Review: Drake – “Nothing Was The Same”

September 24, 2013 2 comments

On the smokey, distorted stripper endorsement “305 to My City”, tacked onto the tail end of Drake’s third album Nothing Was the Same, Drake ensures his subject, us and, most likely, himself that he “get’s it.” In fact, the Future knockoff, and fellow Young Money signee, Detail, is tasked with repeating the reassuring refrain more […]

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Review: Earl Sweatshirt – “Doris”

August 20, 2013 3 comments

“Told you he can rap, dumb muthafucka” Above, the final words spoken on “Pigeons” by Tyler, the Creator, from Earl Sweatshirt’s lionized, 2010 debut mixtape, Earl. It’s a callback to said project’s opening skit, which sees members of Sweatshirt’s Odd Future crew satirically mocking their “new” member upon introduction, only to be immediately defended by […]

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Review: Julia Holter – “Loud City Song”

August 19, 2013 No comments yet

Multi-instrumentalist, experimental singer-songwriter, ambient vocalist; very few descriptions of LA’s Julia Holter suggest accessibility. While avoiding the suggestion of pretension, of course, there’s a stigma carried with the phrase “baroque pop,” and when it’s thrown around, images of harpsichord wielding, ex-Polyphonic Spree members making whimsical tunes in 7/8 time come to mind. And, besides the […]

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Stream: Julia Holter – “Loud City Song”

August 12, 2013 No comments yet

As per her interview earlier this year with FACT magazine, Parisian novella and musical ‘Gigi’ played a large part in the conception and construction of Loud City Song, chamber/experimental artist Julia Holter’s third album in as many years. The ambitious and sweeping follow-up last years critically acclaimed Ekstasis certainly bears the immediacy in instrumentation of […]

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Discover: Xenia Rubinos

July 25, 2013 No comments yet

Brooklyn’s Xenia Rubinos is ripe for comparison. One listen of her stellar debut album, Magic Trix (via Ba Da Bing), and your brain will instantly connect dots to St. Vincent, tUnE-yArDs, a splash of Kate Bush, a dash of X-Ray Spex, etc. But, Rubinos, of Cuban and Puerto Rican descent, takes her idiosyncrasies and shapes […]

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Playlist: MJF Summer Love

June 25, 2013 2 comments

A few months ago, Anna and I brought you a Valentines Day gift from our hearts to yours. It was a collaborative Spotify playlist called “Mostly Junk Food Loves You”. But, it was a playlist unprepared to endure the long, hot, intense, passionate days of the upcoming months. The end of June (the 21st to […]

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Review: Kanye West – “Yeezus”

June 19, 2013 11 comments

Jon Caramanica, in his latest seminal, career-spanning interview, asked of Kanye West: Do you believe in the concept of regret? “If anyone’s reading this waiting for some type of full-on, flat apology for anything, they should just stop reading right now.” That’s bravado at a level we’ve come to expect from one of the more […]

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