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At this point, I start looking forward to it in early December: The latest in the Get Pumped series, the Baltimore club music survey that DJ Angelbaby throws up online every year on New Years Day. Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 were both ridiculously fun and propulsive and packed with so many tracks that some… More »

For the past year or two, the cool dance-music subgenre among music-critic types has been Chicago footwork — a bizarre and organic homegrown house-music tributary where the berserk hi-hats seems specificially programmed to send skilled dancers into cardiac arrest. I wish I liked this stuff more than I do. To my ears, footwork is too… More »

In Baltimore, my beautiful burned-out wasteland of a hometown, things don’t change too quickly. The last time I filled up my minivan in town, a couple of weeks ago, the car next to mine was blasting Young Jeezy’s 2005 Gucci Mane dis “Stay Strapped,” a song that was in heavy mixtape rotation when I left… More »

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