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 I think there is a lot of "OK let's stop gushing about shit, or straight up hating" going on. This week's videos seem to have a central theme of "I am not sure how I feel about this song" going on, with a few exceptions, like the majesty of GULL the one man band or the delicious Ginger soul of King Krule. Otherwise we run the gambit from "Ummm" to "Hmmm"
There is a 75% chance we are going to look back on this last week of October 2012 as the most boring week in music yet.
So let's get into this fucker.
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: I'm on the fence with this dude. It's like, I know he's a good rapper. He's got a cool flow and he's obviously very young. I got a few of his songs in my ipod. That said, I just can't put my finger on why I'm not more excited about it. I dunno…maybe in like 4 years he's gonna be on some next level shit.
Tim Says: I am troubled by this. On one hand I think he is dope as Fuck, and I like the approach and style. Sort of updated throwback. Obviously skilled, understand the art, understands the culture, can rap his ass off, has a ear for beats, but sometimes the flow is too herky jerky for me. Honestly I liked it better when It was A Tribe Called Quest. That said, I hope he doesn't stop, I think he could be something special.
Block Says: It's a strange feeling to want to make out with one band member so much while wanting to give a swirlie to the other. It also seems like they might burst into flames if they were to look at the camera. So distant ,bro. As for the song, it's fine. They've both got clean voices and it's kinda pretty. So that's nice.
Tim Says: I love the shit out of Big Deal. I love the detached anger that lies underneath the calm. I love the whole, we used to date vibe, I love their quiet/loud approach, and I want to let them move in to my house and write songs about my life. I feel like they would make even the most mundane shit I do feel like its filled with all sorts of sexual tension. Like if I just fucked those dishes hard enough they would be both in love with me and clean.
Block Says: This shit was one of those songs where they did a different version for the video than they did on the album. That kinda shit infuriated me back in the day cause I wanted this version but I wasn't buying vinyl back then (and that's where you could find this version). Anyway, this song was awesome and sounded like nothing else when it dropped. I'm sure it terrified many an east coast rap fan.
Tim Says: Fuck! I always hated these dudes. I mean they can rap circles around most people, but who gives a Fuck. This shit is like a dentist drilling into your gums for shits and giggles. I don't even know if I hate them as much as I hate everyone that loves them. It's the same people that love Bob Marley, think PAC is a revolutionary worthy of university level discussion and really like rap when it wasn't about violence or materialism, or as I like to define said time - never.
Block Says: Can I just say that there are few things I like less than most 90's rock. Maybe it's just left over resentment from the young rap loving me but I just never got it. It's not just the songwriting but how it was recorded and the type of guitar effects they always used. It was also the a big time for singers who couldn't really sing. One thing I will say though is that wackiness flourished.
Tim Says: I used to love the shit out of Pavement. My homey Kevin Fish, yeah that Kevin Fish, of Higgins fame, made me a tape of a few of their songs and I ran that shit into the ground. Through moves, and purging of CDs I eventually lost all of my Pavement. A few months back I "purchased" a few of their albums and let's just say they are cool for about 2 minutes before I am bored silly. Getting old sucks.
Block Says: How awesome is this dude? One man band style. I bet it's not easy to play guitar with the skin of a dead cave man on your face either. This kinda shit makes me feel deep shame for the type of music I make. I mean, this dude can do this all at once while I'm sitting on my computer like a telamarketer making beats. Touche' Gull.
Tim Says: Bro! GULL IS SO THE fucking TRUTH. I WOULD WATCH HIM SHUCK CORN AND I GUARANTEE IT WOULD SOUND BETTER THAN ANYTHING I EVER THOUGHT OF.
Block Says: I fucking love this song. The craziest thing about this is that this dude look like a 12 year old and then busts out the Joe Strummer voice. His last EP was actually all pretty awesome. I saw a picture of him and Despot together once and I thought the internet might explode.
Tim Says: King Krule is just epically perfect. His voice, vibe and look all take shit to the next level. It is like he reached into my soul and found the perfect blend of nostalgia, melloncolly, autumn and ran, and threw in this deep voice that kind of makes my nub wiggle.