MIND OF MOUSE

Thursday, July 24
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Back in 2010, my first semester of college, I had to take the trolley back home after class because I didn’t have my own car. This meant an hour and a half on the train, then another hour or so from the bus stop. This was also how I got bunch of listening done, including all of the new releases coming out that year. Sometimes when I look at album covers, like Jenny and Johnny’s I’m Having Fun Now, I just think of then: Best Coast’s Crazy for You, Curren$y’s Pilot Talk, No Age’s Everything in Between, Wavves’ King of the Beach, Janelle Monae’s The ArchAndroid, Sufjan Stevens’ The Age of Adz… The list goes on. However time-consuming that trip was, I kinda owe it to that trolley ride.

Back in 2010, my first semester of college, I had to take the trolley back home after class because I didn’t have my own car. This meant an hour and a half on the train, then another hour or so from the bus stop. This was also how I got bunch of listening done, including all of the new releases coming out that year. Sometimes when I look at album covers, like Jenny and Johnny’s I’m Having Fun Now, I just think of then: Best Coast’s Crazy for You, Curren$y’s Pilot Talk, No Age’s Everything in Between, Wavves’ King of the Beach, Janelle Monae’s The ArchAndroid, Sufjan Stevens’ The Age of Adz… The list goes on. However time-consuming that trip was, I kinda owe it to that trolley ride.

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One of the most sincere and engaging conversation I had about music in real life this year was at a house party playing King L. I ignorantly assumed this dude next to me, who was also kinda free-floating around not knowing much people, listened to hip-hop and asked if he liked Chicago drill, Chief Keef and the like. He told me he actually didn’t listen to hip-hop at all but instead listened country music. I’ve been all ears on any notable country artists this year, mainstream or otherwise, so I asked him if he could suggest me a couple. Now, I don’t remember the names at all, but I remember he happily, proudly obliged to get into the genre and talk about some musicians he really liked. It was an open, insightful music-related chat; definitely more rewarding than a friend poking me about my favorite rapper for the 1000th time, only to be left at”oh he’s cool” and moving on. Like, I’m waiting for some other person around here to shamelessly own up to their taste without backtracking and give me some needed knowledge instead of giving me some surface-level proof they are a member of the cool club, whatever that is.


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Wednesday, July 23
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Tags: Lana Del Rey
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Tags: Sophie
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Tags: Mike Kelley MOCA
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I wrote about the great self-titled debut by Alvvays. I’m a sucker for this kind of music that seems to call upon some untapped memories and feelings, especially when they nosedive into them like in “Archie, Marry Me.” RIYL: “Lloyd, I’m Ready to Be Heartbroken” and Slumberland. You can read what I wrote here.

I wrote about the great self-titled debut by Alvvays. I’m a sucker for this kind of music that seems to call upon some untapped memories and feelings, especially when they nosedive into them like in “Archie, Marry Me.” RIYL: “Lloyd, I’m Ready to Be Heartbroken” and Slumberland. You can read what I wrote here.

Tags: Alvvays Unrecorded
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Mannie Fresh: Lecture at Red Bull Music Academy in Madrid (2011)

As I said before, I’ve been heavily into Mannie Fresh’s music this year, more specifically in his Big Tymers era. So it was a delight watching this interview all the way through. It’s more a conversation, but it’s eye-opening to hear the history unfold from how he picked up music, got involved with the New Orleans music scene, rise and fall of Cash Money in the late ’90s, how his relationship with the label fell apart and how he got it together.

Of course, this being a lecture, there’s a lot of knowledge being dropped: quick history on New Orleans bounce and its essential records; connection between early 808-heavy rap like “Planet Rock” and Mannie Fresh’s music; and insight behind some of the greatest rap singles he helped create including “Ha,” “Back That Azz Up,” and “Bling Bling.” I’ve been obsessed with those three songs all year so you bet I was super stoked when Mannie went all in detail how they all got built.

For the rap fans, this is highly recommended.

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Tuesday, July 22
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San Diego Reader published my review of Lily Allen’s latest album, Sheezus. It’s admittedly a messy album with cheese and forced snark kinda tripping up the album. I liked the sincere songs a lot, both the gushy love songs and this-ain’t-what-you-want reality-check songs. Here’s my brief review for the album.

San Diego Reader published my review of Lily Allen’s latest album, Sheezus. It’s admittedly a messy album with cheese and forced snark kinda tripping up the album. I liked the sincere songs a lot, both the gushy love songs and this-ain’t-what-you-want reality-check songs. Here’s my brief review for the album.

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