â™« Gorillaz – Stylo ft. Bobby Womack & Mos Def / Damn, Albarn and Co. done fell off. I’ve never loved Gorillaz but they have a couple great jams. This, however, is about as dull as it gets. Oh wait, I forgot about the rest of Plastic Beach, their near 90 minute long (wtf?) upcoming LP. It was not easy to get through that thing. Depressing.
â™« Ok Go – WTF? / Speaking of WTF, this is the latest from Ok Go whose Of The Blue Color Of The Sky has been underwhelming me lately. Again, never a favorite but they always have great videos and their last album had a few sweet jams and I’d gladly listen to it over Of The Blue. WTF, guys?
â™« Los Campesinos! – Romance is Boring / I’ll take boring over annoying any day. Exclamation-point rights should be rescinded.
â™« Lil Wayne – Knockout (Feat. Nicki Minaj) / Yes, it’s true. Rebirth, Lil Wayne’s “rock” album is a pile of shit. Dude is heading off to jail and leaving this turd-collection his parting gesture? Yowza. The diamond in the proverbial rough is this “passable” party jam in which I am urged to rock slightly more than I am to press skip. The best moments are definitely when Weezy shuts up and let’s Minaj do her thing. Tough times.
â™« David Byrne & Fatboy Slim – Please Don’t (Feat. Santigold) / The latest chapter in Byrne’s quest to collaborate with every relevant musician in the world has led him to make a concept album withfatboy Slim that is based on the life of Imelda Marcos, the dead shoe-obsessed widow of the former Philippine dictator. It guests a million artists and sounds like this. It’s not bad but not great. Investigate further on your own time.
â™« Major Lazer – Sound of Siren ft. Busy Signal & M.I.A. / After ripping everyone’s mind a new asshole last year Major Lazer is back with the Lazers Never Die EP in April. This is the a new track off of it and I’m not down. Not nearly as good as anything on Guns Don’t Kill People and as far as I’m concerned, further proof that M.I.A. is vastly overrated.
â™« B.o.B – Bet I feat Playboy Tre / Seeing B.o.B live with Playboy Tre was one of the highlights of my last summer and so maybe I’ve got high expectations but I’m just not feeling this new B.o.B jam. Just sounds like generic rap filler to me. And what happened to his Bobby Ray moniker? And why no period after the second B?
â™«Â Operator Please – Logic / What is it with all these former prodigies growing up and making less interesting music?
â™« Goldfrapp – Rocket / I’ve never been into Goldfrapp but that doesn’t mean I won’t be someday. It just wont start with this new single. “Rocket” just makes me wish Ladyhawke had a new album coming out. I miss Ladyhawke.
â™«Â The New Pornographers – Your Hands (Together) / Exactly as above. (Except I have yet to find that “one song.”)
â™«Â Barbara – Pursuit of Happiness (Kid CuDi Cover) / I am fascinated by the persistent quality of Kid Cudi related tracks that are produced without any of his involvement. Big ups to Barbara for this reworking. I can almost believe the lyrics now.
â™«Â Holy Ghost – On Board (Friendly Fires cover) / TBE faves collide as Holy Ghost take on Friendly Fires’ “On Board.” Not the best cover in the world but interesting nonetheless.