Interview with D E N A

Hiya D E N A!  I’m so excited to have this chance to touch base with you.  You super-catchy song “Cash, Diamond Rings, Swimming Pools" made big waves around the world this summer.  You’ve also released a run of other infectious singles this past year, the latest being “Bad Timing”.  How did 2013 go for you?  Will you be dropping your debut album … [Read more...]

Interview with Northern Lights

Hello Jonas, David, Tobias, and Jon!  It’s such a treat to catch up with you all and to find out more about you and your upcoming album.  For those who don’t know, who is in the band and what instruments do you play? Hello Jen! Northern Lights: Well, we're a bunch of guys who want to create something energetic; who want to express ourselves. … [Read more...]

MC Yogi – Pilgrimage

MC Yogi’s latest release Pilgrimage was honed over years of yoga study and playing festival stages large and small. Ever improving upon his powerhouse mix of hip-hop and yoga lore, Yogi describes his latest release as "a sonic trip, a journey toward the Self, toward what the yoga masters call the Supreme Soul." 2008's shoestring-budget debut, … [Read more...]

Run the Jewels (Killer Mike & El-P) – Run the Jewels

After the widespread success of Killer Mike’s R.A.P. Music, the well-versed rapper realized and more importantly, acknowledged the streaming chemistry developed with multi-talented El-P. A partnership that worked wonders, El-P highlighted Killer Mike’s thirsty and hungry flow with production that was equal parts heavy beats and relentless pace. The … [Read more...]

Kanye West – Yeezus

Six albums ago, many people were justly excited to champion Kanye West as one of the greatest musicians/artists this world was going to see. With songs like “Jesus Walks” and “Slow Jamz,” his debut, The College Dropout, merited a fair amount of attention and accolades. But many of these enthusiasts were made out to seem just as delusional as the … [Read more...]

Frank Ocean – channel ORANGE

It’s terribly hard nowadays to try and discuss an album one enjoys without sounding too preachy, too emotionally attached and too, well, in love. I’m not sure if that’s a facet of the times or perhaps, it’s always seemed that way (did everyone get annoyed when every single album by Stevie Wonder was universally loved or was it justly expected?) but … [Read more...]

Lana Del Rey – “National Anthem” video

Lana Del Rey’s love affair with America, money, and true love (possibly not in that particular order) continues with her song “National Anthem”.  The video, directed by Anthony Mandler, opens with a reenactment of Marilyn Monroe’s breathily sung, celebratory “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” tribute to John F. Kennedy, with Lana onstage in place of … [Read more...]

Lana Del Rey – Born To Die

Current media sensation Lana Del Rey just released her fatalistically-titled album Born To Die at the end of January and she’s riding high on a lively worldwide wave of hype and backlash, with her album debuting at #2 on the U.S. Billboard chart and at #1 on the U.K., Irish, and French charts. Contrary to the reactionary rumors found online, … [Read more...]

Das Racist – Relax

Part of the sizzle that made Das Racist last year’s favorite new hip-hop act was their undeniable ability at being true wordsmiths. Sure, there was heaps and heaps of frenetic vigor on their two respective '10 mixtapes, Shut Up, Dude and Sit Down, Man, but beneath the attraction of two playful MCs and a production line that scattered from … [Read more...]

Shabazz Palaces – Black Up

It’s no secret that a sense of swaggering narcissism is as closely linked to hip-hop music as maudlin introspection probably is to rock.  Whether or not that axiom holds any water in 2011 is up for debate, but so long as artists like Kanye West and Coldplay continue to make headway on the charts, bravado and earnestness respectively will remain the … [Read more...]