This is going to be embarrassing! Hello everyone, and welcome to a very special post. In the past, I have shared many of my favorite songs on Asher’s Jukebox. This is an entirely different beast! I am going to get real personal on this post, and share some of my guilty pleasure song with you. These certain songs don’t have to be widely enjoyed by all, but they are ones that I enjoy for some reason or another. Now, let the cringe begin!
Scream & Shout (November 20th, 2012) by will.i.am and Britney Spears Genre: Dance-pop
Yes, I actually like a will.i.am song! The “mastermind” behind such hits as “Dirty Bit” and “Boom Boom Pow”. I think this song just works really well with both artists. The beat while repetitive, is extremely catchy, and will be in your head for days. The lyrics are complete crap, though, and you have to deal with Britney calling you a bitch for 4 minutes.
Penaby Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band From The Album (Trout Mask Replica June 16, 1969) Genres: Avant-garde, Blues, Experimental Rock, and Art Rock
Good old Captain Beefheart! This man’s life story is incredibly fascinating, and his music is extremely experimental. This particular album is praised by many, and even the Simpsons creator, Matt Groening, states it as his favorite album of all time. I got introduced to Beefheart after looking up strange footage of a video game called Fast and Bulbous. This track, Pena, is absolutely nuts with screamed vocals, abstract imagery, and the strangest musical composition I’ve ever heard. The instruments appear to be screaming at one another, and the time signatures are completely indecipherable. Well it might not be for everyone, I absolutely adore this piece. If you are a fan of Frank Zappa, you’ll love Captain Beefheart! Posted below is the song, as well as a great documentary on the man himself.
Hello fellow followers, and welcome to a very special post. I have reviewed many pieces of music in my time on WordPress, but this particular one has personal value to me. It not only sounds amazing, but it was created by my soul brother, Ben. He’s been going to the Berklee College of Music for the past three years, and I have yet to find a better College pianist. He’s currently studying Electronic Production. The name of the piece is Rainbow Avenue, and I will post a link below. The following is Ben’s own words:”Hi Asher, thanks so much for having me! Let’s jump right into it, shall we? The inspiration for this track surprisingly started off as a school project. To summarize the project briefly, we each had to create a ten second demo of different musical genres. One of the genres I decided to do, was Drum & Bass. I ended up liking what I did with it so much, that I decided to turn it into an actual song. It starts out with a simple, rhythmic pattern of chords. Using that foundation, I started to layer other elements on top of that. Then I brought in the drums to build up the hype, and then threw in the vocal chops here and there. During the drop, I decided to add a lead synth to play a melody line over the drums and chords, as well as using the vocal chops I used before. The first drop is eight bars long. After that, we go back to the original rhythmic pattern: as we go into the B Section of the piece. This section starts with a bunch of beautiful sounding broken chords layered with a sine wave. Then, you hear a bass playing in sixteenth notes as the kick and snare pattern of the drums slows way down. We have now entered the genre known as Vaporwave. After sixteen bars of this, the drums start to pick up, and you here a loud brass sound to signify drop number two. The second drop has a very Trap feel to it, because the drums are really slow, and you have only have one really heavy bass synth. The drums start to go back to the Drum & Bass feel as we go back into the first drop. We have eight more bars of drop number one, only this time, we have that lead synth playing an improvised solo. Towards the end of that solo, we start to hear a riser that peaks into silence. To end the song, we have just a solo piano playing for eight more bars, and on the last chord, we also hear a soothing exhaled breath, as everything fades into silence.”
Hello everyone! It’s time for me to bring back an old favorite! About a year ago, I jumped into the fascinating world of obscure music genres. I have always found this topic to be quite interesting with new genres added almost daily. Now, let’s dive into the most unique and weird genres that music has to offer!
Noise Rock Created: 1968 Prominent Bands: Melt-Banana, Metz, Big Black
Noise Rock is a Punk-inspired genre with large distortion levels, occasionally unintelligible vocals, sharp and intense sounds, and blindingly fast guitar riffs and strange lyrics. Many Japanese bands of this genre also started to rise in the early 60’s. While most of it is very painful to the ears, some is quite enjoyable like Sonic Youth and Velvet Underground.
Glitch Hop Created: 1997 Prominent Producers: Virtual Riot, Mr. Bill, GRiZ
Glitch Hop is a subgenre of Glitch that uses malfunctioning electronics and fusion of Hip Hop to create incredibly catchy, video game-inspired pieces. It’s also influenced by Dubstep and drum and bass. The pieces are usually played at 110 BPM.
She Swallowed Burning Coals by El Tigr3 2015 from the Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number OST
This is a hauntingly wonderful track from the “Fiendishly Difficult” game, Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number. The songs in the game are all chosen to portray different emotions, and this one is no different! It makes the listener feel on edge as they are transported into the world of shady nightclubs and crime-ridden streets. The song plays in the game when you enter a mob-filled nightclub. The surroundings are very dark, and there’re sudden flashes of multicolored light. The piece starts with a ominous, droning synthesizer that surrounds the listener in a murky fog. The song starts to increase tempo until the bass drops, and we are met with a sick dance beat. The beat keeps getting more and more intense, and we also hear a woman speaking in Russian. She says “Ty pijany”, which roughly translates to “You’re drunk”. This can be taken in many different ways, and I will tell you what I believe it to mean. It can mean that you’re drunk on violence due to the incredibly brutal nature of the game. It can also mean that you’re drunk in the obvious sense, and that the surroundings are blending into a blurry mess of colors and sounds. The uneasy atmosphere and almost psychedelic feeling that it gives the listener really works out to its benefit. It’s a song that I always seem to drift back to, and it holds me in its entrancing rhythm. I’d love to hear what you guys think of this song in the comments’ section below.
Le Perv by Carpenter Brut from the album “Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number 2015
This is an intense Synthwave track from the Ultraviolent epic, Hotline Miami 2. This particular piece plays during a prison break, and boy, does it fit! It starts with rhythmic bass, accompanied by a droning synthesizer. You can hear police sirens in the background, and this really adds to the dangerous atmosphere. Then, around the 47 second mark, the beat intensifies! We hear a blaring synth, and immediately feel anxiety. I’ve got to give credit to Carpenter Brut and Devolver Digital for using this amazing joyride of a song in the game. Tell me what you think of this piece in the comments’ section below.
Hello fellow music lovers! It’s time for a September special. As I’ve said before, Synthwave is one of my favorite music genres. So to celebrate my love for this genre, every Sunday in September, I will add a Synthwave track to the Jukebox. Now, grab your multicolored shirts and tube socks, and let’s get Swifty!
Future Club by Perturbator from the album “Dangerous Days” 2014
This Synthwave track kicks some major ass! As per usual, Perturbator shows us his genius once again. It starts with a metallic synthesizer that gradually increases in volume. Then, the beat drops, and we are introduced to an amazing futuristic droning bass. The rhythm starts back up, and we get an amazing, pulsating beat that’s accompanied by the excellent synth. The piece has it all; a catchy beat, an awesome synth line, and great atmosphere. Tell me what you think of this piece in the comments’ section below.
Back by popular demand, here’s the weekly music review! Info about piece found on en.wikipedia.org
Fans of Rick & Morty and The Simpsons will recognize this one!
Baker Street (Instrumental) by Gerry Rafferty from the album “City to City” (1978)
This piece has probably the most catchy saxophone riff of all time. It is one of the times where the music speaks more than words ever could. Raphael Ravencroft’s amazing saxophone skills transport the listener into a world of cosmic euphoria and rhythm. It has been referenced countless times in popular culture, and is said to have been an influence on Slash’s solo in Sweet Child O’ Mine. The song peaked at #2 on the 1978 Billboard Hot 100. I absolutely adore this piece, and would love to hear what you guys think of it in the comments’ section below.