TV On The Radio – “Mercy”

TV On The Radio
“Mercy”

TV On The Radio  Mercy, cover art, single

TV On The Radio has never been a band to stick to one distinct sound throughout their career. From avant garde noise rock to fast-paced electro funk, they have always done a good job of mixing things up. Their last album 9 Types of Light was the first of the band’s four albums that did not to receive extremely high acclaim. In my opinion that is wrongfully so. I found 9 Types of Light to be a highly underrated album. The sound played off of their previous effort, Dear Science but also incorporated a more simple, lighter approach. With no fifth album officially announced, nor in the works, yesterday they released for the first time a new studio song that have been touring with for a while now, “Mercy”.
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St. Louis Cardinals Walk-Up Music: Year End Review

picture of busch stadium neon light sign at night

I probably saw my last Cardinals game in-person last Friday, unless of course I am gifted with the holy sacrament of playoff tickets.  So it is appropriate after seeing about 12 or so games this year to evaluate the players’ choices for the music playing when they walk up to the plate.  What makes a great walk-up tune, you ask?  There are two main factors.  First, the song must be good, which is pretty self-explanatory.  If a player ever walks up to a Dashboard Confessional song, that is not good.  Second, the song should be appropriate to the player’s general demeanor and on-the field persona, and to some extent performance.  Bonus points can also be given if the track is somewhat humorous and obviously clashes with the player’s persona, but this territory should be tread carefully, much like trying to shoot the moon while playing Hearts.  In no particular order, here are seven notable walk-ups.
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G.O.O.D. Music Review Royale: Cruel Expectations

G.O.O.D. Music

Cruel Summer

Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music Cruel Summer Album Cover Art

Arguably the most anticipated release of the summer releases with one of the most unfitting times – who releases an album called Cruel Summer with four days left in summer? Kanye does, a man with clearly no regard for the seasons, and an ever-increasing ego to boot. People often get driven wild by Kanye’s egomaniacal antics and proclamations about being the greatest thing since Jesus Christ or sliced bread, but what goes wrong with Kanye’s G.O.O.D. music  compilation album, Cruel Summer, is Ye passing his ego onto his friends and believing if they hang with him, they must be great enough to stunt as well. What results is an album as inconsistent as the rappers Kanye has accrued.
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2 Chainz Review: Based on a T.R.U. Story

2 Chainz

Based on a T.R.U. Story

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This is about as money, drugs, and hoes as it gets people.  There are two tracks called “Money Machine” and “Crack”, which respectively cover the money and drugs categories by their titles.  Beyond that, the chorus for “Birthday Song” features a hook which not only covers the “ho” aspect of T.R.U. Story, but also pretty accurately describes every adolescent boy’s birthday wish when blowing out the candles, “All I want for my birthday is a big booty ho”.  So that’s something relatable I guess.

This not to say Based on a T.R.U. Story lacks in occasionally being quality entertainment.  I just think that a few hot guest verses created a set of unrealistic expectations for 2 Chainz.  Everyone seems to look good working with Kanye, like 2 Chainz did on “Mercy”, and his verse on Nicki Minaj’s “Beez in the Trap” was a breath of fresh air on a somewhat painful record.  Because of these and other nice guest spots, something between hope and legitimate expectation developed for 2 Chainz to release what Rick Ross, David Banner, and Young Jeezy haven’t been able to this year:  a fancy-packaged big-box rap album that delivers on all fronts.
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New God Flow: *Bleep* Everything Else

Kanye West and Pusha T
“New God Flow”

Kanye West, G.O.O.D. Music track, New god flow

I don’t know but I’ve been told … (I don’t know but I’ve been told)
Ye’s new track is solid gold … (Ye’s new track is solid gold)!

^Yeezy joins the Military

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