This NOT That: Defeating Relentless Radio-play

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The car that I have recently been driving these days unfortunately does not have a good way to play an iPod. Thus, I have gotten back in the routine of listening to the radio a bit more regularly. And I use the word routine very intentionally. Radio stations are nothing if not routine. They have simply just become a cesspool of the same stinking few songs with their insignificantly tiny and terrible playlists. It is hard to find any sort of real variety or anything of real substance on the air at all. Although this does come in handy when I am in my Ke$ha, T-Swift, Katy Perry moods (which let’s face it, I’m always in the mood for these ladies), the rest of my times on the radio seem to be confusing and frustrating. Even classic rock stations have such small playlists, that it makes them unbearable to listen too regularly. So, in an effort to rid us of these stale, repetitive tunes, I will now direct my frustrations into another segment of “This NOT That”.

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“F*ckin’ Problem” Song Review: A$AP Rocky (ft. 2 Chainz, Kendrick Lamar, & Drake)

I began writing some sort of weird farcical review for A$AP Rocky’s upcoming album, LongLiveA$AP.  The premise was the album has already been delayed twice (the first time for a month until October 31, and most recently to early 2013), and I was ultimately going to bitch and complain a lot about delayed albums and how that typically doesn’t bode well for the album.  In particular, it doesn’t bode well for an artist who hasn’t released a studio album yet and is the musical equivalent to a rookie quarterback in the NFL.  Sure, you saw him dominate in the lower ranks, but the jury’s out until we see where the big label influx of production money lands our Fabergé egg talent.

I decided to scrap above premise because I couldn’t exactly figure out what track to take with the whole thing.  Instead, I decided to do a big ole’ boring song review of a track that gives me hope that LongLiveA$AP  still has a legitimate chance to propel my favorite young unestablished hip-hop prospect into superstardom.
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Pitchfork Music Festival – Day One Recap

Pitchfork Music Festival

Union Park, Chicago, IL

July 13th, 2012

Pitchfork Music Festival Friday Recap

Pitchfork Media, which once started as an ultra-snarky yet innovative independent music site by founder Ryan Schreiber in the late 90’s, has since bloomed into in many ways, the online flagship of indie music reviews and news coverage. Pitchfork has since toned down its ridiculously critical tone as it has risen into further prominence and the music world, and has turned into a full-fledge hipster sensation, with a site that remains on the front edge of music news, with extensive video coverage, worldwide journalism, and two music festivals to boot (with their Chicago festival now in its eighth year, and a Paris festival now in its second year). This past Friday, I had the chance to go to a day of Pitchfork Musical Festival in Chicago, the publication’s home base and where they started their festival in 2005 as the Intonation Festival. While I was only able to go the first of three days, I have attended the past two years and understand what the entire breadth of the festival is like. Here are three reasons why Pitchfork Music Festival is the best thing the indie media mogul does.
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A$AP Rocky Review: This Sh*t Cray

A$AP Rocky Review

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This may be the only time I ever review a mixtape.  Some hip-hop artists are so prolific with the amount of mixtapes they release (e.g., Gucci Mane), it is often hard to keep up.  So, I often just stick to studio releases, and the occasional mixtape that gets a lot of good publicity.  Well, I can’t recall a mixtape that has gotten as much hype as A$AP Rocky’s LiveLoveA$AP, and the alleged 3 million dollar deal he received from RCA/Sony.  I was skeptical of the hype Rocky has been receiving, but let me tell you that this self-proclaimed “pretty motherf****r” has delivered not just the best mixtape of the year, but possibly the best hip-hop album in general.

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