Courtney Barnett is part singer/songwriter storytelling and part punk ethos, which combine to form a fascinating whole appealing to fans of both clever lyrics and visceral noise. Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit is just her first full length (following her Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas), but following 8 shows last week at SXSW and features with seemingly every major music website in the last few weeks, it already has her poised on the verge of stardom. Thankfully, Sometimes I Sit… stands up to the hype. The guitars still cut, Barnett still sings like a slacker, and the lyrics remain charming, creating yet another entry on the already long list of great 2015 albums.
The sophomore release from the best OFWGKTA rapper, I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside: An Album By Earl Sweatshirt is exactly what we’ve come to expect from Earl: hazy, laid back, stoner rap. This time out, though, he goes much lighter on the guest verses (even Tyler, the Creator doesn’t appear), making the album a true feature for Earl’s sluggishly easy flow (this time around with some darkness creeping into the lyrics), and at a mere 30 minute running time I Don’t Like Shit… is a perfect chill out album.
How is it possible this is Bronsolino’s debut album? Dude seems like he’s been around forever, and with several mixtapes, an EP, and his web food series “Fuck, That’s Delicious” (not to mention the times he’s stuck his foot in his mouth), he basically has been. Mr. Wonderful is chock full of funky beats (Mark Ronson even gets a production credit on “Baby Blue”), dirt bag stories out of Queens, references to food and cooking, and a whole lot of fun. So basically it’s an Action Bronson album.
An author and editor at MiG, Craig lives in Minnesota with his wife and son and is an attorney in his real life. Once upon a time Craig played the trumpet and spent four years in the Hawkeye Marching Band and pep band. These days Craig finds himself most often listening to experimental rock, hip hop, and post punk, but you can see everything he's listening to at: www.last.fm/user/cafreema Craig is not ashamed to admit the first concert he ever attended was New Kids on the Block.
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