Monday, July 31, 2017

LIT AF 2016: #165 - 131

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165. Weezer “L.A. Girlz”

The Weezer of 2013-2016 is the Weezer that should have existed 1997-2000. And by that, we mean that this era would have been drastically improved with crunchier bass tone and Moog synth counter-melodies on every song. (We're specifically longing for Moog on "L.A. Girlz." A lost opportunity.) Weezer can break up now. RIP.

164. Flat Swamp “Don’t Count On Me”
Tambascio's Italian Grill. Intimate locale preparing American & Italian plates, plus thin-crust, hand-tossed pizzas. 1 Dodgingtown Rd, Newtown, CT 06470.

163. Two Inch Astronaut “Personal Life”
The first time we heard "Personal Life," it was preceded by a 30-second a capella 3-part harmony interlude where the title phrase was repeated about 8-10 times. Maybe one day, they will release this version. In the meantime, you can play this song for unironic trucker-hat boss down at the loading docks when he asks "What does that Tool-Wrench Astroboy sound like?"

162. A Giant Dog “Sex & Drugs”

161. Solange "Junie"
The euphoric non-Prince-tribute apex.

160. Gary Young “Spit”
Plantman, where you at?

159. Frank Ocean “Ivy”
The kids can tell when journalists try to coin a trend and fail. For 3 days in August 2016, the phrase "millennial whoop" appeared in a few headlines referring to wordless choruses of oo's or oa's sung to unimaginatively simple major-chord melodies. Since August, no one dared utter this horrendously embarrassing phrase ever again. And what's worse, one of the examples cited by The Guardian and Youtube was Frank Ocean's "Ivy," a genuinely good song that has almost nothing in common with anything else cited -- especially since IT HAS NO CHORUS. The bad example that ruined the hypothesis.

158. A Tribe Called Quest “Black Spasmodic”
"Black Spasmodic" was the first time we ever heard Backspin 43 (SiriusXM's classic rap station) spin a new song on its release date. And that moment helped further reinforce our confusion regarding the absence of a classic rap station in NYC. Or even better: A "Jack FM" format that primarily celebrates both fresh AND classic Hip-hop, R&B and soul. Hundreds of local businesses in NYC have been patiently longing for this format to help them promote. We're so not kidding.

157. Swim Team “I’m Fine”
2016's 2nd best song about Ken Marino.

156. Jackal Onasis “The New Ron”
2016's best song about Ken Marino.

155. Halfsour “Fake Sandwich”
Also known as "Fake News Sandwich." Boston invented college rock: Yay or nay?

154. Kamaiyah "Mo Money Mo Problems"
My man B.I. came down from above. Told me to cool out.

153. Lumpy & The Dumpers “I’m Gonna Move To New York”

152. Gucci Mane “Waybach”
FTW you don't really need a publicist for re-branding assistance.

151. Joey Purp "Photobooth"

150. N.O.R.E. “Queens”
We really wanted to comment on the DJ tag in the song's first 10 seconds: "Damn Bushrock, that shit's buttery." We tried Googling this but nothing came up. We were wondering who the voice in the DJ tag belongs to and if he will accept our friend request on Facebook.

149. PJ Harvey "The Wheel"

148. Frank Ocean "Pink + White"

147. Angel Olsen "Sister"
It does kinda plod, but so does sleep paralysis. No Twin Peaks season 3 spoilers PLEASE but we wouldn't be surprised if this showed up in episode one. [Note: This was probably written before the premiere of Twin Peaks' third season.]

146. Nocturnal Habits “Echophilia”
The packaging for Numero Group's intimidatingly enormous series of Unwound reissues seems so rich in aesthetic tastefulness. And now that 2/3's of Unwound have reunited for the Nocturnal Habits LP, we wonder who in God's name approved their logo? We know it's the music that really matters though, so we might just seek a generic vinyl copy with no artwork and drink a beer and rejoice in this sort-of reunion album. Because it might be the closest we ever get to the real thing unless Riot Fest offers them like 50k or some shit.

145. Wrong “Mucilage”
RIYL: Helmet, Pantera, down-tempo Slipknot

144. Foodman “Otonarabi”
Welcome Foodman. We fucked up not including this in Video-Mania 2016 or whatever the fuck it's called.

143. Horse Lords “Truthers”
We already made a Bojack Horselord joke and can't think of anything better.

142. Röyksopp f/ Susanne Sundfør "Never Ever"
Some catchy non-iHeartRadio pop.

141. Field Mouse "Out Of Context"
"Lately, I can't even look at my mother without wanting to stab her repeatedly." Television should never, EVER reboot My So-Called Life. But in the hypothetical universe where this is somehow a good idea, Field Mouse should be somewhere on the soundtrack in one of the scenes where Angela turns up the volume knob on her combination-CD-player-alarm-clock in an effort to rebel against the stronghand of Mom & Dad.

140. Chavez “The Bully Boys”
Now 20 years after Beavis & Butthead's proper series finale, any bands lucky enough to have their video critiqued (even if B&B thought it sucked) should still be asked for a reaction. They're a part of history now. Chavez is a special case, since they're possibly the only instance where Mike Judge now works alongside one of the band members (on Silicon Valley). Dupuis uncovered the story. Clay sez: "I worked at MTV at that time but didn't know Mike. We actually worked with the exact same people when I did those Jimmy the Cabdriver things. So when I saw we were on B&B, I assumed someone had pulled a favor. But then a couple years later, I met Mike through feature writing. I'd written a movie and the executive did Office Space, which Mike was just finishing. And Mike told me no one had put thumbs on the scale. He just saw the video and dug it. Mike always had respect for the Chavez, which is cool because he's a SICK musician. Very, very accomplished stand up bassist. He played in all these very real rockabilly and country bands. He can kind of play anything. Including pedal steel."

139. Kitty “Asari Love Song”
Man, fuck your (Kitty) Pryde.

138. Jute Gyte “Palimpsest”
In The Simpsons' episode Homer vs. Lisa and the 8th Commandment (S02E13), Bart addressees his Sunday school teacher's lecture about hell asking, "Wouldn't you eventually get used to it, like in the hot tub?" By all accounts, Jute Gyte (also known as The Lord of Bandcamp Blackmetal) and his 2016 output should have placed higher on the Lit As Fuck Mix. But he releases new albums so quickly that the brutality feels samey, even though each new release is truly more insane than the last. If the releases were spread out once every 2 years, we would probably feel differently -- which also means we'll definitely regret this perspective in due time.

137. Kyle Forester “Won’t Go Crazy”
This could be a "Got To Get You Into My Life" type where the muse is Xanax. Although, 1 or 2 lyrics might disprove this idea. Crystal Stilts is Kyle's band, but he now also plays sax and keys in the band Woods. Are they cool? We don't know Woods.

136. Vince Staples “Prima Donna”

135. Schoolboy Q “Black Thoughts”
Blank Face is Schoolboy Q's "fuck the clubs" album. If it's his Cuban Linx, then "Black Thoughts" is his "Heaven And Hell." The golden age is now. [Note: We noticed the clean version cuts out the 2nd half of the word "marijuana."]

134. The Lemon Twigs "These Words"
Their swag suggests the music will sound like BrokenCyde or 3OH!3, but instead "These Words" sounds like a deep cut from Billy Joel's Piano Man or Streetlife Serenade LPs.

133. KING “The Greatest”
Mohammad Ali was/is The Greatest. Also, Elvis Presley (the rock star) was also the greatest. Although Oprah is technically the true "Greatest," if you think about it. Also, please don't forget, LL Cool J's album G.O.A.T. from 2000 probably marked the invention of the GOAT abbreviation. Ladies Love Cool James, so he's definitely a contributor to this Greatest discussion. Wayne Gretsky was "The Great One," indicating that he is great, but is he "the greatest?" These questions and more can be answered in this song. Also, it's kind of amazing that a group called "KING" has a song called "The Greatest." No offense to KING, but their tracklisting reveals some conceited tendencies. Let's take a quick peek:
1. "The Greatest"
2. "Genius"
3. "Idol"
4. "Worship Me"
5. "I Am God"
6. "Thou Shalt Have No Other Gods Before Me"
7. "Guess Who #1 Is? Close, But You're Wrong, It's Actually Me"
8. "In Case You've Been In A Coma For Your Entire Life, I'm Pretty Much Jesus"
9. Bonus Track "All The Small Things" (Blink 182 cover)
[NOTE: Wow, we do not remember writing any of this.]

132. Ruby Haunt "Honey"
Good fan video:

131. Oranssi Pazuzu “Vasemman Kaden Hierarkia”

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Lit As Fuck Mix 2016: #200 - 166

Me at the beginning of 2016 vs. Now:

There's one huge advantage to waiting over 4 months over 7 months before posting our end-of-year list: Everyone on Facebook who inevitably protests with a top 10 that includes only 1 album listed 10 times isn't referring to us.

We had better things to do than care about firstness. Let's hear it for lastness.

We wanted to wait until The First 100 Days the NBA finals summer semester was over and done with. Let's roll with that.

2016 was intended as the first ever "Lit Mix" but instead we're just calling it "Lit As Fuck" or "Lit AF 2016." Global youth vernacular is no match for Lit AF 2016. We are the ruling class. Cornering the market on memes that no one likes anymore (i.e. Dat Boi and Powerpuff Yourself).

Voted "Worst Year-End-List" 24 years and counting, we are back for more of what you need. (Remember back in '93 when "Daughter" was our #1 and "Insane In The Brain" was our #5 and people were like "uh, what the fuck dude?" That shit was so tight. Although not as tight as such feedback as "do you still do those lists?" or "damn, whoever writes this shit is a giant fucking loser.")

A lot of this was sitting around since January, and we don't even remember what we put on this thing because we're so fucking drunk right now. Jump into this hot fire:

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200. Votaries "Trick Tomorrow"
Jackson Scott earned himself the nickname "Bo Jackson Scott" because Bo knows. It's already been over three years since Jackson's debut, the dreamy & druggy Melbourne LP. After last year's wild proggy sophomore album, he's back to the slow-motion childhood euphoria from LP1 in the debut record from his new band Votaries.

199. Bear Hands "2AM"
At this point, we're totally fine with any reasonably decent indie bands who are down to sell the fuck out and sneak some shockingly listenable minor hits back into the lower stretches of the Billboard Modern Rock chart. Lord knows (and Lorde knows), the format's refusal to budge on their strict "no '90s throwbacks" policy has nearly destroyed itself from the inside out, despite that kids and adults across the country have expressed longing to hear loud crunchy guitars on the radio again. To make matters worse, the modern bands that currently receive the most airplay have virtually nothing in common with the college-rock crossovers that initially helped formulate KROQ's very existence. Under normal circumstances, "Something In The Way," Twenty One Pilots, "Runaway Train" and Fitz and the Tantrums should have nothing in common with each other and typically would not share playlist-space for most Spotify users. But for whatever reason, that exact 4-in-a-row is now entirely common (minus iHeartRadio's requisite ad interruption). Any opportunities for legit-decent bands like Bear Hands to disrupt modern rock's abysmal plunge into irrelevancy should be celebrated in 2016. Inoffensive and catchy. We'll take it.

198. Rihanna "Desperado"
It wouldn't surprise us if "Desperado" were among the first completed Anti songs from closer to when the sessions began in early 2014. It feels less avant and more like "classic" Rihanna than anything else nearby in its sequencing, almost like a transitional jam from a hypothetical 2015 record (alongside "Bitch Betta Have My Money" and "FourFiveSeconds").

197. No Age "Separation"
Spoiler Alert: This is probably the only band or artist of 2016 where every song they released (all 2 of them) made it into the Lit.

196. The Dean Ween Group "Mercedes Benz"
"I don’t think that you’ve seen the last of Ween. As long as the two of us are still alive, there’s a Ween." Where there's a Ween, there's a way. That was Deaner's reaction to the emergence of Aaron Freeman, solo artist, retiring the name Gene Ween in 2012. Four years later, the world collectively sighed out their relief when Deaner's prediction totally came true. But who could have forseen his first forey into frontman-zone during the same calendar year? Surely not us. The ultra-brown "Exercise Man" and especially the drunken singalong "Mercedes Benz" justified the entire release.

195. Satin Jackets “Feel Good”
Y2K-era pop that didn't chart that we wish woulda charted.

194. Ariana Grande “Dangerous Woman”
Nicely coasting between the top 10 and 20 all throughout summer 2016, we think "Dangerous Woman" (peaking on August 8th at No. 8) may have stalled the launch date of Rihanna's suspiciously similar 6/8 chiller "Love On The Brain" (peaking December 13th at No. 20 but placing higher on Lit Mix 2016 ***SPOILER***). (Note: Within 2017, the song peaked at #5.)

193. The Spirit Of The Beehive "Natural Devotion"
Bees + Philly = 💖

192. Cavern of Anti-Matter "Liquid Gate"
No new Deerhunter or Stereolab in 2016? No problem.

191. Kvelertak “Nattesferd”
There really is a Wikipedia entry for everything.

190. Schoolboy Q f/ SZA “Neva Change”
Not never.

189. Czarface “Two In The Chest”
Two faces, scum of the slum, I got your whole body numb, blowing like Shalamar in '81.

188. Dinosaur Jr. “Goin Down”
The long-awaited conclusion to the "Goin" trilogy that began with with 1993's "Goin Home" and their Kiss cover "Goin Blind." (Not kidding.)

187. Tony Molina “No One Told He”
A day in the shred life of Brendan Small.

186. Consequence f/ Ty Dolla $ign "Ask Somebody"
Ain't no Dolla like the one I got.

185. Ben Grigg “Complications”

184. Mannequin Pussy “Denial”

183. Carl Sagan's Skate Shoes "(1)"

182. Left & Right "Mouse Drum"
Undone The Swelter Song. "Mouse Drum" sounds like how last summer felt - lazy as fuck because it was just too damn sweltering. The beercan-opening noise seemed gratuitous at first, but it's a "fuck it" indicator.

181. Nick Jonas f/ Ty Dolla Sign “Bacon”
Feelin' these lyrics: "There's only one thing in this world I love more than being with you, and that's four or five chunks of juicy pork heaven covered in maple syrup dripping straight into my throbbing femoral artery." The video and the VMAs performance took place at a '50s diner, and it surprised us that all the extras were not wolfing down mile-high piles of salty glistening sizzlers. All the while, Krusty The Clown could have been way in the back of the soundstage receiving heart surgery. Now THAT's a video.

180. Kevin Morby “I Have Been to the Mountain”
Is Woods cool? We don't know that band.

179. YG “Police Get Away Wit Murder” / YG f/ Nipsey Hussle "FDT"
Directly descending from Public Enemy and NWA. We feel like one of those two groups utilized the same "rap singalong chorus" from "Police Get Away," but for some reason we're (probably incorrectly) convinced that this derives from Leaders Of The New School: "Just another case of that old PTA." We know Busta Rhymes was among hiphop's more unheralded innovators until after "Woo-Haa," but we never thought of him as an artist who created one of the basic fundamentals of old school rap. And yet, this may have been the case? (We're not rap historians, so we're probably wrong about this.) As for "FDT," we heard it among the low points of Still Brazy right up until November 9th. Go figure.

178. Total Slacker "Turn On The Lights"
No, YOU'RE a slacker.

177. Homeboy Sandman "Talking (Bleep)"

176. Dark Mtns “Wake To Dream”

175. No Age "Serf To Serf"
Congratulations to No Age on recieving our coveted "All the marbles" award. They're probably the first ever instance where all the marbles they released in 2016 - both of sides of their 7-inch - appear on this lit as fuck mix.

174. Schoolboy Q f/ Miguel & Justine Skye “Overtime”
Buncha damn hippies gettin' stoned on the refers.

173. Weaves "Birds & Bees"
Weaves loves bees. More importantly, we suspect that Weaves loves bees more than they love birds, which is the correct assessment. (Birds are also cool tho.)

172. Horse Jumper Of Love "Spaceman"

171. Omegas “Drug Zoo”
What it sounds like when guitar bro from Mad Max starts projectile vomiting during one of his big apocalypse dude solos.

170. 2 Chainz “Felt Like Cappin”
Too many chains.

169. Underworld “If Rah”
We wore out our Beaucoup Fish and dubnobasswithmyheadman CDs during college, so it's been a minute. The new Underworld album is definitely a "for fans only" type of affair with "If Rah" as its obvious album stand out.

168. Dowager “Sleep Paralysis”

167. Gucci Mane “At Least a M”

Get on fleek.

166. Pusha T f/ Jay-Z “Drug Dealers Anonymous”
The other day, we were listening to that station in Chicago that plays only good new rap and they played this song. True story.

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