Album Review: Telefone

Noname’s debut mixtape is subtle, nuanced, and gorgeous.


Telefone – Noname

And I know the money don’t really make me whole / The magazine covers drenched in gold / The dreams of granny in mansion and happy / The little things I need to save my soul.

That’s how Telefone, the debut mixtape from Chicago-based rapper Noname, kicks off. Those lines get right down to business by hitting on the tape’s core focuses – faith and death. Continue reading “Album Review: Telefone”

POTW: Soundcloud Deepcuts Edition

A twist on the weekly playlist.

I’m not going to lie to you, family. In a week that featured Frank Ocean, Vince Staples and now Young Thug all dropping (very good) projects, my music consumption hasn’t been that diverse. In fact, the only music I’ve listened to outside of the above projects is the playlist I made for y’all last week. And we still have Travi$ Scott’s new album coming too! But, these are good problems to have. One problem you won’t have, however, is no new music this week. Because although I don’t have any music to share in my Spotify library, my Soundcloud is chock full of remixes and deepcuts that aren’t available anywhere else, so this week’s playlist will be comprised solely of these songs. A little different, but I think you’ll enjoy the change of pace. Continue reading “POTW: Soundcloud Deepcuts Edition”

The Life of Pablo And The Many Relationships Of Kanye West

Pablo didn’t change the game. It changed Kanye West’s legacy.

The Life of Pablo is sprawling, beautiful and obscene, endearing in a kind of off-kilter way, comfortable in the sense it isn’t Yeezus and alien in the manner it isn’t quite like anything else Kanye West has made. The way the album was, and is being, birthed and presented in the public view has been the focal point for many seeking to immediately understand the legacy of Pablo. West, the notorious perfectionist, was changing the game by releasing an imperfect product with a guarantee that it would evolve into its true form over time. Continue reading “The Life of Pablo And The Many Relationships Of Kanye West”

Top Five, Top Five, Top Five… (Part 2)

Washed boys finish remembering the music from before they were washed.

Top Five, Top Five, Top Five… (Part 1) is found here.

Deege: Aaaand without going completely Frank Ocean on y’all, we’re back for the second and final installment of Top Five, Top Five, Top Five (T5T5T5P2, for short)! For those of you that missed our first installment, the concept behind this segment is for William and I (AKA: Washed ™ Boys International) to recap and discuss the top five albums that (collectively) meant the most to us and our college experience. Besides reviewing the final two albums on our list, both Jake and I will individually discuss an album that meant a lot each of us personally throughout college, but that the other just never enjoyed. It’s time to give the kids the music, bro! Continue reading “Top Five, Top Five, Top Five… (Part 2)”

Snooze Button: D.T.S.N.T. EP

Music you’re sleeping on.

D.T.S.N.T. EP – Stwo

For those readers out there who’ve been following my weekly playlists, I’ve already endorsed Stwo twice by posting two tracks from this project: “Out At Night” and “Fill The Void.” Well, surprise! The whole album’s good. And not a lot of people are listening to it.  Continue reading “Snooze Button: D.T.S.N.T. EP”

Don’s Curation Station (Vol. 3)

Ten songs for the weekend.

Still working on the title.

It’s Friday, and that means it’s time for ten new songs to get you through the weekend. Let’s get into it! Continue reading “Don’s Curation Station (Vol. 3)”

Snooze Button: Visions of Us on the Land

Music you’re sleeping on.

Visions of Us on the Land – Damien Jurado

Damien Jurado has been a prolific alternative-folk solo artist since the mid-90s. Despite releasing fourteen full-length albums between 1997 and 2014, it wasn’t until his 2016 releaseVisions of Us on the Land, that I was introduced to his music by a tweet. Continue reading “Snooze Button: Visions of Us on the Land”