Amrit Singh

Brown Man Says Goodbye To Stereogum, Heads To Television, Wants To Thank You

A note to future departing music bloggers: Listening to Sigur Rós while writing a goodbye post is probably a bad choice. A note to future humans on saying goodbye after nearly eight(!) years: Do it in person. That's how I tried to break this to Scott, but due to some crossed wires we wound u… More »

By: Amrit Singh / August 16, 2013

Stereogum Sessions: Small Black

Welcome to Stereogum Sessions, wherein we bring a video camera to the bands we love and document them in action. This episode is on location, in a basement belonging to Brooklyn's Small Black, a band we've been locked on since their earlier iteration as Slowlands, and one that's grown into a cinematic widescreen synth- and… More »

By: Amrit Singh / August 13, 2013

Cult Exciter – “In The Wave”

Cult Exciter is a duo with a brief bio: "from the caribbean to brooklyn, two friends work on an audio visual project." With "In The Wave" we get a sense of the aural portion, a sensual brew of spare, bottom-heavy beat production, minimal jazz horn, and a soulful female vocal carrying the weight of all… More »

By: Amrit Singh / August 12, 2013

Daft Punk Didn’t Play Colbert Because They’ll Appear At The MTV Video Music Awards

UPDATE: Due to the fact that Robin Thicke's performance was taped last Tuesday, at which point he made a prescient comment about Daft Punk cancelling, some have questioned whether the robots were ever scheduled to appear at all. But Colbert's report still holds up. According to NY Times negotiations between MTV and Comedy… More »

By: Amrit Singh / August 7, 2013

This Frontier Needs Heroes – “Hooky” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

After two records based in Brooklyn, Jessica and Brad Lauretti, the siblings at the front of This Frontier Needs Heroes, shifted into a mode of long-distance collaboration for LP3: Brad headed south, to Jacksonville, FL, and Jessica staying relatively local. The space did them good, and gave them Hooky, a record retaining their folk-intoned root… More »

By: Amrit Singh / August 6, 2013

Ariel Pink, Gogol Bordello Face Legal Disputes With Former Members

According to Billboard, there's a mini-trend of bands embroiled in legal actions over membership (and assets). Good times, rock 'n' roll! More »

By: Amrit Singh / August 1, 2013

Braids – “Hossak”

Next month, Montreal's Braids release the Flourish // Perish LP, which has already provided the tracks "In Kind" and "Amends." Today's sample is "Hossak," which is yet another fine piece of delicate, outsider electro-pop, a porcelain lullaby bathed in stuttering, wavy digital production. Hear it to be mellow, wavy:… More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 31, 2013

Stereogum Monthly Mix: July 2013

I don't want to bum anybody out, but summer's almost over. With an emphasis on almost, meaning anything can still happen (aside from reclaiming that unbridled feeling of summer's start and infinite possibilities; we're definitely in the zone of finitude, with all its attendant reminders of our own corporeal mortality, now)! LIVE IT UP! Really. More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 31, 2013

Foxygen Cancel Tour Dates After Frontman Breaks Leg In Stage Fall

When a band starts being mentioned more for its attendant exploits than the music it's making, be wary: It's often a sign of a ship off-course; and yet, it can be the mark of a generally rising tide. And so we have the case of Foxygen in 2013, whose popularity has been firming with their… More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 31, 2013

Watch J Mascis Sit In With The Roots On Fallon

A pair of prolific lifechampions joined forces last night, when J and Questo and the rest of the Roots jammed on a series of bumpers, walk-on songs, and covers (Daft Punk's "Get Lucky," Black Sabbath's "War Pigs") on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. A legitimate opportunity to make meme-magic was lost, though, when Jimmy asked… More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 30, 2013

William Tyler – “A Portrait Of Sarah” Video

Nashville-based William Tyler's guitar meditations are steeped in Americana and ramble in a manner evocative of the open road, all winding highways and byways and uncanny valleys. And so the video for "A Portrait Of Sarah," from this year's Impossible Truth, is a fittingly filmic bit -- and an overt homage to the 1971… More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 30, 2013

Lawrence Rothman – “#1 All Time Low” (Stereogum Premiere)

"Montauk Fling" is the debut single from Lawrence Rothman, the Cindy Sherman-and-R&B-obsessed artist signed to filmmaker Floria Sigismondi new label Mamaroma. This is its b-side, "#1 All Time Low," a spectrally seductive cut, with production tipping toward Azari & III's brand of house, coupled with a haunting moan of a baritone that gives the whole… More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 30, 2013

Deap Vally – “Bad For My Body”

The Los Angeles duo of Lindsey Troy and Julie Edwards, known to certain fans of howling garage rock as Deap Vally, were one of our recommendations for less obvious acts to watch at Coachella '13. I'd caught them a few months before, during a boozy CMJ day show at Williamsburg's Public Assembly. "Boozy" i… More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 29, 2013

The Polyphonic Spree – “Hold Yourself Up”

Last year, Tim DeLaughter's psychedelic cult choir the Polyphonic Spree released a holiday record, but the forthcoming Yes, It's True is being promoted as their first real LP since 2007. We heard its first single "You Don't Know Me" back in February, and today we get another album sample via the uplifting pop-styled,… More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 29, 2013

Icona Pop – “Girlfriend” Video

After a triumphant run on the back of the delirious electro-pop anthem "I Love It," Swedish duo Icona Pop are set to release a full-length LP, with the existentially affirmative title This Is ... Icona Pop. This single, "Girlfriend," came on 6/4, so it may make the This Is... cut, or it may be… More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 29, 2013

Virgin Mobile Freefest 2013 Lineup

This September 21st at the Merriweather Post Pavilion, Virgin Mobile will once again put on its free festival, featuring marquee names in a personality clashing melange. At the top of the bill are Vampire Weekend and Robin Thicke, which means there's at least a chance for some live "Blurred Lines" cross-brand synchronicity. Others o… More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 29, 2013

Annie – “Ralph Macchio”

Annie's 2013 EP A&R is a five-song collabo with producer Richard X, most of which we've wrapped our ears around already: See "Back Together," "Hold On," "Invisible." Today's track has the best title of the lot, though, and yes, it is about the crane-kicking cousin of Vinnie, Ralph Macchio. More specifically, it… More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 26, 2013

MINKS – “Margot”

From Brooklyn outfit MINKS' forthcoming Tides End comes "Margot," a synth-streaked new romantic swooner centering on a dancing girl named Margot, West Coast dreams, jangly guitars, and drum patches. A sighing chorus that implicates California and plans to runaway is mathematically certain to evoke summer romance, so this is a nice add for your… More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 26, 2013

The Very Best & Seye – “Maso Luso” (Mumford & Sons Cover)

The Very Best's Radioclit and Esau Mwamwaya have always had a very special way with approaching other folks' material: recall their spangly redo of take on M.I.A.'s "Paper Planes," and their effervescent spin on Vampire Weekend's "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa," et al. This cover is dinstinct, however, in that it finds Mwamwaya infusing hi… More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 23, 2013

Watch Earl Sweatshirt And Vince Staples Perform “Hive” Live For Vitaminwater & FADER

Young Earl's a prodigiously talented rapper, true, but not even he is capable of the vocal backmasking that blanks out some of the more, let's say "contentious" lyrics on "Hive," the most recent single from his forthcoming Doris, in this live video. We'll chalk that up to Vitaminwater, the dominant corporate presence i… More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 17, 2013

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