Bruce Springsteen may be my favorite musician, and that is one opinion that I think I share with a number of people. Since his debut album in 1973, The Boss has consistently released albums that are all very good, and all very different. His latest album, High Hopes, was released January 22, and is a CD that all Bruce fans will want to add to their collection.
High Hopes is a glued-together type of album. Previous Bruce CDs have had stories interwoven between the songs, and can all be seen as one continuation of the same theme. This is not true for High Hopes. It is best to think of this as a collection of B-Sides rather than a completely new collection of songs. This is not to say that High Hopes feels disconnected or stale in any way; instead, what High Hopes does is take old Springsteen songs–Ghost of Tom Joad, for example–and re-record them. Added to this mix of re-done classics is covers of songs that Bruce Springsteen enjoys and some tracks that were only performed live, but have been made relevant again–for example, “American Skin” was a song originally about the shooting of Amadou Diallo and performed in 2001. On High Hopes, however, Springsteen has re-purposed the song to be about the Trayvon Martin incident. While not completely new, the work on this album is original and fresh, and very welcome.
Joining Bruce this time is Tom Morello, the guitarist from Rage Against the Machine, with whom Springsteen has worked in the past. His musical style contrasts a little with the E-Street Band, but together they make a good-sounding team. The end result is a powerful sound with the occasional hint that someone else has had a hand in the music.
High Hopes is a solid album by Bruce Springsteen. The sound is instantly familiar to fans of The Boss, and the songs deserve a place in Springsteen’s discography. While it may not be a starting point for new Springsteen fans, for those that already love The Boss it will be a solid addition.
On February 10th, 2004, the world was introduced to Kanye West. On that day he released his debut album and to many people change the Hip-hop game. Regardless of what he may be now or how people think of him as a person he is gifted and this album is the Kanye I like. …
2013 was a pretty great year for music, and with these new releases on the near horizon, 2014 looks to be another promising year. Here is Ryan’s most anticipated rock albums of 2014:
1. Skindred – Kill the Power
Their last release, Union Black, was an innovative genre mashup of dubstep with the standard Skindred reggae-metal sound. Here’s hoping this one will be just as fun to listen to. UK Release Date: January 27 …
The BEST album of the year for me easily goes to Balance and Composure’s second full-length album. The Things We Think We’re Missing exceeded all of my expectations. The Brand New-esque, grunge riddled album is dark, thoughtful and at times haunting. Every song is put together perfectly to form a cohesive album.
Ohio pop-punk band, Citizen’s debut album was definitely my top played album of the year. It’s almost impossible to listen to one song off of the album and not listen to the whole thing. Mat Kerekes’ growling lyrics pair perfectly with their grunge, pop-punk guitars and bass.
Panic! at the Disco is back where they are supposed to be, right on top. New hit singles, new album, new concert tour, what havent they been up to? And despite all the new-ness, the dramatic pausing, genre switching, backflipping band is just as weird as ever. I mean, look at the title of her album. …
After the critical failure of her last album, Maya, the music community wasn’t sure M.I.A. still had it in her to make an work of worldly postmodern collage as great as her second album, Kala. Thankfully, Matangi proves most of the naysayers wrong, and is another solid effort from this most flippant Sri Lankan rapper. …
CHVRCHES: The Bones of What You Believe Review
By Puzzles (AB Woodbeck and Jacob Schafer)
Some of you maybe seeing these gorgeous people to the right and think who the heck are they? They, ladies and gents, are an electro-pop collective from Glasgow, Scotland. BBC’s Sound of 2013 has ranked Chvrches number five for most promising new music talent. …
Texas raised, Cory Mo has been one of the souths most prominent hip hop MC for years and after sitting down with Talib Kweli and showing him some of his recent work, Talib suggested for him to put out an album under his label. Which lead to the inevitable release of his latest banging solo album,“Take It Or Leave It.”
Orora-Thank you for doing the interview. You have done several mix tapes, you have been featured on some albums with Devin the Dude, Z-Ro and of course Bun B and Pimp C. So you have been active for a long time and you are a producer as well. Now that your solo album is out what can people expect from this album?
Cory- Really its more of a real solo album, with me actually rapping on all the songs, its not a compilation. Its more of a full body of work, than the stuff people are used to me doing. So, I would say they can definitely expect some good ol country rap tunes.
Orora- You worked with Pimp C from 99 until he passed. From what I’ve heard and from what I’ve read it seems like you guys were very close. If he was here now what would you want to tell him about you and the new album?
Cory- Sheeit I’d say get your a** on this damn song I’m about to work on. Haha.
Orora- Haha! What is your most memorable moment with him?
Cory-He just didn’t play no games, man. He was always very serious in the studio. He joked around a lot but when it comes down to the studio and mixing and getting beats ready and tracking vocals he was always serious. When it came down to making sure all the songs were lined up the way they were supposed to be, & protools files set where they needed to be. He was definitely a business man. I would say that, whenever it was time to be serious, he definitely knew how to be serious.
Orora-I read that you met Pimp C in 94 because your brother bought his Cadillac. Is that true?
Cory-Oh yeah yeah yeah.
Orora-That’s awesome and that is what started the beginning of your relationship with UGK? What was it like touring with them?
Cory-It was pretty dope. We pretty much went everywhere. The funny part about touring with Pimp was the fact that a lot of guys, of course all of the girls wanted to see Pimp but it was always funny to see some big old 300 pound muscle bound man just turn into a b**tch when they see him. That was always funny. They would just melt. “Oooh Pimp C, ooh I love you man,” and they’re 3-400 pounds and 7 feet tall. That was always funny. It seemed like every city we would go to there was always some crazy Pimp C fan a little over the top.
Orora-Can you tell us a little bit about one of those times when a fan got a little crazy?
Cory- It happened so many times. I can remember one time in Austin. I think we were down there for South by Southwest, and my brother was doing the sound. There was a guy that walked up and wanted to meet Pimp real bad. The security came over and a lot of people ran over because of the way that he walked in. He was so aggressive about meeting Pimp C, so all of the security started to rough him up a little bit and come to find out, he was just a fan. He just happened to be a LARGE fan.
Orora-Haha! Oh no!
Orora-Do you think that you would have taken the same path and your style would be the same if you had never met Bun and Pimp?
Cory-Yeah I would definitely say it would be the same. I grew up on them. I grew up on UGK, Outcast, Three6Mafia, Ice Cube, so my style still sounds similar to all of them in certain ways. I would definitely say that it would still be similar. Its definitely more influenced because of the fact that I worked with them for so many years.
Orora-So whats next for Cory Mo the MC and the producer?
Cory-Right now promoting this album, Take It Or Leave It. That dropped October 22. It features Raheem de Vaughn, Devin the Dude, Bun B, Talib Kweli, I got Maya on there, and Daz Dillanger. Right now I’m getting ready to go on tour with Talib and Macklemore and we are promoting. Trying to make this album pop. Production wise I am back in the lab, producing beats, soliciting beats, getting ready for the next project. Same old grind just a new day and time.
Orora-You have some really great features on this new album, is there anybody that you would like to work with in the future that you haven’t worked with yet?
Cory-Andre 3000. I would definitely love to work with Dre. I kicked it with him a few times. He is actually a friend of mine so I am just patiently waiting. Hopefully we can get in the lab and spit bars at each other, who knows.
Here is Cory Mo’s Brand New video Alot More to Give. You’re welcome!
Many people know who William Shatner is. As one of the few actors that is able to craft a career after being typecast, 82-year-old Shatner shows no sign of slowing down. While his name is well-known in television and movies, there is a side to him that not many people are aware of. A musical side, which combines his ability to deliver lines in a unique tempo with fantastic names in the music world. Released earlier this month, Shatner’s new album–Ponder the Mystery–marks a departure from the octogenarian’s previous music. …