Friday, January 26, 2007

JJ Music of the Week--January 26, 2007

In past lives, I think I was a struggling rock and roll musician, that Ben was trying to push hip hop as an artform before it was ever really created and that Sarah was in an artistically important but publicly unappreciated touring funk band. So, from time to time, we're going to share some songs that are getting a lot of JJ play.

Rich Boy "Throw Some D's"

the outro has one of the best keyboards in the history of recorded music. "Gator skin seats call me Dundee" is a good sell as well.

Fat Joe feat. Lil Wayne "I Make it Rain"

Lil Wayne may not write his own rhymes (the same can not be said about the JJ Collective), but he is quite an intriguing character--hasn't he been putting out music forever (I swear he was nine when he rapped on "Bling Bling" and Juvenile's classic hit "Back that Azz Up")? He was on BET, introducing his favorite videos ever, and his talking voice is incredibly low--while his raps are done incredibly nasally.

And for the rock enthusiasts, you must check out Of Montreal's "Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?" as it may well be one of the best albums that will come out this year. Finally, Of Montreal's psychedelic rock pays off. I couldn't find any videos from this album, so here are some of their more intriguing videos from the past

Of Montreal "Requiem for O.M.M 2"

Of Montreal "Wraith Pined to the Mist"

and, my favorite, "Disconnect the Dots"

The Shins' "Wincing the Night Away" is also going to be on everyone's top ten lists when 2007 draws to a close. The Shins do absolutely nothing but constantly improve on their previous records--which is phenomenal when you consider that their last release was the fantastic "Chutes Too Narrow".

Here is the first video from "Wincing the Night Away" (I wish that they would have stuck with the original title, "Sleeping Lessons"), for the song "Phantom Limb"