Blood Orange on the Blood in our Streets: Freetown Sound

I first listened to Blood Orange a year back when “You’re Not Good Enough” was featured on my Spotify “Play It Forward” playlist.  I heard a very Solange-like sound and was immediately sold (turns out Dev Hynes of Blood Orange actually worked on “Losing You” with her).  But I also dug the sultry funk added…

The Albums That Made April Alright

I’ve said it before, so I’ll spare you the details- but April 2016 was a massive shitshow. And with life chaos comes skipping shows, tuning out music news, and writing blog posts less frequently than I should. Oops. Thankfully, though, even endless cover letters and academic papers need soundtracks. And this month I’ve been able to…

Läpsley love, continued

Showing up to a party on time can ruin your reputation. It’s evidence you didn’t have anything better to do, proof that you put thought into coming, undeniable verification that your social life leaves something to be desired. Lauren once brought one of our friends to a party on time. When he recaps his visit…

Damn Good EP from Damn Tall Buildings

  It was Marathon Monday 2014.  After watching the first couple hundred runners cross the finish line, we bought Georgetown cupcakes and wandered over to the Common, sprawling out on the sad grass.  We were obnoxiously oozing Boston pride and soaking up sorely-missed sun.  Lauren, our two hip amigos and I all have a similar…

All Hail West Texas

I don’t really care that I first listened to the Mountain Goats’ “All Hail West Texas” 13 years after it was released. I’m not afraid to admit that I didn’t simply “discover” this album- a friend suggested it to me after I mentioned my love of the far-flung western corners of my state. And although…

Get Jazzed: Clever Crossover, Women’s Rights, and Promising Duo

  So Lauren and I are talking about our own feminist philosophy on women embracing sexuality.  Meanwhile, my life is in serious need of a boost—not necessarily musical, but I’ll take what I can get.  And then a gift from the music gods appears before me and now both playing fields are looking a little…

Getting Through This with Mourn

Let’s talk about things that are awesome. 1)    Spain 2)    Badass teenagers making music together 3)    Bands that are fronted by women 4)    Concise EPs that don’t tack a bunch of shitty songs onto strong singles (or vice versa) just for the hell of it We, the listeners of the world, have been blessed with…

Dance Your Feels Out to MADE IN HEIGHTS’ New Album

  It opens with this cute, candid giggle and you’re immediately infatuated.  Without My Enemy What Would I Do (on point title, right?) is MADE IN HEIGHTS’ newest album and I’ve had it on loop almost constantly for the past 24 hours.  The perfect part is that it’s suited every activity in that time frame—from…

Trippin’ on Jamie xx

  I’m gallery sitting for a Robert Motherwell exhibit and, instead of stating my opinion on his work, I’ll just say there’s some art I don’t get.  I’ve offered a friend some feedback on a poem he wrote, messed around with some features new to the blog (holla at our FB page), started a poem…

Shamir’s “Ratchet” Might Actually be my Favorite Album Right Now

Hear me out. I don’t really care for house music. I feel extraordinarily uncomfortable with the word “ratchet.” I imagine Las Vegas to be something of an especially shiny hell. But Shamir Bailey’s latest release is a work of art and I am kind of obsessed with it. The crown jewel of “Ratchet”, in my…