Summer of Art – Daily cardinal recommendations for music and media

Bronco – Orville Peck album

By Hope Carnop

I used to tell people that country was the only genre of music I didn’t listen to, but that’s no longer true since I started listening to Orville Peck’s music Bronco. I was captivated by Peck’s performance at the Pabst Theater this June, where I picked up a vinyl of the new record—his longest and most cohesive work to date. At the Milwaukee show and throughout the album, he fully commits to the mysterious cowboy character that drives his narrative—something I’ve always found lacking in mainstream country music lyrics. The full album is perfect for a summer road trip, evoking scenes from “[heading] down PCH” and feeling the breeze “all over the rusty sky”. If you don’t have time for the full recording. I recommend “Trample Out the Days” and “Lafayette” for a sample of Peck’s slower, more beautiful style and a fun, upbeat song. Listen to “The Curse of the Blackened Eye” for a demonstration of Peck’s impressive range. “Any Turn” is another personal favorite, although my friends disagree with my theory that it sounds exactly like a sped-up version of Tom Petty’s “Runnin’ Down a Dream.” If you think you don’t like country, I suggest you reconsider your relationship with the genre by listening to Bronco.

turbo crocodile – Action Bronson album

By Seamus Rohrer

Action Bronson has been on the rap scene for over a decade, but his music has aged like the natural wine he travels the world drinking in front of the Vice cameras: expertly and tastefully. Following Bronson’s 2020 project Only for Dolphins, which embraced his affinity for world music, Cocodrillo Turbo is an experimental, psychedelic rap album. That’s not to say it’s not full of Bronson trademarks, like sheer lyrical ridiculousness (“They say Bronson went AIDS off Magic Johnson’s member”) and an endless stream of culinary references. But he’s clearly broadened his production horizons, thanks in no small part to the Alchemist producer’s wizardry behind the boards. The beats are jazzy and Bronson’s flow is as crisp and calculated as ever. With “Cocodrillo Turbo,” the Flushing, Queens MC proves his music is malleable, shifting styles but retaining the same grit that helped him burst onto the rap scene more than 10 years ago.

The Mitchell Family vs. The Machines – Comedy movie

By Jeffrey Brown

Probably off your radar, The Mitchells vs. The Machines is a delightfully animated story about a family sending their oldest daughter off to college. However, the trip is quickly cut short by a robot apocalypse. Starring Danny McBride, Maya Rudolph, Eric Andre, Fred Armisen and Beck Bennett, this direct-to-Netflix production from Sony Pictures Animation is one of the funniest family films of the past year. The characters are incredibly relatable, likable and genuine with jokes that are somehow both of this moment and timeless. As much as I loved ‘Turning Red’ and ‘Encanto’, ‘The Mitchells vs The Machines’ is filled with too much humor and genuine passion not to find its way to a special place in my heart.

Our Band Can Be Your Life – A Book on the History of Independent Music

By Drake White Bergey

Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes From the American Indie Underground 1981-1991 by Michael Azerrad is a must-read for indie music lovers. In this book, Azeradd chronicles the lives and careers of 13 bands that existed mostly or completely independent of corporate record companies in the 1980s and early 1990s. While ’80s indie music was dominated by punk, Azeradd managed to include a diverse range of bands with different sounds. They come from all walks of life and can be found all over the United States. Although initially covering hardcore punk mainstays like Black Flag and Minor Threat, Azerrad’s novel moves on to sounds as diverse as Dinosaur Jr., Beat Happening, Sonic Youth and the Butthole Surfers. Every band mentioned in this book is worth listening to. Each of these groups, despite the grueling work required to maintain an independent career in the 1980s, managed to make a significant impact on the music world. Anyone who wants to learn more about the origins of independent music—or anyone who wants to expand their musical portfolio—should read Our Band Can Be Your Life.

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HBO Shows: Curb Your Enthusiasm, Silicon Valley, Veep

By Anupras Mohapatra

I watched three HBO shows this summer and loved them all. Curb Your Enthusiasm is the first show I watched. Larry David is the gift that keeps on giving. I did something unusual with the series: I watched it from season 11 to season one. The show is equally good either way. I did my own soundtrack to the show. It makes everyday tasks a lot more fun. David has barely aged over the years and I hope he never dies. Then I watched Silicon Valley. Considering I’m interning at Big Tech, it made sense. The concept is refreshing. The sheer insanity of tech startup culture is brilliantly revealed through humor. Finally, the show I just watched is Veep. To many, Julia Louis-Dreyfus is simply Elaine Benz from Seinfeld. They would be wrong because she is amazing as Selina Meyer. However, the show is much more than Louis-Dreyfus. It’s well-written and acted throughout, which turns out to be eerily similar to real-life American politics. If you’ve been considering watching these three shows, I highly recommend doing so.

“escape room” Rural Internet – hip-hop album

By Jeffrey Brown

An experimental hip-hop album heavily influenced by glitch pop, “escape room” is a passionate, bombastic exploration of the transgender experience. The opening track, “I am not brave,” opens with a beautiful, brutally poignant verse about the assault trans people are under. “love” is a delightful, brilliant song about accepting ourselves for who we are, and features a funny, fast-paced Elon Musk diss. The track “tension” features probably my favorite lyrics from the album, “need a scary bitch to give me spooky head/ I need a movie kiss, it gets his coochie.” “Escape room” is an amazing album worth listening to this summer.

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Jeffrey Brown

Jeffrey Brown is the arts editor for the Daily Cardinal. He also writes about Beetroot.

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