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Archive for February, 2011

New Issue: James Blake

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James Blake, James BlakeOh, to be young again! Well, at least barely legal. And overflowing with talent. A rare combination these days. Unless you count whatever Justin Bieber has as “talent” (a shag haircut does not a career make). Read the rest of this entry »

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February 27th, 2011 at 10:36 pm

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Drop Kick: So This Is Goodbye

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That ugly, nasty rumor is true. My most recent Top Drop of 2010 is calling it quits. Figures. When you finally hit your peak (in my eyes) why not quit?

In spite of the disasterous bad news for good music, LCD Soundsystem is leaving us nice gifts on the way out. Since most of the nation cannot make it to MSG for the final show (but The Strokes can…), we can take solace in their last on air performance on the Nation.

Peep the videos:

Colbert Interview

“I Can Change” performance

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February 15th, 2011 at 10:43 pm

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Drop Kick: It takes a radio to bring back the newspaper

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While the world was going Gaga over Arcade Fire, Radiohead was scheming. Scheming on the best way to dwarf the already unimportant but funner than usual Grammys. Surprise! They succeeded. This Saturday, we get another crack at alternative distribution models and multiple mediums for Radiohead’s latest full album release, The King of Limbs.

The deluxe version promises a “newspaper release” including vinyl, CD, download, visual art, puppies, double rainbows, and a chance to play with them live at the next Superbowl*.  All for the low, low price of 50 clams. Quite the opposite of that pay what you want model, right? Have no fear, there is the digital only release. Much more economical, but lacks all the wow factor to be sure.

Stop on by to put in your  pre-order. Super size at your discretion.

*slightly exaggerated. But not without sincere hope.

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February 14th, 2011 at 10:57 pm

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Top Drops: 2010

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So, I’m getting a bit better on posting my favs from the prior year. 2010 theme: size and depth. It was a good year for the grandiose and high minded concepts. Amidst the cacophony, it was also a notable year for thoughtful lyrics. Put it all together and it was a great way to end the first decade of the aughts.

Honorable Mentions

Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy – I told you. I respect it as a work of high art. There is a ton of talent on display. And it really can’t get any more (tastefully) bombastic. But there is too much lacking in lyrical quality to deign a top ten placement let alone the top spot.  Maybe next year.

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February 14th, 2011 at 4:32 am

Drop Kick: A Love Affair Continues

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Robyn. Yeah. It’s getting out of control. But hey, she’s had a stellar year. And she puts on a show like no other.

Just saw these photos from her Radio City Music Hall performance via Brooklyn Vegan and had to pay it forward.

R$ – please come back to the bay soon! Oh, Diamond Rings, it would be cool to have you back too.

Robyn killing it in NYC…again

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February 10th, 2011 at 11:48 pm

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New Issue: Kanye West

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Kanye West, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy – I’m a hater. By nature. I had this same sentiment with Mrs. Jay Z until actually listened to B’day. I felt similarly annoyed with Animal Collective until they ended up here. And so I continue my base sense of negativity and dismissal with Mr. West. This time, it’s for keeps.

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February 9th, 2011 at 10:58 pm

New Issue: Big Boi

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Big Boi, Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty

Typical. How many times can we keep extoling the virtues of the best thing to come out of Atlanta since…Atlanta? Well, if either member of Outkast keeps on creating consistent heat, there’s nothing else to do but call it fire. Read the rest of this entry »

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February 8th, 2011 at 11:18 pm

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Drop Kick: Ask Not What the BBC Can Do For You

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Leave it to socialism to spend taxpayers dollars on figuring out if you can tap to a beat. The BBC’s Lab UK has just released a comprehensive experiment to test How Musical You Are.  Well, wouldn’t you know I scored high on all aspects of musicality. I knew those trumpet lessons would finally pay off.

Spoiler alet: after you find your results, the BBC matches you with the best type of (their own) programming to fit your musicality. I guess this is one big elaborate advertising platform for music junkies.

The BBC: Telling you what you already know better than anyone else.

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February 7th, 2011 at 11:50 pm

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New Issue: Bilal

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Bilal, Airtight’s Revenge – I like weird well enough. In all shapes and sizes. I especially like weird when it has been gestating for all too long. Bilal has rightly cultivated his weird over many years and Airtight’s Revenge is a fitting result of his labor.

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February 7th, 2011 at 11:24 pm

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Other Top Drops: Said the Gramophone

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Yes I know, I am a bit delayed on my top picks of last year. Don’t worry dear friends, I will be assesing the blame for 2010 shortly. In the meantime, please do check out the 2010 mixtape as provided by Said the Gramophone. It’s always nice when they share both commentary and downloads!

STG Best Songs of 2010

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February 2nd, 2011 at 11:47 pm

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