Deftones: ‘Ohms’ Is a Return To Form

Deftones are releasing their 9th album, Ohms, on September 25th via Reprise Records. The first single shares a name with the record, and it sounds like the metal band I became fascinated with in the 90s. They’re the masters of mood metal- a genre I might have just created- anchored by Chino Moreno’s perfect snarl…

Nas Delivers On ‘King’s Disease‘

The knock on Nas has always been his beat selection. No one has questioned his pedigree as a premier MC for nearly 30 years- but some of the scattered beats from album to album have left listeners baffled. A lack of cohesion works for some rappers- and it’s certainly worked in part for Nas- as…

WAP Wins Every Time

Cardi B hasn’t released a record since 2018’s smash Invasion of Privacy. Rumor has it she was tied up in a renegotiation of her contract with Atlantic Records. Her bag has clearly arrived, and with it comes “WAP”- a hilarious, sex-positive, freaky collab with Hot Girl Megan Thee Stallion that is actually breaking the internet…

The Art of Storytelling

The mighty mix tape was such a major part of my youth. Remember collecting your favorite songs, sequencing them just right, sharing them with your people? It was vital. It became a language for communicating all the feels.  Now, Spotify playlists have become a staple around my house- putting the power of a great mix…

Aesop Rock- The Impossible Kid

The Impossible Kid- Aesop Rock’s 7th album and second for indie giant Rhymesayers- is a masterclass in American etymology. As with any standard Aesop release, the words pile up and demand an ear- but this time they’re illustrating an obvious distance and loneliness. Aesop carves out space for plenty of math raps, loading each verse…

What a Quarantime To Be Alive Vol. 2

A few months ago I was scared.  Like most Americans, I watched a new virus terrorize Europe- and naively I thought it might not board a plane for the US, and if it did we’d most certainly be “ready”. That purposeful ignorance and blind faith in our leadership didn’t exist due to a lack of…

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…