LET IT BURN

DJ Choimatic put me up on this and I think this is fab. It’s all about how they pronounce “love” with the hint of an accent.

LAURA MVULA: REMEMBER THIS NAME

I’ll be writing more about her later, but let’s just say I found another “best album of the year” candidate.

DJ DAY’S VIDEO FOR “LAND OF 1000 CHANCES”

These may seem like a series of postcard shots (and to be sure, many are) but good god, does this make me miss S.F. something terribly. I love being back in L.A. and I’m fiercely defensive of a city that many have a woeful misconception of but whenever I think about The City, it’s not Los Angeles that’s on my mind or in my heart.

2012 REWIND: FIVE SONGS THAT LEFT ME BANGING ON THE DASHBOARD (IN VIDEO FORM)

Was there a more striking video this year (not featuring a Korean rapper rodeo-dancing)?

Every year or so, Nas releases a song that makes you think, “OMG, Nas is back!” And of course, he’ll then go on and disappoint us but I still that moment where I still believe. I’m still hoping to figure out what the sample that begins the third verse is.

I owe my discovery of the Alabama Shakes to friend/colleague Ann Powers who wrote about them on NPR early on. I wasn’t as floored with the album but this cut just [...]

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PIED PIPING THROUGH THE L.E.S.

Our friend Mathew Warren shot this and it’s just awesome.