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Juliana Hafield – “Broken Doll” Video

If you were a conscious consumer of music in the early '90s, then you likely remember Juliana Hatfield, whose alt-pop gems persistently made the radio…
Tom Breihan | May 20, 2019 - 12:26 pm

The Number Ones

The Number Ones: Ray Stevens’ “The Streak”

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 20, 2019 - 11:44 am

DJ Khaled – “Wish Wish” (Feat. Cardi B & 21 Savage) Video

Once again, DJ Khaled has elbowed his way into popular culture. On Friday, Khaled released Father Of Asahd, his newest all-star album. On Saturday, he…
Tom Breihan | May 20, 2019 - 11:29 am

Mac Miller’s Previously Unreleased “Benji The Dog” Surfaces

Last year, the rapper and producer Mac Miller, just 26 at the time, died of an apparent accidental overdose. Before his death, Mac Miller reportedly…
Tom Breihan | May 20, 2019 - 11:08 am

Vampire Weekend – “This Life” Video

Earlier this month, Vampire Weekend returned from a six-year silence with the generally excellent new album Father Of The Bride. And they're also getting back…
Tom Breihan | May 20, 2019 - 10:12 am

Jonny Greenwood Debuts New Music Via Ensemble Signal Tiny Desk Concert

The most recent music from Jonny Greenwood, the Radiohead multi-instrumentalist and film-score great, hasn't been a record. It's been a piece of sheet music. Last…
Tom Breihan | May 20, 2019 - 9:49 am

Oregon State Just Held The First Phish Studies Conference

In recent decades, the price of a college education has increased to the point where it has become a genuine national crisis. Entire generations are…
Tom Breihan | May 20, 2019 - 9:28 am

Whitney Houston Hologram Tour Announced

Nobody is excited about hologram tours, and yet someone, somewhere sees money in them. In the past few years, we've seen announcements about any number…
Tom Breihan | May 20, 2019 - 9:05 am

Straight To Video

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

I am writing this week's column in the immediate aftermath of Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus' frivolous, delightful, generally unnecessary "Old Town Road"
Tom Breihan | May 17, 2019 - 12:40 pm

The Number Ones

The Number Ones: Grand Funk’s “The Loco-Motion”

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 17, 2019 - 11:14 am

The Raconteurs – “Help Me Stranger” Video

For a solid decade, the Raconteurs, Jack White and Brendan Benson's swaggering rock band, were silent. But at the end of last year, the Raconteurs…
Tom Breihan | May 17, 2019 - 10:47 am

Stream Megan Thee Stallion’s New Album Fever

For the past few months, the Houston rapper Megan Thee Stallion has been organically but inexorably picking up steam. Megan, who fashions herself as a…
Tom Breihan | May 17, 2019 - 10:29 am

The Anniversary

Play Turns 20

"You're too old. Let go. It's over. Nobody listens to techno."
Tom Breihan | May 17, 2019 - 9:51 am

Quavo – “Too Much Shaft” (Feat. Saweetie)

There aren't too many pieces of movie music more iconic that "Theme From Shaft." In 1971, Isaac Hayes wrote the symphonic soul score for Shaft,…
Tom Breihan | May 17, 2019 - 9:42 am

Chance The Rapper – “GRoCERIES” (Feat. TisaKorean & Murda Beatz)

After a whole lot of speculation, Chance The Rapper recently claimed on Twitter that his new album would be coming in July. Thus far, we…
Tom Breihan | May 17, 2019 - 9:17 am

Comments from Tom Breihan

might've thought I was hallucinating the laugh track.
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May 20, 2019 on The Number Ones: Ray Stevens’ “The Streak”
I had never heard of Beyblades before they hit my son's kindergarten class last year, and they waaaaay more popular among the kids I know than fidget spinners ever were.
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May 20, 2019 on The Number Ones: Ray Stevens’ “The Streak”
This is true. I do not watch NASCAR.
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May 20, 2019 on The Number Ones: Ray Stevens’ “The Streak”
John Wick is a man of focus, determination, sheer will -- something you know very little about.
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May 16, 2019 on Metz – “Pure Auto” Video
It's not an oversight. I actively decided not to post it.
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May 14, 2019 on The Number Ones: Blue Swede’s “Hooked On A Feeling”
i'm not really that fascinated with mac demarco tbh
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May 10, 2019 on The 5 Best Videos Of The Week
I got "Jungle Boogie" as a 9 but it's on the precipice.
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May 10, 2019 on The Number Ones: Cher’s “Dark Lady”
I want you guys to understand something: There are so many great Rap City freestyles that I didn't even include the one where Beanie Sigel says "do the right thing like a spike lee joint, bang the thing in his right knee joint"
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May 10, 2019 on Watch Beast Coast Bring Back The Rap City Basement Freestyle
jay critch trying to ride that tjay buzz rn https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BOonRWkE8Zc
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May 8, 2019 on Get Used To Lil Tjay
They are literally only a cover band. That's their whole concept. They play goofy snot-punk covers of old '70s and '80s pop songs.
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May 7, 2019 on The Number Ones: Barbra Streisand’s “The Way We Were”
It definitely was, tho I didn't remember the Brolin angle until I'd already written the rest of it.
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May 7, 2019 on The Number Ones: Barbra Streisand’s “The Way We Were”
Burnette was working in an era when pop singers very, very rarely wrote their own songs. I'm pretty sure this was widely known. More than anyone else, the Beatles changed that. So largely because of his own old band, circa-'73 Ringo was operating in an era when pop music really *was* understood as a vehicle for personal expression. So even though Ringo didn't sing the original version, his take on it looks nastier today, at least to me.
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May 6, 2019 on The Number Ones: Ringo Starr’s “You’re Sixteen”
also gilman st when op ivy was happening, forgot that one.
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May 3, 2019 on The Number Ones: Al Wilson’s “Show And Tell”
Also I wasn't 21 yet, and I probably couldn't afford a single drink in there, but I still should've tried it.
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May 3, 2019 on The Number Ones: Al Wilson’s “Show And Tell”
I could've! I was in NY summer 2000! But I just didn't. Dunno man, I fucked up.
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May 3, 2019 on The Number Ones: Al Wilson’s “Show And Tell”
oh jesus. off the dome: - revolution summer dc hardcore - late 80s uk acid house - early/mid-60s mod, when it looked like quadrophenia - late-70s doing-it-in-the-park hip-hop - mid-90s get-buck gangsta-walk memphis rap - mancuso loft-era disco - circa-67 san francisco psychedelia - funkmaster flex at the tunnel - mid-60s motown, when they'd do those revue shows - early-90s riot grrrrl, like those international pop underground shows
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May 3, 2019 on The Number Ones: Al Wilson’s “Show And Tell”
"Sweet Home Alabama" is a 10 because it obviously fucking slaps. Sometimes you guys think too hard.
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May 2, 2019 on The Number Ones: Steve Miller Band’s “The Joker”
You gotta see strollers up-close in-person to know if that's the one you wanna get. You're gonna be spending a lot of time with those things, and you need to know if you can figure out how to fold the thing up right.
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May 2, 2019 on Offset Wanted In Felony Phone-Smashing, And Everyone Involved Looks Terrible