Every week, the Noisey editors get together and compile everything they've been listening to over the last week. But not this week. This week, most editors stayed home because they are afraid of blizzards and killer snowmen. But two brave editors came in just to eat Pop Tarts and geek out about the Marked Men all day. (Guess which.)
Last night, I awaited my impending, snow-based death by finishing up the remainder of Grand Theft Auto 5. When I beat the game at 2 a.m. (I chose Ending C, I am not an animal), the song "The Set Up" by Favored Nations
played. That song is not about snow, but it is very good. The song "Snowblind" by Black Sabbath is not about snow, either, but it is about cocaine, and that is a thing that is also white.
- "Step" (Wintertime Remix featuring Danny Brown, Heems, and Despot)
Good ol' Vampy Weekend dropped this remix of "Step" on New Years Eve, just in time for me to play it about 32 times at the party I went on to attend later that night. I love it—almost as much as I love the original, which I played on loop for a week straight after it released. That version has a
charming lyric video
that reminds me of the Woody Allen movies I used to watch when I was younger while I romanticized living in New York. This version has a charming Danny Brown verse about a girl having his heart that makes me want to find love in the coffee shop I'm working in today because there are 10 inches of snow outside. Both versions give me warm fuzzies and make me feel okay about wearing the cardigan I currently have on (on the real, it's getting pretty emotional up in here), but what probably makes me the most happy about this song is that Lauren really, really, really wanted to write about it. That's right: Lauren Nostro—a rap writer so good at her job that she's actually a meme in Kanye To The forums—wanted to write about cardigan sportin', tight jean wearin' Vampire Weekend. If this keeps up, she'll soon be ditching her Timbs for boat shoes.
Nicki Minaj - "Boss Ass Bitch"
If you've said Nicki disappeared over the last year, you weren't doing your job right—as you'll see on my Best of 2013 list, she slayed every guest verse, even on a Carly Rae Jepsen song. On Dec. 30—you know, so you wouldn't forget her and of course, to throw a little shade at Drake and all of those eagerly anticipating "Trophies"—she dropped a remix to the viral PTAF song, "Boss Ass Bitch." It's venomous; she may possibly rap pussy 100 times, and her cadence is reminiscent of "I Get Crazy" but much more crafted—and of course, the bridge will remind you of the greatness of "Stupid Hoe." And as expected, men everywhere shuddered at the idea of a woman rapping about sleeping with her cheating man's best friend (and talking about her pussy) and suggested women go back to listening to "Drunk In Love." Why? Because men can be very basic. But, Nicki is on album mode, so 2014 is off to a great start.
- "With Me" (Stwo Remix)
One aspect of life that pleases me immensely is when my friends make out with people. Does that make me sound creepy? I just really like it when good people are kissing and happy, okay? I also like it when people who you really wouldn't expect to be mounting each other on a bed in the middle of a crowded party—because they actually both like girls—are doing exactly that. Which is why New Year's Eve is so fun: everyone is always making out with everyone! By this rationale, I should like Cashmere Cat's video for "With Me" very much as it features people kissing super slowly over some glitch-crazed and piano-paused electronica. I do like the video, but actually I find the Lucky Me-signed, Norwegian artist's original tune a bit sharp. It's just a tad too penetrating. More preferable is this remix by a 21-year-old Parisian who goes by the name of Stwo (said "Stew"). So much smoother. Less likely to give you stubble rash.
The Marked Men - "A Little Time"
Fuck snow. I didn’t want to leave the house this morning. Or if I did, I wanted to go out just to build a snowman and then kick him right in the snowdick (or snowdicks). But then I remembered: Oh hey, today is the day we are announcing the first NYC show by THE MOTHER FUCKING MARKED MEN in eight goddamn years. Then I practically ran to work barefoot because life is so rad and we put on the best shows.
The Marked Men - "Right Here with You"
Holy shit. I've only seen The Marked Men in their home state of Texas, and I am beyond stoked to have helped bring these guys to NYC (shout out to Saint Vitus in Brooklyn and of course the homie Dan Ozzi). Eight years is a long time between appearances, so February 7th can't come soon enough. Here's a choice one for the unfamiliar.