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The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

This was the first official week of summer, and appropriately, things seemed to slow down a little, while the best songs felt decidedly warmer than usual: some country sweetness; some punk-rock sweat; some uplifting funk; some infectious pop; Janet Jackson. Yep, it’s getting hotter around here. And this week, this is what it sounded like. More »

By: Stereogum / June 26, 2015 - 1:39 pm

Samantha Urbani – “U Know I Know”

Back in April, former Friends leader and frequent Dev Hynes collaborator/muse Samantha Urbani shared “1 2 3 4,” a jam of a solo track that was produced by Test Icicles’ Sam Mehran and featured Hynes and one-time bandmate Matthew Molnar on backup. “U Know I Know,” Urbani’s follow-up to that track, only features credits from… More »

By: James Rettig / June 22, 2015 - 4:36 pm

Samantha Urbani – “1 2 3 4″

Samantha Urbani is the former leader of the New York band Friends, and she’s also done a ton of work with Blood Orange’s Dev Hynes. Lately, she’s been working on her own music, and she just posted “1 2 3 4,” her first official solo song, to Soundcloud. It’s a rippling, funky, smoothed-out piece of… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 8, 2015 - 2:27 pm

Watch Ariel Pink As An L.A. Taxi Driver In Short Film Vagabond

Ariel Pink stars as a Los Angeles taxi driver in the new short film Vagbaond, which was directed by Johann Rashid for Melbourne-based festival Sugar Mountain. It unfolds much like a scripted version of Taxicab Confessions with Pink’s Haunted Graffiti bandmate Tim Koh playing a possibly famous band member and Friends’ Samantha Urbani playing a… More »

By: James Rettig / January 21, 2015 - 8:32 am

Watch Blood Orange And Samantha Urbani Perform “It Is What It Is” On Kimmel

Blood Orange and Samantha Urbani were the musical guests on last night’s Kimmel, and they brought four backup dancers with them. They sang Cupid Deluxe track “It Is What It Is” and gave a thoroughly mesmerizing performance with some very involved dancing. Hynes even does a guitar solo near the end. They also wore two… More »

By: James Rettig / October 29, 2014 - 9:51 am

Dev Hynes Assaulted By Security At Lollapalooza

According to his Twitter, Dev Hynes and girlfriend Samantha Urbani were assaulted by security guards following their set at Lollapalooza. The Blood Orange singer and Urbani had worn homemade shirts on stage with the names of victims of police brutality written on them and talked about the issue during their set. The festival has not… More »

By: James Rettig / August 2, 2014 - 10:40 am

Blood Orange – “You’re Not Good Enough” Video (Dir. Gia Coppola)

Blood Orange’s Dev Hynes did the music for director Gia Coppola’s new adaptation of James Franco’s book Palo Alto; now Coppola has contributed a video to go with one of Blood Orange’s best songs. Cupid Deluxe jam “You’re Not Good Enough” already had a lyric video featuring Hynes’ dancing shoes, but Coppola has pulled back… More »

By: Chris DeVille / June 9, 2014 - 10:29 am

Devonté Hynes – “Palo Alto” & “April’s Daydream”

Blood Orange’s Dev Hynes scored the new James Franco film Palo Alto, director Gio Coppola’s adaptation of Franco’s book of the same name. Besides interstitial music, Hynes has contributed new songs, including the title track “Palo Alto.” The song is notably credited to Devonté Hynes rather than Blood Orange, but it isn’t exactly another new… More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 25, 2014 - 10:45 am

Twin Shadow (Feat. Samantha Urbani) – “There Is A Light That Never Goes Out” (The Smiths Cover) Video

So far in Twin Shadow’s UNDER THE CVRS series, we’ve heard George Lewis cover 10cc, Bruce Springsteen, Tori Amos, U2, and 112. His latest offering, which features Samantha Urbani, is a ’90s R&B-flavored take on the Smiths classic “There Is A Light That Never Goes Out.” It comes with a video in which Lewis and… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / February 13, 2014 - 11:34 pm

Blood Orange – “West Drive (Profit Vocal Dub)”

Last month, Dev Hynes released the silky, woozy, generally excellent Cupid Deluxe, his second album as Blood Orange, and it was one of our favorite LPs of the year. Today, Hynes posted a non-album track, “West Drive (Profit Vocal Dub),” on Soundcloud, writing that it’s “1 of roughly a million cuts that didn’t make it… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 11, 2013 - 3:53 pm

Friends – “The Way (Blood Orange Mix)”

While honoring Blood Orange’s Cupid Deluxe as last week’s Album Of The Week, Tom noted a powerful connection at work: “Friends singer Samantha Urbani is Hynes’s girlfriend, and on Cupid Deluxe, she’s also his Snoop Doggy Dogg, an effortlessly smooth stoner-pop vocalist who steals entire songs without even necessarily trying.” He went on to note… More »

By: Chris DeVille / November 25, 2013 - 11:19 am

Devonté Hynes & Samantha Urbani – “Hurt U” (Babyface & Toni Braxton Cover)

Devonté Hynes (a/k/a Blood Orange) and Samantha Urbani (a/k/a singer of Friends) are pretty big fans of the Babyface & Toni Braxton single “Hurt U.” They like it so much, they covered it. “SONG OF THE YEAR! Had to do it!” Hynes writes on Soundcloud. Check it out below. More »

By: Liz Pelly / October 13, 2013 - 5:57 am

Stereogum Monthly Mix: July 2013

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 »

By: Amrit Singh / July 31, 2013 - 11:32 am

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

This week saw a of new tunes from heavy-hitters (Beck with guest Kim Gordon), comeback cuts from old favorites (the Dismemberment Plan, Mazzy Star), and an odd cocktail of indie rock and rap (Black Noi$e’s remix of Unknown Mortal Orchestra with Killer Mike and Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire). What reeled us in this week? Another cross-genre… More »

By: Stereogum / July 19, 2013 - 12:17 pm

Friends – “The Way”

We made Friends, the Brooklyn cool-kid crew led by Samantha Urbani, a Band To Watch two years ago, but they may have waited until this morning to give us their best song. “The Way,” the group’s new single, is a soft, warm, synthy, sultry slow-jam.” With its bass-rolls, its dubbed-out butt-rock guitars, and its languid… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 18, 2013 - 9:41 am

Friends – “Va Fan Gör Du” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

Lo-fi Brooklyn punk-funkers Friends have devoted themselves to resurrecting a very particular sort of circa-1980 New York sleaze, and their vaguely NSFW new video for “Va Fan Gör Du” looks very much like the sort of zero-budget horror movie that an NYU student would’ve thrown on public-access TV way back in the day. Directed by… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 5, 2012 - 10:12 am

Øyafestivalen 2012 In Photos

The always-eclectic Øya collected dozens of big name international acts and local bands to Oslo’s Medieval Park and neighboring clubs over four days last week. Among them: Björk, A$AP Rocky, the Stone Roses, Chromatics, Baroness, Bon Iver, Odd Future, Florence + The Machine, and Frank Ocean, who ended his set after four songs due to… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / August 14, 2012 - 12:56 pm

Friends – “I’m His Girl (AlunaGeorge Mix)”

Here’s London duo AlunaGeorge’s remix of Friends’ “I’m His Girl,” a rework that pulls the source track into weird, pulsating digital soundscapes. It somehow manages to sound both tropical and chilly all at once. You’ll see what I mean. Hear it below. More »

By: Corban Goble / July 2, 2012 - 4:48 pm

Stream Friends Manifest!

The slinky Brooklyn BTW Friends will soon release their debut album Manifest!, and we’ve already heard a bunch of early tracks like “Mind Control” and “Home.” Right now, the entire LP is streaming below, so give it a listen and tell us what you think. More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 31, 2012 - 3:21 pm

Friends – “Home”

BTW Friends will issue their debut record, Manifest!, next week on Fat Possum, which they teased a while back with the lead single “Mind Control” as well as its accompanying video. Now, the second single is out there, the lively, bongos-heavy “Home,” a track where a lovelorn Samantha Urbani proclaims “You don’t deserve me now!”… More »

By: Corban Goble / May 31, 2012 - 10:02 am
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