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The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

Drake released a long-form music video this week. He shouldn't do that! It was very bad! Honestly, if someone would've just taken the "One Dance"
Tom Breihan | September 30, 2016 - 2:52 pm

Gucci Mane – “Money Machine” (Feat. Rick Ross) Video

Next month, Atlanta rap hero Gucci Mane will release Woptober, his second album since coming home from prison earlier this year. We've already heard the…
Tom Breihan | September 30, 2016 - 12:30 pm

Watch Regina Spektor Sing “Small Bill$” On James Corden

We're used to seeing singer-songwriter Regina Spektor sitting behind her piano, and that's what we got when Spektor performed on Colbert earlier this week. But…
Tom Breihan | September 30, 2016 - 11:48 am

Watch Drake Bring Out Big Sean & Dr. Dre In Los Angeles

Even after the release of last year's Compton, Dr. Dre, once rap's great recluse, still doesn't get out of the house that often. So it's…
Tom Breihan | September 30, 2016 - 11:18 am

Portland’s Real-Life Feminist Bookstore: “Fuck Portlandia”

Since Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein began putting together their Portland-centric IFC sketch show Portlandia, they've filmed their recurring feminist-bookstore sketches at In Other Words,…
Tom Breihan | September 30, 2016 - 10:32 am

Interview

Solange Shares Her Inspirations For A Seat At The Table

Four years ago, Solange Knowles released True, a delightfully dizzy and jittery R&B mini-album. It was an immediate sensation, and the joyous live shows that…
Tom Breihan | September 30, 2016 - 10:15 am

Watch Blood Orange’s Gorgeous Daily Show Performances

This morning, Blood Orange mastermind Dev Hynes appears on A Seat At The Table, the astonishing new album from his old collaborator Solange. And last…
Tom Breihan | September 30, 2016 - 10:05 am

Stream Tycho’s Surprise Album Epoch

This is an absolutely ridiculous day for new albums, with LPs from Bon Iver, Danny Brown, Solange, Nicolas Jaar, and way too many others arriving.
Tom Breihan | September 30, 2016 - 9:36 am

Freddie Gibbs Acquitted Of Sexual Assault Charge

Earlier this year, Indiana rapper Freddie Gibbs was arrested in France and charged with a rape that he'd allegedly committed in Vienna, Austria. Gibbs was…
Tom Breihan | September 30, 2016 - 9:18 am

Bruce Springsteen Signs Fifth Grader’s Absence Note

Bruce Springsteen loves to play endless marathon live shows, and people love to take their kids to those live shows. That means Springsteen has probably…
Tom Breihan | September 30, 2016 - 8:51 am

La Sera – “Whole Lotta Love” (Led Zeppelin Cover)

Earlier this summer, La Sera frontwoman Katy Goodman teamed up with Greta Morgan to release Take It, It's Yours, an album of classic punk covers.
Tom Breihan | September 29, 2016 - 3:01 pm

You Have Less Than Two Weeks To Buy These Dumb NFL Band T-Shirts

It's the eternal dilemma: Do you wear a T-shirt representing your favorite team or your favorite band? Well, some genius at the custom T-shirt retailer…
Tom Breihan | September 29, 2016 - 1:36 pm

Download Aesop Rock & Homeboy Sandman’s Free EP Lice Two: Still Buggin’

Last year, the wordy, dense, lyrically intricate East Coast underground rappers Aesop Rock and Homeboy Sandman teamed up for a fun, loose, playful free EP…
Tom Breihan | September 29, 2016 - 12:51 pm

Premature Evaluation

Premature Evaluation: Bon Iver 22, A Million

The last album was supposed to be the weird one. After unexpectedly blowing the fuck up and selling a half-million copies of his isolationist spectral-folk…
Tom Breihan | September 29, 2016 - 12:24 pm

Stream Goat Requiem

The mysterious Swedish psych-rock collectives wear mock-tribal masks, lace their guitar freakouts with bursts of percussion, and boast a whole elaborate made-up backstory. They have…
Tom Breihan | September 29, 2016 - 12:10 pm

Faith No More – “Cone Of Shame” Video

Reunited art-metal standard-bearers Faith No More came back last year with Sol Invictus, their first album in 17 years. And today, they've got a new…
Tom Breihan | September 29, 2016 - 11:53 am

That Leaked Beck Song Soundtracks A Fossil Smartwatch Commercial

No one really needs a Fossil smartwatch, just like no one really needs a bright, sparkly new Beck song that sounds way too much like…
Tom Breihan | September 29, 2016 - 11:04 am

Swet Shop Boys – “T5″ Video

Next month, we'll get to hear Cashmere, the debut full-length from Swet Shop Boys, the duo of former Das Racist member Heems and the British…
Tom Breihan | September 29, 2016 - 10:40 am

SiriusXM Launches A Talk Radio Channel About Music

Why listen to music when you could listen to people talking about music? This seems like an absolutely weird and ill-founded idea, but I spend…
Tom Breihan | September 29, 2016 - 10:14 am

Stream Conor Oberst Ruminations

Conor Oberst struck out for New York more than a decade ago, when Bright Eyes, the self-excoriating outfit that he founded, first blew up. But…
Tom Breihan | September 29, 2016 - 9:46 am

Liam Gallgher Explains Why He Keeps Calling Noel A Potato

The two former co-leaders of Oasis, the brothers Liam and Noel Gallagher, are currently embroiled in a deeply entertaining feud with one another, and the…
Tom Breihan | September 29, 2016 - 9:30 am

Hear “Prologue” From Kate Bush’s New Live Album Before The Dawn

Two years ago, Kate Bush played her first live shows in 35 years, settling in for a 22-date residency at London's Hammersmith Apollo. All those…
Tom Breihan | September 29, 2016 - 9:04 am

Status Ain't Hood

Could Rap Music Be Whitewashed The Way Rock ‘N’ Roll Was?

In 1960, black rock 'n' roll guitarists like Chuck Berry were among the most vital forces driving popular culture. By 1970, a black rock 'n'
Tom Breihan | September 28, 2016 - 12:51 pm

Moses Sumney – “Lonely World” (Feat. Thundercat)

Moses Sumney, the spacey and powerful singer who's currently on tour with James Blake, will release his new EP Lamentations on Friday, and he'll also…
Tom Breihan | September 28, 2016 - 11:29 am

DJ Quik – “Black Friday”

For decades, the Compton legend DJ Quik has been among our greatest sources of musically advanced, lyrically knuckleheaded West Coast rap music. Earlier this year,…
Tom Breihan | September 28, 2016 - 11:10 am

Radiohead Share A Moon Shaped Pool Special Edition Unboxing

Right now, Radiohead are selling a special vinyl edition of A Moon Shaped Pool, the lovely album they released earlier this year. The special edition…
Tom Breihan | September 28, 2016 - 10:42 am

Watch Air Play Two Classics On Kimmel

Earlier this year, French space-lounge kings Air released the career-spanning collection Twentyears, and about a month ago, they promoted it by taping a performance on…
Tom Breihan | September 28, 2016 - 10:11 am

Francis And The Lights – “My City’s Gone” (Feat. Kanye West)

Back in July, Francis And The Lights, the singer and producer Francis Starlite's future-pop project, teamed up with Kanye West and Bon Iver's Justin Vernon…
Tom Breihan | September 28, 2016 - 9:48 am

Watch Black Keys & Cage The Elephant Frontmen Join Prophets of Rage In Nashville

Prophets Of Rage -- the new supergroup that features three quarters of Rage Agains The Machine, alongside rap legends Chuck D and B-Real -- are…
Tom Breihan | September 28, 2016 - 9:17 am

Garth Brooks Breaks The Record For Most Diamond Albums

They're just handing out the diamond certifications like candy these days, aren't they? Whenever an album pulls off the exceedingly rare feat of selling 10…
Tom Breihan | September 28, 2016 - 8:57 am

Comments from Tom Breihan

Well, no, her publicist set it up. That's the way these things work. It was a very cool experience, tho. Currently fighting the urge to text her about how much I like the album.
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September 30, 2016 on Solange Shares Her Inspirations For A Seat At The Table
They took all those old track reviews off the site, which bums me out a lot. But yeah, Shawty Lo and D4L were popular musicians who were pretty much dismissed critically in their era but who turned out to be important once we heard what so many younger artists took from them. It sucks, but it happens. I try not to sleep on stuff like that, but every critic does it sometimes.
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September 21, 2016 on Young M.A Is A Bully And A Boss
I wrote at least one D4L track review for Pitchfork back in '05.
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September 21, 2016 on Young M.A Is A Bully And A Boss
I appreciate that, but I don't have much to say about it. It's a very good indie rock album, and that's about all I got.
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September 13, 2016 on Album Of The Week: Touché Amoré Stage Four
I reviewed Friday Night Lights for pitchfork. Thought his whole thing was puzzling back then too.
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August 29, 2016 on J. Cole Is One Of Rap’s Biggest Stars. Why?
You don't do something like that unless you're a trained stuntman. But maybe it's supposed to be Frank?
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August 26, 2016 on The 5 Best Videos Of The Week
FINE SORRY I PUT THE TRACKLIST IN THERE, JESUS. I WILL NEVER BOTHER YOU WITH A TRACKLIST AGAIN.
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August 25, 2016 on Chromatics – “Dear Tommy” Video
GLORIOUS Legit contender, for sure. Like, was that theme all this guy ever needed? Did he suffer through a decade of butt-ass TNA themes just because he didn't know what was awaiting him? Nakamura's theme also a masterpiece obv.
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August 24, 2016 on J. Cole Is One Of Rap’s Biggest Stars. Why?
Last 4 albums of the week were Ka, Thee Oh Sees, Dinosaur Jr.*, and Jeremih. I love the shit out of pop music, but I press myself hard to listen to everything and pump up anything exceptional I hear, regardless of genre. It's precisely that fear of missing out on stuff that pushes me to do that. We post a lot of music on this site, but a very large percentage of it is stuff that we're genuinely excited about. There's just a lot of music right now. * I actually think I got a little lazy on Dino Jr. week, partly because I'd never written at length about them post-reunion. Shoulda probably given it to Noname instead.
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August 19, 2016 on ATLiens Turns 20
Hamilton is form-pushing too tho! And it's also clearly the reason why he's on this show. I would bet money that Baz Luhrmann has never heard a clipping, song.
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August 17, 2016 on Over-The-Top Superhero Melodrama The Get Down Gets Early Rap So Wrong And So Right
"Unrealistic" isn't a problem. "Stupid" is a problem.
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August 17, 2016 on Over-The-Top Superhero Melodrama The Get Down Gets Early Rap So Wrong And So Right
Let Corgan Be Corgan. (He is almost certainly not going to come on our show.)
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August 15, 2016 on Fucked Up’s Damian Abraham & Stereogum’s Tom Breihan Launch Wrestling Podcast
It's not online anymore, sadly. It probably sucks tho.
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August 4, 2016 on The Faint – “Skylab1979″
...I don't think so? It's been a long time.
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August 4, 2016 on The Faint – “Skylab1979″