Sunday Music: Misty Mountain Hop

The first time I read Tolkein was in middle school. Maybe The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings were a bit much for a 6th/7th grader, but I was hooked. Hard. It didn’t hurt to have the Led Zeppelin connection either - obviously, this wasn’t just for nerds.  The second time I read the … Continue reading Sunday Music: Misty Mountain Hop

Sunday Music: Kenny Beats – Best Since Dilla?!

I’m not a big instrumental hip-hop guy. And while there are some vocals and other things on here, I haven’t been this into an album in this space since Dilla.  If you need some semi-background music to vibe to, throw this on. Magic. Kenny Beats, give me more.  It’s a 33 minutes album and you … Continue reading Sunday Music: Kenny Beats – Best Since Dilla?!

Sunday Music: Wu-Country Spinoff

I’m not (yet) in love with this, but I definitely don’t hate it and they’ve got me REAL curious given the connections -  What if I told you Tekitha (from all the Wu-Tang albums) and Prana Supreme-Diggs (RZA and Tekitha’s daughter) were recording country-infused pop songs and they’re pretty catchy? See it for yourself. Here’s … Continue reading Sunday Music: Wu-Country Spinoff

Sunday Music: Wage Wars Get Rich Die Handsome

You may find this as relatable to your creative process as I do to mine - here’s John Darnielle explaining how the new Mountain Goats album (Bleed Out) was inspired by action movies (via Paste Magazine): “I can’t really watch a movie at home without getting some ideas about the action onscreen or getting inspired … Continue reading Sunday Music: Wage Wars Get Rich Die Handsome

Sunday Music: How Did You Know (Sylvan Esso)

Sylvan Esso is back with their moody, sometimes minimalist - other times maximalist, magic.  The quiet simmer of “How Did You Know” that turns into a boil by a minute or so in - it’s so, so cool.  Throw some headphones on and press play. And check the whole record out too, this is innovative … Continue reading Sunday Music: How Did You Know (Sylvan Esso)

Sunday Music: Drug Church

I would buy a book of Drug Church lyrics.  Here’s “Fun’s Over” from their newest album, Hygiene. If you like literary post-hardcore, art rock, give them a spin. I’m really enjoying some of their stuff (h/t NYT Popcast episode, “A Renaissance in American Hardcore Music” - which made me so, so happy this week).  In … Continue reading Sunday Music: Drug Church

Sunday Music: Children’s Story

Kehlani’s new track, “wish i never” is good. But what got me to pay attention, if I’m being perfectly honest, is the “Children’s Story” sample. Here’s the Kehlani track and few other children of children’s story for your (nostalgic) browsing:

Sunday Music: Don’t Mutilate My Mink

I don’t know what rabbit hole I fell down to get sucked into Cristina songs, but how great is “Don’t Mutilate My Mink” - really?  I want to do my thing. I want you to appreciate it. I don’t want you to put your hands on anything or mess it up.  Fiercely independent and self-confident. … Continue reading Sunday Music: Don’t Mutilate My Mink

Need A Sign From God? Here You Go (via Tems)

When Tems won “Best International Act” at the BET awards, she gave an inspirational speech on taking risks, choosing our role models, and getting from the dreaming to the doing:  Thank you so much. This is my first award show that I’m winning something, and I just want to use this opportunity to speak to … Continue reading Need A Sign From God? Here You Go (via Tems)