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Sunday Morning Coming Down #Seventeen

Sunday Morning Coming Down #Seventeen

Katie Crutchfield on Jenny Lewis, Sun Ra's UC Berkeley reading list, and the guilty camp pleasures of Lou Bega, all in this week's round-up of worthy reads from Odyshape. 

ahh... Why Shabazz Was Fine As A Palace

ahh... Why Shabazz Was Fine As A Palace

Wikipedia lists Shabazz Palace’s new LP Lese Majesty exclusively as ‘experimental hip hop.’ Do yourself a solid and learn what that’s supposed to mean - click the Wiki link to experimental hip hop.’ Lese Majesty finds itself situated alongside the work of De La Soul, Mac Miller, MF Doom, Death Grips, Kid Cudi, Chance the Rapper, the entirety of acid jazz (which I thought was its own genre) and everything Anticon’s ever distributed… these among others who have similar amounts of absolutely nothing in common.

To Know Him Is To Love Him

To Know Him Is To Love Him

Is it fair for one web site to critique another? Would it be gauche? Have we nothing better to do?

No, we have nothing better to do.

Sunday Morning Coming Down #Sixteen

Sunday Morning Coming Down #Sixteen

Rockism vs. anti-rockism, Questlove on the song of the summer, the long legacy of the Lomaxes, and the science of teenage screams, all in this week's roundup from Odyshape.

Designated Hitsmaker

Designated Hitsmaker

If you’re at all like me then before, say, January, you hadn’t thought of this turbulent imp in nigh on a decade, when “Get Low”’s returns diminished back to equilibrium. Sure, he popped up once for Usher or you heard him vaguely sampled amid the mixtape herpes outbreak of the late 2000s - but, real talk, he wasn’t the largest Lil in the game.

Sunday Morning Coming Down #Fifteen

Sunday Morning Coming Down #Fifteen

Carl Wilson ponders the longevity of Weird Al Yankovic, West Coast trumpet legend Bobby Bradford shrugs off missing Ornette's "Free Jazz" sessions, and Robert Christgau debuts at Billboard -- Odyshape rounds up worthy reads of the week.

Tune In For What

Tune In For What

In which Nicky Heisenberg talks music videos, one of his many pop history blind spots. 

Listening Notes, Ultra-Brief     (Pt. 138)

Listening Notes, Ultra-Brief (Pt. 138)

Søren Kjærgaard and Andrew Cyrille mesh perfectly, while the Brian Groder Trio look at Archie Shepp looking at Bird. Plus the great Bobby Hutcherson returns to Blue Note, in the latest jazz roundup from Jason Gubbels.

Ghetto Kids and Zulu Queens

Ghetto Kids and Zulu Queens

In which Cam Bell imagines a Ugandan third-grader as the reincarnation of first generation rap royalty Lisa Lee.

Sunday Morning Coming Down #Fourteen

Sunday Morning Coming Down #Fourteen

Streaming wars, Merge records, and farewells to the great Charlie Haden -- all inside this week's round-up of essential web reading from Odyshape.

Definitely Oasis

Definitely Oasis

Lucas Fagen says definitely sure to the 20th Anniversary reissue of Oasis' Britpop landmark Definitely Maybe.