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Nick Diamonds – “Witch Window” (Stereogum Premiere)

Aside from fronting the rather iconic Montreal band Unicorns and releasing several albums with his cult-favorite art-pop act Islands, Nick Thorburn is also the man responsible behind the music for the hit podcast Serial. Prolific regardless of the facet he's operating in, Thorburn has opted to assume his solo name Nick Diamonds for another solo… More »

By: Caitlin White / April 14, 2015 - 11:16 am

33 Musicians Discuss Their Favorite Radiohead Songs

From star-studded guest lists to an audible influence on several generations of bands, Radiohead's fan base has always included quite a few of their fellow rock stars. We polled dozens of notable musicians about their favorite Radiohead songs, and this is how they responded. More »

By: Stereogum / March 10, 2015 - 10:42 am

Nick Diamonds – “The Sting”

Nick Thorburn (of Islands, the Unicorns, and Mister Heavenly fame) has announced a new solo album under the name Nick Diamonds. Thorburn's first album under the Diamonds moniker was 2011's I Am An Attic. The followup to that is called City Of Quartz, and he's shared the first single from it, "The Sting." It's a… More »

By: James Rettig / February 25, 2015 - 2:08 pm

Watch Jonah Hill Cover Drake, Scarlett Johansson Cover New Order, Stephen Malkmus Cover The Black Crowes, Jarvis Cocker Cover Celine Dion For Vice’s 20th Birthday In Brooklyn

There was a not-entirely-common sight down around the Brooklyn Navy Yard last night. Dozens of cabs lined the street, because depending on where you're coming from the Navy Yard can kind of be a pain to get to, and also because NYC's been doing this thing where it's decided to just rain constantly in December,… More »

By: Ryan Leas / December 6, 2014 - 4:18 pm

Vice Turns 20 Party Brings Insane Lineup Feat. Karen O, Lil Wayne, Stephen Malkmus, Pussy Riot, Jonah Hill & Spike Jonze, Jarvis Cocker, Many More To Brooklyn Tomorrow

Vice is throwing an invite-only party tomorrow night in Brooklyn to celebrate their 20th anniversary, and Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitarist Nick Zinner -- who will be part of the house band along with Andrew Wyatt, Pauli PSM, and Jack Lawrence -- posted the lineup for the event on his Twitter account tonight. It's pretty crazy:… More »

By: James Rettig / December 4, 2014 - 8:57 pm

Hear Nick Thorburn’s Original Music For This American Life Offshoot Serial

Nick Thorburn, who fronted the Unicorns and currently leads Islands, has shared the original score he created for an offshoot of the This American Life podcast called Serial. Serial takes listeners week by week through a nonfiction story that unfolds over the course of a season. The first season follows the unsolved murder of a… More »

By: Ethan Jacobs / October 17, 2014 - 3:37 pm

TV Party: The Unicorns Talk I’m Alan Partridge

How old were you when the Unicorns broke up? It was ten years ago, so it would be your age minus ten. Oh my god. Were you even born yet? If you're taking your age and subtracting ten and getting a number below zero, it's unlikely that you were even alive during the period of… More »

By: Kelly Conaboy / August 14, 2014 - 5:11 pm

Watch A Strange Tribute To Meredith Brooks’ “Bitch” Starring Michael Cera, Jenny Slate, & Nick Thorburn

Michael Cera, Tim & Eric, Reggie Watts, and Sarah Silverman are the creators of the YouTube channel JASH, and they frequently bring in other comedians to collaborate with them. Today found Michael Cera, Jenny Slate, Luc Laurent, and Islands man (and Cera bandmate) Nick Thorburn posing as a fake garage band by the name of… More »

By: Miles Bowe / September 30, 2013 - 5:08 pm

Q&A: Nick Thorburn Premieres “Aloe Hills,” Talks Soundtracking The Film Only The Young

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 »

By: Amrit Singh / December 7, 2012 - 1:03 pm

Stepson (El-P & Nick Diamonds) – “Movie Tit”

El-P and Islands' Nick Diamonds are no stranger to collaboration -- most recently, see "Stay Down" from El's excellent Cancer For Cure, or that screengrab above from their joint stop by Letterman's place -- though this is the first listen from their dedicated joint-venture Stepson. "See you in a movie" is a fine and fair… More »

By: Amrit Singh / November 30, 2012 - 1:55 pm

Stream Islands A Sleep & A Forgetting

Since announcing plans for a new album last October, the Islands' Nick Thorburn has given us "Hallways" and "This Is Not A Song" (proving, indeed, one man is the Islands). Now, the entirety of A Sleep & A Forgetting is streaming. Head below to hear it. More »

By: Corban Goble / February 7, 2012 - 1:25 pm

Islands A Sleep & A Forgetting Details

Now that he's returned from a sojourn with side project Mister Heavenly, Nick Thorburn came home and rattled out a new Islands record. The title, A Sleep & A Forgetting is either a Wordsworth reference (bonus points) or an Orson Scott Card reference (DOUBLE bonus points). THORBURN TO THREAD! Check out the track listing below. More »

By: Corban Goble / October 27, 2011 - 1:09 pm

Nick Diamonds Releases Free I Am An Attic LP

Lead Island, ex-Unicorn, present Mssr. Heavenly Nick Thorburn has made good on his years-old promise to gift us with a free album, despite wondering along the way (and even this morning) about its quality. He's seemed genuinely uncertain, though after hearing the pretty pair of preview tracks we posted last winter ("Gone Bananas" and "UsedMore »

By: Amrit Singh / July 11, 2011 - 9:35 am

Mister Heavenly – “Bronx Sniper”

Mister Heavenly, the side-project of Islands' Nick Thorburn, Man Man's Honus Honus, and Modest Mouse's Joe Plummer, release their debut Out Of Love next month via Sub Pop. Here's the stomping opening track, "Bronx Sniper." You can hear a bit of all the aforementioned bands in it. As well as Ugly Casanova. More »

By: brandon / July 8, 2011 - 2:52 pm

Mister Heavenly – “Mister Heavenly”/”Pineapple Girl”

You got some sense of what Mister Heavenly sounds like when video of the band performing with temporary bassist Michael Cera surfaced in December. But these two samples, from their upcoming debut album on Sub Pop, show that their songwriting really does combine elements of Nick Thorburn's and Honus Honus's primary bands, Islands and Ma… More »

By: jessica / January 14, 2011 - 1:59 pm

Islands Played Unicorns & Daniel Johnston Songs For Big Terrific’s Big Show @ Music Hall Of Williamsburg, Brooklyn

There's a comedy show here in Williamsburg that makes for really good Wednesday diversions. It's called Big Terrific, it happens in the Cameo Lounge (which sits in back of the Loving Cup on N. 6th Street), there's a special on all-you-can-drink High Life which is pretty disgusting/convenient, it regularly features all sorts of rising and… More »

By: Amrit Singh / September 8, 2010 - 5:53 pm

Nick Thorburn Debuts New Islands Songs

Radio Happy Hour is a live murder mystery / comedy hour done in the style of an old radio program. They do it every couple months at New York's Le Poisson Rouge. Past guests have included David Bazan (covering Vic Chestnutt), Andrew W.K., Michael Showalter, Tunde Adebimpe, and, last month, Nick Thorburn. He performed solo,… More »

By: jessica / July 14, 2010 - 4:06 pm

The ‘Gum Bowl: The Outtakes Reel

After rolling out this video series in which we met the bowlers, watched the first round of the tournament and championship match, there's only one respectable place to go: all the tequila shots and genitalia euphemisms that for some reason our video editors felt weren't germane to clips about charitable bowling. Might wanna plug i… More »

By: Amrit Singh / June 9, 2010 - 10:13 am

The ‘Gum Bowl: Round One Of The Tournament

You've seen the video of our celebrity bowlers meeting each other, greeting each other, naming their teams, and laying down the smack talk. Now you can see how good they are at bowling when The Planet Earth is on the line. Here's the first round of our two-round charitable celebrity bowling tournament, shot mostly o… More »

By: Amrit Singh / June 3, 2010 - 10:48 am

The ‘Gum Bowl: Behind The Scenes Photos

One more tease before the awesome videos come. Yesterday you saw photos from the inaugural 'Gun Bowl charity bowling tournament. Soon you'll see all the action, the highlights, the endlessly amusing indie-celeb encounters in motion picture. We're really excited about them. To be real for a second: The main objective behind The 'Gum Bowl, aside… More »

By: Amrit Singh / May 27, 2010 - 1:02 pm
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