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From star-studded guest lists to an audible influence on several generations of bands, Radiohead’s fan base has always included quite a few of their fellow rock stars. We polled dozens of notable musicians about their favorite Radiohead songs, and this is how they responded. More »

Remember last month when we made a hand-wringing post about the death of the MP3 and thereby the end of the downloadable Monthly Mix? Well, fuck it — ZIP FILE BACK. Thank you for your comments and opinions! This is blog-in-action. But, we know some of you enjoyed the ease and increased songchoice represented by… More »

I haven’t been charting it or anything, but I’ve been writing these lists for the better part of a year now, and despite a few slow weeks, they seem to get better all the time. So here’s something to chew on: We could be living through a new golden era of the music video, eve… More »

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J Mascis – “Is It Done”

Not sure if it’s the weather or the easy familiarity of that voice, but I find myself listening to J Mascis’ pretty, easygoing, mostly acoustic Several Shades Of Why at least once a day. When we posted “Not Enough” I mentioned the album was “solo” in name but included assistance from Kurt Vile, A Silver… More »

By: brandon / February 9, 2011 - 10:46 am

J Mascis – “Not Enough”

“Not Enough” is the first single from J Mascis’s forthcoming mostly acoustic collection Several Shades Of Why. For all of his primary bands and side projects, it’s being billed as his first studio-recorded solo collection. “Solo,” but Kurt Vile, A Silver Mount Zion’s Sophie Trudeau, Kevin Drew, Ben Bridwell, Black Heart Procession’s Pall Jenkins, Matt… More »

By: brandon / December 9, 2010 - 10:20 am

The Flaming Lips, Dinosaur Jr., Deerhoof To Perform LPs For ATP Don’t Look Back 2011

As we prepare ourselves for this weekend’s pleasingly loud ATP NY (see: Holy Mountain, Superfuzz Bigmuff, Raw Power, Sunn O))) + Boris, SY, ATP regulars Fuck Buttons, etc.), it’s been announced that on 7/1 of next year Flaming Lips will do the 11-year-old The Soft Bulletin, Dinosaur the older Bug (one of my all-time favorites),… More »

By: brandon / September 1, 2010 - 5:17 pm

Lou Barlow + the missingmen – “On The Face” Video

A couple of days ago we posted the updated take on Sentridoh’s “Losercore.” (Pairing that with the Wckr Spgt Shrimper compilation, it kind of feels like the start of the unofficial summer of ’90s cassette culture.) Today we have another = Sentridoh III track, “On The Face,” from Lou Barlow + the missingmen, aka Mike… More »

By: brandon / June 9, 2010 - 11:24 am

Lou Barlow + the missingmen – “Losercore”

This is not a flashback: When not skating with Dinosaur Jr., perennial lo-fi bard Lou Barlow re-recorded one of Sentridoh’s early ’90s anthems “Losercore” with his recent backing band the missingmen. It’s for an EP called = Sentridoh III. (I’ll wager it’s not as exciting as Sebadoh III.) The collection includes new songs plus new… More »

By: brandon / June 7, 2010 - 4:40 pm

Lou Barlow Covers Franklin Bruno

This current lo-fi thing is fun, but it’s nothing new. As a reminder, longtime brainy singer-songwriter Franklin Bruno’s newest release, Local Currency: Solo 1992-1998, collects material from 7″‘s and compilations from the years noted. During Shrimper’s heyday, Bruno was one of my favorites via his solo material as well as his work with John Darnielle… More »

By: brandon / September 29, 2009 - 10:43 am

Noise Addict Returns With Free LP, Lou Barlow

After a 14-year pause, Noise Addict’s back with Lou Barlow and Crooked Finger Lara Meyerratken in tow. Thirty-year-old stepdad Ben Lee can’t get by on the precocious teen thing anymore, so things have shifted. Download it was never about the audience at More »

By: brandon / September 1, 2009 - 10:26 am

New Lou Barlow Video – “Don’t Apologize” (Stereogum Premiere)

No doubt, apologies are a large part of the Lou Barlow canon: Apologizing, wanting someone to apologize, etc. (Barlow would be the first to admit EMOH earned its name.) On his second proper solo album Goodnight Unknown, Barlow finds a way to revisit said heartache-y canon — think the emotionally barest of Sebadoh, Sentridoh –… More »

By: brandon / August 25, 2009 - 9:25 am

New Lou Barlow – “Gravitate”

Lou describes his new LP as “a cross between my later work with Folk Implosion and my earlier work with Sebadoh … to my ears, anyway.” Test out his theory by handing over an email address to get Lou B’s acoustic-to-crunchy Goodnight Unknown lead “Gravitate.” Decent trade considering how many years he’s been handing over… More »

By: brandon / July 21, 2009 - 4:12 pm

Lou Barlow’s Back On His Own With Goodnight Unknown

Taking some time out from the resurgent Dinosaur Jr., Lou Barlow’s releasing his first solo album since 2005’s Emoh this fall. It’s called Goodnight Unknown and he describes it as “a cross between my later work with Folk Implosion and my earlier work with Sebadoh…to my ears, anyway.” We haven’t heard it, so we’re unable… More »

By: brandon / July 7, 2009 - 10:50 am

Dinosaur Jr. Offer Fallon “Pieces”

“Pieces” is one of the more straight-up old-school Dinosaur-style rockers on the band’s second post-comeback album Farm. “Old school” in the sense that it’s one of those late-period tracks that, in a very good way, conjures “Freak Scene” (in the opening) and a handful of other older anthems before it’s through. For their showing o… More »

By: brandon / June 26, 2009 - 9:26 am

Thom Yorke, Michael Stipe, Dinosaur Contribute To Ciao My Shining Star: The Songs Of Mark Mulcahy

The compilation has an impressive lineup, but the circumstances around it are heartbreaking: Almost a year after his wife Melissa died suddenly, 21 artists have contributed exclusive tracks to Ciao My Shining Star: The Songs of Mark Mulcahy to help the former Miracle Legion front man continue making music while he raises his three-year old… More »

By: brandon / June 25, 2009 - 4:47 pm

Dinosaur Jr. @ The Troubadour, West Hollywood 6/23/09

With the excellent Farm, J, Murph, and Lou are back and spry as ever. And with their colossal amp and pedal rigs, they are eardrum rupturing as ever, too. Dinosaur Jr. is touring to show everybody how it’s done, yet again, last night playing the second of a sold-out two-night stand at the Troubadour. Tomorrow… More »

By: Amrit Singh / June 24, 2009 - 9:56 am

Premature Evaluation: Dinosaur Jr. – Farm

No worries, nobody should (or could) have expected Dinosaur Jr.’s reunion record Beyond to be so alive — and so good. The deservedly legendary Amherst, Mass band’s post-split squabbling is well-documented (re-listen to Sebadoh III if you need your memory jogged), but shaking off the rust, tightening the bonds, and defying expectations, the group returned… More »

By: brandon / June 9, 2009 - 12:08 pm

New Dinosaur Jr. Video – “Over It”

Following up the mid-tempo “I Want You To Know,” the reinvigorated Dinosaur Jr. look especially spry when going the Bones Brigade/BMX freestyle route in this great Marke Locke-directed video for Farm’s “Over It.” Besides gnarly moves, there are lessons to be learned after they all take their respective spills and decide to get back u… More »

By: brandon / June 5, 2009 - 12:20 pm

New Dinosaur Jr. – “I Want You To Know”

The reunited Dinosaur Jr’s picked up where various Dinosaur lineups let off, making solid songs that sound like Dinosaur. Only this time it’s the original guys doing it, and there seems to be a bit more passion than some of those later-period J-only outings. No, the mid-tempo “I Want You To Know” doesn’t hit a… More »

By: brandon / April 30, 2009 - 11:17 am

Dinosaur Jr. Prep Jagjaguwar Debut

Admittedly, I was a cynical dick when Dinosaur Jr. announced their full-band reunion. A little bit because they were one of the most important bands of my youth and reunions often backfire, but more importantly, as a long-haired youngster I witnessed Lou Barlow obsessing on his hatred of J. Mascis at a III-era live show… More »

By: brandon / March 25, 2009 - 2:52 pm

SXSW 2009: Friday In Photos

By Amrit Singh & Brandon Stosuy
On Friday we shook off the early-morning cobwebs and made a beeline to the Pitchfork/Windish Bash in time to catch the last couple tracks by psychedelic post-Vanishing Voice Brooklynites Woods on the outside stage (as far as labels go, this was undeniably the year of the Woodsist) and SchoolMore »

By: brandon / March 22, 2009 - 12:09 pm

SXSW 2009: Thursday In Photos

By Amrit Singh & Brandon Stosuy
Yesterday started off bright, early, and ecstatic with NJ’s Roadside Graves at Peckerheads. The band seduced a 2PM crowd into hooting, hollering, do-sa-do-ing, and otherwise pretending it was after midnight to tracks both new (“Far And Wide,” “My Father Sat Me Down,” “Ruby”) and old (“Family And Friends,” “Radio”). More »

By: Amrit Singh / March 20, 2009 - 10:49 am

All Tomorrow’s Parties NY: Brought To You By My Bloody Valentine’s Favorite Bands

Day last of All Tomorrow’s Parties’ first foray in the great state of New York featured another blockbuster, ’90s-leaning lineup, although this one was extra special: acts hand picked by the triumphantly returning My Bloody Valentine, and evidently proud of it. Each thanked Shields & Co. in their own way, repeatedly, echoing weekend long talk… More »

By: Amrit Singh / September 23, 2008 - 6:43 pm