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Despot – “House Of Bricks” Video

The great New York underground rapper Despot has been destroying other people’s songs for years, but he’s barely released anything under his own name. That could change soon, though. Despot’s “House Of Bricks” single is getting some serious notice, and his long-developing album We’re All Excited may actually come out before we’re all dead. Ratatat’… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 22, 2015 - 11:30 am

Despot – “House Of Bricks”

New York underground rap monster Despot has been doing serious damage on other people’s songs in recent years. He’s shown up on tracks with people like El-P and Das Racist and Blood Orange, and he’s just wrecked shit. And he’s kept himself busy, touring with Run The Jewels and co-hosting his “Down 4 So LongMore »

By: Tom Breihan / July 13, 2015 - 1:53 pm

Stream Ratatat Magnifique

Ratatat have spent the past few months teasing their first album in five years, and although Magnifique is touted as a return to their “core guitar-driven sound,” it doesn’t strike me as a mere 2004 nostalgia trip. That said, when those harmonized guitar leads kick in, there’s no mistaking this for any other band. You’ve… More »

By: Chris DeVille / July 9, 2015 - 10:21 am

Ratatat – “Nightclub Amnesia”

Ratatat are about to release Magnifique, their first album since 2010’s LP4, in a couple of weeks. We’ve already heard single “Cream On Chrome” and the brief intro track, and now the duo have debuted another new song on Zane Lowe’s Apple Beats 1 radio show. “Nightclub Amnesia,” which they told Spin was named after… More »

By: Peter Helman / July 2, 2015 - 7:20 pm

Ratatat – “Abrasive” Video

Ratatat are readying Magnifique, their first new album in five years, and so far, we’ve heard “Cream On Chrome” and the intro track. Now, the duo have shared another new one called “Abrasive,” which doesn’t really live up to its name. Instead, it’s a smooth as hell disco-inspired number that’s accompanied by some visuals hand-draw… More »

By: James Rettig / June 16, 2015 - 10:25 am

Ratatat Announce New Album Magnifique

A few weeks ago, Ratatat dropped their new single “Cream On Chrome” with little fanfare, but the duo is finally following that up with an official album announcement. Bucking convention, the new record is not actually called LP5 — instead, it’ll go by the name of Magnifique. The press release promises that this will be… More »

By: James Rettig / May 19, 2015 - 9:02 am

Ratatat – “Cream On Chrome”

It’s been five years since Ratatat put out their last album, but they’re back today with a new song called “Cream On Chrome,” released just a few hours before their night-ending Coachella set. There’s no official word on a new album yet, but this is presumably taken from an upcoming fifth record called LP5, if… More »

By: James Rettig / April 11, 2015 - 8:44 pm

Ratatat – “Drugs” Video

Ratatat’s video for “Drugs” is very terrifying, in a “Black Hole Sun” kind of way. More »

By: jessica / August 2, 2010 - 4:41 pm

Warm Up 2010 At MoMA PS1 Schedule

A couple of months ago MoMA PS1 Director Klaus Biesenbach — the person who organized MoMA’s ridiculously popular Marina Abramović exhibition, among other things — asked me if I’d want to help curate shows for this summer’s Warm Up series at PS1. You may have attended one/more of these Warm Up events in the past… More »

By: brandon / June 28, 2010 - 11:00 am

Ratatat – “Mahalo” Video

Last time through, Ratatat showed us how to “Party With Children” (hint: procure a bird). In the video for “Mahalo” — shot by 1/2 of the band, Evan Mast — we get a meditative and muddy glimpse of footage from a trek to Vietnam and Laos. It gels well with the song’s wistful, beach-side pace… More »

By: brandon / June 8, 2010 - 4:29 pm

Ratatat – “Party With Children”

Last time we checked in with Ratatat, they were performing “Pursuit Of Happiness” with Kid Cudi on Letterman (for another great collaboration, check out Ratatat/Despot’s “Look Alive“). Now they’ve prepped the follow up to 2008’s LP3, LP4 (of course), which was mostly recorded during the LP3 sessions. “Party With Children” has a skipping, complex rhythm… More »

By: jessica / May 6, 2010 - 10:03 am

Kid Cudi & Ratatat Bring “Pursuit Of Happiness” To Letterman

On Friday, Kid Cudi brought “Pursuit Of Happiness,” a Ghostbusters t-shirt, and Ratatat (sans MGMT) to David Letterman. This live take on Man On The Moon’s lit third single also comes with a trio of sharp-dressed backup singers, strings, and expressive soloing via Mike Stroud. Letterman knows what’s up, rightly commenting there was “a lot… More »

By: brandon / September 14, 2009 - 12:45 pm

New Kid Cudi (Feat. MGMT & Ratatat) – “Pursuit Of Happiness”

Following “Day ‘N’ Nite” and the Kanye and Common-featuring “Make Her Say,” “Pursuit Of Happiness” is Man On The Moon: The End Of Day’s third single and the first to feature the production of Ratatat and vocals of MGMT. (The Ratatat guys also produce and appear on “Alive.”) It’s a mellow positive track that let… More »

By: brandon / September 8, 2009 - 9:04 am

New Stephen Malkmus Video – “Gardenia”

Portland Filmmaker Dan Woods got a bunch of sorta-familiar indie rockers to sing “Gardenia,” which is a fine backup plan when Stephen Malkmus is too much of a Jick to show up to his own video shoot. (J/K, Stevie.) Fortunately Portland is an indie rock theme park and a proven breeding round for fun name-that-cameoMore »

By: Scott Lapatine / October 22, 2008 - 3:20 pm

New Ratatat Video – “Shempi”

As the American economy continues to implode and whimper, it’s somehow comforting (not really) to know Ratatat are keeping their LP3 video budget as low as the Stock Market. The NYC duo’s recycled and added warped Paul Simon and Chevy Chase’s “Call Me Al” for “Flynn” and recycled war movie imagery in “Mirando.” This time… More »

By: brandon / October 1, 2008 - 3:44 pm

YACHT Remixes Stereolab, Ratatat

Remixes can be a dime a dozen (or a penny a laptop), but after listening to YACHT’s tweaks of Stereolab and Ratatat tunes for a couple days, we figured they were more than worth posting. Jona Bechtolt’s revamping of Ratatat’s LP3 track “Mirando” transforms the song into a new entity, layering different noodles, bleeps, and… More »

By: brandon / August 12, 2008 - 10:09 am

New Ratatat Video – “Flynn”

We’ve seen the literally explosive video for Ratatat’s toe and shrapnel-tapping “Mirando” and before that offered a more plaintive taste of LP3 with the purring down-tempo prog of “Shiller.” Now the NYC duo of Evan Mast and Mike Stroud are making like a wavy, psychedelic Paul Simon and Chevy Chase with “Flynn,” a dubbed-out echo-chamber… More »

By: brandon / July 14, 2008 - 10:36 am

New Ratatat – “Mirando”

We gave you a taste of LP3, Ratatat’s forthcoming, descriptively titled third album in the form of the plaintive “Shiller,” a purring down-tempo bit that glides seamlessly into prog wonderland and back. Now we have a second helping. This one’s a clicking, more toe-tapping “Mirando,” which arrives in both image-free (i.e. MP3) and video (i.e. More »

By: brandon / May 23, 2008 - 3:41 pm

New Ratatat – “Shiller” & LP3 Album Art

Ratatat, the 12-stringed New York electro duo of Evan Mast and Mike Stroud, are releasing their third album and Classics follow up LP3 at the beginning of July. To sate appetites, though, there’s a vinyl-only 7″ single out now with album track “Shiller” and future album track “Mahalo.” As they write on the 7″ sleeve,… More »

By: brandon / May 12, 2008 - 1:41 pm

Stereogum & team9 Present… MySplice 2.0: 2007 Mashed Up

In what is fast becoming a Stereogum tradition, we’ve once again conspired with master bootlegger team9 for a celebration of the year in singles. Of course “the year in singles” is a loaded term coming from us — relatively massive as they are, Arcade Fire, M.I.A. and Band Of Horses aren’t exactly Hot 100 fare… More »

By: Stereogum / December 30, 2007 - 8:19 pm