15 Before 2015 (My Favorites of the Year)

Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at 5:22 PM
Jake Miller

  Music   Freddie Gibbs & Madlib - Piñata Anyone familiar with Freddie Gibbs' previous work knew this was the album he has always had in him. Authentic, gritty and, at times, downright hilarious. While we may be holding our breath forever waiting on a second Madvillian album, producer extraordianaire Madlib never keeps us waiting on exciting, genre-bending production for long. One of the best hip-hop collaboration albums of this or any year.     The Juan MacLean - In a Dream Every couple of years DFA's John... READ MORE

Album Review- Daft Punk

Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 9:44 PM
Jake Miller

  Music Daft PunkRandom Access MemoriesDaft Life/Columbia "Give life back to music."  This clear and measured statement opens Daft Punk's colossal new album.  For a group that has spent all of their career in masks and have fashioned an aura of being robotic representatives to electronic music, this seems like an odd name for a song.  But with the stunning Random Access Memories they have done just that. Parisian dance music legends Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo... READ MORE

Album Review- Little Boots

Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 2:56 PM
Jake Miller

  Music Little Boots Nocturnes On Repeat   It’s been over 3 years since Little Boots released her debut LP but that hardly means she hasn’t been keeping busy.  Since 2009’s, Hands, she has released the EP Illuminations as well as two mix-tapes of additional material.  All while keeping herself occupied DJing around the world.  Her sophomore LP Nocturnes is a direct correlation of where her hard work has moved her forward as an artist. Little Boots aka... READ MORE

Let's Push Things Forward - 2013 Preview

Friday, December 14, 2012 at 5:11 PM
Jake Miller

  Music Always looking forward, never looking back.  Here are a few of our most highly anticipated releases of next year.  Some of these have been confirmed, some are merely rumbles that leave us in anticipation.   Toro Y Moi-Anything In Return-January 22- Chaz Budnick is known for his sublime, mature take on pop music and if the first single "So Many Details" is any indicator, that trend will continue.  2011's Underneath The Pine was a serious step forward from... READ MORE

Jake's Top 30 of 2012

Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 7:05 PM
Jake Miller

  News So here we are.  The end of yet another year of fantastic music.  Here are my personal favorite 30 records of the year listed with my favorite cut off of each.  Enjoy.   30.  Daughn Gibson- All Hell In The Beginning 29.  Killer Mike- R.A.P. Music R.A.P. Music 28.  Rick Ross- Rich Forever (Mixtape) Stay Schemin' ft. Drake & French Montana 27.  Divine Fits- A Thing Called Divine Fits Flaggin' A Ride 26. Jack White- Blunderbuss Trash Tongue Talker 25.  Cat Power- Sun Manhattan 24.  Action... READ MORE

One To Watch - Mountain Mirrors

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 4:10 PM
Jake Miller

  Music MOUNTAIN MIRRORS Asylum Acres Massachusetts singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Jeff Sanders works under the moniker Mountain Mirrors.  Never heard of him?  That's OK because if he continues releasing the caliber of music found on his new EP, Asylum Acres, that might change very soon.  Last week's wide release of the powerful and moody 6 track set takes you to dark places without being overtly bleak.  It's in these same fields that many "acoustic" songwriters try to spin their own yarns but have a... READ MORE

Opinion - The Deepest of Webs

Friday, October 5, 2012 at 11:51 AM
Jake Miller

  Music Death Grips frontman Stefan Burnett We've all been conditioned to believe that the record industry has been rapidly dying for the better part of a decade. Blame illegal downloading or Napster or pirates or terrorists, whatever you like. The guys in the suits were losing! The guys in the trenches, making art, were winning! It's an idyllic notion that we would like to buy but it's also a lie. A quick recap: Death Grips self-released Ex-Military in April... READ MORE

Album Review - Flying Lotus

Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 4:04 PM
Jake Miller

  Music Flying Lotus Until The Quiet Comes Warp/Brainfeeder   "Hope u guys like 'until the quiet comes' I feel like I did my best to tell you my story, honestly"  Steven Ellison, better known as Flying Lotus, wrote this on his Twitter feed roughly a week before the release of his fourth proper LP; the ambitious and daring Until The Quiet Comes.  The "story" that Ellison has spun this time is unlike any he has laid on us before.  2008's... READ MORE

Album Review - The xx

Saturday, September 29, 2012 at 4:24 AM
Jake Miller

  Music The xx Coexist Young Turks   So much gets made of the proverbial "Sophomore Slump" that most bands attempt to combat these days.  The xx can not be bothered by all that.  With Coexist, the English threesome's second release, we see a fledgling act growing on their own terms. Three years removed from their fantastic self-titled debut, we find the group maturing in exciting and unpredictable ways.  Replicating the youthful, lovelorn works of xx would be a nearly impossible task and... READ MORE