Misun - Hills and Trails


This uptempo synthy spaghetti western pop song from Misun can be paired with pretty much any end of the summer activity, especially if it involves riding through tumultuous Texas desert towns on quarter horses. There probably needs to be Read more

Video: Ka - Off the Record


I'm sure this video resonates with those that received their introduction to quintessential nineties rap through vinyl records and tape decks. My first rap album was Puff Daddy's No Way Out, on CD (fml), and it's a shame to Read more

Marmalakes - Dolores


I was in bed reading the The Movie Goer by Walker Percy the other night when "Dolores" came up on a recent playlist I made. I had to put down the American classic and listen a little closer to Chase Weinacht's Read more

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Video: Ka – Off the Record

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I’m sure this video resonates with those that received their introduction to quintessential nineties rap through vinyl records and tape decks. My first rap album was Puff Daddy’s No Way Out, on CD (fml), and it’s a shame to know that if I was just a few years older I would’ve had that rock hard rap gambit pumping out a Clairtone stereo next to the Michael Jordan poster in my bedroom. I didn’t have that, but it’s okay. Ka is making up for it.

You might of heard of Ka (he hit Pitchfork a few weeks ago with a strong album review of The Night’s Gambit). However, if you want a great overview of the forty-year-old NY firefighter / humble hip-hop-ripper, check out Brandon Soderberg’s piece over at Spin. I’ll be pumping Ka MP3s through my digital auxiliary cable in the meantime.

Shrines Revisited

On by Alison Rosenfeld In Music | comment  

What would have happened to the show Lost if it weren’t for DVRs?  The unique facet of Lost was that it was truly a product of its time; had we not been able to fast-forward, pause, and obsessively re-watch episodes to find secret images and connections, the beauty and coherence of the show, the essential mystery, would have been, eponymously, lost.

In the context of DVRs, as well as music’s modern trends of amplified bass and a rampant disregard for the confines of genre, Purity Ring’s debut album Shrines makes perfect sense.

After spending the summer immersing myself in new releases, my experience with Shrines was surprisingly memorable. Sadly, the overwhelming volume of fantastic new music I wanted to listen to this summer left me little time to revisit any album, especially one that did not immediately strike me as especially significant or interesting.

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Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros – Here

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Pitchfork gave Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes a 6.0/10 on their new album Here. I first thought to myself, well shit, it must not be very good. Then I realized I’m an asshole.

I wouldn’t say Here hits the same highs as Up From Below, their 2009 breakout hippy-festival. Yet in a mellower, more stoned than gloriously wasted state of mind, Alexander and Jade still drip some honey in my cookie jar. And get my cookies all sticky.

Below are my favorite out of the 9 song collection – “That’s What’s Up” and “Man on Fire”