Review: ‘Blank Project’ by Neneh Cherry

Remember the Trip Hop music genre? Chances are if you do, then you remember it had a very definitive sound that morphed into a culture of the early to late 90s. It possessed the gritty drum breaks and samples that were more associated with hip hop, only slowed down to a sort of chill, opium den vibe. It had its go-to heroes who everyone tried to mimic, one of them being Neneh Cherry (pronounced Nee-Nah), who debuted her first album Raw Like Sushi in ’89. At nine years old, it blew my mind—I had heard nothing like it. It was hip hop, it was electronic, jazzy and groovy. The two albums to follow, Homebrew (1992) and Man (1996) were just as good as the first, but then she just disappeared. READ MORE

Review: ‘Dunes’ by Gardens & Villa

If you’re unfamiliar with Gardens & Villa, now would be a good time to become acquainted with them. They came together in 2008, but did not release anything until the debut of their first self-titled LP in 2011. Dunes is the band’s second album on the Secretly Canadian record label; it is rife with the same west coast feel of their first album, despite being recorded away from the coast, in the Midwest. READ MORE

The Valentine’s Day Playlist

This one goes out to all you lovers out there. On the chance that you might be staying in, here’s a little something to give your evening a little heat. Put the kids to bed, put the cat outside and turn on cartoons for the dog… then press play. READ MORE

New Year, New Workout

It’s safe to say that you’ve probably gotten all the the partying out of your system by now, which means it’s about time to jump on your annual resolution to get in shape. Of course, I wouldn’t be doing my part if I didn’t provide you with a playlist to get you motivated. So, without further delay, I present to you my workout list for the beginning of 2014. READ MORE

Phil’s End of the Year Music Picks

Well, this year is coming to a close… There has been a lot of good music, but I feel that so many good songs have still gone unheard or at least have not been fully appreciated. So, here are (in no particular order) 10 of my favorites of the year that you may want to add to your playlist. READ MORE

Haberdash Presents: Rakim at The Shrine

“Follow me into a solo, get in the flow / And you can picture like a photo / Music mix, mellow maintains to make / Melodies for emcees, motivates the breaks / I’m everlasting, I can go on for days and days / With rhyme displays that engrave deep as x-rays.” If this sounds familiar, then you are indeed a true lover of all things hip hop. If not, then you have been depriving yourself of one of the greatest MCs of all time: Rakim. READ MORE

New Music Tuesday

It is nearing the end of the summer and all of the precious music festivals. So, what to do? Check out the new releases of music to listen to for the upcoming fall season… but who has the time? I do… Well, I really don’t, but I make an effort to listen to good music, and why not share it with everyone? Here are my picks—a mixture of good music that is both age-defying and finely aged. READ MORE

Our Picks for North Coast Music Festival

I know that no one wants to admit that the summer has come to an end. To be honest, it’s only because it’s just arriving here in the city. It’s a bummer that we have to wave goodbye, but that does not mean we cannot have fun in the process. Enter North Coast Music Festival, your last music bash of the season. As with all of the others that have come and gone, here are my picks for the three-day soiree. READ MORE

Lollapalooza: Day 3

Angel Haze | 2:00 – 3:00 PM

A fairly new face to the hip hop scene, Angel Haze released her first “Reservations” EP back in July 2012, so it’s a great wonder to see her blaze her way to the Lollapalooza lineup in a little under one year. She penned a version of Eminem’s “Cleaning Out My Closet” for her mixtape that got her a lot of attention online, which contributes greatly to her following. And, despite all the attention, she remains humble in her art—and that is something I can respect. READ MORE

Lollapalooza: Day 2

And so, Day 2 begins with a little soul…

Charles Bradley | 2:45 – 3:45 PM

What can you say about a man that used to be a James Brown impersonator and worked various other jobs that did not suit him, only to rise to an acclaim of his own fame? You say nothing… Instead, you listen to Charles Bradley tell you his stories of struggle and heartache in the most sincere voice. He now has two albums on the Daptone label, and if even if you haven’t heard either one, you’ll be just fine. Hearing them performed live for the first time is a gift. Make sure your soul is ready to get caught up in the rapture, and once it does… Tweet @Charles_Bradley and let him know what his performance meant to you. READ MORE