Today's Obsession: Robyn's "Indestructible"

I have these crazy bouts of pop OCD which drive my boyfriend frakking nuts; I end up with a single track on repeat play all day for weeks. (He made me buy headphones.) My current freakout is over Robyn’s most …

Today's Obsession: What Jobs Didn't Say

Today in eyerolling news, iTunes’ interface has been totally redesigned yet again, after being totally redesigned in version 9 a year ago. The good news is it’s a bit more bearable to look at now; icons are dimmer and sapped …

Today’s Obsession: Chicago by Efdemin

Released earlier in July, Efdemin’s Chicago is a dense piece of electronic dance that is an amazing work soundtrack. It’s a big, conflicted piece of composition, one referring to a vast city’s many boroughs and neighborhoods, easily reflected in Chicago’s …

Jim Houser Gets Musical

People who walk into one of Philadelphia artist Jim Houser’s shows often find his small paintings and sculptures so carefully grouped and installed that they just want to move in. In recent years, Houser has incorporated his music into his …

Today's Obsession: from Nickelback to Bickelnack

Sooooooo, one of my guilty pleasures is Nickelback. Since I’m from Tennessee, whiskey-soaked stripper rock made for cranking to eleven so you can adequately punch some dude’s teeth down his throat is a natural choice for my soundtrack. It’s complete …

Today's Obsession: PianoImpro

PianoImpro is my new favorite proof of real authorial creativity in the endless stream of online information. It’s a Tumblr account owned and run by a musician who creates improvisational pieces upon request, records them, and posts them, then sells …

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

As a nine-year old, I received my first hip-hop cassette tape, “On the Rap Tip,” as holiday gift from my mother. (My second cassette was a bootleg of 2 Live Crew I stole from my older sister!). I was a …