Author Archives: Mitchell K. Dwyer

About Mitchell K. Dwyer

@scrivener likes movies.

8Tracks Review: ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Crazy Rich Asians (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) WaterTower Music, 2018 (no movie spoilers) Look how they shine for you Almost nobody discusses Crazy Rich Asians (the film) without mentioning the movie’s soundtrack, which is pretty cool, because how often does this … Continue reading

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8Tracks Review: ‘Expectations’ by Hayley Kiyoko

Expectations by Hayley Kiyoko Atlantic Records, 2018 Breathe her in Hayley Kiyoko’s debut album dropped March 30.  I’ve been vaguely aware of her for a long time, knew she was an actress but haven’t seen her work, knew she was … Continue reading

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8Tracks Review: ‘5OKI’ EP by Steve Aoki

Steve Aoki’s new EP 5OKI dropped April 27.  I’m only getting to it now because I’m pretty clueless about EDM. Tracks Anthem (featuring Kriss Kiss); Hardwell and Steve Aoki (2:43) Mayhem; Steve Aoki & Quintino (2:37) It’s Time (featuring Bruce Buffer); … Continue reading

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8Tracks Rewind: Remembering the Jets

I was a junior in high school when the Jets hit the pop FM stations in my town.  Pop radio was different in the mid 1980s.  Pop was still pop—generally speaking, music aimed at mass (typically young) audiences, usually less … Continue reading

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8Tracks Review: ‘Melding’ by Marika Takeuchi

Melding by Marika Takeuchi Bigo and Twigetti, 2018 Dawning Marika Takeuchi’s new album Melding dropped July 19.  I first discovered her three years ago when she crowdfunded her fourth studio album, Colors in the Diary, while I looked for something interesting on … Continue reading

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8Tracks Review: ‘Strawberry Moon’ by Amy Vachal

Strawberry Moon by Amy Vachal (Independent, 2018) I’ve waited too long, baby Until a few weeks ago, the only thing I knew about Amy Vachal was that she was a contestant on The Voice, a show I hate.  Don’t be mad.  … Continue reading

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8Tracks Review: ‘Mangoes’ EP by Amy Ahn

Before we knew it, we were flying Amy Ahn’s three-song EP dropped June 1.  The classical harpist with harp performance degrees from UCLA and the Boston Conservatory at Berklee blends genres in a poppy-jazzy-r&b style.   In an interview with & … Continue reading

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8Tracks Review: ‘In the Waiting’ by Kina Grannis

  In the Waiting by Kina Grannis KG Records (2018) There was a time when there seemed to be something new to talk about from Kina Grannis just about every week.  While she has remained engaged with her rabid fanbase … Continue reading

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8Tracks Review: ‘Pop Covers’ by Marié Digby

It’s amazing how you can speak right to my heart Marié Digby released an album of  pop covers this week.  I’m pretty sure these were all recorded before and are only collected and put into sequence here for the first … Continue reading

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8Tracks Review: ‘In Fina We Trust’ by Awkwafina

Young Fina: slanty-eyed dreama This is the summer of Awkwafina.  The New York rapper’s new movie Ocean’s 8 is a hit, and her next film Crazy Rich Asians is expected to blow up in August.  With all the “Who’s Awkwafina?” buzz I’ve … Continue reading

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8Tracks Review: ‘Elemental’ by Taimane

Elemental by Taimane independent, 2018 What’s your label? Taimane Gardner’s new album dropped last week.  Elemental is a mostly instrumental blending of many styles, as one would expect from this ukulele virtuoso.  Her FB bio says, Taimane translates to “diamond” from … Continue reading

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8Tracks Review: ‘Noise Floor’ by Spock’s Beard

Noise Floor by Spock’s Beard 2018, InsideOut Music It’s always good to see your face my friend I guess I’ll get the 8A angle out of the way first and say that Spock’s Beard is a four-person progressive rock band … Continue reading

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