Heroes Eventually Die: Lauryn Hill and “Us”

“Even the sun goes down, heroes eventually die Horoscopes often lie and sometimes “y” Nothin’ is for sure, nothin’ is for certain, nothin’ lasts forever But until they close the curtain it’s him & I Aquemini..” — Outkast excerpted from Aquemini To worship Lauryn Hill is to miss the point entirely. The impulse to glorify her … Continue reading

The Triumph of James Blake

“All I know about music is that not many people hear it. And even then, on the rare occasion when something opens within, and the music enters, what we mainly hear, or hear corroborated, are personal, private, vanishing evocations. But the man who creates the music is hearing something else, is dealing with the roar rising … Continue reading


Lykke Li — “Tonight” directed by Christian Haag in Stockholm via Stereogum

This Charming Mixtape

DOWNLOAD: Theophilus London — This Charming Mixtape In the meantime, check out footage of Theophilus, MeLo-X, Mickey Factz and more @ SOBs: Sidebar: Did you peep that curt@!n$ and I have matching vintage Chanel jackets?

The Youth Are Starting To Change

I have to post MGMT’s latest music video release to “The Youth” directed by Eric Wareheim simply because as creepy and nostalgic as it is, I think it’s quite clever and well done. I would love to know who these four kids are and where they learned to dance. It reminds me of a quote … Continue reading

“It Would Behoove You”

I refuse to push DiCaprio’s “non-partisan” PSA to encourage “young America” to vote. It’s silly, condescending, and just plain stupid. Also, an uninteresting collection of celebrities. Also, you know me, I’m not about “non-partisan” anything. I know I’m largely alone on that tip but c’mon y’all it’s no time for diplomacy this close to November … Continue reading

Hollywood Moon Tour: Where’s Cudi?

I just walked in the door from the Hollywood Moon show (tonight marked the last tour stop) and yes, this is the closest I’ll ever come to “live blogging” (it conveniently helps ride out the buzz). My sister Nati and I came with absolutely no expectations (which I’m convinced is the only way to approach … Continue reading

FELA!: A Plea From ?uestlove

Ever since I joined twitter (48 hours ago), ?uestlove has been breaking me off non-stop with new shit from the unreleased Lauryn Hill joint to the subject matter at hand: FELA! Off-Broadway. For the record, y’all should join twitter and add me (my username is: isanaka) because it’s actually mad addictive and fun for no … Continue reading