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The last time it rained in Phoenix was about 150 days ago.

I'm cooped up in my room, mug of smooth hot cocoa in hand, listening to Peter Gabriel's self-titled debut on vinyl, when all of a sudden, I hear the dreary dark smatterings of rain drops on my window. Pitter patter, pitter patter. I run downstairs and look out onto the street. Sure enough, the sky broke today, the petrichor sweeping through the damp air and sticking to the outside of the clear glass window.

Peter Gabriel. What an ... read more
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Today is the 20th anniversary of The Caretaker's "A Stairway to the Stars".
It is also my two year anniversary of joining AOTY.

So, there's a single question I've been pondering over the past couple weeks. It hasn't been pondered in the heat of an existential crisis or fit of sadness, just something that I've been toiling with for a while. When it comes to the question at hand, I'm most certainly not the only person who thinks it, visualizes it, or dreams it. The entire human race, ... read more
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Episode #3

"Close your eyes!" I heard her coming closer to the room, the footsteps becoming less faint.
"Why in the hell would I do that?" I question with forced anger. Her head pops out from the door frame, an inquisitive gaze, "Do you want more pain than you're already receiving? Now, close those eyeholes!" I shake my head in angst, agreeing to whatever ... read more
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Episode #2

Gah. I have to get out of here. Being cooped up listening to traditional days of yore seems fun and all, but not when you're endlessly stalked and preyed by a maniacal masochist who only wants her opinions in agreement with yours. The last thing I want is for her to play something I don't like.


Nelly's "Nellyville" stopped at an abrupt closing skit, one ... read more
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Episode #1

Wait... huh...? What just came out of my mouth? I didn't just say that... did I?

But really, where did she find me? I just woke up tied to a wooden chair set in a dark, damp room. I hear the sound of a door banging open, and I clench my muscles to prepare for what's to come, for that I do not know.

"Wakey wakey, eggs and bakey," I hear a familiar voice echo off ... read more
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Welcome to the new year. I'm happy you're here, and so is Ken M.

Ken M's prior studio project "Climb", while it did have its emotional potency in essence, didn't have the intense calibre of instrumentation, performance, and delivery that I was looking for in a project with such heart and soul. The closer "Fear" is just one of those tracks that grips you to the core, despite its lo-fi/DIY mood. The record really feels like you're taking a deep dive into the head of the ... read more
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What sticks out to you when you’ve found something you have yet to hear? Is it the cover art? The anticipation of what it might sound like? Or is it the brutal vagueness weighing you down to the point of exhaustion? Well, I found myself here, in this pit of uncertainty, going into Fire Man’s debut EP, “Overcoming the Cycle of Sun Collapse”.

Piquing my interest just as Lil Darkie did a year ago today, releasing a project on New Years Day has its positives and negatives. ... read more
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UPDATE: So, Shawn Cee called me out for this “joke” review? All I gotta say is... ladies and gentlemen, we got ‘em.

This has got to be my new favorite comedy rap album.

Playboi Carti pulls an entire 180 from his debut album "Die Lit" to create one of the best troll albums of all time with his highly-anticipated "Whole Lotta Red". Ever since this record was announced right after his debut, the rap community has been full of so much hype that it's palpable. ... read more
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As the sun beat down on the skin of the crooked man, the underside of his very being billowed with rage, angst, and the sudden urge to burn something or bite off somebody’s ear.

It was a sweltering, smoggy Atlanta morning. The air felt alive as every bustling person and speeding car zoomed through the dense particles of the sticky environment. I sat at the bus stop on MLK Jr. and Ted Turner, where I could almost taste the coffee from the lingering scents of the shop a couple steps ... read more
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"Starmaker" is a record from this year that I've always had a hard time familiarizing myself with, whether it be because of the genre itself, or the fact that it's hard to pick apart, thematically. Whatever the case, it has to be one of my favorite country albums of all time.

Honey Harper's fragility is immensely gripping on this humble grouping of tracks, and that fragility is only heightened by the sheer brilliance of his vocal tone. He's a lonely lost soul clinging to the opaque ... read more
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So, here’s where we stand.

Matt Hawkins, better known as Avenade, has released three really good and fun garage punk EPs alongside one truly amazing noise rock epic “It’s a Whimsical Afterlife”. His winning streak seems to be never-ending, so I have to ask: When is Avenade going to achieve a tik tok viral hit, and what song will it be?

Well, let me tell you that there are many candidates that exist on his highly-anticipated sophomore effort, “Vice Versa in Such ... read more
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Let me start with this: I absolutely love Drain Gang!! The aesthetic each of their records create is divine, other-worldly, and alien to most of my tastes, filling a void I never knew I had. The most popular member of this collective is none other than Bladee, the somewhat hated Swedish rapper turned hyperpop artist who always seemed to get the raw end of the deal.

Against literally all of the odds, 2020 has been his year, with Bladee releasing a total of three albums spanning the same icy, ... read more
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Why, yes! I do think enjoy this just as much as its predecessor, "Folklore"!
I wish I could tell you why, yet again... here goes nothing.

Well I do declare, Taylor sure caught us all off-guard this year, sharing TWO (count 'em) TWO folk-oriented albums over the course of just a couple months. The level of maturity really stacks up from her previous efforts, providing that immersive, personal, hometown feel that, most of the time, follows the standard folk aesthetic.

These melodies ... read more
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Man, what a legend!

The spaceman himself Kid Cudi is back with a truly standout record in his discography. Even though its the third installment of his "Man on the Moon" series, the artist feels rejuvenated with a new sense of wisdom, power, and seldom curiosity in genre. For a man just so inspiring and inquisitive, he really knows where to hit your good spot.

This record calls to those who have been long time fans, those who have been banging "Erase Me" since its release. ... read more
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While it's more contrived moments seem few and far between, The Avalanches provide yet another comeback album filled with some appropriate socially significant moments, alongside some of their dreamiest samples yet.

What I may soon call one of the best examples of a real *winter* album, "We Will Always Love You" presents a loose narrative that builds on itself as the album progresses. A narrative of failure, separation, and dignity, this album zooms in on 2020 as an entire ... read more
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You're stuck in a dream. The walls phase in and out of reality. Your surroundings breathe. Your eyes sag. Your senses flow with ease. Nothing feels real and everything feels fake. You're fuzzy, distorted. You touch the ground, only to sink deeper into the void, your thoughts filled with hypotheticals.

"What's for dinner?"
"Are my parents healthy?"
"What's my life goal?"
"Where am I?"

There's something rustic and modern about "Half Free" ... read more
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As I've said before, making original Christmas music is an extremely challenging feat. I mean, nothing can beat those classic tracks we all know and love! "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" and "Silent Night" are some of my favorites, as the sheer nostalgia that goes along with those tracks others is undeniable for myself, regardless if I celebrated Hanukkah more as a child.

For a bit of an anecdote, one of my favorite classical progressive rock bands, The Moody Blues, ... read more
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Welcome to another episode of Trey touching up on his Spanish skills. I hope you enjoy your stay, whether you understand it or not.

Estoy en conflicto. Quiero gustarme así como lo hizo con su primer récord de 2020. Esta se siente agotada, cansada. Parece que no tiene alma ni energía. Parece que se hizo sin razón. ¿Debería haberme esperado algo más de Bad Bunny? Tal vez no, pero aún así, todavía me quedan nada de lo que ... read more
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What phases you about this anomaly? Is it her history on Disney shows and films? Is it her constant hatred from music critics? Is it the endless loud buzzing of her next projects? Well, personally, it’s how true she’s been to herself.

If there’s anything that “Plastic Hearts” proves, it’s progression. From making some of the most mind-melting, electropop of the 2010s to a matured pop rock of sorts at the turn of the decade, Miley Cyrus doesn’t shy away ... read more
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An album so ground-breaking in its subject matter that I have to give it at least an ounce of respect.

When it comes to the ambience that which “Lavender Country” creates, it would be somewhere in between wholesome and musty. If ever those words were both put together before, I’d like to know where, because I haven’t heard anything that expels this sort-of energy quite like this project.

Now, I’m always down for a bit of country. Although it wasn’t my ... read more
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