Category: Columns

SideTracked: Best of 2010-2018

The end of the year is an exciting time for music journalists, especially when it’s the end of the decade. 2019 is winding down, and every publication’s agenda is dominated by determining which albums will stand among the best of the 10s. SideTracked is doing the same. This list features my favorite album each year… Read more »

SideTracked: Any reason to call it quits – DEATH STRANDING: Timefall

Hideo Kojima is among the most important video game personalities in the world, mostly due to his revolutionary “Metal Gear” series which features a near-indecipherable plot centered around beefy soldiers, giant robots and existential and political conspiracies.  Imagine my surprise when I opened the soundtrack to his new game, “Death Stranding,” and saw that the… Read more »

Snap Reactions: Earl Sweatshirt, Westside Gunn, Nas

by Chance Chamberlain Snap Reactions is a column where two new albums and one classic album will be reviewed briefly after just one listen through. This provides instant thoughts and feelings that are often lost with multiple listens of an album. This week’s releases are Earl Sweatshirt’s FEET OF CLAY and Westside Gunn’s Hitler Wears… Read more »

SideTracked: Say with certainty – Reviewing Swans’ 15th album

leaving meaning. – Swans Released 10/25/2019 – Young God Records Genres: Experimental Rock/Gothic Country/Post-Rock/Avant-Folk The new Swans album is an hour and a half long meditation on existence. As the name suggests, “leaving meaning.” deals heavily with the absurd—from questioning our reality in “Annaline” to the dizzying dichotomies delivered on its title track. It’s also… Read more »

SideTracked: Definitely a departure – Kanye’s ninth LP

The culture is conflicted on Kanye’s newest project. The record has received a large amount of critical backlash, with Consequence of Sound giving the record an F, their second-lowest possible score. Their writer’s manual claims an album receiving this rating is “proof that there is no God”—funny, given this review is over Kanye’s first attempt… Read more »

How Does One Handle Hardships?

Tires squealing. Black top glistening. The truck spun out of control and before I know it, the world is spinning. Blood stained hands, shaky breath, tear-filled eyes, and no way to get to school…but I was going to be okay. Screaming in the household. Hateful words that cannot be unspoken. I was running out into… Read more »

SideTracked: Ethically sourced pop punk

Editor’s Note: This column will deal lightly with allegations of sexual misconduct. I don’t believe in guilty pleasures. The idea you can love a song privately and then be ashamed of it in public is wild to me. Either something is good and you stand by it or it isn’t and you don’t. Despite this… Read more »

SideTracked: Rating Pitchfork’s ratings

We’re closing in on the end of the year, and the end of the decade. It’s the time of year when every entertainment publication is devoting all of their resources to tell their readers the best X things in the last Y years. I intend to do the same, but I’m holding out for a… Read more »