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Song of the Day #193: Done Dying

Dan Deacon – When I Was Done Dying

Nine different animators contributed to make this segment for Adult Swim’s Off the Air (which is brilliant, and you should check out if you aren’t familiar). The song was produced by Baltimore-based electronic artist Dan Deacon.

There are interviews with all of the contributing animators here. From the interview with Dan Deacon:

Lately, I like thinking about my body, memory, and consciousness being all entirely separate and constantly changing and how they will all expire at different times. I like thinking about shifting mood as a different consciousness merging with my memories inside my physical form or my memories shifting with my form. I love that I have no way to ever measure or check reality…how it’s just a series of smearing instances that I’ll never truly know or understand. There is no constant and I think that both very serious and truly absurd.

Published on March 31, 2016
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Song of the Day #172: L$D

A$AP Rocky – L$D

This is a single from Harlem rapper A$AP Rocky’s second full-length album release, and one of my favorite songs that he has recorded. It’s unusually striking for a rap music video, being a psychedelic interpretation of Tokyo set atop a lackadaisical rhythm that is devoid of actual rapping. For the first time that I’ve heard, A$AP Rocky sings on the entire song. There are no hooks, and no guest features on this song, which is refreshing.

The album that this song comes from goes back to A$AP Rocky’s original roots of making music that is not radio friendly. There’s a noticeable lack of catchy, simple and upbeat songs which the mainstream loves. It’s good to see someone be at the top of their game and reject artistic compromises to increase the commercial potential of album sales (Kendrick Lamar has smartly done the same thing with his last album, To Pimp a Butterfly). The production on this album is tremendous, and the best I’ve heard from an A$AP release: it’s as heavy and hazy as his original 2011 mixtape, with glittery synths, slow rhythms, and and glitchy samples. Overall a very good album that I will enjoy continuing to listen to. It joins the other amazing albums within the hip hop universe that have been released in 2015.

As a side note, this music video was co-directed by A$AP Rocky.

Check out A$AP Rocky – AT.LONG.LAST.A$AP on Spotify

Published on May 27, 2015
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Song of the Day #130: Sweater

Willow – Sweater

This is a really innovative music video by a Belgian rock band called Willow. Created using a motorized belt and three projectors projecting on two floors and a ceiling!

Published on September 12, 2012