EDITOR'S NOTE: It's July 2018 and to be honest, I'm really not even sure what exactly this is/was supposed to be... but from what I can put together, it's some type of "Top 40 "Hitlist"' AKA a breakdown(?) I asked Diarrhea Planet guitarist Evan C. Bird to put together about 6-7 years ago. If you're reaing this now, in 2018, it saddens me to inform you that Diarrhea Planet have, unfortunately, decided it's time for them to disband; however, DP have also, decided to "SHRED THEE WELL" with 2 final shows to be held September 7-8, 2018 at EXIT/IN in Nashville, Tennessee. It seems like Diarrhea Planet has simply, run it's course, but let me just say this: it was extremely fun while it lasted, fellas!
Blue Scholars - Cinematropolis: Seattle Hip-Hop! These guys have been on the top of my list since The Long March (2005). These guys are from Seattle and they're not exactly new, but Cinematropolis is definitely a departure from some of their earlier stuff. It's been badass to watch these develop all the way from The Long March EP because a lot of the other Hip-Hop guys from Tacoma and Seattle are only relevant if you live there. Blue Scholars, Macklemore, and The Saturday Knights were and are continuing to give me some hope. I probably listen to "Motorin'" by The Saturday Knights everyday on the road with DP. There's some dudes making noise in Portland too, but my finger isn't quite on that pulse. Big Sean - Finally Famous: This one was another surprise. I had only heard that song "My Last" with Chris Brown and was kind of on-the-fence. But a girl that I'm crushing on real bad (SC's own Kate Loveless) inadvertently pointed me in the direction of the song "Dance (A$$)," which led me to "Marvin Gaye & Chardonnay" despite Roscoe Dash... and then I just pulled the trigger. I think I like the production better than the lyrics though. Chris Brown - F.A.M.E.: This started out as a guilty pleasure of mine, but now I don't care who knows. Like I said, I spend a lot of time listening to Top 40 and I think Chris Brown had a little more balls on this release. I've always liked Chris Brown because he's never tried to hide the fact that he draws a lot from other artists (particularly Michael Jackson), and his performance of "Man In The Mirror" post-Rihanna at the 2010 BET's was the some of the realest shit. For a short time, I was planning to sell two of my guitars for money for plane tickets to LA to see him in October with my friend Shayna, but I blew it. Next time... OverDoz. - Live For, Die For: For me, these guys are like Odd Future without all of hype. These guys are really in the pocket, and a lot more tasteful. I consider LA my home-away-from-home and a lot of my best friends are living and going to school out there. One of my friends in particular, Paul Morgan was playing in a band based in Pasadena, but goes to LMU, and I know he'd bump the track