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Best Of: Nat Lathy’ Top Albums of 2014

posted December 20th, 2014 by Nathaniel Lathy | Filed under: Best Of, Music News | 0

It’s always great to see the music year unfold. These albums wowed me with the musical prowess exhibited by the artists. I’m eager to see how much listening pleasure these discs bring me in the years to come. Read more…

Interview: Hand Job Academy

posted December 19th, 2014 by Carlita | Filed under: Editorial, General Interest, Interviews | 0

Photo Credit: Laura June Kirsch

Photo Credit: Laura June Kirsch

As I peruse a sea of December release e-mails looking for last minute entries before I lock down my top 2014 lists for all eternity, the words “Hand Job Academy” caught my attention. Just hearing the name, my first reaction before pressing “play” was “WTF?” but after peeping “Pop (Tumblr Bitches)”, the warped lyrics made me smile and this dope BK hip-hop/trap trio comprised of Clara Bizna$$, Ash Wednesday and Uncle Meg won me over. Touring the UK and garnering nationwide buzz around Thanksgiving after Taylor Swift filmed the actual Lena Dunham dancing to “Lena Dunham”, the #ikeamonkey’s loose. Tackling topics like Aunt Flo, the ridic pics you find on Tumblr (yes, we’ve all seen them) and sex school plus opening for comedians Sasheer Zamata and Gilbert Gottfried leaves no doubt their catchy, odd songs are infectious.

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Press Release Roundup: December 16

posted December 16th, 2014 by Carlita | Filed under: Music News, Press Release Roundup, Releases | 0

Music journalists get hit with a steady helping of press releases every day. For the music fan without that kind of sensory overload, a lot of music news can pass by without being seen. Every Monday, we will weed through and compile a list of some of the most intriguing press releases to come across our virtual desk.

D’Angelo

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In case you were under a rock this weekend and missed the collective worldwide rejoicing that took place, D’Angelo virtually rose from the dead to surprise drop ‘Black Messiah’, his long-awaited follow-up to 2000′s Grammy award-winning ‘Voodoo’. Forget Kim Kardashian’s butt pic; this release drew comments from fans and musicians far and wide who passionately welcomed the album with open arms, causing it to trend on Twitter and Facebook soon after it hit iTunes at midnight early Monday morning. Of course we copped the album at 12:01 so peep our review here and the teaser below.

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Episode 130: Best Songs of 2014

posted December 16th, 2014 by Brian Rutherford | Filed under: Best Of, Podcast | 0

This week the staff brings you their favorite songs of 2014.
1. Grieves “Serpents”
2. Meghan Trainor “Dear Future Husband”
3. Run The Jewels featuring Zack DeLa Rocha “Close Your Eyes and Count To F*ck”
4. Kairon Irse “Tzar Morei”
5. Boyce Avenue “One Life”
6. The Popguns “Still Waiting for the Winter”
7. Robin Joel Sangster “Run The Water”

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Meme: Music Collection

posted December 15th, 2014 by Brian Rutherford | Filed under: Meme | 1

Post a copy of your music collection you old schoolers!
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tUnE-yArDs’ “Riotroit” at Sonos Studio

posted December 13th, 2014 by Carlita | Filed under: Editorial, General Interest, Live Show Reviews | 0

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Wedged between a gig at The Wiltern and a TV appearance on Conan’s late night talk show, tUnE-yArDs visited Sonos Studio for an intimate show as an intergalactic quintet. Continuing Pandora’s string of memorable sponsored events in 2014, loop pedals captured Merrill Garbus’ hard, infectious drum beats and several part harmonies filling the air, with the crowd making it inside (the line was quite long) lucky to witness the futuristic synth five (with three additional members joining the duo) in action.

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Interview: The Pack A.D.’s Maya Miller

posted December 9th, 2014 by Carlita | Filed under: Editorial, Interviews | 0

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As the days drift away in what’s left of a diverse 2014 musical year, one of my fav releases (‘Do Not Engage’) that stood out from “The Pack” came from this Vancity punk pair. Flying high with “Airborne” and “Rocket” space themes and addressing loner obsessions in “Stalking is Normal”, DNE provides raw, real rock at its finest. Hitting the road again to deliver their trademark vibrant and high energy mosh-filled stage shows, they’re currently traversing their frosty homeland with The Tokyo Police Club and Said The Whale this month. I recently connected with one half of The Pack A.D. north of the border duo, drummer Maya Miller on a tour stop to amusingly discuss annoying “women in rock” questions, touring books in briefcases, the possibility of Diplo and Jay-Z collabos and what we’d be surprised to know.

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Meme: Ultimate Lineup

posted December 8th, 2014 by Brian Rutherford | Filed under: Meme | 0

What is your ultimate, all-star lineup? Old, new, dead or alive, choose one member for each instrument!
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