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Mirah – “Turned The Heat Off (The Blow Mix)” (Stereogum Premiere)

Mirah’s new album, Changing Light, is filled with big feelings and big sounds. The album was inspired by a breakup, and throughout you’ll find sweeping strings and glossy electronic beats. Yet in the Blow’s remix for “Turned The Heat Off,” Khaela Maricich and Melissa Dyne choose to go for something small. All the same intensity… More »

By: Miles Bowe / September 29, 2014 - 11:01 am

The Blow – “You’re My Light (Gun Drum Mix)”

The Blow put out a long awaited new album this year and spoke to us about it. This remix of LP closer “You’re My Light” comes courtesy of Rostam Batmanglij of Vampire Weekend and Discovery. He keeps the intimate, romantic magic of the track but adds a wonderfully warm synth line that sounds almost like… More »

By: Miles Bowe / December 16, 2013 - 3:32 pm

The Blow On Performing Live, Gear-minded Recording, And The State Of Female Producers

Khaela Maririch has been inventing new sound, be it in her spartan, lo-fi missives as Get The Hell Out Of The Way Of The Volcano, or early recordings as the Blow. As that project has evolved, especially when she joined forces with Jona Brechtolt (now of YACHT) for 2006’s Paper Television, she’s flipped the idea… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / October 18, 2013 - 3:06 pm

The Blow – “From The Future” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

Earlier this month, the latest incarnation of the Blow (that is Khaela Maricich with long-time live member Melissa Dyne) released a self-titled album that has some of the most interesting electronic elements, as they seem to be ones that the duo invented themselves. It’s why we gave “From The Future” a 5 Best Songs designationMore »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / October 10, 2013 - 3:00 pm

Stream The Blow The Blow

The last time the incisive synthpop duo the Blow made an album, it was seven years ago, Jona Bechtolt still hadn’t left the group to focus on YACHT, and they still lived in Portland. That album was called Paper Television, and it was awesome. They now live in New York, and Melissa Dyne has replaced… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 25, 2013 - 4:59 pm

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

For the first time in the short history of this column, 5 Best Songs and Straight To Video have cross-pollenated. Which new cut transcended its visual treatment and landed on both lists? Find out below. More »

By: Stereogum / September 6, 2013 - 2:22 pm

The Blow – “From The Future”

The Blow, the ridiculously eloquent New York-via-Portland synthpop duo, are finally ready to release their first album since they dropped 2006’s Paper Television, switched around half of their membership, and moved to the big city. The new album is self-titled, and the first song we heard from it, “Make It Up,” was just awesome. So… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 5, 2013 - 11:09 am

The Blow – “Make It Up”

The Blow recently announced that they’d follow up the ridiculously likable cult-favorite 2006 album Paper Television with a new self-titled album this fall. And today, we get to hear “Make It Up,” the first song from the album. The group’s membership has gone through a 50% turnover since the last time we heard from them,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 1, 2013 - 11:53 am

The Blow The Blow Details

Seven years ago, the Blow, the Portland DIY electro-pop duo of Khaela Maricich and Jona Bechtolt, released the album Paper Television, an utterly winning collection of weirdly moving musings over blips and pings. A little while after, Bechtolt, who handled all the blips and pings, left to focus full-time on YACHT, his other project. Maricich,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 24, 2013 - 5:08 pm

The Blow, Future Of What @ Mercury Lounge, NYC 5/16/2012

Last night, the Blow took the stage in Manhattan to perform some new material, a topic which we discussed with the Blow figurehead Khaela Maricich in a recent Progress Report. Though Maricich’s gleaming banter was ever present, gone was the narrative structure and Lindsay Lohan-fascination of their recent Glasslands gig, replaced by Maricich and sound… More »

By: Stereogum / May 17, 2012 - 4:27 pm

Progress Report: The Blow

Name: The Blow
Progress Report: Electronic art-pop pioneers hard at work on first new record in nearly six years.

It’s been over half a decade since the Blow released a record. (2006’s Paper Television, which included Yacht’s Jona Bechtolt) So, it’s with a happy heart that we can report that the band… More »

By: T. Cole Rachel / May 9, 2012 - 10:00 am

The Blow – “Ask Me” (Demo Version)

Since releasing Paper Television (you know, the one with “Parentheses”) the Blow no longer includes Jona Bechtoldt (who now focuses entirely on YACHT) and has replaced him with sound artist Melissa Dyne. But ultimately, as always, the project lives and dies by the pen and styles of Khaela Maricich. It’s been a relatively long gestatio… More »

By: Amrit Singh / June 9, 2011 - 11:08 am

FYF Fest 2010 In Photos

This past weekend L.A. hosted the heavily (and according to various reports, perhaps overly) attended Fuck Yeah Festival. Great lineup, though apparently not the most easily navigated festival experience, according to our forces on the ground. We sent photographers Graeme Flegenheimer and Patrick Collier, who suffered through $4 water bottle prices and severe crowding to… More »

By: Amrit Singh / September 8, 2010 - 4:15 pm

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: Meeting, Greeting & Trash Talking

You’ve seen the photos from our inaugural charitable celebrity bowling tournament — now comes the even more fun part. After meeting and getting their team assignments, our celebrity bowlers took no time to start trashing each other (because, charity), so it is a good thing we had cameras rolling every second. Here you’ll find our… More »

By: Amrit Singh / June 1, 2010 - 9:39 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

The ‘Gum Bowl: Photos Of The Tournament

Imagine getting a bunch of your favorite comedians and musicians into a bowling alley, telling them they were there for a good cause, then getting them liquored up and to talk trash on each other while throwing gutter balls for charity. Bring video cameras. And still cameras. Sit back and watch the madness unfold. Yesterday’… More »

By: Amrit Singh / May 26, 2010 - 6:34 pm

Stereogum & Videogum Present: The ‘Gum Bowl

Well this oughta be fun. A few things we love: Charity, bowling, music, and comedy. What we are doing about it: Combining all of them for a very special event. Stereogum and Videogum are partnering with the folks behind the Microsoft KIN to present the inaugural ‘Gum Bowl, bringing together so many of our favorite… More »

By: Amrit Singh / May 14, 2010 - 6:07 pm

The Blow @ Glasslands, Brooklyn 5/13/10

The Blow is back. Armed will all new the Blow songs. Sort of. Late last year reports started trickling out about Khaela Maricich’s new piece, and its intriguing underlying thesis, which based on various reports I’d framed like so: “Khaela divulged onstage she’d been collaborating with Lindsay Lohan, and the Blow would perform her song… More »

By: Amrit Singh / May 14, 2010 - 3:23 pm

The Blow Returns With New EP, Shows, Some Lindsay Lohan

Last year the Blow — which after the departure of YACHT’s Jona Bechtolt is once again the exclusive domain of Khaela Maricich — broke a lengthy post-Paper Television hiatus with one-woman shows that presented a promising albeit curious concept: Khaela divulged onstage she’d been collaborating with Lindsay Lohan, and the Blow would perform her songs,… More »

By: Amrit Singh / April 22, 2010 - 12:04 pm
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