Classic Day – Under The Rug

doors_cover_01With a band as iconic as The Doors, instruments as 1970’s and stoner-washed as the style played by The Doors, and the immaculately experimental performances that changed music history coming from The Doors; the band was necessary. A component part in the manipulation of rock n’ roll music down to the very core; The Doors were a rare breed.

Often as time goes on, the small intricacies go to the wayside as the standing monuments strike new blood. With the 1971 release L.A. Woman, The Doors were snapping the guide rails off the road and starting to veer off into some strange, but still progressive material. Many could say it was simply because of the mass levels of psychedelic drugs available at the time, or the many spiritual journeys­ that front man and singer James Douglas, better known by his stage name of Jim Morrison would partake on. While these are all possibilities, and some are likely true; it was the way that the band behind Morrison who is too often swept under the rug managed the wild and vibrant sound of the keyboard, guitar, and percussion driven music.

With Ray Manzarek, Robby Krieger, and John Densmore taking over the musical sounds, The Doors were soon to be a historical train ride of musical expressionism that took hold with their renegade style and cowboy attitude. L.A. Woman is an incredibly detailed album that stems from the grim resources of midnight hours in Los Angeles, to the dead hours of morning near the deserts of California, to then the final moments of relapse to the methods of strange and almost occult performance.

the doors_01“The Changeling” is one of the first instances of L.A. Woman that grabs the listener quickly and forces them into this highly uniform dance number. It is cut straight, but rides a funk driven line of keys that clasp along the synthesizers, creating formations within the song. As Morrison then climbs into the frame with a raspy, heavily sunken voice; “The Changeling” picks up steam and heads straight for the end zone. This end zone could be the very rock-driven display of both danceable and masculine workings of the self-titled track “L.A. Woman”.

As The Doors drive a thunderous machine of intrigue toward the gasoline-esque flames of an audience’s attention span; the band thrives off the energy here. Not only can you hear the punch of the guitar chords that shine through, but Morrison’s howls and jumps to the edge of the soundboards are breathtaking. “L.A. Woman” survives singularly as a track but then throws pieces of art to dilute the rock approach for these offshoots of experimentation and additional boundary-pushes into the wild night.

It could be the sexual tension from Morrison and the audience that comes frequently in his movement, or the way that the band was able to capture this pure rush of adrenaline and frequent crashes in quick segments. In any way, The Doors crawl their ways into different history books for their ability to both create to build and to crush for fun.

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STREAMING // (Video) Luke-O “Peace Be With You”

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STREAMING // (Album) WESTSIDE GUNN – “Hitler Wears Hermes 6”

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STREAMING // (Album) LJiggy – “Volume 297”

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Misc. Day – The Beauty of Oblivion

jpeg_coverIt is taken from the acid touch and maniacal style that forms over the waves of the Baltimore rapper and producer, JPEGMAFIA. Forming one of the strongest bonds between the visual embodiment and a musical performance, VETERAN is the 2018 release that takes methods of experimentation to a new level. The chemistry set that JPEGMAFIA plays with takes hip-hop and the hardcore basis to a new sudden space that is both off-putting and charming in a similar sense.

The first moments of VETERAN, even when scanning the 19-track illustration comes from the bitter resources of forming an ugly overcoat on the somewhat damaging sounds. It matches well for a Halloween date even after seeing the merciless cold January release. There are moments on VETERAN that hurt physically and then in a sudden instance, the track can change like a butterfly into the final stages of a miraculous metamorphosis. It strings the listener along in this game of both attacker and victim.

From the almost frustrating tracks of “Baby I’m Bleeding” to the comedic “I Cannot Fucking Wait Until Morrissey Dies”, there is something for the hip-hop heads and the electronic noise sets. JPEGMAFIA rises to the challenge of creating something that represents production from the swamps; a highly experimental and volatile combination that somehow people can relate to. It is a mosh pit, it is gasoline torches wrapped in barb wire, VETERAN is as experimental as it gets when coming to terms with the way that music is challenged in a modern sense.

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Truly VETERAN is genius, the workings of a criminal mastermind who can shift and blend the emotional stance with a new tendency. Almost without fail; JPEGMAFIA marches along this war path that feels more as a descent into madness, taking the listener with him on this ride into trauma through sound. It is audible to hear what could only be considered as genre-lacking and directionless noise with tracks “Germs” or “Rainbow Six” which acts more as interludes with these booming instrumentals placed in-between. These types of tracks flood into VETERAN and form the backbone of some of the more highlighted tracks that rely on the production to succeed. JPEGMAFIA’s voice is for the most part a rambling mess that forms well over the similar production.

These styles that take some time to adapt with are progressive in a sense and rely more on the listener than the performer. The open-mindedness that is required from VETERAN takes moments to understand and multiple attempts to comprehend all that JPEGMAFIA throws around. The solid release is actually quite murky at first approach and relies on the faith of hunkering down, keeping open ears, and praying that JPEGMAFIA keeps creating as long as he can.

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STREAMING // (Album) Yung Lean – “Poison Ivy”

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STREAMING // (Video) A$AP Rocky – “Fukk Sleep”

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