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"Broadway's newest smash hit will really abduct you ... up to snuff!" - The New Yorker
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September 17, 2020 on Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross Win First Emmy, Need Only A Tony To EGOT
Well, this is unsurprisingly delightful. I think I've recommended Mary's music to more people in the past year or so than I have any other band or artist... maybe ever.
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August 19, 2020 on Mary Lattimore – “Pine Trees”
I guess we could just mash everything up with Jay Z beats?
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August 13, 2020 on Save Stereogum Campaign Announces 2 Week Extension, WAVs, Festival Lineup
Dear The National, I am excited to hear your previously unreleased, professional live recording of an ‘00s cover you once performed in concert. However, I would like to bring to your attention that Darude's Sandstorm came out in 2001 and does NOT contain vocals. Problem solved, you have one month. Sincerely, makepacer
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August 13, 2020 on Save Stereogum Campaign Announces 2 Week Extension, WAVs, Festival Lineup
One of the best iterations of Jump features John Lennon via mashup: https://youtu.be/cigDX3hdihw
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August 10, 2020 on The Number Ones: Van Halen’s “Jump”
I've been waiting for this since the column started - this was #1 the week I was born, and I've joked in the past, semi-seriously, that the #1 song the week you were born must inform your life somehow. Anyway - I love this song so much. This and a Steve Winwood song that should be in this column soon(ish) are two of my three favorite songs of all time.
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August 5, 2020 on The Number Ones: Yes’ “Owner Of A Lonely Heart”
Do I ever! http://www.mtv.com/video-clips/1afxl7/jewel-gets-schooled-by-kurt-loder
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July 28, 2020 on Lana Del Rey’s Spoken Word Album Violet Bent Backwards Over The Grass Is Out; Hear A Sample Track
If any of the Stereogum higher-ups happen to see this comment... "Phil Columns" would make a GREAT Save Stereogum tee.
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July 25, 2020 on The Number Ones: Billy Joel’s “Tell Her About It”
On top of all of that, but you know SOMEONE involved with (the band) Googled 'Lady A' before the name change announcement. Assuming the Google happened, it stands to reason that (the band) and management, etc. were alerted and every fucking one of them - presumably - was probably like, "LOL, whatever, it's just some rando - we don't need to worry about it, we have more money than she does AND we're already being sooooo progressive!"
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July 22, 2020 on Watch Lady A Discuss Her Conflict With Lady Antebellum On Desus & Mero
Says the commenter who has a deep affinity for Costume-era Coldplay. Cool.
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July 21, 2020 on Watch Phoebe Bridgers’ Willfully Ridiculous Colbert Performance
If I may be anecdotally vague... It feels like a lifetime ago, but I used to work - directly or tangentially - with or for a lot of the people involved with Lockn' during the first few years aaaaand... this comes as absolutely no surprise. The willfully ignorant entitlement in that (generalized) group is STRONG. What the organizers don't seem to be taking into account is the post-Lockn' pilgrimage, where Career Festival Goers have, in the past, hung around Charlottesville for extended periods of time. That won't be good for the local economy in the long run if there's a bunch of Wookie Super Spreaders hoola-hooping and selling pins and glassware on the Downtown Mall for a week and half in October.
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July 20, 2020 on Lockn’ Still Planning In-Person Festival For October
I'm loving how prolific Nico's been (it gives me hope for a new DARKSIDE release). I've got a new sound bar coming in the mail today, so between this, Zombi and a few others, I can't wait to test it out before putting on a big loud action movie.
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July 17, 2020 on Stream Nicholas Jaar’s New Album Telas
Um... well, at least it's better than his remix of Whitney's 'Higher Love'. Considering how cheesy Kygo is, I can't believe he completely omitted the DX7 harmonica solo. The video is WILD though. If the new Stereogum allows tags/user flair, I call dibs on [bad bitch enabled]
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July 17, 2020 on Kygo & Tina Turner – “What’s Love Got To Do With It”
Wow damn. That filthy bass line was there from the beginning. Also gonna leave this here: https://youtu.be/4nx7Y_xw3cM
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July 16, 2020 on Hear PJ Harvey’s “Down By The Water” Demo From New Reissue Series
In the style of Operation Ivy
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July 16, 2020 on Actress Releases New Album 88 As A Free Download
I'm listening to It's Hard to Have Hope for the first time, and getting Disfear-meets-Gospel vibes and goddamn how did this band fly under my radar for so long. This is so fucking good.
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July 7, 2020 on Svalbard – “Open Wound”
THAT'S where I recognize that Vanilla Ice-ass eyebrow from.
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July 6, 2020 on Charlie Puth Calls For Ceasefire In Toxic Stan War Of 2020
This is sad - yet, he lived a long life and left us and (hopefully) future generations with a wealth of music to comb through and appreciate. For me, his work on The Thing, as well as Argento's The Bird with the Crystal Plumage stand out as remarkable scores beyond his "typical" scores. There's so much more, too. "Here's to You" is one of the coolest, weirdest, most mournful pop songs I think I've ever heard.
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July 6, 2020 on Ennio Morricone Dead At 91
Back in 1991, Mr. Van Winkle had to contend with Super Shredder during one of his shows. Now, 29 years later, it'll be Super Spreader.
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July 1, 2020 on ACL May Be Cancelled But Austin Is Still Getting A Vanilla Ice Concert On Friday
My uncle who works at Nickelodeon says Lori Beth Denberg features on this track.
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June 30, 2020 on Sufjan Stevens Announces New Album The Ascension
LONG LIVE STEREOGUM The REO Speedwagon shirt is fuckin' genius.
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June 29, 2020 on Save Stereogum: An ‘00s Covers Comp
Although a little boring, this might be my favorite layout of a festival lineup poster I've ever seen. Easy to read, quite handsome, nice colors. I have some friends in SF I've been meaning to visit for years, so this could be a fun to plan a trip around.
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June 24, 2020 on Outside Lands 2021 Lineup
Hold Me, Thrill Me, Miss Me, Kill Me is absolutely underrated. The Edge has been fumbling with trying to write a monster riff since the early 90s, to varying degrees of success, but none of them have come close to how effortless and cool the main HMTMKMKM riff is.
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June 23, 2020 on Seal Thanks Late Director Joel Schumacher For Saving His Career
Simpler times. Great write up of White Pony, BTW. I wouldn't have put two and two together without today's columns, but I guess almost exactly 20 years ago I was in Spain on a class trip where I bought The Rising Tide, and then picked up White Pony at the Virgin Megastore (or HMV? IDK) in Picadilly while on an extended layover in London. Where the eff did these two decades go.
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June 19, 2020 on The Rising Tide Turns 20
Oh man, same - to a fuckin' T. I was in high school from 98-02, so between my older brother, Repo Records (both the Philly and Bryn Mawr locations), and the advent of file sharing, I was in heaven discovering bands. SDRE stands out because I got into them after How It Feels... and they had broken up for the 17th time already, so the fact that I was able to follow them via their (limited) online presence after they announced this reunion and album was so exciting. I can still pretty vividly remember what the Time Bomb Records site looked like. As uneven as The Rising Tide is, there are some undeniable riffs and it still gets a few spins a year from me. I can't believe its already been 20 years (ditto White Pony).
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June 19, 2020 on The Rising Tide Turns 20
Dang, that's a jam right there. The video is giving me Sexy Boy vibes, except Sexy Boy has been quarantined and can't float around New York, so he made a #stayathome video
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June 18, 2020 on Everything Everything – “Planets”
Hmmm... I guess I'm bad at embeds: https://youtu.be/jrGwjgK2jrM?t=186
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June 18, 2020 on Don’t Forget Amnesia Scanner