In difficult times, we somehow manage to still have fun. My best memories of this hellish year are set to music. Driving around to Drake’s “Passionfruit” in the spring, pretending it was already summer; bartending on hot summer days, yelling the lyrics to Kendrick and Rihanna’s “Loyalty” with my coworkers; reveling in the darkness of… Read More Our Soundtrack to 2017
Digging the new Amber Coffman single. No release date on the album yet (titled City of No Reply), but if the rest of her music sounds like this, let’s hope it’s out in time for summer.
Oakland-based artist Jay Som (Melina Duterte) released her excellent debut album today. It’s a true DIY effort, created in just three weeks with Duterte responsible for playing all the instruments as well as the writing, recording, and producing. Her ability to blend a variety of unique sounds and styles to form a cohesive album is… Read More Jay Som – Everybody Works
They’re back, self-titled, and as beautifully bizarre as ever. Diving headfirst into hardship, founder David Longstreth begins Dirty Projectors with a solemn nod to ex-bandmate and ex-girlfriend Amber Coffman. “Keep Your Name” samples Coffman’s vocals off their 2012 track, “Impregnable Question,” repeating “We don’t see eye to eye.” To be clear, he opens the album… Read More Album Review: Dirty Projectors
I had come across Karriem Riggins a few years ago while I was the cohost of a radio show featuring music that blended hip hop and jazz music (shout out to DJ Salinger). You’ve probably heard his music without even realizing it, as his previous work includes producing for Kanye West, Common, Kaytranada, and The Roots.… Read More New music from Karriem Riggins: Headnod Suite