Favorite song from one of my favorite records of the year. Love this bugged out video too.

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Pop perfection from one of the best albums of the decade.

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I realize I’m extremely late to the Father John Misty party and this style of music is about as far removed from what I normally listen to than you can get but there is an undeniable beauty and craftsmanship to these songs that won me over almost immediately. This song in particular is just devastating and yet I can’t stop wanting to listen to it.

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Archy

I’m a big fan of this new project from Archy Marshall aka King Krule aka Zoo Kid that he created as a counterpart to a book he put together with his brother Jack. It’s become increasingly rare to discover artists’ blessed with an original voice and Archy is one of the most exciting out there. I’m interested in just about anything he releases no matter how left or abstract. This one is made up mostly of some muddy beats and wandering vocals that taps into some rare combination of head nod poetry that works well in creating a certain mood. Benji B did a great session with the duo that’s still up to stream and will give you some good insight into the project.

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Sparks – BTW Best of 2015

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I put together a playlist of my favorite tracks of the year with the help of my partner DJ WiggleBug. I know many switched over to streaming platforms but the link above is live for people like me who still maintain a library. As always, feedback is welcomed and encouraged. Full tracklist after the jump.

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Two under the radar records that have stayed in heavy rotation throughout the year are Lower Dens Escape From Evil and Gwilym Gold’s A Paradise. Both are satisfying, full-length listens from artists who seem to have really hit their stride.

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One of the coolest architectural projects I’ve seen in a long time. What an amazing space in the middle of one of the world’s most exciting cities.

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D83

Deutschland 83 on the Sundance Channel may end up being my favorite TV series of the year. The writing is extremely smart and pulls off the very rare trick of creating a realistic tone that sends a little wink back to history. It’s essentially a Berlin War era drama but it’s not without moments of outright hilarity. All the period stuff is handled expertly and will spark memories for anyone who was alive at that time. The music selection is excellent, it features a top flight cast and very high production value. It honestly has everything I want in a series and had me thinking about the themes and ideas long after I’d finished watching it. I can’t wait for the next installment which is rumored to move to 1986. Hats off to the Sundance Channel for taking a risk on this type of programming. They’ve proven to be selective and smart with what they choose to put their name on and this as well as Top of the Lake are good examples that their team has a good eye for quality.

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Few things were more influential in my music listening lifetime than a goofball radio program broadcast from Columba University (98 Tech 9 on your radio dial) that came on deep into the night. Stretch & Bob were a full blown phenomena for any serious hip-hop head in the 90’s. Their show gained mythological status almost immediately and you would do anything in your power to get your hands on a copy on cassette. I remember every time I would visit New York City during that era making a trip to Fat Beats at the beginning and end of my trip to check for new tapes and of course staying up late to record direct from the radio. It was really that essential. I loved their documentary and honestly would have gladly watched another 10 hours or more of this footage. Seeing it at BAM in Brooklyn with a very knowledgeable crowd only made the experience more special. I literally got chills at least 5 times during the doc’s run time and a few moments (including freestyles from a 16 year old Biggie and an unsigned Big Pun) even elicited cheers from the crowd. There are so many classic moments from Nas rhyming pre-Illmatic, to the legendary Big L and Jay-Z session, to the first time most people ever heard Wu-Tang Clan, to O.C. rhyming over a live beat provided by Large Professor and on and on. The documentary itself was done by Stretch & Bob themselves with some helpful hands from friends like Eli Escobar, Omar Acosta and Eric Haze and the finished product is impressive. It’s certainly something I’ll own and look forward to watching again. Hoping they pack the digital release with plenty of treats.

Wins forever.

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