Hideaway: A Look Back

Hideaway: A Look Back

It was the latter half of the 90s, and for the first time in my life I was the new kid in school. We’d moved to Virginia only a few months prior and my summer was spent mostly doing teenage things: playing guitar, listening to music, tinkering on my first iMac, and working…

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9th Wonder, Hearing the Melody

9th Wonder, Hearing the Melody

My business partner first pulled me into his own collection of “Chillout Hiphop” roughly three years ago. I was introduced to artists ranging from Illa J, Kooley High, and Slum Village, to Erykah Badu, A Tribe Called Quest, and Camp Lo.

Amongst that mix, a specific sound kept standing out. After a little…

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Annual Review, 2015

Annual Review, 2015

Last year was the first time I set course with an eye on the new year through an official annual review. The pros and cons of the previous year, where that left me emotionally and physically, and what I was looking towards for this year.

All to often we hear of the…

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Oddisee, The Carter Barron

Oddisee, The Carter Barron

I recently caught Oddisee and The Good Company in small venue in Denver. I’ve been following his work as a rapper and producer for the last few years, originally taking stock of the Rock Creek Park instrumental album released back in 2011.

Sporting a decidedly east coast vibe, Oddisee…

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Dredg, Catch Without Arms

Dredg, Catch Without Arms

Thirteen years ago this October we saw Dredg release a concept album by the name of El Cielo, one based loosely on artwork by Salvador Dalí’s painting titled Dream Caused by the Flight of a Bumblebee around a Pomegranate One Second Before Awakening.

Critics were hard pressed to put Dredg…

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Chon, Sketch

Chon, Sketch

My brother recently told me about the band Chon after seeing them as an opening act for Circa Survive. A band recommendation from him doesn’t go unnoticed, so I quickly scanned both albums on Rdio: the Woohoo! EP and the recent studio release, Grow.

Immediately I fell in love with the noodly…

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Nada Surf, Concrete Bed

Nada Surf, Concrete Bed

The band Nada Surf came on the scene during the heyday of 90’s rock, grunge, and alternate music offerings. My own young life, and those particular genres of music, were blossoming. The crew formed in ’92 and claimed a firm seat on many one hit wonder lists in 1996…

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