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Born Ruffians – “We Made It” (Stereogum Premiere)

One of the greatest SXSW shows I ever saw was twitching, wailing Toronto combo Born Ruffians tucked into some tiny hole in the wall a few blocks from the festivals main drags. This might have been before they even released debut LP Red, Yellow & Blue, when they were still touring on their brilliantly hysteric… More »

By: Chris DeVille / July 15, 2015 - 9:56 am

Edgy And Dull: 20 Covers Of Bruce Springsteen’s “I’m On Fire,” Rated

A few weeks back, we premiered Low’s cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “I’m On Fire,” and it was great (more on that below). It’s their contribution to a forthcoming Springsteen tribute titled Dead Man’s Town, a compilation marking the thirtieth anniversary of Born In The U.S.A. (and taking its name from that album’s title track). Betwee… More »

By: Ryan Leas / August 6, 2014 - 11:10 am

Born Ruffians – “Oceans Deep” Video

It has been a little over a year since Born Ruffians dropped Birthmarks, and today they have a new video. Directed by Alphabrette, the “Oceans Deep” video captures a dark night filled with bright glowing puppets used by the band. Simulating big bioluminescent flies, they bounce around until they eventually come across an even bigger,… More »

By: Miles Bowe / March 26, 2014 - 12:01 pm

Born Ruffians – “Permanent Hesitation” Video

“Permanent Hesitation,” a track from Ontario indie band Born Ruffians’ recent album Birthmarks, is a deeply twitchy song, and its video uses just-off split-screens to mirror that nervous energy. We see frontman Luke Lalonde throughout, but his image is chopped up and reassembled, like a paragraph that’s been translated back and forth in Babelfish and… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 6, 2013 - 2:46 pm

Born Ruffians – “Needle” Video

Born Ruffians seem to be exorcising youth demons in their song “Needle” but its video is full of young, fun-loving YOLOing. Concert scenes are punctuated with rooftop hangs, late night taco truck stops, photobooth laughs, and more. Check it out below. More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / August 7, 2013 - 1:35 pm

Born Ruffians – “Needle (Young Galaxy Remix)” (Stereogum Premiere)

Next week, the Ontario indie rockers Born Ruffians will release Birthmarks, their fourth album. And now the Montreal group Young Galaxy have remixed their single “Needle,” turning it into a jittery, echoing six-minute synthpop groove. Listen to the remix below. More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 9, 2013 - 9:28 am

Stereogum Monthly Mix: February 2013

It’s finally come to this: The first straight-to-Spotify Stereogum Monthly Mix. It’s the end of an era, and I’m a little sad about it! But it’s a necessity in 2013, and one that will serve this feature well. In theory, over the past three years, this mixtape has functioned to spotlight and memorialize the month’… More »

By: Amrit Singh / February 28, 2013 - 1:30 pm

Born Ruffians – “Needle”

We heard a new Born Ruffians song at the very beginning of this year, but without many other details. With the release of the new single, “Needle,” we now know that the band will be back with a new album titled Birthmarks. In the months leading up to the album’s release they will be touring… More »

By: Miles Bowe / February 19, 2013 - 5:35 pm

Born Ruffians – “With Her Shadow”

Ontario indie quartet Born Ruffians are returning sometime this year with a new album. Thus far, we don’t have a whole lot in the way of details, but we do have a new song: A slippery, sneakily anthemic thing called “With Her Shadow.” Listen to it below. More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 2, 2013 - 9:55 am

Paper Bag Artists Cover Madonna True Blue

Paper Bag Records is celebrating eight years as a label and their new website by releasing a tribute album covering Madonna’s 1986 album True Blue. The label asked their roster of artists — including Born Ruffians, PS I Love You, The Rural Alberta Advantage, and You Say Party (RIP) — to record songs from the… More »

By: jessica / April 18, 2011 - 12:02 pm

Born Ruffians – “First Date Kid” (Feat. David Monks)

This track, from Born Ruffians’ new tour and digital EP, features Tokyo Police Club’s Dave Monks, for what must have been the most polite and self-effacing recording session of all time. It sounds like a good mix of the two songwriters’s talents, with Ruffians’s sparse bass and drums accompanying Monks’s opening verse, before they trade… More »

By: jessica / October 6, 2010 - 10:06 am

The Acorn – “Crossed Wires (Born Ruffians Remix)” (Stereogum Premiere)

“Crossed Wires” is restrained and measured, as if Acorns singer Rolf Klausener is conversing his energy for a bigger fight. “Oh, but you will never ever get to be / One of the unhunted,” he sings at the beginning, as if bracing (someone else, or maybe himself) for some road ahead. Born Ruffians’s remix i… More »

By: jessica / June 4, 2010 - 4:58 pm

Jack Johnson – “You And Your Heart (Boys Like Us Remix)”

As mentioned, Vampire Weekend’s Rostam Batmanglij went and remixed Jack Johnson’s To The Sea opener “You And Your Heart” using his Boys Like Us handle. The results? The mellowest electronics ever. More »

By: brandon / June 1, 2010 - 10:19 am

Born Ruffians – “What To Say” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

When Jessica spoke with Born Ruffians’ Luke LaLonde about his band’s new album Say It, the singer told her the title referenced being direct with family, friends, and bandmates. (“Just say it.”) Lead track “Sole Brother” brought family up and — as the punning title suggested — the occasional desire to be an only child. More »

By: brandon / April 26, 2010 - 9:24 am

Born Ruffians – “Sole Brother”

When I talked to Born Ruffians’ Luke LaLonde about writing Say It, he said the title referred to being more direct with family, friends, and band mates, saying what he meant and “being a dick.” “Sole Brother” addresses his family over a skeletal track: “Sometimes I wish … that I was … an only child.”… More »

By: jessica / February 26, 2010 - 5:07 pm

Progress Report: Born Ruffians

NAME:Born Ruffians
PROGRESS REPORT: Mastering their album, Say It, for release early 2010. Recorded at Metalworks Studios in Toronto, and mastered at Rusty Santos’ studio in Brooklyn.

Born Ruffians spent this past Thanksgiving week working 12 hours a day. The Canadian band already had a Thanksgiving (October 12), of course, but there… More »

By: jessica / December 11, 2009 - 2:40 pm

The 25 69 Most Anticipated Albums Of 2010

This year in music was great and we’rea gonna let it finish (sorry), but in terms of notable album releases the ship has sailed. No offense, 30 Seconds To Mars. While the Gummys’ virtual poll booth remains open for a few more days (did we mention filling out the ballot enters you to win the… More »

By: Amrit Singh / November 24, 2009 - 5:41 pm

Jamie Lidell, Pivot Cover Grizzly Bear On Warp20 Recreated

After years being at the forefront of forward thinking electronic music, estimable UK indie Warp Records began branching out in directions you are familiar with (think: Grizzly Bear, Battles, Maxïmo Park — all brought to you by the label of Aphex Twin and Boards Of Canada). It’s an expansion that’s netted them love from further… More »

By: Amrit Singh / September 29, 2009 - 3:47 pm

New Born Ruffians Video – “I Need A Life”

The jerky, sugar-rush rockers of Born Ruffians invite you to the farmhouse, where there are not cluster flies, alas, but there are plenty of animals at the ready to intrude upon your cooking sessions. This is where you can Like Jamie Lidell’s Jim, a sort of cute opening premise takes a darker turn in Act… More »

By: Amrit Singh / April 11, 2008 - 6:05 pm

Stereogum’s Texas Music Trivia – Round 2

In addition to shooting a ton of performances in Austin last week, we subjected many of our favorite acts to Texas music trivia. You saw part one. In this follow-up, we test the smarts of Islands, My Brightest Diamond, Peter Morén, The Cribs, YACHT, and others. Shea Hess lends a hand as our quizmaster, and… More »

By: Stereogum / March 19, 2008 - 11:37 am
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