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77, the forthcoming third album from the Brooklyn-based trio Nude Beach, is an 80-minute double album, a ridiculous thing from a band whose stock in trade is the short, shimmering old-school power-pop singalong. But judging by what we’ve heard from the album so far, that just means they’ll have time to pack in more hooks than anyone knows what to do with. “I Can’t Keep The Tears From Falling” and “For You,” the first two songs we’ve heard from the album, are both wildly catchy and confident windows-down gems, and you can say much the same about “See My Way,” the beautifully jangly nugget that you can hear below. Also below, read some words about the song from frontman Chuck Betz.

The Japanese band MONO has been making glacial, metallic, all-consuming post-rock for 15 years, and over that time, they’ve been getting grander and more orchestral with their music. Next month, though, they’ll pull a Use Your Illusion, releasing two albums on the same day, and both albums strip back their sound a bit. The Last Dawn is, at least according to a press release, the brighter of the two, wheras Rays Of Darkness is heavier and doomier. “Where We Begin,” a track from The Last Dawn, is a very pretty seven-minute exercise in slow-building shoegaze-influenced instrumental grandeur, and you can hear it below.

In 1967, Bob Dylan and the Band got together to work on a whole pile of songs, many of which eventually came out as The Basement Tapes. But many of those songs were left unfinished, and now producer T Bone Burnett has gotten together with an all-star cast to finish some of those songs, setting Dylan’s old lyrics to music. The project features people like Elvis Costello, My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James, and Mumford & Sons’ Marcus Mumford. We’ve already posted the lyric video for “Nothing To It,” and now they’ve shared another one, for a messy two-minute ramble called “Married To My Hack.” Come on. You know you want to hear Costello’s Bob Dylan impression. It’s below.

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 +65Posted on Aug 29th | re: Riff Raff To Sam Smith: "Your Face Is Super Huge" (47 comments)

You have to adjust for distance. Sam Smith is sitting one mile away from the camera.

 +1Posted on Aug 22nd | re: Dummy Turns 20 (43 comments)

They were great! Early on, anyway! But the idea of grouping them into a hot-new-scene with Portishead was a fundamental misunderstanding of everything all 3 of them were doing, as was the idea that they represented the music of the future.

Yes. This is not up for debate. Nobody has ever cried to Aesop.

 0Posted on Jul 31st | re: Tom Petty's Lackluster New Album Will Be His First #1 (16 comments)

Man I’m just fucking with you. Lese Majesty is a fine piece of arty rap splurge, but I don’t love it the way so many of y’all do. And I can’t get my mind around the idea that it’s better than a sparkling, insightful, gorgeously recorded Jenny Lewis album.

 +3Posted on Jul 28th | re: Premature Evaluation: Spoon They Want My Soul (100 comments)

Thanks guys. Fixed.

 +1Posted on Jul 24th | re: Chance The Rapper Teases New Music In Video (3 comments)

You are exactly right. My brain is breaking.

 +14Posted on Jul 18th | re: Portrait Of An American Family Turns 20 (32 comments)

Oh shit, I missed the Punk in Drublic anniversary?!?

 +4Posted on Jul 7th | re: Death From Above 1979 - "Trainwreck 1979" (30 comments)

Yes and yes, thanks.

Yes and yes, and also shout out to Jessica Szor from Gossip Girl.

This is true. Fixed.