Looks like Budweiser, Live Nation and Jay-Z are trying to launch a West Coast version of Philly’s Made in America festival in DTLA. Here’s what Angelenos should expect.
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Put together a condenasttraveler Spotify playlist featuring music from this year’s Best Picture nominees.
My Oscar picks, just for fun.
As contributed to City Paper's annual roundup.
1. Danny Brown Old (Fool’s Good)
2. Chance the Rapper Acid Rap (self-released)
3. Savages Silence Yourself (Matador)
4. Pusha T My Name Is My Name (GOOD Music)
5. Arcade Fire Reflektor (Merge)
6. Kanye West Yeezus (Roc-A-Fella)
7. Jim James Regions of Light and Sound of God (ATO)
8. Vampire Weekend Modern Vampires of the City (XL)
9. Run the Jewels Run the Jewels (Fool’s Good)
10. David Bowie The Next Day (ISO)
Kurt Vile is Philly artist of the year. Kanye topped the annual Top 21 Albums list with Yeezus. I wrote up #15, Danny Brown’s Old.
I wrote the intro for a big package on Philly’s neighborhoods appearing in the latest US Airways Magazine. The rest of the piece touches on local food, drink, music, art, sights and more.
My neighbor Bill Chenevert asked me for a quick bit on my favorite Philly venue since PW just came out with its music issue. I chose Union Transfer because it makes the act of seeing a show so simple.
Wrote up two albums — Frank Ocean's channel ORANGE (#1) and Tame Impala's Lonerism (#7) — for City Paper's annual Top 21 Albums of the Year. It’s compiled on the strength of dozens of best-of lineups put together by writers, critics and other dorks. Here’s the top 10 list I submitted:
1. Frank Ocean channel ORANGE (Def Jam)
2. Band of Skulls Sweet Sour (Pias Recordings)
3. Killer Mike R.A.P. Music (Williams Street)
4. Tame Impala Lonerism (Modular Recordings)
5. Hot Chip In Our Heads (Domino)
6. Miike Snow Happy to You (Downtown Records/Universal Republic Records)
7. Kendrick Lamar good kid, m.A.A.d city (Top Dawg/Aftermath/Interscope)
8. G.O.O.D. Music Cruel Summer (Def Jam)
9. Aesop Rock Skelethon (Rhymesayers)
10. Galactic Carnivale Electricos (Anti)