What I’m Into This Week (8/21 – 8/27)

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This week brought some genuine surprise to the music world. Frank Ocean finally crashed the hype train into public view, dropping his long-awaited sophomore album on a weekend night. After four years, nobody expected it to appear so randomly, but here we are.

This is the state of music in 2016. The pendulum of control is truly swinging back in favor of the artists. Everything else I discovered this week was courtesy of the artists themselves, broadcasting personally on Twitter, Bandcamp, and other open platforms.

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DJ Shadow + Run The Jewels – Nobody Speak

Nobody Speak video

Did you know DJ Shadow released a new album this year, and that it’s pretty good?

Nobody Speak is of the unquestionable highlights,  a team-up with hip-hop superheroes Run The Jewels. Now there’s a hilarious, action packed video to go along with it.

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Miles Davis – Solea

Miles Davis roughly 1960

Miles Davis is one of the most prolific musical geniuses of all time, having dominated most of the 20th century jazz landscape with progressively experimental releases that pushed the boundaries of what music could be. His work was not only adventurous; it was catchy, fun, thrilling, and always memorable.

Being a huge fan of the artist means having to reframe my perspective when a novel aspect of his work catches the light just so. This happened again.

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Frank Ocean – Nikes

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So this just happened on a Saturday night because Frank Ocean wanted to surprise us all. It worked.

It’s new Frank Ocean music. It’s fantastic.

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What I’m Into This Week (8/14 – 8/20)

Seefeel 1993

I haven’t posted a weekly update in a while, so it’s about time. A lot happened, but I’ll stick to the highlights.

I hung out in wine country, biked about 500 miles, and finally saw my Japanese metal superheroes Boris in concert. Then I found myself on an extended deep dive into all the 60s jazz that I skipped over in the past. This total immersion is resulting in another evolution of taste.

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Boris – Live at Pyramid Scheme 8/13/16

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Boris playing Just Abandoned Myself.

After years of waiting, I finally saw Boris live. It was incredible. It was exactly what I was hoping for. It changed my perception of a band that’s been a favorite for almost a decade. I now see Boris is completely new light.

Standing in the Pyramid Scheme in Grand Rapids, MI, I felt a blast-furnace heat that burned away any trace of skepticism I had about the power of live rock music. It’s been a long, long time since a band gave me such a revelatory experience.

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Luminous Path [mixtape]

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This mixtape is about that warm glowing feeling you get when you dream about the right path in life. You see it materializing before you, and although it isn’t real yet, you’re filled with the light of understanding.

After this kind of dream, you wake with a newfound sense of purpose and optimism.

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