Word around the campfire is that Biggie Smalls, when he was recording Ready To Die, wanted to record a track with DJ Premier and M.O.P. and Jeru The Damaja. Can you even imagine what that would sound…   Read Story »
Back in April, we marked the 20th anniversary of Britpop with Stereogum's Britpop Week. We chose the date for a few reasons -- the week marked the anniversaries of both Pulp's His 'N' Hers and Blur's…   Read Story »
"Dinosaur have this weird Teflon thing," Sebadoh frontman Lou Barlow told me in a 2013 interview for Under The Radar. "Sebadoh's more vulnerable. There are more faces to the band. You have the…   Read Story »
Jeff Buckley would have slayed on American Idol. We know this because Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" has become such a mainstay among TV singing contestants hoping to show off their virtuosic powers,…   Read Story »
There's a certain type of drum programming that lets you know that the world is a cold and unforgiving place, that nothing is going to be OK. It's the kind of drum programming you hear on three of…   Read Story »
I can remember with clarity the first time I heard Jenny Lewis' voice -- the place, the time of day, what I was wearing. It was during ninth grade, one weekday after school, in my friend Lauren's…   Read Story »
Self-indulgent storytime: The first and only time I ever did acid, I was in ninth grade, and I stayed up all night at a friend's house even though I had a basketball game the next day. Everything was…   Read Story »
I spent the summer of 2004 living in Athens, Ohio, my one summer on campus during a four-year stint at Ohio University. Athens is an exceptionally sleepy place in the summer, a tiny rural college…   Read Story »
Talking about the dead -- especially those with tremendous, all-encompassing legacies -- is a contentious task for any music critic. The conversations around deceased artists often get trapped in…   Read Story »
Following up a career-making, universally acclaimed opus is enough to fray the edges of a human being's sanity. We saw this in Meeting People Is Easy, the impossibly morbid documentary about…   Read Story »