The Anniversary

To Bring You My Love Turns 20

By Tom Breihan / February 27, 2015 - 9:03 am
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In 1995, a few months after she released her best album, I saw PJ Harvey play an American football stadium. Alternative rock was firmly entrenched as a business interest by then, and major labels and radio programmers had started seizing on bands — Candlebox, say, or Bush — who could replicate the sounds of young… More »


Maxinquaye Turns 20

By Tom Breihan / February 20, 2015 - 2:21 pm
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The music critic Andy Pemberton coined the term “trip-hop” to describe an early DJ Shadow single, but I have this pet theory that the term caught on because nobody knew what the fuck else to do with Tricky. Smash-crash genre-blurring seemed like a revolutionary thing in the ’90s, in that moment before the internet made… More »


Silent Alarm Turns 10

By Chris DeVille / February 13, 2015 - 12:31 pm
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You know who loved the NYC rock resurgence that kicked off this millennium? British people. Ryan Leas made the case in his remembrance of LCD Soundsystem’s self-titled debut that by 2005 the so-called “new rock revolution” had jumped the shark, Brooklyn had supplanted Manhattan as the epicenter of the New York music scene, and a… More »


LCD Soundsystem Turns 10

By Ryan Leas / January 23, 2015 - 10:25 am
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When we revisited the early-’00s NYC rock boom back in November, one of the rules we put in place was that 2005 marked some kind of ending for that movement. We included songs from 2005, but that stuff seemed like the last gasp of the scene. By that year, the whole retro-rock/post-punk revival had lost… More »


Sixteen Stone Turns 20

By Carl Williott / December 5, 2014 - 10:51 am
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Over the past 12 months, this site has commemorated numerous albums from 1994, partly because that’s what you do now when a pop culture work turns 20, but mainly because 1994 was an astounding year for music. And as an odd capper to that remarkable stretch, here we have reached the 20th anniversary of Bush’… More »


Vitalogy Turns 20

By Ryan Leas / November 21, 2014 - 10:52 am
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Vitalogy was the dividing line between one understanding of Pearl Jam, the version that made them famous, and a different one. There are lots of schisms and permutations within the Pearl Jam fanbase. There are those fans that like everything, of course. There are those who were teens when Ten and Vs. became huge, and… More »


Wildflowers Turns 20

By Shawn Macomber / October 31, 2014 - 4:27 pm
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You belong among the wildflowers
You belong in a boat out at sea
Sail away, kill off the hours
You belong somewhere you feel free

The opening verse of the title track from Tom Petty’s 1994 mid-career high-water mark Wildflowers at first blush seems like little more than tattoo bait… More »


MTV Unplugged In New York Turns 20

By Tom Breihan / October 31, 2014 - 9:32 am
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Funny thing about suicide: It’s not a mystery to be solved. When someone you know, or someone you admire, takes her own life, there’s always a temptation to rifle through your memories of that person, looking for some clue of what might happen. It’s not there — or, if it is, there’s usually no reaso… More »


Pisces Iscariot Turns 20

By Ryan Leas / October 3, 2014 - 5:09 pm
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Every now and then, a band releases a collection of B-sides and outtakes and otherwise semi-available material that transcends the notion of an artist emptying the vaults to buy a bit of time between full-fledged albums, or simply trying to cash in a bit. (We’re going to be talking about a period of time here… More »


No Need To Argue Turns 20

By Ryan Leas / October 3, 2014 - 10:33 am
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The Cranberries and I go way back. All the way, in fact, to those kinds of memories that linger (yeah, I know) with no distinct images, but more so just some kind of visceral, unknown connection. I think of the Cranberries and I think of the stuff from their debut, Everybody Else Is Doing It,More »


Chocolate And Cheese Turns 20

By Hank Shteamer / September 26, 2014 - 2:06 pm
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“A good part of Ween’s philosophy is ‘Fuck you,’ you know? Any good band, that should comprise a bit of the message.”

— Mickey Melchiondo (a.k.a. Dean Ween)

When opening the jewel case of the original Chocolate And Cheese disc, you were greeted by a sketch on the CD face: a… More »


Monster Turns 20

By Ryan Leas / September 26, 2014 - 10:32 am
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There aren’t a lot of bands that have a trajectory remotely like R.E.M.’s. After years of crafting perhaps the purest embodiment of ’80s college rock and developing a fervent cult following, they found breakthrough commercial success as that decade waned, with singles like “The One I Love,” “Stand,” and “Orange Crush,” and then serious mainstream… More »


Whip-Smart Turns 20

By Tom Breihan / September 19, 2014 - 9:05 am
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When Liz Phair tried to go full-on pop with her 2003 self-titled album, working with Avril Lavigne’s songwriting team and posing in Xbox magazine ads, the indie universe predictably reacted with absolute abject horror. Today, the album plays as a piece of top-shelf MOR pop music; it’s a whole hell of a lot better tha… More »


Funeral Turns 10

By Chris DeVille / September 12, 2014 - 11:03 am
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What I remember most is two deranged geekboys drumming on each other’s helmets. There was so much to love about Arcade Fire in 2004, but the image of Richard Peed Parry and Will Butler frantically pounding each other’s skulls during performances of “Neighborhood #2 (Laika)” is the one that sticks with me above all else. More »


Ready To Die Turns 20

By Tom Breihan / September 12, 2014 - 9:35 am
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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 like? How fucking incredible that would’ve been? There are precious few Biggie/Premier collabs, but every last one of… More »


Definitely Maybe Turns 20

By Ryan Leas / August 29, 2014 - 9:16 am
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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 Parklife, Damon Albarn was conveniently releasing his first solo album almost to the day of Parklife’s 20th birthday, and… More »


Bakesale Turns 20

By John Everhart / August 22, 2014 - 4:59 pm
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“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 strength of [co-frontman] Jason [Lowenstein]’s material, which is stunning. It creates something complicated. And fans kind of want things simple. But Sebadoh… More »


Grace Turns 20

By Chris DeVille / August 22, 2014 - 1:26 pm
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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, and because nobody sang it better than Buckley. The song, originally released by Cohen in 1984, made its way to Buckley via John Cale’… More »


Dummy Turns 20

By Tom Breihan / August 22, 2014 - 9:13 am
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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 the great bleak, depressive masterpieces of the mid-’90s: Mobb Deep’s The Infamous, Raekwon’s Only Built 4 CubanMore »


More Adventurous Turns 10

By Liz Pelly / August 18, 2014 - 10:58 am
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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 basement, when her cool older brother’s cool girlfriend pulled up a Postal Service song and played it through… More »


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