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The Number Ones

The Number Ones: Jan And Dean’s “Surf City”

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 | 10:31 am

Will Smith, Diplo, And Nicky Jam Made A World Cup Anthem

The World Cup is coming to Russia this summer, and tournament organizers FIFA have just unveiled the tournament's official song, which doesn't even sound remotely…
Tom Breihan | 10:17 am

Watch Anderson .Paak Bring Wild Energy To His Kimmel Performance

If you've ever seen Anderson .Paak live -- and given his busy festival-season schedule the past few years, there's a good chance you have --…
Tom Breihan | 9:48 am

YG – “Big Bank” (Feat. 2 Chainz, Big Sean, & Nicki Minaj)

This is obviously a huge fucking morning for rap music, with entire new albums from Pusha-T and A$AP Rocky out there in the world. If…
Tom Breihan | 8:44 am

Vein – “Demise Automation”

Boston hardcore band Vein's sound is a furious, explosive, deeply metal-influenced take on their genre, a bit similar to what fellow Bostonians Converge were doing…
Tom Breihan | May 24, 2018 - 11:48 am

The Number Ones: The Essex’s “Easier Said Than Done”

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 24, 2018 - 11:00 am

Wooden Shjips – “Already Gone” Video

Tomorrow, zoned-out space-rock wizards Wooden Shjips will release V., their first new album in five years. It's a gorgeous, inviting, blissed-out record, way more relaxed…
Tom Breihan | May 24, 2018 - 10:50 am

Watch Jim James Rock Out “Just A Fool” On Colbert

Sometimes, Stephen Colbert’s Late Show gets cute with it, adding in-camera effects or vertiginous camera angles to make its musical performances stand out a little…
Tom Breihan | May 24, 2018 - 10:24 am

Stream Natalie Prass’ New Album The Future And The Past

Three years ago, the Richmond, Virginia singer-songwriter Natalie Prass made her debut with a ridiculously gorgeous self-titled album full of immaculate, starry-eyed orchestral pop music.
Tom Breihan | May 24, 2018 - 10:16 am

Stream Neko Case’s New Album Hell-On

For many years, Neko Case has been translating different strains of American roots music into something warm and thoughtful and personal, using it to showcase…
Tom Breihan | May 24, 2018 - 8:39 am

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

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”