With recent stirrings in the black community regarding the appropriateness of Iggy Azalea’s participation in hip-hop, a common complaint wasn’t the mimicry in musical style, but rather the artist “trying black culture on for size” — disrespectfully appropriating language and aesthetics to fake an identity and background that is not her own.
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Artist: Album: Genre: Release date: Rating: Jack White “Lazaretto” Blues Rock June 10, 2014 4/5 stars Jack White’s second album “Lazaretto” is something to either download or grab off the shelves of the store as soon as possible. With a little bit of everything, there’s at least one song on the album that everyone can […]
After a long and tense hiatus, Rhode Island-based emcee Sage Francis is back with his much-anticipated LP, “Copper Gone.” His previous album, “L(i)fe,” was produced with live, poppy instrumentation, but that change was only superficial. It was clear that the elder statesman of underground hip-hop was stalling. On the upside, Francis steps out of his […]
Artist: Album: Genre: Label: Release date: Rating: Pixies “Indie Cindy” Alternative Rock Pixiesmusic, PIAS April 19, 2014 3/5 stars What rhymes with Pixies? Fixies. Who rides fixies? Hipsters. What do hipsters generally listen to? Indie. What rhymes with indie? Cindy. And there you have the name of the first album from the Pixies in 15 […]
Artist: Jackie Onassis Album: “Holiday EP” Genre: Hip-hop, rap Label: Sony Music Entertainment Release date: Nov. 17, 2012 Jackie Onassis is something else. And not the Jackie Onassis which might’ve come first to your mind, better known as Jackie Kennedy, wife of the 35th president of the United States. No, from Australia comes a group […]
Beck – Morning Phase Rating: 3/5 It’s pretty clear from just the 41-second introduction to Beck’s new Morning Phase that novelty, boundary pushing, and plain weirdness — the real staples of Beck’s legacy — are not part of this record’s master plan. Something of a mellifluous musical Zen prayer, “Cycle” opens the records’ blinds to […]
Album: “After the Disco” Artist: Broken Bells Genre: Alternative rock, space rock, disco Label: Columbia 4/5 There are certain bad words in the music world, cliché adjectives that describe guitar tone, words like “garage.” And then there are the genre words. The obvious ones are “dubstep,” “trap” and of course “disco.” If even the mention […]
Album: “Croz” Artist: David Crosby Genre: Rock Label: Blue Castle Records Release Date: Jan. 28, 2014 4 stars / 5 Those who have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame are probably doing something right. If one has been inducted twice, then there’s no doubt. He or she is definitely doing something […]
And now, for your holiday pleasure, watch as I struggle with the intensely difficult task of hierarchically ordering five of the best 2013 albums of that have graced KRUA’s airwaves. With so many uniquely good records, this is going to be nearly impossi — no. Wait. They’re all so great. I don’t think I can say with certainty that one is better than the other. So I’m going to lay them out here in no particular order. You can decide.
If you didn’t like Shady antics before, stop reading now. If Marshall Mathers is unconditionally your Messiah, you might also stop reading now. This review is for those who are on the fence about a certain rapper who shares a name with a shellac-covered candy.
Following on the heels of his 2011 EP, “Ravedeath, 1972,” Hecker returns with an even more richly textured, live instrumental album. “Ravedeath” represented a shift in his production. Hecker went from using samples to live instruments, and the result was well worth the wait. It’s safe to say that with “Virgins,” Hecker has successfully lived up to and exceeded “Ravedeath.”
There was a day when “The Chronic” reigned supreme. Dr. Dre brought the synthesizer to hip-hop and no Los Angeles club would be the same for years to come.
In the 80’s, socially conscious hip-hop, like De La Soul’s “3 Feet High and Rising” and A Tribe Called Quest’s “The Low End Theory,” dominated the rap landscape. Groups like N.W.A rose to prominence with “Straight Outta Compton” and two members from that group, Ice Cube and Dr. Dre, would find fame with critically and commercially acclaimed solo releases.