- You Are The One
- Mind Control
- Why I Can't Cry Anymore
- And I'm Up
- Leaving Tomorrow
Way back when, some friends of mine came up with an idea for a calendar series: 12 Classic Locations To Dump The Body Of A Dead Hooker.
For instance, January:
And so on. APTBS has always conjured up that sort of space very vividly. They seem to exist in these sort of under-imagined middleware places in modern life, between industry and decay, between man and nature, along the forgotten, moldering margins.
Album one was this:
A sort of chemical waste processing plant with junkie needles in the smashed concrete; a sulfurous sludge that sounded like it was corrupting your very being with every treated snare it rammed down your gob. It was amazing.Album two was a more like this:
Dark waves of marbled gloom washing over you. Dense, low-skied, but more ordered, structurally sound, awesome in the Edmund Burke sense.
Album three is a bit like this:
More intricate, just as industrial, still built for night, but displaying worrying signs of possible modernity and optimism. I guess if they were talking pure interview bullshit, they might say that this was their "pop" album. It's cleaner, sharper, the scree of noise is more glassy sheets rather than an amorphous squall. It is, according to bassist Dion Lunadon, “Our vision of what music in 2012 should sound like,” and if you can imagine a future dystopian parallel to today where this is the mainstream, then you have just imagined something very cool indeed.
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The Real Difference Between a Mixtape and an Album
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Are the Grammys Irrelevant or Did Yeezus Actually Suck?
Breaking down Yeezy's obsession with the awards.
2013: A Year In Which Some Music Happened
A year’s art starts on Day One of the new year. If we don’t quantify it somehow by December, who are we as a people and what is our worth?
If R. Kelly Makes Us So Uncomfortable, Why Do We Keep Listening?
This is art we're talking about, and it's as real as you allow it to be.
Britney Spears: Capitalism's Last Stand
At last, the Queen has found her domain.
The Real Rick Ross Stands Up
We met with the ex-crack kingpin, who told us stories from his drug dealing days and gave us an exclusive excerpt from his upcoming autobiography.
Sorry, Dudes. The Ladies Won Punk This Year.
These are the women who kicked a particularly large amount of ass in 2013.
2013: The Most OK Year Ever
Kitty Pryde reflects on her sort of shitty, sort of amazing 2013.
Cam'ron is Still Harlem's Diplomat
We met with the Golden Boy and spoke wi