December 7th, 2010

DJ Spinna and BBE Back At It

DJ Spinna - Strange Games Vol 5

DJ Spinna & BBE Soundsystem Strange Games & Funky Things Volume 5 – Smoking ’70s Soul and Rare Grooves (BBE) 2010 Purchase: Amazon Back on the hunt for the forgotten gems of 1970s soul, DJ Spinna and BBE craft another compelling exploration of hip-hop and R&B’s roots. Best known for the Beat Generation LPs by […]

October 22nd, 2010

The Roots Are Still Right On

The Roots

The Roots are high on the list of artists I’ve seen live the most times.  My first time was in high school at Drew University during the Things Fall Apart tour, and most recently I had the pleasure of catching one of The Roots Jam shows at Highline Ballroom this past summer.  The realization that […]

July 12th, 2010

So This Happened

LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening

LCD Soundsystem This Is Happening (DFA) 2010 Purchase: Amazon So many great new albums have come out since my last post I barely know where to start, but a good place would probably be This Is Happening, the new LCD Soundsystem album that came out May 17.  If you don’t have a copy yet, that’s […]

May 5th, 2010

Jay Electronica Channels Biggie Smalls

jayelectronica

If you’ve read a music magazine any time in the last two years, you’re probably aware that Drake is the hottest new rapper in the game right now.  If you’ve read a music blog any time in that period, you may also be aware that the man pictured above, the elusive Jay Electronica, is the hottest new […]

May 3rd, 2010

The Best Album of the Year So Far

Beach House - Teen Dream

Beach House Teen Dream (Sub Pop) 2010 Purchase: Amazon Merriweather Post Pavilion was released on January 6, 2009.  The year wasn’t even a week old and people were already calling it the best album of 2009.  It seemed crazy, but sure enough, come December the bigger question was where to put it on your  Best […]

April 29th, 2010

Fang Island “Daisy”

Fang Island - Daisy

Back in November 2001, hip-hop was still my genre of choice and I was a little too engrossed by the Jay-Z/Nas beef to check out a rock artist screaming about “partying hard.”  Being unfamiliar with Andrew WK’s work, I wasn’t that intrigued when I kept reading about Fang Island, an up-and-coming group that shares his […]

April 6th, 2010

Das Racist – Shut Up Dude

Das Racist - Shut Up Dude

Even if you’ve never heard of Das Racist, you might be familiar with “Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell,” their ridiculous novelty track that hit the web in late 2008.  “I’m at the Pizza Hut” “I’m at the Taco Bell” “I’m at the combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell.” While mildly amusing, I’d rank it […]

April 3rd, 2010

Delorean “Stay Close”

Delorean

Delorean is an alternative dance band from Barcelona and the most recent signee to True Panther Sounds, the NYC-based indie label that was purchased by Matador Records late last year.  True Panther is best known for putting out Album by Girls, one of last year’s most critically acclaimed indie records.  If you want a cheap […]

April 2nd, 2010

Odd Blood and the Great 80’s Debate

Yeasayer - Odd Blood

Yeasayer Odd Blood (Secretly Canadian) 2010 Purchase: Lala | Amazon I was disappointed when SNL fired Michaela Watkins at the end of last season, the main reason being that Angie Tempura, her snarky blogger character, was so dead on.  There are a lot of people who write in a cynical tone and concentrate on trashing […]

March 27th, 2010

The Soft Pack “Answer to Yourself”

The Soft Pack

It’s pretty much obligatory when writing about The Soft Pack that you mention that the band’s former name was The Muslims.  Now that’s out of the way, let’s talk about music.  Between their two 7” releases and the ubiquity of “Parasites” on mixtapes, I feel like I’ve been hearing about The Soft Pack forever, but […]