The writers of Hear & Now get together with a vinyl of their choice, a bottle of wine, and an open mind full of things to say about each album.
Jason brought The Beatles Live at Hollywood Bowl
JASON: Drinking game: drink every time you hear a scream.
SPIKE: Nice, it starts with a cover of that song from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,
MANDI: *stares at Spike*
JASON: Considering the amount of screaming, George Martin did a really good job mixing these tapes and making them sound listenable.
SPIKE: I'm pretty sure 100% of the audience is high pitched females...or the world’s most annoying cicada, times 20,000.
MANDI: Yeah, it’s basically Beatles songs within continuous screaming.
JASON: I also like how many deeper cuts are on this album (like "Dizzy Miss Lizzy" and "Things We Said Today".)
SPIKE: I would have loved to be at this concert. But obvs it was gIrls only so I would have never made it.
MANDI: It’s amazing to me how Paul McCartney sounds exactly the same as he does today.
JASON: "She's a Woman" has a ton of energy and a great guitar solo from George (Paul's voice ain't bad, either).
SPIKE: What's the point of screaming during the entire song? I mean okay, when they aren't playing yes that's good but during? Why?
JASON: How did people go to these shows and not end up deaf?
MANDI: I don’t care what anybody thinks; John Lennon was the reigning king of rock n’ roll after Elvis Presley died.
JASON: Also, how did John Lennon still have a voice after this?
MANDI: That voice...sing it Johnny!
JASON: This album makes you appreciate George Harrison as a lead guitarist.
MANDI: Man, they were just getting started in these days.
JASON: Some of these songs have an almost punk rock feel to them (especially "Boys")
SPIKE: “Ticket to Ride” is my favorite Beatles song. My take on this song: it's about your favorite girl. You can go wherever and do whatever, and still have a great time. This song makes me feel good.
JASON: Lennon said it described cards indicating a clean bill of health carried by Hamburg prostitutes in the 1960s.
SPIKE: Thanks for telling me the real meaning and ruining it, Jason. #prostitutes
MANDI: Did you guys know Michael Buble covered "Can’t Buy Me Love"?
JASON: For those who think the Beatles don't "rock," listen to "Long Tall Sally" and prepare to have your face melted.
MANDI: "Hard Day's Night" is my stop working alarm.
SPIKE: For one second, the beginning of “Hard Day's Night” sounded like the next episode.
JASON: Sure there's absolutely no chance of us ever seeing the Beatles live, but this is a pretty great substitute.
MANDI: "Help" is probably my favorite on this record. The songwriting is so brilliant!
SPIKE: I liked that one.
Mandi brought Temples’ Sun Structures
SPIKE: Jason hasn't heard them ever, he's in for a treat.
MANDI: I met them last year when I interviewed them for Phoenix New Times.
JASON: "Shelter Song" sounds like it could be playing in the background of an Austin Powers movie.
MANDI: These harmonies are killer.
JASON: Well that ended abruptly.
SPIKE: I saw them at Coachella, and they were awesome.
JASON: Loving the mellotron and middle eastern vibes of the title track.
SPIKE: Am I wrong to get a The Mamas & the Papas feel from this?
JASON: MGM should contact these guys and see if they can write the theme for "Spectre," if it's not too late.
SPIKE: “The Golden Throne” sounds like the Beatles covering an Arctic Monkeys song.
JASON: "The Golden Throne" is what Oasis wishes Be Here Now sounded like.
MANDI: “Keep in the Dark” was the first song I ever heard by Temples, because it was put on a mix for me. And I immediately fell in love with the whole sound.
JASON: "Keep in the Dark" totally sounds like T. Rex with a Sgt. Pepper chorus.
MANDI: The music video for “Mesmerized” is soooo trippy!
JASON: "Mesmerized" actually describes my feelings about this record pretty well.
MANDI: Oh man, dat bass.
SPIKE: “Move With The Season” gives me an "Incense and Peppermints" feel.
MANDI: This song is actually one of my favorite life anthems. Like the chorus says, “When the time comes // move with the season.”
JASON: "Move With the Seasons" should be in a movie soundtrack ASAP.
MANDI: The songwriting on this song is also amazing. All the twists and turns. Goddamn.
SPIKE: Now I’m totally feeling the Tame Impala feel.
MANDI: I would love to hear that song acoustic.
JASON: This album is a pretty awesome pastiche of '60s psych rock styles.
Spike brought The Game’s Documentary
JASON: Was this produced by Michael Moore?
SPIKE: The Game is the realest.
JASON: "So it's all a game, basically." Good to know.
SPIKE: I wish he was more relevant except I don't think he wants to be relevant.
JASON: Apparently Spike thinks "Westside Story" is "the realist motherfuckin' gangsta." So I guess you're not gangsta unless you have a piano line in your song.
MANDI: I feel so white listening to this album.
SPIKE: This album is in my top ten for sure. Though not a gangster, this album was a huge part of my upbringing, after high school.
JASON: "Dreams" does have some nice production though. Which makes sense, considering Kanye West produced this.
MANDI: Why is The Game name-dropping Kanye West in the song that Kanye West produced?
JASON: Also "Hate It or Love It" has a killer '70s Philly soul sample.
MANDI: Okay, well I dig this song.
SPIKE: If there was ever a definition of dope in the dictionary this song, “Higher,” would be it.
JASON: "Higher" is honestly too repetitive for my taste.
MANDI: “Can you take me higheeeerrr?!”
JASON: Now "How We Do" has an old-school hip hop vibe that I like.
SPIKE: Good luck finding this album on vinyl, by the way.
JASON: Well that definitely was better than I thought it was going to be.
MANDI: That’s what she said.