Best of the Month is decided by a number of different variables; voter counts from preceding posts, reader reaction ratings, gut feelings, and lots and lots of heated discussions.
Album of the Month
This month’s pick for Best Album was pretty much unanimous across the board. Expectations were through the roof for Kendrick Lamar’s follow up to the critically acclaimed To Pimp A Butterfly. While that album was executed to near flawless perfection, it left a lot of his fans divided with it’s heavy jazz influences and not so subtle social and political commentary. We were anxious to see whether or not he continued down this path or returned to a more immediate sound and feel.
DAMN. managed to strike that happy balance between the more widely appealing Good Gid, M.A.A.D City and the more artistic To Pimp A Butterfly, resulting in arguably his most immediate and commercial album to date without sacrificing his artistic voice and vision. Far less conceptual and not executed as flawlessly as his previous projects, it still managed to produce some of our favorite songs from him yet; and the impact of it’s release was felt all throughout the world. He’s now three for three in major studio albums, and DAMN. is an early front-runner for album of the year.
After his first two honestly lackluster movies, especially when compared to the other MCU films, we weren’t expecting too much from Thor’s third installment. But this trailer changed everything and quickly made this one of our most anticipated movies of the year. With the introduction of Doctor Strange and The Guardians of the Galaxy it seems that they are finally willing to open things up to the most out there aspects of the Thor universe. Tonally it looks like it’s taking a big page from the Guardians series and that’s a very good thing. Not to mention THAT Hulk reveal!! Planet Hulk anyone!?!?! Simply put, this thing looks properly fucking EPIC.
I mean could this month’s Video of the Month really have been anything but this. Lil Dicky follows up the cheapest video ever made, he actually made money off of it, with the most expensive one ever made. Well, 7th most expensive if we’re getting technical. With a budget over $700,000 you expect to see something special, and man it does not disappoint. Not only is the song and situation downright brilliant, but the top notch CGI and special effects really bring this one to life. We’re talking dinosaurs, aliens, a talking brain, and much more; all for a late night conversation gone awry. If you haven’t seen this one yet, you are seriously missing out on of the best music videos we’ve seen in a long time from one of the most hilariously creative artists we’ve heard since Weird Al.