For the Record: The Life of Pablo

By Harper Whitt

March 9, 2016


Filed under Arts & Academics

The somewhat erratic release of The Life of Pablo has proven such an utter whirlwind that Kanye West might actually still be scribbling in some last-minute changes to the record as it slowly infiltrates pop culture. From the spontaneous private listening party at Madison Square Garden to his bemusing appear...

For the Record: Snarky Puppy Family Dinner Vol. 1

By Devin McGrath-Conwell

March 2, 2016


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In the mind of bandleader Michael League, Snarky Puppy was born out of a passion for jazz. League studied the form and started the band of like-minded musicians at the University of North Texas. The band later transplanted to a base of operations in Brooklyn, N. Y., and has grown in both members and...

For the Record: To Pimp a Butterfly

By Aesop Mulligan

February 17, 2016


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Kendrick Lamar’s masterwork To Pimp A Butterfly was not recognized as Album of the Year because the art he creates is far too bold to be contained within the safe and comfortable world of “mainstream music,” and the Grammy committee simply does not know how to handle that. In one regard, it is ...

For The Record: Blackstar

By Devin McGrath-Conwell

January 20, 2016


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Ziggy Stardust, The Thin White Duke, Aladdin Sane, Nikola Tesla and a Goblin King. These are a mere glimpse of the faces and bodies with which David Bowie entranced the world. From the moment he fell to earth until he rocketed beyond all of us last week, he had the courage to be anyone he imagined. We...

For the Record: Hamilton-An American Musical

By Devin McGrath-Conwell

December 2, 2015


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In 2009, Lin-Manuel Miranda read Ron Chernow’s biography of Alexander Hamilton and was inspired deeply by his story. A few months later he read what he called Hamilton Mixtape at the White House Evening of Poetry, Music and the Spoken Word accompanied by Alex Lacamoire. Miranda was fascinated with the...

For the Record: A Wolf in The Doorway

By Devin McGrath-Conwell

October 21, 2015


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A debut album is an unpredictable beast. With a multitude of talented musical acts vying for the limited attention span of the public audience, it becomes an undertaking to make an original musical statement that can project itself above the cacophony of the airwaves. A Wolf in the Doorway marks a stando...

For The Record: Nostalgia

By Devin McGrath-Conwell

September 30, 2015


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When the name Annie Lennox is mentioned in conversation, it invariably leads to someone providing their perceived best take on “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This),” which no one had asked for. When Eurythmics released their second album in 1983, which shares its name with the song, the soaring and haunting...

For The Record: Glass Houses

By Devin McGrath-Conwell

April 29, 2015


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In 1980, Billy Joel was established as a global superstar in the music world. He had released a string of remarkably successful albums, starting with 1976’s Turnstiles, which brought him well into the public eye with anthems such as “New York State of Mind.” This popularity exploded the next yea...

For the Record: Balls

By Devin McGrath-Conwell

April 8, 2015


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There are some names that, when you hear them spoken, just seem to to be made for music. They have a memorable ring that keeps them floating around in your head until you hear it spoken again. The trick for any artist is crafting songs that are equally as memorable as their name. For me, one of the artists...

For the Record: Lullaby And… The Ceaseless Roar

By Devin McGrath-Conwell

March 4, 2015


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Forty-six years ago, an unknown four-man rock band out of London cut and released their eponymous debut album. Thirty-eight years later and one member down, they played what is widely believed to be their final show in 2006 to a crowd of eighteen thousand lucky fans out of the twenty million that applied....

For the Record: Caustic Love by Paolo Nutini

By Leah Lavigne

January 14, 2015


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In an era when artists – especially young artists – are increasingly dependent on the success of formulaic three-and-a-half minute singles to spark their careers, and the tops of the popular music charts are filled with musicians like Taylor Swift who make carefully crafted business choices that...

For the Record: Summer Review

By Chad Clemens

September 17, 2014


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This past summer, I was fortunate enough to be paid to spend exorbitant amounts of time listening to music – along with more logistical responsibilities – here at WRMC, Middlebury College’s student-run radio station. Aside from getting a hold of the biggest releases in the college radio world,...

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