“Wise Up/When You’re Gonna Rise Up”: Elvis Costello and The Roots: Wise Up Ghost

It starts with anything. It could be a computer or a melodica. Including the Apple Computer volume “quacks” that are all too familiar, the first seven seconds of Wise Up Ghost sum up… Continue reading

I Live-Blog #10Day Because Chance The Rapper

I remember the day I fell in love. It was a day I had to walk into the deep North East of DC after work, for reasons I can no longer remember. It… Continue reading

He’s Earl Sweatshirt, And We’re Not.

At the age of nineteen, Earl Sweatshirt is anticipated. Our culture has seen this narrative many times before. Between pop stars and child actors, it’s either all a big surprise or the whole… Continue reading

Loose Bass Strings Are My Boyfriend. Segall’s “Sleeper” Is Romantic Psychedlic. Marry Me.

When you think about Ty Segall, you think about the lobes of your brain splitting into…what is it? Six? Yeah, it’s six. And if you haven’t heard Ty Segall, then it’s a whole… Continue reading

What Have You Been Listening To Lately? Nothing. (Actually, Not Really.) Also, I Have A Bone To Pick With Haim

I want to ask myself what I’ve been listening to lately. But there has been a drought. And the Internet seems to agree. I hadn’t made a mid-year year-end list only because I was busy… Continue reading

An Actual Personal History/Manifesto: The Story Of The Blog, Our New News Vessel

I have this really intimate relationship with writing. Ever since I started writing “seriously” it’s always been immediate. Let’s start from the beginning. When I was a junior in college, I spent a… Continue reading

East and West: Same Equation, Different Variables: Live-Blogging The Chronic

Yesterday, when I live-blogged Stankonia, I got a lot of feedback. Most of it was, “I can’t believe you’ve never heard this record before!” And the like. I put an internet meme (that WordPress,… Continue reading

BREAK: I Live-Blog Stankonia, Have A Hip Hop Breakthrough

I’ve been thinking a lot about Outkast lately, probably because they’re mentioned in ?uestlove’s “Mo’ Meta Blues” a lot. As we warm up for the latest installment of my live-blog for Stankonia, I’m testing… Continue reading

Two For One Prince: I’m Going To Live-Blog Purple Rain

Earlier today I listened to Prince for the first time ever. (Well, you know what I mean.) I should’ve, you think?, listened to Purple Rain as my first Prince album, but that’s not what happened. After Prince I felt… Continue reading

Let’s Live-Blog: The Beginning Of New Discovery: Prince

The last time I did this, I was writing about Bruce Springsteen. I sat down to write about Born To Run because I’ve always hated The Boss. And who are we if we are not… Continue reading