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Reviewed: The CDs In The Used Car I Just Bought

About a week ago, I bought a used car and discovered that the previous owner left many wondrous things behind, like a small tube of lip balm covered with hair, half a pencil with no eraser, and four CDs in the six disc CD changer. Here is the long-awaited answer to the question: which left behind album is best?
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James Taylor Premieres New, Awful Song About The Red Sox At Fenway

Formerly great singer-songwriter James Taylor is known around the world as the beloved performer of hits like “Fire And Rain” and “Carolina In My Mind,” but not for much longer. Once people find out about his newest release, titled “Angels of Fenway,” Taylor’s legacy and reputation will be so thoroughly wrecked he is… » 5/04/15 10:00am 5/04/15 10:00am

Young Thug Is Making Money Fun Again

After seeing the new video for Young Thug's "Check," I'm beginning to think that he is literally in love with money. I've never seen someone as enamored with the look and feel of dollar bills as he is. Just watch the video and look how hard it is for him to keep his hands away from the omnipresent stacks of cash… » 4/03/15 4:55pm 4/03/15 4:55pm

Remembering Kim Gordon's Awesome '90s Side Project Free Kitten

Kim Gordon's memoir, Girl in a Band, chronicles five decades of her extraordinary life and career in Sonic Youth. Obviously, that includes endless compelling and varied stories: how her first job in the art world was hawking cheap frames for a then-unknown Larry Gagosian; how she dealt with having a brother with… » 4/01/15 10:55pm 4/01/15 10:55pm

Listen To These 14 Great Rap Albums From 2015 

It's not even April yet, and it has already been an excellent year for new music. Like, shockingly excellent. Drake dropped an wonderful surprise album, while Kedrick Lamar unleashed his much-anticipated follow-up to 2012's Good Kid M.A.A.D. City. We also have the promise of new albums from Kanye, Rihanna, Ty Dolla… » 3/30/15 3:33pm 3/30/15 3:33pm

Freedom Song: A Conversation About the State of Black Liberation Music

In the lyric pamphlet to Black Messiah, D'Angelo's third album after 14 years away from the spotlight, the soul-savant explains his reasoning behind its title and sudden release: "Some will jump to the conclusion that I am calling myself a Black Messiah," he begins. "For me the title is about all of us...It's about… » 3/25/15 5:25pm 3/25/15 5:25pm

All Eyez On Me: Kendrick Lamar's Dense, Neurotic To Pimp A Butterfly

Kendrick Lamar doesn't make anything easy. Sunday night, he briefly broke the constantly breaking internet by issuing his new album, To Pimp a Butterfly, a full week early on iTunes and multiple streaming services; by Monday afternoon, iTunes had both frantically pulled it back down and just as abruptly put it… » 3/18/15 10:37am 3/18/15 10:37am

News Dude Cries At The Sight Of Sharon Van Etten, Is A Good News Dude

Look, man, it's hard to be moved by things these days. Show me something that isn't Russell Westbrook going coast to coast for a two-handed slam in five seconds, and there's a good chance that my response is going to be, "That's butt." The problem is that a lot of things are butt, but what is definitely not butt is… » 3/12/15 5:35pm 3/12/15 5:35pm

Iamsu! Is Criminally Underrated

You know what was surprising? Not seeing Bay Area rapper Iamsu!'s 2014 album Sincerely Yours getting much love on any year-end lists. It was great, and the HBK Gang founder is terribly underrated, minus how much airplay the Vine sensation "Gas Pedal" got. Anyway, today he put out a new mixtape called Eyes on Me, and… » 2/24/15 5:36pm 2/24/15 5:36pm

Travis Scott Is Worse Than Iggy Azalea 

Jesus Christ, the music industry won't stop trying to make this dude happen. Not only do they let him leech off actually successful and talented acts, they even deny the obvious order of things (Young Thug >>>>>>> Travis Scott, under any criteria imaginable) in promoting a new co-headlining tour as "Travis Scott and… » 2/20/15 3:56pm 2/20/15 3:56pm

Kanye Invades Stage Again In Beyoncé's Honor; Watch Her Reaction

A strangely self-aware Kanye West rushed the stage tonight after the announcement of Beck's win over Beyoncé in the Best Album category, a replay of the 2009 VMAs when the rap artist interrupted Taylor Swift with "I'mma let you finish." West "thought better of it" this time, but watch the angle that includes… » 2/08/15 10:54pm 2/08/15 10:54pm

Rap's Love Guru: Why Plies Is Smarter Than You Think

Plies's decade in the rap game—in which he navigated through his native Florida's underground, ascended briefly to mainstream fame via two Gold-selling albums, and has since returned to the Southern rap mixtape circuit—immediately calls to mind one word: "realness." There are the titles of his first three albums: » 12/04/14 11:18am 12/04/14 11:18am

This One Guy Has Written Hundreds Of Awful Songs About Sports

Every time you stream a song on Spotify, the artist you're listening to gets some money. A very tiny amount of money. The exact amount varies, but according to a website set up by Spotify—as reported by The Guardian— it's between $0.006 and $0.0084 a stream. And that's just the money that goes to the music… » 11/15/14 4:12pm 11/15/14 4:12pm