Videos

Videos

Sundial (Official Music Video)

YAWL

Sundial

Joel Frieders | May 2, 2016
Howard - "Glass"

Howard

Glass

Joel Frieders | April 27, 2016
Avec Sans - Heartbreak Hi

Avec Sans

Heartbreak Hi

Joel Frieders | April 20, 2016
Birds of Hell - Astronomy Programmes

Birds of Hell

Astronomy Programmes

| April 18, 2016

Album Reviews

factor chandelier, factoria

Factor Chandelier

Factoria
8 out of 10
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Kevin Morby, Singing Saw, album review

Kevin Morby

Singing Saw
8 out of 10
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Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, persona, indie, folk, album review

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

PersonA
7 out of 10
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Articles

kevin morby, kyle craft, jackson webb, david gilmour, local natives, tom odell
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SYFFALIST - April - 2016

Tom Dozois | May 3, 2016
Kevin Morby - Destroyer: I stopped numerically ranking my SYFFAList some time ago because is there really a difference between 4 and 6? Instead I opted for flow.  BUT I will declare that this is my fo sho number one track this month. OH JESUS is this song smooth.  Kyle Craft - Lady of the Ark: If this dude's voice was an actual thing containing matter, it'd be bricks in his scrotum and he'd be swinging them at you, knocking you back and pancaking you against a concrete wall.  Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros - Perfect Time: I mentioned something similar in my Magnetic Zeros album review: Them and Father John Misty just have the special ability to make somewhat raunchy content beautiful.....as evident here.  Jackson Webb - Sidewalks: Thank you again Soundcloud algorithm for finding...
mount mantras, no good
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One Song: Mount Mantras - No Good

Joel Frieders | May 2, 2016
This is a Zavala from Dark Time Sunshine and Terra Lopez from Sister Crayon. What the fuck.  The fact that Zavala can throw down on a beat that reminds me of the jeans I used to wear to raves in high school while Terra Lopez simultaneously makes me wish I'd heard her voice over a beat like this when I was in high school, is just fucking offensive. Who the fuck do these people think they are? The beat is fucking disgusting. The fucking vocal is disgusting. I want to fucking stab someone in the throat with a chocolate longjohn and then spend the rest of the day licking the horror off my fingers. Zavala making dance tracks is still freaking me out. Not because he shouldn't be doing such things, but because he's SO. FUCKING. GOOD. AT. IT.  Seriously, this beat murders.
local natives, past lives
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One Song: Local Natives - Past Lives

Joel Frieders | April 29, 2016
Local Natives have yet to drop something I don't love almost instantly.  I fucking adore how every song is another excuse to close my eyes and tip my head back and tribally swat at the imaginary drums laid out in front of me. "Past Lives" builds on their already fluffed pillowy dreamz of rock, but with an almost hypnotic gallping rim shot that makes it almost feel fucking BEACHY bro.  How the fuck do these shitballs keep making me lose control of my extremeties? That snare has me annoying everyone in the office because ain't no fucking way I'm done slap-slapping my desk top as I roll through the ninth listen in a row. "Past Lives" is fucking Local Natives at their fucking best. DAMN. 
blueprint, graffiti writer
Soundcloud

One Song: Blueprint - Graffiti Writer

Joel Frieders | April 27, 2016
THERE'S NEW PRINT OUT!??!?! EEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!! There is no other voice in hip hop that gives me the giddy shits like Blueprint's. Dude's tone is unfuckwitable. Dude's succinct story telling abilities are on par with a rap Dr. Seuss. Regardless of the topic, whether social injustice or in your face message delivery, Blueprint finds a way to sound fucking cooler and cooler with every realease. "Graffiti Writer" is another example of a dude who just can't stop dropping advances in his own sound. Without a snare or an apex or a fucking climax, "Graffiti Writer" is only a minute and a half of a story, but you fucking get it. The tension, the apprehsion, the suspicion, the tasteful effect on the vocal, the addition of peripheral snickers and breaths, and that FUCKING HORN; this is Hill Street...
onry ozzborn
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Our Interview With Onry Ozzborn - Seven Questions from a Megafan:

Joel Frieders | April 26, 2016
You ever interviewed one of your favorite rappers by just sending them an unsolicited email titled "7 Questions from a Megafan"? Me either, but I did it with Onry Ozzborn a few weeks before his latest album Duo dropped, and while I didn't expect an email back, I kinda wished he'd just answer the questions. Not that what I asked him is all that interesting, but because I am such a huge fan of dude that whenever I imagine interacting with him personally I get all kerfluffled and jittery and shit. His fucking coolness is so obvious, I am a high school science teacher to his hot rod stunt driver.  His hair flows in the breeze like some hip hop Marlboro ad, I sweat all the time, even in the winter, and people notice.  I clip coupons to save money to buy my wife a bigger wedding ring even...
koresma, bridges
Soundcloud

One Song: Koresma - Bridges

Joel Frieders | April 25, 2016
I'm an instrumental music fiend. Every chance I get, I flip off rappers and singers alike, and hoard ALL the instruments. Fuck rappers. Fuck singers. Fuck yes.  Koresma dropping "Bridges" right when the weather is starting to turn tasty is a sign that I have every right to sit half-intoxicated in my drawls on my back porch and watch the wind whip the weeds to and fro. The cool crisp beat is tits on its own, but that fucking guitar just meandering through a cup of coffee is fucking perrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrf. I liken Koresma drops to Bonobo drops in that it doesn't necessarily have to break the mold previously hardened by the artist's last album release, it just has to make me feel comf as fuck, like the aforementioned last release. Koresma is the masseuse, and my flabby backside...
Words Hurt, Tim Baker, Lang Vo, alaska
Interview

Our Interview with Tim (Alaska) Baker and Lang Vo from Words Hurt - "I have been boycotting North Carolina since before it was cool"

Staff | April 20, 2016
The first time I met Tim Baker I didn't even know that he was a rapper. I just thought he was a quick witted grumpy piece of shit. But I always loved the fact that he was an asshole; it's his most endearing quality. He doesn't beat around his bush; he'll tell you straight up what he thinks. It's brutal honest served up with a side of Brut cologne.  And while it took me by surprise to learn that Tim was a successful rapper performing under the moniker Alaska like 40 years ago it kinda made sense. The shit is engrained in Tim's personality even though the average on-looker might not see that today because it's disguised under Keds shoes, a button up cardigan and a well-groomed hair cut.   It's still the same old Tim though (so I hear). I may call his 'edge' grumpiness, but that is only...
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