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A$AP Rocky @ Made In America (8/31/2013)

By Will Oliver, September 3rd 2013


Unfortunately, I had a feeling that A$AP Rocky would show up late to his set at Made In America. I hate being right. He showed up nearly a half hour late, and only played for about 15 minutes or so. What he did play was enjoyable, but I’m sorry, I have no time for artists like this who just show up when they want and leave just as quickly. Did he apologize? Yes. But from the waves of boos from the crowd, no one forgave them.

If you can’t show up on time for your fans, then you don’t deserve them. Sorry, A$AP.

[new]: A$AP Rocky – Long Live A$AP

By Will Oliver, December 21st 2012 — with 1 comment


A$AP Rocky will released his debut studio album Long Live A$AP on January 15. Here’s the fiery title track that sets to impress, and hits the mark with relative ease. If the rest of the album is as strong, we will have our first solid rap release of 2013.

The latest track that Big Boi has shared from new album, Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors is “Lines”. It features both A$AP Rocky & Phantogram.

Phantogram provide a different instrumental atmosphere than Big Boi would normally be on, which actually somehow sounds like a mix of Imogen Heap and The Killers. Big Boi takes a risk, and it pays off. Respectful move, either way.

Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors comes out December 11 via Def Jam.

Just yesterday we saw Lana Del Rey’s “National Anthem” music video which features A$AP Rocky. Their partnership continue’s on “My Bitch”, an A$AP Rocky song that features Ms. Del Rey.

It was originally on The Kickdrums mixtape Follow The Leaders, but A$AP loved it so much he took it for his debut album, LongLiveA$AP. The collaboration works wonders. Both artists came up with a lot of hype, and it seems like they have found a way to collaborate and certainly deliver.

[new] A$AP Rocky – Goldie

By Will Oliver, April 17th 2012 — with 1 comment

A$AP Rocky is releasing his first proper studio album, LongLiveA$AP sometime this summer. “Goldie” is the lead single from it. It was produced by Hit Boy, the producer behind “Niggas In Paris”. It certainly shows.

Download “Goldie” below.

[mp3]: A$AP Rocky – Goldie

[mixtape]: A$AP Rocky – LIVELOVEA$AP

By Will Oliver, October 31st 2011

My first taste of A$AP Rocky was during his set at Fader Fort during CMJ. I wasn’t completely blown away, but I definitely couldn’t ignore the guy. Something about him kept my attention, and I’m starting to see that my hunch was correct.

A$AP Rocky just signed a huge deal with Sony/RCA’s Polo Grounds Music for an insane $3 million. So you could say that my expectations are pretty high. Last Friday I heard his song “Bass” and although I didn’t love it at first, the song grew on me over the weekend, large in part to Clams Casino’s incredible production.

Today he dropped his debut mixtape LIVELOVEA$AP as a Halloween treat. I’ve yet to dig in, but if the songs are up to par with “Bass”, it should be a pretty good listen. Not sure if it will be a $3 million listen, but that’s not for us to decide.

Stream “Trill” and grab the whole mixtape for free download below:
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We All Want Someone’s Best Songs of 2015

By Will Oliver, March 18th 2016 — with 2 comments


Artwork thanks to our very own Anthony Bauer

We look back 2015 fondly, one of the best years of music in some time. There was almost too much of it, making it nearly an impossible task to come up with my top albums of the year. Even worse, was choosing the best songs of the year.

Many albums had multiple offerings that deserved recognition, but I tried my best to limit it to one song per artist, except for a few special cases. It wasn’t easy to do a top 100 list, but it was fun to reflect on 2015 with all the sounds that helped soundtrack my life throughout those months.

Below you can find the list posted in countdown style from 100-1, and I’ve created a handy Spotify playlist in countdown order for your listening convenience and pleasure. I’ve posted the embeded playlist below.

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Panorama 2016

After months of speculation, the Panorama Music Festival has finally been announced. It’s taking place on Randall’s Island Park on the weekend of Friday, July 22 though Sunday July 24. The festival was brought together by Goldenvoice, the same company behind Coachella.

The impressive set of headliners includes LCD Soundsystem, Arcade Fire, Kendrick Lamar, The National, Sufjan Stevens, Foals, Alabama Shakes, Run The Jewels, Sia, Blood Orange, A$AP Rocky, Major Lazer, Kurt Vile & The Violators, FKA Twigs, Grace Potter and Silversun Pickups. The rest of the lineup features highlights such as Broken Social Scene, Daughter, Anderson Paak ^& The Free Nationals, Mike D, Schoolboy Q, AlunaGeorge, Flatbush Zombies, The Front Bottoms, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Jai Wolf, The Julie Ruin, SZA, Holy Ghost!, Tourist, Ex Hex, Oh Wonder, Madlib, Here We Go Magic, Caveman, Algiers, White Lung and more.

There was once a point where NYC lacked any prominent music festivals, and now we have two. Fans of live music in New York sure aren’t complaining, I know I’m not. I can’t wait to see what Panorama has to offer, and to see return performances from Arcade Fire, The National, and of course, LCD Soundsystem.
Three-day tickets for the festival go on sale this Friday (March 4) at noon.

Made In America 2013 Recap

By Will Oliver, September 4th 2013 — with 1 comment

When it was all said in done, I had a great time at Made In America, seeing some great shows, including legendary sets from Nine Inch Nails, Beyonce, and Phoenix. I have to personally thanks the nice people at Skype Moments who really helped make this weekend possible in more ways than one. So a big thanks to them for a great weekend.

This recap here will link you to all the shows I posted about, as well as collect all my favorite photos from the weekend. Find the links and photos below. Read the rest of this entry »

Kendrick Lamar @ Made In America (9/1/2013)

By Will Oliver, September 4th 2013


Unlike A$AP Rocky, not only did Kendrick Lamar show up on time, he showed up early. Early. He brought out some special guests that included Schoolboy Q to start thing off before he came out and launched a furious set full of all the good kid, m.A.A.d city treats. The crowd went insane for all of them and sang back every word louder and louder as the song progressed.

I think its safe that Kendrick Lamar has progressed into one of the biggest names in rap, and things like this are long in the past. Read the rest of this entry »

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