10 Diss Songs More Sincere Than Mark Kozelek’s War

 

Photo Courtesy of stereo gum.com
Photo Courtesy of stereogum.com

Most likely many readers are already familiar with the famed “feud” between Sun Kil Moon frontman Mark Kozelek and the indie-rock band War On Drugs. For the most part, the exchange between the two groups has been grossly over-scrutinized, with no shortage of music websites and blogs commenting on this issue. The overall vibe appears to be that some people do not find any kind of humor in Kozelek’s attack and see him as an immature jerk, or people that believe that he is simply tired of how media loves to sensationalize things out of context for the sake of a story. As demonstrated from the lyricism in Sun Kil Moon’s Benji, Kozelek has no problem in painting surprisingly honest, introspective, and strikingly vivid images of what is going on in his mind, so something about hoping the War On Drugs “don’t have lice”, and other uncharacteristically juvenile lyrics in his songs about the War On Drugs make it clear that Kozelek’s original intentions in this “conflict” were not to bring about the demise of War On Drugs, but perhaps simply to poke fun at the entire situation. To contrast, we will look at 10 songs, in no order, where the intention of the artist is clearly to call out a target.

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6 Artists That Make Great Study Music

It’s that time in the semester.  Things are starting to get crazy.  Those projects are piling up.  Finals are just over the horizon.  Right now you’re probably halfway through an intense study session, your study playlist is exhausted, and you find yourself checking WRVU for your emerging music needs.

Luckily for you, I have some great artists to bolster the ranks of your depleted library as you take on the end of the semester.  As a general rule, these artists don’t feature many lyrics in their songs as I generally find lyrics to be distracting from my work.  If you can get into the studying zone while listening to music with prominent lyrics, then I envy you.

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Is It OK To Use Your Smartphone At A Concert?

Earlier this week, another one of WRVU’s staff writers talked about Concert Do’s and Don’t’s. One of the suggest modes of concert etiquette was “Don’t experience the concert through the lens of your camera.” I feel like this has become a hot topic among my friends and me throughout the past few years; increasingly so as apps like Snapchat and Instagram have become more and more popular. So I’m here to talk about what I think, what the good people of the Internet think, and what artists think about smartphones at concerts.

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Album Review: Run The Jewels 2

This week was a good one for Run the Jewels fans in Nashville.  This morning, two days after their sold-out show at Exit/In, Run The Jewels 2, the duo’s long awaited follow-up to their self-titled debut, appeared on my news feed.  I ate up this fresh musical morsel as soon I could.  What I found when I dove into this album was one of the best collection of dope beats, club bangers, and vicious verses I have heard out of the rap scene this year and a continuation of the trademark style that El-P and Killer Mike have developed.

El-P (left) and Killer Mike (right)
El-P (left) and Killer Mike (right)

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Concert (P)review: GIVERS Showcase New Work at Exit/In

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On Tuesday, October 21st, concert goers at the Exit/In were one of the first to witness GIVERS, with opening act Kind Cousin, perform on their most recent tour. The bands only left their hometown of the wonderful Lafayette, Louisiana earlier this month, and so curiosity for what the indie pop groups had to offer was high. GIVERS has not released anything since their debut album In Light came on the scene in 2011. Having taken a break after their last batch of touring, there was definitely an unspoken expectation from the crowd to see what the quintet had been working on since their last foray in the spotlight. GIVERS did not disappoint, with the show at the Exit/In providing a solid, if not majority, representation of their new songs.

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The Hip Hop Guide For People That Aren’t Into Hip Hop

I am lyrically challenged.  I will be listening to a song and not even hear the lyrics most of the time.  If I have listened to the song enough, I might be able to sing along even though I have given exactly zero thought to the meaning or even coherence of what I am singing.  I also grew up listening to the mainstream pop punk, nu-metal, and metalcore of the early to mid 2000′s and held an active dislike for rap.  These things considered, there is seemingly no reason that I should find myself getting into hip hop and rap at the age of 20.  It turns out I just had to find the right stuff to serve as a gateway to the hip hop world.  Here, I will list some of the artists that helped make the transition into the wonderful genre of hip hop a little easier. [Read more...]