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My Top Albums of 2014

This year I definitely listened to a lot more (and a wider variety of) music, which led to me not listening to a select few albums nearly as much as I did last year. Consequently, I have a list of my top 10 albums from this year, with only direction for you to listen for yourself. These albums are listed in […]

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My Top 5 Songs of 2014

While the songs I listened to most in 2014 reflect a different scope of music, my top songs of the year were enjoyed in perfect proportion, making each listen a valuable use of my time. They were not often on repeat, but they could have been quite easily. Each song deserves a listen, regardless of your tastes […]

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A Smorgasbord of Year in Review Stuff for 2014

Season’s greetings, music lovers. It’s been a long while since I’ve posted, but I will be making up for it with a variety of posts in the coming weeks that satisfy all those year-end check boxes. I did a list of things I learned about music last year, and this wild card type of post will cover […]

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Concert Recaps

Concert Recap: WRECKFAST Showcases Student Rappers, CATCH WRECK Collective

As an independent artist, the freedom you can have in how you share your music is unbelieveable, and the more creative you can be with it, the more loyal fans you’ll pull in. Independent music collective CATCH WRECK utilized their independent freedom and promotional creativity last weekend with WRECKFAST, a house party/basement concert featuring an […]

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The Mackens on Music Podcast, Episode 2

It’s been a while friends. Or at least it feels that way. With school starting up again and free time going towards other music endeavors such as running the marketing for WUD Music and writing up pieces for other publications, posts on the blog are expected to be even less frequent. What I still hope […]

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Top 5 Tuesday: The Best Stadium Songs

While we’ve already experienced one disappointing week of college football (at least from a Badger’s standpoint), we can turn our sights on an easier schedule moving forward. Even better, the NFL regular season is right around the corner. To celebrate this, I bring you my favorite stadium songs. These are not all songs that I necessarily […]

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A Top 20 Album: Dookie by Green Day

Similar to Weezer’s Blue Album, Green Day’s Dookie turned 20 within the first half of this year, and it serves as yet another indicator of how great music was that year. In the California trio’s third studio album and major label debut, Green Day packs 15 tracks into under 40 minutes, making for a project with […]

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Top 5 Tuesday: Video Game Songs

Video games have been established for years as a medium capable of being considered an art form. Much like films, they can give a lot of credit to their soundtracks for adding emotion to what you experience apart from the visuals, dialogue, and sound effects. While some of the most critically acclaimed games are sure […]

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Underground Hip Hop Spotlight: “Repent” by Gracias

A Congolese and Finnish rapper influenced by Fever Ray and Burial, Gracias brings us a sound largely driven by ambient electronic instrumentals. His song “Repent”, which is featured in the above music video, takes a special focus on this influence. His video puts an added emphasis on atmosphere, as two adventurous children finding the resting Gracias in […]

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EP Review: Wino Rider

Released August 4th, the three track EP Wino Rider comes from L.A. husband-wife duo Danjasop, an act emerging from a dance music scene that’s been spearheaded by Mad Decent and is influenced by heavy bass. The EP is part one of a two part series, the second part being a project that should be released […]