Hey! It’s me! CJ! Your old pal who writes for that Merry-Go-Round Music thing’y. You probably haven’t seen a lot from me on this site in a while — I’m still alive, promise. But for the past six(ish) months I’ve mostly been writing (very consistently, might I add) for Crossfader, first as a contributor, then […]

The 10 Best Songs of 2017 (Thus Far)

In the National Football League there are 16 games in the regular season. Having a 10-6 recored would likely earn you a playoff spot, but you need to play pretty well to achieve that. Right now, in regards to calendaring pop culture, we’re just a bit past the midway point (most people check out by […]

How Do We Review PWR BTTM?

This is the second time in my life that that I’ve had most of a review written only to have to go back and delete it, rewrite it, and start from scratch because of something that happened in the news cycle surrounding the album’s release. The first time was for David Bowie’s Blackstar. I had […]

How Factual Is The Title of White Reaper's New Album?

Calling your album The World’s Best American Band demands a hubris not traditionally associated with bands the size of White Reaper. There’s no immediate qualifier to make that statement true, which leads to a bunch of “maybe if” speculation. “Maybe if it read The World’s Best American Garage Rock Band?” But that’s not right. “Maybe […]

If You Can't Beat 'Em, Join 'Em: We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank at 10

I have a beer mug at a local restaurant where I live. It means a couple of things for me: Cheap craft beer, an interesting view of the community surrounding the restaurant, and a pretty close-ish relationship with the wait staff. It’s a great deal and if I can recommend anything, I recommend getting a […]

Thundercat: The Present and Future Captain of Yacht Rock

Today, Thundercat released a new song entitled “Show Me The Way” in anticipation for his new album “Drunk” (out on 2/24 via Brainfeeder). The bass virtuoso sounds at his most relaxed on this single, allowing his voice to majestically simmer over his whispering R&B funk. It comes across as effortless – we’ve heard Thundercat pull […]

How To Discover New Music: A Guide

I listen to a lot of music. Like, a LOT of music. Granted, I write about music and engage with the industry much more actively than the average listener, but I do listen to a lot of music. How much music you listen to is somewhat dependent on HOW you listen to music, and that’s […]


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 […]

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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