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The Monkees’ Peter Tork Dead At 77

Peter Tork, a member of the massively popular '60s band the Monkees, has died. The Washington Post reports that Anne Thorkelson, Tork's sister, has confirmed…
Tom Breihan | February 21, 2019 - 12:40 pm

Mac Miller & Madlib Reportedly Recorded An Album Together

The late Mac Miller was notorious for recording a ton of music -- including music with prominent collaborators -- that he just never got around…
Tom Breihan | February 21, 2019 - 11:55 am

Giggs – “187” Video

Here's the main thing you need to know about the new video from London rapper Giggs: It features Giggs as a giant city-destroying monster. In…
Tom Breihan | February 21, 2019 - 10:36 am

Wiki – “Cheat Code”

The scraggly and idiosyncratic Manhattan rapper Wiki is a former member of Ratking and a great avatar for the phenomenon of New York dirtbag-rap. Two…
Tom Breihan | February 21, 2019 - 9:49 am

Watch Natalie Prass’ Slick-As Hell Performance Of “Short Court Style” On James Corden

It has been exactly 360 days since Natalie Prass released the slinky, disco-informed "Short Court Style," the first single from her 2018 sophomore album The
Tom Breihan | February 21, 2019 - 9:26 am

The Number Ones

The Number Ones: Neil Young’s “Heart Of Gold”

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, 2019 - 8:57 am

Status Ain't Hood

Lucki’s Depressive Drug-Rap Can Punch You In The Soul

There's an old joke about a lost-dog poster: "LOST: Male dog. One eye. Mangled ear. Paralyzed hind leg. Crooked tail. Answers to the name 'Lucky.'"
Tom Breihan | February 20, 2019 - 10:47 am

Stereolab Announce Reunion Tour

The French/English pop experimentalists Stereolab never officially broke up, but they've been on hiatus since 2009. The band members have been busy -- Laetitia Sadier…
Tom Breihan | February 20, 2019 - 10:39 am

Stream Fatamorgana’s Debut Album Terra Alta

The Barcelona synthpop duo Fatamorgana haven't been around for long, but they've already developed a sharp, clean, hooky sound. The band's roots are in the…
Tom Breihan | February 20, 2019 - 10:04 am

The Number Ones

The Number Ones: Nilsson’s “Without 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 20, 2019 - 9:04 am

Album Of The Week

Album Of The Week: SPELLLING Mazy Fly

Before we can even discuss this week's best albums, there is something that needs to be addressed: band names. Band names are bad now. I…
Tom Breihan | February 19, 2019 - 11:29 am

The Number Ones

The Number Ones: Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together”

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 19, 2019 - 10:39 am

Ryan Adams Guitarist Todd Wisenbaker: “My Life Has Become A Complete Shitstorm Of Someone Else’s Utter Delusion”

Last week, in a New York Times report, a number of prominent women, including Phoebe Bridgers and Mandy Moore, came forward to speak about Ryan
Tom Breihan | February 19, 2019 - 10:20 am

Club Night – “Village”

The Oakland band Club Night are trying to do something difficult: They're making weird, queasy DIY indie rock in a Bay Area landscape that, in…
Tom Breihan | February 19, 2019 - 9:41 am

Aldous Harding – “The Barrel” Video

Two years ago, the New Zealand singer-songwriter who's probably the most recent heavyweight to come out of her homeland's storied Flying Nun scene, released her…
Tom Breihan | February 19, 2019 - 9:09 am

Comments from Tom Breihan

It's just a different technique. When it works, it works.
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February 20, 2019 on The Number Ones: Nilsson’s “Without You”
I'm not gen-X. Born in 79, baby! I have no generation! I am a magical unicorn who cannot be reduced!
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February 15, 2019 on The Number Ones: Don McLean’s “American Pie”
I love English teachers. (For years, I thought I'd be one, since there was no way this writing thing was going to work out. Still might, when it stops working out!) But you can love English teachers and also acknowledge that they can be terribly embarrassing sometimes.
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February 15, 2019 on The Number Ones: Don McLean’s “American Pie”
There's a holiday next week, I'm only doing four.
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February 15, 2019 on The Number Ones: Don McLean’s “American Pie”
That was his name in '93. He dropped the "Doggy" a couple of years later.
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February 13, 2019 on People Are Giving Kamala Harris A Hard Time About Her Tupac & Snoop Comments
Discography is one of the all-time great best-of collections. (PopArt, their other best-of comp, is also really good.)
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February 6, 2019 on Pet Shop Boys – “On Social Media”
This was in Hampden, or maybe Remington. It was right after a Lungfish show at the Ottobar.
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January 31, 2019 on Stream Cass McCombs’ New Album Tip Of The Sphere
He dressed up like Robert Smith for Halloween one year. We were at the same party, which got violently broken up by the cops, with like 20 people getting arrested. (I didn't get arrested, but a bunch of my friends did. Dunno if Cass got arrested.)
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January 31, 2019 on Stream Cass McCombs’ New Album Tip Of The Sphere
Trap music, as it's understood today, has become an aesthetic catchall for a rap style that's emerged in Atlanta in the past 15 years or so: busy hi-hats, dinky synth melodies, stop-start flows. It's not necessarily music about dealing drugs. But if your personal definition of "trap" is "rap songs about dealing drugs," then Ice-T, Schooly D, NWA, and 8Ball & MJG all made trap music. And so did Biggie, Rae & Ghost, Nas, and Jay-Z.
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January 30, 2019 on Sada Baby Made 2019’s First Great Rap Album
This is not a trap album. It's Detroit street-rap. It's different.
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January 30, 2019 on Sada Baby Made 2019’s First Great Rap Album
that's the one. (altho, who knows, maybe there are more.)
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January 30, 2019 on The Number Ones: The Honey Cone’s “Want Ads”
He was always nice to me; I'm just assuming here.
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January 30, 2019 on The Number Ones: The Honey Cone’s “Want Ads”