Category Archive: Features

Dear Fionn Regan: Take My Money, I Want Your EPs

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I’ve never been shy about professing my love for the music of Irish singer-songwriter Fionn Regan. For instance, when people know you’re a music lover, “What’s your favorite album?” is a popular question.… Continue reading

Sampling Blaxploitation: Hip-Hop, The ‘Browns’, and Tarantino

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The blaxploitation films of the 1970s comprise a controversial subgenre of racial stereotypes, uniquely rich and soulful soundtracks, and newfound black power. These films and the music that accompanied them faced the “problems… Continue reading

belated 101: Highlights from our First 100 Posts

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As the music machine is finally swinging into full gear in 2012, we’ve got a lot of tracks and features lined up in the coming weeks. But in the meantime, let’s take a… Continue reading

belated, baby’s Top 100 Songs of 2011

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2011 has given us a lot of great music–more than we here could responsibly listen to, and certainly more than 100 excellent songs’ worth. But alas, here we are, with one more list… Continue reading

belated, baby’s Top Albums of 2011: 30 – 01

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And now, our Top 30 albums of the year. Shabazz Palace’s one-of-a-kind, frequently mind-blowing Black Up takes the top spot after ranking high in each of our individual staff lists. Of course, if… Continue reading

belated, baby’s Top Albums of 2011: 60 – 31

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We’ve spent the year swapping and recommending albums, putting off listening to albums, obsessing over albums. We’ve spent 7 months of 2011 publishing some of our thoughts on those records, and now that… Continue reading

Download + First Reactions: The Weeknd, ‘Echoes of Silence’

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No one ran the DIY scheme of ascension from anonymity to mixtape sensation to heavily coveted, best new R&B artist quite like The Weeknd did this year. He captured our musical imaginations and… Continue reading

Listen: (Every?) Charles Bradley Single

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All odds were against the world ever hearing the masterfully soulful Charles Bradley. Leading up to the release of his debut full length earlier this year, Bradley struggled through setback after painful setback… Continue reading

5 Great Albums We Missed in 2010

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One of our main aims with belated, baby is to share great new music. But we’d be remiss to hold out on sharing music that we love that isn’t quite as new. The… Continue reading

A Year with OFWGKTA: Listening in Solitude and Amongst Sweaty Multitudes

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It’s trite, cliché, whatever. But it’s amazing what time can do. In this case, one year: When, on a humdrum Friday night about one year ago, I first read Sean Fennessey’s lengthy feature… Continue reading