Music to Get Lost In: Hammock -Cold Front

I’ll go through these mini phases where I will be clamoring to listen to a particular genre of music. About 2 years ago I went through a period where I would just listen to low-fi, psychedelic inspired indie tracks. A year ago, for some reason lost to me now, I got into dub-step. So what has captured my attention now? Instrumentals.

The reason for this is that the right instrumental track can inspire my writing while at the same time not be to distracting. So I’ve been listening to a ton of movie scores. I’ve also been playing tons of The Cinematic Orchestra, Murder by Death, Explosion in the Sky, and now Hammock.

I had never heard of Hammock until a couple of days ago. I was scrolling through Youtube when I came across WeSauce’s Leanback Reading Music Playlist. It was a cool collection of mostly instrumental tracks that, as you guessed it, is to be played while reading, or in my case writing. This is where I discovered Hammocks’ eerie single “
Cold Front”.

The music video is somber to say the least, yet there is something rather striking, almost beautiful about it. As for the music, well I’ll just let it speak for itself.

Music to get lost in: Phoenix -Lisztomania ( Breakfast Club Edition)

I think this video does a fantastic job of describing the type of mood I woke up in this morning. I’m a bit surprised by it too considering how tense I was feeling yesterday, after spending a long day at the office, and then getting stuck in rush hour traffic for almost 2 hours. But I’m I’m not complaining. I’m just grateful that I’m feeling this way. I hope the rest of you out there are feeling the same. And if you’re not, well I’m really sorry–just try not to kill my buzz. 🙂

Music to Get Lost in
Music to Get Lost in

Music to Get Lost in: KAREN O – “HIDEAWAY” (ROBOTECH REDUX)

Days like today should come with a redo button. I don’t get why this day was so brutal. From the moment I got up from my bed it all seem to go so frustratingly wrong. The sad part is that nothing really dire happened today. It was just a multitude of little annoying things that made today so trying for me.

It’s a little pathetic really. Because I know I have a ton to be grateful for. Yet it is so easy for me to just forget about the good and focus primarily on the shitty aspects of my life. Which in turn makes me feel like an ungrateful bastard. But I can’t help it. I’m still a New Yorker at heart. Being a miserable s.o.b. is what we do best. But I’m trying to change that. Little by little. Tomorrow I have to go about my day thinking about the positive.

Wish me luck.

Tonight’s song is brought to you by the talented Karen O. The track is “Hideaway”.

 

Music to Get Lost in
Music to Get Lost in

Music to Get Lost in – The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill

Cover of "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill...
Cover via Amazon

I was in the middle of my morning ritual of reading through the customary doom and gloom news stories that brightens nobody’s day, when I came across a small article that actually brought up happy memories. Apparently today marks the 15th anniversary of the release of one of R&B and hip hop’s greatest albums, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. I don’t know how this album was received everywhere else, but if you were living in NYC at the end of the summer of 98’ you could not get away from it. But to be honest, I don’t know anyone that wanted to anyway. This album by the incredibly talented and yet probably deeply disturbed Lauryn Hill is a classic in every single sense of the world.

15 years later and the album still sounds just as fresh, powerful, soulful and gritty as it did when it was first released. How many albums can you say that about them? I won’t bother to try and write a review about a 15 year old record, because I’m pretty sure that everything that I could write about this work of genius has already been written. But permit me to suggest something to you. If you haven’t bothered to listen to The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill from beginning to end in some time, then I propose you get yourself reacquaint with Lauryn’s seminal work. If you happen to be one of those young bucks who loves good music, but have never had the pleasure to actually listen to the album from beginning to end, or heaven forbid, you never even heard of it, then do your ears and soul a favor and stream that sucka’ like right now. I promise you won’t regret it.

I will end this post by featuring what was probably the most popular track from The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, “Doo-Wop (That Thing)”