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Kanye West‘s The Life Of Pablo has been a lot of things: a mystery, a “living breathing changing creative expression”, a flop, a hit, a steal, and most of all, a zeitgeist defining moment in current music. According to Stereogum, its on its way to be the first #1 album that made almost no money. No one knows if West knows what he is doing, but he is definitely succeeding.
Hardwork Movement, the Philly hip-hop collective, have released their cover of the TLOP highlight “30 Hours.” Their take, which comes along with their own version of the cover art, faithfully takes the instrumental to new heights with verses from the Hardwork MC’s. Continue reading →
As you may have heard, Kanye West is still tweaking his newest album, The Life of Pablo. He recently tweeted that the record is “a living breathing changing creative creative expression,” and he’s sticking to his word: just two days ago, he updated “Wolves,” adding contributions from both Vic Mensa and Sia. Such is the advantage of never releasing a physical copy of your record, it seems.
Vasilikos spoke to Nash while he was in Philly to perform at World Cafe Live and XPN’s Free At Noon. Nash, who is now 74, spoke about his time with The Hollies and Crosby, Stills, and Nash, his book Wild Tales: A Rock & Roll Life, his upcoming record This Path Tonight, and much more. Continue reading →
Rapper / producer / nascent fashion designer Kanye West’s Yeezy Season 3 event was part conceptual art piece, part fashion premiere, part album listening party for his much anticipated 7th solo album The Life of Pablo – which, as of this writing, is still being finalized. The event Thursday gave us a taste, though, and it was simultaneously screened live in several cities around the world via Jay-Z’s TIDAL media streaming service.
And after a day of running errands, I braved the frigid February air Thursday night and made my way to the University 6 Theater (fka The Rave) in West Philly for the Philly edition of Yeezy.
After showing a pair of ushers at the front door a print out of my ticket, I stood in a long line of Penn students and casual hipster kids before having my ticket checked and verified again before taking a seat in the theater.
Pulling out a notepad and pen a dude sitting next to me asked “You taking notes?” with a smirk.
For the first 10 or 15 minutes sitting in this dark theater, I could see the image of two giant platforms elevated above the floor of Madison Square Garden, blanketed by large sheets. The whole scene looked still, dark, grey and lunar. For a fleeting moment I wondered if Kanye had trolled us all. Maybe we had all been tricked? Maybe this was it? A bunch of people, sitting in dark theaters staring at these dumb looking monolithic structures with no album to be heard until the official release date. Continue reading →
Marian Hill, the electro-pop duo composed of Philly natives Samantha Gongol and Jeremy Lloyd, just released their latest EP, Sway, last month.
The duo has now tested their talents on their first cover: a steamy rendition of Kanye West’s “Love Lockdown” from the 2008 album 808’s & Heartbreak.
Gongol’s sultry vocals shine through on the cover, a stripped-down, slower version with airy techno beats. Continue reading →
Most Philadelphians are familiar with Fairmount’s massive landmark Eastern State Penitentiary. The looming structure, which closed in 1971 after 142 years as a prison, reopened in 1994 for guided tours, and has since become a destination for thrill-seekers during Bastille Day and Halloween season. However, beyond the zombie-fied chaos, the space itself offers an amazing backdrop for, well, anything. We decided to look back at a few ways musicians and other visual artists have used ESP over the last few decades. Continue reading →
This year’s Made in America festival kicked off yesterday with an exhilarating lineup of performers along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The day spanned 11 hours and a spectrum of genres, from the discofied openers in Cherub to the hardcore punk / metal of Glassjaw; EDM hitmaker Baauer to funky fresh hiphop vet Big Daddy Kane; sweet soul grooves from Mayer Hawthorne to an explosive set from The National. And of course, the man of the hour was Kanye West, whose closing 90-minute performance was at peak energy throughout. Continue reading →