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Watch Ethan Hawke As Chet Baker In Born To Be Blue Preview

5 hours agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

In 2009, Robert Bundreau released The Deaths Of Chet Baker, a short film that explored the many myths surrounding the death of the legendary jazz trumpeter. Baker was found dead below a hotel window in Amsterdam in 1988 with serious wounds in his head. He was only 59. Baker led a hard life colored by […]

Watch A Peace Corps Volunteer Use Pearl Jam’s “Even Flow” To Teach 100 Ethiopian Kids English

6 hours agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

When Pearl Jam’s “Even Flow” first came out, the biggest question about it was: “What in the hell is he talking about?” Eddie Vedder’s muttered lyrics barely seemed to be in English. And yet the song is now apparently helping a whole school full of Ethiopian kids learn the language. Alternative Nation has posted a […]

Metric – “Lie, Lie, Lie”

6 hours agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

We’ve already heard a bunch of tracks from Metric’s upcoming sixth album, Pagans In Vegas. “The Shade,” “Cascades,” “Too Bad, So Sad,” and “Fortunes” have all been fine but not great, and this one continues along those lines. Emily Haines captures some of the spunky energy here she had back in the Old World Underground […]

The Unflinching Gaze Of Chvrches

6 hours agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Tucked away in the corner of a thriving Swedish tech company’s Manhattan office, three Scottish musicians are staring intently at their streaming analytics. The stats are good. “So it can’t all just be our mums listening,” Chvrches lead singer Lauren Mayberry laughs. She’s flanked on the couch by her bandmates Iain Cook and Martin Doherty, […]

Watch Arcade Fire Record With James Murphy In The Reflektor Tapes Preview

6 hours agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

We’ve seen a couple trailers so far for Arcade Fire’s documentary The Reflektor Tapes. Arcade Fire Tube points out that the latest teaser features in-studio footage with producer James Murphy. The scene reveals that the band painted their faces for the recording session, presumably to really get into that Haitian spirit. Watch below. The Reflektor […]

Book Notes - Matthew Salesses "The Hundred-Year Flood"

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, T.C. Boyle, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee...

Hop Springs Eternal

Hop Along From: Philadelphia, United States Philadelphia is pumping out some great bands at the moment. The blog has already featured Revolution I LoveYou, Girlpool, obviously, Radiator Hospital and the brilliantly named Cyberbully Mom Club (Hospital Pass). Show More Summary

dd elle – “unrequited”

6 hours agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

After a bunch of projects under different names over the years, New Jersey producer Dan Casey seems to have settled on the moniker dd elle, at least for now. He’s been putting out gentle electronic tunes under the name for over a year now, and he’s gearing up to release his debut EP: u will […]

listen to another track from Empress Of’s stellar debut LP Me

Empress Of just dropped this one over on her Facebook; “Standard” is one of our... Read more »

Fresno Teen Arrested For Instagramming Eminem Lyrics

6 hours agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

The Fresno Bee reports that on Tuesday, Fresno police arrested a 15-year-old boy for posting Eminem lyrics on his Instagram account. The boy, whose name has not been revealed, shared lyrics from the Eminem song “I’m Back” which reference the Columbine killings, and when police raided his home, they found guns, ammunition, and a bulletproof […]

Hear Marc Maron Interview Richard Thompson And Lemmy Kilmister On WTF

6 hours agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

The subjects of our two most recent Counting Down features — in which we provided a detailed breakdown and ranking of a musician’s discography — were Richard Thompson and Motörhead, which makes Marc Maron’s latest WTF segment a welcome coincidence. Though Thompson and Lemmy Kilmister exist in very different rock and roll realms, Maron paired […]

Baloji – “Capture” (Feat. Petite Noir & Muanza) Video

7 hours agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Baloji is a Congolese rapper who now lives in Belgium but constantly returns to his native country. He self-directed his new video for “Capture” along with Olugbenga Adelekan/OLU (of Metronomy) and shot the entire thing in Congo with Yannick Ilunga (aka Petite Noir, whose new album is streaming today) and Muanza. “Capture” is the first […]

Stream Petite Noir La Vie Est Belle / Life Is Beautiful

7 hours agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Petite Noir is Yannick Ilunga, a South African pop chameleon whose music draws on R&B and crunch-rock and new wave and forward-thinking dance music. All those ideas swirl around on his debut album La Vie Est Belle / Life Is Beautiful, an impossible-to-categorize piece of work that sounds very much like one person’s vision. We’ve […]

Empress Of – “Standard”

7 hours agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Empress Of has been pretty quiet in the run-up to the release of her debut album. Me comes out next week, though, and the promotional push has officially kicked into high gear. After radio silence since the release of “Kitty Kat” back in July that accompanied the official album announcement, this week we’ve seen the […]

John Carpenter – “Purgatory (Prurient Remix)”

7 hours agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

The great B-movie director John Carpenter, who composed the eerie synth scores for most of his own movies, came out of semi-retirement earlier this year to release Lost Themes, an LP of tingly keyboard instrumentals that was his first-ever non-soundtrack album. A deluxe edition of the album included a few remixes, and some of those […]

Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week - September 3, 2015

In the weekly Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week, the Montreal bookstore recommends several new works of fiction, art books, periodicals, and comics. Librairie Drawn & Quarterly is one of Montreal's premiere independent bookstores. Native Trees of Canada:...

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – “Can’t Keep Checking My Phone” Video (NSFW)

8 hours agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

What happens when you’re so indecisive that you can’t figure out what idea you want to pursue for a music video? You try to cram them all into one! Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s “Can Keep Checking My Phone” video is a series of vignettes, loosely tied around a “trading card” structure that depicts different “strange occurrences, […]

Girl Band – “Pears For Lunch” Video

8 hours agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Dublin’s Girl Band were named a Band To Watch earlier this year, and after touring the United States and taking on festivals like SXSW, it’s safe to say that they’ve carved out a little space for themselves on this side of the Atlantic. Their forthcoming debut album, Holding Hands With Jamie, is due out at […]

Janet Jackson’s Unbreakable Details Revealed

8 hours agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Janet Jackson is dropping her first album in seven years, as we reported several months ago, and today she’s shared details about Unbreakable. This morning she tweeted a link to an extensive press release about the record on her website, along with an image that we can only assume will be the album cover. I've […]

Day Wave – “Come Home Now”

8 hours agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Day Wave, the one-man lo-fi synthpop project from Oakland’s Jackson Phillips, released the impressive Headcase EP this summer. And now he’s back with “Come Home Now,” a snotty-but-bittersweet ode to an ex. It’s already been pointed out, but it’s pretty amazing the way this guy can coax early-Cloud Nothings indie-pop murk out of his Casio. […]

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