I don’t consider myself to be a Lil’ Wayne fan. I’ve got nothing against the guy, and honestly I’ve never listened to one of his records, but he just doesn’t seem like the kind of artist I would gravitate towards. I can say that about a lot of hip hop stars, because I don’t listen to much hip hop in general. But I want to talk about him for a minute given what happened to him over the weekend. He’s had some seizures and other medical problems in the past that sidelined him for awhile, as did some trips to prison. This past weekend it was seizures again, which some claim were brought on by Wayne having too much of a drink known as sizzurp. If you’re not sure what sizzurp is, look it up. Not a drink I’d recommend trying, but to each their own. So there were reports coming out on Friday night that were conflicting and confusing and ultimately revealed nothing about Wayne’s condition in the hospital. Some said he was on his death bed in a medically induced coma and was being read his last rites. Other reports said he was in critical condition, but was expected to be okay. His family flew out to see him, which is never a good sign, but close friends of his were the ones speaking to the media and claiming he was okay. Then Wayne himself apparently sent out a tweet in which he said he was okay. Mind you, the tweet came shortly after word was going around that he was on his death bed. All around I’d chalk this entire incident up to bad journalism, particularly on the part of TMZ, who first claimed Wayne was about to die. The truth, as it turns out, is that Wayne is okay, will survive, was downgraded from serious condition and released from the hospital earlier tonight. So good/great news on that front. There are so many hip hop stars that we’ve lost at way too young of an age, and it’s nice that Lil’ Wayne isn’t one of them…at least not yet. Hopefully he’ll return to full health and have a long career rather than falling victim to more seizures or other issues. I wish him the best despite not being a fan.
Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for Jason Molina, who passed away this past Saturday at the age of 39. Molina was the main force behind Magnolia Electric Co. and Songs:Ohia, and made a number of influential and important records over the last couple decades. I’ve listened to some music from both of his bands, but never quite had the time to really explore what either project was all about. I do know his loss will be felt throughout the music community, and I’d like to extend my condolences to his family and anyone else that truly loved his sonic creations.
On that somber note, let’s get to today’s Pick Your Poison. Please don’t miss tracks from Bernard Et Bianca, Circus Devils (ft. Robert Pollard), Home By Hovercraft, Make Haste and Seaweed Meadows. In the Soundcloud section after the jump you can stream new tracks from The Birthday Suit, Love and Radiation, Vitalic as well as Duke Dumont’s remix of HAIM’s “Falling.”
Trust – Heaven (Discoforgia Remix)
The Birthday Suit – Uh-Huh Uh-Huh (Radio Edit)
HAIM – Falling (Duke Dumont Remix)
Larcenist – Faithful
Love and Radiation – Winter
Thallie Ann Seenyen – Queen of Heartache
Vitalic – Fade Away