J. Niimi

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  • 8 years ago | Essays

    The Thermals react to life during wartime.

  • 9 years ago | Essays

    Beat Kings: The History of Hip Hop Nature Sounds In Beat Kings: The History of Hip Hop, Wu-Tang Clan's Mathematics has assembled a revealing documentary from the point of view of the genre's architects. The DVD is an entertaining crash course in t...

  • 9 years ago | Reviews

    Snowden Anti-Anti Jade Tree I'm gonna plead the Fifth and disavow wholesale comparisons between Snowden and any indie post-punk "face" bands from the last four or five years on the grounds that it may incriminate me as a lazy writer—and a kn...

  • 9 years ago | Reviews

    Noxagt Noxagt Load Noxagt's 2003 debut, Turning It Down Since 2001, was such a kinetic orgy of shrieking noise that it's difficult to imagine what turning it up could possibly entail: Their restraint is another band's 11. But this instrumental com...

  • 9 years ago | Reviews

    J Dilla The Shining BBE Donuts Stones Throw When you drop the laser on The Shining, a crazed voice grabs the air by the lapels, spraying spit. "'Dis shit is a pffFUCKIN' emergency! E-vac-u-ate the pffFUCKIN' premises—BITCH!" If FEMA had peop...

  • 9 years ago | Essays

    Disconnected dreamscapes from Band of Horses.