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Mello Music Group, currently the record label home of some of hip-hop’s best boom bap producers and biggest drum programming, Oddisee & Apollo Brown, just released a 2-part compilation of new material from their roster, Mandala
I am absolutely in love with the new hints of an album coming out of St. Louis/Chicago’s Angel Olsen. I mean, seriously. This new track, “Hi-Five” has a beautiful Patsy Cline feel to it. “Are you lonely too?” Probably.
2013 was a good year for me and my bicycle – a new job and a new transit line conspired to allow me much more freedom in my daily movements. I commuted by bike more than I have in previous years in what must be one of the most car-centric cities in the U.S. Me and my bicycle also added a portable speaker to our happy commuting group mid-year, which dramatically changed the music that I listen to on my commute. With headphones I might be comfortable listening to mopey indie rock, twangy vintage country, or the screamings of Deafheaven. But blasting out loud, I’ve ended up listening to more funk, hip-hop, and poppy electronica. You know, respectable music.