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The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

The big music video from this past week, the one that seemed custom-designed to drive conversation, was Ariana Grande's "break up with your girlfriend, i'm
Tom Breihan | February 15, 2019 - 1:55 pm

The Number Ones

The Number Ones: Don McLean’s “American Pie”

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 | February 15, 2019 - 12:03 pm

Watch Denzel Curry Cover Rage Against The Machine’s “Bulls On Parade”

If you went to high school in the '90s, you almost definitely saw someone cover Rage Against The Machine's 1996 monster-banger "Bulls On Parade" at…
Tom Breihan | February 15, 2019 - 11:52 am

Stream Lucki’s New Mixtape Freewave 3

For years now, the 22-year-old Chicago rapper Lucki has been honing his own distinct style, rapping in a thoughtful and inward-directed mumble about serious internal…
Tom Breihan | February 15, 2019 - 11:28 am

Cold Cave – “Promised Land”

Way back in 2011, the dark and heavy and gothed-out synthpop group Cold Cave released their album Cherish The Light Years. It ruled. They have't…
Tom Breihan | February 15, 2019 - 10:52 am

Wet – “Old Bone” Video & “Trust No Man”

Last year, the Boston trio Wet, who specialize in an exceedingly calm and reassuring blur of R&B and pillowy rock, released their deeply soothing Still
Tom Breihan | February 15, 2019 - 10:26 am

Robyn – “Send To Robin Immediately” Video

Robyn's new music video opens with a long slow-motion shot of a camera panning through the forest. We see a whole bunch of good-looking young…
Tom Breihan | February 15, 2019 - 10:01 am

21 Savage Tells Good Morning America That ICE Targeted Him Directly

Earlier this month, on the day of the Super Bowl, ICE arrested 21 Savage in Atlanta, revealing that the rapper was born in the UK…
Tom Breihan | February 15, 2019 - 9:30 am

Salaam Remi – “Find My Love” (Feat. Amy Winehouse And Nas)

The veteran producer Salaam Remi has been in the game for decades; he started out playing keyboards on a Kurtis Blow album in 1986. Over…
Tom Breihan | February 15, 2019 - 8:48 am

Hear Four Songs From Game’s No One Wins Album

The London band Game has nothing to do with the Game, the Compton rapper. Instead, Game play grimy, intense hardcore with a chaotic, guttural edge.
Tom Breihan | February 14, 2019 - 2:20 pm

Stream Velvet Bethany’s New Album Rock And Roll Vacation

Velvet Bethany are a garage-punk band from Buffalo who play with a speedy urgency but who also write some pretty ferocious hooks. They've been cranking…
Tom Breihan | February 14, 2019 - 2:06 pm

Stream Fried Egg’s New Album Square One

As someone who lives in Central Virginia and who likes going to punk shows, I have a whole lot of time for local DIY-hardcore heroes…
Tom Breihan | February 14, 2019 - 12:45 pm

Quelle Chris – “Guns”

Over the years, the Detroit-raised, Brooklyn-based rapper and producer Quelle Chris has become one of the most thoughtful, inventive, bugged-out forces on the rap underground.
Tom Breihan | February 14, 2019 - 12:20 pm

Girl Unit – “Stuck” (Feat. Taliwhoah)

Hey, remember Girl Unit? You might not! Nine years ago, the UK dance producer Phil Gamble came out with the underground hit "Wut," a song…
Tom Breihan | February 14, 2019 - 11:57 am

The Number Ones

The Number Ones: Melanie’s “Brand New Key”

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 | February 14, 2019 - 11:35 am

Comments from Tom Breihan

I'm not gen-X. Born in 79, baby! I have no generation! I am a magical unicorn who cannot be reduced!
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February 15, 2019 on The Number Ones: Don McLean’s “American Pie”
I love English teachers. (For years, I thought I'd be one, since there was no way this writing thing was going to work out. Still might, when it stops working out!) But you can love English teachers and also acknowledge that they can be terribly embarrassing sometimes.
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February 15, 2019 on The Number Ones: Don McLean’s “American Pie”
There's a holiday next week, I'm only doing four.
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February 15, 2019 on The Number Ones: Don McLean’s “American Pie”
That was his name in '93. He dropped the "Doggy" a couple of years later.
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February 13, 2019 on People Are Giving Kamala Harris A Hard Time About Her Tupac & Snoop Comments
Discography is one of the all-time great best-of collections. (PopArt, their other best-of comp, is also really good.)
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February 6, 2019 on Pet Shop Boys – “On Social Media”
This was in Hampden, or maybe Remington. It was right after a Lungfish show at the Ottobar.
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January 31, 2019 on Stream Cass McCombs’ New Album Tip Of The Sphere
He dressed up like Robert Smith for Halloween one year. We were at the same party, which got violently broken up by the cops, with like 20 people getting arrested. (I didn't get arrested, but a bunch of my friends did. Dunno if Cass got arrested.)
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January 31, 2019 on Stream Cass McCombs’ New Album Tip Of The Sphere
Trap music, as it's understood today, has become an aesthetic catchall for a rap style that's emerged in Atlanta in the past 15 years or so: busy hi-hats, dinky synth melodies, stop-start flows. It's not necessarily music about dealing drugs. But if your personal definition of "trap" is "rap songs about dealing drugs," then Ice-T, Schooly D, NWA, and 8Ball & MJG all made trap music. And so did Biggie, Rae & Ghost, Nas, and Jay-Z.
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January 30, 2019 on Sada Baby Made 2019’s First Great Rap Album
This is not a trap album. It's Detroit street-rap. It's different.
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January 30, 2019 on Sada Baby Made 2019’s First Great Rap Album
that's the one. (altho, who knows, maybe there are more.)
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January 30, 2019 on The Number Ones: The Honey Cone’s “Want Ads”
He was always nice to me; I'm just assuming here.
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January 30, 2019 on The Number Ones: The Honey Cone’s “Want Ads”
I got to work with Christgau (tho never really directly) for the better part of a year. I did a music blog there (Status Ain't Hood) for about 3 years, and for the longest time I just kind of stayed quiet and kept my head down. First time I ever talked to Bob was in the elevator, when he asked me what I thought of the Damian Marley album. (He liked it more than I did.) Before that, I figured he had no idea who I was. Bob had a real messy cubicle The whole Voice situation was SO FUCKED UP, but I got to work with amazing people while I was there: Chuck Eddy, Rob Harvilla, Nick Sylvester, Zach Baron, Pete L'Official, Camille Dodero, David Marchese, Nick Catucci, D. Shawn Bosler, Dennis Lim, Ed Park, a shitload of other people. (Met Greg Tate once but was mostly scared to talk to him.) Got that job when I was like 25, and it's amazing that I got to share space with all these fuckin giants of the field. Also my cubicle was right next to Michael Musto's cubicle, and he for sure hated me because I was loud and because my ringtone was the Shop Boyz' "Party Like A Rockstar." Also I got to be there at the first editorial meeting after Lacey bought the paper, where Lacey and Nat Hentoff were just screaming at each other the whole time and I had no idea what was going on.
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January 30, 2019 on The Number Ones: The Honey Cone’s “Want Ads”
People in Baltimore who are younger than 70 don't actually do that, or at least they don't do that in non-ironic/self-conscious ways.
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January 30, 2019 on Watch Snail Mail Talk Old Bay Seasoning, Godspell, & Tegan & Sara In Nardwuar Interview