Tunesday: Pop Covers

It’s always interesting to hear artists cover the work of their peers, especially when it involves a mixing of genres and a crossing of musical boundaries. Inspired by Vampire Weekend’s recent cover of Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines ( ),” this week I wanted to share some fun indie covers of
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Playlist of the week: time to SWEAT

It’s summertime, and that means more time to get those tennis shoes on, that butt twerkin’, those arms … flailing? I mean, we don’t know what you like to do, but we do know that summer is the time to exercise. Whether you’re at Cal or elsewhere, getting yourself pumped
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Former collaborators Jay-Z and Kanye West diverge with their latest albums

Jay-Z's new offering fails to live up to its mother album, 'Watch the Throne'

Sometimes, when Kanye West, Jay-Z, Beyonce and Frank Ocean love each other very much, they form a self-referential and very profitable psychosexual corporation and produce an album. That album was 2011’s Watch the Throne. Since that album, Jay and Kanye have become fathers, Ocean publicly came out and Beyonce’s stardom
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Tunesday: Rap Bromance

I don’t necessarily mean to continue on with the rap marathon from last week, but the debut of Jay-Z’s latest solo album, Magna Carta Holy Grail, a few weeks after the premiere of Kanye West’s Yeezus begs an obvious comparison between the two and perpetuates a friendly rivalry that’s been
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Kanye West: Yeezus Review

“Yeezy season approaching,” announces Kanye West. “Fuck whatever y’all been hearing.” And indeed, you may as well check your assumptions — and sensibilities — at the door. In contrast to the straightforward hip-hop of the Kanye bear era, the auto-tuned emoting of 808s & Heartbreak or the excruciatingly balanced braggadocio/rap-god
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How to: interpret Kanye West’s new album cover

It’s postmodern, post-minimalist and unavailable for pre-order. But that’s the point. The album artwork for Kanye West’s sixth studio album, Yeezus, is at once extremely accessible and hopelessly unattainable. Although it puts the ridiculously anticipated album on full display, it also leaves more than a few of Mr. West’s fans
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Tunesday: Revived for the Summer

Welcome to the summer edition of Tunesday! For the next two months or so, I strive to be your musical curator, aspired tastemaker and an alliteration-loving advocate of all things aurally awesome. Finding new music is easily one of the best, most underrated feelings in the world, so I hope
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james bell

Goin’ Off: 10 Albums for the hip-hop layman

Ten albums for the hip-hop layman. This list has been my burden, my baby. I’ve carried it for the last month or so. Consider this the document of my labor. It began with a serious debate between me, myself and I and my knowledgeable counsel, who shall remain nameless. The questions
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