8/21/18

Ten More Hip Hop Bangers in the Ear of RXTT

Once again, another installment of the ten tracks I have been banging on the commute lately.  This will be a bit heavy on the Travis Scott, for his new album ASTROWORLD is quite awesome.  As always, some of these are older tracks, some are FRESH.

Travis Scott - Sicko Mode

   


 J. Balvin - Machika






Travis Scott - Stargazing




Quavo - LAMBTALK



 
Young Thug - Gain Clout



 
Young Thug - It's a Slime





Slim Thug - Caddy Music




Devin the Dude - Doobie Ashtray





Travis Scott - Can't Say





Big Boi - Kill Jill



7/25/18

RXTT's Top Ten VAN HALEN Deep Cuts

There was once a band from southern California that somehow combined precision heavy riffs, complex melodic harmonics, and the infectious party enthusiasm of a 16 year old at their first kegger.  That band was Van Halen. (For the purposes of this post, and for my own sanity, I will not be delving into the "Van Hagar" era after the departure of Diamond Dave.)

Everyone who likes rock music knows their big hits, and boy were they big, but Van Halen was never a band that padded their albums with trifling shit and third-class songs.  Some of the most inventive guitar-work and amazing tracks can be found digging deep in the albums.  Here are my ten favorite.


 
VAN HALEN - Girl Gone Bad
(This track off of the album 1984 starts off with those sweet overtone harmonics that Eddie Van Halen was so righteously famous for.  It then kicks into a balls-to-the-wall rager with some amazing riffage.)




 
VAN HALEN - Unchained 
(From the album Fair Warning, this track starts off with a riff that I have yet to get over.  No matter how many times I see this video I always wish I was able to see Van Halen in their prime live.)
 


 

VAN HALEN - Beautiful Girls
(As the ultimate party band ever to exist, Van Halen had many tracks that were not face-melting guitar freakouts.  Songs like this one, with that sexy-ass swing, helped Diamond Dave entertain the fans just as much as the guitar wizardry of Eddie.  These lines basically define Dave's persona, "Now, I'm a seaside sittin'/ just a smokin' and a drinkin'/ I'm ringside / on top of the world / I got a drink in my hand / I got my toes in the sand / All I need is a beautiful girl")




 
VAN HALEN - Drop Dead Legs
(Speaking of FAT riffs, the one that anchors this sultry track is one of my faves.  That "brown" sound that Eddie worked up through his guitar effects was amazing. Everyone tried to copy it, and diluted its impact.)






VAN HALEN - Somebody Get Me a Doctor (In the midst of all the hard riffs and drums and screams the guitar does a great mimic of a chugging locomotive, something that harks back to old country blues tradition, where the rhythm of the guitar was to mimic the rhythm of the old steam trains.  Love the various changes in it, and Diamond Dave can be heard cheering Eddie on in his bad-assery!)





 
VAN HALEN - D.O.A.
(Van Halen's 2nd album has so many amazing riff-heavy rockers.  The sound you hear at the beginning of this track is the sound of the RAWK GAWDS announcing their presence.  Love how this track gets faster and faster and faster...)





VAN HALEN - Little Guitars
(The Van Halens were classically trained musicians at a very young age, who switched over to guitar and drums the better to rock us all.  From time to time Eddie would show off his classical guitar techniques, such as the intro to this track.  This track off of Diver Down is fun AF and melodic and just beautiful.)




 
VAN HALEN - Hang 'Em High
(A rager from the word GO.  Everything blasts forth.)





VAN HALEN - House of Pain
(Not many Van Halen tracks can be categorized purely as Heavy Metal.  This track from their mega-hit 1984 album contrasts wildly with the more pop-melodic hits like Jump and Panama.  SO AWESOME.  SO HEAVY.)





VAN HALEN - I'll Wait
(One of the albums I would listen to on my Walkman headphones while mowing the lawn as a kid was 1984, and this track started off side 2, so when I would flip the cassette, I knew I was gonna go off in my head.)





7/6/18

Ten More Bangers to Please Your Ears

The music continues to come, and I continue to blast these tracks in the whip on the way home from work.  Here are ten more Hip Hop tracks I have been digging lately, for your enjoyment. 



BIG SEAN - Pull Up N Wreck



 
GORGEOUS GEORGE - Watermelon Jolly Rancher





 
RICH DA KID - Plug Walk
 



YOUNG THUG - On Fire

 


 

JEAN GREY, QUELLE CHRIS - Gold Purple Orange
 


 

FUTURE w/ YOUNG THUG - 200
 


 

MIGOS - Motorsport
 


 

CARDI B - I Like It
 


 

FUTURE - Trap Niggas
 


 

FUTURE & YOUNG THUG - No Clap
 







5/24/18

Some old bad-ass tracks that I have just recently grokked

One of the greatest things about music and music fandom is that every single day new songs and new recordings are released into the world's ear-holes and there is just no way to catch it all, or to even sample most of it.  This allows for rediscovery!  Sometimes I hear a track and think, "Oh shit this track is awesome," only to find it is 30+ years old and I just never got a chance to listen to it.  This post is a collection of some of these oldie discoveries that I have been loving BIG TIME.

Tubeway Army - Are Friends Electric?
 
(Tubeway Army is the name of the first project by Gary Numan, the pioneer who brought the extremely unnerving and awesome song Cars to our consciousness.  This track is from 1979)

The Congos - Fisherman

(Jamaican music in the 70's was just so prolific, with so many acts and so many great tracks. I never got around to enjoying this classic group, The Congos, although I had heard mention of them. This is an amazing track.)

The Nashville Teens - Tobacco Road

(I first heard this song when it was on David Lee Roth's solo debut, "Eat 'Em and Smile." I thought it was great. The OG though? so HEAVY! I love it.)

The Rockin' Rebels - Wild Weekend

(One of the greatest joys must be the early rock instrumental. They are just bad-ass. This classic, from 1962(!!!), makes me feel like I am having the greatest time of my life just because it is playing.)

Josef K - Sorry for Laughing

(I know nothing about this act. I ran across this track very recently and it hit me good.)

Orange Juice - Rip It Up

(This perfect song, from 1982, is, like many of my favorites, a bouncy tune paired with cynical and upset lyrics. Glasgow natives.)

5/3/18

Ten More Hip Hop Tracks. Turn up the Bass and lay low on the Treble!

YEAH. I cannot get enough!  The hot tracks keep coming and I keep blasting them in my foreign whip on the way home.  May the beats and rhymes help you out as much as they do me.  Let's get this next batch started! Some are fresh, and some are old. Enjoy.

Rae Sremmurd - Powerglide



Jhené Aiko - Sativa feat. Rae Sremmurd
 


Young Thug - Digits
 


Future & Young Thug - All Da Smoke
 


2 Chainz feat. Travis Scott - 4 AM
 


Young Thug - Tomorrow til Infinity
 


Future - Rent Money
 


Migos - Stir Fry
 


Migos feat. Drake - Walk It Talk It
 


Post Malone feat. Ty $ - Psycho
 

3/20/18

Some REM Tracks that Rock.....so hard!

          Before they bored the world with their devolution into adult-contempo mope-folk-balladry in the mid-1990's, Athens Georgia's REM were a band that refreshed what rock music could sound like.  Their first 15 years as a band saw them expand on a sonic vocabulary that took the then out-of-date pastoral sounds of the Byrds and similar acts and created a new brand of rock music. They were the original "college rock" band, called that by music press people who did not understand what to make of them.  Many of their songs were straight-ahead, powerful rockers, contrary to their image as a folksy, country-music act.  These songs were what first drew me into REM, allowing me to explore the rest of their music, and deepening my love for their classic albums.

          Here are some of the most ROCKING REM SONGS EVER!

REM - I Believe
(This song from the amazing LP "Life's Rich Pageant" starts off with a funny little Banjo line, a musical joke to distract from the hard-hitting song that follows.  "Change is what I believe in.")


          

REM - Pretty Persuasion
(This is my favorite REM track, and to this day, after listening to it hundreds of times, I have no idea what Stipe is singing for about 3/4 of the track.  No matter.  This is so GREAT.)



REM - Get Up
(From the album "Green," which was at the time their most "rockinest" album, comes this roarer.)



REM - Radio Free Europe 
(Off of their first full-length, Murmur, this one always makes me turn it up LOUD)



REM - Auctioneer (Another Engine) 
 (This one builds and builds and is so awesome)

 


REM - Driver 8
(I love songs about trains and REM sang a lot of songs about trains) 



REM - Begin the Begin
(The album Life's Rich Pageant begins with the best 1-2 punch of any REM album.  First, this track, which starts off with a heavy groove and builds, and then the next track, which rocks me out every time)

 

REM - These Days
(I love this song.  I LOVE THIS SONG.)


  
REM - Strange
(This is a cover of a song from Wire's LP, Pink Flag.  I did not know this until I heard Pink Flag a decade later.  Turns out many 80's college rock and alternative bands covered Wire songs, cuz Wire is the greatest.)

 

REM - Turn You Inside Out
(Another gem from Green, this one rocks....so hard.)  
 
  

12/15/17

Ten More Hip Hop BANGERS for your Ears!

It has been a while since I put up a new list of ten hip hop tracks that have been melting my melon, man. There was a bit of a lull there in the tail end of 2017, and I had to go back and check out tracks I had missed through the year. Here we go.

FUTURE - Fresh Air


TY DOLLA $IGN - Don't Judge Me (feat. Future & Sway Lee)


MIGUEL - Skywalker


PEE WEE LONGWAY - Mega Bus


FUTURE & YOUNG THUG - 200


LIL UZI VERT - XO TOUR Llif3


PLAYBOY CARTI - Magnolia


FUTURE - Mask Off


HOOD RICH PABLO & LIL UZI VERT - Zambamafoo


FUTURE - Feed Me Dope