Tal Rosenberg, Reader digital content editor, is obsessed with . . .
Kendrick Lamar, Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City It's been ages since I've seen an album receive such unanimous approval from hip-hop fans, and with good reason: this is one of the smartest, most generous rap records to be released in a long time.
The Roches I've been listening to this trio of sisters quite a bit, particularly their first self-titled album and their third, Keep on Doing, both of which were produced by Robert Fripp. They were playing Greenwich Village-style folk during the punk era, which seems bold in hindsight, especially because of their almost Raffi-like melodies and bright acoustic guitars. The lyrics can get really bleak, though, whether the sisters are talking about sour relationships or the vice and violence of New York City in the late 70s and early 80s.
Amazing Blondel, "Celestial Light" Speaking of folk, this prog-folk track plays during a particularly moving and beautiful sequence in Olivier Assayas's Something in the Air, which I caught at the Chicago International Film Festival. I just had to hunt it down after I heard it—lovely and glimmering, it's one of those rare pieces of music that actually sounds like its title.