Four and a half years ago, I was working at a startup music website that never ended up launching; the parent company decided that it wasn't worth the investment and laid all of us off. But for…   Read Story »
Lately, I've been thinking about Thom Yorke as a musical version of Steven Soderbergh: An insanely gifted popular entertainer who's come to think of himself as a trickster auteur type, someone who…   Read Story »
Perhaps the most ambitious amateur music-archiving project on the internet is Jeff Glenn's Lost Jukebox series. Glenn, a musician and collector who died in 2009, put together 240 CD-Rs containing…   Read Story »
There's a moment on his song "Love Is In The Ear Of The Listener" where Christopher Owens, the former Girls frontman, expresses doubt in the plainest way possible: "What if I'm just a bad songwriter,…   Read Story »
Yo La Tengo have accomplished a whole lot in the past three decades or so, but their greatest achievement might be this: They've figured out how to incorporate a lot of weird things into their music…   Read Story »
There's plenty to discuss on Long.Live.A$AP, A$AP Rocky's official label-sanctioned debut album, but the first thing that jumps out at me is this: The power dymanic in the rapper/dance music producer…   Read Story »
This is a first. I'm reviewing an album having only actually heard about a third of it. Of this third, the songs I've actually listened to are not performances by the artist whose name graces the…   Read Story »
Crystal Castles' great historical distinction, as I see it, is this: They're the only group, as far as I can tell, that's ascended to dance-music festival-headliner status by relying on distance,…   Read Story »
Here's a weird and indefensible but completely genuine reaction that much-anticipated new albums sometimes provoke: I wish it was better. It's one thing if a band you like suddenly shits the bed on a…   Read Story »
Titus Andronicus could really give a fuck about degree of difficulty. Here's how we know that Titus are one of our finest working bands: They can record an album of jaunty singalong beer-punk anthems…   Read Story »