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…

They’re Just Stories

  This short piece became part of the framework for the book I’m currently working on. There’s no title yet, but I can confidently say there’s six chapters of solid storytelling completed. The story follows two boys from Queens who take the subway into Manhattan in the summer time. Hip hop, skate culture, weed culture,…

Can I Live? The Rap Writer’s Essential Question

I’ve never played the piano, unless you count that mindless tinkering we all do as kids. I’ve always looked at that box of wood lined with keys like a Rubik’s Cube; a puzzle that doesn’t compute between my ears.  I couldn’t tell you the difference between the long, sleek, white bars or the stubbier, taller…