Childish Gambino – Awaken, My Love!

Alright, forget everything you know about hip-hop for a second – and especially forget Childish Gambino’s 2011 record Camp and 2013’s Because the Internet. This is by no means a follow-up to either of his previous releases; even his handful of mixtapes and releases in-between have no real connection to Awaken, My Love!. Instead, Awaken, My Love! is an experimentation from Donald Glover as he explores the ’70s, and their legacy of funk and psychedelic music. And for many Gambino fans, it is an extremely polarizing release. Some find it bland and disorientating, others creative and progressive.…

In No Particular Order: December 2, 2016

Have you started Christmas shopping? I haven’t started Christmas shopping… I’ll do it tomorrow…there’s still 19 days until Christmas…. Check out the full list of new releases here, and follow me on Instagram and Twitter for more crazy fun in your life…or less, depending on how you look at it. Childish Gambino – Awaken, My Love! Alright, forget everything you know about hip-hop for a second – and especially forget Childish Gambino’s 2011 record Camp and 2013’s Because the Internet. This is by no means a follow-up to either of his previous releases;…

Album Releases: Week of December 2, 2016

Alternative / Rock / Indie Beans On Toast – A Spanner in the Works (Singer-songwriter/Drunk folk) Peter Doherty – Hamburg Demonstrations (Brit-rock/Indie rock) Marika Hackman – Wonderland EP (Christmas/Singer-songwriter) Kevin Krauter – Changes EP (Singer-songwriter) The Last Shadow Puppets – The Dream Synopsis EP (Alternative rock) Omar Rodríguez-López – Nom De Guerre Cabal (Experimental alternative rock) The Rolling Stones – Blue & Lonesome [Covers album] (Rock) Country / Folk Kane Brown – Kane Brown (Country) El Hombre Trajeado – Fast Diagonal (Experimental folk-punk) Damien Jurado & Richard Swift – Other People’s Songs, Vol. 1 [Covers album] (Indie folk rock) RaeLynn – WildHorse…

Your Boy Tony Braxton – Kick (Official Music Video)

Over the summer, rapper/media personality Shad released his new alter ego Your Boy Tony Braxton with the surprise throwback-R&B album Adult Contempt. Drenched in nostalgia, the new album is an ’80s tribute thrown into a time machine and sent to 2016. From the release is the Janet Jackson-esque single “Kick” and its accompanying music video. Complete with retro outfits, dance circles, and a vintage tint, the new video captures the ’80s, and as director Sammy Rawal puts it, “the aesthetic and pacing but infuse it with more contemporary elements.  The finished video reads…

In No Particular Order: November 25, 2016

Is it just me, or were there very few Black Friday brawls surfacing around the internet this past weekend? Is this a sign that people are starting to ditch the materialistic insanity that is store-crashing fights? Maybe people are realizing that if they didn’t get the last 60″ TV or over-priced coffee machine, their Christmas shopping was not ruined? Or were most of the phones recording the action broken in a dramatic crossfire of left hooks and hair pulling? Maybe new iPhone just really, really slow at uploading videos to Facebook… Either…

In No Particular Order: November 18, 2016

Hello, snow! Fall is essentially over, and with winter suddenly sliding its way into our lives, that means it’s getting close to the busiest time of the year: album of the year picks. For all those wondering, I’ve started compiling my favourite records from 2016 into a nice, organized list. I’ve got a few in mind to take over the top spot… As always, you can check out the full list of new releases from the past week here, and don’t forget to follow me on Twitter and Instagram to…

Album Releases: Week of November 11, 2016

Alternative / Rock / Indie Blue Rodeo – 1000 Arms (Rock) Chocolat – Rencontrer Looloo (Indie rock pop) Forth Wanderers – Slop EP (Indie rock) The Men – Devil Music (Experimental/Garage rock) Pavo Pavo – Young Narrator in the Breakers (Indie pop) Radkey – Delicious Rock Noise (Hard rock) Sleigh Bells – Jessica Rabbit (Alternative rock/Electro-punk) Sting – 57th & 9th (Rock) Luke Temple – A Hand Through the Cellar Door (Singer-songwriter/Indie rock) Wolf People – Ruins (Alternative rock/Classic rock/folk) Yama Warashi – Moon Egg (Japanese lo-fi pop) Country / Folk / Blues Daniel Bachman – Daniel Bachman (Slide guitar/Blues) Ronnie Dunn – Tattooed Heart (Country) Kristin…

Album Releases: Week of November 4, 2016

Alternative / Rock / Indie American Wrestlers – Goodbye Terrible Youth (Indie lo-fi rock) Birds of Tokyo – BRACE (Alternative rock) Bon Jovi – This House Is Not For Sale (Rock/Pop) Cameron AG – Homeward Bound EP (Indie/Bedroom dream pop) Client Liaison – Diplomatic Immunity (Nu-disco/indie dance-pop) The Darcys – Centerfold (Indie electro-pop) Dante Decaro – Kill Your Boyfriend EP (Singer-songwriter/Indie rock) Pixie Geldof – I’m Yours (Singer-songwriter/Pop) gobbinjr – Vom Night EP (Singer-songwriter/Indie bedroom pop) Slow Hollows – Romantic (Dream pop/Post-punk) Honeyblood – Babes Never Die (Indie fuzz-rock) Jim James – Eternally Even (Singer-songwriter/Indie rock) Jaws – Simplicity (Indie rock/Alternative electro-rock) Monomyth –…

Album Releases: Week of October 28, 2016

Alternative / Rock / Indie Lori Cullen – Sexsmith Swinghammer Songs (Singer-songwriter/Jazz) CRX – New Skin (Indie rock/Alt-pop) The Pop Group – Honeymoon On Mars (Post-punk/New wave) Soft Hair – Soft Hair (Indie bedroom pop) Sam Roberts Band – TerraForm (Alternative rock) Aaron Lee Tasjan – Silver Tears (Indie rock/Singer-songwriter) Allen Tate – Sleepwalker (Indie rock/Singer-sonwriter) TOY – Clear Shot (Indie psych-rock/post-punk)   Country / Folk Kenny Chesney – Cosmic Hallelujah (Country) The Hidden Cameras – Home On Native Land (Indie folk) Kip Moore – Underground EP (Country) Jasmine Rodgers – Blood Red Sun (Folk/Singer-songwriter)   Electronic Empire of the Sun – Two Vines…

In No Particular Order: October 21, 2016

Have you ever started walking one way, and then suddenly realize you’re going the wrong way? Of course you have…But do you take out your phone and pretend you just received a text, and then turn around, or do you just walk the other way? I personally like to swing my leg around and rotate dramatically and continue walking. Speaking of new directions, this week’s In No Particular Order has nothing to do with changing orientation, and instead has three standout albums from artists who are continuing to find success in their…