Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Rhymes: Kno (of Cunninlynguists) - Death is Silent (Album Info)

This is one of the most anticipated releases of the year. Kno of the Cunninlynguists, has spent most of the time in the past 4 CL projects behind the boards. And with this release he will finally display his rapping abilities. Also a big selling point for this album is that it will be released on my 21st birthday! So everyone on October 12th, go down to Finders grab a copy of this album and then meet me at the bars and buy me a drank.

Death Is Silent, the solo debut from CunninLynguists‘ producer and emcee Kno, is set to be released on October 12th 2010.

While handling nearly all of CL’s production since the group’s inception in 2001, his emceeing has more recently taken a backseat to his beats — and it has shown. Fueled by Kno’s lush production techniques, A Piece of Strange currently ranks as the #8 release of 2005 (and the only hip-hop release in the Top 30) at high traffic web community, Dirty Acres was awarded “Album Of The Year” honors by for 2007 and both of 2009’s compilation releases, Strange Journey Volume One and Two, were given “Top Ten Albums” honors at

After amassing only 4 verses over the CunninLynguists’ last four releases, the Atlanta-based artist is set to step out from behind the boards on Death Is Silent, both producing the entirety of the record and handling the majority of the vocals. The record’s concept involves the inevitability of death and its impact on love, life, family and friends. The artwork was realized by Argentinian visual artist Diego Fernandez.

Kno will still see plenty of activity on the production side of things, as the next 6 months will see the release of Oneirology, CunninLynguists’ newest studio album in 3 years, Chico and The Man, the long-awaited concept album with fellow QN5 MusicTonedeff as well as MacheteVision, a joint project with emcee Marq Spekt. artist and longtime friend

While all of these releases will be produced entirely by Kno, his production will also be featured on upcoming projects by Freddie Gibbs, 9th Wonder signee Tom Hardy as well as the album Niggaz With Latitude, a group project from CL’s own Deacon The Villain and Sheisty Khrist.

Death Is Silent will be released on CunninLynguists’ own imprint APOS Music.

Pre-orders begin right here at on September 3rd 2010.

01. Death Is Silent
02. If You Cry
03. La Petite Mort (Come Die With Me)
04. Rhythm Of The Rain
05. Spread Your Wings
06. Loneliness
07. Smile (They Brought Your Coffin In)
08. Graveyard
09. I Wish I Was Dead
10. They Told Me
11. When I Was Young
12. Not At The End
13. The New Day (Death Has No Meaning)

And a little sneak peak:

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Rhymes: Classic Album Series: Neutral Milk Hotel - In The Aeroplane Over the Sea

This is the title track to Neutral Milk Hotel's 2nd and final album, released in 1998. The album was inspired by The Diary of Anne Frank, and consists of several allusions to Nazi Germany and the Holocaust. While the band and the album flew under the radar when it was initially was released, it has since gained critical acclaim and even some success in record sales (it was the 6th highest selling vinyl record in 2008, ten years after its release).

I was introduced to this album in early May and has since become one of my favorite records of all time. The lead-singer, Jeff Mangum's Bob Dylan-esque vocals are extremely powerful on this eerie song. NMH's sound is one-of-a-kind, and I have never heard anything like it before. It features a strong Folk sound, but also features heavily distorted guitars.

Stand-out tracks in addition to the title track include: "Holland, 1945" "Two Headed Boy" "Oh Comely" and essentially the entire 11 track album that clocks in at just under 40 minutes. The listen is short, but very intense.

BRL Approved Classic.

From Dwight Schrute's Beef Farm: BRL's official stance on Nickelback

I meant to post this months ago, but we here at BRL have yet to take a solid stance on one of today's most popular bands, Nickelback. The link below will explain, in full detail, whether or not Nickelback is indeed the worst band of all time. The answer may surprise you.

Is Nickelback the worst band ever?

Monday, July 19, 2010

From Dwight Schrute's News-Edit Pro: Ol Dirty Album News

Best. Headline.Ever.

'Bastard' widow's 'dumb' deal

Last Updated: 6:06 AM, July 11, 2010

Posted: 1:56 AM, July 11, 2010

The widow of rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard hawked his prized final album for a song.

So says ODB's former manager, Jarred Weisfeld, who claims Icelene Jones quietly signed away the rights to "A Son Unique," the singer's posthumously- released album, and spent the proceeds.

"She sold out for peanuts," said Weisfeld, who said he was told the price was as little as $10,000.

Weisfeld believed that the album could have brought in millions for ODB's survivors, who include his mother, Cherry Jones, and four baby mamas who bore his children.

Family members and Weisfeld have squared off in Brooklyn Surrogate Court, for control over what's left of his career earnings. Icelene Jones did not return calls.

But seriously, who okay'd this?

The good news is O.D.B.'s unreleased post-posthumous album, "A Son Unique" may see the light of day finally after being shelved. It was originally planned to be released some time in 2005 on Dame Dash's label (which has since gone down the pooper *Jay Won?*). Personally, I'd spend $15 for one more Dirt McGirt (or was it Baby Jesus) album, but I really doubt that it would pull in "millions" like O.D.B.'s former-manager claims it would've, had his widow not sold the record for $10,000.

What I want to know is, to whom did she sell the record to? Jive? Atlantic? Loud? Koch? A local bootlegger? When are we going to see this product on shelves? This is a bullshit article. I want that Dirty Bastard album now!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Rhymes: Eminem - "Love the Way You Lie (violin cover)"

As I see the lyrics to this song on more and more facebook statuses and it getting more play on the radio, I'm starting to hate this song. Maybe that's the music snob in me, but this however, is awesome.

Rhymes: Japanese Cartoon - "In The Jaws of the Lords of Death" (Free Download)

Lupe Fiasco's punk-rock inspired side-project, Japanese Cartoon has finally released their debut album on-line for free. It's been about a year and half since I first heard "Heirplanes" which became a staple among my friends and I at the Rodge during my freshman year. While this project is long overdue, it certainly doesn't disappoint. "Gasp" is fantastic.

Lupe's fake-british accent singing will have to tide fans over for a while, as his completed (since early april) album, Lazers is sitting on the shelves at Atlantic Records (fuck you Atlantic for screwing up Lupe's career and turning B.o.B. is a corny pop star) with no release date in sight.

You can listen to and download the album below:
Japanese Cartoon - In the Jaws of The Lords of Death by Hypetrak

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Rhymes & Li(f)e: Sage Francis - "The Best of Times" (Music Video)

This has to be one of the best songs I've ever heard off of one of the best albums of the year, which I finally purchased on vinyl yesterday. I can't say too much more about this song, just listen to the lyrics and get ready to get chills.

Monday, July 12, 2010

From Dwight Schrute's Word Doc: Comic Sans Strikes Back

Comic Sans has been brought to the forefront in recent days since Dan Gilbert (Owner of the Cavs) wrote his reaction to LeBron's departure in the horribly underrated font.

(Unfortunately I could not get my font changed for this post, so it is not in Comic Sans)


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Listen up. I know the shit you've been saying behind my back. You think I'm stupid. You think I'm immature. You think I'm a malformed, pathetic excuse for a font. Well think again, nerdhole, because I'm Comic Sans, and I'm the best thing to happen to typography since Johannes fucking Gutenberg.

You don't like that your coworker used me on that note about stealing her yogurt from the break room fridge? You don't like that I'm all over your sister-in-law's blog? You don't like that I'm on the sign for that new Thai place? You think I'm pedestrian and tacky? Guess the fuck what, Picasso. We don't all have seventy-three weights of stick-up-my-ass Helvetica sitting on our seventeen-inch MacBook Pros. Sorry the entire world can't all be done in stark Eurotrash Swiss type. Sorry some people like to have fun. Sorry I'm standing in the way of your minimalist Bauhaus-esque fascist snoozefest. Maybe sometime you should take off your black turtleneck, stop compulsively adjusting your Tumblr theme, and lighten the fuck up for once.

People love me. Why? Because I'm fun. I'm the life of the party. I bring levity to any situation. Need to soften the blow of a harsh message about restroom etiquette? SLAM. There I am. Need to spice up the directions to your graduation party? WHAM. There again. Need to convey your fun-loving, approachable nature on your business' website? SMACK. Like daffodils in motherfucking spring.

When people need to kick back, have fun, and party, I will be there, unlike your pathetic fonts. While Gotham is at the science fair, I'm banging the prom queen behind the woodshop. While Avenir is practicing the clarinet, I'm shredding "Reign In Blood" on my double-necked Stratocaster. While Univers is refilling his allergy prescriptions, I'm racing my tricked-out, nitrous-laden Honda Civic against Tokyo gangsters who'll kill me if I don't cross the finish line first. I am a sans serif Superman and my only kryptonite is pretentious buzzkills like you.

It doesn't even matter what you think. You know why, jagoff? Cause I'm famous. I am on every major operating system since Microsoft fucking Bob. I'm in your signs. I'm in your browsers. I'm in your instant messengers. I'm not just a font. I am a force of motherfucking nature and I will not rest until every uptight armchair typographer cock-hat like you is surrounded by my lovable, comic-book inspired, sans-serif badassery.

Enough of this bullshit. I'm gonna go get hammered with Papyrus.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Rhymes & Life: Pete Yorn - American Blues Vol. 1 (Video)

Here is the video for Pete Yorn's new song American Blues Vol. 1. Pete wrote the song on the 4th of July after reading the morning paper. He was moved by how much negativity he was reading about and how even groups were boycotting Independence Day because they were so disgusted with the state of our Nation. He sent the song to some friends and one of them (a really old friend of his who is actually a huge reason he didn't give up on a musical career back in 1998) was really affected by the message. His friend always has had an unwavering faith in America and has always been able to laugh when times got tough. So, he decided to make a video and at the end send a message for people to get out and vote.

This is an amazing song, sums up what it means to be American. Happy July 4.

Friday, July 2, 2010

BRL Update

Hello Loyal Followers,

I know updates have not come as often as you would prefer, but we at BRL are workin ass college students. We may be announcing a new member of the BRL family within the next couple of weeks. And as you may have noticed, we have changed the look of BRL. It's awesome. We know. We're Back!

From Dwight Schrute's Beet Farm: Super Awesome Car Chase

this is totally, and completely, bad ass!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

From Dwight Schrute's Beet Farm: Things I Don't Hate About Canada

Now you may now that our annoying, half-retarded neighbors to the north celebrate the eve of the eve of the eve of America's Independence Day. So I thought I'd be nice for once and list off somethings I DON'T hate about Canada.

Ellen Page
Ryan Reynolds
Seth Rogan
Michael Cera
(and all the other actors I like who are from Canada)
Alanis Morrsette
K'Naan (actually he's Somolian, but today I'll give Canada a break)
(I think that's all the musicians from Canada that don't suck)
Neil Young's "Ohio" (just the song, NOT Neil Young)
Labattes Blue Light
Maple Syrup
Full-Nudity at Bars Rule (which actually may really suck, actually no one wants to see a naked Canadian, ever. Void this from the list)
Tim Hortons (the coffee shop, not whoever it's named after. btw Starbucks >>>>>>>>> >>>>>TH)
Robin Scherbotsche (yes, i know she's a ficitional character from How I Met Your Mother, but Canada REALLY doesn't have much to offer.)
That Scene in Away We Go, where they visit Montreal
yepp... I think that's it. Good Riddance.

Editor's Note: You will notice that there is no mention of Canada's drinking age, 19. This is intentional because, A. I'm almost 21, I'd rather wait 3 months than visit Canada, B. Fuck a passport, I live in America, C. The only reason the drinking age is so low is because they know it's the only Americans will EVER visit their t'aint hair of a country.