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Spotify

2015 was one of the greatest years for new music in a while. Even if you're obsessive, you probably still have some catching up to do. We can try to help. Within the first two episodes of BrooklynVegan's new Spotify show (here and here), you'll hear some of our favorite music of the year. You'll find even more in our Favorite Albums of 2015 list, and browse our Best of 2015 tag for even more lists.

Probably not too surprisingly, BrooklynVegan lists didn't include any Ed Sheeran or Maroon 5, but also probably not surprising that those were two of the five most listened-to artists on Spotify in 2015. The other three were Kanye West, The Weeknd and Drake (the latter of which made our favorite albums list). That data and much more like it is what you'll find at Spotify Year in Music.

The Spotify Year In Music recap also pointed out that the year had some big comebacks. Missy Elliott was popular after guest starring at Katy Perry's Superbowl halftime show and finally releasing a new single. Streams of Amy Winehouse's music spiked 70% after the release of Amy. And people were glad to finally have D'Angelo back too.

Rap was extremely popular on Spotify this year, with all five of the top five albums and seven of the top ten coming from rappers. That's consistent with our recent suggestion that major label rap hit a massive peak in 2015. The most loyal fans of the year though, according to Spotify's data, were metal fans.

To see all of the Spotify Year In Music, or to get your own Year in Music based on your profile, visit the site here. Interested in finding out how popular a specific artist was? They have a page for that too.

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Pitchfork

You saw their songs and their honorable mentions, and now Pitchfork's Top 50 Albums of 2015 list is here. Like with the song list, "records released this year and records that made their greatest impact in 2015 were eligible," which allows for things like D'Angelo's late 2014 release.

As usual, you can't just guess what the list is going to be by looking at what got Best New Music this year. Some of those albums became honorable mentions, and some were left off the year-end lists entirely (like Baroness, Nao, and Aphex Twin). The scores don't necessarily dictate it either. Deafheaven was one of a few albums to get a 9.0 or higher, but it dropped to #26 while the others all cracked the top 10. And then there's Carly Rae Jepsen, whose hype Pitchfork seemed to react against by giving her a less-than positive review, but they ended up throwing her on their year-end list just like everybody else. What should surprise no one though, is their #1 pick.

You can read their commentary here and check out the full list below...

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Pitchfork

Pitchfork have published their 100 Best Tracks of 2015 list. The criteria was "any track that was released in 2015 or had its greatest impact in the U.S. during this year was eligible," which allows for stuff like 2014 releases from Fetty Wap and D'Angelo to count. Including guest appearances, Kendrick Lamar shows up four times, two of which are in the top five. Drake, Grimes, Jamie xx and Future all show up three times each. It includes a few singles off 2016 albums, like David Bowie's "Blackstar," ANOHNI's "4 Degrees" and Savages' "The Answer," one-off collaborations like WOKE (aka Flying Lotus, Thundercat and Shabazz Palaces), last-minute 2015 releases like Jeremih's "Oui," and surprise comeback singles like Missy Elliott's "WTF (Where They From)." If you were wondering, Adele's "Hello" is here (ranked very high), and yes, so is Justin Bieber. There's also some representation from less commercial stuff like the hardcore band G.L.O.S.S..

Check out the whole list below...

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Grammy

The 58th Annual Grammy Awards nominees have been announced. Album of the Year nominees include Alabama Shakes for Sound & Color, Kendrick Lamar for To Pimp A Butterfly, Chris Stapleton for Traveller, Taylor Swift for 1989 and The Weeknd for Beauty Behind The Madness. Record of the Year also includes Taylor ("Blank Space") and The Weeknd ("Can't Feel My Face"), plus D'Angelo ("Really Love"), Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars ("Uptown Funk") and Ed Sheeran ("Thinking Out Loud"). Song of the Year has those same Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran songs against Kendrick's "Alright," Little Big Town's "Girl Crush," and Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth's "See You Again."

Alabama Shakes' album is also up for Best Alternative Music Album, along with Bjork, My Morning Jacket, Tame Impala and Wilco. Kendrick's album is also up for Best Rap Album, along with J. Cole, Dr. Dre, Drake and Nicki Minaj.

Other nominees include Courtney Barnett (up for Best New Artist), Florence + the Machine, Bob Dylan, The Chemical Brothers, Flying Lotus, Skrillex & Diplo, Caribou, Disclosure, Jamie xx, Bill Frisell, Ghost, Death Cab For Cutie (Best Rock Album), Jeremih, Jazmine Sullivan, Miguel, The Internet, Kehlani, Leon Bridges, Fetty Wap, Kanye West, Big Sean, Common, Jidenna, Kacey Musgraves, Robert Glasper, Punch Brothers, Mavis Staples, Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, Jason Isbell, Buddy Guy, Bettye LaVette, Glen Hansard, Patti Smith, Amy Poehler, Wyatt Cenac, Louis C.K., the Hamilton soundtrack, David Bowie, Snoop Dogg, Elvis Presley, Father John Misty, The Rolling Stones, Grateful Dead, The Decemberists, Joni Mitchell, The Bird and The Bee, Blake Mills (Producer of The Year for Alabama Shakes' Sound & Color), A$AP Rocky, The Dead Weather, Pharrell Williams, Amy Winehouse doc Amy, and many more.

Kendrick Lamar picked up 11 total nominations, and The Weeknd picked up seven. The ceremony will happen February 15 at the Staples Center in LA, and air live on CBS.

Check out a fuller list of nominees below and the whole thing here.

Continue reading "2016 Grammy Awards nominees (Kendrick Lamar, Alabama Shakes, The Weeknd, Tame Impala, Caribou, MMJ, Bjork, Wilco, Dr. Dre, Drake, Flying Lotus, Courtney Barnett, more)"

Adele

Rolling Stone has published their list of the Top 50 Albums of 2015. As always, it has older artists who don't seem to pop up on many other lists (Madonna, Darlene Love, Mark Knopfler, Boz Scaggs, Keith Richards, James Taylor, Don Henley) (did you even know Don Henley released an album this year?). There's also two major rap albums in the top 3 (with Adele sandwiched in between), a good amount of country (Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton, Eric Church, Ashley Monroe), smaller indie rock bands (Hop Along, Car Seat Headrest), mainstream pop (Selena Gomez, Carly Rae Jepsen), alt-rock giants (Muse, Marilyn Manson), and a lot more. And they're counting D'Angelo's December 2014 release for this list (it cracks the top 5).

Read their commentary here and check out the whole list below...

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photos by P Squared Photography

D'Angelo and The Vanguard @ Forest Hills Tennis Stadium 6/21/2015
D'Angelo
D'Angelo

Due to a rain delay during Gary Clark Jr.'s opening set and the fact that all shows at Forest Hills Tennis Stadium must be over by 10 p.m., D'Angelo had to cut the entire second set of his show on this tour from this gig. And while it breaks my heart a bit that he had to skip "Another Life" and "Back to the Future," two of my favorite songs he's ever done, this show was so generous it hardly mattered. Maybe not generous in terms of song quantity - there were only 9 proper songs in a 100 minute performance - but certainly in terms of extended grooves and D'Angelo's considerable showmanship. - [Fluxblog]
Sunday's brief thunderstorm cut D'Angelo and The Vanguard's set short at Forest Hills Tennis Stadium, but the steam rising off the stage was all his. Pictures (including ones of openers Meg Mac and Gary Clark Jr.) as well as his setlist (both planned and actual) are in this post.

Tuesday (6/23), D'Angelo's tour hits Philadelphia. More pics from Forrest Hills below...

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UPDATE: Stream Bonnaroo 2015 here.

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Bonnaroo 2015 is this week with four days of music and comedy from Thursday (6/11) through Sunday (6/14) in Manchester, TN. For those who can't make it, you'll be able to watch many of Bonnaroo's performers right here on BrooklynVegan.com via three different video channels. Live streaming begins Thursday at 7 PM Central (6 PM Eastern) and sets being broadcast over the four days include Courtney Barnett, Against Me!, Belle & Sebastian, My Morning Jacket, Billy Joel, D'Angelo & the Vanguard, Jamie xx, The War on Drugs and many more. Full list of confirmed streaming Bonnaroo performances below.

UPDATE: Stream Bonnaroo 2015 here.

While there won't be any Bonnaroo comedy sets streaming, Comedy Central has put together a Spotify playlist of bits from many of the comedians peforming at the fest this year, including Chris Hardwick, Jeff Ross, Kurt Braunohler, Reggie Watts, Michelle Wolf and more. Stream that below.

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Fun Fun Fun Fest poster

Austin's annual Fun Fun Fun Fest returns in 2015 from November 6-8 at Auditorium Shores, and as usual the lineup is amazing. There's Jane's Addiction (performing Ritual de lo habitual), Gogol Bordello (performing Gypsy Punks), The Dwarves (performing Blood, Guts & Pussy), the first-ever Texas show and only US show of 2015 for '80s metal legends Venom, a reunion from DC hardcore vets Dag Nasty, Yeah Yeah Yeahs/Blood Brothers/Locust side project Head Wound City, D'Angelo, NOFX, American Football, Ride, The Charlatans (UK), Wu-Tang Clan, Schoolboy Q, Grimes, Cheap Trick, Drive Like Jehu, L7, Babes In Toyland, American Nightmare, Converge, Chain of Strength, Desaparecidos, Skinny Puppy, Afrika Bambaataa, Future Islands, Fucked Up, Neon Indian, Hudson Mohawke, Joey Bada$$, Alvvays, Speedy Ortiz, Parquet Courts, Power Trip, La Dispute, Title Fight, Shamir, Mikal Cronin, Viet Cong and many more.

Tickets go on sale today (5/28) at 10 AM CT (11 AM EST). Full lineup and announcement video below.

The lineup for the Dag Nasty reunion is the same one they played the Salad Days show in DC with in 2012: original vocalist Shawn Brown, plus Brian Baker, Roger Marbury and Colin Sears.

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D'Angelo

D'Angelo and the Vanguard already announced a NYC show with Gary Clark Jr happening 6/21 at Forest Hills Stadium (tickets), and they've now expanded it into a full tour.

It includes a handful of US dates in June, followed by a European run in July, and hits the NYC-area again for a NJ show on June 28 at Starland Ballroom. Ticket info is TBA. No word yet if Gary Clark Jr is on any date besides the Forest Hills show.

All dates are listed below...

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D'Angelo

Neo-soul great D'Angelo still hasn't gone on a North American tour in support of his very well-received Black Messiah album, but luckily we keep getting chances to see him in NYC. He played The Apollo in February, Best Buy Theater in March, and now he announced yet another show here.

A week after his late night Bonnaroo set with Slayer, Tycho and more, D'Angelo will team up with blues rocker Gary Clark Jr to play Forest Hills Stadium on June 21. Tickets for that show go on sale April 24 at noon with a presale starting April 23 at 10 AM.

All known dates are listed below...

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photo: Slayer at the Theater at MSG in 2013 (more by Caroline Harrison)
Slayer

Bonnaroo 2015 is just a few months away (June 11-14), and the fest now revealed its late night sets.

The Friday night has a "special late night set" on the What Stage from Deadmau5, as well as late night sets from STS9, Flying Lotus, Earth Wind & Fire, Medeski Scofield Martin & Wood, Odesza and Run the Jewels.

Saturday night has Bassnectar, Flume, D'Angelo and the Vanguard, Slayer, Superjam! and Tycho.

Watch a video about the festival's Late Nights, below...

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"Last night #DAngelo performed from the top of his head, to his pinky toe!!! This man is a amazing performer." - Sureme Laster Bey

"It was soul. It was funk. It was rock. It was church. #dangelo #blackmessiah @ Best Buy Theater" - Still Weavens

"My brother #D'Angelo doin' work! @ Best Buy Theater" - Christian McBride

Dangelo

photo: D'Angelo at Best Buy Theater - 3/11/15 (via Andrew Klein)

Neo-soul great D'Angelo played his second NYC show since the long-awaited release of Black Messiah at Best Buy Theater last night (3/11). The $80 show was sold out, and had D'Angelo and his band The Vanguard playing a 16-song, 2-encore set with favorites from all three records and a few covers too. Full setlist and a couple video clips below.

A few of those video clips are from the Instagram of Questlove, D'Angelo's friend, fan and past collaborator who was not surprisingly in attendance. Questo's band The Roots have their annual Roots Picnic coming up in Philly, and tickets are on presale for that now. Password: PICNIC.

D'Angelo video clips and setlist below...

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Dangelo

D'Angelo played The Apollo on Saturday, his first US show since the release of Black Messiah, and he's since added another show here to happen when he returns from his European tour. Billed as D'Angelo and the Vanguard, he'll play Best Buy Theater on March 11. $80 (!) tickets will be on sale Friday, 2/13, at noon.

No other US dates have been announced yet, but all currently known dates are listed below...

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D'Angelo at The Apollo (via Chris Rob)
D'Angelo

There is an unsteadiness at times on "Black Messiah," with the richness of the arrangements sometimes acting as a distraction. This album is both D'Angelo's most resolute and also the one that gets away from him the most.

That was true at this show, too, his first in this country since the album's release. (He is also, as it happens, a former Apollo Amateur Night winner.) From the beginning, with the back-to-back pairing of "Prayer" and "1000 Deaths" from the new album, the grooves were murky and insular. His flexible band resisted slickness in favor of something earthier and more tensile.

Before long, he transitioned into a sumptuous run of moist love songs: "Feel Like Makin' Love" into "Really Love," in which D'Angelo showed off his upper register, into "One Mo'Gin." His voice was scratchy and limber, full of Wilson Pickett shrieks and James Brown percussive stabs and Smokey Robinson tenderness. [NY Times]

D'Angelo played his first US show since the release of his long-awaited third album, Black Messiah, at NYC's historic Apollo Theater on Saturday (2/7). He and his band played plenty of the new album, plus a handful of favorites from 1995's Brown Sugar and 2000's Voodoo , including a 14-minute version of "Untitled (How Does It Feel)" from the latter, which you can watch an HD video of (via Okayplayer) below.

The show sold out very quick and tickets were going for extremely high prices on StubHub. Were you one of the lucky ones that got in? What did you think?

That video, and D'Angelo's full setlist, below...

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Dangelo

To quote Fader, "D'Angelo made his debut Saturday Night Live performance tonight and his first TV appearance since releasing his surprise album Black Messiah. Accompanied by his backing band The Vanguard, the '90s icon sang through "Really Love" and "The Charade," both of which appear on his latest record."

As CoS also points out, "During the latter, D'Angelo wore a hoodie, the Vanguard members donned "I Can't Breathe" t-shirts, and a stencil of a body outlined the stage floor -- powerful references to the recent killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner."

Watch below.

Catch D'Angelo live at the Apollo on 2/7, or in Europe. All tour dates are also listed below...

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Dangelo

To quote Fader, "D'Angelo made his debut Saturday Night Live performance tonight and his first TV appearance since releasing his surprise album Black Messiah. Accompanied by his backing band The Vanguard, the '90s icon sang through "Really Love" and "The Charade," both of which appear on his latest record."

As CoS also points out, "During the latter, D'Angelo wore a hoodie, the Vanguard members donned "I Can't Breathe" t-shirts, and a stencil of a body outlined the stage floor -- powerful references to the recent killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner."

Watch below.

Catch D'Angelo live at the Apollo on 2/7, or in Europe. All tour dates are also listed below...

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by Bill Pearis

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The weekend before D'Angelo plays his now sold-out show at The Apollo (2/7), he'll appear as the musical guest on the January 31 episode of Saturday Night Live with host JK Simmons of Whiplash (and Oz and those Farmers Insurance commercials). This will be his first appearance on the show and certainly his biggest moment in the spotlight since returning to action last year. This weekend (1/24), meanwhile, SNL has country star and The Voice judge Blake Shelton as both host and musical guest. Then on Sunday, February 15, it's the big three-hour SNL 40th Anniversary prime time special.

Leading up to that, VH1 Classic will have a 19-day, 433-hour marathon of episodes from every season of Saturday Night Live that runs from January 28 - February 15. This will include, hopefully, some lesser-seen episodes, like from the years from 1981 - 1985 when Lorne Michaels quit and Dick Ebersol took over as executive producer. Or the rarely seen '85-'86 year when Michaels returned with a cast that included Robert Downey Jr, Randy Quaid and Anthony Michael Hall (who were all let go at the end of the season). In addition to showing whole episodes there will be daily theme blocks, like all six episodes with Justin Timberlake (January 31, 4 - 10 PM). I just hope they make room for "Jackie Rogers Jr's $100,000 Jackpod Wad."

D'angelo

Neo-soul great D'Angelo finally released his new album, Black Messiah (his first since 2000), at the tail-end of 2014. It got huge acclaim, and while it came out too late to make most year-end lists, it did top the Pazz + Jop Poll. D'Angelo will be heading to Europe in February for a tour there, but before leaving the US, he plays NYC's historic Apollo Theater on February 7. Tickets for that show go on sale at 10 AM on Wednesday (1/21), with Apollo A-LIST, Ticketmaster, and WBLS presales beginning at 10 AM on Monday (1/19).

All dates are listed, with a stream of one of the new album's songs, below...

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pazz + jp
pazz + jp
pazz + jp

The Village Voice's annual Pazz + Jop music critics poll is out. While the poll comes out a lot earlier than it used to when Robert Christgau helmed it, it's still late enough to give every album released in 2014 a chance. Hence, D'Angelo's Black Messiah -- which didn't make most other lists due to being released on December 15 -- claiming the top spot. Here's the Top 10 albums:

1 D'Angelo, Black Messiah
2 Run the Jewels, Run the Jewels 2
3 The War on Drugs, Lost in the Dream
4 St. Vincent, St. Vincent
5 FKA Twigs, Lp1
6 Sturgill Simpson, Metamodern Sounds in Country Music
7 Taylor Swift, 1989
8 Angel Olsen, Burn Your Fire for No Witness
9 Spoon, They Want My Soul
10 Against Me!, Transgender Dysphoria Blues
On the singles front, Future Island's ubiquitous "Seasons," which was a full 15 points ahead of its closest competition, took the top spot. Here's the Top 10, though note there's a two-way tie for 9th:
1 Future Islands, "Seasons (Waiting on You)"
2 FKA Twigs, "Two Weeks"
3 Taylor Swift, "Blank Space"
4 Taylor Swift, "Shake It Off"
5 Kendrick Lamar, "I"
6 ILoveMakonnen (ft. Drake), "Tuesday"
7 Sia, "Chandelier"
8 Charli XCX, "Boom Clap"
9 Beyoncé (ft. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie), "***Flawless"
9 DJ Snake (ft. Lil Jon), "Turn Down for What"
Over 600 music writers' ballots were tabulated for the 2014 Pazz + Jop poll. You can peruse individual writers' ballots and read through their quippy comments. You can also click on an album or single and see who all voted for it. There are also a few think-pieces, including one on the importance of nostalgia, and "The Comfort of Being Sad."

photos by James Richards IV

Run the Jewels

As far as their live show, whether it's quirky dance moves, getting the crowd to do silly shit, or damn-near inciting a riot, these guys put on a clinic as far as what a live hip-hop show is supposed to be. What helps that even more is how live their songs are, which are perfect for the live show, spinning classes, or both at the same damn time.

Despite both artists having a more-than-solid body of solo work to their name, they never stray from their RTJ material. Don't expect "Deep Space 9mm" or anything off the I Pledge Allegiance series. El-P and Killer Mike came strictly to run the jewels and after an hour-plus of one of the best live shows I've seen, it's safe to say the jewels got run. [Profile Wild]

El-P and Killer Mike, aka Run the Jewels, recently wrapped up their tour with Ratking, which included a "Suck My Dick Sun Kil Moon!" chant at Fun Fun Fun Fest, an impassioned speech in St. Louis, two NYC shows, two Chicago shows and more. The pictures in this post are from one of the Chicago shows.

Run the Jewels have been making a bunch of Best of 2014 album lists, and coming in at #1 on a few like Pitchfork, Stereogum, and the recently posted Complex list. Complex also didn't hesitate to throw 2014's big December releases on there that were left out of a lot of lists that came out already, including Nicki Minaj, J. Cole, D'Angelo and Charli XCX. You can browse their top 50 here.

Meanwhile, their tourmates Ratking, who also made some year-end lists, have a free NYC show TONIGHT (12/19) at Brooklyn Night Bazaar with Show Me The Body, Young Gutted and '86.

More pictures from Chicago below...

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Klaus Johann Grobe
KJG

Swiss duo Klauss Johann Grobe released their second album, Im Sinne de Zeit near the start of the year via Trouble in Mind and I'm pretty sure there's only been a handful of days since that I haven't listened to it. With only organ, bass and drums (and vocals in Swiss-German), they merge krautrock drive and tropicalia's spirit into one of 2014's grooviest albums. You can stream the whole thing via Spotify, and check out a video, below.

The band, which includes a third member on bass live, just wrapped up a European tour opening for Temples and spent most of the rest of 2014 playing festivals and touring the album. Hopefully, they'll head to North America in 2015, we shall see. KJG have given us their Top 10 LPs of the year, telling us, "These couple of records helped us make all the touring a bit more comfortable in 2014." You can check out their list with commentary, below.

TEEN
TEEN

Brooklyn's TEEN, who released their second album this year, included KJG's Im Sinne der Zeit on their Best LPs of 2014 list, after being wowed by them at the Netherlands' Valkhof Festival this summer. You can check out their whole list of the year's favorites below. TEEN spent most of their 2014 on tour, had all their gear stolen (and launched a successful PledgeMusic campaign to help them keep touring), and are currently on break, though you may have seen singer Teeny Lieberson at this year's Brooklyn Rock Lottery.

Both TEEN and Klaus Johann Grobe's lists for Best LPs of 2014, plus song streams, below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Zs

Long-running NYC experimental band Zs debuted their newest lineup in 2012, which is founder Sam Hillmer with Patrick Higgins and Liturgy drummer Greg Fox, and now they're set to release the first album with that lineup, Xe, on January 27 via Northern Spy. It's Zs' first non-remix or live full length since 2010's New Slaves. They recorded it live with producer Henry Hirsch (Madonna, Mick Jagger, etc), and Tauba Auerbach handled the album's artwork and sculptures. The first single, "Corps," is out now and it's a 12-minute bouncy avant-garde jam that you can check out below. Album artwork and tracklist also below.

Zs have some shows coming up in January just ahead of the release, including an album release party in their hometown on January 21 at Le Poisson Rouge with Mick Barr, Michael Beharie, Bryan Kasenic and Phil Tortoroli. TIckets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

Sam, Greg and Patrick also gave us their year-end lists for 2014. While the latter two stuck to their favorite albums, Sam gave us his list of the 10 Most Anonymous Comments on Brooklyn Vegan in 2014. You can find out what ended up on those lists, with the song stream and album tracklist/artwork, below...

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UPDATE 2: The album is out.

D'Angelo at Brooklyn Bowl in 2013 (more by PSquared)
Dangelo

As discussed, the new D'Angelo album, Black Messiah (his first since 2000), is finally a real thing and reportedly coming out this week. There's a private listening party in NYC today, but even if you're not going to that you can now get a taste of the album from its new single "Sugah Daddy," which just premiered via Red Bull's 20Before15 series. Listen below.

UPDATE: Questlove says the album will go on sale on iTunes tonight at midnight.

UPDATE 2: It's out now.

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D'Angelo

Well the seemingly impossible has happened: D'Angelo finished his album. As Consequence of Sound points out, it's called Black Messiah and will be out THIS Tuesday (12/16)! Ahead of that, there's a listening party in NYC on Sunday (12/14) which is private and you need an access code to get into.

Pitchfork also points out there are posters for it around Brooklyn. Check out a picture of one of those, with the album's new video trailer and D'Angelo's upcoming tour dates (all in Europe) below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

Body Count / Bad Brains / hula hoopers
Afropunk Fest
Afropunk Fest
Afropunk Fest

After weeks of will-he-or-won't-he speculation, enigmatic R&B recluse D'Angelo made good on his promise to headline the 2014 Afropunk festival in Brooklyn on Sunday night. But not without keeping people guessing until the moment he stepped on stage.

It was announced with much fanfare in June that he would headline the two-day music event devoted to black rock, punk, soul, art and skate culture, but in the weeks leading up to the event - which draws thousands each year - D'Angelo's name had disappeared from promotional material. Instead, the audience was promised only a "special guest" headliner. Until he appeared on stage an hour late, backed by members of the Roots, there were concerns in the crowd that D'Angelo would not show at all.

...Sunday's songs were mostly unfamiliar to the crowd who, if they came expecting hits, may have been disappointed. Even the covers he performed were relative deep cuts: one highlight was his take on Sly and the Family Stone's 1973 Thankful n' Thoughtful, in which D'Angelo played a funky clavinet over Roots bassist Mark Kelley's deep-in-the-pocket thump.

"Sunday morning, I forgot my prayer/ I should have been happy, to still be there," Sly sang then, lyrics all the more poignant coming from a man prone to silence and sabbaticals. The crowd was thankful to have him, too. [The Guardian]

The free 2014 Afropunk Festival went down over the weekend in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park on Saturday (8/23) and Sunday (8/24). The festival included a large variety of music from D'Angelo to Body Count to Fishbone to Shabazz Palaces to Sharon Jones to King Britt to Trash Talk and still plenty more. There was also a set from Bad Brains (sans HR), and as we spectulated, Cro-Mags singer John Joseph joined them (Cro-Mags played their own set as well), as did Living Colour's Corey Glover, rapper Murs (who's in White Mandingos with Darryl of Bad Brains), and Jesse Royal. Plus, mayor Bill de Blasio's metal-loving daughter Chiara introduced the Bad Brains' set (Bill was there too). Cold Specks was supposed to play too but unfortunately couldn't make it due to visa issues. Hopefully things will turn out better for her fall tour.

More pictures and videos from Afropunk (though unfortunately we weren't able to get pics of D'Angelo or Bad Brains' guests) below...

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