tunes i dig

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Julian Casablancas - (Tyranny)

(2014) - Buy

It’s been on SoundCloud for a couple days now, but I only got around to listening to it now. 

After one listen, I’m not sure what to make of it.  Judging by the comments on Stereogum and The Strokes subreddit, I feel an uncertain first lesson is a common theme with this record.  Whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing—who knows. 

Which means you should definitely at least give this record at least 3 full go-throughs. 

Of course, people are going nuts about the record like most people do of popular rock stars.  I’m always one to judge the record on what it conists of—THE ACTUAL MUSIC.  Right now, I dunno.  Feels like slathering a whole punch of different colored paint on a canvas with your hands on going all Bjork on it. 

Not saying it’s good nor is it bad.  It’s just.  It’s messy right now.  I’ll need to sort it out.  I just hope in the end, the album stands tall.  I can’t remember the last time I was absolutely FLOORED by a member, or all of The Strokes. 

Also, unfortunately only Stereogum got the premiere rights.  So you have to head over there to here it embedded on their page.  Maybe one day… maybe one day a band will ask Tunes I Dig to premiere one of their tracks.

http://www.stereogum.com/1706261/stream-julian-casablancas-the-voidz-tyranny/mp3s/album-stream/

- Marco Pitino

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U2 - “Every Breaking Wave”

Songs Of Innocence (2014) - Buy (Free on iTunes OR album drops October 14)

The one tune they played on the 360 Tour as a then work in progress, finally got a studio version.  It starts off with an almost identical bass line from “With Or Without You”, but then Bono begins singing and the magic happens.  I think it’s perfect for second track on the record.

- Marco Pitino

Every Breaking Wave by U2 on Grooveshark

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Howie B. - “Freedom”

This is a very old track from Howie B. from back in the 1990s.  I only ever heard of Howie B. because of his work with U2, but with the new record from U2 I started delving into the band’s past and I decided to hear some of Howie’s stuff.  Turns out his discography is spectacular. 

This is just one of a ton of gems this dude has.

Listen up.  This tune is good for the sexy time, sleeping, slow walks home after work, or getting high and chilling the fuck out.

Unfortuantely, I can’t find any information on the song other than the title.  Can’t find the record its on or the year it was released.  If any of my 3 readers read this, perhaps you know and can leave a comment.  Would love to have that info.  Thanks guy(s) LOOOOL!

- Marco Pitino

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Death From Above 1979 - “Government Trash”

The Physical World (2014) - Buy

I was unlucky to only catch the last song during their Riot Fest Toronto set 2 weekends ago.  I was fighting a wicked flu.

Regardless, the band I saw in a tiny college cafeteria open for Billy Talent just inside the new year in 2004 at York University in Toronto, is back.  And “Government Trash” sounds like they haven’t missed a beat.  It actually sounds better than most of what they released 10 years ago.  Pretty impressive.

- Marco Pitino

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Rufus - “Sundream”

Atlas (2014) - Buy

Everything about this is perfect.  The video, the effects, the song, the voice and the singing, the beat, the soaring keys.  Pretty much this is perfect.

- Marco Pitino

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U2 - “The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)”

Songs Of Innocence (2014) - Buy (Free on iTunes OR album drops October 14)

The new U2 album is out, which, I’m sure you know about already if you’re even remotely a music “go-getter”.  I’ve already blogged 2 tracks this week and I think I’m gonna do a few more.  I really believe in this collection of songs.  It truly is their best work since the 1990s.  It’s not their best work.  I’m a huge U2 fan and quite frankly, I truly think their best work is behind them (see War, Joshua Tree, Achtung Baby), but that doesn’t mean they’re not producing great tunes.  It’s been 10 days and I’ve probably listened to the record nearly FIFTY times.  That’s no exaggeration—I’m THIS in love with Songs Of Innocence.  

Not my favorite on the record, but here is the opening track.  A loud banger, a tribute to the god father of punk, Joey Ramone.  Joey Ramone actually passed sometime in 2000, 2001?  I’m too lazy to check Wikipedia.  Anyway, he did so, listening to then new U2 record All That You Can’t Leave Behind.  He was a huge U2 fan, which is interesting because it was The Ramones that influenced U2.

In any case, this song is about Bono sneaking into a Ramones show in Dublin when he was a teenager back in the 1970s, and it tells the tale of a young Bono being woken up to the beauty of Rock ‘n’ Roll, and wanting to start a band after watching that gig.  Best part of this song is that it actually doesn’t sound like there’s 4 dudes in their 50s behind it.  It sounds energetic, fresh, I actually feel like moshing to it.

Here’s an article about what Joey Ramone’s friends and family have to say about U2’s tribute to god father of punk.  More new U2 to come in the following days.  Hang on to your hats (or head over to Pirate Bay to um… well you know).

http://www.mtv.com/news/1932397/joey-ramone-family-friends-u2-tribute-reaction/

- Marco Pitino

The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone) by U2 on Grooveshark

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Michael Feuerstack - “Scorekeeper”

Tambourine Death Bed (2013) - Buy

They say we interpret lyrics and music through our own experiences.  I think the song is about a serious breakup, be it friend or romantic.  I think it’s so honest and vulnerable, the only way to not come across as too-serious or “emo” is to have had the video done metaphorically.  Beautiful number Michael.

- Marco Pitino

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Flatsound - “We’re Fighting Again”

I Clung To You Hoping We’d Both Drown (2011) - Buy

Simple yet beautiful.  Singer sounds like Conor Oberst at his beat—meaning when Conor doesn’t sound like he’s forcing heart wrenching emotion and his voice cracks LOOOOL.

Seriously though, beautiful song, and made even more touching with the video.  Great stuff.

- Marco Pitino

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U2 - “Sleep Like A Baby Tonight”

Songs Of Innocence (2014) - Buy (Free on iTunes OR album drops October 14)

I can’t get enough of this record.  God dammit they did it again.  There’s only so few artists I get this excited for new releases.  U2, Radiohead, Arcade Fire, Oasis when they were together. 

Anyway, I love everything about this track.  The slow tempo, the tough lyrics, the crooning melody—but, my favorite part, has to be the outro.  God damn I genuinely have not heard The Edge play such a dirty riff since Pop.  That riff is something I imagine I’d trip out to on LSD at some wicked house party in the 70s.  Sooo dirty.

- Marco Pitino

Sleep Like a Baby Tonight by U2 on Grooveshark

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Bruce Smear - (Chlorine)

(2014) - Buy

More Electronica for ya here.  The first track sounds like a mish-mash of early 90s pop songs, particularly the “OWWH” commonly exhibited by MJ, plus a dash of Bruce’s own magic touch.  Check out the whole EP, some cool textures and sounds going on.

SIDE NOTE:  Holy crap, I knew something sounded similar.  I blogged the last track of this EP 11 months ago.  Crazy.  See… I knew I liked this dude.  Good job, Bruce!

- Marco Pitino

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Thomas Crowne - “Lets Go”

Let’s Go (2014) - Buy

On that EDM train.  This is very synthetic.  If you’re the rock ‘n’ roll roots type, turn back now.  Otherwise, you may find something in this.  I dig it.

- Marco Pitino

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U2 - “California (There Is No End To Love)”

Songs Of Innocence (2014) - Buy (Free on iTunes OR album drops October 14)

Had I been well 6 days ago, I would have posted about U2’s new album right away.  Either way, by now you’ve probably heard they released new album, and they released it in a new and innovative way.

They released the album for free on iTunes.  While I don’t use iTunes and I think it’s a shitty product, if this whole deal turns out to be a great move, which it looks like it is, this means musicians in the future can do away with the hopes of selling records, and just make a lump sum deal and give their album away “for free” on iTunes or any other platform. 

Regardless, WE HAVE A NEW FUCKING U2 ALBUM—but more importantly—IT ACTUALLY DOESN’T SUCK.

No really.  For the first time in a long time, I’m actually getting sick of an album because I’m listening to it too much.  Like WTF!?

I’m all over this record, and “California” is my second favorite track.  For some reason, I love the way Bono sings both “cry like a baby” lines in the song.  I dunno.  I DUNNO.

What I do know is, we have a new U2 album, so it’s gotten me really fucking wet.

- Marco Pitino

California (There Is No End to Love) by U2 on Grooveshark

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Stephon Alexander & Rioux - “I Guess We’re Floating”

Here Comes Now (2014) - Buy

The intro coupled with the “video” makes it feel like I’m floating inside a pool of cotton candy while I’m eating the most flavorful strawberry vanilla yogurt ever.  How can I step inside this song?

- Marco Pitino

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Superstructure - “Out At The Deep End”

Out At The Deep End (2014) - Buy

So it’s been about 10 days since I last blogged.  It’s been a little tough.  I got a flu/fever.  It was actually quite wicked, and kept me out of commission for a bit.  As a result, I had to make up my time at my lovely robotic day job which is why it’s been a while.

IN ANY FUCKING CASE, since I only have 3 regular readers I’m sure it’s not that big of a deal.

So here’s a song I dig :D

- Marco Pitino 

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I GOT THE SCAWLET FEVAAAAA

Nah just kidding, but I got hit with something this week.  I got a flu and fever, and now I got a sore throat and still achy muscles.  Fuck I dunno.  Anyway, I’m off to Toronto Riot Fest, it’ll probably take me a few days to recover, but then I also got some other shit.  Sooo I won’t be back till next weekend probably.  I shouldn’t even be going to Riot Fest but FUCK THAT SHIT IT’S TIME TO RAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGE—but can’t forget my medication and my cane lolooolollo jkjkjkjk.

Anyway, there’s only like 3 people that read my blog regularly so, this message isn’t really necessary. 

Thanks guy(s)!

- Marco Pitino