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Prince – “FUNKNROLL”

Later this month, Prince will release two albums on the same day: His own Art Official Age, and Plectrum Electrum, from his 3rd Eye Girl band. In the past few weeks, he’s shared the Art Official Age tracks “Clouds,” “U KNOW,” and “WHITECAPS.” And earlier this week, he released “FUNKNROLL,” a song he debuted on [...]

Tycho – “See (Beacon Remix)”

San Francisco-based ambient musician Tycho is also a visual artist, which might explain why his recordings are able to conjure vivid imagery and pair it with candid emotion. Ghostly has now released a remix of Tycho’s “See” by labelmates Beacon, which finds the track soaring through a heavenly realm even further from Earth than the [...]

Book Notes - Ronna Wineberg "On Bittersweet Place"

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...

Director Mark Pellington Details His Falling Out With Trent Reznor

Mark Pellington is a music video director most famous for doing Pearl Jam’s iconic “Jeremy” clip. He also directed the movies Arlington Road and The Mothman Prophecies, and more recently, he worked with Chelsea Wolfe on her short film Lone. In 1999, Nine Inch Nails hired him to make the video for “We’re In This [...]

Watch Kurt Vile Jam With The War On Drugs In Philly

I saw the War On Drugs in concert Wednesday night in Columbus, and it was rad in its own right. (Who’d have thunk a pit full of kids would be moshing and crowdsurfing to “Red Eyes“? Who’d have thunk this band even counts anyone under 30 in its fan base?) But do you know what [...]

Gwar Spare Dave Grohl’s Life Thanks To His Oderus Urungus Tribute

A few months ago, Richmond, Virginia locals launched a crowdfunding campaign to bring the Foo Fighters to their town. It worked, and last night, the band played the local club the National. During the show, Dave Grohl dedicated a song to local thrash legends Gwar and to Dave Brockie, better known as Oderus Urungus, the [...]

Scotland Decided

The Scottish public have spoken and the results are in and it's a massive vote for Erm Not Sure. Although there was a majority for sticking with the United Kingdom it was far from an overwhelming majority. From a distance it feels like independence won the argument but lost the vote. Show More Summary

Iceage – “How Many”

I’ve heard people compare Iceage’s new Plowing The Fields Of Love to the Mekons’ 1985 classic Fear And Whiskey, but when I listen to it, the album I’m reminded of most is the Libertines’ self-titled second record. That resemblance is most apparent in Elias Bender Rønnenfelt’s vocals, which share many qualities with those of Pete [...]

Absolutely Free – “Vision’s”

Absolutely Free’s newest song begins with a warbled old-timey tune, a radio dial fading in and out on the band’s wide away of influences. But when “Vision’s” finally kicks in, it sounds completely modern — sure, they’re music is rooted in the past, but this song sounds urgent and of the now. Coupled with the [...]

Check Out Cass McCombs’ Protest Song & Jarvis Cocker’s Essay For The People’s Climate March

The People’s Climate March, the largest climate change rally in history, is happening this Sunday, 9/21 in New York, and various musicians are playing a part. For instance, Cass McCombs teamed with the Chapin Sisters for a gleaming old-fashioned folk singalong simply entitled “Protest Song.” Over hand-strummed campfire chords, McCombs and the Chapins harmonize on [...]

Jessie Ware – “Say You Love Me (Gorgon City Remix)”

Jessie Ware’s awesome Tough Love track “Say You Love Me” is a big, bold power ballad, a far cry from her usual poised smoldering. Rising London production duo Gorgon City’s remix remakes the song into a club anthem, framing it with a different sort of bigness and boldness. Whereas the original might crush your heart, [...]

Queen – “There Must Be More To Life Than This” (Feat. Michael Jackson)

So, uh, Queen and Michael Jackson once recorded a song together. Did you know this? I didn’t know this. Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson, two of the greatest and most distinctive pop-music vocalists of all time, both recorded their parts for a power-ballad duet called “There Must Be More To Life Than This” during the [...]

Laura Jane Grace Slams Ex-Against Me!/New Slipknot Drummer

Laura Jane Grace has responded to rumors that ex-Against Me! member Jay Weinberg has joined Slipknot as their newest drummer. “Dear Slipknot, good luck with that. #shitbag,” she said, kicking off a series of tweets about the former drummer. Weinberg announced that he was leaving the band in a tweet during the 2012 recording sessions [...]

Stream Julian Casablancas + The Voidz Tyranny

Julian Casablancas has been working on Tyranny, his solo album with new backing band the Voidz, for a while now, and the thing was a controversial discussion-subject before anyone even heard the thing. The album is a messy, ambitious splurge of ideas, one that careens haphazardly from one genre to the next and sounds basically [...]

Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week - September 18, 2014

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. Bumperhead by Gilbert Hernandez...

Milosh – “Right Never Comes”

Last fall Rhye singer Mike Milosh released his latest solo effort Jetlag, an album that in my mind surpassed even the whispery, delicate beauty Rhye achieved on their breakout debut Woman. (As explained in our interview, it was a wonderful love letter to his wife.) Now Rhye is getting ready to head out on tour, [...]

Food Incredible: Inside The Steve Albini Cooking Class

Earlier this week, Steve Albini’s great noise band Shellac released their fifth album, Dude Incredible. And while most artists surround a new album with a tour and a series of interviews, yesterday afternoon at Pop Montreal, Albini led a cooking class and prepared lunch for about two dozen attendees. Albini’s interest in cooking is well [...]

Watch Tegan And Sara Play Conan With An Adorable Kids’ Choir

Tegan And Sara’s ascent to genuine pop stardom has been one of the most feelgood stories in music in the past few years, partly because they’re great and partly because they seem like lovely human beings. Case in point: When they sang their heartbreak ballad “I Was A Fool” on Conan last night, they brought [...]

Stream TOKiMONSTA Desiderium (Stereogum Premiere)

L.A. musician Jennifer Lee makes lively futuristic dance-pop under the name TOKiMONSTA. She’s been very busy in recent years, releasing two LPs, two EPs, and two standalone singles since 2010 on labels including Ultra and Brainfeeder/Ninja Tune. She was also on Skrillex’s train tour across Canada a couple summers ago among such prestigious company as [...]

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