Chris DeVille

The Helio Sequence – “Stoic Resemblance” (Stereogum Premiere)

We've reached the point where if I can remember your band playing a basement show when I was in college, you've officially achieved veteran status. So it goes with the Helio Sequence, the longstanding experimental indie-rock duo who return today with news of their first album since 2012 for longtime label home Sub Pop. It… More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 2, 2015

Watch Glen Hansard Cover Songs: Ohia’s “Hold On Magnolia” (Stereogum Premiere)

"Hold On Magnolia" is the soul-decimating conclusion to Songs: Ohia's Magnolia Electric Company, the late Jason Molina's masterpiece of graceful desperation. It's one of those songs that absolutely flattens you with sadness, an all-time classic in the storied history of weeping country-western laments. So I'm immensely satisfied that Glen Hansard chose to cover it… More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 2, 2015

Watch Eleven Times, A Short Film About Police Brutality Soundtracked By Nicolas Jaar & Brian Jackson

Nicolas Jaar is a young experimental electronic producer and one-half of the now defunct dark psych duo Darkside. Brian Jackson is a keyboardist and flute player best known for his work with Gil Scott-Heron in the 1970s. The two musicians have joined forces to soundtrack Samantha Casolari's Eleven Times, a short film commenting on the… More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 2, 2015

Deerhoof – “What Have You Done For Me Lately” (Janet Jackson Cover)

Deerhoof's La Isla Bonita was largely inspired by Janet Jackson and Madonna, so much so that single "Paradise Girls" evolved from a demo of the band covering Jackson's "What Have You Done For Me Lately." Today the noise-pop veterans have shared that demo to help connect the dots between their inspiration and… More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 2, 2015

George Maple – “Where You End And I Begin” (Feat. Grande Marshall)

Let's clear up any confusion up front: (1) George Maple is a woman -- an Australian singer/songwriter/producer who specializes in woozy, futuristic R&B -- not a dude, and (2) "Where You End And I Begin" is her sleek new original single, not a Radiohead cover. A bouncy synth bassline provides the foundation for Maple'… More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 2, 2015

Kanye West Announces New Album So Help Me God

Kanye West has announced the title of his new album. It will be called So Help Me God, and that's presumably the cover art up above. It appears to be a 13th Century monastic symbol for the Virgin Mary according to this conspiracy theory website Google Image Search turned up. We were just More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 1, 2015

Will Butler – “By The Waters Of Babylon”

The last of Will Butler's daily songs inspired by Guardian stories is "By The Waters Of Babylon," a mournful ballad written in response to ISIS ransacking the museum at Mosul and destroying dozens of ancient artifacts. Here's what the Arcade Fire sideman wrote about his creation:… More »

By: Chris DeVille / February 27, 2015

Controversy Over Future Brown Criticism More Interesting Than Future Brown’s Album

Future Brown's self-titled debut LP was one of our most anticipated releases of 2015, and the album's utopian mix of American street rap and high-minded European electronica didn't quite live up to its promise. Future Brown is good, but it's not so good as to be critically bulletproof, which has led to some fascinating… More »

By: Chris DeVille / February 27, 2015

Krill – “Billy Madison Victory Song” (Billy Madison Cover)

If you need some joy on this Friday morning, Krill have got you covered. The Boston band's contribution to Father Daughter's Record Store Day-rejected Faux Real II compilation is "Billy Madison Victory Song," their version of the triumphant anthem Adam Sandler and friends perform at the end of Billy Madison. It's so satisfying that… More »

By: Chris DeVille / February 27, 2015

Noel Gallagher Explains Why Seinfeld Is The Best And Alt-J Can Fuck Off

When we spoke with Noel Gallagher recently, the ex-Oasis guitarist had harsh words for Beyoncé and Kanye West. Gallagher loves to run his mouth -- and I love to hear him running it -- so of course he had some more vitriol to spew when Rolling Stone caught up with him, and of… More »

By: Chris DeVille / February 27, 2015

Jonny Greenwood Shares Update On Radiohead’s Recording Sessions

Radiohead have been in and out of the studio since last fall. Presumably they're working on their next album, but word has been mum about what exactly is going on. Jonny Greenwood broke that silence today, though, with an interview in Indian newspaper The Sunday Guardian. Here's what Greenwood had to say about… More »

By: Chris DeVille / February 26, 2015

The Week In Pop: The Grand Rehabilitation Of Lady Gaga

Less than a year ago I published a post with the headline Watch Lady Gaga Get Doused In Neon Vomit While Riding A Mechanical S&M Pig At SXSW, Brought To You By Doritos. The garish excess of Gaga's performance-art spectacle was typical of the obscene brand-mania that has infected SXSW to its core, but… More »

By: Chris DeVille / February 26, 2015

Premature Evaluation: Purity Ring Another Eternity

"I thought it was Taylor Swift." I was playing "Push Pull," the gorgeously shimmering lead single from Purity Ring's Another Eternity, for a friend whose musical tastes don't extend far beyond the radio dial. The above quote was his reaction. My friend's point of reference is limited, but it's not that crazy that Mega… More »

By: Chris DeVille / February 26, 2015

Billy Corgan Finally Breaks His Legendary Silence About Kanye’s Grammys Intrusion

I'm sure we've all been wondering what Billy Corgan thinks about Kanye West's latest stage-crashing incident, and now we know! Corgan appeared on Channel 7's The Morning Show in Australia yesterday, and as Faster Louder reports, Corgan shared some lengthy thoughts about his fellow Chicagoan. Thoughts like these:… More »

By: Chris DeVille / February 26, 2015

Livestream The BRIT Awards Right Here

The BRIT Awards are the UK's answer to the Grammys, and just like the Grammys, the BRITs love Sam Smith. Smith led this year's nominations, which also include the likes of Damon Albarn, Jessie Ware, FKA twigs, Chvrches, Coldplay, Alt-J, Charli XCX, One Direction, Beck, Pharrell, Lana Del Rey, St. Vincent, Foo Fighters, Sia,… More »

By: Chris DeVille / February 25, 2015

L.A. Band The Singles Take Legal Action Against Scarlett Johansson’s New Supergroup

After my initial surprise about the Scarlett Johansson/Este Haim/Holly Miranda supergroup the Singles wore off, one of my first thoughts was: There has to be some other band called the Singles out there somewhere. Turns out just such a band exists in ScarJo & Co's backyard of Los Angeles, and they aren't happy about… More »

By: Chris DeVille / February 25, 2015

Simon Joyner – “Nostalgia Blues”

Off-kilter Americana legend Simon Joyner perked up my ears with "You Got Under My Skin," an early preview from his upcoming album Grass, Branch & Bone. "Nostalgia Blues," a seven-minute epic from the same record, is just as captivating. Joyner's sorrowful, skeletal folk songcraft reminds me of everyone from Dylan to Reed to Oldham… More »

By: Chris DeVille / February 25, 2015

Watch The Trailer For Brian Wilson Biopic Love & Mercy

Beach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson is one of the most legendary figures in music, a guy who wrote and produced dozens of classic songs and helped shape the album as music's preeminent artistic statement. He's also a bit of an oddball, which makes him an ideal subject for a Hollywood biopic. Just such a movie… More »

By: Chris DeVille / February 25, 2015

Tom Demac – “Smoke Stained Ivories”

"Smoke Stained Ivories," the title track from techno producer Tom Demac's upcoming EP, matches a brisk, shuffling house rhythm with luminescent synth melodies and pounded piano chords. It's a gorgeous piece of work that reminds me of Laurel Halo in a Disclosure state of mind. Demac shared some background on the track with TheMore »

By: Chris DeVille / February 25, 2015

Dutch Uncles – “Decided Knowledge” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

Dutch Uncles' excellent new O Shudder is out this week, and the band has marked the occasion with an extremely likable video for their lushly arranged, playfully executed new wave single "Decided Knowledge." It stars a puppet version of frontman Duncan Wallis who grooves around the Welsh beachfront town of Llandudno, mimicking Wallis'… More »

By: Chris DeVille / February 25, 2015

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