Reviews through a Friend: The Sunset Tree by The Mountain Goats

Hey friends, miss me? Jordan back again with another post. In all honesty, I haven’t decided if I’ll make a full comeback to writing posts or not, but I can assure you that me and the MAC crew have some cool stuff planned for the future.

Anyway, let’s get into this review, or lack-there-of.

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Mid-American Culture Weekly Waves Vol. 17 Seattle Rocks

This Weekly Waves playlist is based on rock artists based out of Seattle, hope everyone enjoys and comes back for fresh content daily from the MAC staff!!!

Reviews Through a Friend: At.Long.Last.A.S.A.P. – A.S.A.P. Rocky.

Hello everyone, today I’ll continue with our week long series of reviewing albums our fellow contributors. I got A.S.A.P Rocky’s sophomore album, AT.LONG.LAST.A$AP.

I confess prior to this record I had not listened to much of Rocky. That first album was huge and everyone kinda jumped on the bandwagon. Sometimes I’ll see what the fuss is about, but I usually liken to discover artist organically on my own.

I did enjoy A.L.L.A so much I went back to the last album. I ended up prefering the newer release more. I feel like he was free as an established artist to take more chances. I think this album breaks into different genres. It has beats of rock, rap, and soul. I love stories. I love that Rocky can take his unique experiences in life and make it into a journey that I can relate too. He has tales of outsiders, posers, users. He talks of struggling with his faith and the challenges of his career.

There is plenty to dig in on, especially if you notice the tracks with Joe Fox, who had a random, late night encounter with Rocky and ended becoming a protege off the streets in London from slinging mixtapes.

Mos Def whom I love, features on the last track and legendary performer of my parents generation, Rod Stewart appears on Everyday. Actually lots of folks are on this album. M.I.A. has 4 lines on Fine Whine and I enjoyed that so much I spent an afternoon at work listening to a Spotify M.I.A. playlist.

I immensely enjoyed this album and it will for sure be in my regular listening rotation.

Reviews Through a Friend: Cousin Stizz ‘One Night Only’

Hello everybody and thank you once again for joining me on this Friday. This week we have brought back the very popular “Reviews Through a Friend” series. Once again, I got a good one and one I had already listened to. The album I am referring to is Cousin Stizz’s 2017 album, ‘One Night Only’. This album in my opinion did not receive enough love and could have easily been thrown in the discussion for album of the year. Unfortunately, this album would go up against many heavy hitting albums.

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This album has two notable features, Offset and G-Eazy (for all you white girls). Do not let the lack of features fool you. Stizz could have J-Cole’d this thing and the album would still have been amazing. ‘Headlock’ features Offset. This song carries a very heavy, but smooth beat and just three minutes and twenty-two seconds of pure fire.

The second notable feature is with, as previously mentioned, G-Eazy. Despite my hatred for G-Eazy, he may give one of his hardest verses in ‘Neimans Barneys’. Only complaint is that Stizz used a very G-Eazy like beat, but this could be due to the fact that G-Eazy is not very versatile. Despite that, this song is a hit and did not receive the love it deserves.

A lot of you may be wondering, “Who the hell is Cousin Stizz?” I also had the same reaction whenever Mid-American founder, Ian Burns, started playing his music (before the album dropped). However, I quickly picked up and saw how talented this man is. If you are impressed with the first two songs and his abilities; just wait until you hear his single stuff.

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My absolute favorite song on this album is ‘No Ice’. This song carries a very subtle beat, but once again, Stizz bring the heat. Bar after this bar this song has definitely made it all the way to the top of my favorites songs. Not to mention that even the chorus is mind blowing. So mind blowing that it left my girlfriend with her mouth to the ground and all she could say was “Ohhhhhh!”

There is not a song on this album that I do not like. The highlights from this album, besides the ones previously mention, are Lambo, Pull Up, Jo Bros (that is another nod to the white girls. It is the Jonas Brothers), Up to Something, and Paid. All of these songs are fantastic, but the fact that one album can handle this much heat is amazing.

If you have not checked out ‘One Night Only’, you need to. This album is among one of my favorites. As always thank you for spending apart of your Friday with me and stay tuned into the Mid-American crew and myself for fresh daily content.

Album Rating: 8/10

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Reviews Through A Friend: Talking Heads’ Remain in Light

Let me start off by saying that reviewing music is by no means my strong suit. While I did write an article about Drake last week, I consider myself to be uniquely qualified to do that because of how big a fan of his I am. I can talk politics, sneakers, and Attitude-Era professional wrestling with the best of them, but the intricacies of music are not something I fancy myself to be an expert on. However, for the sake of Mid-American Culture and the Reviews Through A Friend series, here is my attempt at it.


Remain in Light is one of the more interesting albums I have ever heard. By interesting, I’m not entirely sure if I mean genuinely intriguing or downright weird. In all likelihood, it’s probably a little bit of both. Apple Music has the album listed under the “pop” category. I’m glad they managed to stick some sort of label on it because I have no idea what to call it.

In my opinion, the album has three standout tracks: Once In a Lifetime, The Great Curve, and The Overload. Each of these songs has a respective quirk that drew me to each. I am a fan of slam poetry. Talking Heads front-man David Byrne uses a vocal style toward the midway point of Once In a Lifetime that reminds me of the cadence one would use when delivering slam poetry and I really enjoyed hearing it. The Great Curve is the most lyrically interesting song on the album. The Overload, the album’s closing number, features a darker tone than the rest of the album I found this sound to be particularly appealing. I wish the whole album had this darker vibe.

Overall, I found the album to be quite an interesting listen. I will be perfectly honest. At first, I was not a fan of the album. After the first couple of songs, I thought I was going to hate it. It was so different from anything I normally listen to that I was simply put off by it. Even after I discovered the three tracks discussed above that I particularly enjoyed, I was not crazy about the album. however, I found myself re-listening to it in the days following my initial listen and soon I found myself beginning to enjoy it more and more. I really liked the psychedelic vibes and the unique musical qualities. I would rank the album as a 6.5-7/10 and would certainly recommend it to someone looking to experience a new, unique kind of music that they have probably never been exposed to before.

Make sure to check out the other posts in our Reviews Through A Friend series and to give our Weekly Waves playlist a listen. Thanks for reading!

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Reviews Through a Friend: The Game’s “The Documentary 2”

Last time on Reviews Through a Friend, I reviewed CyHi the Prynce’s No Dope on Sundays. I said that I was interested in listening to more rap, and sure enough, I was tasked with reviewing another rap album. This time, I’m reviewing The Game’s The Documentary 2. This album was released in 2015, and one week later, The Documentary 2.5 was released. I’m only reviewing the first one (of these two albums). Continue reading “Reviews Through a Friend: The Game’s “The Documentary 2””