I haven't listened to enough hip-hop that came out this year. Any recommendations?
Action Bronson’s new record is what I’m most excited for. Check out the “Easy Rider” single, which is awesome. This year I’ve also loved Young Thug & Bloody Jay’s Black Portland, My Krazy Life by YG, Dead by Young Fathers, So It Goes by Ratking, Dark Comedy by Open Mike Eagle, Vic Mensa’s “Down On My Luck,” Rick Ross’ “Sanctified,” Honest by Future, Hey by LE1F, “Never Catch Me” by Flying Lotus and Kendrick, “Rain Song” by Antwon. This year has been good so far. Nothing huge but lots of good releases.
your singing voice reminds me of Joseph D'Agostino's a lil is that a coincidence or
It’s a coincidence. We have similar ranges but he has more control over his voice. I like Cymbals Eat Guitars a lot but I don’t deliberately try to sound like the singer or anything. I could wreck at cymbals eat guitars karaoke though.
What is the definitive power-pop record in your opinion? Or if you can't name just one, what are some?
Some of my favorites are It’s A Shame About Ray by the Lemonheads, Bandwagonesque by Teenage Fanclub, Reconstruction Site by the Weakerthans, #1 Record by Big Star, My Aim Is True by Elvis Costello, Shake the Sheets by Ted Leo, the Blue album by Weezer, Alien Lanes by Guided By Voices, and Tim by the Replacements. There are a lot more but those are all stellar.