This is literally hours late, but here are my top 10 honorable mentions:
Action Bronson & Party Supplies – Blue Chips 2
Ka – The Night’s Gambit
Pusha T – My Name Is My Name
Kevin Gates – The Luca Brasi Story
Cut Copy – Free Your Mind
Free Energy – Love Sign
Meek Mill – Dreamchasers 3
Mikal Cronin – MCII
The So So Glos – Blowout
Charli XCX – True Romance
I WILL NOT HAVE YOU BESMIRCH SWEET POTATOES WITH MARSHMALLOWS THIS IS TREASON
Listen: As someone who made like $22,000 a year and found room in his budget for 2 CDs a week and had no computer to download music, I listened to every album I bought a million times. I couldn’t make it thru that one more than twice. I went from excited to “ugh, jesus, what the fuck is THIS?!?” in like half a song, and that’s how I’ve felt about every single thing they’ve done ever since. Getting assigned a Xiu Xiu story when I was working Pitchfork’s news section was the worst; it was always like “we’re burning our pubic hair and bottling the smell and selling the bottles at our merch table” and I’d do nothing but shudder for the rest of the day.
I mean, non-gender-specific toys certainly exist, but as the father of a 4-year-old, it’s been pretty nuts to go full-immersion and see how much deeply gendered stuff there still is for kids. It’s not like the 80s, when cartoons were clearly delineated as boys’ cartoons and girls’ cartoons’ but you should see the psychic hold that the entire Disney Princess Industrial Complex has on kids, it’s crazy. And even if they are selling something plastic, it’s at least directed toward physics and inventiveness and important stuff like that.
No idea how I managed to mess that up, but it’s in there now.
That came out two weeks ago, and I mentioned it then.
That’s all I got. I don’t know that many Cracker songs.
“I don’t know what the world may want, but some websites that post unlicensed lyrics it surely don’t, so I think I’ll go and publish a study that gets all of them taken down.”
“Hey! Don’t ya wanna go deeeoooowwn! Like some website that illegally posts unlicensed song lyrics!”
“Get off this! Get on with it! If you wanna change the world, shut your mouth and sue Rap Genius!”
Man, I’m 34 years old with two kids, I’m not good for more than one thinkpiece a day. Felt like I needed to lie down and have a glass of wine after that Wu-Tang one. And anyway, my problems with the AF rollout mostly revolve around me thinking the giant waxy mask-heads are ugly.
That was supposed to say “sputter pop,” but maybe I should just leave it.
Yeah I think this album is like The Raid if everyone fucked up and kept punching the wall. They’re punching really hard, so it’s impressive, but it also hurts and it sucks to watch. And also it weakens the structural integrity of the building. (I have been eating my kids’ Halloween candy all day, i feel like I’m tripping.)
It’s not a mixtape, is it? I can’t find it up for free download anywhere. I mean, it’s great, but its designation is eluding me.
Can’t speak for the rest of the site, but I like Sky’s album a lot more.
Tried to resist, couldn’t.
Pat was never an official Three 6 member! And there’s obviously some kinda unspoken schism between Paul and Juicy, which probably explains why Pat’s not in this but all these estranged guys (and Paul’s brother Lord Infamous) are involved. In any case, the best–rapping full-time member in Three 6 history is, I’ll argue, Gangsta Boo, and she’s here. And also! Who cares if Paul gets new audiences or not? New audiences do not seem to be the point here, and neither does relevance. If Juicy keeps finding new ways to make the Three 6 sound make sense and Paul keeps soldiering on for a core audience, then, I mean, that’s a win-win for us, the listeners.
Aw jeez, yeah, forgot that one. Will add in. Too many goddam albums this week.
Sorry, guys, if I got too caught up in money and motive and cynicism here. I really like this album, and maybe all this stuff isn’t fair to the group. I’ve just been thinking about the Godspeed/Polaris thing all day.
Thanks for the correction on the Monday-morning typo, guys, fixing now.
FINE, TORONTO, JEEZ. (And no, I’ve never been there. It looks nice.)
No! Jesus. The idea of that bill hurts my brain. Think they also opened for Helmet and Biohazard somewhere around that time.
Where you see doucheness, I see blase foxy-man playfulness of the Roger Moore-era James Bond variety. I haven’t seen the Seungri video yet; I’ll check it out.
I thought it was gonna win, but it’s not really anything more than solid. Definitely some fun-as-fuck ignorance tho.
Good point, fixed.