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EXPRESS YOUR PINEAPPLE: REMINISCING THE SOUNDTRACK
October 28, 2016 4:20 am

So, here’s the thing. I’m supposed to write a serious music review, and I totally could, except it’s 2AM on a Friday and I’m watching Pineapple Express on TNT (We Know Drama). I should really be sleeping. That’s what a sensible person would be doing. They’d be sleeping there all numbly-bumbly thinking how sweet it is being asleep safe and sound right as rain, all cozied up gaining valuable, usable energy for the strenuous day that may or may not be ahead of them, I don’t know, I don’t know who we’re talking about. But I cherish that thought, that sleepy paradise. I want it so bad. Dammit if I could only just produce some content first lickety split. And also dammit because this is a great movie. I will, without a doubt, watch this entire thing right now instead of sleeping. Can’t leave Dale and Saul hanging.

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This soundtrack too though, this is a work of art. This is the real winner, all the way through til the end. This is a content goldmine staring me square in the face screaming “Hey what’s up let me just turn your whole world upside down for a second here thanks.” I’ve been thinking about this all wrong, what am I doing?! Well I guess about to review this movie soundtrack, that’s what I’m doing. Buckle up.

Okay first we have Paper Planes, duh. Gotta be first on the list. M.I.A. blew up that year, not saying all because of this movie, but hey I’m not saying otherwise neither. That was a great year for everybody. Stay woke. The song isn’t actually in the movie, but I mean everyone remembers that trailer, right? Fuck this is a good movie.

The real headliner is Electric Avenue from Dale’s sweet opening “you’ve been served” montage. Instant classic. The scene, not the song. It’s an old song. Eddy Grant was already “classic.” But the movie really brought him to the forefront, at least for me, and I’ll always be thankful for that. We need to focus on the good things in life. “Out in the streets!” That’s what he says in the song, and it’s pretty good, because it’s a song about a street. Pure genius.

Next up is the most dopety-dope song ever, and by “next” I don’t mean chronologically next, but rather in terms of my vaunted quality-assessment hierarchy, determined through my capacity as self-proclaimed official movie-soundtrack reviewer. I’m talking of course about Poison by Bel Biv Devoe, and if you don’t know that then you don’t know jack. Wake up. Your world is not as it seems. What a seriously good song, mad props to Pineapple Express. They really nailed it with this whole soundtrack. Jeez Louise!

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Uh oh, look out, we got a piping hot track coming fresh out the oven–Public Enemy‘s Lost At Birth. I like this scene because he says “melon farmers,” which is what they say instead of motherfuckers on TNT (We Know Drama). You’re not allowed to swear on television. Wow, Public Enemy really ties this whole scene together. Somebody did their job real good when they picked that song for this scene. What a sick nasty awesome so fucking sick movie soundtrack.

Damn there’s a lotta reggae on this mix. Wanted Dread and Alive (see what they did there? With the dread?! Cuz they have dreads!), a Bob Marley deep cut (well obviously), a reeeal laid-back Ring Of Fire cover (like Johnny Cash but way chiller). See, the movie is named after a kind of marijuana from the movie, and there’s a lot of people who sometimes associate reggae music with marijuana usage for some reason. So when a movie gets made about a hairy Mary Jane strain, they’re gonna mix up a little reggae in there. That’s just the world we live in. We didn’t choose it, we were born into it. Forced from the warmths of prebirth out into the cruel, unforgiving hellscape we inhabit every waking hour of our lives. I mean it’s just monstrous out here.

Well, that’s all the time we have for today. The movie is over so I’ve now fully exhausted my content resource. Thanks to all who participated, especially you still reading this and also the good people over at TNT (We Know Drama). Let it be known that this is a can’t-miss, won’t-disappoint, doesn’t-even-flinch-as-it-knocks-you-out-of-your-socks kinda flick, and if you haven’t seen it, well why did you read this entire review of a soundtrack for a movie you’ve never seen? Yeah, that’s what I thought, you’ve definitely seen Pineapple Express. It has a pretty awesome soundtrack. I know, right? Cool, glad we’re on the same page. Let’s be sure to always stay positive in the face of any near-universal suffering we might encounter on a regular basis. Okay bye!

BAAUER DOES MORE THAN SHAKE
July 29, 2016 6:38 pm

Have you ever seen the movie That Thing You Do!? A great movie about a 1960’s boy band who grew to national stardom with a “one hit wonder.” This happens pretty often in our world, a song is born and it will become insanely popular and then the artist will leave the spotlight as fast as he or she got there. But out of the many “one hit wonders,” few inspired countless online videos and dances quite like the Harlem Shake has.

Now if you don’t know what “The Harlem Shake” is, please watch this. Baauer made this song in 2012 and it became a phenomenon, you could watch different Harlem Shake videos for hours on end and still have more to watch. But at the time, I frankly didn’t even know who made the song, I just knew it existed and people made videos from it.

The artist Harry Bauer Rodrigues, better known as Baauer, is behind the infamous song and has come out with a new album called Aa filled with club blasting EDM tracks with a lot more complexion and depth than the Harlem Shake.

He has put a lot of work into this album, with the first half of the album being instrumental and the second half primarily featuring other artists including M.I.A., Novelist and Future, it is a much more well balanced album compared to long list of sporadic singles from the past few years. I was pleasantly surprised at the diversity in the tracks.

Songs like Sow and GoGo! are his classic club anthems, but it’s a good thing to have these. He knows how to write fun songs that have good synths and pull the audience in, but sometimes they do lack deeper talent and composition that you hear in Deadmau5 and The Chemical Brothers.

On the other hand, his songs that involve other artist’s production and singing are strong and show real evolution in his abilities as a DJ and writer. Day Ones and Temple are powerful songs that make the album worth picking up at the store. Future is actually one of my least favorite artist on the album, but here with Pusha and Baauer, I can even enjoy him.

At the end of the day, the album shows some minor echos of the Harlem Shake, but don’t let that dismiss listening to Aa, you could find some good stuff that you’ll want to listen to for the next few years.

FESTIVAL HEADLINERS: WHERE ARE THE WOMEN?
February 11, 2016 11:57 am

Since festivals became a thing, there has been a lack of female presence. Recently, I read an article pointing out that there is a major lack in female headliners at a vast majority of festivals. I looked into a few line ups over the years because I’m generally not a huge festival goer…and it’s true. Most if not all of the female headliners are found somewhere in the middle to bottom of the line up list for most major festivals. You know, the fine print. What gives?

Coachella is the president of this club. They have had the same female artist headline two different years and that was the extent of their feminine influence. It’s a tough time to be a musically talented female. It’s harder to get people to take you seriously as an artist when they gawk at you for getting up on stage and having something to say. Music has seemingly always been a male dominated business and this trend proves that it is not the easiest to overcome.

There have always been a plethora of talented stars that are waiting to show their stuff in the limelight of festivals, people like Tegan and Sara, Florence and the Machine, Sia and Lana Del Ray to name a few.  If we want to talk reunion headliners, a Coachella favorite, lets get Alanis Morisette or Fiona Apple up there again. Last year Drake headlined one of the days… you’re telling me Rihanna or MIA couldn’t have drawn as much as he did? Come on.

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This massive hierarchy of the music industry is loud and clear. Women are not given the slot or the credit they deserve and it seems that the ones who are only afforded it because the music industry doesn’t want a push back for being unfair. I think it’s time for things like that to change. It is time for me as a female artist to be able to stand up and genuinely believe that someday I could headline a festival if I have the talent and put all the work into it. Much like any paying job, women are under appreciated and it seems, no matter how high they soar, there is always that glass ceiling.

“If Lily Allen hadn’t stepped up at the last minute to fill in for Two Door Cinema Club’s Friday night headline slot at Latitude in July, there would have been no woman headlining a major music festival this summer.

In fact, without Paramore, the American punk rock band fronted by the flame-haired Haley Williams and Arcade Fire, which featured two women in its Glastonbury line-up, there would be no women gracing major festivals’ main stages in the top slot at all.”

as stated by Alice Vincent in The Telegraph. How sad is that? If Two Door Cinema Club wouldn’t have backed out there would have been no female headliner. This has personally happened to me in Darling and at first I was very excited about the spot until I really thought about he fact that it is not exciting to be a replacement for our male counterpart and only when they’re unable to make it. Then next year, they’re still going to get the call to headline even if they were unreliable and that just sucks.

Any female who has ever tried to thrive in a male dominated environment knows that we have to work twice as hard to make it halfway. It’s, ‘Oh she’s pretty watch her’ but the follow through is never present. We want to change this, what do you think Beasts?