Hey, look at that, yet another week with no official hip-hop album releases to speak of. This is no way to celebrate Black History Month. Fortunately, Wiz Khalifa wasn’t so bummed about the Steelers Super Bowl loss that he couldn’t at least drop a new single. So we have that. And speaking of history, a proper version of Bob Marley’s often bootlegged final concert has finally been released. Also…Motorhead! Let’s get to it!
This is your Weekly Release for the second week of February, 2011…
Cut Copy – Zonoscope
If you love the sound of 80′s New Wave but want to listen to it without having to worry about having something in common with your parents, Cut Copy is the band for you. The Australian synth aficionados turned the guitars way down for Zonoscope, which makes their third album sound less like the dance-rock efforts of their previous releases and more like, well, just a dance record.
February might seem like an odd time to put out a record like that, but keep in mind, they’re from Australia. When it’s not covered in flood water or being ravaged by cyclones, Australia is pretty comfy in February. You might not be in the mood to hear Zonoscope right now, but once the eleven feet of snow currently blanketing most of the United States finally melts away, you’ll be more than ready to party. Don’t forget about Zonoscope when that time comes.
Wiz Khalifa – “Roll Up” (single)
Wiz Khalifa was already on his way to becoming a household name before “Black and Yellow” was adopted as the unofficial anthem of the Pittsburgh Steelers. This single certainly won’t knock him off of that course at all. “True fans” will piss and moan about him becoming too mainstream or selling out because, well, that’s what rap fans do. But you’d be doing yourself a huge favor by ignoring them. “Roll Up” is the good shit.
“Roll Up” huh? Gee, we wonder what this song is about? Ha! Tricked you! It’s not about what you think, provided you think it’s about weed. That would be a plausible guess, considering it’s a single from Wiz Khalifa’s upcoming album, Rolling Papers. “Roll Up” is actually about showing up whenever that special lady calls.
Wait, in light of that, what if Rolling Papers is really a concept album about divorce? That would be insane! Probably not the case though.
Click here to listen to “Roll Up”:
Motorhead – The World Is Yours
Fans of the metal rejoice, there’s a new Motorhead album in stores today! Over the course of 30-plus years, Motorhead has rarely strayed from the sound that made them one of the most beloved metal institutions of all-time. The World Is Yours is no different. If you love Motorhead, you’ll love The World Is Yours. If you don’t love Motorhead, fuck you.
Okay, we don’t mean that, but seriously, there’s a reason they’ve been around so long. They do one thing and they do it extremely well. That one thing, of course, is rock.
There are only three members in the band, but listening to this album or any of the other classics from their extensive catalog, you’d think there were at least twice as many parts at work. In an age when a lot of bands are employing all sorts of studio trickery and faceless studio extras to make their music sound huge, it’s refreshing to hear a band pull it off with a simple guitar, bass and drum set up. Even if that drum kit is gigantic and their front man, the far-more-awesome-than-you-will-ever-be Lemmy Kilmister, should rightfully be counted as three or four people thanks to all of the badassery he brings to the table.
Bob Marley – Live Forever: The Stanley Theatre, Pittsburgh, PA, September 30, 1980
Bob Marley’s final concert has been making the bootleg rounds for decades and, with very few exceptions, the sound quality on those black market releases left something desired. Finally, that wrong has been righted with the official release of Live Forever: The Stanley Theatre, Pittsburgh, PA, September 30, 1980. The album title might be unwieldy as all get out, but that’s literally the only negative to be found here. It’s clear that a lot of love and attention went into making sure this release lived up to Marley’s unspeakably high standards.
Over the course of two discs, Bob Marley and his legendarily tight band set the damn stage on fire. It’s hard to believe that Marley would be dead less than a year after this set was recorded. From the opening track to the very last note, he sounded stronger than ever. Live Forever… stands as a testament to the incredible artistry and masterful songwriting of one of the greatest musicians of all-time and a sad reminder that he had a lot of great years ahead of him when his life was tragically cut short on May 11, 1981.