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Music is a messy thing. There’s too much of it, too many genres, too many ideas, for anyone to make sense out of all of it — or even to hear all of it. The idea of imposing a narrative on 365 days of music, of making sense of a whole year, is a fool’s… More »

The TV miniseries Cosmos, both in its O.G. Carl Sagan form and its rebooted Neil DeGrasse Tyson iteration, works, if you want it to, as a smart science lesson for kids. It’s a lionization of the iconoclasts, throughout history, who helped us understand how the universe works, and an approachable science-fictony way to teach science… More »

Guys, I usually kick off the Black Market with a lengthy introductory essay, an aggregation of my thoughts on the month in metal. But August … August kinda ate me alive. That is not to say that I don’t have thoughts, or that August didn’t generate enough thoughts to inspire an essay. I do! It… More »

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Stream Yob Clearing The Path To Ascend

A couple weeks ago, I wrote about the new album from Oregon doom trio Yob, Clearing The Path To Ascend, and rather than repost my…
Michael Nelson | August 26, 2014 - 12:59 pm

Yob – “Unmask The Spectre” (Stereogum Premiere)

If you follow baseball, you know what an analyst is talking about when he refers to a pitcher's "arsenal," but if you don't, here's a…
Michael Nelson | August 11, 2014 - 1:01 pm

Mike Scheidt (Of YOB) – “To Live Is To Fly” (Townes Van Zandt Cover) (Stereogum Premiere)

There are two pretty distinct sides to Mike Scheidt's voice: With YOB and VHOL, he deals in a bottomless roar (which is aided by occasional…
Michael Nelson | February 18, 2014 - 11:22 am

Mike Scheidt – “In Your Light”

Mike Scheidt is best-known as the frontman of the thundering Oregonian doom metal power trio YOB. But on his forthcoming solo debut Stay Awake, Scheidt…
Tom Breihan | May 8, 2012 - 3:09 pm

Yob – “Prepare The Ground” (Stereogum Premiere)

Oregon doom trio Yob's "comeback" fifth album The Great Cessation, the first post-Middian/Age Eternal offering under the Yob name since 2005's The Unreal Never Lived,…
brandon | June 15, 2011 - 10:58 am

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…
Stereogum | March 16, 2011 - 9:10 am

Haunting The Chapel: The 30 Best Metal Albums Of 2009 (Plus Dozens Of Guest Lists)

Every year I'm tempted to -- and sometimes do -- say "this has been a great year for metal." It's a toss-away idea: If you…
brandon | December 19, 2009 - 6:41 pm