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The Number Ones

The Number Ones: Diana Ross & The Supremes’ “Someday We’ll Be Together”

In The Number Ones, I'm reviewing every single #1 single in the history of the Billboard Hot 100, starting with the chart's beginning, in 1958,
Tom Breihan | December 11, 2018 - 11:15 am

Fried Egg – “Apraxia”

If you go to punk shows out here in the Central Virginia area for long enough, you will eventually bear witness to Fried Egg, the…
Tom Breihan | December 11, 2018 - 10:49 am

Tegan And Sara Announce Memoir

Twin sisters Tegan and Sara Quin grew up together in Calgary. They both figured out that they were queer around the same time, and they…
Tom Breihan | December 11, 2018 - 10:24 am

Dave Harrington Group – “Well”

Dave Harrington used to be one half of Darkside, the spaced-out electronic duo who made exactly one stunner of an album. But just like his…
Tom Breihan | December 11, 2018 - 9:58 am

Judiciary – “Temple”

Judiciary are a Lubbock, Texas band who land somewhere on the spectrum between old-school hardcore and old-school thrash metal. That's a pretty common combination, and…
Tom Breihan | December 11, 2018 - 9:40 am

John Mulaney Describes Taking Pete Davidson To A Steely Dan Concert

There are two types of comedians in this world: Those who seem like they'd be into Steely Dan and those who do not. Pete Davidson,…
Tom Breihan | December 11, 2018 - 9:21 am

Watch Grimes’ Wild Tonight Show Performance Of “We Appreciate Power”

We've been waiting a long time, through several media maelstroms, for some new Grimes music. There's finally some here now. Two weeks ago, Grimes teamed…
Tom Breihan | December 11, 2018 - 8:54 am

Watch Priests Cover “Christmas Wrapping” At A 3rd Stereogum Christmas Show

Last week, a few hundred of us came out to hang out with us at our third annual Stereogum Christmas Show, and it fucking ruled.
Tom Breihan | December 10, 2018 - 1:36 pm

The Number Ones

The Number Ones: Peter, Paul & Mary’s “Leaving On A Jet Plane”

In The Number Ones, I'm reviewing every single #1 single in the history of the Billboard Hot 100, starting with the chart's beginning, in 1958,
Tom Breihan | December 10, 2018 - 12:40 pm

Stream Columna’s Debut La Cosas Que Perdemos

Columna come from Zaragoza, Spain, and they make big, clean, catchy punk rock. More than most of their peers in the global DIY punk universe,…
Tom Breihan | December 10, 2018 - 10:58 am

Night Flowers – “2000 Miles” (Pretenders Cover)

The Pretenders' 1983 single "2000 Miles" is one of the all-time great new-wave Christmas songs, and it gets even better once you realize the depth…
Tom Breihan | December 10, 2018 - 9:25 am

Ty Dolla $ign Indicted For Felony Cocaine Possession

Ty Dolla $ign is in trouble. TMZ reports that a grand jury in Fulton County, Georgia has indicted the Los Angeles R&B singer, songwriter, and…
Tom Breihan | December 10, 2018 - 8:49 am

2018 In Review

The 10 Best Rap Albums Of 2018

Rap music existed in a dark fog in 2018. Mac Miller, XXXTentacion, Fredo Santana, and Jimmy Wopo all died. Tekashi 6ix9ine might be the biggest…
Tom Breihan | December 7, 2018 - 12:08 pm

The Number Ones

The Number Ones: Steam’s “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye”

In The Number Ones, I'm reviewing every single #1 single in the history of the Billboard Hot 100, starting with the chart's beginning, in 1958,
Tom Breihan | December 7, 2018 - 10:24 am

Straight To Video

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

This past week, the music-video OG Romain Gavras -- the man who directed M.I.A.'s "Bad Girls," Justice's "Stress," Jamie xx's "Gosh," DJ Mehdi's "Signatune," and…
Tom Breihan | December 7, 2018 - 9:56 am

Comments from Tom Breihan

Nothing was even remotely close to Cardi on my year-end list. "Bandcamp hardcore + Cardi B" is basically my taste profile. Also, I went to Damaged City the weekend that Invasion of Privacy came out, and bands were banging that album from phone speakers at their merch tables. Cardi played the fuckin Knockdown Center! The idea that that hardcore and Cardi are incompatible is frankly baffling to me.
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December 11, 2018 on Judiciary – “Temple”
jesus, where did i get "yassin" from? and i corrected myself from using that a couple other times, too. my brain is a mystery to me.
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December 10, 2018 on The Number Ones: Peter, Paul & Mary’s “Leaving On A Jet Plane”
Poptimism was a prevailing ethos in music criticism for years before I went to work for this site and insisted on posting about american idol.
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December 10, 2018 on Vox Lux And The Death Of Poptimism
No, I just didn't like it as much as the ones I picked. There's a formlessness to it that keeps me at arm's length.
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December 7, 2018 on The 10 Best Rap Albums Of 2018
Anyway it's not like these goddam things need to be any longer.
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December 3, 2018 on The Number Ones: The Temptations’ “I Can’t Get Next To You”
Still going back and forth on that. The first one listed is "Come Together"/"Something," but then "Something" went to #3 on its own, so it seems like not even Billboard knew what it was doing with that. I'm kinda inclined to just go with the A-sides, but I also don't like the idea of not writing about "California Love."
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December 3, 2018 on The Number Ones: The Temptations’ “I Can’t Get Next To You”
what the fuck is this comment
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November 30, 2018 on The 5 Best Videos Of The Week
1. Terror Squad: True Story 2. Terror Squad: The Album 3. Fat Joe & Remy Ma: Plata O Plomo 4. Remy Ma: There's Something About Remy: Based on a True Story 5. Cuban Link: 24K 6. Cuban Link: Chain Reaction 7. Fat Joe: Don Cartagena 8. Fat Joe: Jealous One's Envy 9. Fat Joe: Jealous Ones Still Envy (J.O.S.E.) 10. A playlist of "Lean Back" 14 times in a row
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November 29, 2018 on The Number Ones: The Rolling Stones’ “Honky Tonk Women”
A Summer Place. https://www.stereogum.com/1983896/the-number-ones-percy-faiths-theme-from-a-summer-place/franchises/the-number-ones/
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November 27, 2018 on The Number Ones: Henry Mancini’s “Love Theme From Romeo And Juliet
check last week's column.
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November 21, 2018 on ALLBLACK Carries The Bay Area Flame
I will save further America comment for when I actually get to their #1s but the soundtrack to The Last Unicorn goes hard.
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November 21, 2018 on The Number Ones: The 5th Dimension’s “Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In”
Orrrrrr maybe if they were around then, they'd be writing big-band pastiches or recording fake folk-blues.
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November 20, 2018 on The Number Ones: Tommy Roe’s “Dizzy”
Dammit, that's right, I even put that tidbit in the "Strangers in the Night" column.
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November 19, 2018 on The Number Ones: Sly & The Family Stone’s “Everyday People”