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The Anniversary On Reuniting, Getting Ripped Off By Limp Bizkit, And The Emo Label

Over this past Memorial Day weekend, four of the original members of the Anniversary -- the much-beloved band from Lawrence, Kansas -- reconvened to rehearse…
T. Cole Rachel | June 23, 2016 - 1:31 pm


Q&A: Lush On Their Unusual Legacy & Exciting Reunion

Of all the shoegaze reunions that we've been blessed with over the past few years, perhaps none is more satisfying than the return of Lush.
T. Cole Rachel | April 4, 2016 - 11:59 am


Q&A: Ben Watt On Using Twitter To Meet Marissa Nadler, Why He Doesn’t Want To Reunite Everything But The Girl, And His Beautiful New LP

Few artists can boast a career as varied and oddly sprawling as that of Ben Watt. After releasing an acclaimed solo record in 1983, Watt…
T. Cole Rachel | April 1, 2016 - 5:02 pm

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Report From São Miguel’s Tremor Festival

Now in its third year, the Tremor festival takes place on the island of São Miguel in the Azores -- a place that, quite frankly,…
T. Cole Rachel | March 23, 2016 - 4:54 pm


Q&A: Tortoise On The Catastrophist & The Process Of Making Music Without Limitations

For those of us who came of age in the early '90s, Tortoise -- Chicago's iconic post-rock granddaddies -- were a kind of gateway drug…
T. Cole Rachel | January 12, 2016 - 10:38 am


Q&A: Joanna Newsom On Moving Rocks, Annotating Lyrics, And Playing The Hits

Given the nature of her work -- the intricate arrangements; the complicated, often byzantine lyrics; the harp; that extraordinarily wild voice -- it's not surprising…
T. Cole Rachel | October 19, 2015 - 9:14 am


Q&A: Super-Producer Glen Ballard On Jagged Little Pill, “Man In The Mirror,” & His Other Classic Recordings

Given that the wave of '90s nostalgia seems to be cresting right about now, it's only fitting that one of that decade's most successful and…
T. Cole Rachel | September 29, 2015 - 1:15 pm


Q&A: Shirley Manson On Garbage’s 20th Anniversary Reissue And Tour

This month marks the 20th anniversary of Garbage's self-titled debut, the album responsible for such '90s megahits as "Only Happy When It Rains" and "Stupid…
T. Cole Rachel | August 27, 2015 - 10:04 am


Q&A: FIDLAR’s Zac Carper On Kicking Drugs, Staying Punk, And Sophomore Slumps

Next month, California pop-punks FIDLAR will release Too, the follow up to their much-loved self-titled 2013 debut. As evidenced by early singles "40 Oz. On
T. Cole Rachel | August 26, 2015 - 10:38 am


Q&A: Bernard Sumner On New Order’s Music Complete And The Ghosts Of Manchester

Whenever a band as iconic and deeply influential as New Order decides to release a new album, it's cause for both celebration and concern. For…
T. Cole Rachel | August 25, 2015 - 2:49 pm


Q&A: Julia Holter On Her New Album Have You In My Wilderness

One of the hardest things involved with writing about L.A.-based musician Julia Holter is trying to figure out exactly how to describe what she does.
T. Cole Rachel | August 18, 2015 - 4:52 pm


Q&A: Air’s Jean-Benoît Dunckel On The Future Of The Band, Working With Sofia Coppola, And Inspiring The Name “Stereogum”

Things that make me feel surprisingly and suddenly old: (1) the fact that Air's soundtrack to The Virgin Suicides was released 15 years ago; and…
T. Cole Rachel | August 14, 2015 - 2:31 pm


Q&A: Jorge Elbrecht On What Producers Really Do, What Ariel Pink Is Really Like, And How Mainstream Pop Has Reached A State Of Idiocracy

For the better part of the past dozen years, Jorge Elbrecht has had a hand in creating some of the most beautiful, forward-thinking, and occasionally…
T. Cole Rachel | July 29, 2015 - 11:41 am


Q&A: Lou Barlow Reflects On The 20th Anniversary Of Kids

This week marks the 20th anniversary of Kids -- Larry's Clark's infamous, lascivious, inflammatory film about a bunch of New York City teenagers drinking, drugging,…
T. Cole Rachel | July 21, 2015 - 2:04 pm


A Low Profile: Alan Sparhawk & Mimi Parker On Their New Album Ones And Sixes

For those of us who are old enough to have been of record-buying age back in the '90s, the early years of that decade remain…
T. Cole Rachel | June 23, 2015 - 10:05 am

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As someone who is friends with all of these people--Justin and all of the Get Up Kids included--there really is no drama behind the scenes. All of that stuff was hashed out years and years ago. Justin just couldn't do it, mostly for logistical reasons. Everyone is honestly fine with each other now, not to mention happy. All of these people have families and have hung out with each other and know each other's children. It's cool.
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June 24, 2016 on The Anniversary On Reuniting, Getting Ripped Off By Limp Bizkit, And The Emo Label
I am a little biased about this because Kim is a friend, but it bums me out that so much of the attention paid to the book so far has taken the form of quotes taken entirely out of context or a focus specifically on the divorce stuff. The book is a really beautiful, articulate examination of her entire life as an artist. I understand why people are so fascinated by the end of her marriage, but honestly the other stuff in the book--particularly her involvement in the 80's NYC art world, her thoughts about art and the creative process--is about a million times more interesting.
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February 4, 2015 on What Kim Gordon’s Girl In A Band Reveals About The End Of Her Marriage And The Last Days Of Sonic Youth
Some of you were asking about my setlist. This is what I sent Nina and Louise. I included spots for them to insert some new songs. 1 – Get Back 2 – All Hail Me 3 – The Museum of Broken Relationships 4 – Straight 5 – NEW SONG 6 – NEW SONG 7 – Seether 8 – Don’t Make Me Prove It 9 – Shutterbug 10 – Forsythia 11 – Wolf 12 – The Morning Sad 13 – NEW SONG 14 – Fly 15 – Spiderman 16 – It’s Holy 17 – Celebrate You ENCORE 18 – 25 19 – Shimmer Like A Girl 20 – Volcano Girls
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April 23, 2014 on Q&A: Veruca Salt’s First Joint Interview In 17 Years + “The Museum Of Broken Relationships” Video (Stereogum Premiere)
I approve of this cat-oriented artwork. And the song.
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July 16, 2013 on Mazzy Star – “California”
With all due respect, I can only WISH that my name was Z. Cole Rachel Smith. Thanks for your comments.
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March 4, 2013 on Q&A: Marnie Stern On The Pains Of Making A Living, The Joys Of eBay, And Her New Album The Chronicles Of Marnia
I generally enjoy that my Stereogum interviews are casual and conversational, but maybe you're right--I probably could have cut some of our initial chatter. In any case, I hope there was at least something in the interview you enjoyed. I don't want anyone to feel like their time is being wasted.
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February 1, 2013 on Q&A: Waxahatchee’s Katie Crutchfield On Twin Dynamics, P.S. Eliot, And New LP Cerulean Salt
I wish. I would love to be able to take credit for writing "How Long Have You Known?" xo THURMAN
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April 9, 2012 on Progress Report: Liars
Yes, total spellcheck malfunction. I could die a thousand deaths for not spotting that, as Icky Mettle truly is one of my favorite albums of all time. SORRY, FOLKS.
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July 18, 2011 on Progress Report: Eric Bachmann (Archers Of Loaf, Crooked Fingers)
Yes, "When The President Talks to God" is a stand-alone single that Bright Eyes released in 2005. I didn't necessarily mean to imply that it was included on "Wide Awake."
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March 17, 2011 on Progress Report: Conor Oberst
I stand totally--and accurately--corrected. For some reason The Feelies have always felt like a predecessor to those bands, but clearly that is only a reality in my overcluttered brain. Thanks for setting me straight.
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November 18, 2010 on Progress Report: The Feelies