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Stereogum’s 50 Favorite Songs Of 2013

Determining the year’s best albums is, admittedly, a subjective pursuit. But even more than an albums roundup, a list of songs is an intensely personal way to sum up a year in music. It is a process of appreciating the trees in a forest so sprawling it can never be mapped out entirely, celebrating the… More »

By: Stereogum / December 12, 2013 - 1:09 pm

The 50 Best Albums Of 2013

Earlier this year, New York Times pop critic Jon Caramanica wrote a piece about pop’s Summer Of Smooth, about how many of this year’s big warm-weather crossover hits were soft and breezy and immaculately produced and comforting pieces of throwbacky, slick pseudo-R&B. Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” drove the narrative, but it also encompassed Bruno Mar… More »

By: Stereogum / December 3, 2013 - 10:58 am

Sleigh Bells, Danny Brown @ Terminal 5, NYC 11/22/13

At first glance, Danny Brown and Sleigh Bells on the same bill doesn’t necessarily make a whole lot of sense, almost as incongruous—though not half as offensive—as the fact that Dinosaur Jr. will be opening for MGMT next month. It’s one of those shows where you almost feel like there are different groups of people… More »

By: Ryan Leas / November 23, 2013 - 3:20 pm

Danny Brown & Mndsgn – “Sweeney Song”

Sweeney Kovar used to run a rap blog called Classic Drug References, and now he’s releasing a decidedly non-digital box set — three 7″ singles and a zine — under the same title. One of those singles teams Danny Brown, spitting hard in vintage firebreather fashion, over a buzzing, stammering beat from the producer Mndsgn. More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 20, 2013 - 10:19 am

Bob Dylan – “Like A Rolling Stone” Interactive Video

It’s a weird time for Bob Dylan to release an interactive video for his generation-defining 1965 song “Like A Rolling Stone,” but Dylan did just release the massive 47-disc box set The Complete Album Collection Volume 1, so why the hell not. The video, a fascinating piece of work, aims to replicate the act of… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 19, 2013 - 12:21 pm

Dopehead – “Bout It Bout It Part 3″ (Feat. Danny Brown)

The Detroit rapper Dopehead is a longtime Danny Brown collaborator, and he earned Mixtape Of The Week distinctions two years ago for Plaid Palm Trees. He’s back now with another new tape called Devil’s Heaven, and on the track “Bout It Bout It Part 3″ — which does not reference anything Master P-related — he… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 1, 2013 - 12:56 pm

Photos: Treasure Island Festival 2013

People who live in the Bay Area are lucky. Not only did they get to enjoy the incredible Outside Lands lineup, a month later they get a whole other festival in the form of Treasure Island. A ton of great bands showed up there over the weekend, from James Blake to Holy Ghost! to Real… More »

By: Miles Bowe / October 21, 2013 - 5:10 pm

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

Our weekly track countdown is still a toddler when it comes to Stereogum franchises, but it’s already teeming with vets. And a couple of repeat performers have made the list this week, one with a previously-unheard cut (following the recent debut of their acclaimed full-length) and another with a song that’s been floating around i… More »

By: Stereogum / October 11, 2013 - 1:04 pm

Album Of The Week: Danny Brown Old

For its vision and audacity and pure sonics, Yeezus is a great album. I’ve been calling it my favorite album of the year for months now, and all of a sudden I’m not so sure anymore. In any case, even if it’s the album of the year, it’s definitely not the rap album of the… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 8, 2013 - 2:25 pm

Danny Brown – “Side B (Dope Song)” Video

Danny Brown’s ridiculously great new album Old is out today, and it comes separated into two halves, opening with relatively introspective boom-bap on the first “side” and then moving into manic drug anthems. The second side opens with “Dope Song,” the song where Brown raps about his drug-dealing past and about how he’s not going… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 8, 2013 - 10:57 am

Stream Danny Brown Old

I’ve had the press advance for about a week now, and there’s a reasonable chance that Old, the new album from the Detroit rapper Danny Brown, is the rap album of the year — or, hell, the album of the year in any genre. It is an absolute monster, an expressionistic clusterfuck of hedonistic raunch,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 30, 2013 - 8:54 am

Indie Kidz Songs: Hear Parodies Of Grimes, Vampire Weekend, Dirty Projectors, And More Singing Children’s Classics

You might remember late last year finding a commercial for a fake Christmas song compilation by indie music stars including Bon Iver, Beach House, and the xx. The parody video by Animal New York (with the music by Adam Horne of the band Bear Ceuse) was so hilarious because the impressions were perfectly accurate, both… More »

By: Miles Bowe / September 25, 2013 - 12:14 pm

Danny Brown – “Dip” Video

Danny Brown is now mere weeks away from releasing his new album Old, and I cannot wait. In recent weeks, he’s shared new songs like “ODB” and “Side A (Old),” and now he’s got a new one, entirely about being so gone on ecstasy that you barely know what’s going on. Producer SKYWLKR’s frantic electro-burble… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 19, 2013 - 2:31 pm

Danny Brown – “Side A (Old)”

It seems like an eternity since it was announced, but we’re finally closing in on the release of Old, Danny Brown’s follow-up to the incredible, funny, and devastating XXX. We’ve heard multiple live previews, the occasional new studio cut, and news of collaborations with everyone from Rustie to Purity Ring. Now you can hear the… More »

By: Miles Bowe / September 17, 2013 - 10:26 am

Behind The Scenes At Fool’s Gold’s Day Off 2013

On Monday, the Brooklyn-based Fool’s Gold label carried on its tradition of hat-tipping old New York with an annual Day Off block party. Helmed by founders A-Trak and Nick Catchdubs, the free party that once took over the backyard parking lot of a Manhattan bar had clearly grown with the label’s popularity, sprawling over Williamsburg… More »

By: Puja Patel / September 4, 2013 - 1:40 pm

Danny Brown – “ODB” Video

The time has finally come. The yammering and excitable Detroit rapper Danny Brown, a dirty old man with a pill in his mouth and his dick in his hand, is just one month away from releasing his new album Old, the feverishly-awaited follow-up to his triumphant 2011 full-length XXX. The album is set to include… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 28, 2013 - 10:54 am

Portugal. The Man – “Evil Friends (Jake One Remix Feat. Danny Brown)”

Danny Brown and Seattle producer Jake One (who has worked with a slew of artists from Chance The Rapper to T.I.) have linked to up to flip Portugal. The Man’s “Evil Friends.” Jake One maintains the track’s somber tone but adds a bit of soul flair and a backpack rap backbone to the cut while… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / August 26, 2013 - 5:28 pm

SD – “New World Order (Remix)” (Feat. Danny Brown) Video

SD is part of Chief Keef’s Chicago crew GBE, and last week, in what might’ve been the greatest collision of exploding Chicago rap nihilism and internet-rap weirdness since Keef and Riff Raff made “Cuz My Gear,” Danny Brown jumped on a remix of SD’s already-anthemic “New World Order” and absolutely went nuts. And now, that… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 22, 2013 - 4:23 pm

A$AP Ferg – “Reynolds” (Feat. Danny Brown)

Surrounding the release of Trap Lord, A$AP Ferg has just released a new non-album track. It’s called “Reynolds” and features Danny Brown; stream it below. More »

By: Liz Pelly / August 17, 2013 - 12:37 pm

Danny Brown – “Hand Stand”

Rap energy-bomb Danny Brown has been on a serious roll lately, and with his new album Old supposedly just around the corner, we should expect to hear more frantic badassery from him all the time. The latest thing we’ve heard from him is a hedonistic spazz-out called “Hand Stand,” with a warehouse-rave beat from producer… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 16, 2013 - 12:17 pm