Andrew and “Purpose” by Justin Bieber

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I grew up with positive messages left and right. I ate that shit up. Good stuff—fuck the bad guy! I do not know if this is universal, but the children I went to elementary school with did not agree with this. We tended to butt heads, as kids with newly-found constructions of rivalry are wont to do. It is worth saying that I was self-righteous and I liked telling people what to do a lot and hated when people tried that nonsense on me, so when Mark recommended me Limp Bizkit’s Significant Other, I stared, asking both him and myself “why?” Seven years old and here I was confronting the idea of confronting language, disrespect, and hooliganism on a scale that would most definitely change the course of my life. I still have not heard that Limp Bizkit record in full, but it was the first thing that came to mind around hitting the fifth song of Purpose.

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Stephen Vs. “I Ain’t Around Much” by Frog Eyes

Even at my most faithful, I never really could deal with Yahweh, Abraham and Isaac. It was always one of the hardest Sunday school stories to swallow. Why would a God make a test so extreme? Satan was allowed to torment Job, but that was, at worst, negligence. Not nearly as troubling as the source of all goodness personally abusing an old man Himself, like some child playing with the lives of His toy soldiers. Worse than the Problem of Evil: the Problem of Love! How are we allowed to connect with each other when we know that we always have to come apart?

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John and “a toothpaste suburb” by milo

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Best Songs of 2014

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Tracklist below.

Oneohtrix Point Never- Meet Your Creator
Gobby – Gnargoyle
Full of Hell & Merzbow – Gordian Knot
Carla Bozulich – One Hard Man
Nmesh – If I Tell You That I’m Happy
Taso – Drop That Thang
Spooky Black – Without U
Nicki Minaj – Yasss Bish
Herve & Zebra Katz – Tear The House Up
Jeremiah Jae – Good Times
QUAD – 2 Lbs of Sad
milo – ought implies can and i cannot
Kevin Gates – Movie
Sophie – Hard
Ariana Grande – Be My Baby
Pregnant – Courageous Act
Anne Guthrie – Branching Low and Spreading
Antwon f/ Lil Ugly Mane – Rain Song
B L A C K I E – Wings Blocking Out The Sun (clip)

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He Won’t Eat The Butt: Our 2014 Album of the Year Spectacular

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Four boys enter, one album leaves. We all died in the recording of this podcast. These are the last awards that will ever. RIP the FOWRY game.

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Here’s the rest of the 2014 FOWRies

This semester ended up being WAY, WAY harder than I anticipated going in, so I haven’t had time to write blurbs. Here are the rest of the award winnners with personal picks noted. Podcast up Sunday 10AMPST, Mixtape up at 4PM. Continue reading

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Breakthrough of 2014

There was plenty to be surprised by last year. Last year seemed overflowing with weird genre-pushing art and new takes on still new sounds. There’s Nima and Giant Claw’s distorted vaporwave-esque takes. Gobby pushed in weird, weird directions while keeping it recognizable. Ratking emerged with a tremendous joy of lyricism and making rhymes especially. GOD took new trends in trap and drill and threaded through them with incredible theming and storytelling. Last, Gazelle Twin set off a body horror brainbomb in electronica. There’s plenty to choose from. Continue reading

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