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Jim James – “What The World Needs Now Is Love” (Burt Bacharach Cover)

My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James released his third solo album, UNIFORM DISTORTION, earlier this year. Over the last couple months, he's put out a…
James Rettig | December 12, 2018 - 3:16 pm

Watch Mark Ronson, Miley Cyrus, & Matt Damon Exchange Secret Santa Gifts

Mark Ronson and Miley Cyrus have a new song together, "Nothing Breaks Like A Heart," and last weekend they performed it live for the first…
James Rettig | December 12, 2018 - 2:26 pm

2018 In Review

Noteworthy Movie Soundtracks From 2018

Film soundtracks have been on the rise. This March, for the first time in nearly two decades, the soundtracks for two films -- Black Panther
James Rettig | December 12, 2018 - 11:00 am

Woman’s Hour Break Up, But Are Releasing A Final Album

A few years ago, the UK band Woman's Hour made a splash with a string of singles that led up to their 2014 debut album,…
James Rettig | December 12, 2018 - 9:14 am

Frou Frou Reuniting For 2019 North American Tour

Imogen Heap has been having a bit of a moment as of late, so much so that just last month we looked back at the…
James Rettig | December 11, 2018 - 12:16 pm

Eaux Claires Festival Skipping Next Year, Say They’ll Return In 2020

Eaux Claires -- the Wisconsin music festival put together by Bon Iver's Justin Vernon and the National's Aaron Dessner -- has announced that they won't…
James Rettig | December 11, 2018 - 11:50 am

Mercury Rev & Hope Sandoval – “Big Boss Man” (Bobbie Gentry Cover)

Next year, Mercury Rev are releasing a full-length covers tribute album to the country star Bobbie Gentry. They've recruited some amazing artists to cover the…
James Rettig | December 11, 2018 - 10:30 am

Rico Nasty – “Guap (LaLaLa)” Video

Rico Nasty's impressive major label debut mixtape Nasty made it onto our list of the 50 Best Albums Of 2018 right and #50 and, honestly...
James Rettig | December 10, 2018 - 1:59 pm

Sounding Board

Vox Lux And The Death Of Poptimism

(Warning: Vox Lux spoilers ahead.) Over the last couple decades, there's been a shift in the way we discuss pop culture. It has…
James Rettig | December 10, 2018 - 12:01 pm

Netflix Releasing Fyre Festival Documentary Next Month

If you thought you'd heard the last of the corporate shitshow that was Fyre Festival, well then you don't know how pop culture works in…
James Rettig | December 10, 2018 - 11:44 am

Diva Sweetly – “Wax On My Candles”

A couple months back, Diva Sweetly released their first-ever song, "Detox Island," and I've been playing it pretty much non-stop since then, so I am…
James Rettig | December 7, 2018 - 12:41 pm

The Faint – “Child Asleep” Video

A couple months ago, Omaha synth-punk legends the Faint released a new track, "Chameleon Nights," and it turns out that was a precursor to a…
James Rettig | December 7, 2018 - 11:44 am

Hear Ezra Koenig’s Neo Yokio Christmas Special Song “Friend Like U”

Ezra Koenig and Jaden Smith's animated Netflix series Neo Yokio returned today with a holiday special called Pink Christmas, the series' first new episode since…
James Rettig | December 7, 2018 - 11:25 am

Saba – “Papaya” (Feat. daedaePIVOT)

For the last few weeks, Saba has been taking a victory lap with a world tour on the back of his CARE FOR ME full-length…
James Rettig | December 7, 2018 - 10:11 am

Guided By Voices – “My Future In Barcelona”

In typical fashion, Guided By Voices have a ton of new music in the wings. After taking 2018 pretty slow by their standards -- the…
James Rettig | December 6, 2018 - 3:12 pm

Comments from James Rettig

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
She was on last year :) https://www.stereogum.com/1968189/stereogums-40-best-new-bands-of-2017/franchises/list/
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October 29, 2018 on Stereogum’s 40 Best New Bands Of 2018