MIND OF MOUSE

Friday, September 19
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Tags: Oneohtrix Point Never
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Thursday, September 18
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Tags: DJ Shadow
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Tags: Lil B
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Would it make me not cool if I bought this tour tee (which has dates on the back) from the web store even though I didn’t go to the show?
Funny story: I saw a pre-teen girl wearing this at my old retail job, and I got so stoked to talk about the shirt with her. I asked her where she got it and she did one of those classic pre-teen responses: “uhhhhhh I don’t know.” I never felt so jealous and excited at the same time in my life.

Would it make me not cool if I bought this tour tee (which has dates on the back) from the web store even though I didn’t go to the show?

Funny story: I saw a pre-teen girl wearing this at my old retail job, and I got so stoked to talk about the shirt with her. I asked her where she got it and she did one of those classic pre-teen responses: “uhhhhhh I don’t know.” I never felt so jealous and excited at the same time in my life.


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Dream SBTRKT Collaborations
SBTRKT’s new one, Wonder Where We Land, has tons of guests and friends, more so than the last one: Sampha, Jessie Ware, Koreless, Caroline Polachek of Chairlift, Raury, Denaj Moore, ASAP Ferg, Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend. But there are seriously way more that could be an actually promising effort. Being the weirdo that I am, I made a list of maybe-possible dream SBTRKT collaborations that may or may not produce good results:
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AlunaGeorge
Blood Orange/Samantha Urbani
Chance the Rapper
Danielle Haim
Earl Sweatshirt
FKA Twigs
Frank Ocean
How to Dress Well
The Internet/Syd Bennett
John Talabot
Katy B
Kelela
Kindness
Miguel
Pional
Rostam Batmanglij (of Vampire Weekend)
Solange
Vic Mensa
The xx

Dream SBTRKT Collaborations

SBTRKT’s new one, Wonder Where We Land, has tons of guests and friends, more so than the last one: Sampha, Jessie Ware, Koreless, Caroline Polachek of Chairlift, Raury, Denaj Moore, ASAP Ferg, Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend. But there are seriously way more that could be an actually promising effort. Being the weirdo that I am, I made a list of maybe-possible dream SBTRKT collaborations that may or may not produce good results:

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Any 2014 album recommendations?

I’m in this period where I’m re-listening to albums released this year to see how it holds up for end of the year. Are there any albums I should give a second listen or an overlooked one I may have missed?


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After Javiera Mena’s done describing her music in this interview, she reaches this perfect word that sums it all up: “hybrid.” I think the hybrid nature of all her influences — Latin folk, American pop, electronic music, so on and so on — is more explicitly evident on Esquemas juveniles than Mena. But for both albums, and her music in general, I love them for those qualities: I can hear Javiera Mena making sense out of all the music she has heard throughout her life and coming up with her own version and interpretation of how it should all coexist. It’s not her trying to be American or English, and I feel a true sense of identity both as an independent musician and a representative of a scene/culture.

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Wednesday, September 17
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Tags: Popcaan
Tuesday, September 16
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Tags: Bjork
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The first time I listened to Alt-J (my first song: “Fitzpleasure”) was when I found out they won the Mercury Prize back in 2013. Now mind you, this is the same time Jessie Ware’s Devotion was nominated — and if you didn’t know, I love Devotion more than many, many other things in the world. So I was curious: how did the band that the Mercury panel think is better than Jessie Ware actually sound? It was not pleasant and I was full of disagreement to leave this nicely.
But I’m only one person out of the millions in this world, and a lot out of that million seems to quite enjoy Alt-J. That same year Alt-J won the Mercury, a friend came back from London obsessed with An Awesome Wave. “They’re amazing!” she said. And it was totally the type of music she would be into: a psychedelic hybrid of swirling sounds pulled from electronic noise, crooked folk, and vocal harmonies. And a lot more people seem to praise their tendency to twist and turn different styles into this wandering pop song. I guess they’re… weird? But actually sounds fun and likeable?
I’m listening to An Awesome Wave for the first time right now, and I don’t hear much of the music as I do the feedback I’ve heard in the past few years about the band. The music is OK, I guess. But I don’t know what’s innovative about this band besides the fact they try literally everything in one-go, which isn’t that impressive when you’re not doing anything after you threw the stuff on the canvas. Alt-J probably never explicitly intended to go out and innovate music — no one really does with music, and that’s OK — but people I hear singing praise about this band swear like they are. I wish I can just shut my thoughts and not mind everyone else’s exaggeration so I’m not coming out of this so bitter. But I just can’t.

The first time I listened to Alt-J (my first song: “Fitzpleasure”) was when I found out they won the Mercury Prize back in 2013. Now mind you, this is the same time Jessie Ware’s Devotion was nominated — and if you didn’t know, I love Devotion more than many, many other things in the world. So I was curious: how did the band that the Mercury panel think is better than Jessie Ware actually sound? It was not pleasant and I was full of disagreement to leave this nicely.

But I’m only one person out of the millions in this world, and a lot out of that million seems to quite enjoy Alt-J. That same year Alt-J won the Mercury, a friend came back from London obsessed with An Awesome Wave. “They’re amazing!” she said. And it was totally the type of music she would be into: a psychedelic hybrid of swirling sounds pulled from electronic noise, crooked folk, and vocal harmonies. And a lot more people seem to praise their tendency to twist and turn different styles into this wandering pop song. I guess they’re… weird? But actually sounds fun and likeable?

I’m listening to An Awesome Wave for the first time right now, and I don’t hear much of the music as I do the feedback I’ve heard in the past few years about the band. The music is OK, I guess. But I don’t know what’s innovative about this band besides the fact they try literally everything in one-go, which isn’t that impressive when you’re not doing anything after you threw the stuff on the canvas. Alt-J probably never explicitly intended to go out and innovate music — no one really does with music, and that’s OK — but people I hear singing praise about this band swear like they are. I wish I can just shut my thoughts and not mind everyone else’s exaggeration so I’m not coming out of this so bitter. But I just can’t.


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