Hipsters & Hip-hoppers: this post is for you. Enjoy my combination of Indie Rock and a little hip-hop that may consume you while at the gym. These new releases are also road-trip worthy, but also perfect for Saturday night pre-game festivities.
Albert Hammond Jr. “AHJ EP”
Albert Hammond Junior, aka AHJ, is the rhythm guitarist for the “The Strokes,” and you may recognize him as the guy who looks a lot like Jimmy Fallon (or at least he used to). Junior has now changed his appearance by looking more like an average Joe than a rock star, however he still knows how to kick out the jams.
If you enjoy “AHJ” then you should definitely check out his first two solo albums that will make one sit back in a chair and ponder life. The cover art of “AHJ” is absolutely amazing, and will likely inspire many tattoos in Brooklyn this fall. Grab a PBR, put on your skinny jeans and enjoy the soothing sounds of Albert Hammond Jr. Listen HERE.
Danny Brown “Old”
I’ll be honest – I was not entirely sure who Danny Brown was a few days ago. The name has been thrown around lately by music scholars, and I figured that Brown was a modern composer or great piano-playing mind. After googling D.B, I came across the cover art for his latest album “Old”, and learned that he is indeed a scholar: a scholar and purveyor of amazing rhymes. Danny Brown is a grandmaster of gonzo-rap (that’s what I call it), and his wicked flow is excellent gym music. Listen HERE.
Of Montreal “lousy with sylvianbriar”
The latest release from Of Montreal is pure chill, and already one of my favorite albums of the year. Perhaps it’s the Bob Dylan influence, the combination of genres or the mind trip lyrics. I don’t know but it’s amazing. The cover art might be a reference to Dylan’s rebirth after his 1966 motorcycle accident, and this possibility is exciting to me. I highly recommend a thorough listen from beginning to end. Check it out HERE.
Cage the Elephant “Melophobia”
Cage the Elephant is an indie rock band from Kentucky, and their vibe is all about good times. Their latest album, “Melophobia”, proves the band has grown up a bit, yet still retains the Good Time Charlie vibe that is loved by so many. The cover art reminds me of one those coffee table picture books that you have to stare at for ten seconds. Listen HERE.
Diplo “Revolution EP”
Back in 2005 I met met the London-based hip hop artist M.I.A. just as she was gaining popularity, and learned of her then-boyfriend, Diplo aka Thomas Wesley Pentz. The Philadelphia DJ worked with M.I.A. on her huge hit “Paper Planes”, which not only made her a household name in the United States, but also launched Diplo’s career as a music producer. “Revolution” is techno-gone-wild and may be offensive to some. The beats are aggressively in-your-face, especially the opener called “Biggie Bounce.” Caution: “Revolution” may cause one to inadvertently go from a 6.5 treadmill run to 9.5, which is not only dangerous, but can be highly embarrassing. Listen HERE.
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