Salad Days – Mac DeMarco ★★★

Year Album Artist Stars Score Genre 2014 Salad Days Mac DeMarco ★★★ 56 Rock Psychedelic Rock Indie Rock Mac DeMarco is a man who knows what he’s doing and knows how to do it well. A lazy, drowsy, trippy, aimless 34 minute collection of short songs like Salad Days is absolutely not for everyone, butContinue reading “Salad Days – Mac DeMarco ★★★”

Run the Jewels 2 – Run the Jewels ★★★½

Year Album Artist Stars Score Genre 2014 Run The Jewels 2 Run The Jewels ★★★½ 74 Hip-Hop Run the Jewels is such a consistent group that it’s hard trying to judge any of their albums against one another. They each have their big highlights. They each show Killer Mike and El-P’s growth as songwriters andContinue reading “Run the Jewels 2 – Run the Jewels ★★★½”

Best Albums of the 2010s

by Nicholas Cicale (@nickcicale) We’re already six years into the 2010s, so I thought it would be a good time to list my favorite albums of the decade, so far anyway. This is a tentative list, so as I hear new things and change my mind on other albums the  list list will be update. I’ll tryContinue reading “Best Albums of the 2010s”

YEAR IN REVIEW: My favorite albums of 2014

by Nicholas Cicale (@nickcicale) Flying Lotus’ electronic-jazz-rap fusion album You’re Dead! is not your typical top album. It doesn’t have singles, catchy hooks, or even discernible lyrics. Instead, You’re Dead! creates an atmosphere. Most of the nineteen tracks are well under three minutes in length and run together, making the album more like one, longContinue reading “YEAR IN REVIEW: My favorite albums of 2014”

2014 MLB Preview #1: St. Louis Cardinals

St. Louis Cardinals (101-61) Team Ace:  Adam Wainwright Breakout Player: Matt Adams The Cardinal’s one weakness last season was their defense, and improving that aspect of their game was the top priority in the offseason.  The Cardinals cut ties with Carlos Beltran in order to get younger, faster and to steal a few more runsContinue reading “2014 MLB Preview #1: St. Louis Cardinals”

2014 MLB Preview #8-2

8. Cincinnati Reds (90-72) Team Ace: Mat Latos Breakout Player: Billy Hamilton I can’t see this team beating the Cardinals for the division title, but even with there injuries coming into the year I don’t see a scenario where the Reds fail to make the playoffs either. The only real change in the offseason wasContinue reading “2014 MLB Preview #8-2”

2014 MLB Preview #9: The New York Yankees

The New York Yankees (90-72) Team Ace: CC Sabathia Breakout Player: Michael Pineda The Yankees have an extremely wide range of outcomes for this season, and I decided to go by the numbers with my favorite team (partly because I felt it was a way to be less bias, and mostly because it seemed reallyContinue reading “2014 MLB Preview #9: The New York Yankees”

2014 MLB Preview #15-10

You’ll be finding playoff contenders from this point on in my rankings. Since I started writing my power rankings a few weeks ago, a lot of things have changed, most of them injury related.  I’ve adjusted my remaining team rankings accordingly but am leaving my projected records the same (they’re too hard to change acrossContinue reading “2014 MLB Preview #15-10”

2014 MLB Preview #21-16

21. Colorado Rockies (75-87) Team Ace: Jorge De La Rosa Breakout Player: Rex Brothers For a team that plays in such a hitter friendly park, I find the Rockies very boring to watch.  They’ve yet to find any help for their pitching staff, and refuse to commit to Rex Brothers as their closer, instead electingContinue reading “2014 MLB Preview #21-16”

2014 MLB Preview #22: Minnesota Twins

Minnesota Twins (72-90) Team Ace: Ricky Nolasco Breakout Player: Josmil Pinto The Twins’ as a team ranked 29th in ERA last season, and their notable improvement is with their starting rotation. Expecting a huge jump in production would be unrealistic but they could find themselves in the 16-20 range.