Pull out your wallet or open a torrent?

Over the past few decades, the audiophile scene has experienced a vast change in musical mediums. While this seems to be more of an accumulation than a strict timeline, there still exists a conveyor belt of new technology. We begin with the turntable and vinyl records. After decades of dealing with scratches, cracks, faulty needles,…
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Concert Review: Waka Flocka Flame @ High Dive (February 16th, Gainesville)

First and foremost, I feel obligated to tell you, dear reader, that I am not really a Waka Flocka Flame enthusiast. I live in a brick house, my housemates self-identify as the “Bricksquad,” and as a result his music is often blasted ad nasueam before we go out. Consequentially, I’ve become an extremely unceremonious fan…
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Tear Down This Hall

Stereogum recently reported on the addition of N.W.A, the rap group of Compton fame, into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, an institution as dated as its name suggests. No longer does the Hall receive grace from acts of just rock and roll, but is slowly metamorphosing into a general genre library. Additions such as Bob…
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Ambivalent Dance Music- A Review of “Why Make Sense?”

Why Make Sense? is a dance record, no question about it. But it feels at times like its unsure of whether it wants to be one at all; perhaps it’s because “dance” and “popular” music are in many circles considered to be composed of the same makeup and sometimes troublesome associative characteristics: vacuous, empty, fun,…
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Passion Pitfall- A Review of Kindred

Passion Pit frontman Michael Angelakos has come a long way since Chunk of Change. The EP that he had made originally for his girlfriend on Valentine’s Day serves as an “indietronica” relic for fans everywhere. The EP did a fantastic job of highlighting Angelakos’s coy, yet clever lyrical wordplay, while also letting him show off…
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Interview: San Holo

Despite only recently brushing with success, Dutch producer San Holo has already reached higher heights than many longtime producers. Since making a splash with his remix of the Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg classic “The Next Episode” in 2014, Holo has put out a slew of releases on several labels, with Spinnin’ Records, Skrillex’s OWSLA,…
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Showcase Spotlight: SALES

SALES, an independent Florida-based duo, is “v” special – band members Lauren Morgan and Jordan Shih already have several self-releases under their belt (2014 EP “SALES” and new singles,ivy and jamz), and have been named the “Ones to Watch” by The Hype Machine. Swamp Records agrees, and we had the opportunity to interview Lauren, SALES’…
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Showcase Spotlight: The Savants of Soul

The Savants of Soul describes themselves as, “a 10-piece Motown Soul band built on a foundation of blues, soul, jazz, rock ’n’roll, punk and ska.  They’ve gained a large following, cramming dance floors with their kinetic energy and theatrical live shows. Since the group’s inception, The Savants of Soul has shared the stage with acts…
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Showcase Spotlight: Flat Land

In preparation for Swamp Record Showcase I had the pleasure to sit down and talk with two members of Gainesville’s only “cosmifunkpop” band, Flat Land. Lead vocalist and violinist, Fae Nageon de Lestang, and drummer, Grant McLeod gave me a run down of what they have been up to and where they’re going. Flat Land…
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Drake (probably) Cries During Auto-fellatio

Before I share my thoughts on fellow Jewish youth Aubrey Drake Graham, I feel it’s necessary to make my framework (or rather, my first of many criticisms) clear. When I use the name “Drake,” I’m not only referring to the white, college educated, businessmen that tell Mr. Graham what to say and how to behave…
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