Tom Breihan

“Self Destruction” Rappers Will Reunite And Perform With Vanilla Ice At BET’s Selma Anniversary Concert

"Self Destruction" was a 1989 posse cut one-off that did what it could to curb gang violence in the black community. At the time, the song felt historic, since heavyweights like Public Enemy, Boogie Down Productions, Kool Moe Dee, and MC Lyte had never been on the same song before. And this weekend, many of… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 5, 2015

Chromatics – “I Can Never Be Myself When You’re Around”

Sometime very soon, Chromatics are planning to release their new album Dear Tommy, the follow-up to 2012's great Kill For Love. We've posted first single "Just Like You," and now they've shared "I Can Never Be Myself When You're Around." It's a song worthy of this group's dark glamor, a glittering and… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 5, 2015

Art Critics Hate Björk’s MoMa Retrospective

Björk isn't a visual artist, but she's conducted her entire public life as if it's a piece of theatrical performative art. So it made sense last year when New York's Museum Of Modern Art announced that it would stage a grand Björk retrospective. That exhibit opens to the public this weekend, and as it… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 5, 2015

The Very Best – “Let Go” Video

The Very Best, the duo of Malawian singer Esau Mwamwaya and Swedish producer Johan Hugo, have a new album called Makes A King coming out next month. Their new video for "Let Go," which features Vampire Weekend's Chris Baio on bass, follows the clip for "Hear Me" that they released last year. I… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 5, 2015

Violent Reaction – “Marching On”

I can't be the only person who read Kelefa Sanneh's recent New Yorker piece on New York hardcore and thought, "Goddam, I need to listen to more hardcore." The big problem there: Turnstile, the one current band mentioned in the New Yorker piece, sound a little too close to 311 for comfort. So, a… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 5, 2015

Comments from Tom Breihan

Pretty much, yeah. It's not an exact science, but we save PEs for the really big, anticipated albums or the out-of-nowhere surprise releases from huge names.
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February 24, 2015 on Album Of The Week: Screaming Females Rose Mountain
6'11". I am a titan among men.
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February 18, 2015 on The Week In Rap: The Indestructible Career Of Juicy J
I was! Think I got high during it, too! That was the year Jawbox opened up on the mainstage, right? Fuckin Jawbox in a stadium. That was a thing that happened.
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February 9, 2015 on Grammys 2015: Performances From Worst To Best
Amrit looks cooler than anyone who was onstage tonight (except Rihanna).
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February 8, 2015 on Grammys 2015: Comment Party
Hey guys, St. Vincent and Aphex Twin already won Grammys tonight. Neither one of them showed up! Neither award was on TV!
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February 8, 2015 on Grammys 2015: Comment Party
Charlottesville, VA. We have, like, a classic-soul station that's pretty good. We also have two competing granola alt-rock stations. And when the wind blows the right way, we can get the Richmond station for a few minutes sometimes.
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February 4, 2015 on The Week In Rap: Farewell To The Jacka
I'm still going to write about mixtapes! I'm just going to save it for the really, really good ones. The catalyst for this change: Me reading something about the Florida rapper Woop, thinking "that sounds cool," not remembering that I'd written an MOTW on him last year.
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February 4, 2015 on The Week In Rap: Farewell To The Jacka
Did it actually show up in any theaters? I didn't mention it cuz I figured it was on the same level as his Masters of Horror joints.
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February 3, 2015 on Album Of The Week: John Carpenter Lost Themes
Had the wrong release-date info on that one. It's in there now.
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February 3, 2015 on Album Of The Week: John Carpenter Lost Themes
My whole thing with the Montessori reference is: Doesn't Kanye realize that Big Sean is a Waldorf School alumnus? And that Waldorf and Montessori have FUNDAMENTALLY OPPOSED educational philosophies? They should really discuss this stuff before they put it on wax.
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January 30, 2015 on Big Sean – “Blessings” (Feat. Drake & Kanye West)