Latin Grammys

I’m finding it harder and harder to write about music.  But for good measure, lets talk about Action Bronson- a man who weighed nearly 400 pounds a few months ago. During a recent interview with Hot 97 Bronson revealed that he was working on a self-help book and took a good look in the mirror….

The Strokes: The New Abnormal

The Strokes aren’t supposed to be here in this age of isolation. We’ve got five records of triumphs and dumpster fires to revisit when we need a fix of their snotty, Manhattan manufacturing. They’ve given us plenty of punkish, standardized noise for afternoons of restlessly scrubbing the floors or kitchen counters- because that’s what the…

What a Quarantime To Be Alive

We find ourselves in a strange place in April of 2020, don’t we? I was going to write about my own feelings of isolation and claustrophobia during quarantine, but why bother? We’re all out of work (whether you’re logging on from home or not), we’re all alone, together (the tattoo I got 15 years ago…

Conway the Machine & The Alchemist feat. ScHoolboy Q: Shoot Sideways

Conway and The Alchemist are set to drop their new project, Lulu, on March 30th- along with an official clothing drop in partnership with Patta the same day. Ironically, “Shoot Sideways” is as straightforward as it gets in terms of Al’s production, and Conway delivers exactly what we’ve come to expect from him with each…

Childish Gambino: 3.15.20

I supposed it’s too early to call Donald Glover’s 3.15.20 the album of the year- so let’s instead call it the best and most complete record of his career. He’s a mysterious dude, so if this is his last “Childish Gambino” record- so be it. It’s a beaut. There’s a gorgeous balance of world reflection…

Wet Dirt: CRIMEAPPLE x DJ Skizz

CRIMEAPPLE rocks over the type of production rap nerds have been creaming themselves over the past few years. The sounds are haunting, unwelcoming (think Alchemist, Daringer, Marco Polo)- in other words nothing close to the radio/charts- and for that we’re thankful. But where contemporaries like Roc Marciano and Westside Gunn have a stash box full…

Mission Of Burma: Signals, Calls, and Marches (Matador, 2008)

This EP is the reason we suffer with the term ‘post-punk’.  Boston label Ace of Hearts put this recording out in 1981, and it flipped a switch. It’s a brainy mess- packed with raw punk energy- but glued in place with angular, intelligent playing that would go on to influence everyone from Fugazi to Paint…

New Single: Pearl Jam- Dance Of The Clairvoyants

Pearl Jam- your uncles favorite grunge band- has rarely taken the wild risk. They’ve played it mostly safe while navigating the cluttered rock and roll landscape for the past 30 years. Imagine the surprise when this new gem, “Dance Of The Clairvoyants” popped up on my radar this morning. Eddie’s been studying. Eddie’s been watching….

Slaine-One Day (2019)

Boston’s Slaine is a rugged mainstay in my headphones. I’m sitting at my desk right now playing his newest record, One Day, imagining how different my life would have been, had I been born and raised in South Boston- especially if I lugged around the same temperament that I did for 25 years in upstate…

20/20

There’s a few things to keep your eyes on as January rolls by. First. I’ll be publishing a ‘best 50 films of 2000-2019’ with my pal Josh very soon. We have no business creating this list. We’re not professionals in the movie industry whatsoever. We just like movies, and we like talking shit. There you…