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Still Corners – “Black Lagoon”

In past years, Still Corners were a London-based synth-pop duo. But ahead of their newly announced fourth album Slow Air, they made some changes. Now…
Ryan Leas | June 23, 2018 - 6:45 pm

Watch Kacey Musgraves And Harry Styles Cover Shania Twain At MSG

For the last two nights, Harry Styles took over the famed Manhattan arena Madison Square Garden. More importantly, he brought along a very good choice…
Ryan Leas | June 23, 2018 - 1:13 pm

CupcakKe – “Hot Pockets”

It's typically notable when an artist puts out an album and then just keeps releasing new songs in the subsequent months. But the beloved Chicago…
Ryan Leas | June 23, 2018 - 12:02 pm

Watch My Bloody Valentine Perform For The First Time In 5 Years

My Bloody Valentine fans are accustomed to long waits. The shoegaze legends are, after all, one of those groups that took more than 20 years
Ryan Leas | June 23, 2018 - 10:35 am

BEAK> – “Allé Sauvage”

It may be a full decade since Portishead's last album -- the still-deeply-haunting Third -- but Geoff Barrow is always popping up with new music…
Ryan Leas | June 22, 2018 - 11:04 am

Underworld & Iggy Pop – “I’ll See Big”

Last month, British electronic godheads Underworld teamed with American punk godhead Iggy Pop for a surprise collaborative track, "Bells & Circles." It was a transfixing…
Ryan Leas | June 22, 2018 - 10:12 am

Father John Misty – “God’s Favorite Customer” Video

Earlier this month, Josh Tillman released his fourth LP under the Father John Misty moniker -- the stunning, weathered, and deeply personal God's Favorite Customer, one…
Ryan Leas | June 19, 2018 - 10:17 am

The Anniversary

Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends Turns 10

In 2005, Coldplay released their third album, X&Y. In many ways, it was one of those collections where a band starts to sound exactly like…
Ryan Leas | June 15, 2018 - 12:12 pm

Sounding Board

U2 Trade Stadium Splendor For Punk Immediacy At The Apollo

U2 are currently on the road, bringing their usual arena-ready spectacle around America as part of their eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE tour, promoting last year's Songs
Ryan Leas | June 12, 2018 - 2:45 pm

Premiere

Pure Bathing Culture & Ben Gibbard – “Saturday Night” (The Blue Nile Cover)

The Blue Nile's 1989 album Hats is the kind of lost treasure that, upon discovering it, you wind up breathlessly evangelizing to anyone who will…
Ryan Leas | June 12, 2018 - 12:02 pm

The Anniversary

Evil Urges Turns 10

My Morning Jacket were in a new chapter. In 2005, they released Z, a turning-point album that served as a demarcation between the first phase…
Ryan Leas | June 11, 2018 - 2:51 pm

Dr. Martens Releases Joy Division & New Order Boots

Wearing a piece of band merch to proudly proclaim your affinity for an artist is, of course, a long tradition of fandom. Especially in the…
Ryan Leas | June 8, 2018 - 4:29 pm

List

22 Dave Matthews Songs That Don’t Suck

Twenty-five years in, it's still hard to know how to talk about the Dave Matthews Band. Since the 1993 arrival of Remember Two Things, their…
Ryan Leas | June 8, 2018 - 12:26 pm

Stream Flasher’s Infectious Debut Album Constant Image

If you've been reading this site in the past couple months, you know we've been pretty pumped about Flasher's debut Constant Image. The DC post-punk…
Ryan Leas | June 8, 2018 - 12:10 pm

The Anniversary

Fleet Foxes Turns 10

By 2008, indie's ascension was in full swing. Arcade Fire were already a big name. The preceding year, the National and LCD Soundsystem had released…
Ryan Leas | June 4, 2018 - 10:55 am

Comments from Ryan Leas

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
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