Tom Breihan

Oscar – “Daffodil Days” Video

Oscar is a London singer with a difficult-to-Google name, and his single "Daffodil Days" is a halfway-to-Britpop burst of guitar-spangled melody. The song might radiate optimism, but its new video sure doesn't. Instead, the "Daffodil Days" clip is an almost-apocalyptic narrative about no-hope British kids trying to make do for themselves. Laurie LynchMore »

By: Tom Breihan / 12:55 pm

Red Death – “Permanent Exile”

The D.C. band Red Death, which includes members of groups like Coke Bust and Secretarian Violence, play '80s-style crossover thrash with brutal, bone-crunch hardcore simplicity. They'll release their debut album Permanent Exile next month, and the title track is a blast of ridiculously fun and angry mosh music that says everything it needs to say… More »

By: Tom Breihan / 10:33 am

Hear New Eminem Music In The Trailer For Jake Gyllenhaal’s Boxing Drama Southpaw

Eminem has already achieved sports-movie immortality thanks to the rap-battle scenes in 8 Mile, and he was originally cast as the lead of Training Day director Antoine Fuqua's forthcoming boxing movie Southpaw. Instead, the movie got made with Jake Gyllenhaal as the star. (It's also got a pretty impressive supporting cast that includes Forrest Whitaker… More »

By: Tom Breihan / 10:02 am

Roots Manuva – “Facety 2:11″ (Prod. Four Tet)

Back in the days before grime, Roots Manuva seemed like the great hope for UK rap. His heavy, craggy voice could've only come from a man who has seen some things, and his 2001 album Run Come Save Me seemed like a logical rap response to Massive Attack's Mezzanine. He's just returned with a new… More »

By: Tom Breihan / 9:39 am

Duran Duran Complete New LP Feat. Janelle Monáe & Kiesza, Prod. By Nile Rodgers & Mark Ronson

Never bet against Duran Duran finding a way to remain commercially relevant. History's greatest new-wave boy band just inked a deal with new label Warner Bros., and they've finished work on a new album. They're in a great position to score their umpteenth comeback, thanks in part to a couple of of-the-moment producers who… More »

By: Tom Breihan / 9:15 am

Comments from Tom Breihan

Also, the "is this album worth a blank disc?" question is a low-stakes simulacrum of the "is this album worth $15?" question.
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March 25, 2015 on The Week In Rap: Earl Sweatshirt, Action Bronson, & Major-Label Rap’s Age Of Weirdness
How in the FUCK did I get those two mixed up? Fun fact: I paid money for Len's album and also paid money to see Lit live (opening for Garbage, but still).
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March 24, 2015 on Stream Only Real Jerk At The End Of The Line
HOW ABOUT YOU JUST LET US DO OUR JOBS, JEEZ
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March 17, 2015 on Album Of The Week: Tobias Jesso Jr. Goon
We made it almost all the way to 36
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March 17, 2015 on Premature Evaluation: Kendrick Lamar To Pimp A Butterfly
Rap > music.
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March 17, 2015 on Premature Evaluation: Kendrick Lamar To Pimp A Butterfly
This didn't fit into the piece, but Spike Jonze directed that "Car Song" video, and its plot is "Elastica are ghostbusters in Tokyo." HOW IS THAT NOT THE BEST VIDEO EVER? HOW DOES IT MANAGE TO SUCK? This has bothered me for 20 years.
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March 16, 2015 on Elastica Turns 20
I didn't know how many people in the band are trans and didn't want to talk out of my ass. Online info is scant, and it seems like adding a sentence like "they have a 'transbitcheswithproblems' tag on their Bandcamp" wouldn't really add anything to the experience of hearing the song. (And I didn't post about PWR BTTM.) Mostly I just wanted to draw attention to the song because it's great.
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March 11, 2015 on G.L.O.S.S. – “G.L.O.S.S. (We’re From The Future)”
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