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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…