Music Monday

I’ve been pretty busy this past week, and it doesn’t look like that’ll change in the foreseeable future. So I might as well find some different songs to listen to and share for Music Monday. I’m just going to jump into it real quick; there’s no need for a huge introduction. For this week, I’ll give you two songs and one album that I’ve been listening to a lot.

Playboi Carti – Carti Season

Playboi Carti’s debut album was a success in my eye. I’ve always been fond of his music for some reason, but I could easily see why he wouldn’t appeal to typical rap fans. That being said, I love the beats off of this album, and a few songs stick out to me as the best ones. wokeuplikethis, Half & Half, and New Choppa are definitely the ones I find myself coming back to. The A$AP Rocky feature on New Choppa is great; even better than Lil Uzi’s features which I enjoy. I would give this a listen if you’re a fan that likes the newer sound like Lil Uzi, Lil Yachty, or Migos even.

Warhol – Jugg Mane

I’ve been listening to Warhol for a while on Soundcloud, but for some reason I never came came across this song. The drop in the beginning is infectious and made me almost excited to hear the rest of the song. In my opinion, Warhol, unlike most Soundcloud rappers, can actually rap. I’d recommend this song if you like songs with a tough beat; this song is one to play loud in the car.

Luther Vandross – Never Too Much

Luther Vandross is on the other side of the spectrum music wise compared to Playboi Carti and Warhol. Already with a cemented status as a legend, Never Too Much sticks out of his discography to me. A great classic song with an overall great feeling. The singing is fantastic and it just feels good to listen to. I’d recommend this to anybody; it’s that great.

Mixed Opinions on Netflix

Netflix–a streaming services that offers endless amounts of movies and shows. At least that’s what they want you to think. The dilemma I faced last night was finding a decent movie. Not even great; I just wanted to watch a decent one. I looked for Apocalypse Now or 2001: A Space Odyssey because they’ve been on my watch list for a while now, but Netflix doesn’t have them. I was pretty disappointed to say the least.

I didn’t want to watch Ferris Bueller’s Day Off for the hundredth time, so I had to find a movie fast. After some research, I settled on Mulholland Drive. I’d never heard of it and didn’t recognize any of the people starring in it. It had good reviews, though. So I guess that’s why I watched it.

Let’s just say I spent two and a half hours of my Friday night being as confused as I’ll ever be. It was by far the most complex movie I’ve ever seen. I had to look up what it was about after I watched it. Even now, I still don’t really understand it. It was so hard to follow that I’m not completely sure if it was good or not. I probably wouldn’t watch it again because it was so long and confusing, but I guess you have to appreciate the complexity within the story.

I have no idea why I wrote this besides the fact that I hope an executive from Netflix will see this and decide to put Apocalypse Now and 2001: A Space Odyssey on it. That’s really it. And maybe to warn you to not watch Mulholland Drive if you’re pressed for time.

Music Monday (on a Late Tuesday)

I guess I should call this Music Tuesday, but to me, that doesn’t have the nice, pleasant ring to it. So because of that, I’m still calling it Music Monday.

Now that I cleared that up, I want to say why I’ve been listening to these three albums that I will soon list off. If you’re reading this and am unaware of who I am, I’m a senior in high school. A stressful time–college decisions, scholarship applications, and attempting to do the homework you already have. Oh yeah. Sports, too. While doing all this work, I don’t want to listen to obnoxious music because it’ll distract me. For this reason, the three albums that I listened to this past week are all ones that I think you can do homework to, or work in general.

Elton John – Yellow Brick Road 

Elton John’s best album. By miles. I really wouldn’t understand somebody saying that this is inferior to any other piece of work from Elton, but it’s all an opinion I guess. Regardless, in MY opinion, this album is as complete as an album can get. From top to bottom, this album is amazing. I wouldn’t argue if somebody said it’s perfect. I love this album that much. Starting out with Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding (my favorite Elton John song), and going to Candle in the Wind and Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, and ending with songs like Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting, it’s fantastic. I would recommend this to anybody that enjoys music because it’s impossible to dislike it. And if you’re studying, there are some great soothing tracks on the album.

Sampha – Process

I was skeptical when I listened to this album at first. I didn’t know who Sampha was, even though he sang a pretty good chorus on the track titled Saint Pablo from Kanye West’s The Life of Pablo. I’m definitely not discussing Kanye on a list about relaxing music to do work to, so getting back to Sampha, this album is great. I was really surprised when I heard Process, but pleasantly surprised. I’d say that my favorite tracks off of the album are (No One Knows Me) Like the Piano, Blood on Me, and Reverse Faults. That being said, that shouldn’t take away from every other tracks–they’re all good, quality songs. Being very smooth with a slow tempo for most of the album, it makes it easy to do work to. That’s why I would recommend it.

Roy Woods – Waking at Dawn

Roy Woods always seems to impress me, whether it’s singing over simple yet melodic beats, or rapping over a more uptempo beat. His rapping is the stereotypical rapping, though. It’s kind of like when Migos or Lil Uzi Vert attempts to sing/rap over more of a slow beat, except with Roy Woods, he can actually sing so his rap is still in a higher pitch. Odd to hear in a form of text, but listen for yourself and you’ll see what I’m saying in a very poor way is actually true.

These beats don’t contain much substance if I’m honest. Their aren’t any changes in tempo or any bridges to string a song along, but I think that’s what makes it easy to listen to. I often find myself repeating You Love It, Down Girl, Switch, and She Knows About Me. Four great songs that I would highly recommend putting on a homework playlist if you have one.

My Strange Interaction with a Homeless Man

Saturday night in Downtown Portland. It’s a lot more traffic at night than one would expect, so it took my friends and I longer to drive there than we’d thought. Regardless of how late we were on our imaginary schedule, Voodoo Donuts would still be open.

My friend parked his clunky, raised Jeep in Chinatown across the street. When we walked into the bright pink donut shop, there wasn’t a line, which even at midnight was unusual. While at the counter, their day old donut bucket caught my eye in the back and I had to have it. You and your friends can’t eat like, what, 30 donuts? Yeah, I knew we couldn’t. But who cares.

The cashier with extremely large gages in his ears hands me the bucket and we walk outside. For a late night in autumn, the weather was nice enough for us to sit outside. I look left to the hentai theatre, which I had no interest in, and then I look right to the group of homeless men. I’m not trying to make eye contact since I was pretty sure they’d ask for money. I mean, they did see me cash out on a massive bucket of donuts, so eye contact wasn’t even needed for them to come over and panhandle.

“Hey, any of y’all got a dollar?” the man asks to a general group of people.

Blank faces look at each other. His blank face? Looking at mine.

“Uh, nah. Sorry man,” I barely mumble.

Nah, sorry man,” he says sarcastically.

What the hell? Did I just get mocked by a homeless ma–

His fist strikes my left bicep. I’m stunned. My face stares down at my donut that resembles a shape of a penis (seriously). First, I was mocked by a homeless man who then hit me.

As he walked off, I could tell he was upset–even mad. I didn’t know what to make of the situation because I was still kind of shocked that he punched me in the arm.

* * *

Why does this matter? It doesn’t–like at all. I was just scrolling through my camera roll though and I saw a picture of the donut bucket and this strange situation popped into my head. I figured that I might never get punched by a homeless man again, let alone while eating a donut called “Cock & Balls”.

Music Monday

For those that don’t know me, I love music. I wouldn’t say I’ve invested my time into music, but if somebody said that, I wouldn’t argue with them. I don’t make music–I listen to it. A lot. Everywhere I go you can see me with a pair of Apple headphones in my ears. What I’m listening to day to day changes. That’s why every Monday I’ll review music. Three albums or songs that I’ve been listening to that previous week will be reviewed; essentially it’ll be me giving my opinion and whether or not it’s actually worth a listen, regardless of how much I like it.

For the first Music Monday, I’ll be reviewing three albums that I’ve been listening to on repeat for the past week.

Lianne La Havas – Blood

I became an instant fan of Lianne when I listened to her performance on an NPR Tiny Desk Concert. If you haven’t, I recommend you listen to that–you’ll become a fan, too. In simple terms, her music is soothing. It’s very easy to sit back and just listen to this album without thinking too much about it; the flow is smooth and just enjoyable to listen to. My favorite track on the album is Tokyo, but Green & Gold is an extremely close second. To be honest, it went back and forth from day to day. The one downfall to this album is the song Never Get Enough. I just thought it didn’t fit the mood to the rest of the album with it’s very upbeat and loud chorus. But I would highly recommend this album to any kind of listener.

Injury Reserve – Floss

This is one of my favorite albums. Ever. Injury Reserve really came through with this album from top to bottom. Oh Shit!!! is an amazing opening track that really got me interested. All This Money keeps the upbeat, club-banger feeling to the album. As the album progresses, the mood shifts from upbeat to more of a reflective and quiet kind. Everything about this album is good to me. Honestly, everything about it is great. One of the most complete albums I’ve heard, and in my opinion, one of the best album released in 2016. I would definitely recommend to a listener that enjoys club type music, or rap music in general.

Madvillain – Madvillainy

The collaboration between MC’s and producers MF DOOM and Madlib turned out better than I expected from listening to the rest of DOOM’s discography. Not to take anything from his fantastic music, but this is steps above anything else he wrote. The beats, samples, and lyrics flow so well and it sounds unique, but a good unique. My favorite tracks are Accordian, Figaro, Fancy Clown, and All Caps. All Caps is by far my favorite track due to the nice beat and flow, but there isn’t really a downside to the lyrical content anywhere on this album. One thing that I would want to see is longer songs. Pretty much every song is one minute to two and half minutes, but it’s so good you just want more. I love this album, but I’d really only recommend it to those that enjoy rap from the late 90’s or early 2000’s.

What is this?

What is this? My mind plays that broad question over and over again as I try to make out a plan for how to create a semi-decent blog. I’ve never done this before–I don’t blog. I don’t reflect. I don’t do anything that a stereotypical blogger should know how to do. So why would I make a blog? I don’t know.

What even makes a blog “good”? Shit, how would I know? I’m asking myself questions hoping to pull the answers out of a hat, even though I know that won’t happen. I just assume blogs are like wine as they get better with age, so everything from here on should be like reading an award winning novel. In addition to not knowing anything about blogs, I’m not sure what topics make for good material. The only reading I’ve done on the internet are memes on my twitter feed (check it out if you want good memes), so you could say that I’m a novice at connecting with people through this medium.

What I’m most concerned about is how to write these blog posts. My style of writing is more formulaic if you couldn’t tell by this point, and to be frank, if I was reading this on the internet, I wouldn’t of even made it to this point. Hopefully anybody actually reading this can appreciate proper grammar and a blog post that might take some time and thinking to write.

As I’ve worked through this first post, I’ve been thinking of a plan as what to write topically. I don’t want boring stories that nobody cares about; they have to be good stories. And for that reason, I don’t think that you’ll find me writing too many of them. I have a feeling that most of these posts will be reviews, either of music(!) or movies, or a question that’s on my mind at the time. Hopefully it’ll be a question that challenges the way people think, because that’s something I enjoy discussing.

One last thing. If the day ever comes where I have to talk about the idea for my domain name, that’ll be the last post because I’d simply have no ideas left.