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Stream Wars 3: Return of the Delivery Guy

Stream Wars 3: Return of the Delivery Guy

How much of your time I need: 4 minutes This article originally appeared in The Florida Basement, a Gainesville-based music blog. Amazon has been rolling out some fresh features lately. I have been taking full advantage of Prime Reading, which unleashes a cornucopia of classic and more modern titles, plus self-help materials, for your unending pleasure. But books are hardly the focus here at *boom* *pow* *fourth wall* The Florida Basement. Recently we’ve seen a far more intriguing development from the Goliath of delivery, one that puts into perspective…

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Sunlit Youth and a Fading Sound: Local Natives Third Album Disappoints Just a Little

Sunlit Youth and a Fading Sound: Local Natives Third Album Disappoints Just a Little

How much of your time I need: 4 minutes This article originally appeared in The Florida Basement, the former Swamp Records Gainesville-based blog. Since writing, I’ve seen Local Natives in concert and I can confirm they were absolutely amazing. I cried when they played “Airplanes,” pretty lame but just so awesome. I love Local Natives. I first listened to them on a lazy, cool Pennsylvania night on the rooftop of a friend’s house I was visiting. I had just flown to Dulles before getting bumped off a flight to…

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What Makes a Presidential Playlist Good?

What Makes a Presidential Playlist Good?

How much of your time I need: 6 minutes This article originally appeared in The Florida Basement, the former Swamp Records Gainesville-based blog. Since writing, actually not a whole helluva lot has changed, even though everything has. Last month the big man on campus, Barry O, released his official summer playlist, which includes several tracks I would consider off the beaten path. I’ve listened to President Obama’s playlist as well as the two frontrunners of the election, D Daddy Trump and Hilldawg, in an attempt to discern the underlying…

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Cudderisback?

Cudderisback?

How much of your time I need: 4 minutes This article originally appeared in The Florida Basement, the former Swamp Records Gainesville-based blog. Since writing, Kid Cudi released Passion, Pain, & Demon Slayin’. Recently we have been blessed with a Travis Scott album. I say blessed, but I’ll be upfront. I wasn’t much of a fan before I acquired my copy of Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight. Travis Scott does an excellent job delivering a highly anticipated album, and has refined his craft into a marketable sound. I…

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Stream Wars 2: Revenge of the Beat

Stream Wars 2: Revenge of the Beat

How much of your time I need: 3 minutes This article originally appeared in The Florida Basement, the former Swamp Records Gainesville-based blog. In February of this year an article was published where I evaluated the growing influence of streaming companies on the music industry, particularly distribution. This came on the heels of Kanye West’s The Life of Pablo, which was initially released only on Jay Z’s Tidal service, and it appears that since then many other artists have taken West’s move to heart. And no, we’re not talking…

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