August Album Picks

Twin Heavy – Willie J Healey Released through Yala! Music Twin Heavy was the first I had heard from British singer-songwriter Willie J Healey. Right away, he won me over with the charismatic first track “Fashun“. It’s no surprise, considering the collective influence and inspiration from George Harrison, Iggy Pop, and Neil Young. I’m a…

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Jacob Collier’s New Album is a Maddening Listening Experience

Jacob Collier is, at the very least, interesting as a musician. Having made his start on YouTube by producing Brady Bunch intro-style covers of jazz standards like George Gershwin’s “Fascinating Rhythm”, he quickly cemented his place in online jazzhead culture. Though he wasn’t putting forth original compositions, his talents as an instrumentalist and arranger were made exceedingly…

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Duckwrth: SuperGood Album Review

As we grapple with a year marked by cultural turmoil, consumers seek out media that transports us to a more carefree time. Endlessly affable rapper Duckwrth answers this call with SuperGood, the South L.A. native’s second full-length album after 2016’s I’m Uugly and a slew of critically acclaimed mixtapes and EPs. Recorded in the first few months of 2020, SuperGood is a tantalizing yet wistful effort, captivating listeners with the prospect of what this year could have been.   The album plays…

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July Album Picks

Flower of Devotion – Dehd Released July 17th through Fire Talk Records Dehd, a three-piece band out of Chicago’s DIY scene, has been releasing music since 2015. Flower of Devotion, their 3rd full-length album, comes after the breakup of bassist Emily Kempf and guitarist Jason Balla. Both members share raw and passionate vocals throughout, only…

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Album Review: Pottery “Welcome to Bobby’s Motel”

You start the album and immediately it hits you. First a cascading series of drums, and then a kaleidoscopic soundscape that can truly only be experienced by closing your eyes. Then the guitars kick in, and you realize you are about to go on a truly spectacular auditory adventure. Released in late June, Welcome to…

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Album Review: Freddie Gibbs/ The Alchemist “Alfredo”

In 2014, Freddie Gibbs paired up with legendary producer Madlib to release one of the most critically acclaimed rap albums of the recent decade: Piñata. Five years later, in 2019, the duo reunited to release Bandana, which received nearly just as much praise as its preceding album did. In a similar fashion, Freddie Gibbs recently…

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