Hard to believe, but our BrooklynVegan "Blog Radio" show has been airing weekly on satellite radio for over 6.5 years. It started on Sirius which then merged with XM and became SiriusXM. The station, which was originally "Left of Center" on Sirius, is now called SiriusXMU (on SiriusXM). You can currently hear the two hour show on the "indie/college" station every Wednesday at noon EST and again at midnight that night (which is technically Thursday morning in Eastern Standard Time).
At some point years ago I brought on like-minded music lover Dominic (Nick) Masi to be my co-host, and to cover when I couldn't make it. Now, though I still may pop in occasionally (my New Year's resolution!), Nick has taken over completely, hosting the show week to week with a selection of music you'll find on BrooklynVegan.com and on his own iPod. Recently Nick also started hosting a show called "Cover Me" (all cover songs) on Bruce Springsteen's E Street Radio, and other programs on the network too.
In his spare time, Nick now tour manages members of Odd Future - a job which was an offshoot of his huge passion for hip hop (and traveling around the continent in a van).
What were Nick's favorite records and songs in 2012? We asked him and he gave us a list of his top 10 albums and "top 15 hip hop songs of the year that don't feature 2Chainz, Kanye, Drake, Rick Ross or (fill in the blank with your favorite rapper you've seen on every remix this year)."
You can check out both of Nick's lists, along with videos or streams for each song on his hip hop list (Odd Future songs included), below...
Nick Masi's Top 10 Albums of 2012
10. Purity Ring - Shrines
9. Dirty Projectors - Swing Lo Magellan
8. Crazy Spirit - Crazy Spirit
7. Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Allelujah! Dont Bend! Ascend!
6. Schoolboy Q - Habits & Contradictions
5. The Men - Open Your Heart
4. Grizzly Bear - Shields
3.Tame Impala - Lonerism
2. Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d. city
1. Frank Ocean - Channel Orange
Nick Masi's Top 15 Hip Hop Songs of the Year "that don't feature 2Chainz, Kanye, Drake, Rick Ross or (fill in the blank with your favorite rapper you've seen on every remix this year)"
15. Children Of The Night - "ILYAS"
14. Nas - "Daughters"
13. Danny Brown - "Grown Up"
12. Trinidad James - "All Gold Everything"
11. Carnage ft. Katie Got Banz - "KAT!E"
10. Lil' Mouse - "Get Smoked"
9. Sasha GoHard - "I Think I Like That"
8. A$AP Rocky - "Goldie"
7. Odd Future - "Oldie"
6. Lil' B - "I'm Fabio"
5. Kendrick Lamar ft. Jay Rock - "Money Trees"
(live at Best Buy in Union Square)
4. Lil Reese ft. Chief Keef - "Traffic"
3. Earl Sweatshirt - "Chum"
2. Schoolboy Q - "There He Go"
1. Chief Keef - "I Don't Like"