Category Archive – New Music

PINK – just go listen to this album

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igr_634457723825_270Just do this. Go listen to the reissue of the MONSTER Boris album Pink. Boris is my current favorite band and Pink was my number one album, way back in 2006.

I can’t overstate this: please go listen to Pink. This new version has an ENTIRE SECOND ALBUM of unreleased material. And the original album remains the very best punk / hard rock / metal(ish) recording of the last 15 years or so.

Hoopla. Not now. But right now.

PUP – quality catchy, melodic, heavy, fast punk

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PUPI’m always happy when silly genre terms fall away into irrelevancy. Take “emo” for example.

Ugh. I remember a time when (many) music snobs (I’m guilty) derided emo bands as too poppy. Too overwrought. Not punk enough. Fronted by Jared Leto.

Well, I’m happy to see the term emo put to rest. It’s all good; I mean what’s not like? It’s catchy, melodic, heavy, fast punk music. And you know who makes quality ̶e̶m̶o̶. I mean, quality catchy, melodic, heavy, fast punk music?

Toronto’s PUP. Check out The Dream is Over, their new album on Hoopla.

NEW KANYE WEST – we actually have it…

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the-life-of-pablo-album-cover_art_nbmwimTrue story. We have the new Kanye West album to stream or download.  Take Kanye or leave Kanye (and I mostly ignore any non-music Kanye news and nonsense), I hope most will admit that he is a remarkable musical artist. I’ve liked everything he’s done, but since My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and onwards I’ve considered his work to be some of the best that pop music can offer.

So it seems remarkable to me that I only heard The Life of Pablo a week or so ago. It looked like – earlier this year when the album was released on the streaming service Tidal – that the album would never be available on any other service or in any other store. West owns a stake in Tidal and Tidal’s been struggling …so yeah. I was annoyed because I really wanted to hear this new Kanye but no way am I going to be strong armed into a buy-in I don’t want. Kanye doesn’t want to sell me his new album …well, I guess I’m not going to hear his new album.

Thankfully he changed his mind and The Life of Pablo is now available everywhere. Including our Hoopla. And I haven’t yet spent too much time with it, but so far – it’s excellent.