Last week, Adult Swim kicked off this summer’s Singles Series with “36? Chain,” the new track from El-P and Killer Mike’s Run The Jewels project. Today, they follow it up with “Barbie Jeep,” the latest from the Florida rapper Kitty, formerly Kitty Pryde. Hot Sugar produced this one, and it’s a sidelong dance track about [...]
Foals last worked with director Nabil Elderkin on the seriously NSFW “Late Night” video. The band and director are paired up again for the “Bad Habit” clip, which is about as objectionable as the sleeve art for Rush’s Hemispheres. But a tasteful nude is still a nude, so be warned. “Bad Habit” is far and [...]
On their first two albums, the young Chicago trio Smith Westerns moved from garage-rock scrappiness to glam-rock hauteur, and now they’ve moved onto the gentle but assured grandeur of prime big-money Britpop. Soft Will, the band’s third album, arrives next week, and it brings the band close to the sweep of, say, the Verve’s Urban [...]
Just over a minute into Yeezus, Kayne West is riding the malfunctioning-star-destroyer glitch-screams of “On Sight” when he poses a rhetorical question: “How much do I not give a fuck? Let me show you right now, ‘fore you give it up.” He repeats the question, as the screaming robots underneath him disappear into empty black [...]
Sigur Ros's Kveikur, the band's first release from XL Recordings, is out tomorrow. Austra's Olympia, The Purrs' The Boy With Astronaut Eyes, and Tunng's Turbines are all albums I have heard and can heartily recommend. Kanye West's Yeezus is...
CMT Crossroads is a series of specials that aims to connect country-music luminaries with friends from across musical divides, but it usually just combines different flavors of cheese. (The last episode, for instance, paired Rascal Flatts with Journey.) But the show’s next episode promises to be something special. Willie Nelson taped his Willie Nelson & [...]
In 2012, rap-weirdo legend DOOM teamed up with the quirky producer Jneiro Jarel to form the short-lived duo JJ DOOM and released the album Keys To The Kuffs. Nearly a year later, they’ve made a video for the album track “Bookhead,” and it shows DOOM going through a Kafka-style metamorphosis, joining forces with a bodega [...]
Mauro Remiddi, bka Porcelain Raft, returns this year with his sophomore full-length Permanent Signal. Our first taste of the album is “Think Of The Ocean,” a sprawling track covered in a sheen of hazy sweetness. Check it out below. Permanent Signal is out 8/20 via Secretly Canadian.
In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book. Previous contributors include Bret Easton Ellis, Kate Christensen, Kevin Brockmeier, George Pelecanos, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee...
Asylum Records' Ed Howard discusses the differences between major and indie record labels.
One of the strongest rap mixtapes of the year thus far is Sunday School: When Church Lets Out, the latest from the tough and gnarled Chicago rapper/producer Tree. Tree just shared his video for the honking, soul-thundering mixtape track “Busters” this morning, but he must’ve taped it months ago, when Chicago was still frozen tundra. [...]
Alright, let’s get the awkward shit out of the way early shall we. I have a massive crush on this album. I don’t know if it’s the delivery, the confidently slow pace, the constant sense of yearning or what, but fuck me this cuts oh so very much mustard around these parts. It’s hipster as [...]
M.I.A. is no stranger to controversy and criticism. But with the recent revelations about government surveillance, she has culled together a grip of remarks that called /\/\/\Y/\ opening track “The Message” paranoid and juvenile on her Tumblr, seemingly as a statement that she was right all along. Back in 2010, this site called for a [...]
This had to happen someday. Kanye West’s egoism has finally become genuine hubris, and his once all-encompassing vision has doubled back and blinded him at last. Yeezus has to be tragedy, because if it were comedy it would still be a disaster but it would at least be fun. Show More Summary
At Stereogum’s Range Life party during SXSW way back in March, Kitty, the self-proclaimed rap game Taylor Swift, shared her stage with the partied-out Das Racist associate Lakutis, and it was a for-real sweet moment. Together, they performed “Ay Shawty 3.0,” a track from Kitty’s D.A.I.S.Y. Rage EP. (Like “Barbie Jeep,” the Adult Swim single [...]
This has been a good year for rollicking Americana tracks. We’ve got Dawes Stories Don’t End and now Deer Tick are turning out another fun record. Deer Tick’s new album Negativity is out Sept 24, but we get an early listen today. Check out the increasingly-energetic track “The Rock” below. Once that horn section kicks [...]
We’re quite familiar with Star Slinger’s propensity for cracking songs at their center and re-imagining them into glittering dance jams. Here, he’s flipped Miguel’s yearning “Adorn” into a kinetic, house-imbued cut but still kept its romance in tact. Check it out below. Miguel – “Adorn (Star Slinger Remix)”
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Sydney natives Empire of the Sun brought their theatrical brand of fantasy synth-pop to Jimmy Kimmel Live last night in Los Angeles. Appearing in support of their sophomore album Ice On The Dunes, the band gave a dynamic performance of the record’s leading single, “Alive” (whose video is as epic and drugged out as one [...]
Ever since releasing his queasy 2011 album Replica, the synth-drone experimenter Daniel Lopatin, the man behind Oneohtrix Point Never, has stayed busy. He’s recorded an improvised album with Tim Hecker, he’s played in Ducktails, he’s contributed music to Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring. And now he’s getting back to the business of releasing OPN music. [...]