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Stream Wise Blood Babyland EP

Cretin’s Club” was the first shape-shifting single that we heard off Chris Laufman’s (aka Wise Blood) newest offering, the Babyland EP, which is due out next week. These six tracks follow up the avant-producer’s 2013 full-length id. Stream Babyland a week prior to its release date below. More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / April 28, 2015 - 6:18 pm

Wise Blood – “Cretin’s Club” (Feat. Priscilla Sharp) (Stereogum Premiere)

Last year, weirdo-pop auteur Chris Laufman, aka Wise Blood, produced an EP for fellow Pittsburgh oddball The Moon Baby. The experience of creating music for someone else’s voice must’ve gone pretty well, because “Cretin’s Club,” the first new Wise Blood track since 2013’s id, is also the first Wise Blood track to feature someone other… More »

By: Peter Helman / April 15, 2015 - 11:08 am

Wise Blood – “Alarm” Video

If you heard Wise Blood’s shimmering electronic bedroom-pop song “Alarm” in isolation, you might not expect that song’s video to be a dark, unresolved crime story. But then, Wise Blood has a bit of a history with dark, unresolved crime stories. So enjoy this crisply-filmed, meditative, tense story about an armed robbery’s strange aftermath. It’… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 31, 2013 - 5:02 pm

Stream Wise Blood id

Wise Blood’s odd-pop manifesto id is now available to stream before its release next week. It includes his poisonous “Universe Is Blessed,” as well as fever dream pulser “Alarm.” Check out the whole thing below. More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / June 20, 2013 - 1:54 pm

Wise Blood – “Alarm” (Stereogum Premiere)

“Alarm” is another tune from Christopher Laufman, bka Wise Blood’s upcoming debut full-length id. It’s the kind of off-kilter, multi-layered pop jam we’ve come to expect from Laufman, with an alarm pulsing in the background, almost like a wild and vivid dream you refuse to wake up from despite being alerted that it’s time to. More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / June 12, 2013 - 11:41 am

Wise Blood – “Universe Is Blessed” (Stereogum Premiere)

Some of the cocktails on deck in Christopher Laufman, bka Wise Blood’s “Universe Is Blessed” are as follows: a martini with olives on the side, rat poison, turpentine. And while it’s probably best to opt for a ginger ale like Laufman has in the above photo, it’s his propensity for oddity that makes his music… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / May 8, 2013 - 4:06 pm

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

This was a great, great week for music videos. And for some reason, a pattern emerged. To some extent, every one of the videos below is a sumptuous, richly produced vision of things that don’t make any sense at all. For the most part, these videos adapt ideas about narrative, but they don’t make their… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 2, 2012 - 2:00 pm

Wise Blood – “Loud Mouths” Video (NSFW)

In Wise Blood’s video for “Loud Mouths,” the Pittsburgh weird-pop auteur survives a slow-motion car wreck, swaggers through a fancy-dress party, and encounters a naked corpse covered in CGI blooming roses. In the grand, hours-old tradition of Nite Jewel’s “One Second Of Love,” it’s a beautifully crafted, evocative music video that makes no sense at… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 1, 2012 - 3:54 pm

Wise Blood – “Nosferatu” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

Theo Anthony directs this clip for Wise Blood’s dark pop track “Nosferatu,” and the result is a druggy, hypnotic video that features the protagonist lurking in a dreamlike state. Also, there’s a creepy-as-fuck old man mask wading through the mist. And once you pile in the referential aspects of Chris Laufman’s project — the nod… More »

By: Corban Goble / September 19, 2011 - 4:07 pm

Stream Wise Blood These Wings EP

Pittsburgh sample-pop maven Wise Blood’s been around lately — there was that cover for our Stroked comp, and that MP3 for his own “Nosferatu.” Now you can hear the full EP housing that last track — all 17 minutes of it — below:… More »

By: Amrit Singh / August 24, 2011 - 10:51 am

Wise Blood – “Nosferatu”

Last seen putting a skewed spin on “Someday” for our tribute to the Strokes Is This It, here is Wise Blood with a new track from his forthcoming These Wings EP:… More »

By: Amrit Singh / August 16, 2011 - 4:26 pm

Stereogum Presents… STROKED: A Tribute To Is This It

The Strokes’ debut album Is This It was first released on 7/30/01. To help us celebrate this 10th Anniversary, we asked some of our favorite indie bands to cover each track. The resulting collection, STROKED: A Tribute To Is This It, is in the spirit of our previous free tribute albums for Radiohead’s OK Computer,More »

By: Stereogum / July 26, 2011 - 9:30 am

Wise Blood – “@fuckwiseblood”

Wise Blood and his sample-centric, brooding R&B stomp-pop made our Must See of SXSW 2011 list, although it wasn’t until the more recent, first-ever full-band show in Brooklyn that I had the chance to take’s advice. It was ostensibly a WU LYF coming out party, being that British band’s first show on American soil,… More »

By: Amrit Singh / May 25, 2011 - 12:28 pm

32 Must See Bands @ SXSW 2011

Come March every year, the same questions are asked, retreaded thought pieces get pitched: What does it mean to have a music industry festival in the decrepit climate of 2011? Does anyone actually get discovered at SXSW? What’s the point of signing to a label? What happened to that taco truck on Red River near… More »

By: Stereogum / March 16, 2011 - 9:10 am

Stereogum Monthly Mix: January & February 2011

After a holiday break and an inclemently weathered January, our Monthly Mix series returns with a two-month/one-mix compilation that sets a defiant tone. If not for the year, then for the persistently re-accumulating, gut-checking frost. The key elements (aside from recency and excellence) are electronics and sequence, with a late-mix flip to stringed instruments, before… More »

By: Amrit Singh / February 2, 2011 - 11:56 am

Wise Blood – “B.I.G. E.G.O.” Video (Feat. Daphne Guinness) (NSFW) + MP3s

It’s unclear if 21-year-old Pittsburgh-to-New York cemetery worker/warped bedroom-pop alchemist Chris Laufman’s Wise Blood project is referencing J.G. “Foetus” Thirlwell’s classic NY noise-rock band Wiseblood, the Corrosion Of Conformity album, Flannery O’Connor’s first novel/the film it inspired, or none of the above. Whatever the case, he’s generating a ton of “buzz” and managed to convince… More »

By: brandon / December 14, 2010 - 3:53 pm