Pigeon John-Pigeon John Is Dating Your Sister (2003)

My Rating: 100% (A++)

Pitchfork Rating: N/A

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: N/A

Average Rating: 100%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Highschool Reunion
  2. Life Goes On
  3. Identity Crisis
  4. Deception
  5. Emily
  6. Fox Hills Mallmacks
  7. Originalz
  8. Crazy
  9. Hello Everybody
  10. Orange County
  11. Sam the Goat
  12. 2 Step
  13. What Is Love?
  14. The Art of Falling Off
  15. Alone…

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Looking for a goofy hip hop album that still can be sad at times.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

Hilarious, I love it!

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Yeah don’t know if it exists but if it does I want it.

Final Thoughts:

Before I discovered the whole genre of joke rap (Heath McNease and Lil Dicky come to mind), Before I discovered the Good Life Cafe (Jurassic 5, Abstract Rude, Freestyle Fellowship), I found Pigeon John. I heard his song Hello Everybody on a Hip Hope compilation and really loved it. I ordered this album and listened to it repeatedly on my CD walkman walking down my High School’s hallways feeling like the pimpiest nerd in the whole town. Pigeon John Is Dating Your Sister is extremely fun (Highschool Reunion), catchy (Hello Everybody), easily accessible (Identity Crises), and heartbreaking (Emily), it’s a really diverse well rounded album that every hip hop head should indulge in.

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People Under The Stairs-Fun DMC (2008)

My Rating: 100% (A++)

Pitchfork Rating: 76%

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: N/A

Average Rating: 88%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Swan Fever
  2. Step Bacc
  3. Up Yo Spine (Fishbucket Pt. 3)
  4. The Fun
  5. The Grind
  6. Anotha’ (BBQ)
  7. The Ultimate 144
  8. Letter 2 c/o The Bronx
  9. Party Enemy No. 1
  10. Enjoy
  11. Gamin’ on Ya
  12. Critical Condition
  13. The Wiz
  14. People Riddum (Feat. Odell)
  15. California (Feat. Blvme)
  16. Love’s Theme
  17. A Baby
  18. Same Beat (The Wesley Rap)
  19. D
  20. The Mike & Chris Story

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Ready to party or just vibe out to some laid back hip-hop.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

Pretty funny, definitely on the better side of their album covers.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Ugh if only I could find it, but yes I want it very badly.

Final Thoughts:

If it’s not obvious that I’m a big fan of People Under The Stairs I don’t know when it will ever be, perhaps when I review all of their albums? Fun DMC is my favourite album of theirs so far, it’s just so much…fun. The title really gets to the heart of the mentality of the group, old school fun hip-hop. It’s like Jurassic 5, but with two emcees who love their craft and focus on their beats to a worrisome level. The lyrics are goofy, the flows are in the pocket, there is little else I need from a hip-hop album than what Fun DMC delivers. Now start re-releasing some vinyl so I can listen to it forever and ever.

People Under The Stairs-…Or Stay Tuned (2003)

My Rating: 86% (B++)

Pitchfork Rating: N/A

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: N/A

Average Rating: 86%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Yield
  2. Plunken’ Em
  3. Roadbeaters
  4. Fly Love Song
  5. Drumbox
  6. OST Remix
  7. Yo
  8. LA Song (Sensitive Mix)
  9. SF Knights Remix
  10. Take The Fruit
  11. Outrun

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Looking to chill while cooking.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

Not their best, but not their worst either. Doesn’t have much of an impact on me at all.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

So badly but these guys are hard to find.

Final Thoughts:

In a righteous world People Under The Stairs are considered as important to the hip-hop scene as Run The Jewels, but we don’t live in a righteous world, so mumble rap is a thing. Double K and Thes One have incredible chemistry, their rhyme schemes match up impeccably over the incredibly chill beats they make in some basement somewhere. …Or Stay Tuned is another fantastic album in an already impressive discography, these two know their craft, their audience, and their flow will never get old to me. People Under The Stairs should be on the radio, they should be referenced by other hip hop heads, but part of their charisma is knowing that they are making music for a small group of fans, and somehow you found yourself to be one of them.

The Pogues-Hell’s Ditch (1990)

My Rating: 81% (B+)

Pitchfork Rating: N/A

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: N/A

Average Rating: 81%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. The Sunnyside Of The Street
  2. Sayonara
  3. The Ghost Of A Smile
  4. Hell’s Ditch
  5. Lorca’s Novena
  6. Summer In Siam
  7. Rain Street
  8. Rainbow Man
  9. The Wake Of The Medusa
  10. House Of The Gods
  11. 5 Green Queens And Jean
  12. Maidrin Rua
  13. Six To Go

Favourite Song on Album:


Listen to This Album When You’re:

About to go drinking on St. Patrick’s day, or just feel like an Irish badass.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

That is one butt ugly album cover.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Yeah I’d own it, but I’d hope to find it for cheap.

Final Thoughts:

The Pogues are a staple in any Irish music fans discography. I have yet to really dig into their work but with this first review I am intrigued to keep going. Hell’s Ditch is a lot more slow paced than I imagined it would be, it sounds a lot like music played before the action scene hits on a movie, but not one that is played during the action scene itself. They prove their musicianship through Hell’s Ditch, but it makes you want a little more bite to it, it felt like the tracks were leading up to a climax that never happened. Great music if not a little underwhelming.

People Under The Stairs-Question In The Form Of An Answer (2000)

My Rating: 70% (C++)

Pitchfork Rating: N/A

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: N/A

Average Rating: 70%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Intro
  2. Crazy Live
  3. Youth Explosion
  4. Suite For Creeper
  5. Sterns To Western
  6. Code Check
  7. Blowin Wax
  8. Give Love A Chance
  9. Stoned Youth Truth
  10. Yehaw Partystyles
  11. Get Drunk
  12. 43 Labels I Like
  13. King Kuff
  14. E Business
  15. Zignaflyinblow
  16. July 3rd
  17. Stay Home
  18. Earth Travelers
  19. The Cat
  20. Electric Laddy
  21. We’ll Be There
  22. Fredly Advice

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Almost asleep looking for really chill hip-hop.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

Super boring, not doing much of anything for me.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Yeah I’d pretty much buy anything of theirs on vinyl if it was a reasonable price.

Final Thoughts:

Okay, I’ve got a confession to make, I got a little addicted to People Under The Stairs and I’m trying to stagger the reviews for them because I’ve pretty much rated their whole discography now. So what do I think of Question In The Form Of An Answer? It’s more of the same, but in a good sense. Fun hip-hop that’s real chill. Potheads would feel right at home with this album, it’s just so easy to put on and go about your business. The downfall here is that no tracks are all that memorable, as it’s really chill and unobtrusive. Also the mere length of this album seemed like a bit of a misstep, 22 tracks, a little much for me. People Under The Stairs are consistent, some might find their stuff stale after a bit, but it strikes the right chord for me so I’m always happy to hear them come on shuffle, wish I’d hear them played at “clubs” more (seriously they’re so easy to dance to).

People Under The Stairs-O.S.T. (2002)

My Rating: 95% (A+)

Pitchfork Rating: 77%

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: N/A

Average Rating: 86%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Intro
  2. Jappy Jap
  3. The Suite For Beaver Part 1
  4. The Suite For Beaver Part 2
  5. O.S.T. (Original Soundtrack) (Feat. Odell)
  6. Empty Bottles Of Water
  7. Jim Sr.
  8. The Outrage
  9. The Hang Loose
  10. The Double K Show
  11. Tales Of Kidd Drunkadelic
  12. Keepin It Live
  13. The Dig
  14. The Heat
  15. Montego Slay
  16. The L.A. Song
  17. 8 Is Enuff
  18. Acid Raindrops (Feat. Camel MC)
  19. The Joyride
  20. The Breakdown (Feat. Headnodic on Electric Bass)

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Looking for old school hip hop with awesome rapping and beats.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

It’s super cool, I love it, reminds me of a photo you’d see in the insert of the album artwork, the laidbackness of it fits the album.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Yeah but I’ll probably have to pay through the teeth for it.

Final Thoughts:

People Under The Stairs are a lot of fun, they really know who their audience is: hip-hop heads. They aren’t reinventing the wheel, they’re just two beat-makers who are at ease behind the mic. Nothing here is going to be very thought provoking or controversial, they’re just here for your chill party vibes. They’re like the natural evolution of the Beastie Boys, except much more laid back, but still can deliver on the hilarious one liners. Most of the lyrics focus on BBQing, drinking beer, and hitting on fly honies. Put this album on to impress your hip-hop fans, convert your jazz friends, and while you’re drinking a cold one in the backyard. Awesome stuff!

People Under The Stairs-The Next Step (1998)

My Rating: 53% (D+)

Pitchfork Rating: N/A

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: N/A

Average Rating: 53%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Intro / 4 Everybody
  2. Death Of A Salesman
  3. Hardcore (Feat. Smile-Oak)
  4. Wannabes
  5. Ten Tough Guys
  6. Mid-City Fiesta
  7. Slow Bullet
  8. San Francisco Knights
  9. The Turndown (Feat. Assault)
  10. Time To Rock Our Shit
  11. The Tamburo 5 (Feat. Naimad, Assault & Shine 5)
  12. Los Angeles Daze
  13. The Next Step II
  14. D.A.R.E.
  15. Asshole (Feat. Assault)
  16. Play It Again / Outro

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Want to dig for a couple great People Under The Stairs tracks.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

Classic Hip-Hop cover. It’s rad.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

No, this was a miss.

Final Thoughts:

Let me start with saying I do love People Under The Stairs, I believe that The Dig deserves to be on the list for 100 greatest hip-hop songs of all time, any true hip hop head would include them in such a list. But here’s the thing, The Next Step is more of a jam session than an actual album. There are very few hooks or even tangible themes throughout the tracks, and honestly it’s a really ballsy thing to do. One of the emcees known for having hookless tracks is MF Doom, and, well with all due respect, to quote Zorak “you’re no doom.” It’s an album that wants to be a De La Soul or Tribe Called Quest release, but isn’t as calculated as those groups tend to be.

Patti Smith-Horses (1975)

My Rating: 78% (B)

Pitchfork Rating: 94%

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: N/A

Average Rating: 86%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Gloria
  2. Redondo Beach
  3. Birdland
  4. Free Money
  5. Kimberly
  6. Break It Up
  7. Land of Horses/Land of a Thousand Dances/La Mer (De)
  8. Elegie
  9. My Generation

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Wanting to hear the beginnings of punk music.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

Iconic. It’s one of those covers that bands want to recreate, but never will.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Not really, it’s fine on my shuffle, not really going to sit down and listen to the whole album again.

Final Thoughts:

I’m glad I sat down and experienced the Horses album as a whole. It was a unique experience. But not one that I’ll jump at going through again. Sure there are some wonderful tunes on this album, but there are other songs that are 10 minutes or so long that I was okay listening to the one time. Iconic? Sure. But vocally she got under my skin at times, especially when it got really trembly. Just not the kinda punk I rock to for the most part.

Pigeon John-Good Sinner (2016)

My Rating: 58% (D+)

Pitchfork Rating: N/A

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: N/A

Average Rating: 58%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Good Sinner
  2. Knock Out
  3. Rebel Rebel
  4. That’s What I Like
  5. Stick Up
  6. The Tops
  7. (You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party)
  8. All Eyes On Me
  9. Gravity
  10. She’s Loud
  11. Shake It Down
  12. Take Off

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You:

Want a no brainer pop album to not pay attention to.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

It’s pretty sharp, I think it’s a really cool looking picture that makes me really want to get into this album.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Not in the slightest.

Final Thoughts:

Selling out. to me, is when you leave your fanbase to try to make music that’s popular at the time. That’s exactly what’s wrong with Good Sinner, this isn’t the Pigeon John I know and love. This is a Pigeon John that has been shaped by what is popular. The music is catchy for the moment then instantly forgotten. The lyrics are meaningless and radio friendly. I get that you have to make money as an artist, but it’s sad to see one of my favourites (the creator of great tunes like As We Know It and Rock Bottom Again) churn out an album as poor as this. The Identity Crisis continues, please go back to Dragon Slayer and/or Pigeon John Is Dating Your Sister.

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