In a life of late nights, long tours, brown liquor, and empty pockets, it’s difficult to hang onto any conventional sense of normality. The transience of this feeble balance is intensified when combined with the trials of quarter life restlessness, encounters of new competition in a relentlessly developing industry, and a constant struggle to maintain wholesome relationships with friends and family amid the chaos of it all. This, however, is just a slice in the life of The Autonomics‘ Dan Pantenburg. It’s not all turbulence though, as I found out while sitting down with the front man last week to discuss these and a slew of other subjects, not excluding The Beach Boys, dinosaurs, and of course, The Autonomics’ new album, Debt Sounds.
Happy hump day, music world! We’re in an especially groovy mood today, so obviously we had to put together our favorite jams showcasing some of the best hip hop and R&B artists running the show these days. Dig in below for smooth stylings from Ivy Sole, Anderson Paak., Isaiah Rashad, Noname, Smino, and plenty more. Track order is pretty arbitrary, listen as is or hit that shuffle button to change it up.
If you think there’s anyone missing from this playlist, make yourself heard!
Well, another year has passed and it’s time for another year worth of music culture to be judged and dramatized. The Grammy’s have often displayed more gossip and scandal than grandeur sophistication, so this year we’ve decided to steer into the skid with an interactive drinking game! No matter the occasion, it’s always a good time to celebrate music and its effects on culture, and what a better way to do it than by getting a little tipsy (or a lot) on a Sunday night? Grab yourself a drink (or multiple) and check out the list below for an evening guaranteed to be packed with big wins, political nods, social justice praises, and of course, some great music. Continue reading “60th Annual GRAMMY Awards – The Drinking Game!”
Welcome to Part II! This is the second volume in a look back on the positive things that happened in a seemingly bad year across 2017. For a look at Part I of It Wasn’t All Bad!, click on over here. Continue reading “It Wasn’t All Bad! Part II – Going into 2018 remembering the brighter side of a bad year”
Hey music world! Today I’m touching on one of my favorite nerdy music topics ever, so you’re in for both a hell of an argument and a long-winded one. DEAL WITH IT.
News broke last week that Spotify is being sued by Wixen Music Publishing for distributing their clients’ content without a proper license. They are seeking damages in the form of $150,000 per song for over 10,000 songs, totaling to a whopping $1.6 billion. Read the links for more background if you need it. In the meantime, I’m gonna’ jump right into the nitty-gritty details of the case, and more specifically the holes I want to poke in it. Continue reading “Spotify Getting Sued for $1.6B – Why this is what’s ruining the music industry”
In a lot of ways, 2017 was a year of controversy, turmoil, destruction, and devastation. I don’t even need to add any links because I know you know what I’m talking about. Although there’s plenty of reason to drag your feet and hang your head as you enter a new year after one that brought pain almost every week, there were also plenty of events that redeemed society through encouraging acts of kindness, rising star power, and positive social change, and these were also exhibited in various ways through music. Today we’re focusing on the fuller half of the glass and reflecting on the great music events that lit up the stage instead of the land.
While there were some major events that brought people together and took the big issues of the day head-on, others were simply there to provide some small form of escapist joy in this recurringly depressing world, and we can use all these examples to spring ourselves forward into a better 2018. Scroll below and take a look through the year of hilarious stage antics, huge wins for underdogs, and more. Continue reading “It Wasn’t All Bad! Part I – Going into 2018 remembering the brighter side of a bad year”
Among the massive hoard of amazing albums that came out this year, more than a few stood out as noteworthy mentions. In a year packed with releases from industry veterans and up-and-comers alike, below is a handful of Coma’s top picks for 2017 releases (in no particular order that has anything to do with rank). Continue reading “2017 Album Releases – Coma Collective’s Notable Picks”