classic ‘Drop It Like It’s Hot’, or the auto-tuned disco-flaired weirdness of ‘Sexual Eruption’, ‘Gangsta Luv’ is a more straightforward pop rap dance track. Continue Reading

October 22, 2009

New Music / Music Video: Frightened Rabbit, Swim Until You Can’t See Land

Filed under: Download, Indie Rock, Music Video, Song — Tags: , — Greg @ 6:40 pm

10.22.09

Song: Swim Until You Can’t See Land
Artist: Frightened Rabbit
Album: The Winter of Mixed Drinks
Label: Fat Cat Records
Notes: 1st single from LP
Analysis: ‘Swim Until You Can’t See Land’ is a song about abandoning all hope and getting the hell out of dodge before the worst hits the horizon.

Dip a toe in the ocean. Oh how it hardens and it numbs.
And the rest of me is a burgeoned man
built to collapse into crumbs.
And if I hadn’t come down
to the coast to disappear,
I may have died in a land-slide
of the rocks, the hopes and fears.
Continue Reading

New Music: Big Boi, Shine Blockas [ft. Gucci Mane]

10.22.09

Song: Shine Blockas [ft. Gucci Mane]
Artist: Big Boi
Album: Sir Luscious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty
Producer: unknown
Label: Def Jam Records
Notes: none
Analysis: When you’re using a sample better than Jay-Z, you have to be doing something right, regardless of how many times your album is pushed back. ‘Shine Blockas’ rocks a soulful ‘I Miss You Baby’ sample by Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes once used in the Kanye West-produced ‘This Can’t Be Life’ on Jay-Z’s Dynasty album. Where Jay (along with guests Beanie Sigel & Scarface) spat about the problems of their worlds, Big Boi takes a different turn by going in about those darn haters that always sound like such jerks. Continue Reading

October 21, 2009

New Music / Music Video: Death Cab for Cutie, Meet Me On the Equinox

Filed under: Download, Indie Rock, Music Video, Song — Tags: , — Greg @ 8:17 pm

10.21.09


Song: Meet Me on the Equinox
Artist: Death Cab for Cutie
Album: New Moon (OST)
Label: Atlantic Records
Notes: 1st single from LP
Analysis: Death Cab has had a great 2009 thus far. Riding the success of their near-perfect 2008 LP Narrow Stairs, they released two of my favorites from the album: ‘Cath…‘ and ‘Grapevine Fires‘ as singles this year, followed by the equally-superb The Open Door EP followup that further cemented my admiration of this band. ‘Meet Me On the Equinox’ is a track written specifically for the soundtrack to a teen-fad film franchise of the last couple of years; New Moon. Continue Reading

New Music: Gucci Mane, Spotlight [ft. Usher]

Filed under: Download, Hip Hop, Song — Tags: , , , — Greg @ 5:56 pm

10.21.09

Song: Spotlight [ft. Usher]
Artist: Gucci Mane
Album: The State vs. Radric Davis
Label: So Icey / Warner Bros. Records
Producer: Polow da Don
Notes: 2nd single from LP
Analysis: Mark my words, you will be hearing this one everywhere for the rest of 2009. Convicted criminal and gutter-flowed mixtape rapper Gucci Mane is likely to hold a Top 40 spot next to Miley Cyrus with this song, and deservedly so. This track drips of the spilled Heineken Lights of women flocking to the dance floor to get busy to their new favorite song. Continue Reading

Like I Never Left

Filed under: Message — Greg @ 3:56 pm

I turned 25 a few days ago. I’ve been looking for a milestone of some sort to jump back into this thing headfirst, as I have several times before, and this one’s as good as any. I couldn’t fully commit to The New Classics for the past 4-5 months, and if you can’t put your best into something, why even bother? But as the gap from my last real update to “today” gets wider and wider, I think it’s time to give it another shot. I’ve missed a lot of music, and perhaps I will be able to cover it all in retrospect, but for right now I’d like to just dive into the freshest and newest, because there’s still some good shit coming down the pipeline. 2009 ain’t over yet.

gM

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