MY PERSONAL BEST OF 2013 VIA THE PAZZ & JOP BALLOT I JUST SENT IN AND STICKY NOTES I KEPT ON MY DESKTOP YEAR-ROUND, WITH THE OCCASIONAL LINK TO WHATEVER I WROTE ABOUT SAID MUSIC (WHERE APPLICABLE) AND/OR THE MUSIC ITSELF
ALBUMS
1. Kelela, Cut 4 Me (Fade to Mind) [context: my 2011 piece on Night Slugs]
2. Beyoncé, Beyoncé (Parkwood) 
3. La Insuperable, La Mami del Swagger (Complot)
4. Kanye West, Yeezus (GOOD Music) 
5. Spooky, Ghost House Dubz v. 1 & 2 (Ghost House) [no writing on it yet but here’s the standout single]
6. Beat Making Lab, No Puede Conmigo (Beat Making Lab)
7. MIA, Matangi (NEET)
8. Ty$, Beach House 2 (mixtape) 
9. Ian Isiah, The Love Champion (UNO NYC) [restream my radio show from Nov 2012 when Ian was my guest/debuted some songs, I interviewed him, and we gushed over inc. the band]
10. Selena Gomez, Stars Dance (some major label) 
SONGS
1. Beyonce, “Flawless" 
2. Kingdom f. Kelela, “Bank Head" 
3. Amara La Negra, “Poron Pom Pom” 
4. Ellie Goulding, “You My Everything" 
5. El Alfa, “Yo Lo Que Vine A Da Mambo”
6. JME, “If You Don’t Know”
7. Tigga Calore, “B.E.A.D.S.”
8. Janelle Monáe f. Erykah Badu, “Q.U.E.E.N.”
9. Bashy, “These Are the Songs”
10. Sky Ferreira, “You’re Not The One” [I WROTE A THING FOR ROLLING STONE THAT IS NOT ONLINE OK BYE]

MY PERSONAL BEST OF 2013 VIA THE PAZZ & JOP BALLOT I JUST SENT IN AND STICKY NOTES I KEPT ON MY DESKTOP YEAR-ROUND, WITH THE OCCASIONAL LINK TO WHATEVER I WROTE ABOUT SAID MUSIC (WHERE APPLICABLE) AND/OR THE MUSIC ITSELF

ALBUMS

1. Kelela, Cut 4 Me (Fade to Mind) [context: my 2011 piece on Night Slugs]

2. Beyoncé, Beyoncé (Parkwood) 

3. La Insuperable, La Mami del Swagger (Complot)

4. Kanye West, Yeezus (GOOD Music) 

5. Spooky, Ghost House Dubz v. 1 & 2 (Ghost House) [no writing on it yet but here’s the standout single]

6. Beat Making Lab, No Puede Conmigo (Beat Making Lab)

7. MIA, Matangi (NEET)

8. Ty$, Beach House 2 (mixtape) 

9. Ian Isiah, The Love Champion (UNO NYC) [restream my radio show from Nov 2012 when Ian was my guest/debuted some songs, I interviewed him, and we gushed over inc. the band]

10. Selena Gomez, Stars Dance (some major label) 

SONGS

1. Beyonce, “Flawless

2. Kingdom f. Kelela, “Bank Head

3. Amara La Negra, “Poron Pom Pom” 

4. Ellie Goulding, “You My Everything

5. El Alfa, “Yo Lo Que Vine A Da Mambo

6. JME, “If You Don’t Know

7. Tigga Calore, “B.E.A.D.S.”

8. Janelle Monáe f. Erykah Badu, “Q.U.E.E.N.”

9. Bashy, “These Are the Songs

10. Sky Ferreira, “You’re Not The One” [I WROTE A THING FOR ROLLING STONE THAT IS NOT ONLINE OK BYE]

chrianna

chrianna:

ASAP Rocky - Fashion Killa (starring Rihanna) HQ

In mid-August, a British friend of mine said he had been asked to fly from London to New York for one day, in order to deliver a one-of-a-kind, fur Dolce & Gabbana dress that would be worn by Rihanna in the “Fashion Killa” video shoot. He declined—he told me this as we were drinking beer on the dancefloor at a Swedish warehouse party, feting our “holiday,” which for us, as writers, was also “work”—but it clearly happened, because a gown of that nature must not travel unaccompanied. I have been waiting patiently for this video since, and though I totally did not expect it to be so boring, I guess as a song expressing how well your girl dresses, it is as effective as it needs to be—the banality of the bourgeoisie. I find it especially fitting (and hilarious) that they take a twilight stroll right by the distinct fencing of 40 Bond, the fancy NoHo apartment building where the Olsen twins lived until recently. #THEROW. 40 Bond was designed by Swiss architects Herzog and de Meuron, which I am sure was taken into consideration since this video was directed by Virgil Abloh, Kanye’s art director. #jiggy

wlderness
Sad to say, the only time I ever saw Romanthony was here (I wrote that, too). It was pretty empty, and I remember his set being disappointing because he was playing all new tech house (I think? it was years ago) and I wanted him to play the old shit but obviously, why would he, it wasn’t 1998 it was 2009. Anyway… I’m tired of reading that Romanthony was just the Daft Punk dude, I could give a fuck about 2013 Daft Punk frankly (that new single is boring as shit, still haven’t listened to the new album because the new single was so ZZZZ/not progressive in relation to the same shit they made 8 years ago). Anyway, Romanthony was a genius before and after Daft Punk. 

Sad to say, the only time I ever saw Romanthony was here (I wrote that, too). It was pretty empty, and I remember his set being disappointing because he was playing all new tech house (I think? it was years ago) and I wanted him to play the old shit but obviously, why would he, it wasn’t 1998 it was 2009. Anyway… I’m tired of reading that Romanthony was just the Daft Punk dude, I could give a fuck about 2013 Daft Punk frankly (that new single is boring as shit, still haven’t listened to the new album because the new single was so ZZZZ/not progressive in relation to the same shit they made 8 years ago). Anyway, Romanthony was a genius before and after Daft Punk.