Welcome back to Tim and Blockhead Discuss Music and Stuff, our weekly discussion of new and old music videos and a platform for us to show just how old and white we really are.
This week we explore the weirder side of hip hop, jump into some folksy damaged art girls, relive the shitty side of 90s hip hop, ponder the existance of Jeff Buckley, question the daddy issues of Shilpa Ray, and mock bathhouses and people who take too many designer drugs.
Basically it is Block and I returning to form and being the assholes god sent us down to this shit hole to be.
So let's get into this fucker you Honduran shit Birds - Vol. 4 of
Tim and Blockhead Discuss Music and Stuff
As always we are straight stealing the a/b idea from XXL (I think it was XXL) where two people talked about the new singles. Only we decided to go all videos and break them down into 6 catagories:
From time to time we might venture off of this course, depending on how stale it gets or if we are feeling adventurous. We probably will be doing the column shirtless when we feel adventurous as well.
As always please be sure to check out Block's album Interludes After Midnight here
Block Says: Big fan of Homeboy Sandman. He's had a prolific year and he actually makes pretty cool videos. This is one is a like weird mix between an acid trip and PBS childrens programming in the early 80's.
Tim Says: Huge fan of Homeboy Sandman. He puts words together in a way that makes me want to break things. It is so smart and well thought out. Plus he is completely unafraid of weirding the Fuck out and looks like a young F. Murray Abraham. So there is that too.
Block Says: Now THAT is how you make cheap video. Find some alive in wonderland fan art and throw some eyes on the rocks. Well played. The song is cool. I could see myself listening to this, walking home drunk in the rain, as I silently weep to myself. Just kidding. But I'd listen to this when I was hungover.
Tim Says: I am a fucking sucker for shit like this. Edging on dark folksy/alt music featuring a gal with a voice that yanks at the heart strings and sounds like their might be some serious issues with relationships and connecting to people while sober. Throw in that delicious guitar and I can guarantee I will be watching this video sans pants after a few beers.
Block Says: In the early 90's, a lot of rap came out. I bought it all. Contrary to popular belief, it wasn't all great. Case in point, this piece of shit Onyx rip off. Dope beat but the rapping and style of this group always offended my palette. I will say this though, the idea of making a song about attacking cassette bootleggers is pretty awesome. but they even bit that off of Onyx. Shameless.
Tim Says: My favorite thing about this era, outside of the production which is fucking killer, is the movements the rappers make. Holy shit it is some soy bomb, avant garde dance steez saved for kids from art schools who are trying to express something they are outraged about.
Block Says: Is it crazy that I have never heard a Jeff Buckley song until I watched this video? So this is what all hubbub was about? Hmm…it's not bad or anything but it's not something I'd ever listen to on my own. The video is so perfectly 90's though , it gives me feelings of nostalgia.
Tim Says: This is why those old Columbia House deals were the shit. I found out about Jeff Buckley and so much music through them. Especially in college where you would have a different address every other year, you could order 12 CDs for a penny and then disappear never to purchase the 8 other over priced CDs required by said agreement. It was like Napster before the internet.
Block Says: Shilpa ray was the singer in this group "Beat The Devil" that I was obsessed with. They broke up and I was sad. Now she's got her own group. They're pretty good but the selling point here is her awesome fucking voice. And this video that looks like a horror movie, but seriously do yourself a favor and look into "Beat The Devil". They got an EP on iTunes that is better than any bullshit you're listening to right now.
Tim Says: I've tried to get into Shilpa Ray in the past, I just couldn't do it. There was something a little to "I'm pissed off at my dad" about her. I don't know if that is the case, it just had that stink to it. She might be a super nice person, who the Fuck knows, but in my experience people who act like that are usually assholes. That said this song is pretty tight, especially where the horn comes in towards the end. Killer.
Block Says: If this song had a male vocalist it would be a perfect soundtrack to an all man bathhouse hand job circle, but it's a girl so it's just some electronic shit that doesn't really grab me (see what i did there?). I get what this group is going for but I dunno if I'm buying it.
Tim Says: This is the second video I have seen from Mantle Sound Core with Anastasia and I am fully on board. I love the whole vibe. It feels like something out of the 90s that the early installments of the Real World would have used to show the seriousness of one of its cast members doing too much designer drugs and hanging out at downtown clubs with art kids and Puerto Ricans.