I missed yesterday’s update, so 11 new songs added!
Holiday Benefit Singers - Christmas Is The Time To Save I Love You
Maj, Gabe Real, & Liquid - Carol Of The Kings
Deas Vail - Coventry Carol
Relient K - I Hate Christmas Parties
David Crowder Band - Feliz Navidad
Alexander Rybak - Let It Snow
Branches - O Holy Night
Family Force 5 - Do You Hear What I Hear
Weezer - O Come All Ye Faithful
Jonathan Hones - White Christmas
Quiet Company - Angels We Have Heard On High
[20 DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS]
Six songs added to the playlist - expanding every day this month!
The Last Bison - Carol Of The Bells
Jason Swanson - Little Drummer Boy
Mindy Gledhill - Christmas Waltz
Emery - (Ho Ho Hey) A Way For Santa’s Sleigh
August Burns Red - Jingle Bells
Barenaked Ladies - Footprints
[22 DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS]
Six songs to the playlist - expanding every day this month!
Jason Gray - Do You Hear What I Hear?
Our Hearts Hero - Glow
Erin O’Donnell - Medley: Frosty The Snowman / Winter Wonderland
Jadon Lavik - Silent Night
Sidewalk Prophets feat. Francesca Battistelli - White Christmas
Karmin - Sleigh Ride
[23 DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS]
Added 7 songs to the playlist - expanding every day this month!
Hawk Nelson - The Wassail Song
Sufjan Stevens - Joy To The World
Bela Fleck & the Flecktones - Jingle Bells
AgesandAges - We Need A Little Christmas
Relient K - Merry Christmas, Here’s to Many More
Over The Rhine - Darlin’ (Christmas Is Coming)
Pentatonix - Carol Of The Bells
[24 DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS]
The Eight Best Tracks On Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP2, in reverse order (08-01
08. Asshole (feat. Skylar Grey)
07. Rap God
06. Desperation (feat. Jamie N Commons) [Deluxe Edition Bonus Track]
05. So Much Better
04. Wicked Ways [Deluxe Edition Bonus Track]
03. Rhyme Or Reason
01. Love Game (feat. Kendrick Lamar)
Eminem released The Marshall Mathers LP 2 Tuesday, and I’ve been thinking about writing some stuff on him for a while.
Seems like as good a time as any.
So in Part 1 I’m gonna discuss the new album.
Which is quite good.
There, I got that out of the way. I really like this album, a lot.
It’s not a front-to-back album. But then again, no Eminem album is a front-to-back album. There are, have been, and always will be, tracks I skip. Even The Eminem Show, his strongest album overall, has Drips. (Ugh.) The Marshall Mathers LP had Remember Me?, which is just awful.
So anyway, yes, I really like the album. A solid B. Some tracks are As, but others just aren’t as fun to listen to repeatedly.
He’s said this album would revisit some themes of MMLP, and he was partially right. He’s angry. He’s funny. He’s talking about his parents. There’s a sequel to Stan. But this album is more than that.
He’s revisiting it, with a new maturity. He’s no longer allowing himself to just be about exorcising his demons.
He’s having fun again.
Berzerk? One of his best, most fun tracks ever. A couple other standouts (Love Game, So Far…) are a blast to listen to. These three are my most-played from the album.
He’s in rare form lyrically on the album. Rap God is the one that lit the internet on fire, for good and bad reasons. His flow is unmatched.
It’s with this new flow that he reapproaches what he did in the past. So Much Better sounds like a sequel to Puke, one of the few songs on Encore that even deserves repeat plays. He even circles back to the end track of MMLP (Criminal) by extending that track’s interlude into a skit that provides an alternate “what if” ending. It’s dark.
The music is also back to good - it’s been pretty crummy the past couple releases. But there is some great sampling and beat-making at play here. Time Of The Season is expertly used, turned into Rhyme or Reason (this track is incredible, even though it’s about Dear Old Dad).
Kendrick Lamar is a welcome guest. Rihanna (once again) is not. Guys, seriously, her voice is terrible.
Skylar Grey and Nate Reuss of fun. joining in are both fine (Skylar does what she always does, and Nate does his (admittedly awesome) thing). At least this album isn’t full of tracks with shitty choruses (looking at you, Recovery).
All in all, it’s good to have Eminem back. We’ve been dealing with Marshall Mathers a little too much lately, and it’s just felt heavy. MMLP2 is a welcome relief. Glad to hear him enjoying himself behind the mic and in front of the pad again.
Coming in Pt. 2: The Comeback Conundrum
I don’t fucks with ghosts.
But some ghosts are dope.
8 DOPEST GHOSTS* (because it’s Dia de los Muertos, putas)
I don’t really play Pokemon, but I know about Pokemon. And Haunter’s one of the dopest. Plus he’s a ghost.
The rebel of the Pac-Man bunch. Inky? Pinky? Blinky? Clyde. Fuck your damn rhyme scheme.
06. Jacob Marley
Scrooooooge…SCROOOOOOOOGE… OG ghost that scares his old business partner into not being a dick? Up top, Jacob Marley.
Boo would be higher if he wasn’t scared of being looked at. He’ll be all, haunting shit, and Mario turns around and he’s all, nahhh. Still dope though.
Slimer don’t give a fuck. Ghostbusters capture you? FINE BE A PET. He eats all the food and slimes all the walls.
03. Space Ghost
Is he a ghost? Who cares. He went from a stupid superhero in the dark ages of tv to a hilarious animated talk show host. Big props. Where’s Brak these days?
A ghost dog who’s loyal even in the afterlife? And he’s Rudolph? (spoiler alert, my bad) That’s a badass ghost.
01. Jukebox The Ghost
Look ‘em up. They’re one of the best bands on the planet. And their mascot is a dope hand-drawn ghost.
Well that’s that:
No more audio posts.
Phase Two Blog has been turned in to Tumblr for copyright infringement.
Apparently crediting the artists who created the music (which I’ve done on every single post) isn’t enough.
I’ll try to see what I can find out, but for now, no more audio posts.
Completely screws up my plans for the site starting Nov 1.
This fucking sucks.