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Gabe’s Top 25 Albums of 2012

Gabe’s Top 25 Albums of 2012

Posted by: on Dec 13, 2012 | Comments (2)

1.1. Frank Ocean – Channel Orange (Def Jam)

1.2. Nicki Minaj – Roman Reloaded (Young Money / Universal)

1.3. Killer Mike – R.A.P. Music (Williams Street)

1.4. Miguel – Kaleidoscope Dream (RCA)

1.5. Kendrick Lamar – good kid, m.A.A.d. city (Interscope / Geffen)

6. Bruce Springsteen – Wrecking Ball (Columbia)

7. Vijay Iyer – Accelerando (ACT)

8. Demdike Stare – Elemental (Modern Love)

9. MNDR – Feed Me Diamonds (Green Label Sound)

10. Pujol – United States of Being (Saddle Creek)

11. Raime – Quarter Turns Over a Living Line (Blackest Ever Black)

12. Neneh Cherry & the Thing – The Cherry Thing (Smalltown Supersound)

13. Sky Ferreira – Ghost (Capitol)

14. Purity Ring – Shrines (4AD)

15. Robert Glasper Experiment – Black Radio (Blue Note)

16. Jessie Ware – Devotion (PMR)

17. Branford Marsalis – Four MFs Playin’ Tunes (Marsalis Music)

18. Trebuchet – S/T (Side With Us)

19. Jeremiah Jae – Raw Money Raps (Brainfeeder)

20. Ceremony – Zoo (Matador)

21. Sharon Van Etten – Tramp (Jagjaguwar)

22. Chuck Prophet – Temple Beautiful (Yep Roc)

23. Forgetters – S/T (Too Small to Fail)

24. Quakers – Quakers (Stones Throw)

25. Andy Stott – Luxury Problems (Modern Love)

 

Previous years here, here, and here.

Live Review: El-P and Killer Mike at the Regency Ballroom

Live Review: El-P and Killer Mike at the Regency Ballroom

Posted by: on Jul 2, 2012 | Comments (2)

“This song is about Ronnie fuckin’ Reagan. I have an extreme detest for Ronald Reagan because I was alive when he was president, and fuck what Fox News says, it wasn’t that great of a time, and he wasn’t that nice of a guy.”

The rant could have come from a D.O.A. or Verbal Abuse show, but nope—it was Killer Mike, who peppered his set in San Francisco Friday night with similar remarks about burning banks to the ground, staying active in the community and fighting the cops. Many know Killer Mike from his Drive-inspired, nine-minute video for “Big Beast,” or for his appearances on Outkast records, but his politics have grabbed the attention of everyone from NPR to Davy D, and they took center stage at the Regency Ballroom.