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#KickingtheCanon by Joe Biglin Music

The Pharcyde | Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde

August 6, 2019

The West Coast has always been a boon for launching rap oddities; today, it’s brought us Lil B and Blueface, and in the ’90s, Cypress Hill, E-40, and The Pharcyde. Pharcyde made the perfect counterpoint to the rising (and often bleak) gangster sub-genre, portraying themselves as the endlessly clowning stoner-kids-from-class on their 1992 debut, Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde.…

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#KickingtheCanon by Greg Cwik Music

Aphex Twin | Selected Ambient Works 85–92

Richard D. James’s debut altered the electronic music landscape, and remains a singular experience within the enigmatic musician’s oeuvre. Whereas the album’s follow-up, Selected Ambient Works II, is an oneiric, dreamy soundscape — harking back to Brian Eno with its euphoric swells and melancholic tones…

April 1, 2019
#KickingtheCanon by Greg Cwik Music

Pavement | Slanted and Enchanted

Pavement’s debut album, a sui generis cornucopia of fuzz-box riffs and unwonted lyrics, opens with the best song the band ever recorded, maybe the best debut single of the decade: a three-minute, lo-fi emission of buzzsaw guitar and Dadaist lyrics (“My eyes stick to…

January 20, 2019
#KickingtheCanon by Jonathan Keefe Music

Trisha Yearwood | Hearts in Armor

Her self-titled debut may have spawned four top-ten singles, but it was on Hearts in Armor that Trisha Yearwood properly announced herself as one of the finest country artists of her generation. Informed by the end of her first marriage, the album explores both the subtle and the…

January 23, 2015
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