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Eerie, Eerie (Tee Pee Records)




DJ Khaled, Major Key (Epic Records)

More and more, major label hip-hop is becoming a world-class swindle, not that this is news to nerdy experimentalists or OG hard-schoolers. Fact is, there are plenty of fans and bloggers constantly hoping for that one perfect misstep, after which the whole overfed genre will miraculously become supplanted by, oh, who knows, dubstep-pop, or maybe ukelele-folk at this rate. Undergrounders loved it when Khaled “proposed” to Nicki Minaj on MTV, a shark-jumping that jacked the ranks of the geek jihad, but this may be even more annoying, simply because this “human meme” has everyone, and I mean everyone, guesting on here, like a “We Are the World” of mall-rap. Jay-Z snoozes his way through the pedestrian trap of “I Got the Keys,” not helped at all by the presence of Future, who must have deleted all the recent memos about Autotune. Actually the biggest takeaway from this ego-tsunami is the diss from Jay-Z against Drake (whose refried boasting in “For Free” should have just gone straight to ringtone) in that song (it’s probably a reach, but the fanboy sewing circle is fascinated, which should at least keep them too busy to disturb any interesting threads). What’s that? Yes, Kendrick is here. It wouldn’t count otherwise, right? C 




Eerie, Eerie (Tee Pee Records)
CD Reviews: August 11, 2016

08/11/16
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



Eerie, Eerie (Tee Pee Records)

I like that these guys are on a retro-’70s Warren Publishing trip (Eerie was the title of Warren’s least-popular horror-comic magazine, and this album cover pays tribute to that whole vibe). I also like that they have the guts to call themselves a half-black-metal band when they’re no such thing; this is more like Thee Obsessed-meets-High on Fire, and I mean in just about every way, from the constant threat of off-key singing to the basic Black Sabbath setting on their Marshall amps. But wait, come to think of it, these Oakland kids do seem to love old Venom albums, so technically they’re sort of black metal. Of course, if all that stuff matters to you, you shouldn’t listen to any sort of metal in the first place — this is loud all the time, epic once in a while, but most of all heartfelt, from four guys who’ve paid their dues in such bands as Witch (bassist Dave Sweetapple) and Draugar (guitarist Tim Lehi). It’s sloppy and skronky, but the energy is there, no question. B+ 





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