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tUnE-yArDs-The Real Thing; Nikki Nack: Album of the Year

Posted in Album Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 by Terry Scott Niebeling

I have just acquired Nikki Nack, I will go on record and say this is the best album of the year.  Real Thing has to be one of my favorite songs, as it is stuck in my head.  I liken Nikki Nack to an earlier Streets album, ironic and real; experimental, aggressive, unique, empathetic, and full of passionate, rich sound.  The melodies are enormous, and obscure, as are the lyrics.  A few listens through proves you will most likely be singing along.

On such albums I typically hit repeat and wear a song out, which I have done, but unlike other albums, I have been playing Nikki Nack from start to finish.  On the first listen I was blown away, on the second and third I was surprised at the unprecedented sound.

Dan and Hannah gave me the album, but it is worth a purchase.  Support this wonderful artist and her music.  This album is top-tier 2014 material, musically.

 

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Homeless and Big Cats, “The Food Chain” Hungry for More

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on Saturday, September 14, 2013 by Terry Scott Niebeling

What I find amazing is when I find something amazing that’s been residing in my city for some time unbeknownst to me.

 

Stuff in my city that I find amazing: the ever growing music scene, the progressive nature of citizen idea, booty shorts, and the openness of our community.  This openness gives artists a basis for starting on a path to achieve their goals, and to reach a specific and gracious audience.

 

Last night while drinking a few beverages with AKA I was introduced to an artist I had never heard before.  I became that specific and gracious audience member.

 

I mean I am into artists who go hard, I am into artists with great beats, and I am definitely into artists with flashy videos, that which still come across as true to life; however, finding an artist with all three of these qualities can be a daunting task.  Last night this task was fulfilled just by going to a friend’s house in South Minneapolis.  This friend has musically inclined acquaintances whom he put me on to.

As I have said before, I don’t really try.  Things seem to fall from the sky.

 

This night of drinks started with politics and went straight to hip-hop as usual.  He threw the Homeless and Big Cats video for “The Food Chain” on and I was taken away.  I love hip-hop that is raw, original, and moderately offensive in a clever way.  I would say that “The Food Chain” encompasses what I truly enjoy about this genre of music.

Underground Hip-Hop is not dead even if it is six feet underground, this video is testament to that.  This sound is underground.

One can truly be whatever they want to be, and then (whether on the side, or for full-time) create art which reaches a unique and expanding audience, speaking to them in esoteric ways to garner loyalty.  Someone may be a writer by day and a hip-hop mogul at night, you pick your poison.

 

This song is worth hearing.  Homeless is clever, creative, and truly relatable.  That is something I find amazing in Minneapolis.

 

I find this video addictive and at the same time incredibly real.  Real enough to want to hear more.