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Absolutely Free’s newest song begins with a warbled old-timey tune, a radio dial fading in and out on the band’s wide away of influences. But when “Vision’s” finally kicks in, it sounds completely modern — sure, they’re music is rooted in the past, but this song sounds urgent and of the now. Coupled with the sprightly “Beneath The Air,” Absolutely Free is showing a dynamic range that should serve them well on their upcoming debut album. Listen below.

Laura Jane Grace has responded to rumors that ex-Against Me! member Jay Weinberg has joined Slipknot as their newest drummer. “Dear Slipknot, good luck with that. #shitbag,” she said, kicking off a series of tweets about the former drummer. Weinberg announced that he was leaving the band in a tweet during the 2012 recording sessions for Transgender Dysphoria Blues, shortly after Grace opened up about her transition in an interview with Rolling Stone. Here’s what Grace had to say on Twitter:

SALES have been putting out fantastically restrained pop songs for well over a year now, building a loyal following through a charming and effervescent series of singles. The Florida-based duo is gearing up to release their debut EP, out next week, by compiling the best of those singles into a cohesive whole. Besides the already released tracks, the EP contains a great XXYYXX remix of “Toto” and a new song, “Getting It On,” which may be the best song they’ve put out yet. It’s a perfect distillation of their sound, quietly considered and minimalist. For a song called “Getting It On,” it doesn’t go anywhere that you’d expect. Instead, it’s more about regret, about the moment after and the consequences of the title act. “How could I be so wrong?” Lauren Morgan sings, strained against a low tide swell as sun-beaten and world-weary music sighs behind her. It’s a beautiful track, warm and familiar and in a world of its own. Listen below.


 -2Posted on Aug 24th | re: VMAs 2014 Videos, GIFs, Vines, & Winners List (21 comments)

She is the first female artist to win for best rock video, though, which is a good thing.

 +8Posted on Aug 24th | re: VMAs 2014 Comment Party (122 comments)

Her reaction to Nicki’s ass:

 +8Posted on Aug 24th | re: VMAs 2014 Comment Party (122 comments)

 +5Posted on Aug 19th | re: Kitty Raps, Gets Kawaii On A Pair Of New Tracks (3 comments)

Guess this is as good a place as any to show off this CD I got from her when she was just starting out. Completely forgot I had it until I found it today while cleaning my apartment.

 0Posted on Aug 19th | re: More Adventurous Turns 10 (18 comments)

I’m not sure how old you are, but this is definitely one of *those* albums if you’re in your twenties now. Rilo Kiley was one of my first gateways into indie music (via the Grey’s Anatomy soundtrack, whatever) and this album holds a special place in my heart. Not just for nostalgia purposes, though — it’s also fantastic, especially “A Man/Me/Then Jim,” which is just perfect, and the undeniable fun of “Portions For Foxes” and “It’s A Hit.”

And I think the influence/fondness/longevity of Rilo Kiley can be seen in how popular they still are now and the reception of Jenny Lewis’ latest album. They’ll go down in history as one of the good ones.

 +3Posted on Aug 12th | re: Jessie Ware - "Say You Love Me" (7 comments)

FYI this was co-written by Ed Sheeran, who is still the creepiest looking person in the music business!

 +1Posted on Aug 8th | re: The 5 Best Songs Of The Week (16 comments)

oops, thanks for pointing that out. fixed!

 +2Posted on Jul 30th | re: Mac DeMarco - "Chamber Of Reflection" Video (7 comments)

You right (well, I’m sure others have, but I haven’t). DeMarco just never really clicked with me for whatever reason. Went and listened to Salad Days just now though and I like it but don’t think it’s something I’m going to revisit often. “Chamber Of Reflection” is probably the best song on there and the only other one that really jumped out at me was “Let My Baby Stay,” so I think I prefer it when DeMarco takes things slow. I also think I like the slowed-down version of “Chamber” better than the album one. I can appreciate what he’s doing/why people like him, but it’s just not really my thing.

This video is great though. Wish I could’ve run into them filming it.

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