The 11 Most Interesting Record Store Day Releases

By jessica / March 30, 2011 - 5:25 pm

Record Store Day is coming April 16. It began in 2007 and has grown into a indie record store and vinyl lover’s version of Christmas morning (or maybe Easter morning? RSD happens the third Sunday of every April). The Record Store Day site just posted the line-up of offerings for this year, and it’s a… More »

18 Dark Bands To Watch In 2011

By brandon / March 24, 2011 - 3:15 pm

It’s not news that popular indie rock got a bit darker in 2010. Look no further than regular topics of conversation around here — Zola Jesus, CREEP, Cold Cave, Salem, Tamaryn, Blessure Grave, Locrian, Gatekeeper, Frank (Just Frank), Crystal Castles, Holy Other, Balam Acab, Minks, oOoOO, Silent Diane, ///▲▲▲\\\, anyone else who got labeled “witch… More »

Heidecker & Wood’s 11 Favorite Yacht Rock Jams

By brandon / March 16, 2011 - 4:00 pm

Tim Heidecker of Tim And Eric and David Wood, a composer on Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!, just released a debut album, Starting From Nowhere under the moniker of (course) Heidecker & Wood. It’s a homage of sorts to ’70s soft rock that finds the guys creating Yacht Rock-inspired music that, outside the… More »

The Worst Super Bowl Halftime Performances Since We Were Born

By Amrit Singh / February 4, 2011 - 3:17 pm

Once upon a time that thing that’s pictured up there happened. It was not really one of the The Worst Super Bowl Halftime Performances. But it does mark a turning point after which Super Bowl Performances would be scrubbed within an inch of their life of anything resembling hormonal charge. (Unless we’re talking about Prince’sMore »

The 20 Most Overlooked LPs Of 2010

By Stereogum / January 13, 2011 - 1:11 pm

There were more albums released in 2010 than could fit on all the lists released in 2010. (And there were many lists.) With that in mind, and certain ’10 records still ringing in our ears, we put our heads together and thought about some of last year’s favorites that, for some reason or other, didn’t… More »

New Indie Rock Christmas Songs For 2010

By jessica / December 23, 2010 - 11:09 am

Every blog does a Christmas mix, so here’s ours, with a small twist: All of these tracks are new for this year Xmas songs, not the classics or Sufjan leftovers. I’ve also included streams for charity singles, Christmas-related music videos, and other new holiday bits (with links, where applicable, to download the rest of the… More »

Stereogum’s 50 Most Downloaded MP3s Of 2010

By Amrit Singh / December 22, 2010 - 10:05 am

It’s become a holiday tradition, like hot mulled cider and egg nog double chin. Welcome to our annual look back through the Stereogum database, into which we’ve fed an algorithm that crunched out a spreadsheet with html formatting our most downloaded MP3 files of the year. Just like mom used to make. For all the… More »

The 12 Most NSFW Videos Of 2010

By jessica / December 20, 2010 - 1:51 pm

A couple of Best Videos Of The Week ago I mentioned how nearly every good clip that week was too long, too nude, or too violent to make it on to MTV; one was even removed from YouTube, verification wall or not. But looking back on 2009’s picks, it’s easy to notice that this year’… More »

8 Reasons Why /\/\/\Y/\ Is Better Than You Remember

By brandon / December 20, 2010 - 9:44 am

I’ve liked /\/\/\Y/\ since it was released over the summer. It’s actually my favorite M.I.A. record, the only one I’ve listened to regularly. It’s not the record people expected — but it was the smart record to make. The backlash received its fuel (and plenty of stoking) from Lynn Hirschberg’s infamous, agenda-ridden NYTimes truffle-fry piece,… More »

Stereogum’s Top 50 Albums Of 2010

By Stereogum / December 8, 2010 - 10:22 am

Do you remember “glo-fi”? The much maligned chillwave? Of course you do … for now. It’s interesting to note that after all of 2010’s trendy genre terms and hot-for-a-minute one-man bands, our Top 5 consists of a handful of sturdy veterans. The Top 10 expands to include a couple newcomers, newbies amid, again, three established… More »

Stereogum’s 50 Most Anticipated Albums Of 2011

By Stereogum / November 24, 2010 - 10:22 am

To tackle the cliché head-on, if you’re a big music fan, every year is a good year for music. People (and their Droids) seem more cynical than ever, but only a true curmudgeon could make it through any given 12 months without liking anything (well, the mid ’90s had a couple grim moments). That said,… More »

Welcome Back Kings Of Leon With 15 Covers Of “Use Somebody”

By Scott Lapatine / September 9, 2010 - 5:06 pm

Kings Of Leon released a new single and video this week and dozens (dozens!) of you lurkers stepped up to discuss it. KoL has become an increasingly hot button act on this site as we’ve witnessed the Followills become a parody of themselves (see: the hipster clothing line, drunken interviews, “Sex On Fire”). But while… More »

Stereogum’s 40 Best New Bands Of 2010

By Stereogum / September 1, 2010 - 1:29 pm

With fall on the horizon, we’re escaping a slow summer and shifting into that final, fertile phase of the music year’s release cycle. Which makes it a ripe time to get some perspective on the year, in terms of the big records from past favorites, and here, the bands that have introduced themselves as new… More »

The 21 Worst All-Star Charity Music Videos Of All Time

By Scott Lapatine / February 16, 2010 - 10:45 am

Hasn’t Haiti suffered enough? The mildly anticipated retread of Michael Jackson & Lionel Richie’s landmark “We Are The World” — with 21st century flashes in the pan and abundant Auto-Tune in place of Bruce/Tina/Stevie/Willie/etc — hit YouTube over the weekend. It was filmed 2/1, the day after the Grammy Awards (AKA Hotbed Of Talent Awards)… More »

Stereogum’s 50 Most Downloaded MP3s Of 2009

By brandon / December 29, 2009 - 4:30 pm

The purest year-end music list would be a playcount of the tunes you listened to most, and not the carefully sculpted, self-consciously eclectic 1-10s we end up reading. We know you’re as sick as we are of parsing critics’ picks, so here’s at least one countdown where you won’t find Animal Collective, Grizzly Bear, or… More »

The 10 Most NSFW Music Videos Of 2009

By Amrit Singh / December 26, 2009 - 4:11 pm

Why all the nudity in 2009? Well, look at this way: The affordability of video production technology has made it easier for everybody to get in the game; the unceremonious death of music television has shifted the means of music video distribution to the internet, where it’s less about FCC than about NSFW; and let’… More »

The 12 Best Late Night TV Performances Of 2009

By Amrit Singh / December 21, 2009 - 6:48 pm

It was a tumultuous year for late night laffs, with Jimmy Fallon joining the fray, Conan taking over Tonight only to find awful Leno sink the NBC ship at 10PM, and Letterman enjoying career-high ratings despite (or because of?) a sex scandal. It was, however, a solid year for late night music booking. We regularly… More »

The 14 Best Band Beefs Of 2009

By brandon / December 18, 2009 - 6:58 pm

Maybe it was these tough economic times — the sinking music industry, everyone downloading shit for free, rising unemployment. Or perhaps
folks just are getting stir crazy from lack of fresh air, sitting in front of their laptops/4-tracks while their bodies slowly give way. Whatever the case, bands were super bitchy this year. Some fight… More »

Ridiculous Gift Guide For Music Fans 2009

By brandon / December 18, 2009 - 12:22 pm

Gift Guides help narrow things down a bit, but they’re still just providing you with someone else’s guess work. Try as you might, the holiday season brings plenty of pointless gifts along with its good cheer. It’s not anyone’s fault: Relatives don’t have the time to pay close attention (your aunt will never realize your… More »

New Indie Rock Christmas MP3s For 2009

By Amrit Singh / December 17, 2009 - 2:44 pm

Even though there’s something sacred about time-honored traditions, there’s only so many years you and your beloveds can sit beside the Christmas tree and listen to Sufjan or “Last Christmas” or the same old yuletide indie rock. It’s time we spruced up our collective Xmas indie rock playlist with some newness! Even if Christmas isn’tMore »

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