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While your grandparents may still be listening to the music of their youth and disregarding anything recorded after 1950, others have stepped up to the challenge of understanding modern artists.  I draw your attention to Breakfast at Sulimays: a Youtube series in which elderly people review modern music.  While the premise sounds hilarious, the series offer some  poignet social commentary, especially in regards to race (And we all know how insightful old people can be when it comes to that subject).  In this episode, Ann, Joe, and Bill review tracks from Young Jeezy and Animal Collective.

While Ann appreciates the hot beats that Jeezy gets down on, Joe wants to examine the bigger picture.  He mentions that while African Americans have made great progress, rappers like Young Jeezy may destroy such achievements.  Perhaps he should go on The O’Reilly Factor to debate such issues.  Meanwhile, the Animal Collective song, “My Girls,” gets negative reviews all around, as the panel finds both the music and lyrics too repetitive.  I can’t help but express my dissapointment in such a review, as I spent some considerable time endorsing the album on this site.  However, I think that the deep, sonic textures used by the Collective may just be a little too hard for this panel to hear.

U Mad Doggy?

U Mad Doggy?

Once the leader of the Diplomats, Cam’ron has pulled somewhat of a disappearing act over the last couple years.  After a feud with 50 Cent failed to get him more exposure, Cam found his partners, Jim Jones and Juelz Santana, gaining more success and acclaim.  Interviews with both members made it clear that there was a rift within Dipset, and comments from Santana suggested that Cam had prevented much of his material from being released.  While Cam seems to have been left behind by the very men that he helped bring up, he’s not quitting any time soon. Continue Reading

Santonio Holmes approves of this album cover

Santonio Holmes approves of this album cover

I first heard Animal Collective shortly after they released their 2004 album Sung Tongs.  The critical acclaim that followed this release caught my interest, but I’ll admit that I didn’t complete “get” what they were up to.  I do appreciate experimental music, but as someone who was raised on 70s rock and Prince, I’ll always be a fan of Pop music.  On Songs such as “Leaf House,” and “Who Could Win a Rabbit,” I noticed the Pop melodies and hooks that Animal Collective were capable of, but I also had a tendency to tune out some of their noticeable weirdness.  The following album, Feels, reaffirmed my belief that Animal Collective could have some crossover appeal, and their last album, Strawberry Jam, took these even further with clear song structures and an abundance of hooks.  If Strawberry Jam sold me on this band, then Merriweather Post Pavilion will convince the rest of the world. Continue Reading

Why is this man holding a guitar?

Why is this man holding a guitar?

As Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band gear up for a Superbowl Halftime performance, I couldn’t help but reflect on the current state of Rock N’ Roll.  Besides The Boss, The Rolling Stones, and a select few classic rock bands who are still touring, who is carrying the torch for rock? Furthermore, who is there to inheret a form of music started by legends such as Chuck Berry and perfected by the icons such as the Beatles, Stones, and The Who?  When analyzing the current landscape, it seems we’re left with relics of the past, whose best albums are 20 years old, or lame newcomers like Nickleback who do more harm than good to the genre.  Some say that Rock died a long time ago, but a very unlikely group of artists are trying to reinvent it. Continue Reading