On the Record: Mellowhype, Jay-Z & More

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By Bill Chenevert
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Watch The Throne

(Def Jam)

Sounds Like: The two most powerful (richest) men in hip-hop team up for a full-blown duet with fancy (expensive) samples, rabid flow and edgy takes on blackness.

Free Association: From “My Adidas” to my Margiela jacket—OK, you rich with taste! 

For Fans Of: Guests Beyoncé, Frank Ocean and Otis Redding; hype.

Mason Jennings


(Stats and Brackets)

Sounds Like: The singer/songwriter fled to the Twin Cities to start his career in the late ’90s; this is a pleasant, wistful and easy-listening trip back to where it all began.

Free Association: Talented for sure, but he’s lost some punchiness he had as a youth.

For Fans Of: Beck x Ben Kweller + Wilco, a midwestern/more talented Jack Johnson.


Father, Son, Holy Ghost

(True Panther/Matador)

Sounds Like: The S.F. duo of JR White and Chris Owens killed it on their druggy, ethereal debut, Album; here’s their 
nuanced, less annoying sophomore.

Free Association: Owens was a Child of God, so he’s bursting with catch-up creativity.

For Fans Of: Spiritualized/Holy Shit!, Ariel Pink x Surfer Blood, productive hippies.

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1. Anonymous said... on Aug 24, 2011 at 01:21PM

“I've seen Milagres live a few times, and have always been impressed. A quick correction, though: Glowing Mouth isn't Milagres' debut album. (They released an EP and LP under their previous band name, The Secret Life of Sofia.) That's why they sound mature!”


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