It takes about three seconds to realize what an otherworldly album you've stumbled into. "Leaf House" begins with the sound of a digital ripcord pulling, but gravity is upside down, so the…   Read Story »
1994 was a big year for reclamations. Quentin Tarantino pulled John Travolta from Look Who's Talking-franchise purgatory, gave him the closest thing Pulp Fiction had to a lead role, and reignited his…   Read Story »
They were kids. Watch the first few OutKast videos, and that reality keeps smacking you in the face, over and over. Both members of OutKast hadn't quite left their teens when they released…   Read Story »
It was a profoundly strange experience to type out the headline "Parklife Turns 20." More so than the other anniversaries I've written for Stereogum, the fact that landmark Pulp, Blur, and Oasis…   Read Story »
At every gig they've played since their much-hyped 2011 reunion, Pulp's set opener has been "Do You Remember The First Time?" It's a typically Pulpian move, simultaneously tongue-in-cheek and…   Read Story »
The '90s was a strange and wonderful time when lighters-up power ballads could contain lyrics like "Her placenta falls to the floor." That kind of thing was almost mandatory, actually. Even the…   Read Story »
The summer and fall of 2001 were tremendously exciting times to be a young rap nerd. Jay-Z and Nas were throwing lyrical haymakers at each other, scrambling for the upper hand, using every possible…   Read Story »
Courtney Love released her definitive artistic statement four days after her husband Kurt Cobain shot himself in the head, and she called the album Live Through This. In terms of morbidly cosmic…   Read Story »
It's 20 years to the day since the Offspring released Smash -- so let's talk about how a California band used a Middle-Eastern guitar lick, some "la-la-las," and a bit of luck to rack up the…   Read Story »
"Float On" was such a mindfuck at the time. At this point, Modest Mouse is unquestioningly accepted as part of an easily digestible indie industrial complex, a band whose jagged edges have been…   Read Story »