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Between the Buried and Me is the sort of band that the music industry needs more of. They may not be for everyone, having an air of intensity and chaos, but there’s a complexity within that has to be respected. With songs typically ranging between five and fifteen minutes long, they’re the kind of band you need an attention span for. Seriously, five out of twelve songs on this track are nine minutes or longer. With that sense of elongation also comes the sense that you’re not left hanging by the end. Ignoring the trends and seemingly never straying from their path in the music scene, their songs always sounds more »

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At the time of this album’s release, the hype surrounding Odd Future was palpable. The group was riding the recent wave of Tyler the Creator’s success with the album Goblin and the VMA-winning “Yonkers”. This is the point at which most rappers and musicians try as hard as they can to stay comfortably seated on their thrones, writing safe, simple songs that highly resemble their most popular stuff. In short, this is the point where people sell out. I could say this is a great, innovative leap forward for music, but what is Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All really doing for Hip Hop? For every dark, serious and more »

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  This is the second official group release by the thrasher rap collective known as Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All, a mixtape called “Radical” filled with a lot of brag tracks and some experimentation with mixing. This mixtape came out on May 7th, 2010 for free download worldwide. (Link to download this mixtape from DatPiff) The introduction to the album is a circus / sideshow style listing of the Odd Future roster, while screams and random sounds go off in the background. Not much to say about the intro, it’s pretty ridiculous and like most of OFWGKTA‘s music it seems like it was done in one or two more »

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When I tried introducing some of my friends to OFWGKTA (Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All), their reactions were that of bewilderment, and disbelief that this was quote on quote “real music“. With videos full of ridiculously overemphasized nonsense like “Rella”, it would be hard for anyone to take them seriously at a glance. When you dig a little bit deeper, some members of the group seem a bit more in control of their faculties than they let on. In fact, some of them are actually good at rapping, capable of putting together really clever lyrics. Other members are pretty lacking, almost stumbling over the beats very clumsily. In more »

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“Feed the Animals” by Girl Talk There are a lot of remix artists out there. It’s actually pretty overwhelming, but there are a few who stand out as being really innovative and clever about their mixing. In a proverbial sea of artists, Girl Talk is the one crowd surfing above nearly everyone. The previous album, Night Ripper, isn’t nearly as well formed and seemless as Feed The Animals. And that’s a pretty good record, so this one really raised the bar significantly. There’s a great selection of well known hits and familiar verses from harshly contrasting artists, all steadily changing without missing a beat. It’s a really fresh slant on more »

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“Colors” by Between the Buried & Me Ah, Between the Buried and Me. For some, perhaps, a musical act of acquired taste. Let me start by saying the first albums I heard were  “The Silent Circus” & “Alaska”. So I’ve been a fan for quite some time, & I think “Colors” is their best album by far. This one is meant to be listened to continuously from track to track without any pauses, making for a unique listening experience each and every time. [tldr] “Foam Born (a) The Backtrack” – The piano intro to this song is haunting, a foreshadowing of the surreal nature of the songs to come. Simple, more »