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Quincy Jones Apologizes For Being Awesome At Interviews

2018 has been pretty damn rough thus far, but one of the great treats we've had has been Quincy Jones' not-giving-a-fuck period. In two long
Tom Breihan | February 22, 2018 - 12:28 pm

Flatbush Zombies – “Headstone” Video

Flatbush Zombies have momentum on their side. Thanks to their reliably chaotic live performances and their swirling, psychedelic boom-bap sound, the Brooklyn rap trio have…
Tom Breihan | February 22, 2018 - 12:04 pm

The Number Ones

The Number Ones: Elvis Presley’s “Stuck On You”

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 22, 2018 - 11:27 am

Watch The Trailer For Netflix’s Roxanne Shanté Biopic Roxanne Roxanne

In 1984, a 15-year-old Queens rapper named Lolita Shanté Gooden took on the rap name Roxanne Shanté and released the single "Roxanne's Revenge." The song,…
Tom Breihan | February 22, 2018 - 11:10 am

Stream Haley Heynderickx I Need To Start A Garden

The Portland, Oregon singer-songwriter Haley Heynderickx makes stark, intimate, unflinching music. Her sound comes from acoustic folk music, but it seems too personal and insular…
Tom Breihan | February 22, 2018 - 10:23 am

A Not-Drunk Este Haim Was The Best Thing About The BRIT Awards

On last night's BRIT Awards, Kendrick Lamar gave a surprise performance where he destroyed a Lamborghini onstage, and he still didn't manage to leave as…
Tom Breihan | February 22, 2018 - 9:57 am

Stream Jonathan Wilson Rare Birds

You've heard Jonathan Wilson's work even if you don't know it. We've called Wilson Father John Misty's "secret weapon." He's co-produced all three Father John…
Tom Breihan | February 22, 2018 - 9:32 am

Stream Camp Cope How To Socialise & Make Friends

"Feminist emo" used to be something of a contradiction in terms. In the genre's days, the music was just as male-dominated as the hardcore scene…
Tom Breihan | February 22, 2018 - 9:05 am

Stream Rixe Promo Tape EP

On the DIY punk underground, the sort of music that seems to get the most respect these days is either dark, brooding, gothic art-punk or…
Tom Breihan | February 21, 2018 - 4:16 pm

Watch August Greene Play Unreleased Songs At Tiny Desk Concert

Next month, we'll finally get to hear the self-titled debut from August Greene, the new supergroup trio that features Common, Robert Glasper, and Karriem Riggins.
Tom Breihan | February 21, 2018 - 1:33 pm

Lil Uzi Vert & Playboi Carti – “Bankroll”

One of last year's biggest hits, Lil Uzi Vert's "XO Tour Llif3," started out its life as a SoundCloud loosie, impulsively uploaded after Uzi lost…
Tom Breihan | February 21, 2018 - 12:18 pm

Someone Seriously Booked An All-Ska-Punk Festival In 2018

Ska-punk, the sunny and uptempo and relentlessly cheery mutation of early-'60s Jamaican dance music that took over alt-rock radio sometime in the mid-'90s, is not…
Tom Breihan | February 21, 2018 - 11:54 am

The Number Ones

The Number Ones: Percy Faith’s “Theme From A Summer Place

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 21, 2018 - 11:32 am

Status Ain't Hood

JPEGMAFIA Makes Murky Lo-Fi Rap Into Something Exciting

When the lanky, pointy-jawed wrestler Edge debuted in the WWF in 1998, looking like a Rob Liefeld drawing, he was an evil, grinning goth in…
Tom Breihan | February 21, 2018 - 11:19 am

Screaming Females – “I’ll Make You Sorry” Video

Later this week, the long-running New Jersey punk rock power trio Screaming Females will release their new LP All At Once. It is an absolute…
Tom Breihan | February 21, 2018 - 10:08 am

Comments from Tom Breihan

If you click on the red "the number ones" at the top of any post, you get that.
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February 19, 2018 on The Number Ones: Johnny Preston’s “Running Bear”
It's amazing that they got back-to-back #1 singles. (Also I just dropped it down to a 4.)
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February 13, 2018 on The Number Ones: The Fleetwoods’ “Mr. Blue”
Simon Cowell says "Mack The Knife" is the best song ever written! Which is pretty weird!
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February 12, 2018 on The Number Ones: Bobby Darin’s “Mack The Knife”
It did, thanks. Everyone's fine.
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February 9, 2018 on The 5 Best Videos Of The Week
Jesus christ, imagine not liking doo-wop, disco, *or* trap. What a sad life.
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January 31, 2018 on Migos And The Overwhelming Content-Flood
That's another #1! It's amazing. They had two titanic hit singles and then disappeared and became regular people. If Wikipedia is right, they became a factory worker, a trailer park manager, and a housewife.
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January 31, 2018 on The Number Ones: The Fleetwoods’ “Come Softly To Me”
One is performed with verve and emotion, even if the emotion is a weird sort of glee, and the other is performed with patrician reserve. Lloyd Price sounds like he's living within the situation, while the Kingston Trio sound like they're presenting this story as an object for your appreciation. Or maybe it's just that I like one song and don't like the other one.
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January 29, 2018 on The Number Ones: Lloyd Price’s “Stagger Lee”
Legit forgot about that Fever Ray video. Did not forget about Lily.
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January 26, 2018 on The 5 Best Videos Of The Week
I really like "Teen Angel." Your dad is gonna be very disappointed in me.
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January 26, 2018 on The Number Ones: The Platters’ “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes”
Just occurred to me that I should make something clear: This is *not* the Swedish EDM group who wear giant laser-eyed bear heads and have a song with Robyn. As you were.
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January 24, 2018 on The Number Ones: The Teddy Bears’ “To Know Him Is To Love Him”
No, because most of them made actual good music. If your music is wan and lifeless, it's a lot easier to focus on the uncomfortable things about it.
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January 23, 2018 on The Number Ones: The Kingston Trio’s “Tom Dooley”
Fun fact: I was on the 2008 Summer Jam screen in a Disfear shirt. (I was in the crowd, singing along with "Sexy Can I," and the camera caught me.)
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January 22, 2018 on Looking Back On The Legacy Of D-Beat & 10 Years Of Disfear’s Masterpiece Live The Storm
Gotta save the good numbers for the shit that actually bangs. That's why there won't be a 10 until "Lean Back."
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January 17, 2018 on The Number Ones: Domenico Modugno’s “Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu (Volare)”
Centennial, class of '98, go Eagles.
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January 15, 2018 on Merriweather Post Pavilion Roof Collapses
Best Columbia street name is Fox Grape Terrace. Also there's a whole subdivision in Columbia called Hobbit's Glen, and all the streets are named Old Dragon Path and shit like that.
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January 15, 2018 on Merriweather Post Pavilion Roof Collapses
Oh no shit! Did Good Throb break up?
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January 11, 2018 on Stream BB And The Blips Demo