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Thundercat’s Drunk

Though it’s been out digitally for almost a month, Thundercat‘s Drunk recently arrived in the physical world. Pressed on four red 10″, the bebop-heavy jazz/hip hop fusion album pays homage to the early Blue Note jazz series (featuring Kansas City’s own Charlie Parker) while connecting with the aesthetics of contemporary jazz releases (think Jazz Dispensary or Kamasi […]


Vince Staples, A Prima Donna

Vince Staples has quickly become one of my favorite rappers. The young virtuoso is not only capable of writing songs that are insanely intense on a visceral level but also ones that are staggeringly intelligent. The way Staples balances the personal and the public is second to none. On his debut double LP, Summertime ’06, Vince […]


Brand New All The Way Down

I grew up with Brand New. Deja Entendu was the soundtrack to my childhood angst; The Devil And God Are Raging Inside Me taught me to love large, expanding soundscapes; Daisy was my first foray into ostentatious noise. It seems there has been a Brand New record lurking around each milestone of my musical journey. That said, I was […]


Record Store Day Cometh Part III

Earlier this week, I previewed some of the heavier bands that will be playing Record Store Day. Continuing this series, I’d like to focus on the poppier bands that will take the stage, the bands who write vocal hook after vocal hook without seemingly breaking a sweat, the bands whose music is at home blaring […]


Davie Allan & Joel Grind Split The Surf

There’s something magical that happens with surfy rolls intersect with fuzzed over heaviness. We heard it done when The Wytches released Annabell Dream Reader, and now we’re hearing it when Davie Allan (of Davie Allan & The Arrows) and Joel Grind (of Toxic Holocaust) teamed up to record a split EP. The 10″ packs a punch–veering […]


J Dilla’s King of Beats Is Rough But Lush

J Dilla‘s mother, Maureen Yancey, is releasing scores of unreleased and first time on vinyl/cassette tracks. The compilation is meant to keep J Dilla’s music and legacy alive–says Yancey who not only compiled the four 10″ worth of material but packaged them in a way that is as unforgettable as her son’s beats and production. The […]