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Stream Australian Hardcore Punk Band Geld’s Disgusting New Album Beyond The Floor

Melbourne's Geld play an ugly, discordant, feverish form of hardcore punk. They've clearly studied the wildest and most chaotic forms of hardcore that the genre's…
Tom Breihan | July 3, 2020 - 12:36 pm

Hear Jason Isbell’s Demo For “Maybe It’s Time” From A Star Is Born

In the 2018 movie A Star Is Born, Bradley Cooper plays Jackson Maine, an alcoholic rock star on the declining side of his career. A…
Tom Breihan | July 3, 2020 - 12:18 pm

Stream UK Hardcore Band Glorious’ Absolutely Kickass Debut EP Unashamed

There's this feeling that we all get sometimes, when we first hear new records from bands that we didn't even know about, records that suddenly…
Tom Breihan | July 3, 2020 - 11:51 am

Versing – “Red Wave” & “Once Bitten”

Last year, the Seattle alternative rock band Versing released 1000, an album that dug deep into a number of different strains of American underground rock.
Tom Breihan | July 3, 2020 - 11:24 am

The Front Bottoms – “Montgomery Forever”

New Jersey pop-punk duo the Front Bottoms are a huge deal in their world; before the pandemic hit, they were planning to spend their summer…
Tom Breihan | July 3, 2020 - 11:01 am

Stream Westside Gunn’s New Mixtape Flygod Is An Awesome God II

Along with the rest of the Buffalo rap crew Griselda, Westside Gunn has been on a huge upward trajectory lately. Last year, Griselda released WWCD,…
Tom Breihan | July 3, 2020 - 10:30 am

Father John Misty – “Anthem” (Leonard Cohen Cover)

"There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in." Leonard Cohen wrote a lot of extremely quotable lines in his long career,…
Tom Breihan | July 3, 2020 - 10:14 am

Stream Pop Smoke’s Posthumous Debut Album Shoot For The Stars, Aim For The Moon

The idea of a posthumous debut album sounds like a bad joke, but that's what Pop Smoke has just released. Pop Smoke, the 20-year-old Brooklyn…
Tom Breihan | July 3, 2020 - 9:19 am

The Number Ones

The Number Ones: Patti Austin & James Ingram’s “Baby, Come To Me”

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 | July 3, 2020 - 8:48 am

Boris – “Anti-Gone”

Tomorrow, the prolific and long-running Japanese fuzz-metal overlords Boris will self-release their new album NO. Let me just tell you: I have heard NO. It…
Tom Breihan | July 2, 2020 - 12:55 pm

The Sauce Twinz/Sada Baby/Sauce Gohan Track “Big Drip Squad” Is Incredible

Sauce Walka and Sada Baby are made for each other. Both Sauce Walka, from Houston, and Sada Baby, from Detroit, have made themselves underground-rap institutions,…
Tom Breihan | July 2, 2020 - 12:10 pm

Bartees Strange – “Looking For Astronauts” & “The Geese Of Beverly Road” (The National Covers)

The Washington, DC-based singer and producer Bartees Strange -- an environmental lobbyist when he isn't releasing emo and folk-punk records -- loves the National. For…
Tom Breihan | July 2, 2020 - 10:53 am

Soccer Mommy – “Drive” (The Cars Cover) & SASAMI – “Toxicity” (System Of A Down Cover)

Soccer Mommy released the great sophomore album color theory earlier this year, just before everything went to shit. Since she can't tour behind it, she's…
Tom Breihan | July 2, 2020 - 10:28 am

Boygenius Will Sell Their Demos For One Day

Back in 2018, three of the best young singers and songwriters in the world got together to form a band. Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, and…
Tom Breihan | July 2, 2020 - 10:04 am

Black Marble – “In Manchester” (Wire Cover)

Chris Stewart is a Los Angeles resident who releases stark, twitchy music under the name Black Marble. Musically, Black Marble draws on postpunk and synthpop,…
Tom Breihan | July 2, 2020 - 9:55 am

Comments from Tom Breihan

Kinda feel like I've gotten into the MJ allegations already and I don't need to dig into them on every MJ piece I write. There are moments when it'll be relevant -- "You Are Not Alone," yeesh -- but all these pieces are already gonna be crazy long even without me addressing that stuff.
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July 3, 2020 on The Number Ones: Patti Austin & James Ingram’s “Baby, Come To Me”
There is no amount of money that would make my disavow my stance that "Don't Stop Believin'" is a 10. Also, "Lights" peaked at #68, but I'd give that one a 10, too, if I could.
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June 29, 2020 on The Number Ones: Men At Work’s “Down Under”
You already know it's a 10. That' s not even a question.
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June 23, 2020 on Inter Arma – “Purple Rain” (Prince Cover)
"widely liked" seemed like a backhanded compliment.
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June 23, 2020 on Seal Thanks Late Director Joel Schumacher For Saving His Career
The Beatles have 20 #1 hits. Drake has 4. If you count guest appearances, he has 7. The stats haven't been all the way juked, and a #1 single still means something.
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June 22, 2020 on 6ix9ine Has The #1 Song In America
The essential moment is clearly "VROOM VROOM G5 VROOM VROOM WE HIGH"
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June 22, 2020 on 6ix9ine Has The #1 Song In America
It's literally the most recent Getty photo that's posed and not a live-performance or paparazzi shot.
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June 22, 2020 on Justin Bieber Denies Sexual Assault Allegations, Will Take Legal Action
Typo. It was supposed to say "biggest." It is their best, agreed.
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June 17, 2020 on Black Sabbath’s Black Lives Matter Shirt Is Great
rich is tryna trap me in the eiiiiightiiiies
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June 17, 2020 on The Number Ones: Men At Work’s “Who Can It Be Now?”
Per capita? Yeah, probably. When the Nazis came to town a couple of years ago, it was because locals were trying to get the big centrally located Robert E Lee one taken down. (It's still up because of court orders.)
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June 15, 2020 on The Month In Hardcore – June 2020
Initial plan was to give it maybe a 3 or 4, but I just found myself hating it more and more every time I re-listened.
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June 10, 2020 on The Number Ones: Steve Miller Band’s “Abracadabra”
My name is Tom, and I hope so too.
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June 8, 2020 on The Number Ones: Survivor’s “Eye Of The Tiger”
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June 8, 2020 on The Number Ones: Survivor’s “Eye Of The Tiger”
I'm a September 79 baby. I have no generation.
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June 5, 2020 on The Number Ones: The Human League’s “Don’t You Want Me”
"Just Us" is an amazing song, y'all are tripping.
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May 22, 2020 on The Number Ones: Olivia Newton-John’s “Physical”
It just came out, and I'm halfway thru. I love it.
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May 22, 2020 on Green Day – “Dreaming” (Blondie Cover)