The Anniversary

Bee Thousand Turns 20

By Chris DeVille / June 20, 2014 - 11:35 am

Like Mormonism, Guided By Voices worship is practiced worldwide, but the literal and spiritual homeland is especially dense with the faithful. Whereas all things LDS originate from Utah, the heart of GBV nation is Ohio. We Ohio indie-rock fans are extremely proud of our favorite sons, so much so that our state produces an innumerable… More »

Let’s Go Turns 20

By Tom Breihan / June 20, 2014 - 9:16 am

Let’s Go, the sophomore album from the Berkeley punk band Rancid, is not my favorite album ever. Most days, it’s not even my favorite Rancid album; that distinction bounces back and forth between …And Out Came The Wolves and Life Won’t Wait. But Let’s Go is something else: It’s the album that changed my life,… More »

Purple Turns 20

By Chris DeVille / June 6, 2014 - 12:17 pm

Stone Temple Pilots were better than Pearl Jam. Nobody was allowed to admit that in the ’90s, when self-seriousness reigned and alternative rock was supposed to be Very Important Business — or rather, A Very Important Indictment Of Business (see: Pearl Jam’s war against Ticketmaster). Plus Scott Weiland made it harder on himself by blatantly… More »

Ill Communication Turns 20

By Tom Breihan / May 23, 2014 - 9:26 am

Where did “Sabotage” come from? I’m not talking about the fake-cop-show video, a clear masterpiece of the form and the main reason Spike Jonze ever got to make movies in the first place. I’m talking about the single itself, a delirious chunk of Camaro-rock that has no precedent in the Beasties discography. The Beasties had… More »

Diary Turns 20

By Patric Fallon / May 9, 2014 - 2:08 pm

“Where were you when you first heard Diary?”

It’s a question whose answer will always speak volumes of the era Diary emerged from, the generation it spoke to, and the legacy it left behind. Perhaps more importantly, it’s a question that just about anyone who has ever heard Sunny Day Real Estate ca… More »

Weezer Turns 20

By Chris DeVille / May 9, 2014 - 8:55 am

I didn’t know my cousins from Cleveland all that well, so it was startling to see the two of them out in the street in front of my other cousins’ house, climbing up each other’s backs, shouting with loopy abandon, “If you want to destroy my sweater/ Hold this thread as I walk away!/ Watch… More »

Sung Tongs Turns 10

By Chris DeVille / May 2, 2014 - 11:19 am

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 hallucinatory folk song that emerges from there keeps threatening to float away. It’s anchored, though, by tribal percussion and a sense that some… More »

American Recordings Turns 20

By Tom Breihan / April 25, 2014 - 4:56 pm

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 career. George Clinton rode high with about five billion G-funk samples of his work, and he and his P-Funk All-Stars toured with Lollapalooza,… More »

Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik Turns 20

By Tom Breihan / April 25, 2014 - 10:17 am

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 Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik, their first album, 20 years ago tomorrow. Big Boi still had a hint of pubescent chirp in his voice. André 3000… More »

Parklife Turns 20

By Ryan Leas / April 25, 2014 - 8:42 am

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 albums are arriving at their twentieth anniversaries is something that just doesn’t quite compute. Last month, I wrote about Soundgarden’s Superunknown upon it… More »

His ‘N’ Hers Turns 20

By Brad Sanders / April 21, 2014 - 12:59 pm

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 incredibly revealing — and, of course, ultimately about sex. By starting their shows with “Do You Remember the First Time?,” Pulp concedes that reunion tours are… More »

Throwing Copper Turns 20

By Chris DeVille / April 18, 2014 - 1:04 pm

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 blandest bands were expected to be unrepentantly weird. Into that era strode Live, an ambitious bunch of art-bros from the alleged “Shit Towne”… More »

Illmatic Turns 20

By Tom Breihan / April 18, 2014 - 9:03 am

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 weapon at their disposal to wreck each other. Rap had had plenty of storied rivalries, of course, but we’d never heard… More »

Live Through This Turns 20

By Tom Breihan / April 11, 2014 - 9:15 am

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 coincidences, that’s up there with Biggie Smalls naming his second album Life After Death and then dying before its release, or the Ultimate… More »

Smash Turns 20

By Brenden Riley / April 8, 2014 - 2:19 pm

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 best-selling independent record of all time. More »

Good News For People Who Love Bad News Turns 10

By Chris DeVille / April 4, 2014 - 1:54 pm

“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 shaved into smooth contours by time, money, and inertia. But those edges were plenty sharp when Modest Mouse began. In their earliest… More »

Madvillainy Turns 10

By Sam Behrens / March 24, 2014 - 2:55 pm

The underground has always been hip-hop’s lifeblood. Born in unofficial dance parties spread only by word of mouth, hip-hop’s beginnings are rooted away from the mainstream. The cutting edge of the genre has been found under rocks, in dark corners — something that’s never more true than when you speak of the woozy beats and lexical gymnastics of… More »

The Milk-Eyed Mender Turns 10

By John Everhart / March 21, 2014 - 11:26 am

If something portends future classic status for an album, it may well be contemporary artists covering songs from the record shortly after its release. This was certainly the case with Joanna Newsom’s The Milk-Eyed Mender, which will be 10 years old on Sunday. The Decemberists covered “Bridges And Balloons” for years, including a baroque reading… More »

Seven Swans Turns 10

By Chris DeVille / March 17, 2014 - 2:05 pm

For the first few years of the new millennium, indie-rock’s ever-shifting center of gravity was always getting louder and more aggressive. Post-Radiohead morbidity, post-Pavement slackerdom, and various strains of expansively brainy post-rock all persisted, but they gradually ceded the spotlight to a garage rock craze headlined by the Strokes and the White Stripes, followed by… More »

The Downward Spiral Turns 20

By Tom Breihan / March 7, 2014 - 12:21 pm

For all his charisma and sinew and theatrical flair, Trent Reznor was a deeply unlikely rock star — more unlikely, even, than his mixed-up gaggle of early-’90s peers. Reznor was a keyboard nerd from Ohio with milk-paste Midwestern skin and an undying fascination with video games. Especially early on, he learned more musically from the… More »

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