Cheat Codes – Black Thought and Danger Mouse ★★★★

Year Album Artists Stars Score Genre 2022 Cheat Codes Danger Mouse, Black Thought ★★★★ 75 Hip-Hop Cheat Codes brings together a seemingly natural pairing: Black Thought — lead MC for the Roots and a legendary voice in the conscious-rap movement of the late 90s and early 2000s — and Danger Mouse —a longtime producer whoContinue reading “Cheat Codes – Black Thought and Danger Mouse ★★★★”

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”

List: All the concerts I’ve ever been to

By Nicholas Cicale I love going to concerts, and this article lists every concert I’ve ever been to! 2019 11/15/19: Flying Lotus with Brandon Coleman Spacetalker, Salami Rose Joe Louis, and PBDY at Emo’s Austin 10/21/19: Vampire Weekend with Christone “Kingfish” Ingram at ACL Live Austin 9/19/10: Built To Spill with ORUÃ, XETAS at MohawkContinue reading “List: All the concerts I’ve ever been to”

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”