If you’re familiar with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, then you know who John Frusciante is. He is one of the greatest guitarists ever who worked on albums like Blood Sugar Sex Magik and Californication before he left the band after Stadium Arcadium. However, he also has a solo career, and he has a lot of fantastic music there as well. No two albums by him sound alike, and they’re all memorable. He tends to be more underground than he was with RHCP, but trust me, some of his stuff is on par with some of the Chili Peppers’ best stuff. That’s why I’m here today to count down my six favorites. Let’s begin. Continue reading “Chase’s Six Favorite John Frusciante Songs”
Hello people of the internet, Jordan again with another post (or lack there-of). I deeply apologize for no real post today, time wasn’t really in my favor as it turned out. I’ll make it up to y’all with a pretty crazy story about my past weekend either tomorrow or on my scheduled day next week. It involves freezing temperatures and flaming cars, you won’t want to miss it.
Be sure to check out this weeks Weekly Waves on Spotify and Apple Music!
Also, I’m even more sorry for the click-bait title, the team has to get views somehow, right? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
I must apologize for the clickbaity title, but this is something that more people need to be aware of. I’ve been watching videos on YouTube for years and years at this point, and, since it’s such an expansive service, you’re bound to come across some bizarre stuff every now and again. And some of these obscure findings can quickly become some of your favorite channels and videos, and this is exactly what happened when my brothers and I discovered the greatest channel the Internet has ever known.
This week’s local music highlight is on Cityphil, a vibrant Huntington rapper.
For those of you coming home from school this week, we have a special playlist in store. With a special guest coming up with the idea and 2 of the picks, the rest of the playlist was curated by the M-A.C. staff. The playlist can be found on Spotify and Apple Music give it a listen and check back for fresh content daily!!!
Salutations blog folks, this week our bloggers took turns writing reviews of music picked by other contributors. I ended up with a 1986 album called Ragin”, Full-On by fireHOSE, I was 9 when this album came out, I lived through the entire 80’s and had never heard of this album or band. Spotify lists it under alternative, but I feel like it’s more New Wave. I love music. I listened to nearly 30,000 minutes this year according to the aforementioned Spotify, however I truly fucking hated this album.
One of my life goals is to always seek out new music. Find new bands and songs to fill up the background of life. Growing up it seemed like my Dad’s musical tasted stopped about 1987. Early Bon Jovi and late Aerosmith was it for him. His favorite band of all time is Lynard Skynard. He used to rant and rail against my grunge music. He’d fuss at me for Nirvana and Soundgarden being in his words “Outta tune.” I like a lot of weird crap. I love Pavement, no one has ever heard of Pavement that I know of. They had hits, toured with STP and the Pumpkins. Stephen Malkmus would go on to form the Jicks after years of Pavement. So I get liking or loving underground bands. However, I fucking hated fireHOSE. Like I didn’t get it at all. It was like a straight B-52’s wanted to be Devo, with some PHISH jam band funk thrown in. I mean seriously, I’m not really into the talking your lyrics out unless its legit rap.
I honestly couldn’t make it through the whole album. I figured we aren’t Rolling Stone and we don’t get paid for reviews. I mean if I don’t like a book I stop reading it. The crazy thing is that whatever fame FIREHOSE had, they were actually just a follow up band to a more revered, yet equally as unappealing group called The Minutemen. I didn’t listen to them. I picked the two songs with the longest titles for my 2 weekly song picks.
You should give Pavement a spin.
Today’s rap game just feels so top heavy with big dogs like Kendrick, J. Cole, Drake (unfortunately), and many others fighting for the crown. This is why I always found a nice solid album, from a person I never heard of, just extremely satisfying. This was true even two years ago whenever Jay Rock dropped his album “90059″. Like many people, whenever fellow Mid America Culture member, Ian, told me to check him out, I hesitantly said “sure” due to the great work on Kendrick Lamar’s “good kid, m.A.A.d city”. However, my “sure” quickly turned into a “HELL FUCKIN’ YEAH” when I saw this was the album the one I had to review.
Jay Rock is a Los Angeles rapper from Top Dawg Entertainment. When you first hear Jay Rock, he has that deep raspy voice you may hear from an A$AP Ferg or DMX, but with an incredible story, combined with insane syllable control you hear from the greats. 90059 is one of the zip codes for an area in Los Angeles where Jay Rock grew up. This album is one of those with extreme range that you can listen to it when you’re just chilling out, decompressing, all the way to getting pumped and lifting.
“90059” simply tells the story of Jay Rock’s rise from just some inner city ghetto kid from Nickerson Garden Projects to a star that makes a great one, two punch with Kendrick Lamar in songs like “Money Trees Deuce”. This album holds features from Kendrick Lamar, Isaiah Rashad, Sir, Lance Skiiiwalker, Black Hippy, Busta Rhymes, Ab-Soul and Macy Gray.
My favorite song on this album was one my pick for this week’s weekly waves, “Fly on the Wall”. This amazing song features Busta Rhymes and Skylar Grey. This song is mainly about how normal his life was perceived from the surrounding area, but to anything else, in this case a fly, this life is far from normal and/or ok. This is captured by the chorus “When you stand still you could witness it all/ Picture the vision from the fly on the wall/ When you stand still you could witness it all/ Picture the vision from the fly on the wall”.
The second song I would like to discuss is “Vice City”. In this song Jay Rock teams up with Black Hippy (Kendrick, Ab-Soul, and ScHoolboy Q). This song has crazy bars, an insane beat, with an awesome hook. You can really hear how Kendrick and Jay really feed off each other, and it even provided us with one of the best music videos of all-time.
This album is insanely good and I could probably write about every song on it. However, I’ll just hit on the songs that are a must listen. My personal favorites are the two covered above and tracks such as Easy Bake, The Ways, Wanna Ride, Telegram (Going Crazy), and Gumbo. All of these songs have found their way onto my personal playlist, and if you notice, it is almost the whole album (IT IS DAMN GOOD). However, on the list perviously provided you need to check out Gumbo. Gumbo is an amazing song with an amazing outro.
As always, thank you for joining me on this fine Friday evening. It was definitely fun revisiting this amazing album, and tomorrow’s article concludes our “Reviews Through a Friend” series. For me, and the rest of the Mid American crew, we truly hope you continue to join us for new and fresh daily content.