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10 Best Songs

The 10 Best My Morning Jacket Songs

Every band of note has fans. That's a given, that's how art-as-commerce works. But there are some bands that go beyond that. They become ecosystems…
Ryan Leas | April 26, 2018 - 4:28 pm

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U.S. Girls Have Finally Arrived

Meg Remy is moving very, very quickly. She's just rushed offstage after soundcheck, introduces herself out of breath with a quick handshake, and then immediately…
Ryan Leas | April 25, 2018 - 11:24 am

Father John Misty – “Mr. Tillman” Video

As you are no doubt aware by now, we are officially in the midst of Misty Season once again. It began back in February with…
Ryan Leas | April 25, 2018 - 10:03 am

10 Best Songs

The 10 Best Elbow Songs

After the collapse of Britpop's '90s heyday, there was a period of fragmentation. By the middle of the next decade, there would be a new…
Ryan Leas | April 24, 2018 - 1:09 pm

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Aisha Burns – “We Were Worn”

Aisha Burns' solo debut Life In The Midwater came out way back in 2013. Since then, she's still been around, playing on the 2016 album
Ryan Leas | April 24, 2018 - 9:59 am

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Enough Apocalypse

This place used to be a big part of Nandi Rose Plunkett's life. This is where her life happened. Nearby, that's where she lived as…
Ryan Leas | April 23, 2018 - 10:46 am

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Stream Say Sue Me’s Record Store Day Covers EP It’s Just A Short Walk!

Last week, the South Korean band Say Sue Me released their sophomore album Where We Were Together. The collection first caught our attention back in…
Ryan Leas | April 20, 2018 - 10:00 am

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Brian Eno – “Kazakhstan”

Back in March, all-around legend Brian Eno announced a new box set called Music For Installations. Though there are all kinds of defining moments in…
Ryan Leas | April 19, 2018 - 2:00 pm

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Taleen Kali – “Half Lie” (Prod. Kristin Kontrol)

Taleen Kali has been a mainstay of LA's rock scene for years now. Having once co-fronted the Echo Park band TÜLIPS, she's about to strike…
Ryan Leas | April 19, 2018 - 10:30 am

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Stringer – “Ghosts”

The roots of New York's Stringer go back to December 12, 2012, to a 24-hour noise show at the beloved, now-defunct Brooklyn DIY venue Shea…
Ryan Leas | April 18, 2018 - 9:59 am

Jim James – “Just A Fool” Video

It's been almost three years since My Morning Jacket's most recent album, The Waterfall. That wouldn't necessarily feel like a super long time if not…
Ryan Leas | April 17, 2018 - 10:35 am

The Anniversary

The Midnight Organ Fight Turns 10

"We just need to get warmed up here before we get into the real business of the evening," Scott Hutchison said, onstage in Manhattan in…
Ryan Leas | April 13, 2018 - 12:39 pm

The Anniversary

Saturdays = Youth Turns 10

At this point, we're used to it. After years of living with one revival after another, retro culture is inextricably woven into our contemporary experience.
Ryan Leas | April 13, 2018 - 11:31 am

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Tanners – “Holy Water”

Tanners is the project of Tanner Peterson, a New York-based singer, songwriter, and producer. After studying music technology in college, Peterson went on to engineer…
Ryan Leas | April 12, 2018 - 12:13 pm

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Fotocrime – “The Rose And The Thorn”

Fotocrime is the project of R -- aka, Ryan Patterson, the former frontman of Louisville punk trio Coliseum. When his old band collapsed, R set…
Ryan Leas | April 10, 2018 - 11:00 am

Comments from Ryan Leas

I think it's the main one that could rival it, personally. I swear I remember Scott referring to TMOF as their "second best album" at one of those shows and I was wondering which he'd consider #1 if that was the case ... feel like it could be Pedestrian Verse
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April 13, 2018 on The Midnight Organ Fight Turns 10
I've always loved "Raindrops + Sunshowers" and thought I was completely alone in this. My favorite of the MACHINA era, potentially. As for others you shouted out...those Mellon Collie cuts like "Fuck You," "Porcelina," "XYU," "Bodies"...they're indeed all songs people don't seem to shout out as much. When I first got this album at about 15 or 16, those were some of the highlights for me actually. "Porcelina" is still one of my favorites. Nice to see you and a few others mention "Sweet Sweet" as well. It's such a perfect, weird, beautiful little song.
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February 15, 2018 on The 10 Best Smashing Pumpkins Songs
I was *this close* to knocking off "Drown" for "Real Love" but that would've been a more idiosyncratic, totally personal 10 best.
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February 15, 2018 on The 10 Best Smashing Pumpkins Songs
Been meaning to — I actually heard mixed things about that one but I definitely want to check it out.
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February 8, 2018 on Is Microsoft’s Paul Allen The New Jimi Hendrix? An Investigation
I'm not totally sure where this came from but you're completely right on JJS. That book's incredible.
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February 8, 2018 on Is Microsoft’s Paul Allen The New Jimi Hendrix? An Investigation
You don't know how tempted I was to put that on the list. I saw them do that with the "All My Friends" tag in 2015, before they were doing it frequently, and hearing them unexpectedly play a mash-up of my two favorite songs just about knocked me out.
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February 5, 2018 on The 10 Best Hot Chip Songs
Yeah me either, but maybe you're right — it just sounds kinda bleak, thanks to the production and some of the songwriting, compared to a lot of their other records. But man, you're talking about an album that's got something as weird and beautiful as "Of The Girl" next to "Insignificance," or the pairing of "Light Years" and "Nothing As It Seems." It's always been more than a stretch to consider it their weakest, IMO.
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February 5, 2018 on Yield Turns 20
Thanks man! Had been waiting a long time to write about this one
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February 5, 2018 on Yield Turns 20
I like that they do the slowburn opener into a rocker, it's a great way to build dramatic tension ahead of a long show that's going to go in a lot of different directions. I think they used to do "Long Road" into "Hail Hail" a bit? Maybe that's just a dream setlist I'm doing in my head. Regardless, I'm in the camp that thinks "Low Light" is kind of an odd one with which to do so. It's just a pretty ballad, not a scene-setting, world-opening track like "Release" or "Long Road."
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February 5, 2018 on Yield Turns 20
I put "Light Years" on my (admittedly pretty idiosyncratic) 10 Best PJ songs list back in 2013 and half the comments were people losing their shit over a Binaural song being on there. There are certainly some overlooked gems on that one. That being said, I might ride for Riot Act as the most underrated/wrongfully-maligned album of theirs ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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February 5, 2018 on Yield Turns 20
You're not wrong, there were just some different things I wanted to focus on this time around — kinda said my piece about Irons in our No Code anniversary: https://www.stereogum.com/1896007/no-code-turns-20/franchises/the-anniversary/
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February 5, 2018 on Yield Turns 20
Trust me, I’ve been waiting for an excuse to write about them. Those first two albums are revelations.
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February 3, 2018 on The 10 Best Simple Minds Songs
I'm really happy to see someone else riding for a Sparkle In The Rain track.
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February 2, 2018 on The 10 Best Simple Minds Songs
I've actually never been a big fan of "Celebrate" personally! But I know people rank it highly. "This Fear Of Gods" is awesome and almost snuck on here, but I wanted to highlight Sons And Fascination a bit more so, honorable mention. There are like 15 other songs I was considering for this list at some point. A lot to choose from.
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February 2, 2018 on The 10 Best Simple Minds Songs
This is what I was getting at in the intro: I don't consider it Pablo Honey status at all. I love a lot of those songs, and it's a very good album. But you're talking about an artist who leapt up from making a very good album to making (imo) three masterpieces in a row after that, and his songwriting, arrangement, and ear for production were all just on a different level then. Not trying to snub Wagonwheel, and you're right that the key WOD elements were evident, but I feel like those were fleshed out and strengthened on songs from the subsequent three releases.
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January 30, 2018 on The 10 Best War On Drugs Songs
Bruce is my favorite and I wanted to include this but I didn't think it fit into the overall theme/aesthetic enough. Having second thoughts now!
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January 23, 2018 on 38 Essential ’80s Songs About Nuclear Anxiety
Some honorable mentions: LCD Soundsystem - "How Do You Sleep?" Liima - "Two-Hearted" Japanese Breakfast - "Diving Woman," "Machinist," "Boyish" Mammut - "Kinder Versions" The Horrors - "Something To Remember Me By" The War On Drugs - "In Chains" Strand Of Oaks - "Radio Kids," "On The Hill," "Passing Out" Dream Syndicate - "Filter Me Through You" Perfume Genius - "Wreath" St. Vincent - "Masseduction," "Sugarboy" Bleachers - "I Miss Those Days" Paddy Hanna - "Bad Boys" Fleet Foxes - "Third Of May," "I Should See Memphis," "On Another Ocean" Fever Ray - "To The Moon And Back" Nation Of Language - "Indignities" Destroyer - "Tinseltown Swimming In Blood" Pretty much the entirety of Kelly Lee Owens' LP Father John Misty - "Pure Comedy"
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December 11, 2017 on Stereogum’s 80 Favorite Songs Of 2017
An enterprising fan made the Spencer-punching video Mike had dreamed of. It's great: https://twitter.com/ndy_w_/status/938924578088407041
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December 8, 2017 on Perfume Genius Reviews 2017: On The Emoji Movie, The Chainsmokers, Kendall Jenner, Punching Nazis, & More
Oof, not what I meant to write there. Thanks for the heads up
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October 16, 2017 on Go Your Own Way: 25 Notable Divorce Albums
I almost put "Yesterday To Tomorrow" on here but thought I'd already gone a bit overboard with Audioslave material. Aside from Cornell on that track...man, Morello's guitar solo is cool on that one.
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May 19, 2017 on 15 Essential Chris Cornell Songs That Aren’t Soundgarden