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Axel Leon – Rich Port 3

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Axel Leon! Let that name sink into your consciousness for a minute. For the few of you that seek and find talent, you may already be aware of this lyrical juggernaut. As for the rest of you, here’s your opportunity to get on board before you’re forced on.

This emcee hails from the birth place of Hip Hop (the Bronx) via his birthplace of Puerto Rico, and it shows. Axel has a new album by the name of Rich Port 3 that deserves some recognition and airplay. Want proof? Check out the gems dropped in the video below for Jungle.

The simple yet seemingly more elusive marriage of lyrics and beats are joined together in holy matrimony throughout the album. Don’t worry, no hard bottoms are required to attend these festivities. Feel free to be his guest and consider yourself a witness after you peep Yacht Master

As you can hear by now Hip Hop is alive and well throughout this 11 track body of work and wordplay is the connective tissue. Inspect it, dissect it and learn from it.  You’ll be very pleased to have finally discovered Axel Leon.

If the flow ignites some memories in your head, don’t be surprised. His voice has increasingly been getting out there and he’s ready to take the next step up. So don’t be alarmed by the heat, it’s just The Bronx burning again!

HB aka The World Traveler is fully committed to exploring and sharing with you what the world has to offer in travel and music. Get on board and enjoy the ride!

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Mitski Wants Love

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Mitski has been dropping about an album a year since her debut in 2012. Her latest, Be the Cowboy, is arguably one of the best records released this year – an emotive excursion dripping with buttery vocals and cheesy synths – as likely to explode into a Pixies flourish as to conjure Bjork or Joni Mitchell.

Comparisons aside, Mitski is her own sweet beast, balancing the candid and complex with an economy of words, simmering the layers of love into individual components of fidelity (“Geyser”), regret (“Why Didn’t You Stop Me”) and desire (“Remember My Name”). She’s as comfortable in the Brill Building (“Me and My Husband”) as in the Grand Ole’ Opry (“Blue Light,” “Lonesome Love”).

Mitski is an artist to be reckoned with, but at the end of the day she just wants a little love. Just like you.

 

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Death Cab for Cutie Draws a Line in the Sand

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Death Cab for Cutie’s shiny pop musings are in full effect on Thank You For Today, their ninth record and first without longtime member/producer Chris Walla. The short affair, 38 minutes over 10 songs, has some fans burning their membership cards, and others fainting into their lattes. How you feel about it boils down, like everything else, to how closely your identity is linked to the pop culture you coveted during your formative years. The rest of us, who don’t expect musicians to freeze in time, will have no problem digging this batch of dreamy and effervescent tunes.

“the swinging of a wrecking ball
through these lath and plaster walls
is letting all the shadows free
the ones I wish still followed me”
– Gold Rush”

Thank You For Today stands comfortably within the arc of their later work, and only occasionally reaches back across a twenty year career for inspiration. Songs like “Your Hurricane” and “Near/Far” hark back to early Death Cab, for example, and “Summer Years” may remind you of Ben Gibbard’s side project The Postal Service (and possibly Amnesiac-era Radiohead).

But this isn’t a back to basics record. Death Cab continue the buoyant rhythms exercised on their last two albums Kintsugi and Codes and Keys to great success, especially on “I Dreamt We Spoke Again” and “Northern Lights,” the latter “featuring” buried background vocals by Chvrches’ Lauren Mayberry.

The press can have a field day pining for the early days. Meanwhile Death Cab’s last four records have topped the Billboard Rock and Alternative albums charts. Fans even sent this one to number one on the Vinyl chart, and the divisive single “Gold Rush” (with its The Verve inspired video) has been sitting in the number one spot of the Adult Alternative Songs chart for six weeks now.

All this suggests that someone out there still loves Death Cab for Cutie. Me included.

What Other Folks Are Saying 
Rolling Stone
Metacritic
Pitchfork
The Red & Black
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Music Sucks

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Music is alive and well. Also, it sucks. Here are five brand new songs that you should avoid at all costs.

Paul McCartney – Fuh You

Can you believe I’m starting with one of the best songwriters of the last sixty years? This song takes the worst tropes of modern music and melds it with the smarmy lusts of a 76 year old man – set to the backdrop of the #metoo movement. Why Paul? Why?

Steve Perry – No Erasin’

After 25 years of silence, ex-Journey front-man releases this lyrical cesspit. Another guy pushing 70 pining for the backseat of some girl’s car. Even that smooth mid-section can’t save this Viagra ad.

Greta Van Fleet – When the Curtain Falls

Honestly, if this was a parody or a Ween song, I might feel differently, but come on Greta Van Fleet. You can’t just copy every nuance of Led Zepplin and get away with it. Although it’s working for them so far. All the elements are in place, they just need to find some originality. (the music kicks a little ass, I will admit)

Nicki Minaj – Ganja Burn

If Nicki Minaj looked like me you wouldn’t even know her name. Eight million views after three days.

Florida Georgia Line – Simple

If you like your middle-aged housewife country music with a dollop of auto-tune, have I got a terrible song for you.

 

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