toro y moi
The surprise album drop has been a popular trend for the past couple of years. I think the concept is a boatload — maybe ever many boatloads — of fun. The problem is it often keeps music media in the dark, and music media doesn’t like being in the dark. This forces them to speculate a lot. As a result music media has been flat out wrong more this year than any other year in its history.
How many times recently have you seen Pitchfork or Fader report false information and then apologize for it? The answer is way too many times, but the media is a reflection of the people. We are the worst speculators of all. We are constantly speculating on Twitter — like 24/7. It’s all we do. Bro, one of Drake’s… friends… instagrammed… fake artwork of a Drake-Future collab, and people lost their shit. Now, that rumor happened to be true, but as this constant speculation transforms into obsession, it becomes a totally unhealthy behavior.
Speculators is a 21-track tape. The original idea for the tape came from 19th century oil speculation à la There Will Be Blood. Somewhere along the way it morphed into the rant above. With this tape I made an effort to include more indie rock songs, like the older Tape Tuesdays.
There are so many discoveries on this one. I hope you take the time to listen.
Now I could die today and the world won’t change, so I’m not ready
I think I am going to need to prelude this writeup by saying that I do not pop xannies and do not condone the abuse of prescription medication. The purpose of this tape is simply to highlight a growing trend in rap music. It is not surprising that the effects of the 21st century prescription drug culture has trickled into the rap scene, and I would argue that much like Wiz Khalifa makes certifiably dank weed rap, artists like Lucki Eck$ and Jimmy Prime (formerly Jimmy Johnson) make “xanny rap.” As you will notice, the mix is not all rap music. I tried to space out the journey and the rewards of hearing some of the trippiest rap music being made (Also, “Lilly” by Toro y Moi is a wave). If you’re an impatient bastard, tracks 11 through 14 show the heart of the phenomena.
When I’m off all these bars I should be behind some bars
*SoundCloud mix is missing track 6 (“Lilly” by toro y moi)
Lena Dunham’s HBO show Girls gets it right 90% of the time. It’s a massive critical success, and for whatever reason a few people on the Internet like to pretend that it’s not good. Whatever–this isn’t even about whether you like Girls or not; get off my back. I was watching the latest episode (S3:E7, “Beach House”) yesterday and was just fucking obsessed over how perfectly Marnie (played by Allison Williams) represents young adults today (me being one of them). And her portrayal of an unemployed, unaware, self-loathing waste of space is perfectly conveyed in “Numb,” the latest offering from Skizzy Mars. So there, past English teachers: I made a connection. And then I thought more and decided I wasn’t even insulted that this is my future. I just accept it as characteristics of my generation. I almost took pride in our awfulness; really, it’s kind of sad. Skizzy’s new mixtape Pace will be out March 4th.
Maybe if we loved ourselves, it wouldn’t be so hard to love each other
When I first heard “So Many Details,” Toro Y Moi‘s first single off his new album, Anything In Return, I was slouched in the driver’s seat of my Subaru Impreza, halfway through an automated carwash tunnel as soap and water slid down my windshield. You can imagine how that went. Suddenly, the bubbles and water droplets slowed down, moved with the music and I curiously began to contemplate the meaning of life — in a car wash — as if this was a schmoozy self-appropriation scene from Garden State. Except in this case it was total psychedelia, tripping balls, etc. Your basic Toro Y Moi experience.
Truth be told, I really wanted to write this review within one week of listening, but that proved impossible. There is simply too much going on within this record to understand the whole thing after a week. There is no “Still Sound” to be found here, nothing quite that simple. I’m actually still a little lost as I write this, but I will say that if anything helped, Chaz Bundick’s video for his single “Say That” certainly steered me in the right direction.
You have to accept the fact that, above all else, Chaz Bundick likes to groove. Sometimes he foregoes appropriate melodies and opts to create some random glitchy shit that sounds cool as long as he can bump his leg to a beat. You have to understand this before you begin to judge what you’re hearing. On top of that, Chaz really digs going into absurd amounts of technical detail, down to the last snippet, even if it takes away from the accessibility. That’s a dangerous combination from a sales perspective, and I suspect even those who take pride in the indie scene will admit that Bundick’s adherence to a strictly organic and loose product will cost him money on a few of these songs.
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When Sunset went down for a few days last week, I was crushed. I think it was only down for 2 days, but it felt longer. During the 2 day hiatus, I started compiling this mix. I wanted to give you guys something with staying power–something to stick with in case Sunset ever goes down again. This mix is not chalk full of singles and Hype Machine hits. Instead, it is a slowly building, patience testing, and ultimately rewarding hour and a half long mix. But don’t get me wrong, in between the electro buzz of Neon Indian, Toro y Moi, and Chris Taylor’s (of Grizzly Bear) CANT, lie some instantly catchy indie pop gems like Oregon Bike Trails’ “Cayucas”, The Postelles’ “White Night”, and Mates of State’s “Palomino”. These songs give the mix the flair that James Vincent McMorrow just can’t provide.
I highly recommend that you download the entire tape. It is reflective (“Rivers and Homes”), funky (“All Alone”; guaranteed to get you mini-dancing in your desk chair), angry (“Don’t Fuck With My Money”), somber (“Higher Love”), hilarious (“Girls on Girls”), and simply adorable (“Raconte-Moi Une Histoire”).
This is Recreation. Let’s start a movement. Tweet me your thoughts on the mix at #ThisIsRecreation.
01. J. Viewz – Rivers and Homes
02. King Creosote & Jon Hopkins – John Taylor’s Month Away
03. The Kooks – Is It Me
04. Neon Indian – Hex Girlfriend
05. Toro y Moi – All Alone
06. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – Misspent Youth
07. Rachel Platten – 1,000 Ships
08. Oregon Bike Trails – Cayucas
09. PLAINS – Judy
10. Be Like Pablo – Julianne
11. The Postelles – White Night
12. CANT – Too Late, Too Far
13. Blood Diamonds – Move The Stars
14. Mates of State – Palomino
15. AM & Shawn Lee – Somebody Like You
16. Penguin Prison – Don’t Fuck With My Money
17. Young the Giant – Apartment (Captain Cuts Remix)
18. James Vincent McMorrow – Higher Love
19. Sims – Here I Stand
20. The Herd – My Sister’s Place
21. Beyonce + Beastie Boys – Girls On Girls (Captain Cuts Remix)
22. M83 – Raconte-Moi Une Histoire
Secondary shout out to my best friend Josh. It’s his birthday today.
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“Blessa” – Toro y Moi
Just now getting around to blogging this masterpiece. A great, calming audio piece that’s extremely fitting for this lazy, rainy evening here. Throw it on, close your eyes, and put your feet up. Give yourself a breather. Those 5 minutes or so that could have been spent wasting time on Facebook or the like will make you feel lighter in the end. In fact, if you can spend the few minutes listening while laying in the grass like Toro y Moi right here…your happiness factor may go up exponentially. Unless you’re allergic to grass-I once knew someone who was.