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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). Between… More »

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’s… More »

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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 »

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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…
Chris DeVille | July 15, 2015 - 9:56 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…
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…
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…
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…
Tom Breihan | April 9, 2013 - 9:28 am

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…
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…
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.
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…
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…
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.
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…
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…
jessica | February 26, 2010 - 5:07 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…
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…
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…
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…
Stereogum | March 19, 2008 - 11:37 am