Author: Jaxson Mannes

Thanks to a much-improved Eastern Conference, injuries in the disappointing Western Conference, and overall parity in the NBA we haven’t seen in years, there’s a crowded field of worthy All-Star caliber players this year. Like any other season though there are only 24 spots. Hairs have to spilt between some of the most impressive athletes on the planet to decide who’s had a first half of the season that truly stands above the rest of the league. I – a completely unqualified fan– don’t have a vote that’s any more meaningful than the millions of others who have voted online…

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Congratulations. You’ve survived another year. Another year of a pandemic, another year of zoom calls & sticking cue-tips in our noses every other day, but most importantly another year of great music. Opinions seem to be pretty mixed about whether 2021 was a good year for music, and I think that’s fair. Me personally, I thought there were a few more good albums than usual, but no absolutely mind blowing, instant classics that I know I’ll be listening to 10 years from now came out this year. There were still albums I loved though, and this is a list of…

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After Kyrie Irving’s 2nd acrimonious exit from his 2nd NBA team, it seemed like the Boston Celtics had gelled similarly to how they performed when the star point guard was injured in the 2018 playoffs. The 2019-20 season ended in the same way that season did: with a run to the Eastern Conference finals, and expectations for improvement next year. That isn’t quite how things have gone through. In an odd repeat of history, the team faltered despite seeming primed for a leap. Only this time there was no surly superstar to blame for chemistry issues. Kyrie was off causing…

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The 5th studio album from James Blake, “Friends That Break Your Heart”, is easily his most accessible project yet, even more so than 2019’s “Assume Form”, where the Mercury Award winner took inspiration from his frequent hip-hop collaborators, using just as many tight hi-hats as vocoders. Blake is talented enough to keep the change from cheapening his sound, and it actually makes for a more consistent album than his last couple of projects. But there’s still a trade-off, as the peaks of “Friends That Break Your Heart” aren’t nearly as high as what he’s produced in the past. It’s not…

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