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The New York weather has been temperamental at best lately. We were pulling wool coats that we’d happily packed away out of closets and boxes last week, and today it’s so humid that we’re all praying for rain again. Hot and cold, like that one Katy Perry song if you omit any reference to romance. More »

Thom Yorke rolled through to dominate the general conversation today, and his twitchy, hypnotic “A Brain In A Bottle” video really belongs on this list. But it came out on Friday, and this list only covers the seven days that ended yesterday. If Yorke was trying to game the system and crush this list, he… More »

This past week brought Memorial Day, and with it, the unofficial start of summer. It also meant a four-day work week, but even with the truncated timeframe, there were more than enough excellent songs released for us to fight over what had to place in 5 Best Songs and what would be left in the… More »

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jj – “Truce”

Last year, the permanently zooted Swedish pop duo jj changed their name to capital letters and blew their sound out into something grand and expressive for the V album, maybe the best thing they’d ever recorded. But now jj have a new single called “Truce” coming out, and they’ve reverted to lower-case and to their… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 9, 2015 - 8:57 am

JJ – “Dynasti” Video

By now it’s clear that Swedish duo JJ, who recently released their fourth studio album, V, know how to translate their languid brand of pop into otherworldly videos. The new clip for “Dynasti,” the second track on V, creatively personifies the shivering pop soundscape of the track. The video’s long introduction features JJ singer Eli… More »

By: Ethan Jacobs / September 25, 2014 - 4:03 pm

JJ – “Inner Light” Video

The Swedish duo JJ evidently never got the memo about how it’s offensive to appropriate Native American culture — or maybe they got it and they’re intentionally ignoring it. Either way, the duo’s new video for “Inner Light,” a pretty drug-reverie from their very good new album V, stars a kid in a thrift-store versio… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 26, 2014 - 9:45 am

Stream JJ V

The Swedish duo jj used to be an interesting group, one who played around with big pop and rap signifiers but filtered them through a drugged-up amateurish Scandinavian aesthetic. With their new album V, though, JJ (capital letters now) have stopped playing around with pop music and started making it, and somewhere along the line,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 4, 2014 - 1:50 pm

JJ – “Dean & Me”

JJ have shared a new song from their upcoming album V following lead single “All White Everything.” “Dean & Me” is another ethereal track from the Swedish art-pop duo that sounds like it was recorded during the shimmering twilight hours. The typically pop-literate group references Lesley Gore’s ’60s classic “It’s My Party” in the lyrics,… More »

By: James Rettig / July 30, 2014 - 10:01 am

JJ – “All White Everything” Video

The Swedish narco-pop experimenters JJ are coming back later this summer with their new album V, and first single “All White Everything” might be the most straight-up gorgeous thing they’ve ever done. The song’s new video is a compellingly strange vision, a story that takes place entirely in one of those repressive, over-prescriptive mental hospital… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 11, 2014 - 11:20 am

JJ – “All White Everything”

JJ are really fucking going for it right now. The Swedish conceptual drug-pop duo announced their new album V earlier this month, sharing a striking and cinematic trailer for the LP. And now they’re letting us hear “All White Everything,” the first single, which is easily the grandest and cleanest-sounding thing they’ve ever recorded. “All… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 29, 2014 - 9:17 am

Watch A Trailer For JJ’s New Album V

The forever-faded Swedish conceptual-pop duo JJ have just announced that they’ll have a new album called V coming out later this summer. Judging by its title, it’s a follow-up to their 2012 7″ jj n° 4, but it also looks like they’re rebooting their whole style. They’ve dropped the Arabic numerals for Roman ones, and… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 15, 2014 - 9:48 am

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

This was probably the slowest week of the year in terms of people putting out music videos, what with Christmas arriving dead in the middle and nobody needing to fill up office dead-time by staring at YouTube. And yet there were still some good videos this week, and I managed to cobble together a list… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 27, 2013 - 10:17 am

jj – “My Boyz” Video

Enigmatic Swedish dream-pop duo jj have released a new video. “My Boyz” features Joakim Benon as a mime and a dripping wet Elin Kastlander in glittery makeup. It was directed by Mattias Erik Johansson. Watch below. More »

By: Scott Lapatine / December 24, 2013 - 4:15 pm

jj – “Fågelsången”

Swedish dream-pop duo jj have returned with their first new material since rap-inspired High Summer EP with this swooning conga drums-and-strings track “Fågelsången,” our first view into what’s to come. They’ve also launched a website, which will function as a place to get information about and tunes from the release with an adorable note that… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / June 21, 2013 - 10:49 am

Download jj High Summer EP

It’s Midsummer’s Eve in Sweden, so in celebration of that national holiday, Swedish indie pop duo jj dropped an EP called High Summer. It follows in the tradition of stuff like “Beautiful Life,” a song that imposes rap and pop conventions onto their blissful, hazy sound. The second song, “10,” samples The-Dream’s “Shorty Is DaMore »

By: Corban Goble / June 22, 2012 - 9:09 am

jj – “Beautiful Life” Video

Here’s the homemade clip for jj’s new single “Beautiful Life,” a pleasant mix of found footage and a camcorder-like feel. Friend of the band Patricia Paulsson put it together. Watch it below. More »

By: Corban Goble / April 16, 2012 - 12:11 pm

jj – “Beautiful Life”

Later this spring, Sweden’s jj will release a new single called “Beautiful Life,” a track that showcases the group’s known affection for co-opting rap music in their hazy, blissful pop. Download it below. More »

By: Corban Goble / April 4, 2012 - 10:47 am

Don Trip – “Cheers (jj’s Save Our Souls Remix)”

Thanks to a new FADER initiative that pairs up rappers with producers for new remixes, the rap-besotted Swedish Balearic drug-pop duo jj have taken on “Cheers,” a song from the gruffly emotive Memphis rapper Don Trip’s Human Torch III mixtape. The jj remix does away with Trip’s rap verses entirely, leaving only the mutter-sung choru… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 6, 2011 - 2:34 pm

jj Cover The Outfield’s “Your Love”

Cover mavens jj return with a deconstructed version of the Outfield’s “Your Love,” where jj member Elin Kastlander plucks an acoustic guitar in a spa. Oh, those Swedes. How they love their austerity. More »

By: Corban Goble / September 26, 2011 - 11:32 am

ceo & jj Team Up To Cover Blondie

If you were going to cover a Blondie song, you’d probably pick one of the classics, right? Something off Parallel Lines, or maybe “Atomic”? Well, that’s why you are not Swedish pop iconoclast ceo. The man born Eric Burglund (along with some help from fellow Swedes jj) has instead given the world his floaty, zoned-out… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 12, 2011 - 10:22 am
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