Logic, "The Glorious Five"
I'm old, so I'm out of touch with music. Keeping up with the latest artists and releases requires a lot more hustle than I can really perform. Not to mention that my own personal network just doesn't dig up stuff for me as much as it used to. It's a natural thing, and it's just a fact of agint. Music is a young person's game. But I'm relatively more in touch with some scenes and genres than others. Hip-hop? I'm hopeless. I'll just randomly come across artists, and I have no idea of how big they are or aren't, or their reception. So, Logic - I have this record, I like it. He has a billion records though. How is he perceived? How is the rest of his body of work? No idea! It didn't used to be this way.
Big Boi, "Shutterbugg"
Big Boi, though, I know him!
Death From Above 1979, "Nomad"
DFA1979 put out a banger of an album and then quit, before unexpectedly reforming a decade later and picking up where they left off. The Five Songs affection for rock duos is well-known (to us), so yeah, of course we like this. It's pretty much a hooky rock song stripped down to its essentials, but there's nothing wrong with that. I still think the first album is the best, but the revival records are solid work.
Bear vs. Shark, "Catamaran"
Can't they just get along? Why do the bear and shark have to fight?
Marnie Stern, "Shea Stadium"
The elaborate finger tapping and trash can drums, that is just absolutely my shit right there. Just let me marinate in this right here.