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The Big Hurt: This week in pop franchising
It's been such an eventful few months in pop that I've neglected one of my dearest projects: scraping the tarry press-release residue from the bottom of the industry barrel.
| November 30, 2012
The Big Hurt: Soundgarden's platinum shenanigans
Plus more music news in brief
| October 01, 2010
Animal Collective | Fall Be Kind
This nifty little five-track postscript to January's celebrated Merriweather Post Pavilion demonstrates further how adept the members of Animal Collective have become at deploying their bottomless bag of electro-psych tricks in the service of songs.
| December 18, 2009
Good news for perplexed suburbanites: a new site called UnderstandRap.com lets experienced rap interpreters explain difficult urban slang to hip-hop neophytes.
The Big Hurt: A chat with Bill Buckholz of UnderstandRap.com
| April 10, 2009
MF Doom & Madlib | Madvillainy 2
Madvillainy 2, not the much expected follow-up to the groundbreaking Madlib + Doom 2004 collaboration but a radical remix of the original album.
Stones Throw (2008)
| October 15, 2008
Building with Bricks Volume 3, the double-disc anthology that drops this week, features a spread of classic material and glimpses into the future of Beantown’s reigning rap regime.
Hub-hop courtesy of Brick Records
| June 11, 2008
No advil, no booze
...Musing on science fiction, existentialism, and stalker ex-husbands.
Sampling the Frozen Food Section
| February 05, 2008
Peanut Butter Wolf Presents 2K8: B-Ball Zombie War
Stones Throw’s latest label comp, 2K8 , celebrates the indie hip-hop imprint’s deal with 2K8 Sports, who put out all those 2K video games for Xbox and PlayStation.
| December 03, 2007
Chairmen of the boards
Not unlike Swedish, Tagalog, and Esperanto, music is a language, with its own conjugations and (lewdly) dangling participles.
Our critics pick the 14 producers with the fattest, meanest beats
PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF
| October 18, 2007
To most rock fans, psychedelic means Jimi Hendrix and Arthur’s Lee’s Love, or Iron Butterfly’s “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” and Frigid Pink’s “House of the Rising Sun.”
Dungen deliver another potent dose of psych-rock
| June 04, 2007
Warm and Scratchy
The Cartoon Network’s “Adult Swim” isn’t just about programming smart animation for Futurama and Family Guy addicts.
14 new and exclusive tracks from "Adult Swim"
| May 29, 2007
Like MF Doom before him, Sean Price has switched personae, reconfigured his style, and given his underground hip-hop career a second life in recent years.
Jesus Price Supastar | Duckdown
| February 06, 2007
The French hip-hop brother duo dDamage want your brain.
Shimmy Shimmy Blade | Tsunami Addiction
| January 16, 2007
The real album of the year is a disc that probably didn’t cross many people’s paths in 2006, a Rhino comp titled Future Retro that pairs various DJs/electronicists (Richard X, Tiga, the Crystal Method) with classic new-wave tracks by the Cure, Echo &am
A year in national pop
| December 28, 2006
For the second time in 2006, Wu-Tang’s Ghostface has released an album that makes it seem everyone else in the hip-hop world should be paying more attention to Ghostface.
More Fish | Def Jam
| December 28, 2006
Laying down tracks
Compartmentalized hip-hop is dead — at least that’s what a backpacker I met at the Jeezy concert told me.
Hip-hop gets all mixed up
| October 02, 2006
“For those who don't know me, I’m known for using soul music,” Ghostface proclaimed. “I get a lot of pussy for it too.”
Fishscale or no Fishscale , Ghostface gets a lot of pussy
| April 15, 2006
Now that the music biz has licked its wounds from a nasty 2005, things are finally starting to heat up, and an indie-heavy winter is giving way to a more major spring.
The majors gear up for a promising spring
| March 10, 2006
For a rock band who wrote songs about prostitutes, Eastern gurus, pedophilia, heroin, niece lust, Charlie Parker, and a post-apocalyptic world, Steely Dan have always had something akin to the last laugh.
Donald Fagen takes a solo shot
| March 09, 2006
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