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Staff Picks: Best Music of 2015

Nick Alberico (@MeadowsLeague)

Favorite Songs of 2015

  1. Alright – Kendrick Lamar
  2. Reality in Motion – Tame Impala
  3. The Less I Know The Better – Tame Impala
  4. The Blacker The Berry – Kendrick Lamar
  5. Butterfly – grimes
  6. Cry For You (RAK Version) – Hot Chip
  7. Depreston – Courtney Barnett
  8. Elevator Operator – Courtney Barnett
  9. What Do You Mean? – Justin Bieber
  10. Realiti – grimes

Favorite Albums of 2015

  1. To Pimp a Butterfly – Kendrick Lamar

An eclectic album that utilizes many different musical elements, Kendrick Lamar has managed to put together the most engaging and substantive piece of work in recent memory.

Hip-hop’s new champion has demonstrated serious development from his last effort, good kid, M.A.A.D city. Artistically, Mr. Lamar has matured, opting for a less-accessible musical style that results in a more enticing product. While retaining much of the narrative elements of his previous LP, this time around they are significantly more ambiguous and feel less like a recount of events. (more…)

Best Albums of 2014

by Nicholas Cicale (@nickcicale)

your dead

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, long jazz odyssey instead of a bunch of different tunes.  There are some trippy moments here and there, a lot of funky sound effects and flashes of absolute beauty, like the best track “Never Catch Me.” Flying Lotus’ production matches up with Kendrick Lamar’s style and lyrics flawlessly and Lamar’s smooth, yet decisive flow alone is as captivating as the intricate drumming behind him.  You normally don’t get a build from start to finish that’s as dramatic and ever changing on a hip-hop record.

run the jewels 2
The second installment from the duo of Killer Mike and El-P was the best hip-hop album of 2014, and it really wasn’t even close.  Both guys have great chemistry.  Listening to them play off each-other rhymes is like watching a chess match between two good friend that know the other’s next move.  The verses constantly get more creative, the references more obscure and the content more vulgar. Run The Jewels 2 is more brash and relentless than their first album, and although it does lack some diversity, it’s fun, concise and loud enough to keep your attention with ease. (more…)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL RANKINGS: WEEK 12

by Nicholas Cicale (@nickcicale)

There are only two weeks left in the college football season, but they’re the most important of the year and could cause the most movement in the ranks.

Rivalry week will bring up key games between ranked teams: Florida vs. FSU, Notre Dame vs. Stanford, Baylor vs. TCU, Oklahoma vs. Oklahoma State, Ohio State vs. Michigan, UCLA vs. USC, Texas A&M vs LSU, and Ole Miss vs. Mississippi State. Also, one-loss Navy and Houston will square off to see which team was the best of the mid majors this season, and the winner will most likely find themselves in the top 25 at season’s end.

The most notable losses this week were Ohio State and Oklahoma State, but former undefeated teams that lost to games against their conference’s toughest competition. Oklahoma State still has an outside chance if they take care of business against Oklahoma, and some of the team’s ahead of them fall. Ohio State needs a lot of help from things out of their control and would have to win against two really difficult opponents to jump up into the top 4. It could happen, but it’s highly unlikely.

One team to keep an eye on is North Carolina. They haven’t lost since the first week of the year, and if they can somehow upset Clemson in two weeks, they would have a really strong resume. Probably not top-4 worthy, but it’s cool to see a new face near the top.

cfb week 12

2014 Grammys Recap

I probably should have posted my Grammy Predictions Sunday morning but I honestly forgot they were on until the last minute.  In any case, I’m posting things a little differently this year.  The first column will be the actual nominees with this years winner in bold, and my choice in Red.  Then the second column will be the people I would have nominated, and who I would have had win, if I ran the Grammys.

A few thought before we start.  First, I see Record of The Year as the award to the year’s biggest song, hence why 90% of the nominees are pop songs.  Because of this I made two personalized lists, one for the biggest songs, and another for the best songs.  Next, I don’t really consider Kendrick Lamar or Macklemore new artists because they had songs out in 2011, and I would say the best new artist of 2013 was Haim, who wasn’t nominated (I have a feeling they, and Lorde, will be in 2015 even though they qualify this year).  But because Kendrick was eligible it’s hard to not give  it to him.  And finally, I don’t understand why there isn’t a category for best Alternative Performance if there is one for Alternative Album?  It makes finding nominations for Best Rock Performance really difficult, because you’re tempted to include Alternative songs in there even though it’s generally meant for more traditional rock tracks.

Enjoy, and feel feee to post your opinion about my picks or the real picks.  (All nominees must fall into this year’s award period and best performance/song nominees must be singles) (more…)

Best Movies of the 2000s

List will be updated each December and does not include the current year’s movies.

  1. The Departed  – 2008 (97)
  2. The Dark Knight – 2008 (97)
  3. Django Unchained – 2012 (95)
  4. The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers – 2002 (95)
  5. The Lord Of The Rings: The Return of The King – 2003 (95)
  6. Moonrise Kingdome – 2012 (94)
  7. Inception – 2010 (93)
  8. Drive – 2011 (93)
  9. Finding Nemo – 2003 (93) (more…)