REVIEW: The Internet’s “Feel Good”

 photo TheInternetFG_cover_zpsd89b1df5.jpg What works about the second album by The Internet is that you want it to feel and sound good, which is why it’s called Feel Good (Odd Future) and yet you know parts of it sound wrong. If not wrong, then it feels as if something isn’t right. I’m an old guy who feels good soul music should be played between musicians, and yet a lot of artists are making some wonderful electronic soul with the only humans involve include the vocalist and the producer creating the music. I think what songs wrong to me is the drums. It’s not that they sound programmed, because I’m a huge fan of programmed drums. It’s just that it sounds like the drummer is someone who learned how to play that week and someone told him or her “hey, you’re ready to play on our album”. For me, it sounds very lopsided and I’m wanting to go into the recording studio and play the drums myself. What makes this album work: the vocals of Syd The Kid. It has been said that they decided to introduce a band with this album, and right now I’m unsure where the band is heard and where Matt Martians plays everything, which can be a good or bad thing. While Syd The Kid’s voice is not always perfect, I then compare to other singers who try to have a career today but they’re not good at all. That’s when Syd stands out from everyone else. She’s not a powerhouse like Jill Scott, Angie Stone, or Ledisi and maybe she doesn’t desire to be. She carries the notes decently but the truth within is her lyrics, and it is that that makes you feel a number of ways, including good. As it should. A good part of the album comes off like modern day psychedelic soul, or at least the type of soul that comes from modern day drugs, it is in that frame of mind. It may show hints of the past but it’s not lost in it, and that’s what makes it work too, you know that it’s from 2012/2013. Jump into the pool with The Internet and see what happens.

SOME STUFFS: OFWGKTA Carnival expands to include Earl Sweatshirt, Mac Miller, and Flying Lotus in lineup

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A month ago, the 2nd annual OFWGKTA Carnival was announced with the promise of the full lineup coming soon. Today, the lineup for this year’s Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All Carnival is now known. Along with headliners Tyler, The Creator and Frank Ocean, the festival will also feature scheduled performances from Taco, Mike G. The Internet, Trash Talk, MellowHigh, SchoolboyQ, Flying Lotus, Mac Miller, and Earl Sweatshirt. There may or may not be special guests, but go to the show if you can regardless of who or who doesn’t show up, and have a great time. The festivities will be held on November 9th at The Park at the L.A. Coliseum.

AUDIO: The Internet’s “Give It Time”

The mere thought of Odd Future/OFWGKTA makes people tingle, so allow The Internet to make you tingle twice as hard. “Give It Time” is a song on their forthcoming Feel Good EP on Odd Future Records. If you like what Syd The Kid and Matt Martians have created here, you’ll be able to see them when they hit the road next week:

November 13… San Diego, CA (Porter’s Pub)
November 14… San Francisco, CA (330 Ritch Street)
November 16… Vancouver, BC (Fortune Sound Club)
November 17… Portland, OR (Peter’s Room)
November 18… Seattle, WA (The Crocodile)
November 20… Los Angeles, CA (The Echoplex (Check Yo Ponytail 2))

VIDEO: kilo kish’s “Navy”

kilo kish (all lower-case letters) has released a new video called “Navy” for a split single that she’ll be releasing on The Blue Rider label. The single will be a split 10″ with a MeLo-X remix of the song on the flip side.

kilo kish is on that mystical vibe thay may remind fans of Ambersunshower, Ladybug Mecca, Me’Shell NdegeOcello, and Andre 3000, and by saying “mystical” in hip-hop circles might make a few go “nah, I’m not listening to that shit”. How do you know if you didn’t “dare” to press play? Check it out.

A recent collaboration with Syd The Kid of The Internet will lead to the both of them doing a show together in Los Angeles, as part of two performances scheduled in October on both American coasts, see both if you can but at least show up if you’re in the vicinity:
October 11… New York City – Terminal 5 ^
October 14… Los Angeles – Club Nokia ^&

& w/ Syd The Kid

VIDEO: Pyramid Vritra featuring Frisco’s “Drain”

Pyramid Vritra ft. Frisco “Drain” from BEARDS + BLACK EYES on Vimeo.

Stella Kae has put together a great video for “Drain”, the new track by Pyramid Vritra that is highlighted not only by footage of a stroll in the hills, but fantastic imagery of people cheering as a couch burns.

Words of warning: this video features footage of people with hats, blue jeans, a woman with no clothes, a lesbian with a hoodie, and people jumping around as they cheer on a burning couch in front of them. Be careful.

For those who don’t care and just want a damn good song with a cool video, good. The song is from the forthcoming debut album by Pyramid Vritra simply called Pyramid.

REVIEW: OFWGKTA’s “The OF Tape, Vol. 2”

Photobucket The new mix tape by Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All (OFWGKTA) has been heavily pushed, but what about its content and the music? If you are a Wolf Gang follower, you are going to love the diversity of tracks here, primarily focused on hip-hop of course but you also has some nice soulful elements that show the calmer side of their Sears. It touches the wide range of artists that are within the OFWGKTA collective, and it should be treated not so much as a proper album, but a compilation, a “highlight reel”, or of course a mix tape.

One of the more revealing tracks is the posse song that closes the album, “Oldie”. In thesong’s last verse, Tyler The Creator steps away from the under-control-psycho persona that he has created for himself and explains the importance of the doughnut illustration on the cover, what he has helped to create, and how the world of music has expanded but hopes to be able to continue with the empire he has helped to create.

As I listen to these songs, I can’t help but hear these songs not only as fun and damn good, but as a mission towards creating “something else”. One might argue that what they do musically is not exactly the “hip-hop norm”, but considering what is considered normal in 2012, I’d rather have that Golf Wang abnormal shit. At 18 tracks clocking in at about 63 minutes, they are a well deserved punch in what hip-hop has become, and for a lot of people, what Odd Future do and have done is a long time coming. If this is a signpost for Mach II or Mach III for the group, I will definitely enjoy what they offer for the next three years. As they say in “We Got Bitches”, I want that ignorant shit.

SOME STUFFS: The future of odd is good in 2012 with OFWFKTA

Let’s see. You either love Odd Future or you think they suck dick with waffle batter and boogers. If your hate is that strong, why are you reading this? Since this is the last year the planet Earth will exist, you’re going to hear a lot from these guys in the coming months. Here’s the deal:

  • OF Tape Vol. 2 is a sampler in the form of a mixtape which most likely will not be released on a cassette but these guys could afford to do so. Tyler, if you’re reading this: press it up on tape. This comp/primer/sampler/oish will feature Frank Ocean, Syd The Kid, The Internet and perhaps new people, new personas, and new producers, no one is saying. This will be relased on March 20th, and then
  • There will be a tour in March to support this mixconfunction, and there will be pop-up stores at each date, which means if they stop at a city, you’ll be able to buy Odd Future goods throughout the day and afterwards, the store is gone.
  • On March 25th, you’ll be able to see the video for “Loiter Squad” on Adult Swim, mark it on your peepee box.
  • Tyler, The Creator’s next album, Wolf, is expected to be released sometime in the spring.
  • Mellowhype‘s next album, Numbers, will infiltrate the ear this summer. If you’re in the southern hemisphere, that of course means in the winter.

    Will there be more? Most likely, but this is what they want to share with their fans and naysayers. Signing off.

  • SOME STUFFS: OFWGKTA flip their own script with The Internet

    People have been going crazy in the OFWGKTA movement, because some feel that this is the new wave, the next adventurous shit, the brand new golden era, while others are sickened by their perceived punk rock stupidity. I happen to be a fan of this movement, and this derivative of the movement is sure to shock a lot of people.

    Syd The Kid and Matt Martians are uniting as The Internet, which means that when you do a search for “the internet” (or just internet), they are sure to be caught up in the system, as OFWGKTA intends. The Internet is a soulful branch, and while I don’t agree with the music being called “alternative hipster soul” (I think the term is pure ass, but hey), if it gets people to listen and actually believe in it, I can see this only helping the collective as a whole.

    Like the track above? Hear the track below. These YouTube clips are just audio, no video other than photos.