Month: November 2014

THE BHAMFM MIXTAPE :: NOVEMBER 2014

One year ago this month we started the monthly mixtape and this month we are bringing you more of our favorite tracks both new and old. We have our usual contributors Whit and Culture Czar. I also have some of my favorites up as well as our local celebrity guest picker for the month, Jeremy Burgess.

Jeremy is a writer for AL.com, copywriter at Birmingham advertising agency Big Communications, and a filmmaker. He was also my running partner and spirit guide at South by Southwest last year.

 

Whit added a nice mix of hot tracks from the likes of Wu Tang Clan, the Decembrists, Cage the Elephant, Sleater-Kinney, Johnny Marr, and even super babe Leighton Meester (DO WHAAAAT NOW??)

The Czar dropped some classic Sonic Youth, a new one from Interpol, music from Slug Guts, Secret Chiefs 3 and Dirty Three.

I added a track by Kindness featuring Robyn, new stuff by Twerps, Caribou, a dancer floor murderer by Les Sins, and a song from former Makeout Videotape (Mac Demarco’s old band) drummer Alex Calder.

Now, Jeremy is a walking encyclopedia for hip hop and rap and brought some strong picks for this month’s mix. Check out his choices below:

Vince Staples – Blue Suede
I expected more of the same from this frequent Odd Future collaborator (even though his verse on Earl Sweatshirt’s “Hive” is pretty great), but his latest EP has been in frequent rotation for me. “Blue Suede” is the kind of track that makes me want to drive at high speeds and flail my arms around with reckless abandon.
Big K.R.I.T. – Pay Attention
K.R.I.T.’s first studio album was just okay, so I didn’t have high hopes for “Cadillactica,” but it’s quite good. This is track in particular has been stuck in my head for a while. Killer hook. Also, shout out to Zydeco for bringing K.R.I.T. to town last week.
Riff Raff – Air Canada
Speaking of Zydeco bringing great hip-hop shows to town, let’s not forget about ol’ Jody Highroller, who’ll be here Friday night. This track is from last year’s “Jumpin Out The Gym” mixtape he did with Dolla Bill Gates. It’s six minutes of breezy beats and references to things in Canada, which is the perfect way to prepare for winter, I think.
Trey Songz – Touchin, Lovin
This song is all over the radio right now, and while I personally love the hell out of it, I’ll concede that it’s not a masterpiece. But you can’t tell me “If we’re talkin’ ‘bout sex / Girl, you know that I invented that” isn’t the line of the year. Like Trey ain’t got parents or somethin’. Come on, now.
Freddie Gibbs – One Eighty Seven
Freddie Gibbs was targeted in a shooting in Brooklyn earlier this month, so he deserves a shout out here, because I’m really glad he didn’t die. This song is actually about sex rather than murder, but because of the title (and because it’s my favorite track on last year’s excellent “ESGN” album), it’s on the list. Gibbs is the best 90’s rapper that isn’t from the 90’s.
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The Rural Alberta Advantage is pretty good

That is a statement of fact. I have another fact- they are playing at Bottletree tomorrow night. I’m pretty excited about it because they are a band that I had never heard of until Spotify.

I have a habit of hitting the related artists button, and then hitting it again. And again. Basically Inceptioning my way to new music. And not long after I first used Spotify, I found the Rural Alberta Advantage.

Here’s the first thing I heard:

 

At first, my brain said Postal Service. And Mangum.  And the time is right- 2008 is a prime year to sound like the Postal Service and Jeff Mangum. But the rest of the album just… enveloped me. Felt immediately comfortable, like one that I knew. And now I do. Hometowns was their debut, and well received by most people. I was blissfully unaware while this was occurring.

There was a time in my life where I’d feel some sort of shame for not knowing about them. But now it’s a wonderful discovery. It’s like two years ago when I got the flu and watched 3 seasons of Justified in 2 days. That’s what it feels like when I find a discography on Spotify that laid there, undiscovered (at least by me).

So I discovered.

They just released their third album, which is just fine. It’s not as good as their first two, but that’s alright. Maybe I’ll really like it 4 years from now.