I recently purchased (and in some cases, recently received) several CD's. Some were so good, I purchased them immediately via iTunes in their entirety. Others were almost complete crap, and thus I merely purchased one or two songs from an album. And then there was the matter of international postal deliveries (ugh).Beck - Guero
: Beck has outdone himself. When he first came out with "Loser", people thought he was a joke. Think "Butthole Surfers" or "Toad the Wet Sprocket". However, he has persistently proved himself to be an invaluable member of the artist community, keeping his style fresh and laced with catchy Spanish. Che'Onda Guero indeed.
His latest album, Guero, is another masterpiece. From the more well known song "E-Pro" to the not so well known "Earthquake Weather", Beck's musical simplicity is refreshing. He makes it seem so easy. And yet his beats and the melodies mix together so well, it's hard to tell whether he put 2 months or 2 years into this album. Judging it merely on its surface, I'd say the latter is more likely.
I'm not sure how much this album is going for in Virgin or any other physical record store, but I do know it's a steal at iTunes for a mere $9.99. Do yourselves a favor and buy this album. And screw all those losers who say you're trying to be a hipster because of it. They're only projecting their sad, empty lives on you. Don't let stupid people ruin good music.Sonic Youth - (iTunes dubbed) The Essentials
: Some of you may be saying "what's this, Sonic Youth isn't new. Are you crazy?" I'm not crazy, I'm just simply discovering and trying all forms of new music. I didn't listen to much Sonic Youth before a week or two ago, but now "Teen Age Riot" and "Death Valley '69" has me rocking out in my head on the train, scaring old asian women at Canal Street.
Sonic Youth has been called the original Indie Rock band, and Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon are being hailed the grandparents of the genre. They were certainly ahead of their time with albums like "Daydream Nation" (which has one of my favorite songs on it).
This compilation is well worth the dollar-per-song price. With 25 songs at $24.75, I was enthused and enthralled by my bargain hunting abilities, and my oh my, how it paid off.C-Mon - Cereal:
C-Mon is a Dutch DJ out of Utrecht. This album is a return to his earlier roots of being a Hip-Hop DJ and making phantasmal beats for all language-MC's alike. From purely Dutch tracks to several English tracks, to even one or two R&B-esque tracks; Cereal is a well done record in the Hip-Hop genre.
Of course, it is not the best thing I have ever heard. While I am not a fan of music that I can't understand (and I don't speak a word of Dutch), some of C-Mon's beats on the album I find somewhat stale, almost as if I've heard them before. Normally this would come as no surprise, since most beats in the genre are comprised of cut and re-mixed oldies, sometimes music thaty never made it to mainstream, but music that had stil been played before.
Overall, "Cereal" is a good album if you like Dutch Hip-Hop. It's no Rawkus creation, but it's not as bad as what my friends and I used to come up with, either.C-Mon & Kypski - Vinyl Voodoo, Static Traveller:
To start things off, yes: WOW. These two albums are both absolutely divine. C-Mon completely redeems himself with these two works that he is a a large part of, after all, C-Mon & Kypski is the name.
Kypski, the European Turntable Champion 8 years running, provides the sick scratching and electrifying cuts you hear repeatedly. Tracks like "Shitty Bum" and "The Evil Needle" exemplify his near-perfection. After seeing them live at Joe's Pub, I fell in love. It was their first time playing in NYC...need I say more.
Vinyl Voodoo was their first real LP, still a fine creation. "Vinyl Voodoo" and "Ode to Rhodes" are personal favorites. Static Traveller, on the other hand, is pure goodness. I cannot name a single track I dislike. "Money Money" is exceptional, with Kypski providing the chorus melodies by scratching while simultaneously altering the RPM's, creating different pitches. Combine that with the break in "Shitty Bum", in which Kypski's hand becomes a blur on the alternator (my turntable lingo is slightly rusty: the dial that controls which record is being heard on the speakers and on the headphones).MUST HAVES
for any DJ's and scratch junkies. If you're in Europe and reading this, you're one lucky bastard! You'll be able to see them much more often than I can. Burn me a live mix if ya can! I'll pay you for it, jesus, just give me more!That about wraps things up for this music review. These reviews don't come all too often, since I don't exactly have an abundance of money to spend on CD's. But if you're willing to fund me and provide money with which I can buy CD's, I will write as many reviews as you like! Providing I get to keep the CD's when I'm done reviewing them ;)As you'll see, it's no surprise my username is StaticTraveller :DFeel free to comment on what you think of my reviews. I am but a fledgling musical critic, and any advice will be well received, but only from those more knowledgable in music than I. Entries like "U Ar teh suxxorz" will be ignored. Feel free to E-mail me as well if you don't feel like letting the whole world read what you want to tell me.Over and out. Keep those headphones on!