CJ Simonson
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Review: Devil Music

Review: The Men Devil Music (2016) For reasons I can’t explain, The Men have chosen to go back to basics. Devil Music is the band’s sixth full length release since 2010, and it features music that is tense and wirey in ways that indicate The Men have perhaps finally figured out what their “basics” exactly are. […]

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The most common phrase used in 2016, so common it feels like it needs to be added to the Merriam Webster dictionary next year, was “Fuck 2016.” I appreciate that sentiment, and certainly have said that phrase as often as anyone else who considers themselves plugged into the inner workings of the the world. But […]

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Top 25 Albums of 2016

As 2016 finally meets the death it deserves, let it be known that it was one of the best years for albums in recent memory. It was filled with dozens of releases worthy of this list, from big end of the year list toppers like Lemonade and Teens of Denial, to underrated gems from The Range […]

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Top 100 Songs Of 2016

The power of the song was alive and well in 2016. When I think of the tracks that didn’t even have the chance to make the top 100, by artists like David Bowie or Anderson .Paak, I can’t help but feel like even if 2016 was horrible, we were blessed to have great music coming […]

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Reflecting On Angel Olsen's "Sister" During Election Night

I didn’t start out thinking “Sister” was my favorite song of the year because of any political reasons. I had a multitude of thematic, musical, and emotional reasons for loving that song – reasons that, previous to my current (apparently liberal) worldview, would have been appropriate given my position as a music journalist. On election […]

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What Does Your Enjoyment of Sam's Town Say About You As A Killers Fan

By all accounts, the opening of Sam’s Town, the Killer’s sophomore album and follow up to the overnight radio changing Hot Fuss, is numb. Not numb in a musical sense, just numb with a sort of anticipation. The title track, which kicks off the album, is the equivalent of a free sample; arriving just before […]

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Building a Carly Rae Jepsen Concept Album

Building a Carly Rae Jepsen Concept Album Carly Rae Jepsen… Pop star. Short hair enthusiast. Queen. For someone whose career could’ve easily been tarnished by the massive success of “Call Me Maybe”, enough people took notice of how great the rest of her breakout album Kiss was to give her the time of day for her […]

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Review: MY WOMAN

Review: MY WOMAN Angel Olsen, 2016 On Stereogum’s list of the top 10 songs of summer for 2016, some natural oddities floated to the surface. After all, this isn’t a poll of radio jockeys or show promoters, this is a survey of music fans who are aware of both the cultures tastes and the history […]

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Lydia Loveless, Wheeler Walker Jr., and What It Means to Be "Outlaw" in 2016

Lydia Loveless, Wheeler Walker Jr., and What It Means to Be “Outlaw” in 2016 Analyzing the “Outlaw” in “Outlaw Country The phrase “Outlaw Country” is a pretty empty feeling phrase – not because I don’t like the genre of music, but because it doesn’t really feel like it means much beyond its own conventions. Musically […]

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