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Former Elite Gymnastics member James Brooks released a new four-track EP this week called Stop Pretending under the moniker Dead Girlfriends. Its concluding cut, “On Fraternity,” is a sweetly menacing song about sexual assault. The song itself, without its divisive lyrics, is something else. It screeches with feedback in places, its synths twinkle and build… More »

Last year, right around the time summer turned to fall, we at Stereogum published our list of the 40 best new bands of the year. The idea of a “new” band is a pretty nebulous one, since many of the kids we listed were probably planning out their musical ventures in their basements since they… More »

We took last month off from our Monthly Mix series in favor of our midterm flashback/annual summer jams compilation Cruel Summer, which you should grab if you haven’t. But it is a new month — the last one of Summer 2011 — so here’s a filtered recap of the month’s finest free MP3s. Use it… More »

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Grimes & James Brooks Launch Not-Really-A-Record-Label Eerie Organization; Hear Nicole Dollanganger’s “You’re So Cool”

Grimes is noncommittal to the new business venture she's starting to release Canadian singer/songwriter Nicole Dollanganger's new album Natural Born Losers, insisting that Eerie Organization
Caitlin White | August 28, 2015 - 11:18 am

Watch A Video Diary Of James Brooks And Grimes’ Summer

Grimes and Elite Gymnastics/Dead Girlfriends/Default Genders dude James Brooks make up one of the most interesting and generally likable couples in music right now. They're…
Tom Breihan | September 23, 2013 - 4:36 pm

Dead Girlfriends Changes Name To Default Genders

Last week, former Elite Gymnastics songwriter James Brooks released an excellent new EP as Dead Girlfriends. As Brooks wrote on his Tumblr, the name was…
Liz Pelly | August 4, 2013 - 11:54 am

Elite Gymnastics Changes Name To Dead Girlfriends, Releases New EP

A couple of years ago, Minneapolis resident James Brooks came to our attention for making sparkling, theoretical, internet-addled pop music under the name Elite Gymnastics.
Tom Breihan | July 29, 2013 - 1:34 pm

Watch Grimes In Steve Buscemi’s Latest Vampire Weekend Webcast Promo

The narrative behind Steve Buscemi and Vampire Weeknd's partnership for their upcoming American Express UNSTAGED webcast (4/28) becomes more robust with today's promo videos. Before…
Claire Lobenfeld | April 26, 2013 - 2:06 pm

Elite Gymnastics – “私たちのもの ( O U R S )” (Taylor Swift/Justin Bieber Cover)

You know you have a good friend when he flips your favorite music into something brand new for your birthday. Elite Gymnastics has crafted a…
Claire Lobenfeld | March 18, 2013 - 11:32 am

How To Dress Well – “& It Was U (Elite Gymnastics Remix)”

How To Dress Well's Tom Krell and Elite Gymnastics' James Brooks are two Midwestern bedroom-studio auteurs who think hard about music that a whole lot…
Tom Breihan | January 28, 2013 - 2:15 pm

Elite Gymnastics – “Andreja 4-Ever”

Elite Gymnastics is the latest representative of Adult Swim's Singles Program, and today they're offering a flowery, whistling piece of pop called "Andreja 4-Ever" for…
Corban Goble | August 27, 2012 - 12:24 pm

Grimes Announces Mythical Gymnastics Tour

Grimes is busy! Claire Boucher has been having a moment all year, and she'll spend the next few months touring relentlessly, taking her zeitgeist-grabbing show…
Tom Breihan | June 8, 2012 - 1:00 pm

Elite Gymnastics – “Life/Trap”

Ruin 4, the latest release from the internet-addled Minneapolis production duo Elite Gymnastics, is an unconventional one: A bundle of a T-shirt, a poster, three…
Tom Breihan | May 17, 2012 - 10:32 am

Elite Gymnastics – “Here, In Heaven 4 & 5 (Remix By CFCF)”

Minneapolis internet-pop manipulators Elite Gymnastics released their free-download debut EP Ruin last year, bundling it with Ruin 2, a collection of reworkings. There's long been…
Tom Breihan | March 29, 2012 - 10:46 am

Korallreven – “Sa Sa Samoa (Elite Gymnastics Remix)” Video

When Minneapolis production vandals Elite Gymnastics remixed Korallreven's ethereal Julianna Barwick collab "Sa Sa Samoa," they transformed it into a jagged, hyperactive, Whitney Houston-sampling late-'80s…
Tom Breihan | March 12, 2012 - 11:11 am

Korallreven – “Sa Sa Samoa (Elite Gymnastics Remix)”

Two duos we've been really high on here at Stereogum are fluttery Swedish haze-pop producers Korallreven and Minneapolis cut-and-paste noise-pop manipulators Elite Gymnastics. And on…
Tom Breihan | February 28, 2012 - 11:29 am

Download Korallreven Ra Ra Rave On Mix

Fresh off of the release of their lush debut LP, Swedish electronic duo Korallreven made a playlist for Self-Titled featuring artists like Zomby and Elite…
Corban Goble | November 15, 2011 - 4:50 pm

elite gymnastics – “So Close To Paradise 3 (Physical Therapy Remix)”

We've already posted a remix of Pictureplane's "Post Physical" from the mysterious producer Physical Therapy. Now, we've got a similarly dark and scuzzy eight-minute Physical…
Tom Breihan | November 8, 2011 - 10:10 am

How To Dress Well – “Suicide Dream 2 (elite gymnastics Baptism)”

A couple of weeks ago, we posted "h e r e i n h e a v e n 3," mutant R&B spectre How To…
Tom Breihan | October 11, 2011 - 9:03 am

elite gymnastics – “h e r e i n h e a v e n 3″ (Cover By How To Dress Well)

Over the summer, the internet-addled production duo elite gymnastics released their sparkling Ruin 1 & 2 collection online, and it was enough to generate a…
Tom Breihan | September 28, 2011 - 9:00 am


It is more or less all things elite gymnastics around my iTunes and mixtapes and in emails when friends ask for something new, so in…
Amrit Singh | August 9, 2011 - 2:46 pm