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June 2014

List This! A Beginner’s Guide to Blue Note Records

Blue Note, one of the foremost jazz record labels, is celebrating its 75th anniversary with a vinyl initiative, releasing highlights from its massive catalog over the course of two years. Here are some picks to get you started.


20 Questions: Glenn Tilbrook

Glenn Tilbrook is back with his latest, Happy Ending, and some quips for PopMatters 20 Questions.


When I Grow Up: The Beach Boys - “She Knows Me Too Well”

Likely the first song written for The Beach Boys Today!, "She Knows Me Too Well" is surprisingly sophisticated and unique.


Counterbalance: De La Soul’s ‘De La Soul Is Dead’

Hey, how you doing. Sorry you can't get through. Why don't you leave your name and number and I'll get back to you. In the meantime, a 1991 hip-hop milestone is the week's Counterbalance. You could read that.


12 Essential Performances from the Piano “Professors” of New Orleans

A dozen jams from great Crescent City keyboardists, past and present, and something extra.


K-Pop Roundup - May 2014

As the K-pop industry got back on its feet following the Sewol ferry tragedy last month, May proved to be an exciting month of comebacks and debuts.


When I Grow Up: The Beach Boys - “Kiss Me, Baby”

Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys continue side two of The Beach Boys Today! with a delicate and elegant ballad about coming to terms with lost love.


May 2014

Counterbalance: Japandroids’ Celebration Rock

Long lit up tonight and still drinking. Don't we have anything to live for? Well of course we do, but till they come true, we're drinking — and listening to this 2012 blast from Japandroids.


Tally Ho! 15 Essential Tracks from the New Zealand Pop Underground

Recorded for $60 in an island country near the bottom of the globe, "Tally Ho", the debut single by New Zealand's the Clean, was an unlikely candidate to be an international game-changer and a defining moment for a pop movement.


20 Questions: Unicycle Loves You

Jim Carroll's band Unicycle Loves You changes styles every album, and now are smothering joyous pop hooks in fuzzed-out indie grit. This dynamic fuels ULY's sound, but as this 20 Questions reveals, Carroll is fueled by oh-so-much more.


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