Staff Picks and Good Shit for the Week of September 19, Featuring Dylan Walker of Full of Hell
Here's what the Noisey editors were listening to while waiting on line for iPhones (JK we have lives).
We here at Noisey are folks of many tastes. Not all of them are good. In fact, most of them are not good. OK, none of us have good taste, is that what you vultures wanted to hear??? But we like to think we listen to good music. And once a week, we get together and dump everything we’ve been listening to lately into one place. Here’s what we were listening to this week because we have such good taste in music and are very smart and well-cultured. Also, our special guest today is Dylan Walker who screams for the band Full of Hell and we're like, 65% certain he's trolling us on this one...
Zac Brown Band - "Chicken Fried"
I’ve been listening to so much lately, with all of this time in the van… One song I’ve been listening to a lot is "Chicken Fried" by the Zac Brown Band. We have this merch guy who grew up in Nicaragua, and he’s obsessed with this Zac Brown Band song. So he’s been singing this Zac Brown Band song in my ear and I didn’t even recognize it when I heard it on the radio because he sings it so horribly. I love it so much. Being in the midwest and down south in America, it fits the mood. Don't miss our interview with Dylan Walker on his new album with Merzbow!
Dylan Walker, Vocals for Full of Hell
GFOTY - "Bobby (Club Mix)"
To get the full effect of GFOTY's "Bobby," you need to go over to the song's homepage, available through the PC Music label. Oh what, most songs don't have homepages? Well, that's because most songs are not GFOTY's "Bobby," one of the most hypnotizing songs to come out of the weird, wild world of the PC Music scene. "Bobby" is a spoken-word song with a synthetic neo-wall-of-sound backdrop, featuring a woman speaking to an unknown (potential? I dunno, really) ex. GFOTY stands for "Girlfriend of the Year," and part of the song's fun is its dynamism, ricocheting between silly fun and performance art-weirdness without losing any sense of whimsy or fun. Some of the most intense, forward-thinking pop sounds these days are coming out on PC Music, so, uh, yeah be on the lookout for them.
Lucero - “Sounds of the CIty” (Live)
I went to Chicago last week for Riot Fest and among a million mud-crusted other bands, I saw Lucero. A big outdoor music festival is probably the worst possible way to see any band, let alone Lucero. They should play in some bar that reeks of beer stains that just won’t come out. And they should play for their usual two and a half hours. Instead, they played in the middle of the day for 45 minutes. But they still managed to bring out their usual clientele—fist fightin’ dudes and screamin’ ladies. I’ve had this new live record for a while and it really captures the Lucero live experience. Especially this song, which I think should go down as one of America’s best classic rock songs. Fight me.
OG Maco ft. Key! - "U Guessed It"
This song is great because the only way to properly react when you hear it in a club is the scream the chorus at the top of your lungs. No need to try to be on key, just fucking belt it out. Maco really goes from mumble rapping the verses of this song in the most disinterested delivery ever, to going full on screamo mode for the chorus. Also, I'm going to add "write a thinkpiece about how Key! has been ahead of the curve on all rap trends since 2012" to my list of things to eventually do.
Slava Pastuk, Noisey Canada Editor
Josef Salvat - "Shoot and Run"
Earlier this week, Josef Salvat dropped "Open Season" which is easily his most commercial track. Perhaps it'll be the track that breaks him, that makes him massive. Frankly, it's got nothing on the shimmery coos of "Every Night," but it did alert me to another relative newie from the London-based singer. "Shoot and Run" is darkly intimate, glowering and bold. I still have a big ol' boner for Josef Salvat.
Travi$ Scott - "Drugs You Should Try It"
Travi$ Scott is basically responsible for the fucked up glory that was Yeezus. And here is his latest mixtape, Days Before Rodeo, and it's essentially Kanye-light. My favorite track is "Drugs You Should Try It," which is, obviously, about doing drugs, and about Travi$ Scott doing drugs with a girl he likes. But the hazy production takes the track to a melancholy space, offering a feeling that's similar to getting through the sludge of daily life, dealing with the complications that come with relationships and friendships and all that other bullshit piling up.
Nick Cave - "The Ship Song"
Goddamnit, I'm stoked for Saturday's Nick Cave live stream. 10 PM EST… don't miss it!
Future Brown ft. Tink - "Wanna Party"
I wasn't a guest editor at Noisey last year at this time so I never got the chance to show love to Future Brown's "Wanna Party" when it first came out. But since it's making the rounds again on the internet today, it's the perfect excuse for me to talk up the track. Tink, Fatima Al Qadiri, Nguzunguzu, and J-Cush are all great on their own, very different projects and, miraculously, nothing gets lost in translation when they link up on "Wanna Party." Tink is front and center getting us ready for the weekend with lines like "Fuck this cluuuub/ Let's get drunnnnk" and Fatima Al Qadiri and Nguzunguzu, two art world darlings who've built cult followings for their cerebral electronic music, show that they're just as good at making a club track.
Marissa G. Muller, Contributing Editor
Magic! - "Let Your Hair Down"
After reading Drew's excellent essay about Magic! this week, I obviously had to listen the premier Canadian reggae experience that 2014 has to offer, Magic!'s full album. The unquestionable highlight is "Let Your Hair Down," which is maybe the easy listening soft rock adult alternative contemporary experience to end all easy listening soft rock adult alternative contemporary experiences. I've had a tough week, and listening to a song that is the aural equivalent of looking at a sunset is the best balm. There is absolutely no way that listening to "Let Your Hair Down" won't instantly make you calmer. It's like a trip to Hawaii in musical form. Massage therapists could play this instead of new age flute music and it would have the same effect. If you do yoga while listening to it, you can exit your corporeal form and reach a higher level of being. Now let your hair down and give into it.