Love him or hate him, Ty Segall has proven to be one of the most prolific and consistent artists working in music today, and on his latest effort, Manipulator, he airs out the garage a little to produce his most polished work to date. Does it work? Is it the “album of the year” as many have claimed? Kevin, Adam, and Quinn get to the bottom of these questions PLUS consider the art of the ridiculous band name on Episode 79 of ChunkyGlasses: The Podcast!
10. Arctic Monkeys - AM
Seeing the Arctic Monkeys live is the closest thing in 2013 to seeing one of the monolithic classic rock bands of yesteryear in their prime. The Arctic Monkeys have consistently found a way to make great rock albums, fill big venues, and all the while be one of the closest things to a proper mega-star rock band we can get. Their latest album AM takes a bit of the laidback melodies they dived headfirst into on Suck It And See and throws a gorgeous R&B twist onto them. They still know how to crush skulls, though; just listen to the Zeppelin groove of album highlight “R U Mine?”
I’ve got a confession to make: sometimes when I get out of my car, come inside the apartment, I turn on Grand Theft Auto V and hijack an innocents car for the sole purpose of listening to one of the game’s 15 radio stations. The sad part? I’m not alone.
Grand Theft Auto V is now the fastest selling entertainment product in history, undoubtedly a triumph in video gaming. However as any music nerd will tell you, one of the standout features of the video game series is its in-game radio stations. These fictional radio stations feature a playlist, commercials and DJ personalities, the catch? Grand Theft Auto’s developer, Rockstar Games, does the ingredients to radio better than radio does.
In a world where being “Portland” is starting to mean more and more, MusicfestNW, Portland’s long-running, mostly in-door music festival started as a joint venture between Portland’s alternative publication fixture The Willamette Week and SXSW (it is now just operated by the Willamette Week), is becoming more and more of a definitive Portland experience. This year’s line-up, probably the most diverse in memories past, featured a slew of artists splattered across all of Portland’s indoor music venues as well as the three main headlining shows in the “Backyard of Portland” Pioneer Courthouse.
Going to a festival curated by a newspaper devoted to Portland ensures a type of all-encompassing experience spread out over the now five-day festival. Special food trucks occupy the main stage shows and microbreweries bring out their best odd-ball creations to show off all festival long. This year, the festival expanded to include TechfestNW, a daytime series of lectures and talks on technology .
We're back! After a few months of hiatus and hijinks, we're bringing back all of the classic ChunkyGlasses Podcast EPICNESS that all 10 of our listeners couldn't live without. In this episode Robin Thicke gets sued, Thor rides and a jet ski, and Prince may still be a dick, but at least he's got a sense of humor. PLUS!!! We review new albums from Ty Segall and Diarrhea Planet!!
EPISODE 26: The Return of the Thing