Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The Best $7 You'll Spend This Week



That's right, you heard me. Seven dollars. Well, $6.99 plus a 7% sales tax which comes out to $7.48, but stop it with all the damn semantics. Anyway, before you rudely interrupted me with a rant about tax brackets and income inequality, I was telling you that Courtney Barnett has a new album this week and Doctor McNinja (Or Alex when you're looking for his employee pick box in the store) himself recommends it. It's called Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit, which may describe Doctor McNinja's work ethic a little too well.

"But hey, who the hell is Courtney Barnett anyway?" Well, other than being an overly charming Australian goddess and a person of undetermined age according to wikipedia, Courtney Barnett is what would occur if Lou Reed and Mitch Hedberg had a child that then mated with Patti Smith. And that bizarre love affair produces sloppy guitar blending with clever spiraling lyrics and moods ranging from sarcastic shouting to sentimental shoegazing. She's put out three EPs through her company, Milk! Records. Sometimes I Sit serves as her debut album.

"And why should I care?"  
Did Bjork put out a video like that this week? Nope.

Can Toto's new album turn a mundane house hunt into social commentary about a dilapidated suburb of Melbourne? Didn't think so.

Did Modest Mouwait never mind, that one did kind of rock. But it is $3 dollars more expensive and it's in Rabbit's pick box so you should definitely pick up Courtney Barnett instead, Indie Australian music is depending on you.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Shifty's Annual Monthly Album Appraisal Thingy Thang- February 2015


Plain and simple, this month was pretty lackluster. 
Februarys are always like this. Next month will be better. 


For the audience keeping score at home, the Shifty System works as such: Every album I like gets a Shifty Seal of Approval!!!!! Every album that I like-like gets two Shifty Seals of Approval!!!! Every Shifty Seal of Approval can be exchanged for 3 pats on the backs, but if you turn in three Shifty Seals of Approval at a time, I'll give you 10 pats on the back cause I'm cool like that.




Saturday, February 28, 2015

Blur Offers Fans Ice Cream In Shameless Attempt To Make Up For Twelve Years Of Inactivity


This week Blur announced that they have reunited after a 12 year hiatus, proving that Damon Albarn has become just as bored with his own solo work as everyone else. This reunion comes with the band's first new album since 2003's Think Tank. The new album, The Magic Whip, will be released on April 27 and will feature the amazingly bizarre artwork featured above.The first single, "Go Out" premiered with this new video which (presumably) teaches you how to make some sort of (once again, presumably) delicious ice cream. It also features a delightful smiley face who bounces along to the lyrics that also happens to send a chill down Doctor McNinja's spine. 
(Come to think of it, that's probably why I find the little guy so delightful...)

Does this qualify as edu-tainment?

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Shifty's Annual Monthly Album Rundown Overview- January 2015

It was a good month for music, man. Cool. 
Everything on here gets a Shifty Seal of Approval!!!!!



#thingsiliked

Panda Bear- Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper
-I like this cause it's got some sweet tunes on it. Panda Bear is fam, man. Not as good as Person Pitch, but I can't name a lot of things that are. #givetheguyabreakokay

Justin Townes Earle- Absent Fathers
-Someone's got some daddy issues. Guess who it is. It's Justin Townes Earle. Sorry man. #thiswholealbumisadisstrack

Alex Calder- Strange Dreams
-This guy is good friends with Mac Demarco. That explains a lot. V chill. #thereisabigdifferencebetweenlazinessandlethargy

Sleater-Kinney- No Cities to Love
-There are plenty of cities to love. #amiright  

Napalm Death- Apex Predator
-Grindcore man. Does this album skew more towards hardcore punk or death metal? Let's have a discussion about putting things in a box or something. #whocaresimjustinitforthetinnitus

Pond- Man It Feels Like Space Again
-You're goddamn right it feels like space again. These guys are answering all of the hard life questions. #nicealbumtitle


#thingsilikedliked(These ones get two Shifty Seals of Approval)

Joey Bada$$- B4Da$$
-Probably the best album title of all time. So much effort was put into that, ya know. Cause it's like his name and he doesn't have $$ yet. So smart. So hip. So hop. Good beats. Good lyrics. I liked 1999 a little better, but that doesn't matter. 90's kids man.  #only90skidswithbackpackswillunderstand

Viet Cong- Viet Cong
-Very spooky stuff. My favorite album from this month. I like the last song on this album the most cause cause it's really long and it has a pretty name. #listentothiswhenyouarelootingthroughcansofbeansduringtheapocalypse

Monday, January 26, 2015

The Rundown of the Triple J Hottest 100

This year's Triple J Hottest 100 list is now in, as of about 4 am EST today. If, like me up until about a week ago, you hadn't heard of this list before, it's fairly simple: for Australia day, 2 million fans of the station voted the 100 best songs of the year while paying special attention to artists that may have been passed up by more conventional year end lists. The nationally networked Australian station has helped raise up many Australian artists and shined a lot on a lot of artists not appreciated in their own countries. Minus the disqualification of T-swifty, the poll is intended to be the "world's greatest music democracy." Tell us what you think about that, and if you anything to say about the ranking of these songs.
 Oh, and enjoy the playlists - YouTube - Spotify