Jersey Shore Season 3 Episode 6 Recap

The episode starts out with the crew out drinking at a bar (surprise). However Ron is doing double duty since Sam is crazy so he’s drinking until she isn’t, or something. Maybe he’s getting ready for creep mode. Regardless, he’s shredding other peoples shots.

Back at the house, Snooki promptly falls asleep on the wood floor in the dog pen. Situation heads up to his room with his grenade from that night, gives her a shirt that says “situation” on it and when she tells him it’s purple, he tells her it’s “ok”. Pause. Sam makes drunk food, try feeding it to Ron and he promptly refuses it in the same manner a two-year-old would, which rules. Ronnie starts spinning and pukes into a bag, and all over his arm, and on Sam’s bed. All with Mike and the random girl in the room. Pure class.

Ronnie wakes up and shits blood. Actually. Doctor give him a nice finger in the bhole, which he appropriately preps with some lubricant. Diagnosis: too much drinking. Apparently drinking until you shit blood, that’s possible!

Snooki on a date rattles off “everyone google it, the ocean is salty from the whale sperm”. (It’s false if you failed Earth Science). The dude who Snooks hung out with blew up his own spot when he, like an idiot, told her he was previously engaged. He then, like a weirdo calls the house over and over to try and make amends with her. Pauly pretends to be an answering machine and dude actually tries to leave a message! Horrible.

The girls then go out to the sex shop, which might as well be the SUNY Albany halloween costume repository. Snooki, who is drinking beer out of a plastic cup in the car, is shit hammered and ends up wearing her “stripper pretending to be a baseball player” costume out of the store, and all through dinner too. Ronnie makes a lot of misogynistic comments throughout cooking.

Snooki goes to work, and tells Danny, quite possibly the only reasonable human ever featured on this show, “relax bro, it’s a tshirt shop” when he tries to get her to work, while at work.

Fast forward to when it’s time to go out to da club. There’s a lot of dudes cleaning their shoes and girls spraying faces with hairspray. Snooks brings back a dude who she wants to get it in with, but it’s shark week for her and nothing happens. Waste of the smash room. Dena’s dude calls her light, and says she should gain weight. The next day Snooks convinces her dude to impress her with his pole dancing skills and he rips it out of the floor like the gorilla juicehead he is. It wasn’t secured at all.

There was a keyboard cat and Snooki pistascio commercial. What?

Back out to the club. Sam is wasting everyone’s time straightening her already straight hair. Everyone agrees with Mike that the “only thing that needs to be straightened out is her brain.”

Regarding her dancing at da club, Dena delivers the quote of the episode: “face down, ass up, that’s the way I like to have a good time”. Pauly then for some reason that I think is good, entertains his stalker who just threw a drink at him during their last encounter. Also, it is sadly discovered that hot Israeli Danielle has an unfavorable tooth-to-gum ratio. She’s is back at the house for some reason, and is taking jokes from everyone like “what kind of bird brings the baby” and “Jack climbed up the bean what” (admittedly well) and leaves eventually after just hanging out. Can’t wait to see what can of worms that opens. Pauly knows how to stay entertained and this is clearly a good decision.

The preview into next episode shows Sam announcing that she “needs a hot guy right now” when she’s at da club and then 5′ 7″ Ronnie roid-raging and smashing all her shit in their room.

6 more days.

Wale – More About Nothing. The future of hip hop.

Wale - More About Nothing
Grade: A-

When I first saw the cover of this album I was sucked in. I’d always heard of Wale, but never given him the time of the day. It’s hard to find someone who isn’t a Seinfeld fan, so naturally I had to check this out. Since when do you associate Seinfeld with fresh beats/underground rap? Well at least I never have. After hearing the first song entitled The Problem, I thought this tape was going to suck. I prejudged the shit out of this album. Once The MC and The Soup kick in I was fully ready to keep going head first. DJ Omega mixed this and killed it. All the Seinfeld clips brought me back to remembering better times. He chose all the go to lines that myself and everyone else wanted to hear. Other honorable mentions include The War and The Breakup Song. There are a few songs I skip over, but that is almost expected with any 21 song disk. One of my definite skips is The Guilty Pleasure (No Hands). Wale’s verse kills it in that song, but the beat and chorus could drive someone to tears. Stick to the underground sound that got you to where you are. Ending on the song called The Flight was a stellar idea however keeping me really into this album.

Overall, I am so excited to see where Wale will go. He still has a lot to prove, but has hit the ground running. He WILL succeed because he is open to all new ideas. Not the standard gangster rap. Discover new music. Get with it.

thissongissick.com deemed this album one of the hottest of 2010.

Tracklist and download:

Wale More About Nothing Mixtape (Mediafire)

Scotty’s Music Monday: Fresh Mixtapes..Buraka Som Sistema b/w Dubbel Dutch

Dubbel Dutch is a fine gent from Austin who used to run the In Robots We Trust blog. Last spring he started blowing up the new post-funky bass sound, and he’s one of my favorites now. Start with the Throwback EP. massive tunes and it probably had my favorite cover art in 2010 too.

Anyway here’s a brand new mix of Dubbel Dutch’s recent dubplates.  They are all sooooo good, you should listen to it.  My favorite is ‘Madloopz’ at the end, it’s that bonkers half-time sound I am terming ‘bayou house’, equipped with what sounds like actual cricket and alligator samples.  Bayou house is 9999x better than every witch house release combined, except for ooOOo and the dude from Ithaca.  See the Dubbel Dutch side of his split with Untold last December if you’re into it.  Or just come see me play at Fuze Box in February !

DUBBEL DUTCH DUBPLATES MIX 2011 by dubbeldutch

Tracklist:
DUBBEL DUTCH – FEM PRESSURE
NGUZUNGUZU – STRUT (DUBBEL DUTCH REMIX)
DEBORAH COX – ITS OVER (DUBBEL DUTCH REFIX)
DUBBEL DUTCH – DARQ
DUBBEL DUTCH – HEARTBRUK
R1 RYDERS – RUBBERBAND (DUBBEL DUTCH REMIX)
SAPABONDE – DIAMOND BASS RMX (DD REFIX)
SADIE AMA – FALLING (DUBBEL DUTCH REFIX)
DUBBEL DUTCH – MADLOOPZ
T2 – HEY (DUBBEL DUTCH REFIX)

Buraka Som Systema also just put out a new mixtape for Dazed Digital.  It’s a real solid mix mostly of Kuduro/Kwaito style rhythms, but then it gets silly at the end with that track Dave Nada did for that porn website, which is funny, and Play by David Banner??  The lyrics still make me feel a combination of nausea and embarrassment.. so good.

Buraka Som Sistema – Dazed Digital January 2011 mix by Deadly People

If you like the sound of any of this, be sure to catch me with Looney and Party With Tina next month at Fuze Box!!

Chillwave in the winter


photo andrew franciosa

The other night, my friend was browsing iTunes for quite some time, in typical music-browsing fashion: some comments were made, some nods of approval, some smirks, some groans, some “oh well, if you like ________ you should check out ________,” some more comments were made, etc. After about 10 minutes, a bit defeated that nothing really caught his eye, he loaded up my Internet browser and searched for Toro Y Moi’s Myspace. I was familiar with the music but just on a name basis, like so many others. I fell asleep to Toro that night and woke up the next morning to hit play again first thing.

Three days later and I’ve probably accounted for about 116 plays out of the 53,963 plays he has for the song, “Leave Everywhere.” I literally just kept hitting refresh on this song, and am listening even as I type this. Toro Y Moi is considered part of the “chillwave” movement, a genre of music that I was never that heavily invested in, but my friends have been listening to associated bands, such Neon Indian or Washed Out for awhile now. So I’ve dabbled and been exposed to some of these bands by association.  You know.

But as I’m listening to Toro Y Moi, (the stage name of recording artist Chazwick Bundick) I’m really enjoying it– the songs are fairly simple rhythmically but in a good way; it’s catchy, it’s subtle, I’m into it. I guess “chillwave” could be best described as an innovative combination of pop and electronic music, featuring smooth, soft tempos and samplings. Easy listening that I don’t find to be boring listening.

Pitchfork has been reviewing bands that fall under this category for quite some time now in covering the independent music scene and Hipsterunoff has been riffing on chillwave as well. It’s still a relatively new trend in music but I find myself just skimming blog posts about bands in these genres because I find the whole thing annoying. Here’s what I mean: for example, Best Coast is considered “neo-surf pop” or “lo-fi”, Wavves is “noise pop,” Washed Out is “chillwave” and Neon Indian is “psychedelic indie dance.” Isn’t it all the same? Answer queue revolves somewhere around indie roots and the Internet.  And I find it all really fucking annoying.

Here’s part of the problem I have: chillwave (as all music genres are) is associated not only by sound but by production, distribution and circulation of music on a small, independent scale, as well as with the branding of “new wave” or even more broad, “indie.” And this is where all these bands have the same cultural roots: in the small-scale DIY universe made easier by the Internet, fueled by blogs, Bandcamp, Facebook, Twitter, word of mouth, Pitchfork, Tumblr, whatever.

How is this new? As early punk is associated with basement shows and zines, “chillwave” is associated with the Internet, etc. — This is simply how music genres are formed in our culture: pairing bands with similiar characteristics. And I don’t understand why chillwave has to have so many other annoying branches of classification. Hipsterrunoff has a really great post featuring the “genre shirt”: a shirt that lists all the different names associated with the “chillwave” movement. And looking at the shirt, I think you’ll agree — it all seems a bit excessive to me.

Another part of the problem I have with this genre is also the case with music in general in its Internet distribution and presence. I feel as though when I stumble across music unexpectedly from friends, I often just nod along, save their links to my bookmarks folder and stick to the music phase I’m in midst of at the time. It’s bittersweet, isn’t it? I love checking out new music (and appreciate when friends link me) but sometimes I just feel overwhelmed by just how much is out there, and how accessible it is via the Internet, that I stick to what I already know I like. I’m working on this, because I absolutely will say I’ve found a new favorite in Toro Y Moi, and might even trek to Boston to catch a show in April.

And lastly my main issue. How many people out there are bitching about chillwave and the image a person gains behind their musical tastes. There’s a lot of talk out there, even just stemming from what I found from a brief sesh with Google today. Can’t I just listen to music like Toro Y Moi without thinking about what genre they belong to and without being grouped into some sort of noob hipster category because I’m “late” to catching onto this “wave” and getting excited about this lo-fi/high synth music? People have been saying (in a general sense) the whole indie/chillwave movement has been overplayed or washed out as bands are becoming more well known, and the Internet results in quick yet short term success.

Who’s to say? Maybe this genre roots are tied to some of the pioneer bands who started “doing it differently” such as Animal Collective, or Panda Bear, or hell, maybe even loosely the Flaming Lips. Who really cares about the origin of this new genre and music movement?  It all depends on what you value and your own introduction to the music itself.  Like my friend Nick said, someone who is just learning about a band and gets excited about it, regardless of how long the bands been around, it’s cool to the person because it’s new to them.  Re-discovery can be just as pleasurable as discovery.

After my recent music slump, I’m simply happy to have found a new band (and a reason to be more open minded about what’s out there), and am straight-up disgruntled by the critical, nit-picky thinking that surrounds it online.  Who the fuck cares?  Granted, there’s clearly the chance you may think I have no absolutely no insight or clue into what I’m talking about with this topic, but again, who the fuck cares?  I say just listen to Toro Y Moi, and chill.

Andrew’s Music Monday: Whatever

So I listen to all sorts of shit and don’t particularly think I know much about any of it. Here’s some things I’ve got in the last week (thank you iTunes date added sort function) that I particularly enjoy or think people should listen to. Onward,

Here’s a mix done by the lovely folks at Ego Theives. Since I got into dubstep, I found a lot of their stuff always coming up around the internet, for a good reason, they are providing a lot of good content. This mix isn’t earth shattering but is still good and especially for those who are getting into this new fangled dubstep thing, it’s a good, safe, mix.

Tracklist:
Pianorama – Habstrakt
Screw Up – Subscape
Lights On feat. Ms Dynamite (Skream Remix) – Katy B
Just Jokes [EXCLUSIVE] – Roksonix
Star Feat Camila Marie (Doctor P No Rap Remix) – Blame
Spaceship (Trolley Snatcha Remix) – Kano
Champion Sound – Aquadrop
Lonely (Stinkahbell Remix) – Effie
Done Me Wrong feat. Lauren & Shide – Mikey B
Forgive Me – Document One
Bats – Crissy Criss & Youngman
Drop a Gem on Em (The Killabits VIP) [EXCLUSIVE] – Mobb Deep
Out For Blood – Zeds Dead & Omar LinX
Butterflies feat. Borgore [EXCLUSIVE] – Yael
Left The Room (Skream Remix) – P Money
How Long Ft. Dorrie (Filth Collins Remix) [EXCLUSIVE] – Pasteman
Slang Like This Remix feat. P Money, Newham Generals, Blacks – Sukh Knight
Aint Nobody (Breakage Remix) – Clare Maguire
Something In Your Eyes [EXCLUSIVE] – Stinkahbell
World Dominance feat. Farisha [EXCLUSIVE] – Mojo

Interested? Get at the download. The exclusives are worth it.

Onward,

This video, for so many reasons. Looney showed me this when we were searching for hysterical brostep, and I can’t stop watching it. Also, that first song, Typhoon by Foreign Beggars ft Chasing Shadows, rules. Even more so when those English dudes are wylin’ to new levels of hyphy to it.

Onward,

I love Katy B. End of story. Judge accordingly, but know I don’t care.

Onward,

Magnetic Man ft. Katy B playing Perfect Stranger live on BBC Radio 1. This is amazing. String section, Benga/Skream/Artwork make this nutty. American radio is such horse shit. I steal things off UK radio through the internet because it’s so good. Good job America. Also Katy B looks like enough of a chav that she could shred and roll with the real dudes.

Onward,

I like this song because I won a contest on Roska’s twitter and they sent me this vinyl, signed by Jamie George, JKenzo and Roska. I’m so pumped on it, but don’t have anything that can play vinyl (I don’t know if I lose hipster points, or gain them) so I will frame it and listen to it on YouTube.