Broncos – Album Orville Peck
By Hope Karnopp
I used to tell people that country was the only kind of music I didn’t listen to, but that’s not true anymore since I started listening to Orville Peck Broncos. I was captivated by Peck’s performance at the Pabst Theater in June, where I picked up a vinyl of the new record – his longest and most cohesive work to date. At the Milwaukee show and throughout the album, he completely committed to the mysterious cowboy persona that drives his storytelling – something I’ve always found lacking in mainstream country music lyrics. . The full album is perfect for a summer road trip, evoking scenes from “[heading] down the PCH” and feel the breeze “in the rusty sky”. If you don’t have time for the complete file. I recommend ‘Trample Out the Days’ and ‘Lafayette’ for a sample of Peck’s slower, lovelier style and a fun, upbeat track. Listen to “The Curse of the Blackened Eye” for a presentation of Peck’s impressive lineup. “Any Turn” is another personal favourite, though my friends disagree with my theory that it sounds exactly like a speeded up version of Tom Petty’s “Runnin’ Down a Dream”. If you think you don’t like country, I invite you to reconsider your relationship to the genre by listening to Broncos.
Cocodrillo Turbo – Album Action Bronson
By Seamus Rohrer
Action Bronson has been on the rap scene for over a decade, but his music has aged like the natural wine he travels the world drinking in front of Vice’s cameras: with expertise and taste. After the 2020 project of “Only for Dolphins” Bronson who embraced his penchant for world music, “Cocodrillo Turbo” an experimental and psychedelic rap album. That’s not to say it’s not full of Bronson trademarks, like pure lyrical ridiculousness (“They say Bronson disappeared like AIDS from Magic Johnson’s dick”) and an endless stream of food references. . But he has clearly expanded his horizons in terms of production, thanks in large part to the magic of producer Alchemist behind the boards. The rhythms are jazzy and Bronson’s flow is as clean and calculated as ever. With “Cocodrillo Turbo”, the Flushing, Queens MC proves that his music is malleable, changing style but retaining the same grit that helped him burst onto the rap scene over 10 years ago.
The Mitchells vs. the Machines – Comedy
By Jeffrey Brown
Perhaps flying under your radar, “The Mitchells vs. The Machines” is a charming, lively tale of a family driving their eldest daughter to college. However, the trip is quickly interrupted by a robotic apocalypse. Starring Danny McBride, Maya Rudolph, Eric Andre, Fred Armisen and Beck Bennett, this direct-to-Netflix production from Sony Pictures Animation is one of the most entertaining family movies of the past year. The characters are incredibly relatable, lovable, and real with jokes that are somehow both moment-to-moment and timeless. As much as I loved “Turning Red” and “Encanto,” “The Mitchells vs The Machines” is full of humor and heartfelt passion for not squeezing its way into a special place in my heart.
“Our Band Could Be Your Life” – Independent Music History Book
By Drake White Bergey
“Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes From the American Indie Underground 1981-1991” by Michael Azerrad is a must read for lovers of independent music. In this book, Azeradd describes the lives and careers of 13 bands that existed mostly or entirely independent of record labels in the 80s and early 90s. While 1980s indie music was dominated by punk , Azeradd managed to include a wide range of bands with distinct sounds. They come from different backgrounds and can be found all over the United States. Although initially covering hardcore punk mainstays like Black Flag and Minor Threat, Azerrad’s novel goes on to cover sounds as diverse as Dinosaur Jr., Beat Happening, Sonic Youth and the Butthole Surfers. Every band mentioned in this book is worth listening to. Each of these bands, despite the grueling work required to maintain independent careers in the 1980s, managed to make a significant impact on the music world. Anyone looking to learn more about the origins of indie music — or anyone looking to expand their musical portfolio — should read “Our Band Could Be Your Life.”
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HBO Shows: Curb Your Enthusiasm, Silicon Valley, Veep
By Anupras Mohapatra
This summer I watched three HBO shows and loved them all. “Curb Your Enthusiasm” was the first show I watched. Larry David is the gift that keeps on giving. I did something unusual with the series: I watched it from season 11 to the premiere. The show is equally good either way. I made the soundtrack of the show mine. It makes mundane tasks much more fun. David has barely aged over the years, and I hope he never dies. I then watched “Silicon Valley”. Considering I’m interning at Big Tech, that made sense. The concept is refreshing. The sheer madness of tech startup culture is best revealed through humor. Finally, the show I just watched is Veep. For many, Julia Louis-Dreyfus is just Elaine Bense from “Seinfeld”. They would be wrong, because she is amazing as Selina Meyer. The show is much more than Louis-Dreyfus, however. It’s well-written and acted on every level, proving eerily similar to real-life American politics. If you’re considering watching all three of these shows, I highly recommend that you do.
“escape room” Rural Internet – Hip-Hop Album
By Jeffrey Brown
An experimental hip-hop album with a heavy glitch pop influence, “escape room” is a passionate and bombastic exploration of the transgender experience. The opening track, “I’m Not Brave,” opens with a beautiful, brutally poignant verse about the assault trans people face. “love” is a delightful, appreciative track about taking ourselves as we are and includes a fun, quick diss from Elon Musk. The track “tension” includes perhaps my favorite lyric from the album, “need a scary female dog to give me scary head / I need a movie kiss, it’s wetting her coochie”. “escape room” is an amazing album worth listening to this summer.
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