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Childish Gambino at Firefly Music Festival 2014

By Will Oliver, July 7th 2014 — with 1 comment

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The final set I caught at Firefly 2014 came from Childish Gambino, otherwise known as actor/comedian Donald Glover (Troy on Community). After Broken Bells, a wave of teenagers came shoving towards the front as if is was a matter of life and death. I contemplated sticking around, but the crowd became too intense that I determined it simply wasn’t worth being uncomfortable for the final set of a long weekend. I made my way back and watched the show from afar, still able to take things in just fine.

As a rapper Gambino is a completely different person to the character Glover played on Community, an alter-ego of sorts. He has a handle over his audience, who absolutely love him. The young crowd was mirroring his behavior, screaming every word right back at him. While I did enjoy the set fine enough, I am quite surprised at how big of a following – and how passionate – that he has developed. Don’t get me wrong, Gambino puts on a fun show, but I was just taken aback at just how crazy his fans got. I didn’t realize how big he has gotten.
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Childish Gambino, a.k.a. Donald Glover from Community (well not really anymore, sigh) has released a 24-minute short film titled “Clapping For The Wrong Reasons” The film was directed by Hiro Murai, and features appearances from Flying Lotus, Chance The Rapper, Trinidad James, actress Danielle Fishel (Topanga from Boy Meets World) and porn star Abella Anderson.

It’s a very interesting watch, with a lot of stuff happening that will need to be looked at carefully and analyzed. I will say this, I fucking envy the life of Donald Glover if that’s really where he is. Clearly, I need to step up my game.

Watch “Clapping For The Wrong Reasons” below.

Childish Gambino – All The Shine

By Will Oliver, October 14th 2011 — with 3 comments

Call me a Donald Glover fan. I’m absolutely glued to Community large in part to his role as Troy. You can also call me a Childish Gambino fan. Mr. Rogo was always pumping his stuff around our house last year, and I couldn’t ignore just how refreshing of a rapper Donald is as Childish Gambino.

On November 15 Childish Gambino will release his new album Camp. “All The Shine” is the newest cut from the album, and what a cut it is. Donald adds a fresh spin to hip hop and makes it somewhat emotional all at once. As you already know, he’s also pretty funny (that Mumford line).

“All The Shine” is going to be on repeat all weekend.

We All Want Someone’s Best Albums Of 2016

By Will Oliver, January 31st 2017

Artwork courtesy of Anthony Bauer
2016 was as busy as any other year in recent memory with the constant release of new albums. It seemed like every week we were bombarded with a surprise album drop from a big star, a long overdue follow-up, or promising debut album that came out of thin air. It was a bit overwhelming, but a damn good problem to have. We lost a few heroes in David Bowie and Leonard Cohen, but gained a few instant classics that served to preserve their memory with an amazing sendoff. Radiohead, A Tribe Called Quest, The Avalanches, and The Last Shadow Puppets all finally returned to us. Frank Ocean delivered not one, but two albums.

There was no shortage of music to be found, especially good music. Below, you can find 50 favorites from 2016, including a few honorable mentions. Believe it or not, there were albums I left off that I would’ve gladly liked to at least mention to you, as they’re all worth your time. That’s saying something.

Call it what you want, best, top or favorites. Either way, these were the 50 albums that helped me get through 2016.
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We All Want Someone’s Best Songs of 2016

By Will Oliver, January 30th 2017 — with 1 comment

(Artwork courtesy of Anthony Bauer)

2016 was a wild one. It’s not a year that many of us will look back all that fondly on, but then again, it wasn’t all bad. There were a lot of great albums and songs released throughout the year, from artists of all sizes. From the surprise drop, to the long-awaited albums from greats like Radiohead.

Tomorrow I’ll share my list of my favorite albums of the year, but first, lets dig in to the songs that I had on constant repeat throughout the year.
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Best Albums of 2016: Anthony’s Picks

By Anthony Bauer, January 29th 2017

Looking back on the past year, it has got to be one of the craziest years of music in recent times.  Sure there were many ups and downs, but there was always one constant through all of it: music.  We were treated to high profile releases, low profile releases, releases that flew under the radar as well as a few releases that didn’t quite live up to the hype.  From the underrated to the overrated, there were more releases than I can even remember but there were a select group of albums that shined the brightest and were albums I continued to revisit throughout the year which made my list of best albums from 2016.

Before we dive into my top favorite releases of 2016, lets quickly talk about some albums that were just as good as anything released last year, but didn’t get as much love as they truly deserved.  With a year like we saw in 2016 it was bound to happen that a few albums slipped through the cracks so lets jump into a short list of honorable mentions that landed just shy of the top 20 (as well as a few releases that were highly underrated):

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Best Songs of 2016: Anthony’s Picks

By Anthony Bauer, January 22nd 2017 — with 1 comment

It’s safe to say that 2016 was a pretty weird year, but one thing we can all agree on is just how crazy of a year it was for music.  From the highly anticipated to the complete out of nowhere surprise drops, the year truly didn’t disappoint at all.  We finally got that Radiohead album we were all clamoring for and even got some releases we weren’t expecting to see in 2016 (we’re looking at you, SchmilcoAbandoned Mansion, Epoch and Run The Jewls 3).

There were so many great releases that it was difficult keeping up with all of them, which was literally half the battle.  You’ll notice that some artists I chose multiple songs which is not a mistake, its 100% on purpose.  There were certain songs from certain artists off of certain albums that just were just so good that I couldn’t not include them.

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