YouTube comments are a murky water to wade through, but Killer Mike & El-P have decided to address some of the ones people left on their video for the incredible roundhouse kick of a track “36 Chain.” Considering that these two have the best bromance of any rap duo right now, it’s fun to watch [...]
Rory Atwell has worn many musical hats in the past, working behind the scenes in recordings by Yuck and Male Bonding, and playing with Dev Hynes in the band Test Icicles. Now Atwell is focusing on his solo project Warm Brains, for which he’s been making dazzling rock songs like “Two Fingered Salute.” He plays [...]
Through the alcohol infused air at Walrus Towers as we move towards Christmas, the soft, delicate sounds of Alina Baraz & Galimatias have been on repeat through the haze. Introducing: Alina Baraz & Galimatias was originally published on The Blue Walrus.
The latest single from Sky Larkin's excellent album Motto, Newsworthy is a comment on the joys of the limits of real life in this ever expanding digital cacophony that is modern life. Sky Larkin – Newsworthy was originally published on The Blue Walrus.
London six piece Lola Colt (first featured on the blog 2 years ago, Video Killed The Radio Star 25th September 2011, since when they have become regulars on these pages) launched their new single with a blistering run through of their repertoire of desert tinged gothic rock at the Lexington on 3rd December. Show More Summary
Califone isn’t one for being showy — even their “interactive” video from earlier this year is a lesson in passivity. The visuals for “We Are A Payphone” look in at someone else’s nostalgia trip, as our unseen protagonist applies meaning and memories to objects the viewer has no attachment to. It’s an odd effect (and [...]
The Bird & The Monkey From: Galashiels, Scotland Take a listen to the new track from Devil's favourite musical avian/simian combination, The Bird & The Monkey. Bowery Bums is a tribute to Lou Reed, a song about the Velvets, the Voidoids, CBGBs, the Amercian Punk scene and all the boozed up romantics who called the Bowery home. Show More Summary
It’s been a big 24 hours for European Glassnote Records artists and American TV shows. Hot on the heels of Chvrches’ Letterman performance last night comes Phoenix’s visit to Ellen, during which the Frenchmen performed Bankrupt! banger “S.O.S. In Bel Air.” Not sure if there was something wrong with the monitor situation, but the typically [...]
Chvrches are one of this year’s best new bands — definitively — and they proved it once again last night by performing The Bones Of What You Believe track “We Sink” on The Late Show With David Letterman. Watch below. The Bones Of What You Believe is out now via Glassnote, and it’s one of [...]
Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen’s hipster-skewering/celebrating sketch comedy series Portlandia returns to IFC for its fourth season on 2/27/14, and as usual the guest list is long and impressive. Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, Queens Of The Stone Age’s Josh Homme, and TV On The Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe are among the many rock stars set to appear [...]
Jessie Ware put out one of our favorite albums of 2012, and Pure Bathing Culture just put out one of our favorite albums of 2013, so we’re pretty excited to see that the latter decided to take on a cover of “Wildest Moments.” Sarah Versprille delivers a gorgeous performance that keeps things in the same [...]
Today marks the release of 7 Days Of Funk, the album-length collaboration between Snoop Dogg (aka Snoopzilla) and DâM-FunK, and there are plenty of ways to celebrate. First of all, the duo released a video for album opener “Hit Da Pavement” by director Henry DeMaio. It’s a classic cruising clip for a song that’s exceptionally [...]
After five years of following The Lovely Eggs (see their first feature from 2008 Being Boiled... and their selection as best band of 2008 The Devil's Best & Worst of 2008) I finally got to see them live for the first time in The Lexington last week. Show More Summary
We’ve been waiting on specifics about a new Phantogram album all year, and September’s self-titled EP didn’t answer those questions. As of today, we know a lot more: Voices is coming 2/18/14. It features the previously released “Celebrating Nothing,” a song called “Bill Murray,” and nine more. And the lead single is “Fall In Love,” [...]
The Amount of Light That We Give Off From: Germany I have been asked many times why I do this, why I spend time writing about bands and music without getting even as much as a penny in return. My answer is simple, I enjoy hearing new,...Show More Summary
In the week that the BBC announced the results of their poll for the Sound of 2014 the Blog Sound of 2014 was also published as an interesting counterpoint. Fifty Nine music bloggers (including yours truly) from throughout the UK voted on the acts that they thought/expected/hoped to make it big in 2014. Show More Summary
If you came here thinking Justin Vernon was recording an LP inspired by his buddy Kanye’s “New Slaves,” you read that headline wrong. And you’re not alone. In fact, upon closer examination, the Bon Iver frontman is producing the new project by the Staves, a British folk trio comprising the three Stavely-Taylor sisters from Watford. [...]
American drone wizards Sunn O))) and Norwegian progressive/post-everything/modern-classical band Ulver have more or less moved “metal” as far from its conceptual base as any artists in the genre’s history, so it’s fitting that they’d team for a collaboration to further fuck with the possibilities of heavy/loud/epic/atonal sound. The team started work together in 2008, in [...]
For the sixth straight year, I am aggregating every online "best of 2013" book list I find. As the lists appear, I will add them to the master list, and share daily updates. Please feel free to leave a comment...