#7SONGSAWEEK - 08/12
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This was my first show at Madison Square Garden; I tend to avoid such large venues but it was also Anderson .Paak’s first show at MSG and I simply HAD to witness it. Joining him on his ‘Best Teef in the Game’ tour was Earl Sweatshirt, who just released his third-studio album Some Rap Songs, and Thundercat.
Kamaal Wiliams’ (aka Henry Wu) reputation continues to be one of class, his show at Le Poisson Rouge on March 9th, 2019 strengthened that stature beyond doubt. After, releasing his album The Return and founding his own label Black Focus! (the same title as Yussef Kamaal’s famed debut album) Wu began embodying the continuation of Yussef Kamaal sound as a solo-artist. Knowing all this, I arrived at LPR beaming with excitement—I knew I was in for a treat.
I hope you’ve already delved into last week’s roundup, but if not I’m here for you! We’ve got some seriously groovy music on the roundup including new music from Monte Booker, Andrea Valle, and Omo Frenchie.
I am a music blogger in New York City and I wanted to know whether my home crowd is likely to rely on my curatorial efforts to discover their next favorite artist, or trusted sources beyond my control. So, I hung around Union Square for a day, and asked 25 people these three questions:
It was a strikingly cold January evening, and I had tickets to a show— reluctantly, still, I got ready to attend a Kirk Knight concert at Rough Trade in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. My resistance quickly faded as I stepped into a familiar venue where, of course, another Pro Era member Dessy Hinds was opening. A young Brooklyn rapper known for his hit Savior Dessy prepped the audience perfectly for the man I came to listen to, Kirk Knight.
Hujari is more than a musician—more than a researcher. To describe him with a single title would be small-minded and would fail to fully capture the true essence of who he is. Simply put, Hujairi is an experimental sound artist, oud player, write, and ethnomusicologist.
If you’ve already delved into this week’s soundtrack—great! If not, allow me to walk you through these new releases. We finally have new music from James Blake, Toro Y Moi, and surprisingly 9th Wonder. Honorable mentions go to Everything Coagulates by Bremen, a small Japanese duo producing high-quality, psychedelic instrumentals that will shake your frozen little hearts back to life. Read on!
Hello all, I know I’ve been M.I.A— the blog has been on a bit of a hiatus and I apologize for missing the reviews . The playlist, however, is always updated so you can still get your #7songs for the week! With that said, this week’s roundup features new music from Burna Boy, Future, and the lovely Noname.
Like many music blogs, I am posting a ‘reflection’ post on 2018 but rather than being a positive nostalgic, I am choosing a different route— here’s my roundup of the worst songs of 2018! Finally, I get to take off my mask of a supportive, encouraging music blogger and show you the hater I truly am.
Happy Holidays my friends! Whichever holiday belongs to your culture, I hope you are making the most of it— enjoy this brief but well-deserved vacation! For those of you who are hustling on the holidays, this roundup is for you. This week’s roundup will start with some hip-hop from 21 Savage and JJ and end with some peaceful tunes from Yann Tiersen and Alanna Matty.
Unlike last week, this one hip-hop and trap heavy— but don’t let that discourage you (remember, my taste is impeccable) rather, take a moment to twerk (or walse, whatever) to these new releases from Domo Genesis, Bianca Rhoden, and SAINt JHN.
We’ve got some new music from Vic Mensa, Toro Y Moi and the strange but compelling Lonnie Holley.
Let’s get into it
Hi all, it’s been a GREAT week for music! We finally have Earl’s album Some Rap Songs, along with new releases from Saba, FKJ & Obongjayar.