My 2017 Village Voice Pazz & Jop Ballot
My 2017 Village Voice Pazz & Jop Ballot
Music
Tuesday, 30 January 2018
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My 2017 Village Voice Pazz & Jop Ballot

Every year I have the privilege of voting in the annual Village Voice Pazz and Jop music critics poll– created by legendary music writer Robert Christgau and first run in 1971, it’s the longest-running poll of its kind, and a great way to aggregate the...

Pharrell, N.E.R.D., and Serendipity
Pharrell, N.E.R.D., and Serendipity
Stories
Tuesday, 05 December 2017
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Pharrell, N.E.R.D., and Serendipity

We all gotta start somewhere. It’s Fall of 2010, I’m 20 years old, and had just been handed the reigns to Texas Student TV’s hip-hop  show, which I’d renamed Longhorn Hip Hop; N*E*R*D* was opening for Jay-Z in Austin and had a speaking...

When I Create: Angel Deradoorian Interview
When I Create: Angel Deradoorian Interview
SMNTCS Conversations
Tuesday, 24 October 2017
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When I Create: Angel Deradoorian Interview

As part of my ‘When I Create’ interview series, I sat down for a talk with one of my favorite artists, Angel Deradoorian, stage name: Deradoorian, for a fun talk that covers topics such as: one of her recurring dreams, how she creates new music,...

DJ Candlestick Chops Flying Lotus’ “Dead Man’s Tetris”
DJ Candlestick Chops Flying Lotus’ “Dead Man’s Tetris”
SMNTCS Originals
Friday, 06 October 2017
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DJ Candlestick Chops Flying Lotus’ “Dead Man’s Tetris”

On the third anniversary of Flying Lotus’ odyssey of an album, You’re Dead!, we’re giving you DJ Candlestick’s chop of “Dead Man’s Tetris” featuring Snoop Dogg and Lotus’ rapping alter-ego, Captain Murphy. The remix is...

DRANK: Thundercat Chopped And Screwed
DRANK: Thundercat Chopped And Screwed
Music
Tuesday, 22 August 2017
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DRANK: Thundercat Chopped And Screwed

UPDATE: Order Drank by Thundercat & The Chopstars (DJ Candlestick and OG Ron C) on vinyl here to experience Thundercat chopped and screwed.  Chopped and screwed torchbearers, OG Ron C and DJ Candlestick (of the Chopstars), have finally released...

Parquet Courts x Bun B’s “Captive Of The Sun” Arrives
Parquet Courts x Bun B’s “Captive Of The Sun” Arrives
Lost & Found
Friday, 17 February 2017
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Parquet Courts x Bun B’s “Captive Of The Sun” Arrives

It’s been a long time comin’, but it’s finally here, the official “Captive of the Sun” remix by Parquet Courts featuring Bun B, and the Chopped Not Slopped remix by DJ Candlestick & OG Ron C. Yours truly has been credited as...

Gary Clark Jr. Announces ‘Live North America’, Releases “Healing (Live)” Video
Gary Clark Jr. Announces ‘Live North America’, Releases “Healing (Live)” Video
Lost & Found
Saturday, 11 February 2017
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Gary Clark Jr. Announces ‘Live North America’, Releases “Healing (Live)” Video

This generation’s Ax Wizard, Gary Clark Jr., has announced Live North America, his new live album due out March 17th, and teased us with a sample in the form a music video for his live rendition of “The Healing,” which first appeared...

My Village Voice Pazz & Jop Best of 2016 Ballot
My Village Voice Pazz & Jop Best of 2016 Ballot
Music
Thursday, 26 January 2017
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My Village Voice Pazz & Jop Best of 2016 Ballot

One really cool thing I have the honor and privilege of doing is voting in the historic, annual Village Voice Pazz & Jop Critics Poll, and 2016’s ballot was easily the toughest to-date. So much good music came out. You’re also allowed to vote for a...

Nardwuar vs. Sama’an Ashrawi: Annotated
Nardwuar vs. Sama’an Ashrawi: Annotated
SMNTCS Conversations
Monday, 28 November 2016
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Nardwuar vs. Sama’an Ashrawi: Annotated

While I was in Vancouver, Nardwuar the Human Serviette invited me onto his radio show at CiTR in the amazing new Student Nest at the University of British Columbia for a guest DJ mix and interview. It was a true honor and pleasure! Nardwuar is one of my favorite...

Oslec Gives Us ‘Shakti’
Oslec Gives Us ‘Shakti’
Lost & Found
Tuesday, 01 November 2016
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Oslec Gives Us ‘Shakti’

Oslec’s new album ‘Shakti’ is another fine product of Santiago’s enclave of J. Dilla disciples. The Dilla connection is real– Oslec even collaborated with Dilla’s brother, Illa J, in 2012. The music coming out Santiago’s beat...