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Nilüfer Yanya – “In Your Head” Video

Over the last few years, Nilüfer Yanya has built up an impressive but disparate collection of songs, including "Baby Luv," "Thanks 4 Nothing," and "Heavyweight
James Rettig | January 22, 2019 - 12:31 pm

Rosalía – “DE AQUÍ NO SALES” Video

Last year, Rosalía released her excellent El Mal Querer, which we named one of the best albums of 2018. The rollout for it has been…
James Rettig | January 22, 2019 - 12:29 pm

Vampire Weekend Share Two-Hour “Harmony Hall” Guitar Loop

If you thought this Vampire Weekend album rollout would be free of wacky hijinks, well, you were wrong! Some quick catch-up: Last week, Ezra Koenig…
James Rettig | January 22, 2019 - 11:24 am


Calicoco – “Anchor Park” Video

Last year, Giana Caliolo released their debut album as Calicoco, Float, which has a wide breadth but generally lands on songs with warm guitar tones…
James Rettig | January 22, 2019 - 11:08 am


Vundabar – “Big Funny” Video

Last year, the Boston-based duo Vundabar released a really great album, Smell Smoke -- we interviewed them about it back when it came out --…
James Rettig | January 21, 2019 - 9:43 am

Kanye West Reportedly Interviewed For David Letterman’s Netflix Talk Show

Kanye West has reportedly been interviewed for David Letterman's Netflix talk show My Next Guest Needs No Introduction, per Vulture. The talk apparently took place…
James Rettig | January 18, 2019 - 4:59 pm

Stream Diva Sweetly’s Debut Album In The Living Room

Bring fun back to music! Diva Sweetly are undeniably having a lot of fun on their debut album. Parts of it sound like a stand-up…
James Rettig | January 18, 2019 - 10:22 am

Watch The New Trailer For Norwegian Black Metal Movie Lords Of Chaos With Sky Ferreira

Director Jonas Åkerlund has been working on Lords Of Chaos since 2015 and it's finally coming out in a couple of weeks. The black metal…
James Rettig | January 18, 2019 - 9:48 am

Nakhane – “New Brighton” (Feat. ANOHNI) Video

Last year, the South African singer Nakhane released his debut album, You Will Not Die, over in Europe, and it's being re-released worldwide next month.
James Rettig | January 18, 2019 - 9:10 am

Vampire Weekend Reveal Plans For Double Album, Releasing “Harmony Hall” And “2021” Next Week

Vampire Weekend have finally unveiled some information about their long-awaited fourth studio album. In an Instagram post, Ezra Koenig said that the album's title has…
James Rettig | January 17, 2019 - 4:42 pm

Court Rules Elon Musk Cannot Shield Grimes From Testifying In Tesla Lawsuit

The US District Court Of Northern California is allowing subpoenas to be served to Grimes (real name Claire Boucher) and Azealia Banks over their involvement…
James Rettig | January 17, 2019 - 1:04 pm

Premature Evaluation

Premature Evaluation: James Blake Assume Form

There have always been two James Blakes. There's the one that's been behind the boards for a lot of famous people (Beyoncé, Kendrick Lamar, Frank…
James Rettig | January 17, 2019 - 10:30 am

Matmos – “Silicone Gel Implant”

The last Matmos album was made entirely out of washing machine sounds. For their next trick, the experimental Baltimore duo has made an album that…
James Rettig | January 17, 2019 - 10:19 am

Sir Babygirl – “Everyone Is A Bad Friend”

Next month, Sir Babygirl is releasing her debut album, Crush On Me. The three songs we've heard from it so far -- "Heels," "Flirting With
James Rettig | January 16, 2019 - 1:18 pm

Depeche Mode, New Order, Erasure, & Dozens More Reinterpret John Cage’s 4’33” On New Box Set

In 1952, experimental composer John Cage released the conceptual composition 4'33", which instructed performers to not play their instrument for the allotted amount of time…
James Rettig | January 16, 2019 - 12:09 pm

Comments from James Rettig

His debut is still my favorite, but this new one has wormed its way up to #2
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January 17, 2019 on Premature Evaluation: James Blake Assume Form
I've been doing a lot of long drives recently so I've regrettably softened on podcasts because I'm bored a lot :( But I don't like listening to music ones cus I think about music all day!
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December 12, 2018 on Noteworthy Movie Soundtracks From 2018
'Black Panther' songs were barely in the movie, so I didn't count it. (I didn't think the score was all that, either.) And the 'Phantom Thread' soundtrack was technically released this year, so I paired it up with another Greenwood score since it missed last year's list 'cus it wasn't out by the time it was published.
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December 12, 2018 on Noteworthy Movie Soundtracks From 2018
Quick author's note down here: I haven't seen If Beale Street Could Talk yet so I didn't include it, but judging by the soundtrack it probably would have made it on here. Also Suspiria was 85% bad - don't come at me! Thom's score was especially messily used. Some of those songs are great on their own but in the context of the movie are totally lifeless. Ok thanks!
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December 12, 2018 on Noteworthy Movie Soundtracks From 2018
yeah MAYA (um /\/\/\Y/\) is next level. i love that album
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December 11, 2018 on Watch Grimes’ Wild Tonight Show Performance Of “We Appreciate Power”
I know you didn't mean anything bad by this, but this makes me a little sad because what I care about most/cover a lot of here is indie rock that like nobody listens to :( I like some pop but I definitely don't consider that my lane.
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December 10, 2018 on Vox Lux And The Death Of Poptimism
yawn this is such a boring take that i shouldn't even justify it with a response but it's called https://www.stereogum.com/music/ and it's literally existed for like, a decade sis
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December 10, 2018 on The 2018 Music Power Couples Power Rankings
Tierra Whack actually literally made it onto a list on this site, dude: https://www.stereogum.com/2023376/best-eps-2018/franchises/2018-in-review/
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December 10, 2018 on Vox Lux And The Death Of Poptimism
Thanks, glad to hear from someone who has already seen it. I was definitely on the fence for a lot of the movie, but the last 30 minutes or so sold me on its twisted shit. I could absolutely see walking away from this hating it, though, but honestly it's nice to have a movie about music and fame that doesn't play it safe or easy. (Looking at you, A Star Is Born.) Obviously we differ on the takeaway, hope you didn't think it was a total waste of time. Curious to know what you thought of Spring Breakers, cus I feel like that's a film it has a lot in common with tonally and has been similarly divisive.
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December 10, 2018 on Vox Lux And The Death Of Poptimism
"This site" has a lot of different people with a lot of different opinions and also I'm not deriding anything in this article, I'm talking about a film that has a very specific point of view. There's no right or wrong here.
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December 10, 2018 on Vox Lux And The Death Of Poptimism
Same lol are you hiring?
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December 10, 2018 on Vox Lux And The Death Of Poptimism
yess my Dear Nora people!! great album, tied with Beach House & Tirzah at #1 for me
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December 6, 2018 on The Gummy Awards: Vote For The Best Music Of 2018
What ya talkin about I love Glass Candy! "Warm In The Winter" is indeed the best IDIB song, followed closely by "Beautiful Object" but this list bout Chromatics
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November 28, 2018 on The 10 Best Chromatics Songs
oops sorry...its Friday afternoon!! fixed :P
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November 16, 2018 on Swervedriver – “Drone Lover”
Oh don't worry there's many more where that came from https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/logic-attends-the-2018-iheartradio-music-festival-at-t-news-photo/1038213220 https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/logic-poses-backstage-at-the-2018-iheartradio-wango-tango-news-photo/966529472 https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/recording-artist-logic-attends-the-clive-davis-and-news-photo/911193016 https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/logic-attends-the-z100s-jingle-ball-2017-press-room-on-news-photo/888600710 https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/logic-poses-in-the-press-room-during-102-7-kiis-fms-jingle-news-photo/884133508 https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/logic-poses-with-the-best-fight-against-the-system-award-news-photo/840026360
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November 15, 2018 on J.J. Abrams Is Making A “Clerks For A New Generation” Starring Logic
The TJs is back open! I haven't been yet, but my grandma went and said the parking lot was very crowded so it seems things are back to normal.
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November 14, 2018 on NJ Family Enlisted Sha Na Na Member To Help Identify “The Watcher” Terrorizing Them
Amazon Prime has an OK selection... old Match Game, Family Feud, Password, that sort of thing. Stuff that used to be on Game Show Network but if you don't have cable anymore it hits the spot.
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November 14, 2018 on Stephin Merritt Befriended This Jeopardy! Contestant
oops thanks, was basing this on FB events which I guess took a bit to update. all the shows should be in there now!
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November 2, 2018 on Massive Attack Announce North American Mezzanine Anniversary Tour Dates
damn y'all really never forget anything huh
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October 29, 2018 on High On Fire Cancel Tour Because Of Medical Emergency