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Guerilla Toss – “Green Apple”

A little over a year ago, Guerilla Toss released GT Ultra, which turned out to be one of the best albums of 2017. And last…
Ryan Leas | August 16, 2018 - 11:10 am

National Republican Senate Committee Blast Pearl Jam Concert Poster

Pearl Jam have a fervent fanbase, the kind that arrives early and lines up at the merch stands hours before the show is set to…
Ryan Leas | August 15, 2018 - 2:38 pm

Fucked Up – “Normal People” Video

Towards the end of July, Fucked Up announced a new album called Dose Your Dreams, the successor to their 2014 release Glass Boys and their…
Ryan Leas | August 15, 2018 - 10:57 am

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Flow 2018 Offers A Diverse, Gratifying Answer At The End Of Festival Season

There are a lot of festivals that happen later in the year, but often it feels like a last gasp for the summer season by…
Ryan Leas | August 13, 2018 - 12:56 pm

Stream Death Cab For Cutie’s New Album Thank You For Today

This year is a significant one for Death Cab For Cutie. Their debut, Something About Airplanes, is about to turn 20. Earlier this year, we…
Ryan Leas | August 13, 2018 - 8:49 am

Stream Foxing’s Ambitious New Album Nearer My God

Over the past couple of months, the St. Louis quartet Foxing have been getting ready to unveil their intensely ambitious new album Nearer My God.
Ryan Leas | August 10, 2018 - 9:25 am

Stream Tomberlin’s Debut Album At Weddings

If you've been reading this site for the past couple months, chances are you're already aware that we're pretty excited about Sarah Beth Tomberlin's debut…
Ryan Leas | August 10, 2018 - 9:17 am

Big Red Machine – “Deep Green” & “I Won’t Run From It”

Almost a full decade ago, there was a compilation called Dark Was The Night that featured a host of the era's defining indie artists. It…
Ryan Leas | August 9, 2018 - 10:04 am

Ultimate Playlist

30 Essential Grunge Songs

You can choose all sorts of genesis points when you look back at a moment as era-defining and yet difficult to clarify as grunge. One…
Ryan Leas | August 1, 2018 - 2:36 pm

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Kikagaku Moyo – “Gatherings”

After releasing their self-titled debut in 2013, the Japanese psych-rock band Kikagaku Moyo launched into a prolific streak, unleashing another two albums before we got…
Ryan Leas | July 31, 2018 - 9:38 am

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Exploded View – “Sleepers”

Exploded View is the project of Annika Henderson, Hugo Quezada, and Martin Thulin, a trio adept at crafting elusive, haunting music that seeps into your…
Ryan Leas | July 31, 2018 - 9:00 am

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Janet Jackson Brings Legacy Pop Star Allure To Panorama

The 2018 iteration of Panorama had a bumpy start. Thanks to the storms that have been hanging over New York all week, the first day…
Ryan Leas | July 29, 2018 - 3:35 pm

Elvis Costello Reunites With The Imposters & Burt Bacharach On New Album Look Now: Hear Two Songs

Elvis Costello is one of those legacy artists who always seems to be around in some capacity, so it's been easy to forget that a…
Ryan Leas | July 27, 2018 - 12:03 am

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Ellis – “The Drain”

Over the last several years, there have been a whole lot of intriguing young artists coming out of Toronto, a new generation of guitar-centric bands…
Ryan Leas | July 25, 2018 - 10:07 am

Desert Daze Adds My Bloody Valentine, Shellac, Julia Holter, & More

With all the big mainstream US festivals meeting in the middle half the time, it's nice to have some more focused and/or niche options in…
Ryan Leas | July 24, 2018 - 12:04 pm

Comments from Ryan Leas

When I was first getting into the Stones, I didn't get why that one had a lesser reputation, but then I didn't go back to it for years...funny yr all discussing this, since I recently started listening to Goats Head Soup again after continuously getting "Dancing With Mr. D" stuck in my head out of nowhere. "Coming Down Again" is gorgeous, "Can You Hear The Music" is a great warped summer song. I think it's just one of those albums that suffers by proximity; I like the burnt-out bleariness of it (and, I think, the real beginnings of '70s sleaze Stones), but it's hard to live up as the successor to what (on most days) I'd call the best album of all time.
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August 17, 2018 on The Number Ones: The Rolling Stones’ “Get Off Of My Cloud”
Is this a callback to a certain New Order Q&A from last year?
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June 8, 2018 on Dr. Martens Releases Joy Division & New Order Boots
The Technique ones are so lurid I kinda love them but if I actually bought one of these I'd have to go with PC&L...better design, better album.
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June 8, 2018 on Dr. Martens Releases Joy Division & New Order Boots
I mean, yeah, I hear you, I love that one too. "Your Silent Face" is just this whole other world though. Feel like I'm still discovering that song over and over all these years later. Also, if you open it up to the non-album tracks from that era you've got "Thieves Like Us" to contend with, too.
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June 8, 2018 on Dr. Martens Releases Joy Division & New Order Boots
I actually haven't had a chance to see them live yet, but I am tonight, on release day. Pretty psyched.
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June 8, 2018 on Stream Flasher’s Infectious Debut Album Constant Image
Personally, this week is Flasher Week for me and nothing else but...I did say "one of" ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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June 8, 2018 on Stream Flasher’s Infectious Debut Album Constant Image
https://twitter.com/pattymo/status/992521717795958785
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May 4, 2018 on Smash Mouth Mouth Smash
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