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Watch Chvrches’ Lauren Mayberry Put Marriage Proposing Fan In His Place

Earlier this week, Chvrches played NYC's Central Park SummerStage in support of their new album, Every Open Eye. During their set, an audience member yelled…
James Rettig | October 2, 2015 - 5:33 pm

Kill J – “You’re Good But I’m Better”

"You're Good But I'm Better" may be Kill J's best song yet, and that's really saying something. The Danish artist got her start in 2013…
James Rettig | October 2, 2015 - 1:53 pm

The 10 Best Broken Social Scene Songs

Has there been a better collective in the past two decades than Broken Social Scene? I really doubt it. The amount of talent inside and…
James Rettig | October 2, 2015 - 11:43 am

Watch Toro Y Moi Cover Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s “Multi-Love”

Toro Y Moi and Unknown Mortal Orchestra are two good but perpetually overlooked and underrated artists, and it makes sense that both of them would…
James Rettig | October 2, 2015 - 11:33 am

Eskimeaux – “Broken Necks” Video

Eskimeaux's O.K. is a collection of sad songs that sound really happy. "Broken Necks," save for its uplifting final verse, is probably the track that…
James Rettig | October 2, 2015 - 11:12 am

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Yah, sure, here's the ~unofficial rundown~: We got an email to the tips line about it (on a Monday morning!!1), and I ended up writing it up. I guess looking back, it kind of rubbed me the wrong way, but I had never heard Wayne speak before and figured maybe he ran his voice through a modulator or something because he's ~wacky~. I listened to about half the interview (skimmed around), and it was all supremely boring stuff, so it didn't even really occur to me that it would be a prank because it wasn't very funny or interesting. And the Beach House song at the end, while mediocre, did sound like them enough. So after the first comment rolled in saying it didn't sound legit, I reached to PR and they quickly confirmed it wasn't real so we took it down! Must have been up for, like, twenty minutes, but I guess other sites had already started posting about it, so it kinda became a thing. Oh well! Feel bad that I misled you guys :( but in the grand scheme of things, it doesn't matter at all. Happy I got a shoutout on Gawker, though, since I've been reading that site since middle school!
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October 3, 2015 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
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October 2, 2015 on Watch Chvrches’ Lauren Mayberry Put Marriage Proposing Fan In His Place
Yeah, I knew I'd get some shit for not including "7/4" and "Swimmers." I love both those tracks a lot and they're probably my most listened to songs, but that's mainly because they are a quick fix when I want some BSS but don't have time to listen to a full album. I just don't know if they really can compare to some of their more elaborate tracks. I almost subbed out "Forced To Love" for one of them, but I didn't want FRR to get completely shafted. tl;dr Picking ten songs is hard!!!!
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October 2, 2015 on The 10 Best Broken Social Scene Songs
I was shuffling between "Forced" and "All To All." A toss-up! Honestly, the first five songs on FRR are impeccable, but after that most of it just turns to mush for me. The songs aren't distinctive enough for me to remember what any of them sound like (save for a few, like "Sentimental X's" and "Sweetest Kill.") It's a good album, though, but I think I had moved on from the band at that point so a lot of it didn't stick with me.
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October 2, 2015 on The 10 Best Broken Social Scene Songs
Still feel real bad about that! At least I got on Gawker tho! Sorry for misleading you all :'(
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October 1, 2015 on Don Henley Thinks Frank Ocean Is A “Talentless Little Prick” And Doesn’t Like Kanye West Either
I wondered about this! I do not know. Maybe both?
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September 24, 2015 on TWINKIDS – “Dreamer” (Stereogum Premiere)
This song is so unbelievably boring. Can't believe anyone would offer to pay $1 million for it...
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September 24, 2015 on Sia – “Alive”
I honestly had to google what song it was because I knew it but couldn't remember what the fuck it was. What a trend
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September 24, 2015 on Austin City Limits Expanding To New Zealand With New Festival Auckland City Limits
They put an EP out on Bandcamp back in 2013 that got big on Tumblr, which is where I first heard of them, and quickly got scooped up by a major. At least I think that's what happened. Definitely some spooky big-label machinery going on in the background now though, but I'd argue the music is definitely way above average :)
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September 23, 2015 on Wet – “Weak”
I'd add Sorority Noise to that list too, but otherwise those are the ones to beat. I think you'll grow to like Harmlessness a bunch -- all the really genius stuff took a few listens to jump out at me. It's pretty overwhelming the first time through.
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September 21, 2015 on Stream The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die Harmlessness