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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 both vocal feminists and fans of frothy pop music, and they both Tumblr prolifically, make great electronic pop songs, and generate feverish debate on Stereogum and in its comments section. More »

By: 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 inspired by the radical feminist Andrea Dworkin, who suggested in her speech Mass Murder In Montreal: The Sexual Politics of Killing Women that radical thinkers can measure the progress wome… More »

By: Liz Pelly / August 4, 2013 - 11:54 am

Deconstructing: Dead Girlfriends, Mansplaining, And When Being An Ally Goes Wrong

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 »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / July 31, 2013 - 11:51 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. (It started out as a duo, but it was really Brooks’s baby.) Brooks is still making music, but he’s changed his project’s name, and its focus. He’s now releasing music… More »

By: 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 the collaboration was officially announced, we all had a bit of a “huh?” moment when they all appeared together in NYC’s Easter Day Parade. Connections start to be made i… More »

By: 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 lo-fi cover of Taylor Swift’s “Ours” to celebrate his friend and fellow poptimist Claire Boucher, bka Grimes, turning 25 yesterday. It also features a little bit of Justin Bieber’s Nicki… More »

By: 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 of people regard as complete piffle and who twist that music into emotive, insightful music of their own. They are natural fits for one another. Back in 2011, How To… More »

By: 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 download. It’s a strong entry to their expanding, tightening catalog. Nab it below. More »

By: 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 to various different corners of the universe. She’ll do opening duty for the Flaming Lips, stop at a ton of summer festivals, and take part in the Skrillex/Diplo Canada-by-train jaunt. More »

By: 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 buttons, and a CD that adds two new tracks and two new remixes to the remix collection Ruin 3. One of the new tracks is a six-minute melancholy junglistic banger… More »

By: 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 talk of a new remix collection called Ruin 3, which includes remixes from people like How To Dress Well and Physical Therapy. It’s finally here now, but it’s not a… More »

By: 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 hardcore rave banger. And the track’s new video is a giddy, gaudy pile-up of rave-style imagery: Ancient footage of people going nuts dancing, pink CGI pills flying everywhere, skeletons swordfighting,… More »

By: 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 a new track, the two come together. In their remix of Korallreven’s glimmering Julianna Barwick collab “Sa Sa Samoa,” Elite Gymnastics throw in a chipmunk-soul sample of Whitney Houston’s “I… More »

By: 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 Gymnastics. Download the Ra Ra Rave On collection after the jump and read some insight on the songs over at Self-Titled’s site. More »

By: 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 Therapy reworking of elite gymnastics’ utopian club jam “So Close To Paradise.” The new version will appear on Ruin 3, a forthcoming free-online remixes-and-covers collection from elite gymnastics. Download the… More »

By: 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 Dress Well’s cover of a track from the conceptual dance-pop duo elite gymnastics. And elite gymnastics have now returned the favor, remixing “Suicide Dream 2,” a song from HTDW’s JustMore »

By: 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 ton of buzz and get them signed to Acéphale, the label that’s legit-releasing the digital version of Ruin 1 & 2 this week. And soon, elite gymnastics will also… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 28, 2011 - 9:00 am

Stereogum’s 40 Best New Bands of 2011

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 »

By: Stereogum / September 13, 2011 - 12:26 pm


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 honor both of that and of peeking into the taste profiles of the Minnesota based duo that made one of this year’s best EPs, RUIN (Pts. 1 & 2), here’… More »

By: Amrit Singh / August 9, 2011 - 2:46 pm

Stereogum Monthly Mix: August 2011

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 »

By: Amrit Singh / August 9, 2011 - 10:03 am
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