All we have now is music right? In a year where it felt like the world was falling apart, there was so much to take hope in (even songs that were written and recorded long before things started going to shit). A number of artists created work that both reflected the current moment inadvertently (Punisher, RTJ4) and very intentionally (Taylor Swift, Charli XCX). These are my top albums of the year:Continue reading
In retrospect, it seems so clear now. Run the Jewels wasn’t important when they collaborated with Zack de la Rocha. They weren’t important, when they were receiving higher festival billing, nor were they when they performed on late night shows. Their importance appeared as Killer Mike began turning up during the 2016 election cycle, campaigning behind Bernie Sanders. Killer Mike was a regular staple in Bernie’s campaign, and Sanders returned the favor by introducing Run the Jewels at Coachella. In a year that the nation still feels hungover from, Run The Jewels 3 is a much needed cup of coffee with a shot of whiskey-a little energy along with the hair of the dog that bit you. Continue reading
Summing it all up.
Even though we’ve all been talking about how 2016 is the worst year ever, this year did see a lot of good coming out of it. Don’t get me wrong, 2016 sucked, but it does seem like the arts flourished. We got Stranger Things this year! I’ve heard the new Star Wars is pretty good, and I don’t even like Star Wars. I saw Brand New, The Front Bottoms, and Modern Baseball twice each! Those aren’t bad things. Since music is where my passion lies (and I’m not that original), I wanted to post BurgerADay’s official standings on Pitchfork’s normal and bizarre year end lists.
1.Best Lyric of 2016: The Front Bottoms-“Joanie”
“I finally am what I am, a fucking bag of bags”
Although The Front Bottoms are stealing a page from Katy Perry’s book here, Needy When I’m Needy provided some of the most refreshing, fun songs of the year. When Brian Sella sings that he’s just “a fucking bag of bags,” it’s absurdist but enticing. It’s a line that you can’t help but to sing along to. Unlike Perry, I’ve never “felt like a plastic bag/drifting through the wind,” but I’ve totally felt like “a fucking bag of bags.”
Killer Mike and El-P have released another single from Run The Jewels 3. They also announced that the album will be out January 13 and free.
You Blew It!-“Sundial Song”
The Florida math-rockers have released the excellent Abendrot. The album is much more textured than the straightforward yet intricate punk of the group’s previous work. The whole album is worth the listen, but “Sundial Song” is an early standout. Continue reading
Run the Jewels have released a new single from their upcoming third album. Here’s what the duo had to say: Continue reading
Now, the polls have closed. Clinton won the popular vote, but Donald Trump received the majority of electoral votes. He will be our next president. Eight years of progress will be undone once Trump takes office in January. While I legitimately do hope that Trump is a good president, my better senses tell me he won’t be. Even though it seems that no good can come of all of this, some of my favorite music came out of anger for politicians. Here are some songs for a Trump presidency:
American Idiot has been in heavy rotation today. Even though the title track is often used as the marker for discontent, “Holiday” is easily the most political fueled track on the album. Billie Joe has recently been altering the lyrics to include “Pulverize the Donald Trump Towers,” and just as Green Day amplified a nation’s disgust in 2004, this song still rings true. Continue reading
The duo will be touring behind Run the Jewels 3. Check out the dates above!
The Misfits-“Teenagers from Mars”
Today’s Monday Mixtape lands on All Hallow’s Eve, thus we’ll be giving you a number of Halloween songs to begin with. What’s a better Halloween band than The Misfits? While just about any Misfits song could have worked, “Teenagers from Mars” feels like a cheap B-Movie, in the best way. Crappy horror films are what Halloween is made of, and this is one of The Misfits’ best songs.
I was lucky enough to catch Real Friends on their current tour with The Wonder Years. “Mess” is one of the best songs on The Home Inside My Head, and it has a pretty great Halloween-themed video.
Is there anything more Halloween than a German, power-metal outfit called Helloween playing a song called “Halloween”
Marilyn Manson-“Man That You Fear”
Marilyn Manson is still one of the kings of Halloween, and this Antichrist Superstar number is an eerie ballad, perfect for a sad Halloween.
Avenged Sevenfold-“Bat Country”
A7X just released a surprise album, but their early work remain to be metalcore staples. “Bat Country” is just most fitting for Halloween. Continue reading