Episode 39: Sayonara, 2016

Another year, another meticulously curated best of music play list. Sure, sure – every one ELSE has moved on to 2017 and are feverishly beginning to mark down what new jams take their fancy, but here at the Lighthouse? Well, we move at our own pace and deliver only the best product to give back you….the people.

In this episode, the lads sit down and go through Cubosa’s Top 116 of 2016 playlist; singling out delicious highlights, egregious omissions and reminiscing on all the quality music that came out in the year of the Monkey. We may hate a little too much, but it’s because we care.

1. NxWorries – Suede
2. Phony PPL – Why ii Love The Moon
3. A$AP Twelvvy – L.Y.B.B. (Resolution)
4. Schoolboy Q – That Part (Feat. Kanye West)
5. Brodinski – Us (Feat. Bloody Jay)
6. Rihanna – Kiss It Better
7. Amine – Caroline
8. Mac Miller – Dang! (Feat. Anderson .Paak)
9. GoldLink – Fall In Love (Feat. Ciscero, Kaytranada & BADBADNOTGOOD)
10. Kaytranada – Lite Spots
11. The Avalanches – Because I’m Me
12. Majid Jordan – Make It Work
13. Barei – Say Yay! (Spain – Eurovision Entry)
14. Gryffin – Heading Home (Feat. Josef Salvat)
15. Flume – Tiny Cities (Feat. Beck)
16. ANOHNI – 4 Degrees
17. The Smith Street Band – History Eraser (Like a Version Cover)
18. Sioux Falls – Copy Paste
19. Isaiah Rashad – 4r Da Squaw
20. Frank Ocean – Nikes
21. Roy Woods – She Knows About Me
22. Drake – Too Good (Feat. Rihanna)
24. HOME – Decay
25. Flume – Free
26. Crystal Castles – Their Kindess Is Charade
27. Khalid – Let’s Go
28. Childish Gambino – Redbone
29. DJ Quik & Problem – You Are Everything
30. Nas – Nas Album Done
31. Fat Joe & Remy Ma – All The Way Up (Feat. French Montana)
32. Young Thug – Webbie (Feat. Duke)
33. Curren$y – Mallory Knox
34. French Montana – Lockjaw (Feat. Kodak Black)
35. Madeintoyo – Uber Everywhere
36. Post Malone – Deja Vu (Feat. Justin Bieber)
37. Wale – It’s Too Late
38. How To Dress Well – The Speed Dial
39. Anderson .Paak – Room In Here (Feat. The Game & Sonyae Elise)
40. Rihanna – Consideration (Feat. SZA)
41. GoldLink – Rough Soul (Feat. April George)
42. Isaiah Rashad – Free Lunch
43. A Tribe Called Quest – The Space Program
44. Schoolboy Q – By Any Means
45. Future – Low Life (Feat. The Weeknd)
46. Flatbush Zombies – Bounce
47. Lil Uzi Vert – Money Longer
48. Joe Budden – Three
49. Danny Brown – When It Rain
50. Crystal Castle – Fleece
51. Julian Winding – The Demon Dance
52. Negative Gemini – Body Work
53. Drake – Feel No Ways
54. Shura – Tounge Tied
55. Bat For Lashes – Sunday Love
56. Blood Orange – Hands Up
57. David Bowie – I Can’t Give Everything Away
58. How To Dress Well – Salt Song
59. Frightened Rabbit – Woke Up Hurting
60. DIIV – Loose Ends
61. Frank Ocean – Ivy
62. Frans – If I Were Sorry (Sweden Eurovision Entry)
63. The Cardboard Swords – Cardigan
64. Aaron West & The Roaring Twenties – ’67 Cherry Red
65. Sioux Falls – 3 Fast
66. FEWS – 100 Goosebumps
67. White Lung – Kiss Me When I Bleed
68. PUP – Sleep in The Heat
69. The Smith Street Band – Death To The Lads
70. Pinegrove – Old Friends
71. DMA’s – Delete
72. Frightened Rabbit – I Wish I Was Sober
73. Anderson .Paak – Put Me Thru
74. Elzhi – Hello!!!!!
75. Joe Budden – I Wanna Know
76. A Tribe Called Quest – Whatever Will Be (Feat. Consequence)
77. Solange – Cranes In The Sky (Kaytranada Edit)
78. Miguel – Come Through & Chill
79. Roy Woods – SKRT (Remix)
80. Dave – Wanna Know
81. Drake – U With Me?
82. Rihanna – Needed Me
83. Majid Jordan – Something About You
84. Mickey Kojak – Move Too Fast
85. Janet Jackson – If (Kaytranada Remix)
86. Kaytranada – You’re The One (Feat. Syd)
87. Drake – One Dance (feat. Wizkid & Kyla)
88. Vybz Kartel – Fever
89. D.R.A.M. – Broccoli (Feat. Lil Yatchy)
90. Domo Genesis – DAPPER (Feat. Anderson .Paak)
91. Anderson .Paak – Am I Wrong (Feat. Schoolboy Q)
92. Chance The Rapper – All Night (Feat. Knox Fortune)
93. Kaytranada – Together (Feat. AlunaGeorge & GoldLink)
94. Teedra Moses – Be Your Girl (Kaytranada Edit)
95. Carly Rae Jepsen – Body Language
96. Era Istrefi – Bonbon
97. Rihanna – Sex With Me
98. Roy Woods – You Love It
99. Mac Miller – Stay
100. King – The Greatest
101. Gallant – Bourbon
102. NAO – Girlfriend
103. dvsn – Hallucinations
104. Maxwell – 1990x
105. Khalid – Location
106. Frank Ocean – Nights
107. Pearl – Private Party
108. PARTYNEXTDOOR – Come and See Me (Feat. Drake)
109. Drake – Fire & Desire
110. BADBADNOTGOOD – In Your Eyes (Feat. Charlotte Day Wilson)
111. Kamasi Washington – The Rhythm Changes
112. Mac Miller – God Is Fair, Sexy, Nasty (Feat. Kendrick Lamar)
113. Bon Iver – 29 #Strafford APTS
114. Dreamboy – Endings
115. Sioux Falls – If You Let It
116. Apologies, I Have None – Crooked Teeth (Acoustic)

Bonus #1 – Migos – Bad & Boujee (Feat. Lil Uzi Vert)
Bonus #2 – The Avanlaches – Bad Day (Feat. Freddie Gibbs)
Bonus #3 – Kranium – Rumours

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DRAMA ALERT!!!! Low Lifes have differing musical tastes

The podcast is on an indefinite hiatus, we’re individually making big boy moves in our respective careers and unfortunately the music isn’t flowing betwixt us like it once used to.

The theory of evolution would indicate that when life forces take separate directions, change occurs naturally and differences increase, but that doesn’t change the fact that as one third of the L3 crew I have squandered the summer and not made more of an effort to convince the remainder of the gentlemen of the massive movement happening south of the equator.

It’s cuffing season and October’s Very Own month is here. This is one last ditch effort to bridge the divide before a sheet of white on the ground only increases the divide. The title is click baity but … desperate times call for …

10 songs, 40 minutes. A small introduction to tickle the taste buds. An aperitif, if you will.

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Episode 38: Limelight Leftovers

Christmas (…and 2016) have come and gone, however there are still a few albums that dropped late this year for the Low Lifes to sink their teeth into. In this episode we welcome the return of Ab-Soul with his new album Do What Thou Wilt, examine the funkdafied transformation of Childish Gambino on the new Awaken, My Love!,  post up with Post Malone’s Stoney, and finally debut a brand new segment at Light House with Trill’s Beef.

So let us dig into some new music, while you dig into some leftovers.

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Episode 36: Dr. Fisherman & Mr. Brown


Ying & Yang. Heads & Tails. Divinity & Atrocity. This week at the Lighthouse…it’s all about the dualities.

After a much cathartic rant a few weeks ago, and admittedly – further ranting during last weeks awards, the Low Lifes sit down to discuss two projects that while entirely different in concept and execution, both hit the highs we’ve been searching for all year.First, Mac Miller with his the musical and jazz-inspired love (and lust) letter – “The Divine Feminine”, and then the demented human fun-house himself Danny Brown, with “Atrocity Exhibition”. As a bonus the Low Lifes wrap up with a tale of thrift shop and adventure, musing on a few hidden treasures in our own city.

*Author’s note: A few beverages were consumed prior to the recording of this podcast*

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What the Silent Prince listened to in April

I have never accused myself of being consistent. In the early days of L3, I made monthly Soundcloud lists. Then I started spicing it up with movie recommendations. That didn’t last too long. For a couple months, I didn’t do anything!

I’ve written about the music in the lists or simply let my mind bleed its thoughts and tacking on the respective month’s musical choices. You get where I’m going with this, yes?

I started April with another Soundcloud playlist.

As the month progressed, I switched mostly to albums. I was going on extended walks, put on full length albums and let them breath. The highlights of April have been the following two.

Ology by Gallant

Ology by GallantWhen listening to an album for the first time, I favourite whatever perks up my ears. Then, over the next few listens, I will adjust. If something is simply an infatuation, it is unfavourited while the joints that grow on me get the iTunes heart. Listening to Gallant for the first time, I favourited the first four out of five songs. I stopped after that because I realized I would simply like every song on the album. I’ve since gone through and listened with a discerning ear to only choose the cream of the crop.

The album isn’t innovative in any manner, distinctive in sound nor does it blaze a completely new path. Instead, it’s an album that’s sure of what it is and is meticulously polished to a beautiful sheen. The sound could be summed up as “Soundcloud Indie Electronic” and the album cover beautifully sums up the sentiment: sad gold. Every song is tinged with a hint of regret and sadness, but it understands it’s message with pride and does it really, really well.

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A Sailor’s Guide to Earth by Sturgil Simpson

A Sailors Guide To Earth by Sturgill SimpsonWritten as a letter of guidance to his son, this country album is both true to its roots in Western music but also continues to evolve the genre as naturally happens when someone new takes up the flagpole and runs with it.

As for the actual advice in this project, I would sum it up in the following points.

  • Live on the straight and narrow. Be kind to the world around you.
  • Don’t be afraid to mistakes, but learn from them.
  • Life’s unfair. Deal with it.
  • Love.
  • And some truly American yet shocking advice: joining the military doesn’t make you a hero or a man.

It has it’s guitar twangs, southern drawl in the vocals, but it moves forward the genre with beautiful orchestral strings and horns. Using Future as a current example, at times his voice becomes more of a instrument than a device to deliver lyrics.

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March 2016

What is it that we all want? More specifically, the perennial question lingering somewhere in every westerner’s mind: what makes me happy? The word happy is thrown around as often as we toss out trash and equally as thoughtless.

So how do we acquire happiness? Is it the white picket fence with all its trappings we’ve been flogged for the last century? Perhaps it’s the freedom outside our mandatory minimum forty a week. I recognize that I’m abusing old tropes in my examples and there is no singular answer to the question, but how do we go about discovering our own personal truths in relation to that damn word? It requires us rustling around in our filthy pits of emotional uncomfortability. Really burrowing into the uneasiness of our individual existence. After all, a mountain requires its valley just like a day of rays requires others filled with torrents of precipitation.

The real question then becomes how much time do you spend in the pigsty? When does flagellation simply become self harm? Hell if I know, but in the mean time, here’s some musical reprieves I discovered in March and I’ll get back to you. Now, let me get back in.