The Anniversary

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 »

Superunknown Turns 20

By Ryan Leas / March 7, 2014 - 10:19 am

This year is going to be a strange one for anniversaries. On one hand, we have a slew of British albums turning twenty — Definitely Maybe, His ‘N’ Hers, Parklife — that mark the rise of Britpop. While that movement was just starting up across the ocean, over here grunge was simultaneously huge but also… More »

Mellow Gold Turns 20

By Tom Breihan / February 28, 2014 - 11:35 am

Has “Loser” aged well? I honestly have no idea because I can’t hear “Loser” as a song anymore. Years ago, “Loser” entered that “Smells Like Teen Spirit”/”Hey Ya” rarefied air, the territory of massively important songs so overplayed that they become a part of the air, that they become as familiar as the contours of… More »

The College Dropout Turns 10

By Ryan Leas / February 10, 2014 - 11:20 am

Before he was the nucleus. Before he said “George Bush doesn’t care about black people” on a nationally-broadcast telethon. Before a 2006 Rolling Stone cover depicted him as Christ, crown of thorns and blood and all, and a 2013 album christened him as Yeezus. Before he stormed the stage and let Taylor Swift know that… More »

Franz Ferdinand Turns 10

By Ryan Leas / February 7, 2014 - 9:27 am

Have you thought about Franz Ferdinand much lately? After the one two-punch of their self-titled debut in 2004 and You Could Have It So Much Better in 2005, the Scottish indie rockers slowed down a bit. It took four years for their third album, Tonight: Franz Ferdinand, to appear, and then another four for it… More »

Bows + Arrows Turns 10

By Ryan Leas / February 3, 2014 - 1:15 pm

Back in December, I wrote a profile about the Walkmen that doubled as a maybe-eulogy for the band as they embarked on an indefinite hiatus and various solo projects. It was inevitable that the potential end of the Walkmen elicited, for many, memories of a bygone era of New York and its rock music, but… More »

Dookie Turns 20

By Tom Breihan / January 31, 2014 - 4:06 pm

In May 1994, the former Dead Kennedys frontman Jello Biafra walked into the DIY Berkeley punk venue 924 Gilman Street, and he didn’t walk out again. While Biafra was watching whatever band he was watching, he got into an argument with a gang of miscreants. That argument ended in an all-out beatdown, five or six… More »

The Oral History Of Pavement’s Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain

By Chris DeVille / January 16, 2014 - 10:23 am

Twenty years ago this Valentine’s Day, one of the all-time classic indie rock albums was released into the world. Pavement’s Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain was a landmark for the band and its genre. Gorgeous yet unkempt, accessible yet insular, graceful yet slipshod, the album played a pivotal role in shaping the sound of Pavement and… More »

Doggystyle Turns 20

By Tom Breihan / November 22, 2013 - 8:53 am

Snapshot one: It’s winter, late 1994 or maybe early 1995, and I’m at my first punk show. The Loft is a freezing-cold abandoned-rowhouse squat in West Baltimore, with maybe three lightbulbs in the whole place, graffiti on all the walls, broken glass on the floor that could’ve been there for years for all I know. More »

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