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Music Review: Garden of Delete by Oneohtrix Point Never

Wednesday, December 9, 2015 by Hunter Johns Over the past two or so weeks, I’ve been listening to Garden of Delete, the latest release by Daniel Lopatin under his Oneohtrix Point Never moniker. Garden of Delete follows 2013’s R Plus Seven, Lopatin’s debut on venerable British independent label Warp. Lopatin’s latest is alternately sparse and … Continue reading »

Music Op-Ed: Vince Staples, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and White Hip-Hop Fans

September 30, 2015 by Hunter Johns The white guy who likes hip hop. It’s been a comedy bit since the 90s, and it continues to this day. There’s “white rap,” and there’s “black rap,” and the two are not necessarily enjoyed their stated audiences. Through reddit, Tumblr, and Twitter, fans of all color have unprecedented … Continue reading »

Music Op-Ed: A Roundabout Review of Dylan Gardner’s Adventures In Real Time

Monday, March 2, 2015 by Hunter Johns A wise AP music theory teacher recently related to me the thesis of Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell’s book on success. The gist of it went that no creative person ever makes anything truly masterful until they have put in about ten thousand hours of work. The theory, as told … Continue reading »

Album Review: Under Pressure by Logic

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 by Hunter Johns In the red corner: Maryland rapper Logic’s recent release Under Pressure. The record is Logic’s major label debut, on Def Jam no less. Logic has spent much of his career thus far in relative obscurity, at least as far as mainstream hip-hop is concerned; Under Pressure is Logic’s … Continue reading »

Album Review: “1989” by Taylor Swift

Friday, November 14, 2014 by Hunter Johns When I was about three or four, my favorite album was NSYNC’s No Strings Attached. My parents would put it on and I’d dance like a fool, not yet fully aware of my surroundings or how people perceived me. There was something in NSYNC’s music that meant a … Continue reading »

Album Review: “Pink Palms” by The Bots

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 by Hunter Johns Will music about teenage boredom ever become irrelevant? In the wrong hands, sure it would. Had I been alive in the 90s, I would probably have become bored with the enormous catalog of songs dealing with boredom and the people feeling it. In truth, I don’t think the … Continue reading »

Recap: Chance the Rapper performs at Skidmore

Editor’s note: The album review is off this week, and instead we bring you a recap from Chance the Rapper’s recent show at Skidmore College. Tuesday, October 14, 2014 by Hunter Johns On Saturday, rising star Chance the Rapper made his first appearance at the Williamson Gymnasium at Skidmore College. The concert was originally only … Continue reading »

Academic Team picks new members

October 9, 2014 by Serena Egan After two rounds of tryouts, the Saratoga Academic Team has picked its 2014-2015 A and B teams. Led by captain Jonah Cohen, the A team is rounded out by Ben Jacob, Adam Willman, Tom Glozman, Davawn Hartz, Aaron Sterngass, Hunter Johns, and Christian Beitzel. The B team includes Emily … Continue reading »

Album Review: “You’re Dead” by Flying Lotus

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 by Hunter Johns “You’re Dead!” starts with the “BANG” of bells and the drone of a canned orchestra. For a while it seems like Flying Lotus, whose album this is, doesn’t know what this record will sound like. Will it be the relative minimalism of his last project, 2012’s “When the … Continue reading »

Album Review: “This is All Yours” by alt-J

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 by Hunter Johns In my station of life, I’m hardly ever truly scared of anything. Maybe a loud noise at night brings back a childhood fear of the dark, or, god forbid, I can’t find my phone; for the most part, I lead a blessedly safe life. alt-J, however, scares the … Continue reading »

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