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Physical Spiky Funk

by Lucas Fagen on February 28, 2015

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Put on the new D’Angelo album and you’ll discover fifty-six minutes of music completely hidden behind a veil of static.

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One day far in the future, when Nicki Minaj will have produced maybe three or four more albums and sold tens of billions more, she will release a greatest hits package, and what a wonderful day that will be.

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Azealia Banks Jumps Up and Down

by Lucas Fagen on January 31, 2015

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A sizzling keyboard riff slides out of nowhere and bounces around for a few seconds before a metallic snare drum comes in and a woman starts rapping.

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Fifty Shades of Lana Del Rey

by Lucas Fagen on January 24, 2015

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For many, the mere existence of Lizzie Grant and her alter ego Lana Del Rey serves as a cold slap in the face to the big-budget feminist empowerment campaign enacted by even richer and more famous people like Beyoncé and Lady Gaga.

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Christmas albums are largely dismissed by mainstream rock critics, and with good reason—consisting mainly of the same old songs over and over again, they’re filler product designed to rake in the cash while the corporate titans who created them take a year off to enjoy private cruises and improve their golf game.

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Electric Therapeutic Noisefest

by Lucas Fagen on December 21, 2014

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Former Sonic Youth frontman Thurston Moore’s new album The Best Day begins with eight downward arpeggios, which is pretty funny given his reputation as an obsessive guitar technician.

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Fragments of a Shape

by Lucas Fagen on November 29, 2014

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If Shabazz Palaces are the future of rap, as their label claims, then rap is bound for obscurantist whimsy — inventive and engaging though their records are, these proud bohemians have reached such a rarefied level of willful avant-garde perversity that it can take forever to hear how their musical elements fit together.

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Taylor Swift, Picture-Perfect

by Lucas Fagen on November 22, 2014

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Taylor Swift has become a megaplatinum superstar largely through the construction of an artificial but rather appealing character. To call her the girl next door would downplay the dizzy self-involvement and feisty autonomy that made her a star in the first place.

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From Melbourne with Love

by Lucas Fagen on October 26, 2014

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Founded by conductor/saxophone whiz Andy Williamson, the Bombay Royale are eleven Australian troublemakers who play their own hammy, modernized style of Bollywood movie music.

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Bland in an Interesting Way

by Lucas Fagen on October 19, 2014

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If the War on Drugs’s Lost in the Dream is a brilliant soft-pop masterpiece, a theory I am perfectly willing to entertain, it is brilliant in a way more suited to a platinum bestseller than to a critics’ record.

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