Azealea Banks - Heavy Metal and Reflective

The Curious Case of Azealia Banks, A Soundboard File: Chapter 4. I think it’s been said several times over here on Soundboard, but we like Azalea Banks. But… we’re a little worried about her. And not in a patronizing way. She’s a big girl and she’s not exactly Amanda Bynes’ing her way to the bottom or anything, she just has a bad case of foot-in-mouth syndrome. No need to document all the cases of it here, that’s what Google is for. It just pains me to have championed her so long ago and not really be able to justify it anymore since her debut album, Broke With Expensive Taste, is still nowhere to be seen. In 2014. 2 years after we first said it would be arriving. Is it okay? Did it fall down a well? Maybe Banks Casey Anthony’d the album and we need Nancy Grace to help. Just kidding. I’d never ask Nancy Grace for help because then the situation would be Nancy Grace’d.

Regardless of the way Banks has Damon Baehrel’ed this album, she does come through with a few banging singles every few months (though, none of which rival her epic breakout single 212). So when I saw her drop Heavy Metal and Reflective today, I knew it was time to check in with miss Yung Rapunzel.

She could not be reached for comment. She’s… dodging** our calls.

**I couldn’t think of a pop culture figure who’s famous for avoiding things 


Disclosure - Help Me Lose My Mind ft. London Grammar

I’ve had a really rough week so I turned to music to help.

This song was on repeat all day on Tuesday and it was right then and there that I decided that I would share it with Soundboard.  I don’t know how it took me so long to get into Disclosure’s stuff but better late than never, right? 

London Grammar’s voice is probably what seals the deal for this song.  It’s soothing, ethereal, and comforting.  Her music on her own is wonderful and in this collaboration, it’s absolutely amazing.  The song itself is upbeat and catchy (much like the rest of the music that I listen to) but there’s just something about it that I can’t put my finger on.

Disclosure is an English electronic duo that’s been around since 2010.  Help Me Lose My Mind is on the album, Settle.

Hope you all have a wonderful Saturday!


Wild Cub - Thunder Clatter

Here tonight with a little bit of that infectious indie pop. Wild Cub feel so very standard fare indie with their use of “80s-inspired synth” and plenty of great guitar hooks, builds and beats. The lyrics are catchy and well-written but the vocals while not falling flat are like another instrument with limited range. It’s the same way The National can only sing in melancholy; that kind of mix works perfectly for Wild Cub because you really appreciate how well the instrumentals are crafted and how well the voice ebbs in and out of the driving tracks.

All in all their current/reissued album Youth is a full album I’d like to recommend. It’s certainly been helping me through the grind. Thunder Clatter has been their most successful track to date but my other favorites are Colour and WIld Light. I also have a feeling Max would dig the Phil Collins vibe of Wishing Well.


SBTRKT - New Dorp, New York (feat. Ezra Koenig)

A dream collaboration of mine happened today. Granted, I wasn’t aware it was a dream collaboration until I heard that it had happened. Regardless, I’m incredibly excited as SBTRKT announced his sophomore album, Wonder Where We Land, and dropped the first single. “New Dorp, New York” is both slick and funky, and it features Ezra Koenig, who is quickly becoming the cultural zeitgeist, singing “Gargoyles gargling oil” in a deadpan manner. What’s not to love?


Top Album Covers Week

Pixies - Surfer Rosa*
Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures
The Beatles - Revolver
Jeff Wayne - War of the Worlds
Nirvana - In Utero
Radiohead - Hail to the Thief
Slipknot - Iowa

*Surfer Rosa was the first non-pop album I was given, around the time I started my first band. Pixies blew my mind in terms of my threshold of unconventional music. I never forgot the perfect boobs on the front.


Top Album Covers Week

Hey, chill cats. It’s Soundboard’s favorite late-nite BJ** is here with his Top Album Covers. Hang in tight, this one’s gonna be good. Or at least not-terrible.

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Top Album Covers Week

My choices of album covers really do vary a bit.  I enjoy animals as people (weird), really minimalistic covers, and paradoxically, really busy covers with lots happening.  One of the major reasons that I still buy CDs is due to the album art because sometimes, that’s just as important as the music itself.

Scenic Route to Alaska - All These Years

Tycho - Awake

Stars - Set Yourself on Fire

Boy and Bear - Harlequin Dream

Miracle Fortress - Five Roses

Justice - Cross

Explosions in the Sky - The Earth is Not a Cold Dead Place 

Pawa Up First - Missing Time

Alle Farben - Synesthesia

Goldmund - Famous Places

Have a lovely weekend everyone!


Top Album Covers Week

When The Mamas and the Papas had their debut album, they had to cover up the toilet in their album cover because it was deemed indecent. Then Andy Warhol pushed the boundaries with an album cover that had a banana sticker that could be peeled off to reveal a pink banana. While that was seen as extremely provocative at the time, our sense of shock value has certainly diminished. Album covers still get censored (such as the pixelation of Kanye being straddled by a phoenix) but there are still plenty of people trying to see how far they can push the boundaries. While I love albums with backstories, I wanted my top albums to be about the aesthetics. Album art is such a special part of seeing a bands sound rather than just hearing it. The Magritte-esque Mars Volta album, the Soviet propaganda styling of The Space Project, the plein air watercolors of Poolside or the digital feel of the Discover LP all seem to lend themselves to exactly what you’re about to hear. These covers stand alone as art but are even better when combined with the sound of a band you love.