1. (Source: knowtherealcost)

     
  2. (Source: knowtherealcost)

     
  3. Here comes the night time. (at Austin360 Amphitheater)

     
  4. Turn Down For What - DJ Snake & Lil Jon

    Best music video ever.

     
     

  5. Albums in 2013 (Better Late Than Never)

    The above is a self portrait.

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    I listened to a lot of my old favorite bands and some new stuff, so that’s how this is gonna go…

    Ye Olde Bands

    The National - Trouble Will Find Me
    I’ve got a big boner for the National, so I loved this album. It’s not as immediate as High Violet was, but some of the songs on here have become favorites (Pink Rabbits, Graceless).

    Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City
    This was my summer jam until I got in a fender bender, primarily because I was a little too into Ya Hey. It’s a great album.

    Arcade Fire - Reflektor
    Daft Punk - Random Access Memories
    I wanted to like both of these albums, but ultimately neither of them resonated much with me. They both feel like they’re pretending to be different groups than they are. That–in itself–isn’t fair criticism, but rather than a radical evolution (like Kid A), it feels artificial and intentional (James Murphy’s production/Nile Rogers and Giorgio Moroder’s heavy involvement). It also doesn’t help that I have much less emotional investment in the subject of technology and relationships in the 21st century than I do toward growing up in the suburbs.

    Queens of the Stoneage - Like Clockwork
    This album rules.

    Ye Olde Raps

    Kanye West - Yeezus
    This was my other summer jam. That being said, after listening to it on loop for about two months, I don’t have any real desire to revisit it. I’d rather put MBDTF or Watch the Throne on 9 times out of 10.

    Pusha-T - My Name Is My Name
    This is my favorite Kanye album of the year. He’s all over the album without being on the album, and that shit is on point. There’s a couple production missteps (S.N.I.T.C.H.) and I still can’t stand Future, but Pusha’s raps are amazing. He’s still my favorite rapper and it’s great to hear him kill it on every track.

    Jay Z - Magna Carta Holy Grail
    I feel like Jay sank to a new low on MCHG. “Tom Ford!” is one of the worst choruses ever.

    New Shit

    Typhoon - Artificial Light
    I’d never heard these guys before and they’re rad. Young Fathers is probably my favorite track of the year.

    CHVRCHES - The Bones of What You Believe
    This album is great. I felt like I’d heard a lot of it before, but they’re great pop songs, so I’m a fan.

    Albums of the Year

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    FIDLAR - Self-Titled
    Siiiiiiiiick. This music is fun. Like, actually fun. Most bands have too much brains and not enough swagger.

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    Torres - Self-Titled

    The songs on this are great, but what really kills me is the atmosphere. Mackenzie Scott’s songwriting and voice are completely captivating.

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    A$AP Rocky - Long.Live.A$AP

    For my money, Rocky has the best ear for beats in the game right now. The album came out right at the beginning of the year, and a year later I’m still getting a lot of play out of it.

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    The National - Trouble Will Find Me
    I love this band. Obviously.

    Apparently my favorite albums only have black and white covers.

    Here’s a Spotify playlist of all this shit: 
    http://james-shmames.tumblr.com/post/80271544831

    Stay tuned for by 2014 Year In Music post, due August 2015.

     

  6. (Source: Spotify)

     
  7. Fuck off Siri.

     

  8. sturtlovinggood:

    I decided, after several short minutes of deliberation, to start using my real name and @sturtlovinggood on Tumblr. I’ll probably continue to not release any music under the name Magic Club President, and might use my own name for some original music I’m working on, but the public stigma of my…

     

  9. PHOENIX x R. KELLY - Trying To Be Cool Remix

     

  10. CHROMATICS / THESE STREETS WILL NEVER LOOK THE SAME (Instrumental) by JOHNNY JEWEL