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The 10 Dumbest Azealia Banks Beefs Of 2013

By James Rettig / December 20, 2013 - 3:57 pm

There’s no better example of unrealized potential than Azealia Banks. It’s been over two years since “212” dropped and we’re still not sure when (or if) her oft-delayed debut album will ever be released. It’s frustrating to see a young artist prioritize petty feuds over making music, and it’s especially frustrating because I like Azealia’… More »


The 10 Best Bob Dylan Songs

By Timothy Bracy And Elizabeth Bracy / December 17, 2013 - 12:29 pm

So, here we’ve finally arrived: “Bob Dylan’s 10 Best Songs,” the Iraq Invasion of long-form rock journalism. Uncalled for and utterly unwinnable, contending with a thousand-song catalog so rich, varied, mysterious, and fraught with social and artistic context that the very notion of its distillation courts nothing less than madness. Why not rank Shakespeare’s 10… More »


The 40 Best Rap Albums Of 2013

By Tom Breihan / December 16, 2013 - 8:35 am

Last year, there was one album — Kendrick Lamar’s Good Kid, m.A.A.d. City — that united virtually the entire rap-listening public in adoration. This year, no such luck. Many heard my #1 pick of the year (and you can probably already guess what it is) as the work of a sonic visionary, and plenty more… More »


Stereogum’s 50 Favorite Songs Of 2013

By Stereogum / December 12, 2013 - 1:09 pm

Determining the year’s best albums is, admittedly, a subjective pursuit. But even more than an albums roundup, a list of songs is an intensely personal way to sum up a year in music. It is a process of appreciating the trees in a forest so sprawling it can never be mapped out entirely, celebrating the… More »


10 Artists Who Broke Free In 2013

By Stereogum / December 11, 2013 - 4:33 pm

This post is presented by Virgin Mobile who encourage you to #BreakFree. More »


The 17 Best Kanye Rants Of 2013

By Chris DeVille / December 11, 2013 - 10:39 am

In 2013, Kanye West’s spoken word was more entertaining than most musicians’ music. All year, he’s been part ego supernova, part prophet, part philosopher, part petulant child, part motivational speaker, and “completely awesome at all times.” He could release one of those records of between-song banter like Robert Pollard’s Relaxation Of The Asshole and I’d… More »


Morrissey Albums From Worst To Best

By Brad Shoup / December 10, 2013 - 3:46 pm

What an enviable position in which Steven Patrick Morrissey finds himself. It is, I dare say, quite privileged, but we’ll get back to that. He is a spokesman for Morrissey alone: not for a bygone era of guitar-spined indie pop; not for the Cool Britannia movement that emerged, like a cicada swarm, from Morrissey’s fixatio… More »


The 50 Best Metal Albums Of 2013

By Michael Nelson / December 10, 2013 - 10:33 am

In our May Premature Evaluation of Deafheaven’s Sunbather, I compared the album to Agalloch’s 2010 LP, Marrow Of The Spirit. In my opinion, Marrow is the best metal album of the millennium (so far), the apotheosis of what had also been, I believed, the best metal year of the millennium (so far) — perhaps a… More »


Jay Z Ranks Jay Z Albums Best To Worst

By Tom Breihan / December 5, 2013 - 9:43 am

Last year, before he dropped the hyphen, I undertook the difficult task of ranking Jay-Z’s albums from best to worst. I had my opinions, and the comments section, by and large, did not agree with them. Neither, it turns out, did Jay. The superstar recently ranked his own albums on his Life + Times website,… More »


The 10 Best Eminem Songs

By Joseph Schafer / December 3, 2013 - 12:58 pm

At this point, I propose the music-loving community respectfully consider The Marshall Mathers LP II to be hip-hop’s version of the film Prometheus — both are decent efforts that, had they not been made by such esteemed artists (Eminem and Ridley Scott, respectively), and not been sequels to masterpieces, probably would have garnered more critical… More »


The 50 Best Albums Of 2013

By Stereogum / December 3, 2013 - 10:58 am

Earlier this year, New York Times pop critic Jon Caramanica wrote a piece about pop’s Summer Of Smooth, about how many of this year’s big warm-weather crossover hits were soft and breezy and immaculately produced and comforting pieces of throwbacky, slick pseudo-R&B. Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” drove the narrative, but it also encompassed Bruno Mar… More »


The BBC’s Sound Of 2014 Longlist Revealed

By Tom Breihan / December 2, 2013 - 9:03 am

Every year, the BBC presents a list of artists who won’t necessarily be the best artists of the next year but who, the network predicts, will be the most successful, the most listened-to. As predictors go, their track record isn’t bad. HAIM won last year; Adele and Jessie J have won previous years. And thi… More »


Beatles Albums From Worst To Best

By Chris DeVille / November 27, 2013 - 1:21 pm

Barring the collapse of the space-time continuum, this was bound to happen at some point, but it’s still a shock: The first Beatles album, Please Please Me, turned 50 years old this year. More »


The 10 Best Sunny Day Real Estate Songs

By Ryan Reed / November 19, 2013 - 11:40 am

Earlier this season, South Park aired an episode titled “Goth Kids 3: Dawn of the Posers.” Within, the animated town’s resident outcasts are brainwashed into thinking they’re “emos,” instead of goths, which is truly horrifying stuff since they idolize Edgar Allen Poe — not, say, Morrissey. Overall, it’s a pretty one-note episode, but the hilariou… More »


of Montreal Albums From Worst To Best

By John Everhart / November 12, 2013 - 12:19 pm

The name of the game for of Montreal has always been evolution. Their current incarnation, making its debut on their newest album Lousy With Sylvianbriar, favors whip-smart, sinewy rock songs, eschewing the dance pop they’ve embraced in recent years, while baring a faint resemblance to the classicist proclivities they favored early in their career. Yet… More »


The 15 Most Memorable Moments At Fun Fun Fun Fest 2013

By Ryan Leas / November 11, 2013 - 2:17 pm

Fun Fun Fun Fest went down this past weekend in Austin, Texas, aka “the Live Music Capital Of The World.” The Fest celebrated its eighth year with headliners M.I.A., Snoop Dogg, and Slayer, along with a stacked lineup that included Ice-T, the Descendents, Kurt Vile, the Julie Ruin, Bleached, Killer Mike, the Men, Chelsea Light… More »


The 10 Best M.I.A. Songs

By Claire Lobenfeld / November 6, 2013 - 4:01 pm

M.I.A. is supposed to be a messenger, but the mission of her music is often obscured by critics’ and listeners’ schismatic view of her work. But before her war with the NFL, her allegiance with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, or those goddamn truffle fries, she was a neon prism at the end of a long… More »


The 10 Best Moments From The 2013 YouTube Music Awards

By Chris DeVille / November 3, 2013 - 9:22 pm

After an ambitious and awkward 90-minute production, the inaugural YouTube Music Awards have disappeared into a cloud of blue chalk dust. The ceremony, streamed live from a warehouse in New York, attempted to capture the madcap spirit of early MTV and only occasionally succeeded — and if success means a lot of eyeballs on the… More »


Smashing Pumpkins Albums From Worst To Best

By Ryan Leas / October 29, 2013 - 11:34 am

It’s easy to forget that the Smashing Pumpkins were outsiders. Not in the sense that many bands are — the weird, artsy, pained kids who find an outlet by playing loud rock music. The Smashing Pumpkins were outsiders from a wave of outsiders, often regarded by a sneer from their contemporaries as ’90s alternative took… More »


20 Great Lou Reed Moments

By Tom Breihan / October 28, 2013 - 3:27 pm

When Adam Yauch died last year, a simple obituary didn’t seem like the best way to sum up a sprawling, groundbreaking, all-over-the-place career. The best way I could think to pay tribute was a randomly-assembled list of moments from Yauch’s career. Similarly, it’s impossible to quantify, in a simple essay, the seismic effect of Lou… More »


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