March 31, 2020

RandoMax Radio Episode #17!

Once again we've reached the end of of the month, except this time around everything's different around the world. With many of us stuck at home as a way for social distancing to flatten the curve, as it were, while others are forced into public settings to aid the rest with medical, food, or sanitation services (among others), we are in the midst of a very strange time indeed. Which means we're all grasping for something, anything, that will help us feel as though everything will be back to normal soon.
Which brings us to the latest episode of RandoMax Radio. Sixteen more tracks, assembled haphazardly, ready for consumption in an effort to help you both pass the time.

As usual, I'll throw the tracklist up for everyone soon - I'm just trying to encourage listening to it blindly, as the journey is more encompassing that way.

If you've ever taken the time to listen to any of the episodes of RandoMax Radio, just know that I appreciate the support. Don't forget to subscribe to the RandoMax Radio feed to listen to previous episodes and to receive updates before they appear here. You can also troll me on Twitter at @hhid_Max. And of course, you can leave your comments, thoughts, song and/or article suggestions, and whatever else you two want me to see.

March 24, 2020

A Reading List (Including Some Unlocked Patreon Articles), Along With A Request, For Your Quarantine Needs

Look, I get it: this whole COVID-19 thing sucks. Being trapped in your home sucks; not having the option to live life in whatever fashion you believe to be "normal" sucks; being sick during this time, whether with a "regular" cold or flu, allergies (that always hits me this time of year), or the actual coronavirus, especially blows. Whether you're working remotely from your couch, attending unplanned online courses, are simply trying to pass the time, or maybe you're actually at work, helping people in a medical capacity or on the front lines of grocery stores and pharmacies worldwide, we all deserve ways to fill our day without driving ourselves (and anyone sharing your living space) fucking crazy.

So I'm here to help, with some links to articles you may have missed during the never-ending news cycles, some mixes to help take your mind off of things, and some Patreon articles I've unlocked to give non-subscribers something new to check out while we wait for all of this to blow over.

March 19, 2020

My Gut Reaction: Jay Electronica - A Written Testimony (March 13, 2020)

Jay Electronica’s long-awaited debut album, A Written Testimony, coincidentally dropped just after the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic, which resulted in a lot of unplanned self-isolation and quarantining (stay safe and wash your hands), which, in a way, is the absolute best thing to happen to the guy, since hip hop heads are likely giving A Written Testimony far more spins than they normally would have if we were able to live our lives under normal circumstances.

Obviously I’m not saying Jay Electronica is using the pandemic as a marketing tool. That would be irresponsible of me. But you can’t argue that he isn’t benefiting from everyone hanging out around the house, since A Written Testimony isn’t exactly the type of album one would reach for while cruising around the city. As the kids would say, it isn’t a “bop”.

But is it any good?  Well, that’s what this review is for.

March 17, 2020

House of Pain - Same As It Ever Was (June 28, 1994)

The phrase “West Coast-based rap group House of Pain” doesn’t seem like it should make any goddamn sense. How could it, when the trio, consisting of Erik “Everlast” Schrody, Daniel “Danny Boy” O’Connor, and Leor “DJ Lethal” Dimant, have seemingly gone out of their way to claim their Irish ancestry through the guise of rowdy Boston hooligans? When you listen to their monster hit “Jump Around”, do you immediately think of Los Angeles? Of course you fucking don’t. But you should, because that’s where the group is actually from.

March 10, 2020

The Max-Approved Mix - Test Episode #B! (Brought to you by @RandoMax_Radio)

The Max-Approved Mixtape (some people are referring to it as the #Maxtape, I don't know, it's a lot of some people) experiment continues today with the second test episode, ten more tracks of pure, undaulterated hip hop. Well, maybe it's a little bit adulterated. But it's locally sourced and cruelty-free, anyway.

If you enjoyed the first test, I ask that you give this one a spin and let me know what you think - I'm still gauging reactions here, as this spinoff of RandoMax Radio still isn't guaranteed, although I'm encouraged and humbled by the response to the first entry.

But before you step foot into this post, catch up with the first test entry if you haven't done so.

March 3, 2020

50 Cent - The New Breed (Bonus CD) (April 15, 2003)

It’s me, your friendly neighborhood Max, dipping my toes into the water to test both an end to the hiatus and the reaction to an artist that I’m still on the fence about with regard to my ongoing blog project. Should Curtis “50 Cent” make the “finish what I started” cut or not? Vote now and vote often!

(“Votes” are seen as “comments”, “shared links”, and “page clicks” in this context.)

February 25, 2020

RandoMax Radio Episode #16!

Before you click any further, I humbly request that everyone jump back to my thirteenth-anniversary post to both contribute your shuffled playlist and to listen to the first test episode of the RandoMax Radio spinoff, the Max-Approved Mixtape #A. It would make me happy, at least.