First off I am pleased to announce that the music portion of my new work-in-progress site is working. I designed a simple blog program that I am calling Felix after my (currently one-man) band Felix and Friends. There is going to be a section of the site dedicated to my music. The first page in that section will be a blog consisting of news regarding where I’ll be playing, new songs I’ve written, etc. I just got that blog working. I had the skeleton written last night but when I tried to test it I either got an error when I tried to conclude my “foreach” with an “endforeach” statement or I only got the most recent database record for the database table that contains that blog when I left out “endforeach”. This is what I’m working on right now (I love screenshots. Download Skitch for Windows-I think- and Mac and you can take them and edit them super easy too! I really recommend you check it out!):
Kanye West’s new album is awesome. Kanye is a true artist. He is the king of hip hop. He isn’t some fly by night rapper. He truly has artistic vision. He elevates hip hop to a new level. “808’s and Heartbreak” is some of the best music I’ve heard in a while. Kanye makes slow songs enjoyable again. I was wondering what he was going to do after his first three albums. They all show real growth but it was still incremental. I applaud Kanye for recording an album that was so different from his previous work. He needed to do it. If he didn’t the music would have been good but 808’s is a logical step forward. This album reminds me of Adore by the Smashing Pumpkins. They had a string of hit records but couldn’t really go anywhere else without sounding the same and fading into irrelevance. So they put out Adore. Critics loved it, fans hated it. But history vindicated them and today it is widely considered one of their best works and under-appreciated.