Category Archives: Music

Album Of The Week- Steve Vai- Passion And Warfare

Few albums have blown me away first listen the same way this album has. Aside from being the album that put Steve Vai on the map as a fantastic guitar player, it pushed the musical boundaries of instrumental guitar music. There weren’t many seven string players during this time, and with some of his tunes using a 7, Passion and Warfare was on it’s way to be a classic. Continue reading Album Of The Week- Steve Vai- Passion And Warfare

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I The Mighty- Where the Mind Wants to Go / Where You Let it Go Album Review

I The Mighty has always been an extremely interesting band to me. In the eight years that they have been a band, they have changed their sound multiple times, but it always sounded like I The Mighty. In their third album, they switched up their sound and vocalist Brent Walsh got incredibly introspective lyrically. They didn’t drop their post-hardcore sound that they had introduced in their label debut album Satori and honed in Connector, but some of the songs are stripped down musically.  Continue reading I The Mighty- Where the Mind Wants to Go / Where You Let it Go Album Review

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Album Of The Week- Bossa Nova U.S.A.

The Dave Brubeck Quartet are known for their groundbreaking album “Time Out”, an album that changed the landscape of music in 1959. Odd time signatures, captivating melodies and infectious rhythms riddled the album and it put the entire quartet on the map. In the three years following the iconic release, the group released fifteen projects. One of which that stood out  was Brubeck’s “Bossa Nova U.S.A.” .  Continue reading Album Of The Week- Bossa Nova U.S.A.

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Kozmophone Turntable- Vintage never looked so good!

Vinyl is something that we are all huge fans of here at WhatsItTech. We all have our own turntables, and favorites that we love to spin. From Sting to Perturbator and Technics 1200’s to Sansui’s. We’ve spoke about our love of it at great length in the past! One thing we never really thought we’d see are changes to the ‘traditional’ turntable. Enter Kozmophone, a company shaking up a classic design with a modern spin. Continue reading Kozmophone Turntable- Vintage never looked so good!

Album Of The Week- Run The Jewels 2

Run The Jewels is what you would get if BIg K.R.I.T. and Trent Reznor hooked up, and if Trent could rap. Their second album, Run The Jewels 2 is a bombastic record filled with zippy one liners, earth shattering beats and friendship. Killer Mike and El-P not only created an album that is sounds sonically better than their first project, but they did it the way they wanted to. They released their music for free on their site, and garnered the respect of publications and MC’s everywhere. Without further ado, this weeks’ album is RTJ 2! Continue reading Album Of The Week- Run The Jewels 2

Intervals’ Release New Single, Announce New Album

Progressive rock band Intervals, spearheaded by guitar player Aaron Marshall, announced their new album The Way Forward. The album is due to release on December 1, 2017. The band also released their first single, “Touch And Go”. For those who signed up to be a part of Aaron’s Jamplay event back in September heard this song performed on stream. The band is riding the success of their 2015 release of The Shape Of Colour, their first instrumental album. The Way Forward will also be an instrumental, and based on one or two of the other songs the band has teased from live shows and the stream, it certainly is a step forward.  Continue reading Intervals’ Release New Single, Announce New Album

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Album Of The Week- Rise Against- Endgame

There are very few albums that I distinctly remember exactly where I was/what I was doing when they dropped. Rise Against’s sixth studio album Endgame was one of those few times. I was on a school trip the day it dropped, and I remember needing to get home to check out the album. When I got home and listened to it, I was absolutely floored. The album was a step forward and addressed some of the hardest hitting topics the band had every spoke on. The riffs were heavier, the content held more weight, the bass chunkier, it was everything I wanted. Without further ado, let’s get into the album of the week! Continue reading Album Of The Week- Rise Against- Endgame

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Album Of The Week- Tycho- Awake

Album Of The Week is a new segment we will be doing here at WhatsItTech where we discuss an album that we love. This week, we’re gong to focus on the ambient, electronic album Awake from Tycho. Also, if we own the album on vinyl, we’ll be sure to mention the quality of the pressing and how we like the packaging/aesthetics.

Awake came out in 2014, and is the second album in the trilogy that Tycho has released. I was introduced to this album through the video game Hohokum. His song “L” really caught my ear because of the really spacey sound it has. It really threw me for a loop at first, and I decided to check out Awake.  Continue reading Album Of The Week- Tycho- Awake

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Vulfpeck’s New Single Baby I Don’t Know Oh Oh

Ann Arbor, Michigan based band Vulfpeck released their second single “Baby I Don’t Know Oh Oh” from their upcoming album Mr. Finish Line. This single falls in line with the vibe of their other single “Birds Of A Feather“. The album releases their third official album on November 7th, be sure to check it out.

VULFPECK /// Baby I Don't Know Oh Oh

For the uninitiated, Vulfpeck are a funk-rock/ R&B group from Ann Arbor, Michigan. They released a couple EPS, and two albums, Thirll Of The Arts and The Beautiful Game. Thrill Of The Arts was my introduction to the group and I fell in love with the catchy single “Back Pocket“. The group is a revolving door of musicians, but some notable mainstays have been bassist Joe Dart, Jack Stratton, Theo Katzman and Woody Goss.

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Concert Review: Perturbator at (Le) Poisson Rouge

Aside from hip-hop, no genre has grown more in the past ten years than electronic music. House, trance, EDM and synthwave are just a few of the genres that are growing in the internet age. One genre that made a resurgence is synthwave, with artists such as Perturbator, Carpenter Brut, GosT, and Dance With The Dead at the forefront of this movement. On September 28th. my friends and I decided to go to NYC to catch Perturbator along with Das mörtal and Protector 101. While I enjoyed the headlining act, the opening acts left a little to be desired.
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Is BROCKHAMPTON Paving The Way For New Hip-Hop

Hip-hop groups have always been popular since the birth of the genre back in 1973. From Grnandmaster Flash And The Furious Five to NWA, Wu-Tang Clan, and Odd Future, groups have always created some very diverse music. Maybe it’s because of the variety of voices, or the addition of new creative idea, but I’ve always personally been interested in the content groups release. One of the most popular groups that has gained a lot of traction this year is BROCKHAMPTON, a self proclaimed boy band based in Los Angeles but primarily from Texas. And I think they’re the future of hip-hop Continue reading Is BROCKHAMPTON Paving The Way For New Hip-Hop

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Morti Viventear – Lovecraftmanship Album Review

I find instrumental music to be one of my favorite genres. The artist is free to create intricate soundscapes without having to structure it around a vocalist. I first got introduced to instrumental hip-hop through DJ Shadow’s landmark album Endtroducing…... After that, I was shown Madlib and J-Dilla, two more pioneers in that genre. I had been on the hunt for artists that would blow me away in the same fashion that those guys did. Enter: Morti Viventear, a Montréal-based producer who created one of the most beautiful hip-hop instrumental albums I’ve heard in recent times. Time to go underwater with Morti’s album Lovecraftmanship! Continue reading Morti Viventear – Lovecraftmanship Album Review