June 14: 2:54, self-titled. British sister girls make moody sex rock.
June 14: NXNE cancels rap showcase. First honest-to-god news story I’ve written since j-school. Called up popo and everything.
June 28: El-P, Cancer For Cure. Good comeback record. Same angry El-P, more precise aim. Saw him with Killer Mike a few weeks after.
June 28: 88 Days of Fortune feature. Some good people throwing inclusive, performance-oriented parties and providing a safe space.
July 5: Big K.R.I.T., Live From The Underground. A generous, humble statement record.
July 5: Fiona Apple @ Sound Academy. I was going through some shit this night; turns out Fiona Apple will lose her sense of decorum so you don’t have to.
July 12: Joey Bada$$, 1999. Pop rap might be in fashion, but it’s good to see some new kids pop up who can seriously spit.
July 17: Spoek Mathambo @ Drake Underground. Way more of a laptop nerd show than I expected from this guy.
July 18: Q+A Jonwayne. For the nerds. “Visually, I feel like all my music incorporates some shade of purple.”
July 19: Emeli Sande feature. Interviewed this chick back in April, when she came to town to do a media preview/showcase. They’re pushing her hard but she has a beautiful voice and is kind of a thick chick, so you know I’m about it.
July 19: Zaki Ibrahim, Every Opposite. Without a doubt this is going to be one of my favourite records of the year.
July 19: Nas, Life Is Good. Nasir is in very good form. No I.D. + Salaam Remi know how to bring him to life.
July 22: Best Coast @ the Phoenix. Literally went to hear her do one song. Show was alright, but it made me sad how whatever the new stuff is considering how much I loved Crazy For You.
July 26: Angel Haze, Reservation EP. Finally. I’d listened to Haze but nothing ever stuck, until this. “New York” is a beast.