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Favorite Food and Drink Books of 2014

Once again I co-hosted a food storytelling and reading series this year, and was exposed to a multitude of cookbooks as well as food and drink books. These are the six food and drink books I have most recommended to...

Field Report – “On Christmas Eve”

It seems that the only requirement these days to release a Christmas song is that it contain some semblance of jingle bells in the instrumentation and maybe a brief mention of snow. I’m not a fan of Christmas music; for the most part, I find it dorky and un-challenging. But yesterday, I wrote about the [...]

Chumped – “December Is The Longest Month” Video

Brooklyn-based Band To Watch Chumped found their way into our hearts throughout 2014 by taking the risk to be explicit, and we named their debut album Teenage Retirement one of the best of this year. There’s a lot of complexity to be found on Teenage Retirement, but all of that complexity has nothing to do [...]

Hear Wiz Khalifa Rap Over Mac DeMarco

Having met neither man, I feel like Wiz Khalifa would get along really well with Mac DeMarco. There would be a lot of laughing, and they might even develop a secret handshake. As it stands, Khalifa decided to rap over the instrumental from DeMarco’s “Chamber Of Reflections,” turning it into a new song called “Smoke [...]

Stream Blue Hawaii Agor Edits Mixtape

Blue Hawaii have released a new mix to celebrate the end of the year that features new edits of some of their old songs, plus an unreleased track called “All Of My Heart” and a remix of Kyle Hall’s “Ghosten.” It’s available as a continuous mix or individual tracks, all of which are available to [...]

California X – “Hadley, MA”

Massachusetts fuzz-punks California X are a few weeks away from releasing their sophomore LP Nights In The Dark. “Hadley, MA,” the third of the songs they’ve shared from the album, is a lot softer and slower and more bittersweet than previous singles “Nights In The Dark” and “Red Planet.” It’s a bit of a scraped-out [...]

Madonna’s Entire New Album Reportedly Leaks Before It Was Even Announced

Madonna’s reportedly been working on a new album for a while now, but she hasn’t even announced the album yet. It was probably going to come out next year. But now, who knows. 13 brand-new Madonna songs — possibly the entire finished new album — leaked to the internet this morning, as Oh No They [...]

Justin Vernon Officially Announces His Eaux Claires Music Festival

A few months back, it was rumored that Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon was bringing a music festival to his hometown of Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Vernon has officially announced the festival today, which will be co-curated by the National’s Aaron Dessner. Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival will take place next year on July 17-18. The [...]

Petite Noir – “Till We Ghosts” (Feat. Yasiin Bey)

Petite Noir’s King Of Anxiety EP already gave us one splendid single in “Chess.” Now here’s another excellent track from Yannick Ilungu with an assist from Yasiin Bey, the artist formerly known as Mos Def. “Till We Ghosts” is one of those songs that could have been utterly corny, with Bey rapping over what amounts [...]

Future Brown – “Vernáculo” (Feat. Maluca) Video

Future Brown have followed up their magnificent “Talkin Bandz” with “Vernáculo,” another track from their recently announced debut album. The song is another genre-bending take from the production enclave and features NYC-based singer Maluca. It’s accompanied by a video that premiered at Art Basel earlier this month that serves as an indictment of the beauty [...]

Laura Jane Grace Reviews 2014: The Against Me! Leader On Transitioning In Public, Getting To Know Her Fans, And Seeing A Ghost

Since coming out as transgender in 2012, Against Me!’s Laura Jane Grace has been living in a kind of whirlwind, having not only spent the past two years navigating her new identity under the watchful gaze of the public, but also touring nonstop in support of one of the year’s best albums Transgender Dysphoria Blues, [...]

Screaming Females – “Ripe” Live Video (Dir. Lance Bangs) (Stereogum Premiere)

New Jersey punks Screaming Females will unleash Rose Mountain early next year, a record that’s bound to be a total shit-kicker. We’ve already heard the single “Ripe,” and today the band shared a live performance of the song. Lance Bangs has directed an impressive roster of videos, the most recent of which was for Kim [...]

Watch Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars Go All Soul Train On The Voice

The British retro-soul auteur Mark Ronson just scored his first ever #1 single in his native UK thanks to “Uptown Funk,” the ridiculously fun Morris Day pastiche that he made with Bruno Mars. (It’s #5 over here, too.) Last night, Ronson and Mars and the music video’s supporting cast showed up to perform on the [...]

WORD Bookstores Books of the Week - December 17, 2014

In the Largehearted Word series, the staff of Brooklyn's WORD bookstore highlights several new books released this week. WORD Bookstores are independent neighborhood bookstores in Greenpoint, Brooklyn and Jersey City, New Jersey. Our primary goal is to be whatever...

Laura Marling – “Short Movie” Video

In 2013, the British folk singer Laura Marling released Once I Was An Eagle, one of those albums that sneaks up on you, where you might not realize how good it is until it’s been in your life for a few months. Early next year, she’ll follow that one with a new album called Short [...]

Watch Paul McCartney Joke Around With Jon Stewart On The Daily Show

Paul McCartney was interviewed on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart last night. He was there to talk about his original song “Hope For The Future” that he made for the video game Destiny — which McCartney says he hasn’t played much, though his grandkids have — but they mainly riff off of each other [...]

Watch Nicki Minaj Talk About Her Job At Red Lobster, Perform “Bed Of Lies” With Skylar Grey On Fallon

With The Pinkprint still fresh in our minds, Nicki Minaj stopped by Jimmy Fallon last night for an interview and a performance. During the interview, she talked about working as an office manager and a waitress at Red Lobster before making it big, and Fallon showed off Minaj’s high school yearbook photo. She also performed [...]

Watch Lorde, Disclosure, Alt-J, Skrillex, & More In A Very Austalian Year-End Sketch For Triple J

The Australian radio station Triple J is about to launch its year-end Hottest 100 countdown. And to build up anticipation (or whatever), it put together a comedy sketch that stars as many musicians as possible. It’s pretty obvious that none of these people in were in the same room at the same time, but it’s [...]

Shorties (The Top 9/11 Novels, A Juliana Hatfield Three Reunion Tour, and more)

At the Guardian, author Porochista Khakpour listed the top novels about 9/11. The Juliana Hatfield Three has announced a 2015 reunion tour. 78 online "best books of 2014" lists were added to the master aggregation at Largehearted Boy yesterday (bringing...

Watch Charli XCX Perform “Need Ur Love” With Vampire Weekend’s Rostam Batmanglij On Letterman

Charli XCX continued her Sucker promotional tour with a stop by David Letterman where she played album closer “Need Ur Love.” She was joined by Vampire Weekend’s Rostam Batmanglij, who she wrote the track with, and a few backup singers. Charli dances around on top of the piano for most of the performance, wearing lingerie [...]

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