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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: 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

Drop Kick: Summer Bears Fruit – Early morning finds on a rainy June day

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San Francisco summer is in full swell – clouds, cold, and rain. Horrible for marathon training. Perfect for staying cozy in bed and finding new music. And find I have! A brief rundown of what to do if you too are stuck at home on a rainy day:

Love: Still Fighting
My newest (soon to be reviewed) music crushes, Thao & Mirah, do a rather convincing cover of Pat Benetar’s Love is a Battlefield right here in the Bay Area.  Peep the video. And listen to the rest of their recording session on The Bay Bridged.

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June 4th, 2011 at 1:16 pm

Dropkick: New Year, Same Old Grind

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2011. Looks like it’s about to have some more of the same. Which can be a good thing. Especially if it’s Ciara getting back into the habit of making tastefully grind-worthy club bangers. From the looks of “Gimme Dat”, it’s on. Not a bad way to begin the year I say.

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January 5th, 2011 at 6:37 am

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Drop Kick: In the spirit of Kanye

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This sh*t is… f*cking ridiculous. Weezy’s back. “6′, 7′ ” is a colossal song, set to slay anyone in it’s path. I have a soft spot for minimalist beats and monster rhymes. This kills it. What a day for hip hop?!

BTW – More to come on my  review of the latest K West masterpiece/self aggrandizing critical darling (the reference being Track #7).

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December 14th, 2010 at 11:42 pm

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Drop Kick: Dubstepped it Up

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Drake Image Shade 45

Hip hop is mighty stale these days. And it takes a lot for me to really consider a new, much hyped artist. Take Drake as case in point. I’m still iffy on his staying power and ultimate capabilities. Punchlines are there (for now), substance is short. And lyrically, can it get any more redundant? However, a new track released on Pitchfork highlights an amazing dubstep remix of a Drake’s “Fireworks” and turns it into a bit of glory. Granted, Drake is used in the most minimal sense – confined to three words used, at maximum, 5 times – but it’s the little things that count. Time and time again, dubstep seems to save the day, taking the intensions of hip hop and R&B and actually realizing them. Yeah sure this steals a lot from the Burial playbook. But it works. And that’s all that matters.

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December 14th, 2010 at 8:45 am

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Back to the Future

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Stereogum LogoAround this time of year, everyone starts recapping their favs of the year/decade/any other irrelevant time period that can be discussed ad nauseum on the blogosphere and over leftover turkey. The fine folks at Stereogum are taking things a step in the other (and frankly more exciting) direction by recapping a basic human instinct: anticipation.  A present to the future. Why not indulge in the speculation of greatness, particularly when it seems like so much can go right in 2010. With an early lineup of some youngins (Panda Bear, MGMT, Yeasayer) and some vintage inspirations (Massive Attack!, Avalanches) we are sure to have a resurgence of great music. Finally, Animal Collective will not be the de facto leader (although they are coming out with some hotness too) for best of the year.

Start smacking your lips and getting your eMusic downloads in order

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December 2nd, 2009 at 11:31 pm

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Drop Kick: Beyonce Acting Wild Again

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So, she’s actually letting her alter ego get a full album. This is news. Was this not the downfall of a certain “Vision of Love” singer that let her alter ego chase butterflies and bathe in Glitter? Women never learn….At least Sasha Fierce wants to party and dance her butt off. While the song is nothing special (as many have noted, it could easily be a reject from the insanity of B’Day), Beyonce redeems the mediocrity of music by dancing. Dancing so hard and long that you are simply mesmerized by the image. And the leotard. And the random metal sleeve on her arm. I’m thoroughly confused, but in a pleasant way. You be the judge.

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November 11th, 2008 at 8:33 pm

Democracy In All Its Glory

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In honor of the current electoral bliss sweeping the nation, I add my personal contribution to democracy. Daily voting. For new music. No more relying on other blogger pundits or the larger music industry to tell you what is good and what isn’t. Just listen and speak your mind. No social network to leach onto, no magazine subscriptions to buy for a free trial period. Just streaming media and your thoughts. Thanks to CherryPeel, you can engage in your civic duty, create a playlist of the ballot measures you approved, and share them with all types of voters. A simple thumbs up or thumbs down determines your vote. No odd rating scale, no maybes. Just good, clean, voting fun. Isn’t that what America is all about?

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November 5th, 2008 at 9:20 pm

Always Cutting Out the Middleman. Always.

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That big yellow smile is just not as naive as it used to be. More cunning than usual.

So bands are fed up with record labels. One approach is to just screw the system and give you goods away for free online (The Radio-NIN approach). Another emerging approach is to make deals directly with the retailer. And if this retailer happens to be the largest one in the world, you might reach a few people in the process. Wal-Mart has always given the squeeze on the middle man to “pass on the savings to the consumer”. Their latest target is now the record industry as artists are going direct to Bentonville for marketing and distribution.

I can’t say I blame the artist or Wal-Mart on this one. If you want better distribution, why not head to the world’s best logistics expert? You want good marketing without the bloated overhead? Head on down to your local Wal-Mart and see how well they get behind selling a product. It all makes sense. Except it only works if your wares work for the Wal-Mart consumer. I have a tough time seeing Vampire Weekend or Panda Bear finding a new audience in Transylvania County, NC (yep, there really is a Transylvania County). Or any up and coming artist that doesn’t already have a following. We shall see how widespread this selling direct to the retailer goes. This may be good news for my favorite CD store in the world!

The High Cost of a Cheap Journey CD

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June 11th, 2008 at 12:42 pm