JPEGMAFIA’s Homecoming — is anything but a — Dissappointment

Baltimore Rapper JPEGMAFIA came on the scene back in 2016 touting a very specific sound. Full of clicks and beeps and fuzzy ambience, his debut Black Ben Carson is one of the most abrasive pieces of music I’ve ever heard. His 2018 album Veteran is no less brutal in its sonic assault. A 47 minuteContinue reading “JPEGMAFIA’s Homecoming — is anything but a — Dissappointment”

Critical Optimist Presents…Industry Herb!

I’ve been doing Critical Optimist for a couple years now and I’ve loved it every step of the way, don’t get me wrong. It does get lonely though. That’s why my collaborator Laney Kuczmynda and I are launching Industry Herb. A podcast about the inside trends and goings on in today’s entertainment industry. Our desireContinue reading “Critical Optimist Presents…Industry Herb!”

Venom Prison: The Feminist Sledgehammer Deathcore Didn’t Know It Needed

Metal vocalist Larissa Stupar moved to Wales in 2014, where she met Ash Gray. The two hit it off and decided to form a band, they both had been members of other outfits before but had slightly different plans for this band. They took the name “Venom Prison” and recruited two more members to createContinue reading “Venom Prison: The Feminist Sledgehammer Deathcore Didn’t Know It Needed”

Denzel Curry: Coming out of the ZUU

Last year Denzel Curry put out an album that seemed sonically and conceptually to be his magnum opus, or at least intended so. “TA1300” or “Taboo” discusses paranoia, fear, hatred, and a whole host of truly dark things that are seen as “taboo” in the rap game. This was a bold project that pushed CurryContinue reading “Denzel Curry: Coming out of the ZUU”

G.O.O.D. Music’s G.R.E.A.T. Summer

This spring Kanye West did a great job making pretty much everyone mad through a relentless barrage of nonsense tweets, political opinions, and poopidy-scooping.  He then followed this by producing in quick succession five excellent albums that each clock in at about a half-hour and feature some truly inventive production along with some talented vocalsContinue reading “G.O.O.D. Music’s G.R.E.A.T. Summer”