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Stereogum Monthly Mix: January 2013

By the end of last year, compiling Monthly Mixes became a sad task. Each month I’d scan in sadness, watching our strongest songs presented as straight-to-Soundcloud affairs, our music business continuing its inexorable shift away from the transferrable file, now even in its promotional form. So either this month represents a momentary lapse, or artist… More »

By: Amrit Singh / January 31, 2013 - 10:23 am

Youth Lagoon – “Dropla”

Trevor Powers, the young Boise native and crafter of triumphantly warm bedroom-rock who records as Youth Lagoon, will release his sophomore album Wondrous Bughouse in about a month and a half, and today we get our first taste of it. The six-minute song “Dropla” carries hazy echoes of Youth Lagoon’s debut album The Year OfMore »

By: Tom Breihan / January 16, 2013 - 10:36 am

Youth Lagoon Wondrous Bughouse Details

Two years ago, a young Boise native — who inexplicably recorded as Youth Lagoon despite having the straight-up awesome birth name of Trevor Powers — released The Year Of Hibernation, a home-recorded debut album full of soaring, triumphant hooks and murky and idiosyncratic texture. It was very good. And on Friday, when Stereogum was i… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 7, 2013 - 10:41 am

Pitchfork Festival 2012: Grimes, Danny Brown, Sleigh Bells & More

At ginormous festivals like Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza, it’s pretty tough to craft a narrative — when there’s something like 200 bands playing over a weekend, it’s next to impossible to really sew a singular thread through the weekend’s performances. Pitchfork Music Festival is much smaller — 45 bands in three days — so, it’s a… More »

By: Corban Goble / July 15, 2012 - 2:06 pm

Death Cab For Cutie with Magik* Magik Orchestra, Youth Lagoon @ Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles 5/7/12

Death Cab For Cutie are no strangers to playing with an Orchestra. Teaming up with the Magik* Magik Orchestra, Death Cab For Cutie worked through a twenty-four song set of Ben Gibbard’s self-described “baroque pop.” Some of the highlights included the acoustic interpretation of “405,” the string flourishes during Gibbard’s solo acoustic take on “I… More »

By: Andrew Youssef / May 8, 2012 - 5:07 pm

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

Not that many people released music videos in the first week of the year, though I can’t quite figure out why. The world is back at work, it’s cold outside, and we need flashy images to occupy our eyeballs this time of year. Do your job, makers of music videos! A few intrepid souls did,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 6, 2012 - 3:14 pm

Youth Lagoon – “July” Video

Boise, ID’s Stereogum40 alum Youth Lagoon and his buddy Tyler T. Williams hook up for another eerie, lyrical video, the creatively rendered clip for The Year Of Hibernation standout “July.” RIP the concept of a “harmless” nosebleed. Check it out after the jump. More »

By: Corban Goble / January 4, 2012 - 12:03 pm

The Gummy Awards: Your Top 10 New Acts Of 2011

Having already revealed Your Top 10 Tracks and Your Top 10 Music Videos, next box to be punched on the Gummys’ advent calendar is the Top 10 New Acts Of 2011 category, and, unlike the Grammys, Stereogum’s readers did a nice job of representing 2011’s singular breakout artists. And, based on post count, we were… More »

By: Stereogum / December 14, 2011 - 12:21 pm

Youth Lagoon Covers John Denver

Youth Lagoon covered John Denver’s “Goodbye Again” for his Sirius XMU session, and the song, to an extent, reveals a touchpoint I hadn’t noticed before. Huh. Yeah, this totally works. Grab a download of the track after the jump. More »

By: Corban Goble / December 13, 2011 - 3:21 pm

The Gummy Awards: Your Top 10 Music Videos Of 2011

The Gummy Awards rollout continues today with Your Top 10 Music Videos Of 2011, and while there’s not a lot of surprises here, it’s a strong list capped by a beyond-worthy champion. There’s a little overlap with yesterday’s Top 10 Tracks list, but not a lot, and if you have any reason to complain tha… More »

By: Stereogum / December 13, 2011 - 9:24 am

Youth Lagoon – “17” Unofficial Video

His clip for “Montana” was one of the year’s best, and now Idaho indie rock heartwringer Youth Lagoon is back with a video for “17,” a track from The Year Of Hibernation, his very good debut album. This fan-made one, directed by Kasey Lum, seems to be about a kid who builds his own universe. More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 27, 2011 - 11:04 am

Area Codes: 208 – Boise, ID

Today, we’re introducing a new series called Area Codes, and the focus of this biweekly feature is local music scenes across the United States and the globe. In a music landscape where musicmaking has been largely democratized and the notion of a regional sound is an outdated concern, local music scenes seem to still be… More »

By: Corban Goble / October 13, 2011 - 12:44 pm

Stereogum’s 40 Best New Bands of 2011

Last year, right around the time summer turned to fall, we at Stereogum published our list of the 40 best new bands of the year. The idea of a “new” band is a pretty nebulous one, since many of the kids we listed were probably planning out their musical ventures in their basements since they… More »

By: Stereogum / September 13, 2011 - 12:26 pm

Youth Lagoon – “Montana” Video

“Montana,” a song from the young Boise bedroom-rock auteur Youth Lagoon, is a huge, surging tune, something that seems way too epic for a kid to make on his own. And now director Tyler T. Williams has given the song a rich, powerful narrative video, one that packs a whole lot of emotional catharsis and… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 8, 2011 - 2:38 pm

Stereogum Monthly Mix: August 2011

We took last month off from our Monthly Mix series in favor of our midterm flashback/annual summer jams compilation Cruel Summer, which you should grab if you haven’t. But it is a new month — the last one of Summer 2011 — so here’s a filtered recap of the month’s finest free MP3s. Use it… More »

By: Amrit Singh / August 9, 2011 - 10:03 am

Youth Lagoon – “Montana”

22-year-old Boise multi-instrumentalist Trevor Powers records as Youth Lagoon. He recently signed to Fat Possum, who’ll release his long-in-the-works debut The Year Of Hibernation this September. It’s pretty, lonely, expansive stuff — see, for instance, lead track “Montana.” If you know your geography, you know Montana shares a border with Powers’ home state of Idaho. More »

By: brandon / July 8, 2011 - 1:21 pm
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