Artists to Love: Rage Against the Machine

A band willing to point fingers at any cracks in the narrative…

I couldn’t imagine living in 1992.

It was the year Bill Clinton took office, Hurricane Andrew devastated Miami, and Aladdin was released. It was also a time when Nirvana, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Vanilla Ice, and Rage Against the Machine existed in the same musical sphere.

Kinda weird, right? Franz Ferdinand also got assassinated that year — Feel old yet? #90skids.

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Top 10 Albums of 2018 🎉

Looking back on this year’s greatest musical triumphs…

Recently, a friend of mine said that 2018 wasn’t that great of a year for music and I’m gonna have to respectfully disagree.

This year has been almost as good as 2015 was for music. That was the year we were blessed with To Pimp a Butterfly and Currents and Teens of Style and I Love You Honeybear and DS2. This year was full of rather unique additions to the musical canon and to many artists’ discographies. Without boring anyone with a list longer than their battery life, I’ll divulge into my top ten and defend my picks in the hopes that I can persuade you to hear them out:

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Albums to Love: Let it Be by The Replacements (1984)

A cathartic masterpiece from a group of misfits…

Growing up, there were two albums called Let It Be that changed my life. The Beatles’ “final” record and The Replacements’ criminally under-praised one of the same name.

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Artists to Love: Hüsker Dü

Why this legendary Minneapolis band should be in everyone’s library…

The first time I ever heard of Hüsker Dü was on some VH1 special where they and fellow Minneapolis legends The Replacements were cited as influences by Green Day.

As an angsty 16-year-old, I was naturally fiending for punk music. At that point in time, I had a ways to go before I really got into it, but this felt like the right first step. I loved Green Day and wanted to hear more bands that sounded like them, so I searched up “Don’t Wanna Know If You Are Lonely” online, and my ears weren’t quite the same.

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Song Diaries: Best I Ever Had by Drake​ (2008)

In which Drake makes for an unexpected wingman.

Song Diaries looks back on songs and the memories they carry for the writer.

If you ask someone for the first thing that comes to mind when you say the name “Drake”, you’ll evoke a different reaction from every single person. Though, in this day and age, you may be hard-pressed to find someone who actually doesn’t know who he is. If you say the name “Drake” to me, though, one memory, in particular, comes to mind.

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