I've been completely aware of this group for a minute. I saw the posts here, read their feature in Wax Poetics, watched random video clips. I even *saw them live* back in 2013 (accompanying a friend who was a fan). I liked everything I heard, so why didn't I take the time to do a proper deep dive?
I dunno. but last week, while diggin' in one of my regular spots, I heard some audio bliss over the store's speakers and went to the counter to see what was playing. Choose Your Weapon.
why did I sleep on this??
I'm only on 2 full spins so far, but what's interesting is that things actually *pick up* halfway through; by the time you get to side C (circa Atari), it feels like the party is just getting started. and The Lung?! uuunngh~~ disgusting.
hand me a late pass. not sure why I held off, but I'm kinda glad I "discovered" them organically and away from the hype (as I remember there being quite a lot of it).
addendum: I still need time to digest this LP, but what's the consensus on Nai Palm's solo?
19. "RE: so I slept real hard on Hiatus Kaiyote" In response to Reply # 0
Can you talk a little more about not catching on during the "hype"? I hear a lot of people talk about this. Does what people think/say affect if you like something or not. Or do you just not want to be listening to something everyone else is listening to?
it wasn’t a case of the buzz driving me away; as I said, I liked everything I heard. I guess it just didn’t make a big enough impression to motivate me to seek out more of their stuff. I think this second time just happened to catch me when I was more open to their music. stars in alignment, n’ all that.
what I meant by discovering it organically was that hearing it “in the wild” and independent of any friend's or tastemaker’s recommendation or via a forum post provided a nice, clean slate to fully form my own opinion. thinking about it now, I think that’s becoming more of a rarity because of the internet; it didn’t pop up in my Soundcloud feed or in someone’s Spotify playlist, I didn’t hear it in a show or movie I was watching and no one told me “you need to listen to this.” the staff in the store could’ve played literally anything and I just happened to be there when they played this. it’s like serendipity.
to be clear, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with those other methods of discovery, but something about this just seemed really *pure,* for lack of a better term.
to your point, I definitely think I’ve avoided some records/artists because of hype in the past, maybe subconciously, maybe not. I can't tell you exactly why; I don't really care what others think about what I like. in this particular case, after already hearing and liking the music, finding out it was by a band I’d heard so many great things about in the past made it that much easier to break out my wallet.
for music nerds, maybe there really is a sweet spot for buzz — just enough people talking about something so that you still feel like one of the cool kids who catches on early. it's silly, of course, but that doesn't mean it doesn't play a factor for some.
21. "I caught on to them in a round about way" In response to Reply # 0
Listening to Robert Glasper's Miles Davis tribute (Everything's Beautiful) and got mesmerized the vocal performance on 'Little Church'.That lead me to 'Breathing Underwater' and it's been a wrap for me ever since.
<-- Dave Thomas knows what's up... __________________________
Jay: Look here homie, any nigga can get a hit record. This here is about respect. Game: Like Gladys Knight. Jay: Aretha Franklin. Game: Word, I like her too. Jay: Nigga...
resurrecting this thread because after finally listening to Tawk Tomahawk, I now know WHY I slept on them: Nakamarra.
Nakamarra was the joint that everyone was talking about and really blew them up. I listened to it back then and while it was cool, it wasn't really anything wildly different or exciting enough to make me wanna hear more from them.
now that I've heard TT in its entirety, I'm actually a bit frustrated that Nakamarra's the joint people recommended because, IMO, it's the most "regular-"sounding song in their catalog, and is therefore a bit of an outlier.
I mean, I can't get mad at folks for liking what they like, and of course they're gonna pick the joint with the catchiest hook for the single, but had someone introduced me to this group via Malika or Breathing Underwater, I never woulda slept like I did. THAT'S some stuff I've never really heard before. diff'rent strokes, eh?