My musical addiction: B.O.B

Artist: Bobby Simmons

Album: The Adventures of Bobby Ray

Release Date: April 27, 2010

Up until about two weeks ago I had no clue who this guy was, until after I saw he sampled a Vampire Weekend song. I decided to check out the track and liked it.

The album has a few great tracks on it and features the likes of Hayley Williams (Paramore), Lupe Fiasco, T.I., Eminem, etc. So for an artist I’d never heard of he had some good backing and production on this album. It likely won’t be an album I’ll want to listen to a year or two down the road, but for now it’s catchy and has quite a few single-worthy tracks on it. One of them is Airplanes, part II featuring Hayley Williams & Eminem. The Eminem part really made the song for me, which was and still is a bit of a shock, since I’d grown quite sick of him over the years.

This is a fun summer album that if you’re into the top 40 kind of music, you’ll probably enjoy. If you’re more “indy” then this isn’t one for you. Here’s the first single off of the album called Nothin’ on you. It’s a great, catchy track as well. Enjoy!

Thomas the Tank Engine takes it to the streets

Who would’ve thought the Thomas the Tank Engine theme was so perfect for popular hip hop songs from 50 Cent, Notorious B.I.G. and Snoop Dogg? My favourite is the Biggie mashup, for both the song and the picture (his head is just as round as Thomas’!)

Warning: Videos contain coarse language. Not safe for work!

Which one is your favourite?

50 Cent ft. Thomas the Tank Engine – In Da Club

Notorious B.I.G. ft. Thomas the Tank Engine – Come On

Snoop Dogg ft. Pharrell ft. Thomas the Tank Engine – Beautiful

My Musical Fix: Vampire Weekend

Artist: Vampire Weekend

Album: Contra

Release Date: January 12, 2010

For a couple months now Vampire Weekend‘s follow up release to their self-titled album has been a constant on my iPod Touch. Contra has been billed as a West Coast album by an East Coast band (cant find article) and after a while I began to understand. It’s the perfect album to listen to for a pick-me-up, when it’s cloudy or anytime in the morning when you need to get going.

The first song, Horchata, can be a bit of a weird one if you’re listening for the first time, but once the song picks up its somewhat weirdly placed vocals seem perfectly in sync with the background music. Moving on to song two, White Sky, we get a much more catchy tune. Listening on a crowded bus or subway can be a bit weird once the loud vocals kick in, but if you adjust your volume or just don’t care, then you can get over it.

I enjoy the ENTIRE album front-to-back but Holiday is the first song that really gets me into it. It’s a fast paced, upbeat song and it just seems to make everything right again. California English has a great start with its vocal effects. It’s another fast-paced song that keeps the tempo of Holiday and another you’ll want to listen to over and over again. Taxi Cab and Run slow the album down a notch, but it comes back with Cousins, which is the fastest song on the album (and even faster on the radio).

Giving Up the Gun is a great song to sing along to with slower vocals but a energetic tempo. The video (below) goes perfectly with it and has a surprising amount of cameos in it to boot. Diplomat’s Son is an awesome song, simply because it has M.I.A. as the background beat for the first part; it has a bit of an electric-reggae feel and to me is the song that has the best west-coast feel on the album. Ending with Contra the album goes out on a slow, relaxed note; almost like a sunset on a summer’s day (cheesy?).

What are your thoughts on the album?

(w00t this is my 50th post!)

My top 5 albums of 2009

This is the top 5 I’ve been waiting for the most so I saved it for last. I hope you’ve enjoyed my top 5 ___ of 2009! My top 5 albums of the year are of course my opinion. I haven’t listened to everything out there so if you have your faves please share!

NUMBER FIVE

(500) Days of Summer- Soundtrack

The movie (500) Days of Summer made it to number three on my Top 5 movies of 2009, and its soundtrack of course comes in at number five. I rarely notice the music in movies, but with this one it seemed to play such a big part that I couldn’t avoid it if I tried. Whenever I hear the Hall & Oates song, You Make My Dreams now, I think of Tom while he’s happily in love and doing an Enchanted-esque song and dance through the park. The Smiths helped them find a common bond in the elevator while Tom was listening to them and Summer could hear through his headphones. There was quite a few other gems including, Us and Hero by Regina Spektor and Bad Kids by the Black Lips. Here’s “Us” by Regina Spektor:

NUMBER FOUR

New Moon – Soundtrack

While I didn’t see the move, nor do I intend to, I heard a lot about the greatness of this album. It surprisingly features some great bands like The Killers and Thom Yorke. The album is great for working. It’s songs are excellent but not distracting enough that you feel the need to sing along and therefore become distracted. This soundtrack deserves all the hype it’s getting and I highly recommend it! I give you “Meet Me on the Equinox” by Death Cab for Cutie:

NUMBER THREE

Metric – Fantasies

Though this isn’t the best album by Metric, it’s still good enough to make it to number three. I may be judging it a little more harshly because it came out so early in the year and the awesomeness factor has died down a little, though. The songs are solid, catchy and quality is top-notch as with any Metric project. They’re one of my favourite groups and if they continue putting out solid albums like this one I’ll continue to promote the heck outta them. Here’s what I think was the last single from the album. Simple but great video – “Sick Muse”:

NUMBER TWO

Dragonette – Fixin to Thrill

Dragonette’s Fixin to Thrill just so happened to be my first album review on In Sean’s Opinion. The gist of what I think of the album is there, so all I’ll say is that this is a catchy, uplifting mix of songs that will beg you to come back for more. I linked to “Fixin to Thrill” before so now I’ll throw to “Gone too far”:

NUMBER ONE

Franz Ferdinand – Tonight: Franz Ferdinand

I wasn’t a big fan of Franz Ferdinand before this album but they’ve certainly converted me. This album made for a great companion during the commute into school and work earlier in the year. In fact, I tend to relate a lot of music to experiences, not always feelings. If I close my eyes, this one puts me on the streetcar in the early morning, and walking up Spadina to my internship. If you’re fortunate enough to listen to the remixed version of the album it adds a whole other dimension to the listening experience. Here’s the video for “Ulysses”. Not my favourite song on the album, but a great video:

My musical fix: Dragonette

Artist: Dragonette

Album: Fixin to Thrill

Release Date: Sept. 29/09

I like it when I find Canadian artists that I actually enjoy and don’t have to like out of some messed up sense of patriotism. That being said, I actually have a lot of CanCon in my musical faves list. We have a tonne of excellent talent coming out of this country and I’m very proud of that fact.

As you can already tell, my first attempt at a #MusicMonday post is on Dragonette, a group described as “electropop”.

Fixin’ to Thrill definitely has that electro feel to it, but there are rock elements, like on the single “Pick up the phone” (video below), and even a little country flare on “Gone too Far”. It’s hard to pick my favourite song out of the bunch, but if I had to I’d say “Pick up the phone”.

It’s one of those albums that keeps bringing you back for more but when I first got it, I could hardly listen to half the album. To be fair to the band, I’m like that with most music. It usually takes me a few listens to get a feel for the music or not.

For me, Dragonette feels like one of those bands where I’ll always like what they put out. It’s fun, catchy music that makes for great listening in the car or on the bus, but it’s also got an exciting enough vibe on most tracks that you can play in clubs and get people moving.

I give Dragonette – Fixin’ to Thrill a 5/5

Now enjoy their awesome single:

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