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#albumoftheday / REVIEW: SAINT: IMMACULATE

The first thing you need to know about producer turned avant garde-ish beatsmith Saint is that he’s a genuine enigma. I’ve read his press releases and listened to his album several times, but I still can’t quite wrap my head around him. Perhaps that’s because his songs meld from one genre to another...
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#albumoftheday REVIEW: ANGEL HAZE: DIRTY GOLD

Angel Haze has built up a strong following during the past four years by releasing one fantastic mixtape after another, the best being Classick and Reservation.  The only trouble with becoming mixtape-famous is that the people who become your fans like to feel as though they’re the only ones who know about you.  They...
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LOVE IS POP’S 60 BEST ALBUMS OF 2013!!!

by Michael McCarthy When I say that these are the “60 Best Albums of 2013,” I’m just saying that these were my favorite albums this year. I’m simply entitling this piece “60 Best Albums of 2013” instead of “60 Favorite Albums of 2013” because everyone always uses the term “Best Of,” not favorite....
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#albumoftheday FEATURE REVIEW: DANNY BROWN: OLD

Danny Brown is 32. To many of his potential fans, that might sound old. To me, well, it actually sounds pretty young. I’ve been doing entertainment journalism on and off for 15 years. And I didn’t start when I was two years old. So, you might assume that I’m older than Danny. And...
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#albumoftheday MILEY CYRUS: BANGERZ

I know some of my readers will scoff at me for even reviewing this one, but the fact of the matter is that it’s one of the most highly-anticipated albums of the year, pop or otherwise, which is what prompted me to listen to the stream, not the starlet’s controversial and certainly disgusting...
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  • MEG: THANK YOU, MAMA
    MEG: THANK YOU, MAMA Release Date:  10/29/14 Label:  publisher code: XQMN Just in time for Thanksgiving, Meg brings the world "Thank you Mama." (OK, so it was actually released a month ago, but you get the idea.) Just in time for Thanksgiving, Meg brings the world "Thank you Mama" (that's how she writes it). Which […]
  • MIKI KOZONO: MY LOVE SONG / SNOW WITH YOU
    MIKI KOZONO: MY LOVE SONG / SNOW WITH YOU Release Date:  11/26/14 Label:  Village Again Miki Kozono delivers a wonderful double A-side, "My Love Song" and "Snow With You," the later obviously being a Christmas song. I couldn't find a Wiki page or a GenAsia page or anything about Miki Kozono, but I'm really digging […]
  • AMBER AN: WITH YOU
    AMBER AN: WITH YOU Release Date:  9/26/14 Label:  Wonderful Music Her new album opens with "哈囉" (translation: "Hello"), a song so soft and delicate, it's like the audio equivalent of a butterfly. A butterfly emerging from a cocoon, saying "hello" to the world. So beautiful and awe-inspiring. My favorite foreign language to listen to music […]
  • CHARA: せつなくてごめんね/ Rainbow / ラッキーガール
    CHARA: せつなくてごめんね/ Rainbow / ラッキーガール Release Date:  2014 Label:  Ki/oon Records Three delightful new songs by Chara. Each was released as a digital single. I'm honestly not sure if they've been compiled as an EP now, which is what I thought when I wrote the review, or if they were just released separately. Regardless, they're […]
  • KAELA KIMURA: TODAY IS A NEW DAY
    KAELA KIMURA: TODAY IS A NEW DAY Release Date:  10/22/14 Label:  Victor Entertainment Today is a New Day is Kaela Kimura's second single since signing with Victor Entertainment and this year is the 15th anniversary of her career... So, you'd have to expect something special here, right? I know my expectations were high. And I […]