Alex Smith

Alex Smith is a writer and musician from Minneapolis, MN. He currently attends the University of Missouri in Columbia and is pursuing a dual degree in journalism and english.
Alex Smith has written 72 posts for Air Core Yell

Jason Mraz: Top 15 Songs

While Jason Mraz’ new mustachioed style makes him look more like that creepy dude selling drugs outside your high school than the boy-faced wunderkind he was just 10 years ago, there’s no doubt he still has a knack for tickling the underbelly of pop radio. His January single, “I Won’t Give Up,” is still picking … Continue reading

New Release: Eden – “Guilty Pleasure(s)”

Eden’s first major release doesn’t disappoint, but no songs stand out as “can’t-miss.” Perhaps it’s because I don’t break out my emo rock collection very often. Perhaps it’s because the metal guitars combined with Baroque pop piano throw me for a loop. Perhaps it’s because each member seems to be influenced by different sub-sections of … Continue reading

Rap Bracket: The Long-Awaited Championship [VOTE NOW!]

The votes have been tallied, and I’ve finally logged back onto WordPress to finish the greatest hip-hop tournament of all-time. The final features T.I., the representative from the South region, and Jay-Z, the representative from the East region. The “ATL” star took down The Game in a close semi-final matchup, while Hova squeaked by Eminem. … Continue reading

“The Rap Bracket” Final 4: Vote Now!

We’re finally through regional play, and four champions have emerged: T.I. from the South (over B.o.B.), Game from the West (over Tyler, The Creator), Eminem from the Midwest (over Kanye West) and Jay-Z from the East (over Nas). The voting will be different during this round; you will be able to vote as many times … Continue reading

2012 Rap Bracket: Elite Eight

We’re about halfway through the 2012 Rap Bracket, and 24 hip-hop stars have already been eliminated. Only eight remain: T.I. and B.o.B. from the South, The Game and Tyler, the Creator from the West, Jay-Z and Nas from the East, and Eminem and Kanye West in the Midwest. Upsets abounded in the last round. No. … Continue reading

The Rap Bracket: Sweet 16

The round of 32 is over in “The Rap Bracket,” and there were a couple major upsets. In the East region, No. 7 seed Nas took down No. 2 seed Drake. While voters were probably more focused on Nas’ career accomplishments and not on current relevance, the upset was not as egregious as No. 6 … Continue reading

March Madness: The 2012 Rap Bracket

It’s that time of year again. Every John Q is exiting his cubicle to head to the bar and watch the first round of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament with his buddies. The nation is in near-shutdown mode while our favorite annual sports fever—”March Madness”—is allowed to permeate our brains and make us so dependent … Continue reading

Video of the Day: Unorthodox Nirvana Cover

I unearthed this awesome cover of Nirvana’s “Heart-Shaped Box” while scrolling through my Facebook news page yesterday. Nemes is a New England band that has apparently been making music since the early 2000’s, but this appears to be their breakthrough. The best part of the song is the violin player, who plucks his instrument like … Continue reading

Air Core Yell’s 2011 In Review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 6,900 times in 2011. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people. Click here to … Continue reading

Best Songs of 2011: Top 10

10. “Shake Me Down” Cage the Elephant   Released January 11 on Thank You, Happy Birthday // The boys from Bowling Green, Kentucky didn’t hit the perfect note with their sophomore album, but this single is one of the best rock songs of the year. There is an aching in singer Matthew Shultz’ voice that … Continue reading

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