Articles tagged “album”

We’re Having Tea for the Tillerman 50 Years Later

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How many 22-year-olds write something so poignant and true, their 72-year-old self can relate? Cat Stevens’ seminal album Tea For The Tillerman is that kind of inspired. In the 50 years since it’s release on November 23, 1970, the world has changed a great deal. The free-love revolution was slowed by an AIDS epidemic. A […]

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7 Best Finds in U2’s All That You Can’t Leave Behind 20th Anniversary Box Set

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In 2000, U2 shook up the music industry when they left their label of 20 years, Island Records, for a multi-album deal with Interscope, which, at the time, was experiencing world-shattering success on the backs of Dr. Dre’s 2001 and two back-to-back Eminem smashes in The Slim Shady LP and The Marshall Mathers LP. The […]

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Pylon Is Your Favorite Band That You’ve Never Heard

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It probably used to happen in every generation, when you were first getting into music culture — before Dr. Google could instantly have any and all information you wanted at your fingertips and streaming services like Spotify and Pandora were “suggesting” bands that you might be into. You thought that your favorite band or artist […]

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Why You Should Listen to Robert Fripp’s Exposure Through Your Headphones

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For many years, Robert Fripp has served as an introduction to rock’s more avant-garde side of the street. Back in the day, his work with King Crimson represented something decidedly more odd than a lot of other progressive rock that had leaked into the mainstream. I grew up listening to an older brother’s King Crimson […]

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Led Zeppelin III Has the Best Opening Track Ever

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When Led Zeppelin’s third album was released 50 years ago, it was greeted with a combination of enthusiasm and bewilderment. Why had the stacks of face-melting Marshalls been traded for a 12-string acoustic? Bandleader Jimmy Page was so infuriated by reviews of his folksy left turn that he refused to talk to the press for […]

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20 Years Later, Radiohead’s Kid A is 2020 in a Nutshell

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View Kid A on Discogs If someone told you 20 years ago that a stark, alienating sonic experiment about anxiety attacks and dissociative response told the future, would you believe them? In so many ways, Radiohead’s fourth studio album was a prophecy. Eschewing guitars for modular synths and Cubase, the accidental rock gods forged a […]

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Why You Should Listen to FKA Twigs’ LP1 Through Your Headphones

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View LP1 on Discogs FKA Twigs arrived with a quiet jolt in 2012 with a self-released EP that didn’t sound quite like anything else. Her fusion of electronic music, R&B, choral music, trip hop, and avant-garde pop came awfully close to being that rarest of things: a new kind of music. At this point in […]

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4 Albums That Define Neo-Soul

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Neo-soul is a music genre built on freedom and protection. Neo-soul is a style where Black artists are free to make music only bound by the vastness of their influences. That sort of freedom to create is often stifled by mainstream audiences that typically rewards conventional sounding music. Neo-soul gave those artists protection by building […]

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Why You Should Listen to D’Angelo’s Voodoo Through Your Headphones

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There are several ways to define the headphone experience. Our first installment in this Discogs series of albums that sound great on headphones, Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon, is the pinnacle of a classic approach — let’s call it “stoner whoa” — where the studio is used to achieve an altered state […]

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I Listened to the Whole Wish You Were Here Album for the First Time

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I woke up this morning to a burnt orange sky and thoughts of a slow apocalypse. What better time to listen to Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Here for the first time? This isn’t my Pink Floyd introduction. At seven years old, when I was obsessed with The Wizard of Oz, my mom sat me […]

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