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There were lots of good videos this week, but I didn’t like any of them as much as I hated Jerry James’s video for “Lana Del Rey.” I hated that one so much that I enjoyed hating it. I hated it so much it gave me wings. I hated it so much that I actually… More »

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 Mars… More »

If you’re a hawkeyed, dangerously obsessive Stereogum reader, you might have noticed that I didn’t start posting until late on Friday morning. That’s because I was in the parking lot of my neighborhood Trader Joe’s, loitering and trying not to look creepy while I waited for the tow truck that would take my non-starting car… More »

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Red Bull Music Academy Announces NY Fest With PC Music, Arthur Russell Tribute, FKA Twigs, & More

Red Bull Music Academy is returning to New York City for the third year in a row for a month-long series of events. Highlights include…
James Rettig | March 9, 2015 - 11:04 am

Forest Swords – “The Weight Of Gold” Video

Last year, the British guitarist and producer Forest Swords gave us Engravings, a deeply absorbing album of ominous, skeletal, spaced-out almost-instrumentals. It's one of those…
Tom Breihan | February 20, 2014 - 2:19 pm

Forest Swords – “Thor’s Stone (Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry Remix)”

Engravings, the dark marvel of an album that the British producer Forest Swords released earlier this year, is one of those albums that seems to…
Tom Breihan | November 27, 2013 - 11:42 am

Forest Swords – “Thor’s Stone” Video

Forest Swords has put out a new video for "Thor's Stone," one of the best tracks off our recent Album Of The Week, Engravings. Director…
Miles Bowe | September 27, 2013 - 5:58 pm

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

This week there was something strange and new from Jane's Addiction, Drake released the anti-"Started From The Bottom," and Ryan Hemsworth laid A$AP Rocky over…
Stereogum | August 9, 2013 - 1:56 pm

Haleek Maul – “Lobo” (Prod. Forest Swords)

If you're familiar with the murky hip-hop of Haleek Maul, seeing that Forest Swords (aka Matthew Barnes) credit up above might make you really excited.
Miles Bowe | August 7, 2013 - 2:37 pm

Stereogum Monthly Mix: July 2013

I don't want to bum anybody out, but summer's almost over. With an emphasis on almost, meaning anything can still happen (aside from reclaiming that…
Amrit Singh | July 31, 2013 - 11:32 am

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

When we take songs into consideration for this column, we're open to including tracks we wouldn't necessarily cover on the site. For this week's collection,…
Stereogum | July 26, 2013 - 1:52 pm

Forest Swords – “The Weight Of Gold”

Upon first hearing "The Weight Of Gold," the new single by Forest Swords (aka Matthew Barnes) I was reminded for the first time in quite…
Miles Bowe | July 20, 2013 - 2:00 pm

The Big Pink – “Hit The Ground (Superman) (Forest Swords Remix)”

The Big Pink make the sort of titanic Brit-rock that demands to be used in action-movie trailers. But the duo's two members have noise-scene roots,…
Tom Breihan | December 13, 2011 - 12:27 pm