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An Update on Life // My Year With WUD Music

  Hey friends. It’s been a while since I’ve come to you from the casual online environment that is my blog. About five months to be exact. As I sit here on my grandpa’s old chair, listening to Surf and letting an Unknown Mortal Orchestra review loom over me, I ponder how I can sum up […]

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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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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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Introducing: The Mackens on Music Podcast

After writing posts and writing for other sites for the last year, it felt a natural step to start a monthly conversational series related to various music topics. Each episode, I will sit down with a different person and simply talk about music. I am excited for the potential of this medium, and I hope […]

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Song by Song Album Review: Neon Icon

On Tuesday, Noisey shared a basement interview with the Neon Icon/Versace (insert noun here)/Rap Game (insert celebrity here), RiFF RAFF. The interview coincides with the release of his label debut album Neon Icon, which I have been waiting for since January of this year. I know the album leak has been out forever, but my […]

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Concert Recaps: Spring 2014

I never had the chance to talk on all the shows I saw throughout this year so far, so I wanted to make a few comments on those shows before we roll into summer concerts/festivals. Each concert had its own vibe and unique experience, but no doubt some were better than the others. I’ll go through […]

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What Your Summer 2014 Song Says About You

It started to get sticky in the apartment yesterday, so I figured we were close enough to the summer to know what songs will remain at the top of the Top 40 this season, and that I could profile everyone’s musical taste based on which of the songs below you like most. As a disclaimer, please understand […]

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Flashback Friday: Straight Outta Compton Retro Review

I wrote a review for UW-Madison’s student-run magazine EMMIE over a year ago, and I unfortunately had to cut most of it down to fit in with the other retro reviews within the feature. Fortunately for me, I kept the original cut of the review, and I’m finally taking the opportunity to share it with you now. Enjoy […]

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Song by Song Album Review: Oxymoron

California rapper and Black Hippy affiliate ScHoolboy Q has finally released his first major label debut, and I couldn’t be more excited. Below I’ve written my initial gut reactions to each track from the iTunes deluxe version, fragments and all. Apologies in advance. 1. Gangsta – Q is a gangsta.  It’s as simple as that. There’s a lot […]

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Mini Review: Afterhours EP by Majid Jordan

If you’ve ever heard the name Majid Jordan before, you most likely know the name as the featured artist on Drake’s 2013 hit, “Hold On, We’re Going Home”. The rhythmic beat and Drake’s infectious crooning combine for what I thought to be one of the best songs of 2013, so much so that I decided […]