Tom Breihan

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

There were plenty of good videos this week, but none of them came close to touching another video, albeit one that wasn't officially a music video. Kanye West's performance of "All Day" at the Brit Awards would've been a thing of beauty even without the fucking flamethrowers: A goddam Boot Camp Clik video, staged… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 27, 2015

Action Bronson – “Actin Crazy” Video

Next month, Action Bronson is set to release Mr. Wonderful, his full-length major-label debut, and he's gearing up for its release the right way: By dunking a flaming basketball on godzilla in a postapocalyptic landscape. In the new video for the Noah "40" Shebib-produced single "Actin Crazy," Bronson green-screens himself into a series of… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 27, 2015

Madonna Got Whiplash From Her Fall At The Brit Awards

After Madonna fell from a stage riser during a Brit Awards performance earlier this week, the internet had a whole lot of fun with her. But some things are worth considering here. For one thing, she finished the damn song afterwards, which is pretty impressive when you consider that she's a 56-year-old lady and… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 27, 2015

Microkingdom – “Zero To Negative Diggity”

Microkingdom are a sax/guitar/drums trio from Baltimore who play a sort of euphorically spazzed-out improv noise-jazz. They don't take themselves even remotely seriously, even if they're always pushing for the most extreme bug-out they can achieve. The group features Marc Miller, formerly of the great math-rock trio Oxes, on guitar, and they've recorded with people… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 27, 2015

Gary Glitter Sentenced To 16 Years In Prison For Sex Crimes

The onetime glam rock icon Gary Glitter may well spend the rest of his life behind bars, and yet it's impossible to feel sorry for him. Glitter, whose real name is Paul Gadd, was found guilty of a number of sex crimes earlier this month. A British court found him guilty of having sex… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 27, 2015

To Bring You My Love Turns 20

In 1995, a few months after she released her best album, I saw PJ Harvey play an American football stadium. Alternative rock was firmly entrenched as a business interest by then, and major labels and radio programmers had started seizing on bands -- Candlebox, say, or Bush -- who could replicate the sounds of young… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 27, 2015

Watch Sleater-Kinney Roar Through “Price Tag” On Seth Meyers

In the past few weeks, the best mornings have been the ones where we get to start things off watching Sleater-Kinney play some late-night show or other. Since the band came back with their triumphant return No Cities To Love, Sleater-Kinney have already played Letterman and Conan. Last night, they served musical-guest… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 27, 2015

Garden City Movement – “Recollections”

The airy, diffuse Tel Aviv synth-drift trio Garden City Movement landed on our radar last year with their twinkling Bengali Cinema EP and their stirring, gorgeously shot "Move On" video, one of last year's best clips. They're about to return with a new EP called Modern West. Its first single is a twitchy,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 26, 2015

Marching Church – “Hungry For Love” Video

Elias Bender Rønnenfelt, the Iceage frontman with the enviable cheekbone situation, is about to release The World Is Not Enough, a solo album that he recorded under the name Marching Church. Rønnenfelt worked with members of bands like Lower and Choir Of Young Believers on the LP, and we've already posted the first single, the… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 26, 2015

Nick Catchdubs – “Full House” (Feat. Troy Ave & Heems)

New Jersey's Nick Catchdubs might've started out as a DJ, but he's also a music-blog OG, and game recognize game. Back in the early '00s, Catchdubs' eponymous website had a lot to do with indie dorks figuring out how great rap and dance music could be. Since then, it's been fun to watch Catchdubs'… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 26, 2015

Stream Cannibal Ox Blade Of The Ronin

FACT recently put together a fun, fight-starting list of the 100 best underground rap records ever. Up at the #1 spot, they listed The Cold Vein, the 2001 El-P-produced debut from the Harlem duo Cannibal Ox. Can Ox broke up before they got around to making a follow-up, but they're back together now and… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 26, 2015

The Super Furry Animals Comeback Is On

For many years, Super Furry Animals were a way bigger deal than a band of ferociously Welsh art-pop conceptualists could reasonably expect to be. The Super Furrys never broke up, but they haven't released an album since 2009's Dark Days/Light Years, and they've been busy with side projects since then. It looks like the… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 26, 2015

Watch Boots’ Motorcycle Jesus Short Film

When the name of the mysterious producer Boots appeared, over and over, in the credits of Beyoncé's staggering self-titled album, he was an unknown, and he kept it that way for a while. But after a period of mystery and obfuscation, it emerged that Boots was Jordy Asher, the former leader of onetime Stereogum… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 26, 2015

Florence + The Machine – “What Kind Of Man (Nicolas Jaar Remix)”

"What Kind Of Man," the first single from Florence + The Machine's new album How Big How Bold How Beautiful, sounds very much like Florence + The Machine. It's a big, bold art-rock howler of a song, a song that isn't the slightest bit shy or reserved. It's light years removed from the meditative,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 26, 2015

Rich Homie Quan & Young Thug – “My Homie”

Atlanta rap superfriends Rich Homie Quan and Young Thug have been making incredible music together, at a staggering rate, for months now. That partnership gave us one of last year's best rap full-lengths in the Rich Gang: Tha Tour Part 1 mixtape. Some of us have been feverishly anticipating a Part 2 ever since we… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 26, 2015

Daft Punk Let Someone Make A Sculpture Of Them Without Helmets

The members of Daft Punk are so protective of their robotic stage personas that it was big news, a couple of years ago, when a surreptitious shot of the out-of-costume duo appeared on Facebook. But apparently, Daft Punk are willing to relax that protectiveness if you're willing to sit there and make a dam… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 26, 2015

Liam Gallagher Has Some Thoughts About Kanye, Too

Noel and Liam Gallagher, brothers and former Oasis bandmates, are completely estranged, and they don't see eye-to-eye on very much. They are, however, in complete accordance on at least one crucial issue: They both think Kanye West is a clown. In a ridiculously entertaining Stereogum interview earlier this week, Noel managed to talk a… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 26, 2015

Will Butler – “You Must Be Kidding Me”

Arcade Fire's Will Butler is spending this week writing one song a day, all of them inspired by articles in the British newspaper The Guardian. He's already tackled the Greek debt crisis on "Clean Monday" and a couple of stories from the former USSR on "Waving Flag." The latest song in the… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 26, 2015

The Week In Rap: Big Sean Is Good Now, Somehow

In the annals of rap history, Fat Joe holds a curious distinction. Joe is a just-OK rapper, a guy who fills space just fine on tracks but who almost never says anything that'll rattle around in your consciousness. But Joe has been on more great songs than any other just-OK rapper in history. The list… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 25, 2015

My Morning Jacket – “Big Decisions”

The members of My Morning Jacket have been keeping themselves busy with other projects in the years since their last album, 2011's Circuital. But they're reportedly planning on dropping two new albums in the next two years. A track from one of them made its way online today; it's a big, searching, midtempo jam,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 25, 2015

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