Stream Dr. Yen Lo Days With Dr. Yen Lo

By Tom Breihan / May 18, 2015 - 1:23 pm

The Brooklyn rapper Ka likes to do things on his own. Most of the time, he raps and produces everything on his records by himself. He releases those records on his own label, and sometimes he sells them hand-to-hand outside record stores. He directs and edits his own videos. And his meditative, incantory take o… More »

Kevin Gates – “Khaza”

By Tom Breihan / May 18, 2015 - 12:17 pm

Not every track from the Baton Rouge rapper Kevin Gates is great, but you have to listen to all of them, since you never know when greatness will strike. And sometimes, you can tell from the first few seconds of a song that it’s going to be a monster. Case in point: The new track… More »

Meek Mill – “Miss My Dawgs” (Feat. Travi$ Scott & Strap)

By Tom Breihan / May 18, 2015 - 11:39 am

Early Sunday morning, the New York rapper Chinx was murdered in Queens. We’re going to see a whole lot of tribute songs to Chinx, and the first one I’ve heard is “Miss My Dawgs,” a new one from the Philadelphia rap king Meek Mill. The track, which features sung vocals from Travi$ Scott and Strap,… More »

Stream Björk’s DJ Mix For Tri Angle Records’ 5th Birthday

By Tom Breihan / May 18, 2015 - 11:08 am

On Friday night, as part of the Red Bull Music Academy Festival, the indie label Tri Angle threw itself a fifth birthday party in the concrete basement of 23 Wall Street. Most of the DJs who played the show were Tri Angle artists, but they also had a surprise guest: Björk, who spun an hour-long… More »

Nots – “Virgin Mary” (Stereogum Premiere)

By Chris DeVille / May 18, 2015 - 10:47 am

Memphis garage-rock aggressors Nots will follow up debut album We Are Nots with a new 7″ this summer to accompany tour dates with skuzz-rock royalty including Black Lips, Quintron & Miss Pussycat, and Cold Beat. Built around an incessantly cycling bass riff and ragtag drums, “Virgin Mary” flares up into an abrasive array of noise… More »

Active Child – “Stranger” (Stereogum Premiere)

By Caitlin White / May 18, 2015 - 10:37 am

Active Child’s first single off his new album Mercy is the fragile “1999.” Accordingly it deals in memory, nostalgia and all the sweet pain that accompanies growing up. His next, “Stranger,” occupies a completely different realm from “1999” or the slinky, soulful “Never Far Away.” It bears all of Pat Grossi’s fingerprints — pillowy synths,… More »

The Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger – “India” (Stereogum Premiere)

By Gabriela Tully Claymore / May 18, 2015 - 10:11 am

In 2008, Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl started the Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger, and though both of the names attached to the project come with an enormous level of celebrity clout, they’ve managed to shirk the spotlight over the years. This is a good thing; by hiding out from the fanfare, GOASTT… More »

Future Death – “Familiar Tremors” (Stereogum Premiere)

By Collin Robinson / May 18, 2015 - 10:08 am

Austin quartet Future Death defies the notion that punks are lazy. Since 2013, they’ve released their self-titled debut EP, full-length Special Victim, and have gone on two tours. Now, they introduce their second EP, Cryptids, with the drop of “Familiar Tremors.” It is a blistering, punishing, all out thrash-a-thon, with soft harmonized vocals and a… More »

Ghostface Killah & Adrian Younge – “Return Of The Savage” (Feat. Raekwon & RZA)

By Tom Breihan / May 18, 2015 - 9:35 am

In 2013, Ghostface Killah teamed up with the psychedelic-soul producer and composer Adrian Younge to make Twelve Reasons To Die, a rap opera about a legendary killer who gains his power from 12 vinyl records, or something. It was good! And now they’re doing it again. Ghostface and Younge will release Twelve Reasons To DieMore »

Q&A: James Taylor On Songwriting, Sobriety, & Taylor Swift + “Montana” (Stereogum Premiere)

By Caitlin White / May 18, 2015 - 9:00 am

There probably won’t be a James Taylor radio renaissance upon the release of his thoughtful, elegiac new studio album Before This World. Yet, this advent of new material offers us a chance to take a look at a remarkable man’s life while he continues to create music at the age of 67. I was raised… More »

Stream Unknown Mortal Orchestra Multi-Love

By James Rettig / May 18, 2015 - 8:51 am

Multi-Love is the first Unknown Mortal Orchestra album that Portland-by-way-of-New-Zealand frontman Ruban Nielson didn’t record entirely alone, and it shows. He feels like isolated here, and the record’s pull towards soul and R&B feels natural after the more insular psychedelia of the first two records. So far, we’re only heard the title track and “Can’tMore »

Courtney Love – “Miss Narcissist”

By Tom Breihan / May 18, 2015 - 7:45 am

It’s not often that we get to hear new music from Courtney Love, though she did give us one song on the Empire soundtrack and another single, “You Know My Name,” last year. This morning, out of nowhere, she’s got a new digital single out on Ghost Ramp, the label run by Wavves frontman Natha… More »

Taylor Swift – “Bad Blood (Remix Feat. Kendrick Lamar)” Video

By James Rettig / May 17, 2015 - 8:17 pm

Taylor Swift built the “Bad Blood” video to be a massive spectacle. On 5/7, she sent out the first poster featuring a character from it, and from then on it was hard to escape the onslaught of big names as we creeped closer to the video’s debut. Each was met with a flurry of fanfare… More »

Summer Moon – “Happenin’ (Blue Room Mix)”

By James Rettig / May 17, 2015 - 3:37 pm

Late last year, Summer Moon made their live debut at former Like member Tennessee Thomas’ birthday party. The super group — made up of Thomas, the Strokes’ Nikolai Fraiture, Au Revoir Simone’s Erika Spring, and Lewis Lazar — has been taking their sweet time releasing things. So far, we only have a preview of a… More »

Pattern Is Movement – “Save Me”

By James Rettig / May 16, 2015 - 12:58 pm

Shaking Through — the same project that gave us that great Mutual Benefit track a few weeks back — has shared its next song. It’s one from Philadelphia’s Pattern Is Movement, and it’s extra special because the band announced last month that they would be disbanding after one last farewell tour. The song is called… More »

Jean-Michel Jarre & M83 – “Glory”

By Gabriela Tully Claymore / May 15, 2015 - 3:02 pm

The last full-length release M83’s Anthony Gonzalez unleashed on the world was the soundtrack to his brother’s feature film, You And The Night, in 2013. Since then, we’ve heard Gonzalez’s Divergent soundtrack contribution “I Need You” and “Holes In The Sky,” his Haim collaboration from sequel Insurgent. Gonzalez also scored the 2013 Tom Cruise epic… More »

Sitcom – “Ginger Ale” (Stereogum Premiere)

By James Rettig / May 15, 2015 - 2:51 pm

Baltimore’s Jake Lazovick has been putting out music for a few years now, usually under his own name, sometimes with his band Foozle, and more recently as Sitcom. In January, he released Drum Set, a collection of understated electronic-tinged pop songs. For his next album, What’s Up, he’s turning back towards the homespun rock that… More »

Ty Dolla $ign – “Only Right” (Feat. YG, Joe Moses, & TeeCee)

By Tom Breihan / May 15, 2015 - 2:25 pm

When DJ Mustard’s clipped, propulsive signature sound took off a couple of years ago, Mustard got famous, and so did a few of his favorite collaborators, like YG and Ty Dolla $ign. Other Mustard favorites like Joe Moses and TeeCee stayed underground. But on “Only Right,” a single from Ty$’s forthcoming album Free TC, all… More »

Sweet Spirit & Britt Daniel – “Paper Tiger” (Spoon Cover)

By Chris DeVille / May 15, 2015 - 11:49 am

Spoon’s Kill The Moonlight classic “Paper Tiger” is a masterpiece of white noise and empty space, a glorious song-skeleton fleshed out with little more than a beating heart. Daniel’s new version of the song with Austin rockers Sweet Spirit trades minimal for maximal, somehow maintaining the same hair-raising tension from the original by filling i… More »

Listen To Ezra Koenig On The No Effects Podcast From Tanlines’ Jesse Cohen

By Caitlin White / May 15, 2015 - 10:58 am

Jesse Cohen of Tanlines has a podcast called No Effects, and for his latest episode, Cohen talked to indie rock demigod Ezra Koenig. As statesmen of the NYC indie music community, the two have a lot in common, and can therefore discuss things like fanbase names that the rest of us wouldn’t really understand. Also,… More »

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