Yacht Club is a band featuring Ben Cook of Fucked Up who play music that sounds almost nothing like Fucked Up. It sounds like what you’d expect from a band called Yacht Club, actually, and their recent song “Cold Wind From Fools” is a breezy serving of smooth rock. It now has an equally pleasant [...]
Over the last year, coverage of the music scene in Melbourne, Australia has been increasing, which is fine because the music scene in Melbourne, Australia is freaking great. Bands like Total Control and Deaf Wish have earned some deserved attention, and the same should be true of Lower Plenty, who share a few members with [...]
For anyone who swears by the original mono versions of the Beatles catalog you are in for a treat. This month will see the release of a vinyl box set containing official remasters of the band’s mono albums, and we have one that you can win. This is the same collection of albums as the [...]
Last week, after the NFL spectacularly bungled its handling of the Ray Rice domestic violence scandal, CBS Sports opted to cut a pre-taped segment with Rihanna singing the hook from Jay Z’s “Run This Town” from its Thursday night football broadcast. Producers said they were looking to cast a sober tone while analyzing “as big [...]
Girl Band From: Dublin, Ireland You might remember me making quite a fuss about two Girl Band tracks over the past couple of years, the creepily aggressive cover of Blawan's Why They Hide Their Bodies Under My Garage (Girl Band) and the even more amazing Lawman (Girl Power). Show More Summary
Shellac released its first new album in seven years, Dude Incredible, is released today. The Alla-Lah's' Worship the Sun is my personal favorite this week, but I have also enjoyed My Brightest Diamond's This Is My Hand and This...
“Last January” is just about the perfect name for a Twilight Sad song, so wistful and frigid is the band’s wide-angle guitar rock. The track, from the melancholic Scottish rockers’ upcoming Nobody Wants To Be Here And Nobody Wants To Leave, sets their trademark brooding at a brisk tempo, building and building without ever quite [...]
The Melbourne psych-rock band King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard recently released “Cellophane” from their upcoming album I’m In Your Mind Fuzz, and now they’ve released a 3D music video for the song, directed by Jason Galea. This isn’t the RealD Avatar nonsense you get in the movie theaters these days either; it’s good old-fashioned [...]
“Khary fuckin’ Durgans, that’s the name” of the Providence/Brooklyn MC who teams with talented and unpredictable Atlanta upstart Rome Fortune on the new single “Swim Team.” It’s the title track from Durgans’ upcoming EP, and it finds him verbally flailing about in entertaining, eccentric fashion over hard-knock spaceship-trap production by Mike Irish. Fortune shows up [...]
Last week, Hiss Golden Messenger released the beautiful amber-hued roots-rock LP Lateness Of Dancers, and we made it our Album Of The Week. The LP track “Mahogany Dread” is a sort of anthem about setting down and being a grown-up. In director Dan Huiting’s lovely new video for the song, the camera rolls over Southeastern [...]
Low is certainly one of David Bowie’s very best albums, but when it comes to backstory, no other album compares. A lot of this is covered in Hugo Wilcken’s reverent 33 1/3 book, but: The thing was recorded when Bowie was at his creative peak and his mental/emotional bottom. Each track has its own [...]
JUNGLE. spent the first half of this year building momentum that climaxed with the release of their debut album in July. Now they’re poised to ride out the second half of 2014 inviting other artists to remix the songs on that album. And just as this group knows how to write a tune and pick [...]
In the weekly Atomic Books Comics Preview, Benn Ray highlights notable new comics and graphic novels. Benn Ray is the owner of Atomic Books, an independent bookstore in Baltimore. The Mobtown Shank is his blog, and his comic Said...
Besides a one-off track in January, this year has been quiet for the Amsterdam-based production duo Teengirl Fantasy. That’s about to change: they’ve just announced a new EP, Thermal, that will be out in November, and shared the first track from the new release. “Lung” doesn’t stray far from the witch-house-once-removed vibe the band was [...]
I’m crushed to report that “Two Hearts,” the new song from the British pop tinkerer Deptford Goth, is not a Phil Collins cover. It is, however, a pretty good song in its own right. This “Two Hearts” is a heavy-hearted melodic lament with just a hint of a gospel influence. It follows “The Lovers” as [...]
Jeremih’s Snap!-interpolating illicit sex jam “Don’t Tell ’Em” is significant for multiple reasons. For one thing, it’s one of the Chicago R&B singer’s biggest hits to date, ruling R&B radio, nearing the top 10 of the pop singles chart, and helping to put the novelty curio “Birthday Sex” (still his highest-charting song) further in the [...]
Deptford Goth is back with a second track from the hotly anticipated second album Songs in the form of the innocent Two Hearts. "Love is enough" he repeats with romantic promise, convincing both his audience and himself that there can be something more, someone with which to turn your back on the world. Deptford Goth – Two Hearts was originally published on The Blue Walrus.
Delta Spirit worked their way into our hearts with their passionate brand of Americana via their first two albums – Ode To Sunshine & History From Below. I can still remember the first time I saw them at Buffalo Billiards at SXSW. It was a midnight show on Saturday night and I was flat out [...]
Christopher Owens starts out his new video for “Never Wanna See That Look Again” wearing a cowboy hat and silhouetted in front of a prairie sunset. But it’s almost immediately that Owens isn’t in some Old West desert. Instead, he’s in a TV studio, with a guitarist, wearing very-tight clothes and posing in front of [...]
NPR Books shared an excerpt from James Ellroy's new novel Perfidia. Slate examined the demise of the fade-out in popular music. Stereogum ranked XTC albums from worst to best. The A.V. Club and Electric Literature interviewed John Darnielle about his...