Posted: December 6th, 2013 | Author: Fish | Filed under: Pop | No Comments »
As Jenny Block’s smokey vocals glide over the musical accompaniment of her brother Eli, you could be forgiven for letting yourself slip into an 18th-century daydream set in an old saloon or something. Their aesthetic is unapologetically vintage. It’s soaked in sepia tones and covered in a layer of dusty influences.
It’s also really, ridiculously good.
Sonically, this wouldn’t be surprising to find in your grandparent’s record collection. Lyrically, it’s all ours. I mean, just listen to the refrain of the title song: “It’s because I’m so goddamn cute when I cry”. It’s such a subtle, self-aware, cocky line. It’s so 2013. It’s so perfect. Stream the duo’s debut EP below.
Posted: November 29th, 2013 | Author: Fish | Filed under: Hip-hop | No Comments »
“Style” is something that doesn’t come across very well on paper.
On paper, the guy who bags your groceries at the Whole Foods down the street might not be very impressive. In reality, he probably carries himself with a level of undeserved swagger and style that pulls in more attractive women than you and your “real job” could ever dream of.
This song by Casey Veggies and Rockie Fresh is probably on that guy’s iPod. On paper, it’s a lyrical disaster with a simple beat that came from a throwaway soundtrack of some Sega Dreamcast game in the 90s. In reality, it rides the oversized egos and endless style of Casey and Rockie over a surprisingly addicting beat to become one of those “guilty pleasure” songs that’ll wind up in your Top 25 Most Played list by the end of the year.
Posted: November 20th, 2013 | Author: Fish | Filed under: Pop, Rock | No Comments »
Interactive music videos are the tamagotchis of 2013. They’re everywhere. Yeah, at first they seem new and interesting — but then you actually sit down with one and realize it’s a buggy disaster that just wasted the last four and a half minutes of your life. Yeah, pushing boundaries and experimenting with new technologies is great, but the results have all been really disappointing.
Until today. Somehow, a song released in 1965 by an artist who is now 72 years old is the first to receive an interactive music video that’s worth your time. The video allows you to change the channel (using up/down arrow keys) on an imaginary television set that holds 16 channels.
As Bob Dylan’s classic “Like A Rolling Stone” plays in the background, everyone on every channel lip-syncs the words of the song. This includes several news channels, a Danny Brown episode, a Price Is Right Episode, a tennis match, and that awesome bearded guy from the history channel. I’ve watched it seven times in a row and keep finding new things. Last time I just left it on the QVC channel the whole time. It was so awkward and perfect. Also, my cat hates this song now.
Posted: November 20th, 2013 | Author: Fish | Filed under: Hip-hop | No Comments »
A year and a half ago, a wonderful EP from a relatively unknown rapper/producer named “Radio” found its way to my inbox. I was immediately won over by tracks like “Any Day Now” and “Yes To Everything” that paired his warm soul-infused production style with heady contemplative raps. Now we see Radio return with a new project called “Live A Little EP”. The ten song EP takes that style I described earlier and coats it in a layer of polish and maturity that came with the added musical/life experiences that the last year brought. For me that all culminates in the self-reflective highlight track “Since 88″. Over quick handclaps and understated drums, Radio reflects on his childhood, current lifestyle, and future possibilities. Listen below.
Posted: November 12th, 2013 | Author: Fish | Filed under: Electronic, Pop, Rock | No Comments »
I still don’t really know why this site is called Fishy Tunes, and I don’t think Step Rockets has any idea why they filmed this video in an aquarium full of fish… but there has to be some deeper significant astrological meaning to all of this or something, right? Besides the fact that fish are just really fuckin’ weird and awesome. I don’t know. Maybe you guys can help me out.
Anyway… I know this will sound really corny, but songs don’t get more “fun” than this one. Bright playful synths, catchy falsettos, and soaring guitar solos all swirl together into one of the most playful, immediately-addicting songs I’ve heard all year. Watch the video and stream/download the mp3 below.
Posted: November 12th, 2013 | Author: Fish | Filed under: Reggae, Rock | No Comments »
Although it doesn’t seem to get very much shine on this site lately, reggae remains one of my favorite genres. I just haven’t come across much reggae in the recent years that really separates itself from everything else out there. There’s certainly plenty of quality reggae being made, but nothing innovative or really special has come to my attention in recent years. That’s what makes this cut by Bootleg Rascal so refreshing. Sprinkling in elements from various other genres, this manages to stand out and hold a contemporary feel that’s missing from most new reggae artists. Listen below.
Posted: November 12th, 2013 | Author: Fish | Filed under: GenreBending, Hip-hop, Uncategorized | No Comments »
Back in 2005, as a fifteen-year-old who was really only just beginning his hip-hop obsession, I heard Toronto rapper Shad’s “Rock To It” in the backseat of my friend’s Toyota Camry. I think we were on the way to Taco Bell or something embarrassing like that. Anyway, the song opened my mind to the organic, lyrical possibilities of hip-hop and I was immediately a big fan of the laid-back Canadian rapper. Eight years later on his new album “Flying Colors”, Shad’s work shows musical and lyrical progression while holding on to that style that originally won me over. Check it out below. The second track, “Y’all know me” is a personal favorite and good starting point.
Posted: November 8th, 2013 | Author: Fish | Filed under: Commentary | No Comments »
If I was a parent and somehow had the power to pick a role model for my child, I’d choose Tyler, The Creator.
(No, I’m not joking). If you know Tyler for his crazy public stunts or offensive lyrical content, that might come as a surprise — but if you’ve seen any interview he’s ever given (including the one last night on The Arsenio Hall Show), it’s almost an obvious choice. He has the independent “think for yourself” attitude that’s supposedly what this country was built on, has more ambition and creativity than any wholesome disney star your kids are supposed to admire, and isn’t afraid of being himself.
Sure, he TYPES LIKE THIS ON SOCIAL MEDIA and uh, “explores violent themes” in his music, but he’s 22 and that side of him has to be expected, right? If he didn’t have that side, he wouldn’t have the same chance for positive influence on kids that he does. They wouldn’t listen to him if he was boring and safe. Someone who’s thought of as “cool” by millions of impressionable young kids throws out expressions like “be whatever you want to be in life” and they don’t come out sounding like lame clichés. This is actually really inspiring to me in a weird way. Kids listen because he’s cool and isn’t preachy about it. This stuff just comes out of his mouth because it seems obvious to him. A well-intentioned parent saying the exact same things wouldn’t have the same impact on a 16 year-old rebellious kid. As sad as that is, it’s how things are. At least those parents will have Tyler to thank in a few years.
I know this “role model” talk still sounds crazy, but in fifteen years when the basketball player you let your kid idolize is behind bars and my imaginary kid just invented a new genre of music because Tyler told him to do things differently than everyone else, you might look back on this article a little differently.
Posted: October 30th, 2013 | Author: Fish | Filed under: Features, News | No Comments »
Hey, guys. I published another weird article over at Sunset In The Rearview.
Posted: October 28th, 2013 | Author: Fish | Filed under: Pop, Remix | No Comments »
Back in July I wrote about Netherfriends’ breezy single “Uptown Boys”, which went on to become one of the songs that defined my summer. Now it’s October and the weather has taken a turn for the soggy and depressing, forcing the song out of my daily rotation. Fortunately, Otherly just came out of nowhere with an awesome remix that feels more appropriate for October. Featuring wonderfully bizarre swirling electronics and skittering percussion, the song takes on a slightly darker and sinister vibe without getting all bleak and gloomy as some remixes like that do. You can dance to this. Actually, you should dance to this. Stream/download below.