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Link About It: This Week's Picks
1. Psychedelics Could Repair Brain Cells "Shriveled" by Depression University of California researchers have observed that psychedelics like LSD and MDMA can rewire the brain—and trigger the growth of new branches between cells—long after the...
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Prince: Mary Don't You Weep
From the upcoming posthumous Prince live album Piano & A Microphone: 1983, a divine rework of the spiritual "Mary Don't You Weep" was released on what would have been the beloved icon's 60th birthday. Recorded at the Kiowa Trail studio at Prince's...
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Kanye West's Project Wyoming Listening Tour Hits Williamsburg
by Michael Tommasiello It’s not every day that an artist turns his album listening party into a nationwide tour, but then again, Kanye West is not an average artist. While the world waited for the release of Ye, West, with the help of famed content...
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"Drank" Chopped Album
As a limited edition release, Thundercat's inimitable 2017 album Drunk has been "chopped not slopped" by DJ Candlestick and OG Ron C of Houston-based DJ outfit The Chopstars. On special purple vinyl, with inner sleeve artwork by Zack Fox, this record...
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Macross 82-99: Sailorwave II
Blending J-pop, funk, hip-hop, dance and more Macross 82-99 has the power to brighten up just about any gloomy day. Released late last year, Sailorwave II is an 11-track record by the Osaka-based producer, and it is sparkly, lush future-funk with cameos...
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The Best Reductionist Albums of 2017 (So Far)
"Minimalist music" has its own largely rigid definition in modern classical music (a genre that Steve Reich, Philip Glass and La Monte Young have contributed to), but we want to highlight how contemporary artists are taking these compositional techniques...
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Brad Walsh's Human Ecosystem of Sounds, ANTIGLOT
From the opening track forward, Brad Walsh's new album ANTIGLOT pulls the mind and spirit to a state of active meditation. For all its mystical elements—and the moments of rhythmic hypnotism—this is not background music. Walsh wants listeners...
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Premiere: Art Feynman's "Feeling Good About Feeling Good"
California-based Art Feynman recently announced his debut album Blast Off Through the Wicker and we're delighted to premiere the single "Feeling Good About Feeling Good." The almost-eight-minute delight defies genre—there are tinges of many, from...
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Kishi Bashi: Sonderlust
Still one of our favorite records from 2016, Kishi Bashi's Sonderlust is beautifully uplifting despite its pathos. Deeply personal and yet universally relatable, the record features all the sparkle we've grown to expect and adore from the singer/songwriter...
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Shy Girls: Why I Love From the new Shy Girls (aka Dan Vidmar) album comes the track "Why I Love"—a minimal, dark tune that's balanced out with Vimar's tender vocals. This album version is very different than the acoustic version he performed at downtown...
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Kid Cudi: Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin'
After being delayed earlier this year, Kid Cudi (aka Scott Mescudi) has just released his new album Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin' and it's potentially his best yet. The 19-track record is available to stream online now, and features appearances from...
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Record of the Month Club
For anyone with a burgeoning vinyl collection, it can be hard to know what the next step should be when filling in the gaps. With Vinyl Me, Please, a team of music lovers makes that decision for you—with special editions of contemporary classic's like...
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Wall-Mounted 12" Record Holder
Album art has always made a statement about the music within or those who produced it. Vinyl collectors know this and, with Jeremy Porter's walnut wood wall-mounted record holder (with a hand-applied oil finish), one's favorite can be constantly on...
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Prince 4Ever
With unreleased music (including the stunning "Moonbeam Levels" which was recorded in 1982 during the 1999 sessions), a posthumous 40-track album by Prince, titled Prince 4Ever, is available on CD or mp3 now. With some of the beloved musicians most...
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Flamingosis: Bright Moments
New Jersey-based Flamingosis (aka Aaron Velasquez) released his gorgeous record Bright Moments a month ago. The sample-based album, which the artist worked on for several years, features a lush, layered sound that's part hip-hop and part funk, with...
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Solange: A Seat at the Table
Since announcing new music earlier this week, Solange Knowles just released her lush and thoughtful album A Seat at the Table. Knowles has been working on the record for four years, and the result is powerful, soulful and tender—with a little romance...
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Carly Rae Jepsen: Emotion Side B It will come as no surprise that Carly Rae Jepsen's E•MO•TION Side B (a collection of eight songs that didn't make it onto her powerhouse 2015 album) is an '80s-influenced delight. Available to stream on Apple Music...
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Vulnicura Live Boxset
If you couldn't catch Björk on tour performing her heartbreak-to-healing Vulnicura, the Icelandic artist has collected her favorite performances into a live album, plus a few classics like "Wanderlust." The luxury edition boxset includes a double LP...
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