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The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

Let's take a moment for Dave Brockie, better known as Gwar's Oderus Urungus, who died suddenly earlier this week. For decades, Brockie helped to pioneer…
Tom Breihan | March 28, 2014 - 11:46 am

Straight To Video

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

It's not on this week's list, but this might be a good place to acknowledge director Hannah Lux Davis's video for the willfully ridiculous Mike…
Tom Breihan | September 27, 2013 - 1:02 pm

Straight To Video

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

Once again, the best piece of music-related video wasn't a music video this week; it was this haunting performance from Neil Young and Willie Nelson,…
Tom Breihan | June 21, 2013 - 12:37 pm

More Small Black stories

Small Black – “No One Wants It To Happen To You” Video

Brooklyn dream-pop act Small Black's new album, Best Blues, will be out tomorrow, and in advance of that, they've shared a watery, introspective video for…
Caitlin White | October 15, 2015 - 2:23 pm

Stream Small Black Best Blues

Small Black were riding high on the chill wave back in 2010 with their debut, New Chain, and they're keeping the spirit of that sound…
James Rettig | October 8, 2015 - 10:55 am

Small Black – “Boys Life” Video

Brooklyn-based dreampoppers Small Black have a new record coming out next month, and we've already heard a few of its singles. "Boys Life" was the…
Gabriela Tully Claymore | September 22, 2015 - 2:29 pm

Small Black – “Back At Belle’s”

Small Black will release their third album, Best Blues, next month. So far, we've heard "Boys Life" and "No One Wants It To Happen To
James Rettig | September 9, 2015 - 3:37 pm

Small Black – “No One Wants It To Happen To You”

Last month, the Brooklyn synthpop group Small Black announced plans to follow up their very good 2013 album Limits Of Desire with a new one…
Tom Breihan | August 25, 2015 - 10:16 am

Small Black – “Boys Life”

Brooklyn synthpoppers Small Black have just announced a new album, Best Blues, their first full-length since 2013's excellent (and underrated) Limits Of Desire. As frontman…
Peter Helman | July 29, 2015 - 9:49 pm

Small Black – “Lines Of Latitude (Dave Harrington Remix)”

Guitarist Dave Harrington is Nicolas Jaar's bandmate in the elegantly restrained electro-psych duo Darkside, and he may also be Jaar's peer in creating woozily pretty…
Tom Breihan | May 5, 2014 - 4:39 pm

Small Black – “Real People” (Feat. Frankie Rose) Video

New York synthpoppers Small Black will release their new EP Real People next week, and the title track, like first single "Lines Of Latitude," has…
Tom Breihan | March 25, 2014 - 9:28 am

Small Black – “Lines Of Latitude” (Feat. Frankie Rose)

Last year, the Brooklyn synthpoppers Small Black released their album Limits Of Desire, one of the best and most underrated examples of giddy sunkissed New…
Tom Breihan | February 18, 2014 - 10:39 am

Frankie Rose – “Sorrow (Small Black Remix)”

Last month, the postpunk and garage-rock scene veteran Frankie Rose released Herein Wild, her third solo album and her second album of evocative, swirling new…
Tom Breihan | October 10, 2013 - 11:06 am

Small Black – “Breathless” Video

New York synthpoppers Small Black released the very good and sort of overlooked album Limits Of Desire earlier this year, and now they've got a…
Tom Breihan | September 25, 2013 - 3:54 pm

Stereogum Sessions: Small Black

Welcome to Stereogum Sessions, wherein we bring a video camera to the bands we love and document them in action. This episode is on location,…
Amrit Singh | August 13, 2013 - 11:21 am

Small Black – “No Stranger” Video

Last month, Brooklyn's Small Black released Limits Of Desire, an absolutely lovely album of starstruck small-stakes synthpop. Today, they drop a video for "No Stranger,"
Tom Breihan | June 18, 2013 - 2:45 pm

Monthly Mix

Stereogum Monthly Mix: May 2013

A few days late but stacked with excellence, here is your collection of May's absolute jams. For optimal ease of consumption, you'll find it here…
Amrit Singh | June 7, 2013 - 12:00 pm

Stream Small Black Limits Of Desire

Limits Of Desire is the second band from the keyboard-happy Brooklyn indie-pop band Small Black, and it's our latest example of an act that was…
Tom Breihan | May 6, 2013 - 2:32 pm

Small Black – “No Stranger”

Limits Of Desire, the new album from Brooklyn synthpop quintet Small Black, is packed with anthems of wistfulness that would've made New Order proud once…
Tom Breihan | May 1, 2013 - 11:13 am

Small Black – “Free At Dawn” Video

The video for Small Black's "Free At Dawn" pays tribute to Brooklyn by culling together a legion of images of different signage throughout the borough…
Claire Lobenfeld | April 16, 2013 - 11:48 am


Q&A: Small Black 
Frontman Josh Kolenik On His Band’s New Album, Relationships, And Taming The Chillwave Dragon

The cover art for Small Black’s forthcoming sophomore album is a pretty clever indicator of what kind of subject matter the record has in store.
T. Cole Rachel | April 2, 2013 - 12:20 pm

Small Black – “Free At Dawn”

During 2009, a handful of bands gained popularity through a form of simultaneously hazy and sunny synth pop -- only to be cursed with an…
Miles Bowe | February 28, 2013 - 12:37 pm


Deconstructing: Memory Tapes And Life Beyond Chillwave

How does the word "chillwave" make you feel in the waning weeks of 2012? If it doesn't make you say "huh?" it probably makes you…
Chris DeVille | December 3, 2012 - 4:38 pm

Mixtape Of The Week

Mixtape Of The Week: Small Black Moon Killer

Rock bands with mixtapes: It's almost too perfect of an idea, like rock bands with hypemen, and it's amazing that it doesn't happen more often.
Tom Breihan | November 16, 2011 - 2:01 pm

Small Black – Moon Killer Mixtape

Previously on Stereogum, we've shared a couple of tracks from Brooklyn chillwavers Small Black's new mixtape, the title track "Moon Killer" and "Two Rivers" featuring…
Corban Goble | November 11, 2011 - 10:31 am

Small Black – “Moon Killer”

Brooklyn sample pop quartet Small Black put out "Two Rivers" from their upcoming Moon Killer mixtape last week, and now here's the title track. …
Corban Goble | October 18, 2011 - 2:19 pm

Small Black – “Two Rivers” (Feat. Heems)

Local chillwavers Small Black are set to release a mixtape in November, and today they unleashed the first, vibe-heavy track featuring a freestyle from Das…
Corban Goble | October 10, 2011 - 12:47 pm

We Got The Tweet

How Independent Rockers Celebrated #IndependenceDay

How did you celebrate July 4th? On a rooftop BBQ listening to our summer mix? Maybe you stayed in and watched old episodes of Hoarders
Scott Lapatine | July 5, 2011 - 1:07 am


Remixtape Vol. 3

This month's Remixtape begins with a wistful twist (Clams Casino, a Gold Panda redo of Lykke Li, Phone Tag tagging up Small Black's "New Chain,"
Amrit Singh | April 22, 2011 - 10:39 am

Small Black – “Photojournalist” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

When I talked to Small Black singer Josh Kolenik about writing lyrics, he said the fallibility of memory made this hard, because his recollections were…
jessica | February 3, 2011 - 11:31 am
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