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Mainstream American rock music, as you might recall, was in rough shape in the late ’90s. The Alt-Nation era had run out of road for the most part, giving way to legions of awful post-grunge and nu-metal bands soundtracking extreme energy-drink commercials and extreme-sports video games. These were dark times. This was at a time… More »

When a musician puts together a moving tribute to her deceased bandmate, giving fitting visual accompaniment to the last thing that bandmate ever recorded, that video really should be #1 on this list. Most weeks, it would be. But this week, that video went up against the form’s reigning innovator, who’s put together a stunning… More »

At various points in musical history, if you were a certain kind of musician with a certain set of obsessions, making an intricately layered, impossibly dense magnum opus was not just an option, it was a requirement that came from somewhere deep in your soul that could never quite be fulfilled. It’s become the story… More »

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Algiers – “Black Eunuch (Liars Remix)”

The core of Band To Watch Algiers’ “Black Eunuch” is a skeletal vocal line of charred gospel harmonies, a choir’s swell of dramatic, ominous voices echoing wordlessly. Since we already know that experimental post-punk outfit Liars favor cold minimalism and sputtering static, it’s unsurprising that this gospel chant is the primary piece of the original… More »

By: Caitlin White / June 11, 2015 - 11:48 am

33 – “Inside Stuff (Liars Remix)” (Stereogum Premiere)

33 is Los Angeles musician Mary Pearson, formerly one-half of Brooklyn tropical electronic psych experimentalists and old-school Band To Watch High Places. She released her debut single “Inside Stuff” earlier this month, and today fellow LA imports and basketball fans Liars have delivered a typically ominous remix. What had been a beat-driven minimal daydream i… More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 19, 2014 - 10:16 am

Liars – “Mask Maker (Extended Version)” Video

Liars released their seventh studio album, Mess, back in March, which included the strobe-like track “Mask Maker.” The song’s introductory words are declaimed in a haunting baritone, which doesn’t detract from their humor: “Take my pants off,” the voice commands, “smell my socks, eat my face.” You can download an extended version of the original… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / December 4, 2014 - 11:39 am

Liars – “Poison Bender”

“Poison Bender” is one of the B-sides from Liars’ remix-heavy I’m No Gold EP. This one’s a new original, and it’s more visceral and organic than Liars albums have been lately. The song drifts steadily forward encased in droning static, but its rhythmic component hits hard, and the vocal melodies are surprisingly direct and catchy. More »

By: Chris DeVille / November 5, 2014 - 12:28 pm

Liars – “I’m No Gold (Thanks For The Remix Remix)”

Liars have provided their own remix for Mess track “I’m No Gold” called the “Thanks For The Remix Remix.” (The song also got a cool video recently.) The beginning of the remix sputters along, almost unrecognizable from the track itself, but it slowly builds into something that sounds even more menacing and oppressive than the… More »

By: James Rettig / October 28, 2014 - 9:25 pm

Liars – “I’m No Gold” Video

If you caught Liars on the tour for their recent album, MESS, you know that despite the record’s freakish electronics and creepy lyrics, the band sounded and looked like they were having more fun on stage than they had in years. One of the best parts of those shows was Angus Andrew’s thrashing, bizarro-frontman move… More »

By: Miles Bowe / October 2, 2014 - 12:17 pm

Devendra Banhart – “Golden Girls (LIARS Remix)”

Last year, Devendra Banhart put out the new album Mala, which included the brief but chilling folk song “Golden Girls.” Now, Liars — who this year put out the great and overlooked album Mess — have stretched that minute and a half to nearly 10 minutes in their sprawling remix. What begins as a minimal… More »

By: Miles Bowe / July 23, 2014 - 2:42 pm

Liars – “Pro Anti Anti” Video

Earlier this year, Liars released Mess, their most dance-friendly album in many years but also one of their most apocalyptic. The new video for “Pro Anti Anti,” a song that Factory Floor have already remixed, is just as apocalyptic. In the clip, Liars band members Angus Andrew and Aaron Hemphill go to visit the 3D… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 24, 2014 - 9:44 am

Black Bananas – “Physical Emotions (Liars Remix)” (Stereogum Premiere)

Black Bananas’ “Physical Emotions” was such a feelgood jam, only made more so by its absurd drug trip of a video. With their new remix of the song, Liars keep the party vibes strong while diving into the weird end of dance music (as they also do on their new album, Mess). They tighten u… More »

By: Miles Bowe / June 3, 2014 - 11:01 am

Photos: Austin Psych Fest 2014

This past weekend Austin Psych Fest hosted a ton of great bands that generally would fall under the umbrella of being psychedelic. That is a gratefully wide definition which led to a varied and far-reaching lineup. Current psych masters like Panda Bear and of Montreal performed alongside old guards like the Zombies while stranger, more… More »

By: Miles Bowe / May 5, 2014 - 4:33 pm

Liars – “Pro Anti Anti (Factory Floor (GG:NV) Remix)”

Nearly a decade into the band’s career, Liars’ new album, Mess, finds the band coming back around to making the dance punk that first introduced us to them. One of the most energetic moments on the new album comes from the dissonant banger “Pro Anti Anti,” and now DFA’s Factory Floor have turned it into… More »

By: Miles Bowe / May 5, 2014 - 11:00 am

Liars – “Mess On A Mission” Video

Last week, Liars released their new LP Mess, maybe the most dance-friendly album in their entire catalog. And they’re just now getting around to releasing a video for “Mess On A Mission,” the sputtering first single. Director Luis Cerveró throws the band’s members into a series of glitched-out, fantastical CGI landscapes, then switches those background… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 31, 2014 - 2:00 pm

Stream Liars Mess

When we last heard a new album from Liars, it was the cold, minimal, though very affecting WIXIW, a sharp left turn in a discography full of them. Now they’ve just taken another. If the manic single “Mess On A Mission,” or the artwork of their seventh album, Mess (above), didn’t tip you off that… More »

By: Miles Bowe / March 17, 2014 - 11:04 am

Liars – “Mess On A Mission (Black Bananas Freezer Jam Remix)”

During an interview I did with Angus Andrews back in 2012, I asked about his feelings on remixing, especially since Liars have embraced it more and more with recent albums. I’m paraphrasing here, but one thing that stuck with me was him explaining that it requires of a strong level of trust when handing off… More »

By: Miles Bowe / February 20, 2014 - 12:49 pm

Moby – “Almost Home (LIARS Remix)” (Feat. Damien Jurado)

Moby’s recent album Innocents included a gently drifting electro-folk song called “Almost Home” with vocals by Secretly Canadian mainstay Damien Jurado, who has a new album of his own out this week. Now Moby’s Mute labelmates Liars have gotten their hands on it, so it’s not gentle in the slightest. The experimental trio (who, yes,… More »

By: Chris DeVille / January 22, 2014 - 1:37 pm

Liars – “Mess On A Mission”

Back in November, Mute announced that Liars’ seventh album, the follow-up to 2012’s great WIXIW, would be released in March, and today, we’ve got the album title, release date, and most importantly, its first single. The album will be called Mess, it’ll be out 3/24, and the single is called “Mess On A Mission,” and… More »

By: Michael Nelson / January 13, 2014 - 11:10 am

New Liars Coming In March, Watch A Teaser

UPDATE: Mute has confirmed that it will be a new album. The follow-up to WIXIW

Over the last week we’ve seen Liars post some strange videos on their Instagram and Twitter. They were soundtracked by pounding electronic music and featured multi-colored bunches of string. The most recent video is a stop-motion animation showing… More »

By: Miles Bowe / November 15, 2013 - 2:53 pm

Grimes, Liars, Warpaint To Cover Duran Duran On New Tribute Album

UPDATE: Grimes’ label 4AD says she is not participating in this tribute…

Making Patterns Rhyme: A Tribute To Duran Duran is coming early next year via Manimal Vinyl, the label that previously gave us tributes to Madonna and the Cure. You can check out the current list of participants below (via and… More »

By: Miles Bowe / October 15, 2013 - 4:34 pm
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