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1995 was a monumental year for music, and not just because the Wu-Tang clan released Liquid Swords. It marked the beginning of the definitive voice in music, Pitchfork. That year, Ryan Schreiber launched the site from his humble basement in Minnesota with no inclination as to what it would eventually become. By 2006, the site was growing rapidly and gaining a reputation as a rising voice in the industry. 9 years later, the site was acquired by Condé Nast the multimedia mega-corporation responsible for some of the most well-known magazines and publications. Pitchfork would now be joining the likes of Vanity Fair, GQ, and The New Yorker, cementing itself as the most influential modern voice in the music industry. In the years since the Condé Nast buyout, Pitchfork’s reputation has changed, to say the least. Public perception of the site has taken a hit; many feel that it is not as fair as it was in the past and that their attention has shifted in a regressive direction. Readers often complain of seeing scores completely detached from the review accompanying it, or “best new music” selections that seem completely out of left field. Whether or not Pitchfork has changed may already be made up in the minds of the public, but is it true statistically? Has Pitchfork really changed since being purchased by Condé Nast, and if so how? In my research, I sought to answer this question and the intricacies surrounding it. …

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The year’s best in music from the likes of Megan Thee Stallion, Ichiko Aoba, Rina Sawayama, and so many more.

Digital and internet based artists are always seeking feedback on their work, but how does this feedback affect them? Is there a secret sauce that makes your feedback better? Or more likely to be used? Well I attempted to find out, sort of.

Crowdsourcing feedback has emerged in the past decade as a popular way for designers and businesses alike to receive broad reactions on products and ideas. Online communities and message boards have been quick to add feedback tabs and sections to capitalize on the possible advantages of crowdsourcing. There has been a fair amount of research done in this time around collecting online feedback, but the research has mostly been reserved for graphic design. The clothing section of design has been largely left in the dark in terms of scholarly research. …

I thought it might be fun to publish some of the poetry I worked on last year during school. None of this has been seen before, all of it is original, some of it I am proud of. This one is titled “thank you W.W.”

Brown, brittle pages float between my fingers

words from Whitman whisper along the pages

telling stories of nature and its wonders

His voice reverberates with ever intricate detail

the world around me comes alive with every breath

of mine

and of his

green leather grasps the words and warms my hands

the whispers cease as I close the doors on the outside world

dead trees leave my cradle for another

we’ll sojourn until the next study

until then I read the words of the world.

I thought it might be fun to publish some of the poetry I worked on last year during school. None of this has been seen before, all of it is original, some of it I am proud of. This one is untitled.

a Gate that always stays open

Trees that stay put and leaves that

change with the seasons

A downhill road that I have traveled before

with friends with lovers with family

the Bridge creaks and crones as I step across it t

he winding Path ahead that takes me exactly where I need to be

When I finish

the Bridge cries out once more upon my exit

the Road is now steep and tiresome the leaves have all fallen

and the Gate stays open

I thought it might be fun to publish some of the poetry I worked on last year during school. None of this has been seen before, all of it is original, some of it I am proud of. This one is called “Edisto.”

By quiet waves lapping the shore

Wind whispering sweet nothings into my ears they never cease

Because the soft sand between my toes

Because the shells I shift through to find treasure

Because the sky is the color I painted my room at nine

a soft color that reflects the calm waters

Because the rolling dunes fall over one…

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The pop superstar pivots once more to the most quiet and intimate release of her long career, for what is ultimately a mixed bag.

In 2020, the concert halls, clubs, and stadiums that are usually filled with screaming fans and touring artists sit empty, collecting dust. But the pause on tradition hasn’t stopped some of the biggest artists in music from releasing original material. Now it seems that the isolation of our new abnormal has inspired the biggest pop star on the planet to pivot entirely once again, in a poetic reversal, from pop star to indie singer-songwriter. Folklore marks Taylor Swift’s eighth studio album to date and and an all new direction for her as an artist. …

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Dua Lipa’s sophomore album delivers in some aspects, while failing to be truly inventive or boundary pushing.

Tap through a few Instagram stories and you’ll most likely see a bevy of Spotify shares of the new Dua Lipa album Future Nostalgia. After listening it’s no surprise why, Future Nostalgia is the kind of music everyone can get behind, the throwback instrumentals and non offensive vocals make for perfect playlist fodder. That’s not to dismiss the album entirely though, Dua Lipa’s commitment to the 80’s synth pop aesthetic both in sound and in looks is commendable. The use of these song styles makes for a much more enjoyable album than most mainstream pop in the 2010s. The best moments on Future Nostalgia come when these sounds are fully fleshed our like “Physical” and “Levitating”. The worst moments come when she disregards then 80s aesthetic for generic pop, which is exactly what happens on the penultimate song “Good In Bed.” The problems on this song extend past the instrumental though, the lyrics are painfully corny and fail to deliver the sexy tone they were written to achieve. …

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In 2019, some of music’s biggest acts took a backseat to rising stars and the underground. In the hip hop scene artists like JPEGMAFIA and Danny Brown started to get some of the mainstream love that they deserve. In pop, the two left-of-center pop princesses capitalized on their signature sounds. And refreshing acts in both hip hop and rock popped up in all sorts of strange ways. So here are the ten best albums of this weird year. Keep in mind that this list is just my opinion!

10. Lover- Taylor Swift

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Legendary rapper, producer, and shoe designer Kanye West is back with his ninth solo album and last effort since 2018’s Ye. But before reviewing Jesus Is King, we first have to talk about what led us to this moment. In September of 2018, just a couple months after producing five albums in five weeks over the summer, Kanye took to twitter to announce that his ninth album would be Called Yandhi (a mix of KanYe and Gandhi) and would be arriving on 9-29–18, the same day he would perform on Saturday Night Live. As the clock ticked past midnight on SNL, Kanye fans around the world waited with baited breath for Yandhi to be released. It never came. In the following days the album would be further delayed until Black Friday, and eventually delayed again indefinitely after Kanye and Kid Cudi’s legendary Camp Flog Gnaw festival set. Over the next few months two big things began happening in the Kanye sphere: the first was Kanye’s slow transformation to a professing Christian, exemplified by his now famous Sunday Service sets (one of which I had the pleasure of attending just a few weeks ago), the other big event was the slow leakage of Yandhi, Kanye’s now seemingly scrapped album. These leaks have played a big part in the reception of the album as many Ye fans have already heard a decent chunk of the material on this record. In August, Kanye’s wife Kim Kardashian tweeted a photo of a track-list for Jesus Is King and said it would be released on September 27th, 2019. That day, like the day of Yandhi, came and went without an official release, but the album was played for people in attendance at the first of several album listening parties, one of which I had the pleasure of attending in New York City. …

henry long

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