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Watch The National Cover New Order’s “Love Vigilantes” In Manchester

The National recently kicked off their worldwide tour in support of their new album, Sleep Well Beast. Over the the weekend, the performed at the…
James Rettig | 1:03 pm

Stream Florist If Blue Could Be Happiness

On Florist's debut album, 2016's The Birds Outside Sang, Emily Sprague explored feelings of unease and comfort during the process of recovery; its follow-up, If
James Rettig | 12:53 pm

Cardi B Becomes First Female Rapper With A Solo #1 Single In 19 Years

Cardi B's "Bodak Yellow" has become the #1 song on the Billboard Hot 100. The chart-topping comes after a few weeks of having to play
James Rettig | 12:10 pm

Hear Lorde Deconstruct “Sober” On Song Exploder

Back when her sophomore album Melodrama was released, Lorde went on a New Zealand podcast to break down every song from it. She's also the…
James Rettig | 11:52 am

Frankie Rose – “A Forest” (The Cure Cover)

Frankie Rose is the latest artist to cover an album in full for Turntable Kitchen's Sounds Delicious vinyl subscription series. Previous artists to participate include…
James Rettig | 11:18 am

Shopping – “The Hype”

It's been a couple years since we've heard from the nervy UK punk trio Shopping -- their most recent release was 2015's Why Choose --…
James Rettig | 10:26 am

B.o.B Launches Fundraiser To Prove The Earth Is Flat

Notorious flat Earth truther B.o.B. has launched a GoFundMe page to help him raise $200,000 in order to ostensibly "purchase and launch multiple satellites into…
James Rettig | 10:10 am

Morrissey Announces US Tour

Morrissey's releasing a new album, Low In High School, in a couple of months, and earlier this week we heard its lead single "Spent The
James Rettig | September 22, 2017 - 2:44 pm

Unreleased Tracks From The Verve Appear On YouTube

The Verve's Urban Hymns got a big deluxe reissue this month in honor of its 20th anniversary, and some additional songs that aren't included in…
James Rettig | September 22, 2017 - 12:28 pm

Morrissey Twitter Makes It Official: “Not Moz”

Just in case you happened to think that it was actually Morrissey himself sending out promotional tweets from his newly-crafted Twitter, the account's description has…
James Rettig | September 22, 2017 - 11:36 am

The Saxophones – “Aloha”

Oakland-based husband-and-wife duo the Saxophones put out their debut If You're On The Water EP last year, and we highlighted a couple of tracks from…
James Rettig | September 22, 2017 - 11:11 am

Yung Lean – “Hunting My Own Skin”

Earlier this month, Yung Lean released "Red Bottom Sky," a moody sway of a track where the production was the main focal point, and it…
James Rettig | September 22, 2017 - 10:39 am

Depeche Mode – “Heroes” (David Bowie Cover)

David Bowie's iconic "'Heroes'" was released as a single 40 years ago tomorrow. As a tribute, Depeche Mode just put out a studio recording of…
James Rettig | September 22, 2017 - 10:28 am

Watch Andrew Bird, Tim Heidecker Debut New Songs On Live From The Great Room

Andrew Bird occasionally goes on Facebook Live to broadcast his Live From The Great Room performance series, and today he brought on Tim Heidecker as…
James Rettig | September 21, 2017 - 4:40 pm

Gene Simmons Played With Ace Frehley For The First Time In 16 Years

Founding KISS members Gene Simmons and Ace Frehley performed on stage together for the first time in 16 years last night at a Hurricane Harvey
James Rettig | September 21, 2017 - 4:32 pm

Comments from James Rettig

Nicki's actually never had a #1 period, which is pretty crazy!
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September 25, 2017 on Cardi B Becomes First Female Rapper With A Solo #1 Single In 19 Years
We did an interview: https://www.stereogum.com/1953660/qa-ariel-pink-on-trump-madonna-his-new-album-dedicated-to-bobby-jameson/franchises/interview/
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September 21, 2017 on Album Of The Week: The Blow Brand New Abyss
what....... no one was being serious in this situation
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September 20, 2017 on No One Buys Records Anymore So Liam Gallagher Has To Make His Own Tea
argh sry i switch up letters/numbers sometimes... thanks!
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September 20, 2017 on Watch The Trailer For Billy Corgan’s New Short Film Pillbox
That's eligible next week! :)
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September 8, 2017 on The 5 Best Songs Of The Week
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September 7, 2017 on Jared Leto Sings A Mashup Of David Bowie, Prince, George Michael, Soundgarden, & Linkin Park
I hear ya! YT wasn't available when it first went live, but it's up now so I just swapped it out. That's obviously our preferred embed (plus Soundcloud and Bandcamp) but sometimes the situation requires us to put Apple/Spotify embeds in until it surfaces elsewhere.
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September 6, 2017 on Daniele Luppi & Parquet Courts – “Talisa” (Feat. Karen O)
You should bring one of those small packs of Kleenex! And also listen to Pinegrove... what the heck!?! Such a great bill, sad the tour is not coming anywhere near me.
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September 5, 2017 on Stream Lomelda Thx
I take offense to this because I'm a sniveling little asshole all of the time.
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August 30, 2017 on Here Is A Video Win Butler Made With ClickHole
Oh I actually agree with you! I haven't spoken this opinion in public outside of Slack, but I think a lot of 1989 has aged pretty terribly and I think a lot of that can be attributed to those "clunky but cute" moments which feel fun and good when swept up in a narrative but less so a few years removed. If Reputation is going to be a lot of those moments, I don't think Swift has the narrative armor this time around to withstand that.
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August 25, 2017 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
Nah, but thank you for the input.
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August 25, 2017 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
I also like "Shake It Off"! But the rap breakdown is clunky as hell, but charming after continual exposure. I'm a huge TSwiftie so I really want this to somehow turn around, but this single is the sorta shit that makes me doubt my faith.
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August 25, 2017 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
I think the main problem with "Look What You Made Me Do" is that it simplifies Taylor's songwriting to a not-enjoyable degree. A lot of her choruses have always been super big and obvious, but they were balanced out by more flowery writing elsewhere. Here even the verses are undercooked and not detail-heavy so it makes the song ring really hollow. I think the actual meat of the hook could be catchy and work if there was some more vocal differentiation. But because Taylor isn't that emphatic of a singer, she can't do the whole "repeat the same phrase 10 times and have it sound different every time" trick. So it just goes nowhere. If there were more ideas stuffed into in the hook, I feel like she could pull something out of it, sorta like how she almost pulled off the rap part of "Shake It Off" just because her words were so dense. There's none of that here though... Or, to pull from Jay Z's playbook, something like: "Look what you made me do, look what I made for you/Knew if I paid my dues, how will they pay you? When you first come in the game, they try to play you Then you drop a couple of hits, look how they wave to you." But yeah, the single is a failure on a lot of levels. I'm still holding out a little hope for the album, but this is very worrisome.
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August 25, 2017 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
I did indeed listen to "Desert," yes! I don't think it's really controversial though? Very obviously a point-of-view song, which Jesse has done before. Mostly as a yung queer just happy to hear the line "boys kissing boys" in a Brand New song. :)
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August 22, 2017 on Premature Evaluation: Brand New Science Fiction
Hey! Yes... It was originally taken by Thobias Fäldt for Vice and apparently they are both wearing "a specially designed fabric that turns stiff in response to impact." I'm not exactly sure how that works, but I would assume they are both alive?
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August 21, 2017 on Premature Evaluation: Brand New Science Fiction
Honestly didn't even realize............ And THEY say the eclipse only happens once every few years....
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August 21, 2017 on Here Is Stereogum’s Solar Eclipse Playlist