Outside of forcing his very mediocre and asshole of a brother to the bill of festival after festival, Chance the Rapper has been keeping himself busy by fighting science.
On Twitter, Chance dated the world at a million years old on the “high side”. I don’t know if Chance was sleeping during science class or what, but the guy needs to hit the books. This is a bad look for a pretty large and succcesful name in the music industry.
His scientific expertise included a poll where he wanted to know which source was 100% right all the time. You can see how I voted.
Looking at Setlist.FM, Lightspeed Champion’s last show was on 1/2/2011. That’s 2,998 days ago. Dev Hynes retired Lightspeed Champion to go all in on his excellent Blood Orange project, but it’s okay to miss Lightspeed Champion.
2008’s Falling Off The Lavender Bridge, is an extremely enjoyable album with songs like: “Dry Lips”, “Galaxy of the Lost”, and the almost 10 minute jam, “Midnight Surprise”. Lightspeed Champion was a guitar driven project by Dev – being much different from his dance and R&B focused project, Blood Orange.
I went ahead and did the world a favor with this ask. When Dev brings Lightspeed Champion back, feel free to thank me.
On Tuesday, Mac DeMarco announced his new album, Here Comes The Cowboy where “Nobody” was released as a single. I have to say that the music video was neat. Mac wears a white cowboy hat while decked out in lizard makeup. You don’t see that every day.
Outside of the interesting video, the song is a little of a snooze. I understand DeMarco is attempting to step away from the rowdy nature of his first couple of albums, but the song is dangerously soft. It’s not a bad song, but it’s a song that you play when you are trying to fall sleep. I’d call it “relaxing”.
Just hours later, the National announced, I Am Easy To Find – a quick follow-up to their 2017 album, Sleep Well Beast.
The first single to come off of the newly announced album is You Had Your Soul with You. Electronics blare at the start before Scott Devendorf and his iconic drumming jump in. Scott has to be up there with being one of the most underrated drummers around. The song is an interesting one – there’s a bit where Matt Berninger does a duet Gail Ann Dorsey (was David Bowie’s co-vocalist and bass player). You can hear a tone that is different from the heaviness and melancholy of Sleep Well Beast. It’s strange to say this, but this song had some hope and cheer to it.
I love Mac DeMarco (AKA Loveable Goofball), but 3/5/2019 was The National’s day.
There can honestly only be one “Flux” and it’s from 2007’s A Weekend In the City. Not only is the song about a billion times better than Goulding’s “Flux”, Bloc Party’s version also has giant robots and creatures destroying an urban center. Go kick rocks, Ellie.
The discovery here was courtesy of Brandon Hagen of Vundabar. The frontman shared the song on his Instagram Stories and I decided to look it up. I was not disappointed.
“Blue Swallow Inn” is a song that changes tempos. There’s two instances of a slow build followed by an explosion of sound that then reverts back to a slower quieter tempo. The cut back between chaos and order makes this song an enjoyable one. Reminds me a little bit of The Districts.
Researching the song and the band, you learn the background for the song is a dark and sad one. Per BTR Today, the song is about the death of a band member’s abusive father mixed in with painful memories surrounding a motel his family would stay at when he was young.
Anyway, You Should Probably Listen to “Blue Shallow Inn” by Le Grotto.
After taxes and all kinds of fees to see them live in Chicago, the ticket price netted out to be $104.02. Okay, Okay, I get it – Vampire Weekend are a special group with terrific music, but come on! Am I buying a Saturday pass for a festival or tickets to see one band?
Let’s dive into the receipt of where the money is going (mind you this is for two tickets at $208.04, so we will halve it):
General Admission ticket price is $79.50 – If this was the all up price I could convince myself it’s fair.
$2.05 for order processing fee – you know they have to process paperwork for my purchase even though there is no paperwork since everything is digital
$18.80 for the service fee – you know it’s kind of like buying a toaster at Macy’s and then throwing down an extra 24% because the store had the courtesy to sell it to you.
$1.98 for taxes – this one is actually fine.
Mailing cost of $1.75 (we will cut this in half just for the sake of math). There wasn’t an option to print or email tickets so take more of my money.
That $18.80 fee really rubs me the wrong way. As bands like Vampire Weekend get larger and larger they start to partner up with demonic enterprises like Ticketmaster and these are the effects.
I would pay whatever to see these guys, but let me bitch for second.
Back in 2016 Bombay Bicycle Club announced a hiatus. The break lasted 3 years, as just yesterday they announced a return on social media. During their break the band members went solo, with frontman Jack Steadman playing in solo project – Mr. Jukes. The entire band will be back with plans of new music and new live shows.
The announcement also featured a short video of the band playing together. Unfortunately, it was dubbed over with other music, but seeing everyone in the same room was still worth it!