Will 2015 be the year of the ’70s singer/songwriter? Is Kendrick Lamar’s new album coming out on Tuesday? What was pussy like in the ’60s? We considered a lot of questions this week, but the only thing we learned for sure is that we’re lucky Björk is still making harrowing music and jamming to Dutch E. Germ like a couture squid.
We’re well into January, and this week we saw a massive amount of new album news. We got teasers and tracklists from folks like Björk, Waxahatchee, Purity Ring, Matt And Kim, Lightning Bolt, Death Cab For Cutie, JEFF The Brotherhood, Mark Knopfler, Inventions, Chris Cornell, James Blake, FIDLAR, Matthew E. White, Pops Staples, Chvrches, PJ Harvey, Fort Lean, Fort Romeau, Doldrums, Spiritualized, Sufjan Stevens (!), and Carly Rae Jepsen (!!). Something for everyone. But still waiting on you, Frank. Stereogum readers’ best and worst comments about all this stuff, Mark Ronson, Sleater-Kinney, and more are below.
It’s the first Shut Up, Dude of 2015! I can feel it’s gonna be a good year for comments. Lots of gifs, lots of lols from you guys. Before we get into this week’s highest and lowest rated responses to Coachella vs. Governors Ball, Fashion Week, and 24/192 downloads, I have a bit of housecleaning. Because I love you, throughout 2014 I collected MP3s of every cool new cover song I came across — compilation cuts, radio sessions, SoundCloud loosies, obscure TV rips, etc. The plan was narrow and rank them, but ultimately I did not have time. Now it’s really late for a Best Of 2014 list. 2016 is right around the corner! Maybe you still want to hear them. I have 313 and most of them are worth hearing. (I only included live stuff if it was broadcast-quality audio.) Here’s a 1.45GB zip. It won’t be there forever; one of you should mirror it. From A.C. Newman to ZHU, here’s what it’s got…
Super fun workin on this track http://t.co/Xeewv1DZJk
— David Longstreth (@DavidLongstreth) January 25, 2015
I’m guessing this is McCartney on organ and Longstreth on guitar? Ty Dolla $ign in the choruses. Not clear if they were ever all in the same room together, but that would be cool!
I don’t know why this doesn’t work for you… You’re grabbing the embed code?
I like Jackson Browne.
I’ve also been trying to get a James Taylor 10 Best Songs off the ground, but no one’s biting.
Yeah, I think Walker could fit, though the artists Chris focused on are more closely indebted to this revival of wry lyricism a la Randy Newman and Warren Zevon.
Ryley Walker played a great set w/ an upright bass player in Brooklyn last week. He was opening for Beach Slang and Hop Along, so it was funny to see all the hipsters enthralled by a seated, caterwauling Nick Drake-y guy. He covered Van Morrison’s “Fair Play”!
That should be his Twitter bio
I was working on a _____ Day year-end list last month, but then I realized it was boring. Here’s what we celebrated in 2014:
2/20 Kurt Cobain Day in Aberdeen
8/2 Paul McCartney Day in Minneapolis
8/6 Godsmack Day in Boston
8/13 Replacements Day in St Paul
9/17 Foo Fighters Day in Richmond
9/23 David Bowie Day in Chicago
11/5 Britney Spears Day in Vegas
When is Viet Cong day?