(Not So) Random Song of the Day – ERB Edition – Part Nineteen

For an idea as to what we’re doing here, refer back to the introduction for more details.

Another day, another two battle raps. These two are interesting, though, because in both cases, it’s less that the raps themselves did anything to damage the product and more that other elements damaged the experience for the viewer beyond what the battle raps themselves had to offer. These two, honestly, could’ve been much higher on the list with some changes, but here we are and there it is.

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(Not So) Random Song of the Day – ERB Edition – Part Eighteen

For an idea as to what we’re doing here, refer back to the introduction for more details.

After getting the worst of the worst out of the way, from this point onward the season… mostly just skates by on a whole lot of nothing, honestly. While the top four entries from this season manage to pull off just enough talented work that they partially redeem the entire season, the majority of the season is just a whole bunch of acceptable ideas that are only marginally better or worse than one another. Put another way, the bottom two rap battles are bad, the top four are great, and the middle six are basically only mildly varied from one another because they accomplish very little beyond sticking two people against one another and hoping for the best.

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(Not So) Random Song of the Day – ERB Edition – Part Seventeen

Well, it’s been a while, let’s start this out right.

For an idea as to what we’re doing here, refer back to the introduction for more details.

When we left off on these discussions, we had just completed an evaluation of the second season of ERB, and in that time period Peter and Lloyd have been busy, as we have another two whole seasons to talk about, which isn’t even counting the fifth (which is presently ongoing). While that’s great to a point, the third season kind of represents what I would call a “flattening” of the ERB product on the whole. While the first two seasons are full of all sorts of experimental moments, by the third season, the core concepts were more or less set in stone, and ERB had begun to expand in terms of the talent fielded for battle raps.That was great in theory, don’t get me wrong, but on the flipside, while Season Three has a couple of really solid releases, a whole lot of the season feels flat and uninspired, and the majority of the videos lack the punch of the first two seasons. Don’t get me wrong, there are some really strong winners in Season Three, at least, but Season Four basically beats the shit out of it pretty hard, thanks to several really strong tracks and only a couple flat entries, while the third season is a lot of “meh.” So let’s take a look at where Season Three went flat, starting with the worst videos and moving up the chain as we go.

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Random Song of the Day – 7/27/15

Today, Bjork:

While I might well have posted something from her in the past, I wanted to post this because I’ve been listening to Debut, her first significant US release, and it’s still pretty interesting on its own merits, outside of time period and context. The video is really weird, as you can see, but I find it interesting that Debut as a record is probably one of her tamer efforts. It’s also her least popular one as well; despite the fact that Bjork basically needed Debut as a record to get traction in the US market, it was the lowest ranked, chart-wise, in the US of all her records. Considering how hard it can be for some acts to keep themselves in the public eye, the fact that Bjork has managed to chart consistently for over two decades in the US is kind of impressive, even if she’s never been the kind of artist who generates multi-platinum records with but a touch.

On the other hand, one of her records, Volta, features her dressed up in a multi-colored soda bottle with feet on the cover, so really, why wouldn’t you buy that, if only because of perverse curiosity?

Random Song of the Day – 7/23/15

Today, Feint:

Admittedly, this came up while I was searching for an Eisbrecher song, and damned if it isn’t a surprisingly solid piece of work. I like the composition here; the progression from verse to chorus is surprisingly lively for what is a fairly simple track (structurally anyway), and the beat’s lively. It’s a song that makes you feel pretty good, honestly, and I like it quite a bit.

Random Song of the Day – 7/22/15

Today, Georgio Moroder:

I went with this song for two reasons.

First off, if you’re a fan of David Guetta and/or Daft Punk, it’s a good thing to see where those sounds came from, if you haven’t already. While the more devoted music fan out there will probably have heard this already, for the rest of you, Giorgio was a huge disco creator in the 70’s, and he inspired and created a significant amount of music, including much of the electronic music we love today. As such, it’s worth listening to if you haven’t, because you can see the influences in popular music of today, and you can see why Daft Punk respected the man enough to write an entire song about him, because he’s very talented, if nothing else.

Second off, if you’re a wrestling fan who doesn’t like Daft Punk or David Guetta, I wanted to post this to point out that you probably like Georgio Moroder, since this is the theme song of the Midnight Express and all, so maybe you should go back and give those acts another shot. Just a thought.