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An interview with VIPER

aN interviwe with da man, da legend, da rapper.....VIPER

by Cisco “da beez kneez” Haywire and David “where am i” DeMark 

 

 No Fidelity: I’ve noticed you have hundreds of thousands of albums on Spotify. How do you do it?

Viper: Man just hard work you know, working in the studio! I’m working on an album right now with a dude named Cali Cash Flow. He’s doing five and I’m doing five: we doing five together. And I’m working on an album right now, The Jaminiest Album You Ever Heard. I’m doing two version of it, a regular version and a chopped and screwed version, so that’s two albums right there. All my music is original music, I just work hard. I’m blessed because I have my own studio at home, so it’s very cost effective for me. I can do 10 or 20 songs in one day. Because of the way that I rap, and I’ve got so much material. When I was in jail I wrote like 500 songs, man, lyrics for 500 hundred songs, and I dip into those when I am doing stuff. A lot of product, and you know I make my own beats, I can make a beat in ten minutes and flow on it in five, and then before you know it you got a song in fifteen minutes, and then I go to the next one. If I set a goal to get two albums in one day I’ll do it. If you got three hundred and sixty five days in year and I’m making two albums a day, all new material, it shows how I’m doing it.

 

NF: That’s…That’s intense as fuck.

V: I set the Guinness Book of World Records, for the most albums released by an artist in a year, 2013. 

 

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NEW MUSIC FOR WEEK 3

Hanni El Katib - Moonlight

 Sultry grooves, breve and yet savory. Thumps right along. Guitar driven, and perhaps overly rhythmic for lead guitar. Bravado resounds and overpowers. Striking impressionistic, grounded in power chords and simple drums with predictable fills. Straight forwardness feeds the head bobbing catchy vibe of the album.

 RIYL: The Black Keys, The White Stripes, Thin Lizzy

 

Dan Mangan + Blacksmith – Club Meds

 Something important is brewing on this album. Each song combines an intellectualization of Mangan’s personal place within music as a historical dialogue with an emotional outpouring from raw instrumentation. The album sounds like a man who is contemplating the prospects of embarking upon an epic journey or conquest upon which he begins to embark. As he contemplates though, he slowly realizes his journey has already begun and he no longer has the option to turn back.

 RIYL: Explosions in The Sky, Radiohead, The National

 

Sleater-Kinney – No Cities to Love

 Destroys all stereotypes as a “reunion” album. THIS IS NOT A VICTORY LAP. Energetic and raw as ever, recalls their debut album. Very fun, very confrontational.

 RIYL: Bikini Kill, DEVO, Beat Happening

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KRLX On Air!

K R L X T O P T E N S

As 2014 rolls into 2015 and KRLX starts up for another winter term, here's a collection of top tens lists from the board members. Pages and pages after the jump...

 

Jake Yanoviak: 10 Good Albums from 2014 in No Particular Order


Elephant – Sky Swimming J
The biggest surprise of the year arrived in an inconspicuous card stock sleeve. It covers so much ground, but still remains coherent as an album. It’s not really about anything in particular, and its not abrasive or inaccessible, so everyone should just like it already. 

PORCHES – Ronald Paris (Mdou Moctar Split)/Ronald Paris House/ YAK Sessions
I really love PORCHES. The music keeps evolving, getting dancier and poppier, but the melancholy ranchero molasses still seeps through every now and then. Aaron Maine is so prolific and his music so timeless. Check out his Arthur Russell cover, and if you’re like, “who’s Arthur Russell?” listen to the compilation Album Love is Overtaking Me.

Makthaverskan – II
 Swedish Girl Band, really rocking the synth and F-bombs. Angst-y teenage heartbreak in a perfume bottle or Molotov cocktail. The album holds together really nicely.

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