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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 unbridled feeling of summer’s start and infinite possibilities; we’re definitely in the zone of finitude, with all its attendant reminders of our own corporeal mortality, now)! LIVE IT UP! Really. More »

This week at the IFC Center in NYC, Oscilloscope Labs presents the opening run of its latest critically acclaimed film, Only The Young. (Get tickets here, film folk. It looks nice!) It focuses on three charming teens teetering on adulthood in an economically depressed town, and its directors (Jason Tippet and Elizbeth Mims) and producer… More »

This week, we ran into a bit of a problem as it pertains to this list: For some reason, YouTube embed aren’t rendering when we put them in. We’re not sure why that is, but we’re looking to fix it. (And if any readers know anyone at YouTube or Google who could help us out,… More »

More Islands stories

New Islands – “No You Don’t”

At the end of September, Nick Diamonds & his shape-shifting Islands are following up 2008's Arm's Way with their third studio album, Vapours. The 12-song…
brandon | July 21, 2009 - 9:13 am

Islands Cover Beck

Yesterday we heard Sonic Youth cover an old Beck song and vice versa. Today we’ve got Islands’ Nick Thorburn covering an even older Beck song.
Scott Lapatine | April 21, 2009 - 1:07 pm

We Got The Tweet: The Week’s 50 Best Rock Star Twitters

Microblogging service Twitter has signed up countless celebrities in recent months, and among them are some of our favorite musical artists: Trent Reznor! Colin Meloy!
Scott Lapatine | March 23, 2009 - 9:26 pm

Crayola Maintains Indie Cred With Unicorns Tune

As long as Crayola invents new ways to color, it looks like they'll find more indie bands to pair with their product. It started with…
brandon | March 23, 2009 - 9:32 am

New Human Highway Video – “The Sound” (Stereogum Premiere)

Nearly a year after Islanders Nick Thorburn and Jim Guthrie's Human Highway side-project presented itself via this sunny standout, the duo is recharging and offering…
Amrit Singh | February 25, 2009 - 12:16 pm

Progress Report: Nick Thorburn

NAME: Nick Thorburn (Islands, Human Highway) PROGRESS REPORT: Recording Islands' third LP at Stratosphere Studio in New York City; recording a solo LP, I Am
Jessica | January 27, 2009 - 6:16 pm

New Islands Video – “Creeper”

When writing about Nick Thorburn's Reefer, we also made sure to mention his work with Human Highway and, his most popular project, Islands. As far…
brandon | October 16, 2008 - 2:57 pm

New Reefer – “Let It Go” (Flying Lotus Remix) & New Islands Live EP, Live Dates

Nick Thorburn is a busy guy. Between Islands and Human Highway, it's unclear how he finds the time to keep up those fashionable haircuts. We…
brandon | October 8, 2008 - 1:02 pm

Human Highway Just Played Their First Shows

Human Highway, the duo of Islands' Nick Thorburn and jingle master Jim Guthrie, played their first shows ever at Cake Shop on Monday and a…
brandon | September 17, 2008 - 9:11 am

How To BBQ With Islands And A Top Chef Chef

We've followed the New York x New York concert-and-something-else-not exactly-involving-music series pretty closely, because it has been pretty great. The list is a fun to…
Amrit Singh | July 25, 2008 - 12:46 pm

Islands And Annuals And Jicks: Siren Fest 2008 In Photos

I couldn't make Siren Festival this year and Amrit and Brandon were at Pitchfork, so ... how was it? Based on the photographic display from…
Scott Lapatine | July 21, 2008 - 2:58 am

Islands Cover Brian Eno And Themselves, Are Not Trust Funders

Recently Highwayman Nick Thorburn & his Islands stopped by Daytrotter, committing four songs to tape, including Return To The Sea's "Where There's A Will There's…
brandon | May 19, 2008 - 9:29 am

The ‘Gum Drop XXXVII: Hear New Indian Jewelry, Win An Eastwood Guitar Signed By Islands

We dug Invasive Exotics, Indian Jewelry's 2006 long player, but the feedback feels warmer, the structures more assured, expansive, unhinged and less Doors-y/VU-derived on Free
brandon | May 14, 2008 - 11:43 am

New Human Highway (Nick Thorburn & Jim Guthrie) – “The Sound” & “Sleep Talking”

When not talking about Vampire Weekend and vaginas or performing with his Islands, Nick Thorburn's teaming up with Royal City-associated songwriter and solo artist (and…
brandon | May 9, 2008 - 12:34 pm

Islands’ Nick Thorburn On Vaginas And Vampire Weekend

There's an interesting interview with Islands' frontman Nick Thorburn over at Merry Swankster (thanks for the tip, Kelli). In it, Thorburn gives his two cents…
brandon | April 17, 2008 - 1:02 pm

Islands Are Just Gonna Have To Explain This Album Art To Us One Day

Because as album art goes this is pretty out there, team. We're talking about Islands' forthcoming Arm's Way, which has inspired a few gushes here
Amrit Singh | April 8, 2008 - 5:36 pm

New Islands – “Creeper”

Diamonds are forever, although maybe not as stage names go. But if you haven't seen Islands since Nick went back to given name Thorburn --…
Amrit Singh | April 2, 2008 - 10:47 am

Stereogum’s Texas Music Trivia – Round 2

In addition to shooting a ton of performances in Austin last week, we subjected many of our favorite acts to Texas music trivia. You saw…
Stereogum | March 19, 2008 - 11:37 am

SXSW: Islands Are Awesome

It's in the blogger code to toss out superlatives with reckless abandon, but really -- we weren't lying when called Islands set at Cedar St.
Stereogum | March 15, 2008 - 3:19 pm

SXSW: Thursday In Photos

Interested in filling a rock club to the rafters? Simple: Just have Nada Surf and Destroyer play back to back sometime. People were stuffed asses…
Stereogum | March 15, 2008 - 12:02 pm