This week on Autographs, Matt goes in depth on…his own life! This highlights episode kicks off with with a deep dive into Matt’s favorite art, media and performances from 2018. Then Matt shares some landmark moments of the year, from new projects to special events. Finally, he closes out the show with a few very special Thank Yous. We hope you enjoy this new annual tradition, and remember: Music is life, and life is good!
In this episode, Matt interviews Genuine Independent Rap Legend Jesse Dangerously! Jesse chats with Matt about the origins of his latest release, Want For Nothing by Danger Grove, which is a collaboration between him and Lizard Grove. The two also discuss Jesse’s love of magical girl anime, as well how it’s inspired him and his music. Lastly, Jesse shares the impact of rap on his life since childhood, and tells the story of how he found the indie rap scene.
In this episode, Matt welcomes Ryako, a nerdcore rapper from Brugge, Belgium. She and Matt chat about her latest record, Fangirl, her sources of inspiration, as well as some of her favorite artists both inside the genre and out. They talk about the nerdy properties that inspired the works on Fangirl, including Star Trek, Firefly, and X-Files. Ryako shares her journey from California to Belgium, adventures while shooting the video for “Starfleet Boys,” and teases exciting future projects.
Today, Matt welcomes Lex The Lexicon Artist, a Taipei-raised, Oakland-based nerd core rapper. With a debut full-length album out called Raging Ego, and two music videos (for the singles “Glasses” and “Artist Anthem”), Lex discusses her early exposure to rap in Taiwan and who her early influences were. With Matt, they discuss her visit to NYC, what it was like to perform at SXSW 2018, and chat about the connectivity of social media and how it’s helped her reach more people more quickly and directly. And so, from her love of anime to the progress she’s already made on her second album, here’s presenting Matt Storm and Lex The Lexicon Artist.
For this week’s recommendation I’ve picked something that broke through the noise last week. That song is the brand new single “Crossing A Line” by Mike Shinoda from is forthcoming solo record. The song is a stripped down and heart felt tune about moving on and moving forward. I love Mike as a rapper but I’ve also always loved his singing and this song is all singing. I love the brief drum beat bridge towards the end as well. If you grew up loving Linkin Park like I did you should definitely check this out. If you didn’t it’s also worth checking out because I believe there is enough differences that you’d dig it too.
For this week’s recommendation I’m recommending a band. That band is Flobots. They are a band that seamlessly mixes some of my favorite genres of music from hip hop to folk to rock to pop to indie and more. I highly recommend all of their albums but my favorite is The Circle In The Square which was released in 2012. My favorite song by them however and the one I’m putting the playlist is from their 2010 release called Survival Story and is called “If I.” They flow with a rebel energy and are incredibly diverse. Definitely worth checking out.
This week’s recommendation starts with a thank you. Thank you to Bunny Buxom and Schaffer the Darklord for introducing me to this artist. The song I picked this week is “Run For Your Life” by the incredible K.Flay from the upcoming Tomb Raider movie. I love this track for so many reasons. Her seamless shift from singing to rapping. The instrumental progression is killer and keeps it interesting. The verses are about the lyrics but the chorus is about a feeling and the sound. The instrumental bridge is stunning.
For the first “Stormageddon Recommends…” I have a doozy. First of all, every song coming out for the Black Panther movie have been gold. My favorite thou and the song I’m recommending today is “Pray For Me” by The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar. The way it builds and the killer rhythm get me hyped every time I hear it.
Where were you in September 2012? We were fumbling through the Flobots’ last album, The Circle in the Square. And now, after many moons, we’re tackling them again, hopefully with steadier hands and heads. Jonny 5, Brer Rabbit, KennyO, and company are back at it, releasing their first album in that timespan, Noenemies. We’ll discuss the current state of Flobots, the new album and its content, while touching briefly on “having your back against the wall” so to speak—confronting the ‘thens’ and ‘nows’ of critical consideration.
It’s time for everyone’s favorite (and perhaps only) virtual band! Although we’ve inspected the work of Damon Albarn before, this is our first chance to take on the Gorillaz, an unrelated ensemble of animated musicians — 2-D, Mudoc, Noodle, and Russel — who, as far as we’re concerned, are behind the music we’re hearing. On their latest album, Humanz, the Gorillaz introduce a bevy of artists, both old and new, to help with the project and take on its variety of subjects. Let’s follow along! And save room for a brief discussion on the subjectivity and flexibility of rating criteria where art is concerned.