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I have a theory that music is the most powerful form of art because it doesn’t require your attention. It’s the only form of art I’m aware of that doesn’t require your full conscious effort to enjoy. Music adds layers to your life. As I sit typing this, the new Childish Gambino album is playing in a different room. I forgot it was even playing.. That being said, below is some music we have been feeling lately.
1. A Tribe Called Quest — We Got It from Here… Thank You 4 Your Service
This is TCQ’s first album in 18 years. Friends have told me this is the album that saved hip hop. The album flows and you feel it. At times the album is relaxed and at other times it’s high energy. It’s not like their 1998 album and it doesn’t have a 2016 sound, the album is in its own class.
2. Japandroids — Near to the Wild Heart of Life
I’ve been waiting for a new album to drop from Japandroids since 2012. My wife and I saw them live at the New Port three years ago and these guys bring it. The new album has a live energy feel to it. If I had assign the album a genre I would describe it has garage/punk/celebration rock. The album doesn’t slow down while listening, it’s packed with adrenaline and toughness. No Known Drink or Drug is my favorite track.
3. Childish Gambino — “Awaken, My Love”
The whole album is art.
4. Return of Living Dead — Soundtrack
I scored this album on viynl at the 400 W. Rich Winter Flea. Growing up, this was one of favorite movies. I hadn’t heard the soundtrack in 18 years. To my surprise, it’s pretty legit. The album has an old school punk vibe. You can’t find this album on Spotify, but you can listen to it here on YouTube.