Monday, June 20, 2011

Worth Your Time: The Weeknd - House of Balloons

Today's post is the first in a series of entries made to go hand in hand with my 'Frugal Gourmet' pieces. Instead of pointing you towards cheap, fast, delicious food in the area, the 'Worth Your Time' segments will share 'free' things, that are worth your valuable time to seek out. Free usually comes with a hitch or a serious compromise in quality (see pathetic corporate excuses for frisbees/pens or "free" t-shirts banks give out on college campuses if you sign up for a credit card). There will be none of that here. I have no patience for that tomfoolery. Consider today's post Exhibit A.

The Weeknd is a mysterious 20 year-old from Toronto. His mixtape "House of Balloons" has been the Buzziest thing in the blogosphere since it dropped for free at the end of March, and while I have enjoyed it thoroughly over the past 3 months, cool summer nights have really made it shine. I've come up with a short questionnaire to gauge whether or not you will enjoy The Weeknd's music.

1) Do you like Drake's production but wish he wasn't such a mopey baby?

2) Do you like The Dream's voice but think he is a major perv?

If you answered yes to either of these questions, you will probably fall for the charms of this mixtape. Abel Tesfaye pairs The Dream's voice with Drake's industrial sound to make songs that exist in a cloud of sex and substance abuse. Somehow it's still tasteful (most of the time) and seriously catchy. He has promised more mixtapes this year and has been working with huge stars in recent months, but he'll find it hard to top the sneaky brilliance of his debut.

Get it for free here.

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