Julian Casablancas – Phrazes for the Young

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Some people think they’re always right. Julian Casablancas may be one of those people, if his antics and comments over the years are to be taken in earnest. Never one to mince words, Casablancas has always carried himself with the effortless cool of a rock star who just doesn’t give a shit, most recently popping […]

Jay-Z – The Blueprint 3

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Jay-Z isn’t a businessman — he’s a business, man. And when you’ve branded your image to the point where you’re simultaneously managing a clothing line, sports club and record label, it’s fair to say the Hova has landed. The new quandary becomes maintaining your self-proclaimed street cred whilst juggling decidedly non-street multi-million-dollar finances — something […]

Forgotten Albums: Dump – “That Skinny Motherfucker with the High Voice?”

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Yo La Tengo bassist James McNew recorded four-track projects as Dump beginning some time around 1991, temporarily pausing to focus on the band’s albums before resuming his alter ego in 1998. The result was That Skinny Motherfucker with the High Voice?, a cassette tape comprised of seven Prince cover songs (its title a reference to […]

Arctic Monkeys – Humbug

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It must be said: The first thing that springs to mind from the opening bars of “My Propeller,” the first cut off the Arctic Monkeys’ latest effort, Humbug, is the unmistakably sleazy gutter-croon of Josh Homme. This noticeable trend, in fact, continues over the course of the entire record, with Queens of the Stone Age’s […]

Dirty Projectors – Bitte Orca

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So much has been written about Bitte Orca, the newest album by indie rock’s Dirty Projectors, that it’s an almost daunting task to find something worth bringing to the table that hasn’t yet been discussed at length. In the digital age, it’s akin to reviewing, like, Thriller or Revolver or something. The immediacy and over-saturation of the Internet has rendered my thoughts typical; discourse is redundant. What’s left to be said about an album released three weeks ago whose Google search results in well over 1 million hits?