Release Date ► 2017-01-13
Length ► 39:15
Label ► Young Turks
Formats ► Digital, CD, Vinyl
Release Date ► 2016-10-07
Length ► 44:29
Label ► Reprise
Formats ► Digital, CD, Vinyl
A quick introduction before I get into the editorial proper. This is an article that has been delayed longer than I would’ve wished for. I wanted for some time now to write about more than just video games, music, and movies. Moving forward, this WordPress blog is going to be more based on myself than the topics I typically focus on. I mentioned this in the past, but this is really the start of that. Instead of coming to this blog for stuff on video games, you’ll be coming here for me, for my views and thoughts on a variety of topics. Subject matter will start becoming more serious and more controversial topics are bound to pop up. I thank you for continuing to read my work, and support my content. Video games and the like will still have a big presence here, as I’m still passionate about those subjects. However, you’re going to see a lot more than just that from now on. Now on to the editorial. Continue reading “2016 Was Terrible, But Important”
This isn’t “Rolling in the Deep”. On purpose.
Welcome to the inaugural edition of My Musical Landscape. Like my other Landscape posts, this will be an informal blog post in which I talk about music I’ve been listening to. I’m a big fan of music and it’s actually somewhat shocking that I haven’t done something like this in the past more frequently. So with that being said, let’s talk music!
Comes a Time is a Neil Young album that rarely comes up in conversation when the artist is discussed. Recorded roughly over the course of two years, during which an album comprised of songs from two cancelled albums was released, this was Young’s first solo album of new songs in two years. It was delayed from it’s initial release date twice, first due to the addition of rhythm sections to the songs and second due to Young’s concerns with the audio quality, resulting in Young buying the first 200,000 LPs of the initial pressing. The album marks Young’s return to the country rock sound that made his album Harvest a big hit. However, Comes a Time does not share the success that Harvest had, as there aren’t any radio hits and only the title track is a fan favorite. Does the album manage to recreate the magic of Young’s biggest album or does it deserve its rather unknown status?
Aside from gaming, I’m very passionate about music. I love a variety of music, from AC/DC to Bruno Mars. I like most if not all genres and I’ll give almost anything a shot. However, I do have my preferences. I tend to like rock more than electronic music. So I’ll take AFI over Lady Gaga any day. However, I’m also aware that this puts me at odds with most music in video games. I noticed this pretty early on. When I was seven or eight years old, I was listening to my parent’s records of Elton John and Rod Stewart and then playing Super Mario World or Street Fighter II with a soundtrack that was consisting of bleeps and bloops.
Steely Dan’s Aja doesn’t sound like any of the band’s previous work. It’s true that Donald Fagen and Walter Becker have always worn their Jazz influence on their sleeve but they were also very mindful of what was charting on the Top 40. Songs like Reelin’ in the Years, Rikki Don’t Lose That Number, and even non-singles like Bad Sneakers could easily rub elbows with popular pop songs at the time. However, it was very apparent by this album that Steely Dan were ready to go beyond the popular crowd to fully embrace their love for Jazz, resulting in Aja, a landmark in the Jazz Rock genre.
My knowledge of Sia is pretty limited. I know she has some acclaim as an independent artist but I primarily know her from David Guetta’s song Titanium, which I didn’t like. So when I heard through Twitter about this new video from Sia with Shia LaBeouf in it, I ignored it at first. I didn’t like Titanium and I figured it would sound like that song. However, I kept hearing about it and the controversy it stirred up. It stayed in my mind. Finally my friend EJ posted about it on Facebook and I decided to watch the video.
The Black Keys have always been a cloth ripped from the golden age of rock. Their blues rock sound was always more 60s than punk rock and less eccentric than their like minded peer Jack White. However, they have never had an opportunity to really let that influence shine as they had always were under the light of the indie rock label. However, with Turn Blue, Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney have turned their real life pain into an atmospheric yet crushing album that serves as the best they’ve done in their careers.