“I know it’s not all in my head.”

“Silence” by Kuizz featuring Haneri | We’ve written about Kuizz before; we’ve written about Haneri before. I should have figured out the two would collaborate soon. Well, here we are. They have collaborated. And as I catch up with my inbox due to really high piles of work over the past week, here’s a relatively jumpy song called “Silence”, whose last bits of “eh-eh-eh” provide a climax you didn’t expect. This bop from just three hours away by plane (for me) is a decent bounce, and if this leads to more collaborations between the two – I imagine it would be better – then, well, let’s have it! But this one, it’s good. [NB] (Have things I should hear? Drop me a line here.)

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“Let’s get back where we began.”

“Glad It’s Over” by Wilco | All right, so the sentiments of this song don’t exactly apply, but I heard this over the weekend – a weekend I tried to sleep through because, you know, work, lots of work, over the last week. Thursday night I was just blank, tired but awake due to the copious amounts of caffeine I drank to survive. Well, time to decompress. Fingers crossed I do decompress. We will be back to regular programming tomorrow… I think. I have lots in the inbox to run after, and no assistants. [NB]

Review: Love Yourself: Her by BTS

Love Yourself: Her by BTSBTS is that K-pop group you initially dismiss because male K-pop groups really tend to sound alike. But then they start to stick out, partly because they do have good songs, and partly because people seem to like them for they’re cool. It’s not undeserved praise: the group’s origins stemmed more from the hip-hop scene than most, and while they have mellowed (relatively) as time passed on, there’s still strong musicality in their work. Love Yourself: Her comes at an interesting time, with the group really picking up recognition outside Korea (although, let’s be honest, it’s mostly down to their ultra-devoted fans waging a social media campaign). Suddenly the world’s ears are on them, and they have to prove themselves. The result: well, it’s an all right album, although it focused too much on their more mellow side, with “DNA” a summer-y hit that will not feel out of place on American radio. But then, perhaps it’s the expectation that makes one think that way. If you’re one of the Army then you will think otherwise. [NB]3/5

Review: Concrete and Gold by Foo Fighters

Concrete and Gold by Foo FightersSo, um, what can the Foo Fighters get wrong? The better question is, how will the Foo Fighters get anything wrong? The answer isn’t necessarily “because they’re a brilliant band, that’s why” – although then that sounds mean. Dave Grohl and his gang are reliable. They’ve gotten their formula right, and while it doesn’t really excite anyone much anymore – “oh hey, they have a new single! Yeah, good to know” – you’ll know it’ll at least be solid. Concrete and Gold is that. Solid. But then, unlike their previous more recent efforts, it doesn’t really quite get it all together. It plods along more – and I’m trying not to be cynical here. It’s, well, fine, but, you know, what is this for again? What else am I getting here? And why is nothing sticking, especially when you expect it to do so, somehow? [NB]2/5

“You’re just the latest in the long list of lost loves, love.”

“Protest Song” by Broken Social Scene | Whatever today is supposed to be – and whatever we’re supposed to lose from this day forward – this is a good song, a highlight from Broken Social Scene’s new record. “7/4 (Shoreline)” levels, perhaps. It keeps on going, and going, and going, and boom – there goes your existence, all to validate their feelings of emptiness. [NB]