Mac DeMarco: This Old Dog | Album Review

With This Old Dog, DeMarco invites the listener back into the fold with gusto, and the material connects like a punch to the gut.

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You could argue that Mac DeMarco has made a career for himself through the intimacy he’s developed with his fans more than any other factor. It’s easy to think you know Mac DeMarco. His live sets are littered with inside jokes, he’s liable to play a jangly AC/DC cover at any moment, and he looks like he just climbed out of sleeping bag in a cave. He’s charming, in a goofy, off-kilter, gap-toothed kind of way. He is, by his own admission, a regular guy who likes to sing about regular stuff.

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Damn. First Impressions

 So it hasn’t been 24 hours since the release of DAMN., but I think that’s enough time for some quick hits on the album. This is more for my benefit than anyone else’s, since I’ve come dangerously close to stopping strangers on the sidewalk and politely, but forcefully telling them that they don’t have any earphones in, and thus couldn’t be listening to DAMN. in what seems to be time they could be using to listen to DAMN.

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The World Today? Pure Comedy.

Father John Misty’s Pure Comedy could end up being the most vital piece of art this year. What would that entail?

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I walked to Dupont Circle on January 20th. The air was weird in the city – there wasn’t much traffic on my walk, vehicular or pedestrian. The calendar said Friday, but the atmosphere was more like the one that settles in a room when someone tells a joke in a crowded room and stillness fills the space where there should’ve been laughter. Everything smelled like weed. Continue reading “The World Today? Pure Comedy.”

Music In 2016, By The People

This is the music you loved in 2016. By you, I mean the six people who were willing to be interviewed. By interviewed, I mean answered questions I sent them on Facebook.

The end of the year is always my favorite time to read about music. End of the year lists more plentiful than ever, expanding to “Quotes of the Year” and the “Best Music Memes of 2016”. There’s never a better time to read hot takes about albums you love and hate and read a review that spurs interest in a new artist – I discovered some of my favorite albums after seeing an unknown artist on some top ten end of year list.

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Jake’s Top 42.0 Albums of 2016

It’s almost the second month of 2017, so you know what that means. It’s time to relive everyone’s favorite year! That’s right, I finally finished my top 50 albums of 2016!

It’s almost the second month of 2017, so you know what that means. It’s time to relive everyone’s favorite year! That’s right, I finally finished my top 50 albums of 2016! This was incredibly time consuming, and I actually quit at my top 42.0 albums. That’s partially a product of me being sick of writing this, it getting dangerously deep into 2017 for me to be writing 2016 recaps, and that I didn’t really like the eight albums composing the remainder of my top 50. For the curious reader, here they are, listed:

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Frank Ocean’s Blonde, Ordered Objectively

It may seem impossible, but I’ve managed to objectively rank the songs on Blonde, from worst to best. I understand that music is largely understood to be subjective, but trust me, these are the actual correct rankings.

Blonde is a masterpiece of an album, without a single dud track, and no fewer than eight songs that could’ve been the highlight on a lesser album. Frank Ocean’s voice, his personality, and his humor shine through on each track, and while the album isn’t a concept album (as far as I can tell), there is still a common sonic thread that ties the whole thing together in an intoxicatingly unique Frank Ocean way. When picking a random song from Blonde to listen to, the range of choice is daunting. Some might go as far as to say it is overwhelmingly paralyzing.

It may seem impossible, but I’ve managed to objectively rank the songs on Blonde, from worst to best. I understand that music is largely understood to be subjective, but trust me, these are the actual correct rankings. Continue reading “Frank Ocean’s Blonde, Ordered Objectively”

Album Review: Birds In The Trap Sing McKnight

Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight sees Travis Scott trading in the vibrant layers of Rodeo for relatively muted colors, emphasis on relatively.

Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight – Travis Scott

Travis Scott has displayed two great strengths through his career. He is an expert mood curator, gracing only the most prime of instrumentals (and tweaking the lesser ones until they’re right), placing guests in the perfect environment, using smoke machines and neon lights to frame his signature mysterious and angst-dripping sound. He has also been a maximalist – think “3500” from his excellent and overflowing debut, Rodeo. Continue reading “Album Review: Birds In The Trap Sing McKnight”