Culture Never Slumps: Barack Obama and the Continued Dominance of Hip-Hop

Just a couple weeks ago, hip-hop celebrated its 44th birthday. For those unfamiliar with how the genre was conceived, in August 11, 1973 a young cat by the name of DJ Kool Herc threw a "Back to School Jam" party in the Bronx and invented a new technique on the turntables called "the break", in … Continue reading Culture Never Slumps: Barack Obama and the Continued Dominance of Hip-Hop

Album Review: Chris Stapleton – From A Room: Volume 1

In just two short years, Chris Stapleton has quickly become one of country music's biggest stars. Traveller (2015) proved to be his big breakthrough, boasting tracks like "Tennessee Whiskey" and "Parachute", songs that embodied his free spirit and were also wildly successful on a commercial level. His second studio album marks a significant artistic progression; From A Room: … Continue reading Album Review: Chris Stapleton – From A Room: Volume 1

Recent Vinyl Purchases: My 2016 Rap Album of the Year, A Loner Folk Masterpiece, Classic ’80s Pop-Rock & More

Lately I have had the biggest itch to do some crate diggin'. I hadn't bought myself some new records in over a few months, so last weekend I made it a point to splurge a little bit and finally add some more to my collection. I've been collecting vinyl for almost 2 years, and since … Continue reading Recent Vinyl Purchases: My 2016 Rap Album of the Year, A Loner Folk Masterpiece, Classic ’80s Pop-Rock & More

Album Review: Big Thief – Capacity

Big Thief's newest record Capacity has been widely acclaimed, earning rave reviews from Pitchfork, Rolling Stone and just about every other publication that gave it the time of day. This was my introduction to the Brooklyn quartet, and after spending just a short while with their music, it's easy to hear where the group feels most at home. Lead-singer … Continue reading Album Review: Big Thief – Capacity

Album Review: Japanese Breakfast – Soft Sounds From Another Planet

On her sophomore solo record, Asian-American singer and producer, Michelle Zauner has come through with a formidable collection of songs that are less sophisticated in context and subject matter, but more profound in ambience and texture. Soft Sounds From Another Planet blends dreamy vocals with hazy and druggy production to create a reverb-heavy, dream-pop and shoegaze … Continue reading Album Review: Japanese Breakfast – Soft Sounds From Another Planet