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The Darkness – “All The Pretty Girls”

Taylor Swift and I have many things in common, but one of the quirkier items in the shared area of our Venn diagram is this:…
Michael Nelson | July 21, 2017 - 3:00 pm

James Hetfield Disses Kirk Hammett Again For Not Contributing Ideas To Metallica’s Latest Album

Way back in April 2015, Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett went on Jamey Jasta's podcast and revealed that he'd somehow "lost [his] iPhone with 250 musical…
Michael Nelson | July 18, 2017 - 4:28 pm

Ted Leo – “You’re Like Me”

It's been seven years since Ted Leo's last LP under his own name -- 2010's Brutalist Bricks -- and those seven years have been a…
Michael Nelson | July 6, 2017 - 10:56 am

The Lurking Fear – “Vortex Spawn”

It can be pretty hard to draw a meaningful distinction between "extreme metal" vocalists, even if you've got a decent familiarity with the genre. That's…
Michael Nelson | June 30, 2017 - 2:01 pm

The Movielife – “Mercy Is Asleep At The Wheel”

When most people think of the Long Island emo/hardcore scene, the bands that typically come to mind are Brand New, Taking Back Sunday, and Glassjaw…
Michael Nelson | June 26, 2017 - 3:23 pm

Mudhoney – “Neanderfuck”

I'm not here to start an argument, just calling it like I see it: Mudhoney were the quintessential grunge band. That's not exactly the same…
Michael Nelson | June 15, 2017 - 2:16 pm

Hear A New Ep Of U Talkin’ U2 To Me?

Podcasts about music tend to be pretty uneven and largely inessential. That's primarily because licensing fees make it prohibitively expensive to include actual music in…
Michael Nelson | June 6, 2017 - 11:17 am

Watch Baroness Debut New Guitarist Gina Gleason

Last week, Baroness announced the departure of longtime guitarist Pete Adams, at the same time also naming Adams' replacement: Philadelphia's Gina Gleason. Filling Adams' shoes…
Michael Nelson | June 5, 2017 - 12:49 pm

Morrissey Releases Statement About Manchester Arena Attack

Manchester, England is one of modern music's most historically significant cities, in no small part because it gave us the Smiths. ("Oh Manchester, so much…
Michael Nelson | May 23, 2017 - 3:22 pm


Bloodclot – “Kali”

Bloodclot qualify as a "supergroup" by just about every practical standard. Their bassist, Nick Oliveri, started his career as a member of Kyuss, and after…
Michael Nelson | May 19, 2017 - 12:02 pm

Body Count – “The Ski Mask Way” Video

I can't think of any album released this year that caught me off guard as violently as Body Count's Bloodlust. I honestly did not expect…
Michael Nelson | May 17, 2017 - 5:59 pm

Elder – “Staving Off Truth”

I already penned a lengthy appreciation of Elder's upcoming fourth LP, Reflections Of A Floating World, when we premiered its lead single, "The Falling Veil,"
Michael Nelson | May 17, 2017 - 10:33 am

Watch At The Drive In Tear Up The Stage On Kimmel

At The Drive In's brand-new comeback LP, in·ter a·li·a, is kind of a dud, but goddamn those guys can still burn down a stage. They…
Michael Nelson | May 12, 2017 - 10:57 am


Hundredth – “Youth”

There's this documentary that came out maybe 15 years ago called Between Resistance & Community: The Long Island DIY Punk Scene. Like its subject matter,…
Michael Nelson | May 11, 2017 - 11:00 am


Elder – “The Falling Veil”

I follow about 200 skateboarders and skate brands on Instagram, and my absolute favorite thing to do on my phone is scroll through that feed…
Michael Nelson | May 5, 2017 - 12:21 pm

Comments from Michael Nelson

That was Kozelek's other sick burn, right? You should at least credit the dude for giving you this great material.
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July 21, 2017 on The 5 Best Songs Of The Week
... but you were a member of the graphic-design agency that created it?
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July 21, 2017 on The Darkness – “All The Pretty Girls”
Ah, I think that was actually an error I made during the editorial process, but I've now amended it in the text above. Thanks for the heads up!
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July 11, 2017 on Ween’s The Mollusk Turns 20: An Oral History By Mickey Melchiondo
Thanks for the shouts, guys! I just added a little update to the bottom of Tom's post above explaining what happened (via Billboard). It's pretty much identical to the arrangement Jay worked out with Samsung to artificially push Rihanna's ANTI to platinum status, which I wrote about (at length!) last year if yr curious how this stuff works: http://www.stereogum.com/1856262/if-rihanna-can-go-platinum-giving-anti-away-for-free-what-does-platinum-even-mean/franchises/sounding-board/
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July 5, 2017 on While JAY-Z’s 4:44 Hasn’t Sold A Single Copy It Is Somehow Already Platinum
That is the reason I personally stopped listening to her -- Islamophobia is repugnant to me in any context, but especially so in black metal, where it's traditionally been fairly pervasive and tacitly accepted. But nah, the site's coverage choices aren't dictated by my values. I think I was just the only person here who ever liked her in the first place.
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June 30, 2017 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – June 2017
She was talking about that nightmare stuff a year ago. That's when I stopped listening to her, so I don't know if she's walked any of this back since then, but here's what she said in context, according to the person who interviewed her: https://www.reddit.com/r/BlackMetal/comments/4lvj2i/interview_myrkur_on_transitioning_from_indie/
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June 30, 2017 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – June 2017
Oh man Abbath. Well he's definitely DISTINCTIVE, I'll give you that.
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June 30, 2017 on The Lurking Fear – “Vortex Spawn”
This is maybe my favorite Cosmo post of all time (although the same could be said of a hundred Cosmo posts) and also one of the funniest and greatest things ever published on the internet.
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June 30, 2017 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – June 2017
I'm not arguing one side or the other, because I have NO FUCKING IDEA, but just to play devil's advocate here: Have you ever looked at the body of work produced by Mr. Brainwash in the many years since the release of that movie? There's a lot of it, and often in big public spaces (as well of tons of smaller pieces in gallery shows). So not only did they create the character, the documentary, the actual human being playing the part of Thierry Guetta, but they have also actively kept the prank going, creating and displaying tons of new art, for the last SEVEN YEARS, during which time Banksy and Shepherd have also been active? AND he's 3D too?! AND NONE OF THEM HAVE EVER BEEN WITNESSED OR REVEALED AS TAKING PART IN THIS INSANELY ELABORATE CONSPIRACY??? Again, devil's advocate. I don't even know how you apply Occam's Razor to this one.
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June 23, 2017 on Did Goldie Accidentally Confirm Banksy Is 3D From Massive Attack?
Honestly based on this comment I think there's like a 20% chance cokeparty is Banksy, compared to like a 7% chance 3D is Banksy.
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June 23, 2017 on Did Goldie Accidentally Confirm Banksy Is 3D From Massive Attack?
Seriously. Look at this excerpt from the NYT review. How the fuck is this real life? (Is it?)
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June 23, 2017 on Did Goldie Accidentally Confirm Banksy Is 3D From Massive Attack?
Glad somebody else caught this. I was gonna respond too but I felt like just randomly embedding "Sorted" into the comments would have been super obscure and confusing for everyone else.
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June 23, 2017 on The 5 Best Videos Of The Week
To say nothing of the fact that this is EXACTLY the type of Pynchon-esque mindfuck that Banksy himself would initiate. It's been seven years since Exit Through The Gift Shop and I'm still not sure if Banksy is Mr. Brainwash or what.
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June 23, 2017 on Did Goldie Accidentally Confirm Banksy Is 3D From Massive Attack?
Thanks for saying this. I think about this kinda stuff a lot, and I'll spare you the details of my own ongoing existential calculus except to say that I agree with your conclusion and I appreciate you sharing it here.
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June 9, 2017 on Premature Evaluation: Fleet Foxes Crack-Up
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June 8, 2017 on Fleet Foxes, Twin Peaks, And The New Revival Of The Old Northwest
There's this one exchange between Harris and PFT in the "Blue Turtlin'" side podcast that is like absolute genius-level comedy. Nobody would ever try to write that shit because it's too intricate and insane to actually pull off or even follow, but those dudes are just so in the zone that it comes off like it's nothing.
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June 6, 2017 on Hear A New Ep Of U Talkin’ U2 To Me?
That's the best way, I just wanted to warn you that the first two eps aren't a great indicator of where it goes afterward. There are a bunch of CBB regulars who appear in different eps later on: Harris, Jimmy Pardo, Todd Glass, PFT (of course), Doug Benson. Those eps literally leave me in tears. Then there's one where a bunch of those guys do a DVD-style commentary track over an earlier ep and it's the funniest fucking shit in history. I know I'm building it up a lot, but it really is one of my favorite things on this Earth. And if you already like CBB, I think it's gonna be a revelation for you, because it's kinda like the most perfect distillation of the CBB format/universe. Enjoy!
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June 6, 2017 on Hear A New Ep Of U Talkin’ U2 To Me?
I love CBB too but I think U Talkin' U2 To Me is even better. FWIW, for the first ep or two, they really do seem to be semi-focused on talking about the music of U2, so you might want to start with ep. 3, "The Joshua Tree" with special guest Harris Wittels (RIP), because that's where things really go off the rails and it only gets weirder and funnier from there. It is a total delight, and if you like CBB, you'll love it.
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June 6, 2017 on Hear A New Ep Of U Talkin’ U2 To Me?
Dude's an absolutely unreal guitarist and his interplay with Baizley is genuinely some of the best musical chemistry I've heard in the last 10 years. I hope he does more stuff with Valkyrie, because that project is rad as hell, too. http://www.stereogum.com/1796992/valkyrie-wintry-plains-stereogum-premiere/mp3s/
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June 2, 2017 on Guitarist Pete Adams Leaves Baroness
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June 1, 2017 on Arcade Fire Announce New Album Everything Now