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This is Past Sounds. Every Friday Ghettoblaster Magazine is looking back and finding great music from various eras. Below are songs that sound great no matter what decade they’re played in. So strap in as we take a musical journey, back in time.

Outkast – “Humble Mumble” (Stankonia, Arista Records) 2000


“Humble as a mumble in the jungle of shouts and screams” serves as both the hook for Humble Mumble and a good descriptor of the songs place in Outkast’s output. Stankonia is one of the greatest hip hop albums of all time and contains “B.O.B,” “Ms. Jackson,” and “So Fresh, So Clean” so it’s easy to overlook “Humble Mumble” in relation to the album as a whole, even though it deserves to be in the same conversation as those seminal hits. The song has so many quotable lines it seems unfair, from the introduction of “The funky engine that could” and asking “what’s your locomotive” to Andre 3000 saying “don’t discrimihate til you done read a book or two” to a critic who “thinks hip hop is only about guns and alcohol.” Lyrically it’s just a really fun song and it follows suit musically as well. It’s a song done in three movements, which are distinctive but still very cohesive as they all eventually blend together. It’s absolutely a song only Outkast could’ve made and I haven’t even mentioned that it features Erykah Badu yet, which is a treat all in itself.


 

Fleetwood Mac – “Storms” (Tusk, Warner Brothers) 1979


Tucked into Tusk, Fleetwood Mac’s most experimental album, “Storms” is a song that is easy to overlook. It’s a serene and heartbreaking song of lost love over a simple folky guitar sung wonderfully by Stevie Knicks. Yet, as is the case with Fleetwood Mac’s best songs, nothing is as simple as it seems. The chorus of “Storms” features some of their best harmonies, which is really saying a lot for this band. Slowly over time percussion and organ build ever so subtlety, resulting in an absolutely beautiful song. On the surface the lyrics seem to be your standard lost love song fare but Knicks’ emotive delivery packs more and more of a punch as the song goes on. Everything culminates together as Knicks sings: “But never ever been a blue calm sea / I have always been a storm” repeating “always been a storm” several times with each time more powerful than the last. Listening to this song is like sitting on a deck watching a slow storm roll in over an otherwise peaceful lake.


 

Matmos – “Tunnel” (The Marriage of True Minds, Thrill Jockey Records) 2013


Matmos has made a career out of gimmicks. This isn’t a negative thing by any means as their gimmicks have mostly paid off. They make experimental electronic music and normally operate within some put-upon-themselves framework for each album. They have an album built around sounds from surgical procedures, another inspired by old instruments and sounds that wouldn’t sound too out of place at a Renaissance festival and most recently an album made almost entirely out of sounds from a washing machine. The Marriage of True Minds, quite possibly their strongest album, took on a strong framework, yet is by far the most abstract they have worked within. They had people go into a sensory deprivation chamber while they transmitted the theme of the album to the subjects telepathically. They would then interview the subjects asking them what they heard or saw. Some would hum melodies, some would describe images and they took these recordings and based an album off of them. It’s a fascinating listen with some absolutely stunning songs. “Tunnel” is an obvious standout track even without the backstory of how it was conceived. Didgeridoo is set atop pulsating rhythms, bombastic funky guitar sounds and screeching synths in a truly fantastic way. Towards the middle of the song a male voice recording taken from the interview after one of the sensory deprivation sessions whispers “There’s a light at the end of the tunnel … But it isn’t daylight”, giving the song an absolutely chilling vibe as it continues.


 

Tyvek – “Wayne County Roads” (On Triple Beams, In the Red Records) 2012


People who have never had the pleasure of continuously having to drive in Wayne County Michigan really have no idea how cathartic it is to listen to a song that yells “Wayne County Roads” over and over as the chorus. They are quite terribly painful to deal with. Tyvek is a great five piece band who makes straight up rock music, which is refreshing in a time with so many genres and subgenres. The song is built around a couple of Television-esque catchy guitar riffs. Again, this is just great solid rock music from a totally Midwest band who has been making under known music for years. On the surface this is a pretty simple song about the roads that take you home but nothing in Wayne County is quite that easy.

 

Fleetwood Mac have extended their North American tour, which features the lineup of Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, Christine McVie, Mick Fleetwood, and John McVie. They’ve added 28 dates to the “On With the Show” tour.

10-10 Boston, MA – TD Garden

10-11 Newark, NJ – Prudential Center

10-14 Pittsburgh, PA – Consol Energy Center

10-15 Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center

10-18 Toronto, Ontario – Air Canada Centre

10-19 Columbus, OH – Nationwide Arena

10-21 Indianapolis, IN – Bankers Life Fieldhouse

10-22 Detroit, MI – The Palace of Auburn Hills

10-25 Boston, MA – TD Garden

10-26 Ottawa, Ontario – Canadian Tire Centre

10-29 Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center

10-31 Washington, DC – Verizon Center

11-01 Hartford, CT – XL Center

11-10 Winnipeg, Manitoba – MTS Centre

11-12 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan – Credit Union Centre

11-14 Calgary, Alberta – Scotiabank Saddledome

11-15 Edmonton, Alberta – Rexall Place

11-18 Vancouver, British Columbia – Rogers Arena

11-20 Tacoma, WA – Tacoma Dome

11-22 Portland, OR – Moda Center

11-24 Sacramento, CA – Sleep Train Arena

11-25 San Jose, CA – SAP Center at San Jose

11-28 Los Angeles, CA – The Forum

11-29 Los Angeles, CA – The Forum

12-02 San Diego, CA – Viejas Arena at San Diego State University

12-03 Oakland, CA – Oracle Arena

12-06 Los Angeles, CA – The Forum

12-07 Anaheim, CA – Honda Center

12-10 Phoenix, AZ – US Airways Center

12-12 Denver, CO – Pepsi Center

12-14 Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center

12-15 Houston, TX – Toyota Center

12-17 Atlanta, GA – Philips Arena

12-19 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – BB&T Center

12-20 Tampa, FL – Tampa Bay Times Forum

01-16 St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center

01-17 Lincoln, NE – Pinnacle Bank Arena

01-20 Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena

01-22 New York, NY – Madison Square Garden

01-24 Atlantic City, NJ – Boardwalk Hall

01-25 Uniondale, NY – Nassau Coliseum

01-28 Providence, RI – Dunkin’ Donuts Center

01-31 Buffalo, NY – First Niagara Center

02-03 Toronto, Ontario – Air Canada Centre

02-05 Montreal, Quebec – Centre Bell Centre

02-07 Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena

02-08 Newark, NJ – Prudential Center

02-11 Des Moines, IA – Wells Fargo Arena

02-12 Milwaukee, WI – BMO Harris Bradley Center

02-14 Chicago, IL – Allstate Arena

02-17 Louisville, KY – KFC Yum! Center

02-18 Cleveland, OH – Quicken Loans Arena

03-01 Austin, TX – Frank Erwin Center

03-07 Charlotte, NC – Time Warner Cable Arena

03-08 Knoxville, TN – Thompson–Boling Arena

03-11 Little Rock, AR – Verizon Arena

03-12 Oklahoma City, OK – Chesapeake Energy Arena

03-15 Charlottesville, VA – John Paul Jones Arena

03-17 Greensboro, NC – Greensboro Coliseum Complex

03-18 Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena

03-27 St. Louis, MO – Scottrade Center

03-28 Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center

03-31 Wichita, KS – INTRUST Bank Arena

Rumours
Rumours

Distractions, the quirky and soulful landscape of songs forthcoming via musician John Nagle on August 6 center around the friendship of two offbeat characters who become entangled in the distractions of love. This is the story—and debut—of Nagle, and producer, Nahneen Kula.

Right before they met, John unwittingly discovered Nahneen’s home-made recordings online and was immediately captivated by her voice which is featured all across the album. John’s guitar driven grooves and breathy vocals are complimented by her electronic embellishments.

The album as a whole reflects their peculiar sense of humor and the light heartedness of their relationship. In jests of their days together emerged imaginary creatures of which Nagle first illustrated in acrylic paintings as gifts to Nahneen. They have become the official mascots of the album and have snuck their way into the soundtrack—some of which are also featured on the cover: a shrimp that awkwardly floats about outer-space and a fish that flies through the air in a lustful search for bun like objects, better known as the bunfish.

Not all romances last for ver but then again not all romances end with lasting friendship—and still, not all romances become a musical collaboration. The last few tracks are revealing of this time when the zany boy and precocious girl end their love affair. Finally, as friends they set out to create Distractions.

Appropriately, Ghettoblaster caught up with Nagle to ask him about a record that has provided pleasant, meaningful distractions for him over the years.  This is what he earnestly and humorously said about Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours…

What is your favorite album?

It’s a face off with Michael Jackson Bad, Fleetwood Mac Rumours, and Nintendo’s Donkey Kong Country. But Rumors wins first place as the family favorite. My parents got married in 1977, when Rumours was released, and it’s been in the family since. The most played album of my life probably for that reason.

Do you remember when you received or purchased the album?

I inherited it. My family collectively owns all 40 million copies of Rumours in all formats–from vinyl to mp3s–which currently makes it the sixth largest selling album of all time.

What is your favorite song on the album?

Maybe it’s “Dreams”. It’s difficult to pick a favorite song from a favorite album.

What is it about the song that resonates with you?

First, my hippocampus loves it. Nothing beats a good nostalgic high. Second, I like the theatrical sensibility. Truly you can see the rain, feel the pain, hear the heart beat and the player play. So good I can overlook the fact that thunder doesn’t actually occur exclusively when it’s raining.

Have you ever covered a song from the album?

No. Not seriously. Just singing along at home while mom and dad lead on the piano and 12-string. Anyway, every time I sit down to learn one of Lindsey’s riffs I meander into writing new material.

What is it about the album that makes it stand out against the band’s other output?

I don’t think it stands out against any of their albums. It complements them in fact.

Have you ever given a copy of this record to anyone? What were the circumstances?

I have certainly shared it. Before p2p sharing was a thing, it was popular to burn CD’s for your friends right? One of my closest friends took it upon himself to expand my musical tastes. He burned his whole collection and gave it to me as homework. So like friends do in this situation you want to one up and win them over with something cool that they didn’t know about. So I gave him one of my very own copies of Rumors and the very next day he gave it right back. He hated it. Fail. Didn’t even burn a copy for himself. But the years go by and all the sudden one day he starts blasting “Never Going Back Again”. So it finally did its job.

Which of the records that you’ve performed on is your favorite?

The one in my brain! And it may always be like that–the favored album is the album I’m chasing after. But since that doesn’t exist in the world, a fair answer would be my latest album, Distractions. Maybe when I have more records under my belt I will have a real answer for this but until then I find myself intensely focused on the next thing.

What is your favorite song on the album and why?

Runaway, because I love jazz in outer space. It’s so visually stimulating. I actually go on an outer space adventure when I listen to this song. Currently working on a video for it right now–starring a shrimp who floats through the far regions of the universe.

Fleetwood Mac have announced a big 2013 North American tour that kicks off April 4 in Columbus, OH.  Here are the dates:

4/4/13 Columbus, OH Nationwide Arena
4/6/13 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
4/8/13 New York, New York Madison Square Garden
4/9/13 Washington, DC Verizon Center
4/11/13 Louisville, KY KFC Yum! Center
4/13/13 Chicago, IL United Center
4/16/13 Toronto, ON The Air Canada Centre
4/18/13 Boston, MA TD Garden
4/20/13 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
4/23/13 Ottawa, ON Scotiabank Place
4/24/13 Newark, NJ Prudential Center
4/26/13 Pittsburgh, PA CONSOL Energy Center
4/28/13 St. Paul, MN Xcel Center
4/30/13 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
5/1/13 Tulsa, OK BOK Center
5/3/13 Little Rock, Ark Verizon Arena
5/12/13 Winnipeg, MB MTS Centre
5/14/13 Saskatoon, SK Credit Union Centre
5/15/13 Edmonton, AB Rexall Place
5/17/13 Calgary, AB Scotiabank Saddledome
5/19/13 Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena
5/20/13 Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome
5/22/13 San Jose, CA HP Pavilion st San Jose
5/25/13 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Bowl
5/26/13 Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Arena
5/28/13 Anaheim, CA Honda Center
5/30/13 Phoenix, AZ US Airways Center
6/1/13 Denver, CO Pepsi Center
6/4/13 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
6/5/14 Houston, TX Toyota Center
6/7/13 Tampa, FL Tampa Bay Times Forum
6/8/13 Ft. Lauderdale, FL BB&T Center
6/10/13 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena
6/12/13 Detroit, MI Joe Louis Arena