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Album Review: NO DREAM by Jeff Rosenstock

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Jeff Rosenstock is an American singer and songwriter from New York (now in Los Angeles). He was originally in Bomb the Music Industry! but he started his solo career once they broke up. I was a huge fan of his POST- album so I had high expectations for his most recent album. NO DREAM marks his fourth studio album.

The first track is a short, under one-minute track titled NO TIME. Just like any other punk rock band, it opens up with fast-paced guitar riffs, drum hits, and the somewhat edgy lyrics. Other than that, it's a pretty high-intensity opener that basically talks about people not having the time to do th…

Album Review: Notes On A Conditional Form by The 1975

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The 1975 are a British indie rock and pop band. While starting as a band of friends in 2002, they didn't release an official EP until 2012. Through that, they were able to gain popularity by opening for other bands. They also gained popularity and praise from their self-titled debut album in 2013. Now, seven years later, they released their fourth studio album titled Notes On A Conditional Form.

If you're a fan of The 1975, you know that the first track of every album is The 1975. This track includes a monologue from Greta Thunberg, who is a climate change activist. She first started to make headlines a fe…

Album Review: SHEEESH by MXXWLL

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MXXWLL is an Australian hip-hop and electronic music producer. While producers don't normally get recognition since they provide beats for large artists, he has worked with some hip-hop legends, such as Snoop Dogg. Now, after three years since his previous album, MXXWLL drops his second studio album titled SHEEESH.

The album starts out with a short introduction track titled AA72. The track opens up with what sounds like an airplane as well as some small talk from people. Then you get a quick funk beat going on with the bass. This really opens the album up and gives you a taste of what MXXWLL's sound and pr…

Album Review: how i'm feeling now by Charli XCX

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Charli XCX or Charlotte Aitchison is a British singer and songwriter. While she might not be a normal name you would bring up in conversation, she has several hits and collaborated on some tracks that you might know, such as the vocals in I Love It by Icona Pop, or some of her own tracks like Boom Clap or Boys. how i'm feeling now marks Charli XCX's fourth studio album, and it arrives less than a year since her previous album, Charli. The album itself took around six weeks to make, while asking fans and other producers for input and suggestions during production.

The first track off the album is pink diamond. I…

Album Review: THE END OF EVERYTHING by Noah Cyrus

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Noah Cyrus is an American singer and songwriter from Nashville. She is also the youngest child of famous singer and songwriter, Billy Ray Cyrus. While still being fairly young, she garnered a lot of success from her debut single, Make Me (Cry), and another track in 2019 titled July. THE END OF EVERYTHING marks her second studio EP.

The first track off the EP is Ghost. The track starts out slow with just a piano playing a simple chord progression. Once the chorus hits, you get the more pop-aesthetic of her musical style; the normal trap style drums and a high pitched note in the background. Noah talks about how thi…

Album Review: Invisible People by Chicano Batman

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Chicano Batman is an indie pop/rock band from California. Even though they have been around since 2008, I actually didn't discover them until late 2019. I actually discovered them through the band Crumb, since I wanted to go to their show in Phoenix. After listening to their fourth studio album, Invisible People, in full, I can definitely see myself adding this album to my Spotify playlist.

The first track off the album is Color my life. It starts out with a light and playful pop sound. This is probably one of their most popular tracks and was the first single for their album. It has a nice lo-fi sound to it d…

Album Review: Dark Lane Demo Tapes by Drake

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Drake is a Canadian singer/rapper and songwriter from Toronto. While first starting his career as an actor, he quickly switched to music from the success of Degrassi. Dark Lane Demo Tapes marks his latest mixtape, which is a surprise since it has been almost two years since the release of Scorpion. However, Drake reassured his fans that he would release his sixth studio album this summer.

The first track off the mixtape is Deep Pockets. There is a lo-fi type beat going on that you would probably hear on one of those "Lo-Fi Study Beats" channels on YouTube. This was actually a throwaway from Scorpion and …

One Year Blogiversary

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It's hard to believe that this blog is already one year old. I remember sitting on my couch, one year ago, and I decided I would create this blog. I had no idea that I would still be doing this one year later. I honestly thought that this blog would just disappear after a few months when I would have to return to work after summer ended. But here we are, one year later, I have over 90 blog posts, 28,000 page views, and a Google AdSense account (not earning much, but it's something).

I honestly don't know how I wanted to go about writing this blog post, but I knew I would just throw down my thoughts and…

Anything Goes Monday: Increasing Productivity

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With the current state of things, I have noticed that my productivity has suffered a bit. People are getting lazier and honestly, I don't blame them. With mostly everything being closed and the unemployment rising, people are spending most of their time at home watching television or spending it with family. However, this is the perfect time to learn a new skill or start something that you never had the time to do. Here are some tips to help you increase your productivity.

The 25/5 or 50/10 Method The number one thing that has helped me with my blog and learn coding during the shutdown has been the 25/5 or 50/…

Album Review: Angel Miners & The Lightning Riders by AWOLNATION

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AWOLNATION is a rock band from California. While they don't have a genre-defining sound, they have influences from rock, electronic, hip hop, and more. While they haven't had as much success since Sail (Megalithic Symphony) or Run (Run), Angel Miners & The Lightning Riders mark their fourth studio album. 

The first track off the album is The Best. It starts out with a running guitar part. One of the main melodies of the track is the reverbed synth notes. According to the lead singer himself, Aaron Bruno, the track is actually a sad song. Throughout the track, he talks about how he wants to be the best…

Album Review: The Don Of Diamond Dreams by Shabazz Palaces

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Shabazz Palaces is an experimental/alternative hip hop duo from Seattle. After the double album released in 2017, Shabazz Palaces returns for their fifth album titled The Don Of Diamond Dreams. This album is supposedly broken up into two parts, Portal North which is the first five tracks and Portal South which is the last five tracks. This is one group I could never really get into, except for their debut album, Black Up.

The first track is the introduction to the first half, Portal North: Panthera. It's a short 17-second track that has an eerie sound to it with the phrase, "Deep inside your mind, paint t…

Album Review: Aporia by Sufjan Stevens & Lowell Brams

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Sufjan Stevens is a Detroit born singer and songwriter. While probably being most well known for his Illinois(e) project, he has been around for a good 25 years. A lot of his other projects are lost in his discography. On his latest album, Aporia, he enlisted the help from his step-father, Lowell Brams. According to Sufjan, the result of this album was from a jam session. He said most of the jam session was horrible, but he was able to find a good ten percent of magical moments. To me, many of these tracks just seem like a mesh of little snippets that are incomplete.

The first track off the album is Ousia. It star…

Album Review: The New Abnormal by The Strokes

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The Strokes are an American rock band who just put out their sixth studio album, The New Abnormal. While it has been about seven years since their previous full-length studio album, they are no strangers to fame. They are known for hits like Reptilia and Last Nite which were popular tracks in the early 2000s. Even though the album is only nine tracks long, it sure packs a lot of tunes and catchy melodies.

The first track off the album is The Adults Are Talking. For some reason, I can't help but think that the lead singer sounds like Thom Yorke from Radiohead. Other than that, I really love the melody, especial…

Album Review: Future Past Life by STRFKR

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STRFKR is an American indie rock/pop band from Oregon. While I was a huge fan of their 2013 album, Miracle Mile, none of their other albums have really appealed to me. Miracle Mile really pushed STRFKR into the spotlight, and they also gathered some attention on their 2016 album, Being No One, Going Nowhere. Besides a few other "vault" releases, a remix album, and a live album, Future Past Life is their newest album in nearly four years.

The first track off the album is Dear Stranger. If you are a regular viewer of my blog, you know how I feel about synthpop. The deep, dark, and eerie synth opening up the alb…

Album Review: It Is What It Is by Thundercat

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Thundercat, or Stephen Bruner is an American multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and producer. He has worked with several high profile artists like Flying Lotus. It Is What It Is marks his fourth studio album.

The first track off the album is Lost In Space / Great Scott / 22-26. It opens up with his falsetto voice with several jazz-influenced instruments. It definitely sets the tone of the album and welcomes us back to his style of music.

We smoothly move into Innerstellar Love. As always, you have some killer bass licks in here. From this track on, you can tell that Thundercat is going to take us on a space and jazz-in…

Anything Goes Monday: When To Invest In The Stock Market

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"The best time to invest was yesterday. The next best time to invest is today. The worst time to invest is tomorrow." While it may be hard to look at current stock prices dropping, that can actually be a good sign to many investors out there. Even though we might be entering another recession, if you have a stable income and some extra cash, there are some reasons to invest. Disclaimer: I am not a financial advisor or expert. The following information is my perspective and for entertainment purposes only.
Easier to Buy-In Have you ever wondered why some stock prices are so high in value? Stocks like Appl…

Album Review: JUICE by Born Ruffians

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Born Ruffians are an indie rock band from Canada. While I thoroughly enjoyed their debut album, Red, Yellow & Blue, I haven't paid attention to their other albums. JUICE marks their sixth studio album.

The first track off the album is I Fall in Love Every Night. The track opens up with some powerful brass instruments that are utilized throughout the track. We eventually have some guitars and drums that come in later, usually during the chorus. The highlight track of the track is definitely the guitar and saxophone solo in the middle of the track, even if it is short-lived.

Next, we have an interesting percussiv…