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New Issue: St. Vincent

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St Vincent, Strange Mercy –  It’s time to face a reality – it’s truly hard to have a love affair without really knowing the person. With that being said, I’m finding it harder and harder to describe my relationship with Annie Clark and her music – obsession seems to oblique, idolized has odd religious undertones, and respect seems to clinical. Needless to say, this will be yet another glowing review of her latest musical installment, Strange Mercy.

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February 28th, 2012 at 1:00 am

New Issue: SchoolBoy Q

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Schoolboy , Habits and Contradictions –  Gothic gangster rap at it’s finest. Lyrically a little weak, you can tell his age, but a strong initial concept and effort for an emerging crew of hip hop innovators. Where Section 80 presented consciousness in a mostly well packaged display, Habits exceeds in aurally mapping grit, danger, solitude, machismo, and anything else SchoolBoy wants to address. For a foundationally scary album, it’s a joy to listen to.

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February 27th, 2012 at 1:00 am

New Issue: Kendrick Lamar

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Kendrick Lamar, Section.80  – I need to be more diligent. For many reasons. But recently, I’ve been sleeping on plenty of music that I’ve 1) heard at SXSW or 2) seen live. Kendrick fits both. And yet somehow I still missed out on this goodness for most of 2011. Well, I guess it’s never too late to say your sorry. Or to enjoy good music, cause this is the realness. Read the rest of this entry »

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February 13th, 2012 at 8:34 pm

New Issue: Thao & Mirah, Thao & Mirah

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Thao & Mirah, Thao & Mirah  – “Singer-songwriter” has never come to sell me on any musician. In fact, it usually signals a chance for me  to save my cash for something else. Like gum. Or toothpaste. Anything really. Put two together and it only multiplies my antipathy. Much to my surprise, Thao & Mirah are starting to chip away at my well honed diffidence to the term. It doesn’t hurt that they have enlisted the help of my favorite artist of 2011 to date.

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February 1st, 2012 at 10:18 pm

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New Issue: tUnE-yArDs, whokill

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tUnE-yArDs, whokill – Wow. I sat on this draft for over 6 months. And this is probably my favorite album of last year. Well, here’s to cleaning up that old drafts box.

Eccentricity. What’s not to love?! Sure, anyone can come up with a slightly off hand band name, push further into excess with an even odder presentation of the name, and then a crazy sound to boot. Take this for example. But few can pull this off with ease and grace. And subtlety. I know, not quite what one should expect from an album with “kill” in it. But there it is – choice, intention, space – saddling up to experimentation like they belong. And making a good show of it. Yes, I am spending way too much time to say that this will probably be one of my favorite records of the year. So kill me. Read the rest of this entry »

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February 1st, 2012 at 9:00 pm

New Issue: Lykke Li, Wounded Rhymes

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Lykke Li, Wounded Rhymes – The second real album review of 2011. And what a pick. I guess I can say  that I am holding off until I hear something that is worth listening to. And, I confess, this album has been on repeat. I will dispense with the inevitable up front: long live Swedish pop! Good. It’s out of the way. Outside of the obvious genetics that pave the way to at least a decent recording, Lykke Li takes a rather unexpected turn towards the heavy. Which, if you judge her assets by her debut Youth Novels, would be a stretch at best of her talents and strengths.  Guess she was hiding this crap in the backroom the whole time. I’m glad she decided to let it out to the world, ’cause it’s a pretty rad follow up and is bound to have staying power.

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April 27th, 2011 at 12:13 am

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New Issue: Das Racist, Shut Up Dude and Sit Down, Man

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Das Racist, Shut Up, Dude/ Sit Down, Man –  Hmmm…I suppose we were overdue for a renaissance in college trained rappers. Ever since Talib and Kanye dropped out, we haven’t heard mention of college tinged rhyming making a real dent in hip hop. If Vampire Weekend can take music by storm by marrying the ivy league with African rhythms, why not use this formula (nee gimmick) for hip hop? Thus the rise of Das Racist. What’s not to like about the concept – met at requisite liberal arts school, all minorities , fans of pop culture and obscure literature with a well developed elitist sense of humor (try not to chuckle about a Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell…)? A perfect storm for the indie world to embrace. Even if for a blink in time. Well, that blink has lasted much longer than anyone anticipated – I mean, these dudes were everywhere when I was in Austin, a good 2 years after Combo Pizza Hut blew up – and they seem poised to last even longer. And in spite of their presumptive, jerkishness, I may look forward to their next work if it follows suite from their two first efforts.

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April 25th, 2011 at 11:00 am

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New Issue: Nostalghia

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Nostalghia, I am Robot, Hear Me Glitch – It seems like everybody is getting bit by the electronic bug these days. True, that’s the beauty of technology – increasing accessibility to the masses and inviting talent and ideas to come rushing forth. But technology also has the power to mask deficiencies or provide a crutch instead of a platform for development. Nostalghia seem to be falling into the latter category, not without hope towards redemption. Read the rest of this entry »

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March 1st, 2011 at 2:30 am

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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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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