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Q&A: Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s Ruban Nielson Explains His Super-Fi, Hard-Edged Multi-Love

It's hard to believe that it's been nearly five years since Ruban Nielson -- the mad genius and mastermind behind Unknown Mortal Orchestra -- first started mysteriously posting his music on Bandcamp. In the years since, Unknown Mortal Orchestra have released two increasingly amazing (and at times totally confounding) full-length records of kaleidoscopic psych-pop that… More »

By: T. Cole Rachel / February 5, 2015

Q&A: Mark Ronson On His Favorite Records To DJ, Writing With Michael Chabon, And Uptown Special‘s Accidental Law & Order Homage

This week Mark Ronson released Uptown Special, his fourth proper solo album and the launching pad for the increasingly inescapable Bruno Mars jam "Uptown Funk!" The album -- Ronson's first in nearly five years -- features contributions from Tame Impala's Kevin Parker, Miike Snow's Andrew Wyatt, Mystikal (!), Stevie Wonder (!!) and Pulitzer Prize-winning… More »

By: T. Cole Rachel / January 16, 2015

An Annotated Media Guide To Panda Bear

This week Panda Bear (aka Noah Lennox, also of Animal Collective) will release the highly anticipated Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper, his fifth proper solo album. In anticipation of the new record, we took a stroll down Memory Lane with Lennox and looked back at some of his past work, including student films, early… More »

By: T. Cole Rachel / January 12, 2015

Laura Jane Grace Reviews 2014: The Against Me! Leader On Transitioning In Public, Getting To Know Her Fans, And Seeing A Ghost

Since coming out as transgender in 2012, Against Me!'s Laura Jane Grace has been living in a kind of whirlwind, having not only spent the past two years navigating her new identity under the watchful gaze of the public, but also touring nonstop in support of one of the year's best albums Transgender DysphoriaMore »

By: T. Cole Rachel / December 17, 2014

Q&A: Death Cab For Cutie Preview Their Final Album With Chris Walla

It's weird to think about the fact that Death Cab For Cutie have now been a band for nearly two decades. For those of us who came of age alongside the band's music, revisiting Death Cab's back catalog -- currently seven albums deep -- can be something akin to re-reading old diary entries: deeply personal,… More »

By: T. Cole Rachel / October 23, 2014

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I am a little biased about this because Kim is a friend, but it bums me out that so much of the attention paid to the book so far has taken the form of quotes taken entirely out of context or a focus specifically on the divorce stuff. The book is a really beautiful, articulate examination of her entire life as an artist. I understand why people are so fascinated by the end of her marriage, but honestly the other stuff in the book--particularly her involvement in the 80's NYC art world, her thoughts about art and the creative process--is about a million times more interesting.
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February 4, 2015 on What Kim Gordon’s Girl In A Band Reveals About The End Of Her Marriage And The Last Days Of Sonic Youth
Some of you were asking about my setlist. This is what I sent Nina and Louise. I included spots for them to insert some new songs. 1 – Get Back 2 – All Hail Me 3 – The Museum of Broken Relationships 4 – Straight 5 – NEW SONG 6 – NEW SONG 7 – Seether 8 – Don’t Make Me Prove It 9 – Shutterbug 10 – Forsythia 11 – Wolf 12 – The Morning Sad 13 – NEW SONG 14 – Fly 15 – Spiderman 16 – It’s Holy 17 – Celebrate You ENCORE 18 – 25 19 – Shimmer Like A Girl 20 – Volcano Girls
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April 23, 2014 on Q&A: Veruca Salt’s First Joint Interview In 17 Years + “The Museum Of Broken Relationships” Video (Stereogum Premiere)
I approve of this cat-oriented artwork. And the song.
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July 16, 2013 on Mazzy Star – “California”
With all due respect, I can only WISH that my name was Z. Cole Rachel Smith. Thanks for your comments.
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March 4, 2013 on Q&A: Marnie Stern On The Pains Of Making A Living, The Joys Of eBay, And Her New Album The Chronicles Of Marnia
I generally enjoy that my Stereogum interviews are casual and conversational, but maybe you're right--I probably could have cut some of our initial chatter. In any case, I hope there was at least something in the interview you enjoyed. I don't want anyone to feel like their time is being wasted.
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February 1, 2013 on Q&A: Waxahatchee’s Katie Crutchfield On Twin Dynamics, P.S. Eliot, And New LP Cerulean Salt
I wish. I would love to be able to take credit for writing "How Long Have You Known?" xo THURMAN
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April 9, 2012 on Progress Report: Liars
Yes, total spellcheck malfunction. I could die a thousand deaths for not spotting that, as Icky Mettle truly is one of my favorite albums of all time. SORRY, FOLKS.
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July 18, 2011 on Progress Report: Eric Bachmann (Archers Of Loaf, Crooked Fingers)
Yes, "When The President Talks to God" is a stand-alone single that Bright Eyes released in 2005. I didn't necessarily mean to imply that it was included on "Wide Awake."
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March 17, 2011 on Progress Report: Conor Oberst
I stand totally--and accurately--corrected. For some reason The Feelies have always felt like a predecessor to those bands, but clearly that is only a reality in my overcluttered brain. Thanks for setting me straight.
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November 18, 2010 on Progress Report: The Feelies