Top 10 albums of 2013

The Daily Cal Arts staff lists the top 10 (and more) albums of 2013

Honorable Mentions: Jai Paul — Jai Paul Jai Paul has embarked on a colonial voyage across the archipelagos of popular music to hoard a trove of genre gems, stopping at Ghana and Mumbai along the way. In the process of synthesizing dozens of bizarre mismatches, the British songwriter has discovered
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Kanye West might be the new Shakespeare

Explaining Yeezus is as hard as explaining a Rothko painting. When the detractors inevitably ask, “What’s so great about Yeezus?,”  I’m at a sudden loss of words to easily express my adoration. At one point, you just have to viscerally feel its thunderous beauty. Usually, I expedite my defense by
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Kanye West’s latest music video ‘Bound 2’ be absurd

Kanye West’s latest music video for his track “Bound 2” is poorly composed and ridiculous, featuring a montage of overdone, tacky nature CGI scenes and Kanye on a motorcycle. The video flashes randomly between these Midwestern scenes and close-ups of Kanye’s and Kim Kardashian’s awful sex faces. It’s no surprise
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Arts tweets of the week: Kanye, Cher, Courtney Love and more

Twitter is a strange thing. At times, it has helped start revolutions and mobilized people en masse, while at other times it has been a platform for self-imposed humiliation. Nonetheless, Twitter has served as a valuable tool for celebrities to unload their often nonsensical stream of consciousness that others call
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Everyone should be like Kanye

Cultural Cadence

I am tired of hearing the same old stories about Kanye West. A recent TMZ headline reads “Kanye West Goes Nuts Again On Paparazzi.” Again? It’s common, it’s expected, it’s laughable. But more than that, these headlines are narrow-minded and ridiculous. Once the clichéd notions of him being an egotistical
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The wisdom of an unwise sophomore

From the top to the bottom, it’s a fall from fortitude and glory as graceful as Miley Cyrus’s transition from Disney sweetheart to foam-finger sex machine. Although I do get mistaken for Kanye West on a regular basis, I am not talking about a celebrity transition from adoration to widespread
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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 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjBhfh909Ww ),” this week I wanted to share some fun indie covers of
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