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Kid Cudi live in Hollywood (w/ B.O.B. & Asher Roth): In which expectations are lowered and anticipation is transferred

Photo by Keith Mokris / keithmokris.com

7/17 in Clevand. Photo by Keith Mokris / keithmokris.com

A funny thing happened on the way to this post… I’m rereading my Head’s Up ’09 post looking for my first hype-filled words on Kid Cudi and, well, he isn’t there. I never actually hyped Kid Cudi for 2009, despite later statements that I had. One week ago this discovery may have left me scratching my head, however after seeing his performance at The House Of Blues on Sunday night I am left nodding my head. “Good call” I mumble to myself, “Dude is on some seriously whack shit.” If hearing disparaging words like that directed at “yer boy” Cudi makes you mad/annoyed/cry then walk away now, it only gets worse.

Now let’s keep one thing in mind, I am not a negative dude. Readers of TBE will know my vibe is enthusiastic and positive and although I have not loved everything I have heard from Cudi some of his tracks are great and I was really looking forward to his live show selling me on his flavor. That was my mindset going in. In an effort to keep this as simple as possible I am going to just give you the play by play of what happened next. Start after the jump…

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Mike Posner and The Brain Trust are definitely Cooler Than Me

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you don’t know the way that you look when your steps make that much noise

Mike Posner and The Brain Trust – Cooler Than Me (ft. Big Sean)

When someone drops me a comment recommending an artist its hard to tell whether its a real heads-up or some loser peddling his Creed tribute band. Not one to be a hater without good reason, I set out to come up with one, after all the mixtape is free from iTunes. Trowing it on my iPod and heading out the door I had one the most fun cross-town walks ever, a huge smile plastered across my bouncing head. “Cooler Than Me” (above) is the perfect ode to the too-cool-for-school mean girls we have all met. And how can you listen to The Fray inspired biting “Still Not Over You” (below) and not grin? So anyway, who is this Mike Posner? Clearly, he is white, but don’t lump him in with Eminem or Asher Roth. At 21 and a Duke University junior, he leaves the whiny-whitey act at home and brings straight smokey soul and tight production. Did I mention he uses a live backing band, The Brain Trust? Yeah. Hot. The A Matter Of Time mixtape is the first mixtape I can listen listen to without skipping anything. And its free, so go get it. Seriously.

Mike Posner and The Brain Trust – Still Not Over You (ft. Eric Holljes)

This track is not on A Matter Of Time but is the best rip at Kanye/beer-goggles tribute ever. Ahhh man, its hard to type when you’re laughing.

Mike Posner and The Brain Trust – F’d Up Now

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Peaches Feels Cream but I wouldn’t put it in my coffee

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every little defect gets respect, must protect what you expect

Peaches – I Feel Cream

I’ve never liked Peaches’ music. She was always more interesting to talk about than listen to. With her 4th album, I Feel Cream, dropping last week she revealed a new side to herself. Kind of. I’ll get to the good stuff but let me just unload a bit first. Despite producers like Soulwax, Digitalism, and Simian Mobile Disco on board, the album is still bloated with unfunny “shock” lyrics and dumb party anthems. One of the first singles, “More,” is only four tracks in but has Peaches repeating “seems you got a little bit more than you asked for” over and over. Did we really, Peaches? Did we get more? “Billionaire” has rhymes and delivery that make Asher Roth look like 2 Pac and “Serpentine” is a boring meditation on how awesome Peaches is because she has a mullet. Is this 2002? I mean even the other single “Talk To Me” feels like a half baked version of The Gossip’s anthemic “Standing In The Way Of Control.” Although I don’t get it, it somehow seems like everyone else is “feeling the cream” because the album is getting rave reviews. But really I Feel Cream is not completely spoiled. Peaches quits fronting for a few tracks and flexes her surprisingly excellent voice, showing a tender side that doesn’t make me cringe. The rave up “I Feel Cream” has only brief rapping and it’s tolerably nestled in between her soaring vocals. The real standout is “Lose You” where Peaches goes all soft on us for an actually beautiful song. Now that she is 40 let’s hope her next album continues in this more mature vein and she finally leaves the gender commentary and shock value at home.

Peaches – Lose You

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