Before You Die: Hospice

By Emma Rickett, Staff Writer
In The Antlers’ third studio album, Hospice, the songs take the listener through a relationship between a hospice worker and a patient with bone cancer, metaphorical for an abusive relationship. The album opens with “Prologue,” a somber instrumental to place us in the mood for the story to follow. While the song itself has no lyrics, liner notes can be found within the physical album sleeve describing the woman and relationship the album follows. The notes open with “Before diving into this, I think some background would be useful” and we are taken into the past with “phantom limbs” and hospital visits. 

Ranked: ATCQ

A Tribe Called Quest are one of the most influential and pivotal rap groups of all time. In 1985, Q-Tip and Phife Dawg started recording demos. Eventually, other group members Jarobi White and Ali Shaneed Muhammed would soon join, and in 1990, they would release their first studio album, something that would kickstart one of…

Ranked: JAY-Z

[Photo Courtesy of Parade] By: Adrian Woods, Contributor What can be said about JAY-Z that hasn’t already been said? With 125 million records sold, he’s one of the best selling artists ever and has the most Grammys for a rapper at a total of 23 The rapper also has the most number one albums by…

20,000 Albums for Eidelyn Gonzales: Atomizer

By Venus Rittenberg, Editorial Director
[Homestead; 1986]Key tracks: “Jordan, Minnesota”, “Kerosene” and “Fists of Love”
production is all over the place, even producing for slowcore/alt-country artist Jason Molina. He has helped shape the world of alternative music and continues to do so. However, his own bands, of which there are several, have also had a massive influence on music. When making his own music, Molina tends to stick to noise rock and post-hardcore. Nothing on Atomizer reaches the same epic highs as Shellac’s “Prayer to God” or the emotional depth of “Tiny, King of the Jews” from Songs About Fucking, but in my opinion it is easily his masterpiece.

Ranked: Beastie Boys

[Photo Courtesy of GQ] By: Adrian Woods Contributor Starting off as a punk band, Beastie Boys would transform into a hip-hop sensation and blend the two genres. In the 30 years of making music together, Beastie Boys would become one of the most influential and groundbreaking groups of all time.  The Beastie Boys had a…

20,000 Albums for Eidelyn Gonzales: Knife Play & A Promise

By Venus Rittenberg, Editorial Director
[5RC (Kill Rock Stars); Knife Play – 2002, A Promise – 2003]
Key tracks (Knife Play): Don Diasco, Suha,
Key tracks (A Promise): Apistat Commander, Fast Car, Ian Curtis Wishlist
TW: Self harm, suicide

20,000 Albums for Eidelyn Gonzales: Shaking the Habitual

My previous column, Punk’d, focused on, as you could probably assume, punk music. When talking about punk music, it’s pretty much a guarantee that politics are going to come up.

The last two issues of my column covered the albums WIDE AWAAAAAKE! by Parquet Courts and WORRY. by Jeff Rosenstock, both of which are extremely political, covering issues ranging from systemic racism to the faults of capitalism.

A Month Through Movies – November Edition

By Ben Lindner, Staff Writer
Doesn’t it sometimes feel like there is just too much to watch out there? Often, it feels easier to scroll through Netflix trying to decide what to watch than actually watching something. Do you constantly find yourself overwhelmed with content, wishing you could somehow find a way to narrow it down? 

Single Serving No. 2

By Kwase Lane, Features Editor
It’s been a while, hasn’t it? I mean the last time we chatted the world was on fire; or at least it felt like it was. 

Punk’d: WORRY. by Jeff Rosenstock

By Venus Rittenberg, Contributor
[SideOneDummy Records; 2016]
Key tracks: “Festival Song”, “Blast Damage Days”, “Rainbow”
s of punk vignettes that all flow perfectly into each other, inspired by the medley from Abbey Road. 

Single Serving No. 1

Hey, hey, wake up. You had a pretty wild night, huh? Well, I mean, as wild as nights can get with *everything* that’s been happening.