Recent Reviews

Apr 4, 2020
The Chicago multi-instrumentalist and rapper Nnamdi Ogbonnaya has been on my radar since I heard his 2013 masterpiece "Bootie Noir". When I heard 'Flowers To My Demons' I wasn't sure how to feel. On the one hand, it's a solid acoustic track, but on the other, this album cover is kinda cringe...well anyway, the record is pretty good.

On this record, Ogbonnaya leans heavily on production and sets aside much of the rich instrumentation that made 'Bootie Noir' so brilliant. But this ... read more
Apr 4, 2020
Thundercat's latest record is a collection of short, punchy jazz-pop songs that blend so well together that they come across as a single coherent piece of music. It's not considerably different from what Thundercat's been doing all along, but he's refined his craft so well that 'It Is What It Is' sounds like a well earned victory lap.

Thundercat makes use of a wide array of instrumentation on this record, I love the bells on "How I Feel" and the wicked basslines on "How ... read more
Mar 26, 2020
What the world needed in this time of unprecedented fear and loneliness is a beautiful Nordic folk album. Myrkur's latest does the trick even though their are some weak tracks. Myrkur's bold and powerful vocals bring to live a mystical world of wonder and fear and magic. Her vocal range is really incredible and it's what drives the album.

Highlights: Ella, Leaves of Yggdrasil, Svea, Gammelkaring, House Carpenter
Mar 24, 2020
Subaru Stevens is a fantastic artist and a God-tier human being. I love this man so much.

That said, when he announced a 'New Age' album, I wasn't sure how to feel about it. On the one hand, saying something negative about such a pure soul feels like an offense to almighty God. But on the other, I would be surprised to find myself liking New Age hippy bullshit no matter who makes it.

The result is kind of what I was afraid of. It's an album that contains nothing of what I ordinarily love ... read more
Mar 23, 2020
I've never been a huge Childish Gambino fan. I followed Donald Glover when he was a member of Derrick Comedy (that's right, only real ones remember that shit) and I even saw the surprisingly hilarious Mystery Team film that the group put together. Call me a purist, but I think Glover's golden years were when he was an early youtuber making dumb but funny videos. I never really could get into his music outside of 'Redbone' and 'This is America' (which I admittedly thought was a bit ... read more
Oct 5, 2019
Yeah tbh I think you’re probably better off starting somewhere else with him. If you want to get a feel for Nick Cave in general I’d say listen to some of his 80s work in post punk (either From Her to Eternity or Tender Prey would work), then try a few of his albums from the 90s (Murder Ballads is my personal favorite of what I’ve heard). That said, the only thing I think is essential to you going into Ghosteen specifically is Skeleton Tree, as both of these albums deal with his son’s death.
Sep 28, 2019
What's your Most Unpopular Opinion on an album? It's for a list.
Sep 2, 2019
Nice! My wife is from Union, so right near by.
Aug 31, 2019
I grew up right in that phantom land known as central jersey. Monmouth county to be exact.
Aug 30, 2019
New Jersey what up!!!
Aug 27, 2019
Thank You. Make sure to vote for me this election!
Aug 27, 2019
Yay! Glad you like her work! She has been getting booked for album art a lot; she also did the cover of ALASKALASKA's debut this year. Her use of color and the format of her work is just incredible. So glad you checked her out!
Jul 30, 2019
Hell yes... I really respect the Summerteeth over Yankee Hotel opinion! It's always so hard for me to decide which is best. Personally I vibe with Summerteeth more, but in the end I think Yankee is objectively better. Good reviews!
May 7, 2019
Hmm...well you could say potatoes are annuals when grown indoors. You aren't inherently lying there either. If you grow anything with your students again might I suggest mint/catnip or Chamomile? Super easy to grow, grows fast and lives for a few years too 😁
May 6, 2019
Oh no D: I was just thinking about the lad actually, what a bummer. Still, you did your best! Growing potatoes indoors isn't easy and you kept it alive since winter! If you haven't already, check the soil in the pot. The potato might have left a lil friend ;)
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