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Silk City (Diplo & Mark Ronson) – “Only Can Get Better” (Feat. Daniel Merriweather)

This summer, there's at least one unfamiliar name on the posters of a whole lot of bigger music festivals: Silk City. You might not recognize…
Tom Breihan | May 23, 2018 - 3:03 pm

Status Ain't Hood

Drake’s 2018 Guest-Appearance Blitz: An Appreciation

Eventually, we'll see the day when LeBron James is no longer the greatest basketball player in the world. He's near the end of his 14th…
Tom Breihan | May 23, 2018 - 11:16 am

The Number Ones

The Number Ones: Kyu Sakamoto’s “Sukiyaki”

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 | May 23, 2018 - 9:57 am

Watch Franz Ferdinand’s Slick, Charismatic Jimmy Kimmel Live Performances

The promotional tour behind Franz Ferdinand's new album Always Ascending has been an absolute blast, since it's served as a reminder that the Scottish band…
Tom Breihan | May 23, 2018 - 9:40 am

Wynton Marsalis Shares Statement Following Controversial Rap Comments

Yesterday, the veteran jazz trumpeter and composer Wynton Marsalis, who has been a divisive force in both his genre and in culture in general for…
Tom Breihan | May 23, 2018 - 9:21 am

Watch Ryan Adams & Florence + The Machine Play The Voice Season Finale

Not that long ago, it seemed genuinely strange to hear the words "Ryan" and "Adams" right next to each other on a big singing-competition show.
Tom Breihan | May 23, 2018 - 9:00 am

Album Of The Week

Album Of The Week: Wooden Shjips V.

A little while ago, I interviewed Roc Marciano, a rapper and producer whose music I really like. It didn’t go well. Much of the short…
Tom Breihan | May 22, 2018 - 12:16 pm

Stream Dark Thoughts Live! On WKDU

In 2016, the Philly band Dark Thoughts released a self-titled album full of charged-up, deeply catchy Ramones-style pop-punk bangers. It instantly made them a sensation…
Tom Breihan | May 22, 2018 - 12:08 pm

Antwon, Wiki, And Lil Ugly Mane Release Statements After Secret Circle Break Up

Secret Circle were an underground rap supergroup that featured San Jose's Antwon, New York's Wiki, and Richmond's Lil Ugly Mane. We've covered all three rappers…
Tom Breihan | May 22, 2018 - 11:55 am

The Number Ones

The Number Ones: Lesley Gore’s “It’s My Party”

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 | May 22, 2018 - 11:00 am

Watch Former American Idol Stars’ “We Are The World” Parody For Jimmy Kimmel

This year, ABC brought back American Idol after the once-phenomenally-popular singing competition had been off the air for really not that long. And last night…
Tom Breihan | May 22, 2018 - 8:58 am

Stream Conway & Sonnyjim Death By Misadventure EP

Late last year, the ridiculously hard Buffalo rapper Conway released G.O.A.T., an under-the-radar masterpiece of forbidding, merciless '90s-style boom-bap. This year, Conway and his younger…
Tom Breihan | May 21, 2018 - 12:50 pm

Mark Lanegan & Duke Garwood – “Save Me”

Mark Lanegan, the former Screaming Trees frontman and de facto Queen Of The Stone Age, just never stops working. These days, Lanegan comes across as…
Tom Breihan | May 21, 2018 - 11:56 am

Comments from Tom Breihan

It's a Razor Ramon shirt. I respect this enormously.
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May 23, 2018 on Drake’s 2018 Guest-Appearance Blitz: An Appreciation
To hear him tell it, nobody had. He didn't remember saying what he'd said at first, and he seemed incredulous that it would really bother anyone. As for killing the interview, I mean, I don't know. We talked about it internally a lot. But I'm a straight white guy who grew up with every advantage, and I don't think it's up to me to police the way people talk if they didn't come up the same way I did. It's tough, though. The whole thing was bad.
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May 22, 2018 on Album Of The Week: Wooden Shjips V.
I know what you're getting at. I asked him about that, he didn't have any good answers, and I felt like I'd ambushed him. That's the real reason we aren't running the interview. That's also the whole situation that bummed me out.
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May 22, 2018 on Album Of The Week: Wooden Shjips V.
It's realer and brattier and more plausible. And it's what really happened.
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May 22, 2018 on The Number Ones: Lesley Gore’s “It’s My Party”
Go on and like it if you want. The idea of people getting worked up over a critic's opinion continues to be the weirdest thing.
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May 21, 2018 on The Number Ones: Jimmy Soul’s “If You Wanna Be Happy”
Listen to "Nobody Knows What's Going On In My Mind But Me" and then listen to "He's So Fine" again. "He's So Fine" is good, but songs like this can get so much better.
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May 17, 2018 on The Number Ones: The Chiffons’ “He’s So Fine”
I say this with all the feeling I can muster: Eat a fart.
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May 15, 2018 on Birds In Row – “15-38″
I don't know what that is either. I'm not such a deep f/t head that I get in the comments.
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May 15, 2018 on The Number Ones: The Four Seasons’ “Walk Like A Man”
It's Dark And Hell Is Hot is a vastly more important album than When I Was Born For The 7th Time. I liked the Cornershop album a lot. I'm just saying.
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May 11, 2018 on It’s Dark And Hell Is Hot Turns 20
a graph of my opinion of him right now, this second, would be all over the place.
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May 11, 2018 on The 5 Best Videos Of The Week
all i'm saying is: it is definitely friday afternoon.
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May 11, 2018 on The 5 Best Videos Of The Week
lol i used to be an overnight campus security guard, and i definitely had people walking into my dorm entrance hall while multiple different "biggie having sex" skits were on. never even got a warning.
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May 9, 2018 on A Duke Vice President Got Two Baristas Fired For Listening To Young Dolph
YouTube comments on these old songs are *always* amazing, even when the songs are terrible.
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May 9, 2018 on The Number Ones: The Tornados’ “Telstar”
You ever worked at a coffeeshop? You are constantly busy, and you don't have time to lovingly curate the in-house playlist.
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May 9, 2018 on A Duke Vice President Got Two Baristas Fired For Listening To Young Dolph
Tom Ewing, whose Popular column directly inspired this column, wrote a beautiful piece about "Telstar": http://freakytrigger.co.uk/popular/2004/11/the-tornados-telstar/
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May 9, 2018 on The Number Ones: The Tornados’ “Telstar”
Because that's how the single was credited. It's not gonna say "Random Studio Musicians" when it gets to Milli Vanilli either.
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May 7, 2018 on The Number Ones: The Crystals’ “He’s A Rebel”
There are kung-fu movie tropes, and then there are asian stereotypes. If you can't see the difference between those 2 videos, I can't help you.
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May 4, 2018 on The 5 Best Videos Of The Week
There were too many potential Bonus Beats for this one. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4rxCv5glcIs
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May 4, 2018 on The Number Ones: Bobby “Boris” Pickett And The Crypt-Kickers’ “Monster Mash”