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Watch Father John Misty Play New Song “Mr. Tillman” In Tokyo

It's been less than a year since Josh Tillman released his third album as Father John Misty -- the ambitious and gorgeous Pure Comedy, one…
Ryan Leas | February 16, 2018 - 4:12 pm

Watch St. Vincent’s Backstage Cover Of Pearl Jam’s “Tremor Christ”

When today's indie luminaries talk about their major influences, Pearl Jam isn't exactly a name that comes up a lot. But Annie Clark's love of…
Ryan Leas | February 16, 2018 - 12:52 pm

Stream Ride Tomorrow’s Shore EP

Last summer, UK shoegaze legends Ride released Weather Diaries, their first new album since reuniting in 2014, which also meant it was their first new…
Ryan Leas | February 16, 2018 - 12:10 am

Stream U.S. Girls In A Poem Unlimited

Meg Remy's last album under her U.S. Girls moniker, the great Half Free, came out in the fall of 2015. Since October, she's been teasing…
Ryan Leas | February 16, 2018 - 12:09 am

10 Best Songs

The 10 Best Smashing Pumpkins Songs

Throughout the long and tumultuous history of the Smashing Pumpkins, there's never really been a prolonged period of anything resembling tranquility. There's never been a…
Ryan Leas | February 15, 2018 - 12:54 pm


Kitten – “I Did It!”

Formed in LA way back at the end of last decade, Kitten have been periodically releasing music for almost 10 years already. Led by singer…
Ryan Leas | February 15, 2018 - 11:43 am


Ricky Lewis – “Gauntlet In The Sun”

Back when he was in his late teens, Ricky Lewis decided it was time to get out of his New England hometown and head to…
Ryan Leas | February 14, 2018 - 9:35 am

Paddy Hanna – “Ida”

Recent Artist To Watch Paddy Hanna is just a few weeks away from releasing his sophomore album Frankly, I Mutate. Now, before the whole thing's…
Ryan Leas | February 13, 2018 - 2:52 pm

Sudan Archives – “Paid” Video

Last year, I went to the fascinating anti-festival Le Guess Who?, which brings an eclectic and surprising array of artists to Utrecht each November. There…
Ryan Leas | February 13, 2018 - 2:26 pm

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Ought’s Room Inside The World Is A Rewarding New Chapter

If you go back to the great post-punk bands of the late '70s and early '80s, you'll find plenty of artists who started out avant-garde…
Ryan Leas | February 13, 2018 - 1:59 pm

Mount Kimbie – “Turtle Neck Man” (Feat. King Krule)

Last September, UK production duo Mount Kimbie released their new album Love What Survives, their first since 2013's Cold Spring Fault Less Youth. The album…
Ryan Leas | February 13, 2018 - 10:02 am

Stream Franz Ferdinand Always Ascending

The last proper Franz Ferdinand album, Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action, came out way back in the summer of 2013. After some other projects…
Ryan Leas | February 9, 2018 - 12:28 am

Stream MGMT Little Dark Age

It's been a long time since MGMT's last album. Four and a half years, to be exact. Between that and the fact that their debut…
Ryan Leas | February 9, 2018 - 12:27 am

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Is Microsoft’s Paul Allen The New Jimi Hendrix? An Investigation

The last week and a half has taken a surprising turn, introducing us to Quincy Jones' new "I'm an 84-year-old all-around legend and I've seen…
Ryan Leas | February 8, 2018 - 4:41 pm


No Joy / Sonic Boom – “Obsession” (Video)

Since 2010, Jasamine White-Gluz has been making haunting and gorgeous music as the principal songwriter for No Joy, the great and underrated Montreal band that's…
Ryan Leas | February 7, 2018 - 10:32 am

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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
I love the Waterboys' '80s records and I've been looking for some reason to write about them for a while. They really don't get their due, imo. And you're right, I think there's interesting stuff to consider re: these two Irish bands and what directions they went in.
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March 9, 2017 on U2’s The Joshua Tree Is 30: We Ranked Its Tracks Worst To Best