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Watch Arctic Monkeys’ Documentary Short About Their South American Tour

Arctic Monkeys went on a South American tour last month in support of their latest album, AM, and brought along Ben Chappell to shoot some concert footage and behind-the-scenes stuff, including a trip to the beach. They’ve compiled all of that into a short documentary detailing their time there, framed around a performance of “R [...]

Watch Eminem Reveal He’s Gay In A Scene From The Interview

In a surprising reversal, Sony has decided to release The Interview, the controversial Seth Rogen and James Franco action-comedy many believe is at the center of last month’s devastating cyber attack on Sony Pictures. (Franco’s talk show host character Dave Skylark assassinates North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in the movie. Dear Leader has not been [...]

Fuel/Friends Chapel Session #32: Small Houses

Even though we’re just about as firmly in the center of the dead-cold dark of winter as we can get these days, there will always be something inherently late-summery about the music of Small Houses (Jeremy Quentin) for me. I hear a redolence of ending or closing, the reels of the season playing back slowly-flickering […]

Keep Calm It's Christmas Eve

It's almost Christmas but don't panic keep calm because the Devil has all your Christmas Eve related songs sorted so you can just settle back and bask in some wonderful noises from around the world..,. Ralegh Long - Christmas Eve Darren...Show More Summary

Indie Rock Ambassador Is Winning Over Politicians With Private National, Belle & Sebastian Concerts

If it weren’t for his job, Matthew Barzun could be mistaken for one of us: his favorite album of the year is the War On Drugs’ Lost In The Dream, he loves Guided By Voices, Neutral Milk Hotel, and Chvrches … but he’s also the United States’ official ambassador to the United Kingdom. Buzzfeed accompanied [...]

The So So Glos – “Father Christmas” (The Kinks Cover) (Stereogum Premiere)

NYC punk staple the So So Glos have decided to celebrate the holiday season in their characteristic style: by rocking out super hard. They’ve provided a kickass cover of the Kinks’ “Father Christmas,” not straying too far from the original, but they manage to amp the whole thing up and add some of their energetic [...]

Jan Lankisch & Nicholas Krgovich – “At Last I Am Free” (Chic Cover)

Jan Lankisch and Nicholas Krgovich have teamed up for a cover of “At Last I Am Free,” the 1970s disco-soul song from Chic that was famously covered by Robert Wyatt on his 1982 compilation album Nothing Can Stop Us. Wyatt graces the cover art for Lankisch and Krgovich’s version, which is a dusty take on [...]

Magic! – “Rude (SAINT PEPSI Remix)”

I’ll go on record and say that Magic!’s “Rude” is the most insufferable pop song of the year, even leaving the shitty gender politics of the track out of the equation. But leave it to boy wonder Saint Pepsi to make it even remotely tolerable — Ryan DeRobertis works his “magic” (ha) on the track, [...]

Shorties (An Interview with Poet Edward Hirsch, Streaming Holiday Playlists, and more)

The Rumpus interviewed poet Edward Hirsch. All Songs Considered, Bustle, Baeble Music, and FasterLouder recommended holiday music. 53 online "best books of 2014" lists were added to the master aggregation at Largehearted Boy yesterday (bringing the total number of lists...

Watch Trent Reznor, Danny Elfman, & Hans Zimmer Discuss Their Work In A Composer Roundtable

The Hollywood Reporter got some of the composers of the top films of the year together to talk about their craft. The panel includes Trent Reznor (Gone Girl), Danny Elfman (Big Eyes), Hans Zimmer (Interstellar), John Powell (How To Train Your Dragon 2), and Marco Beltrami (The Homesman) — most of them have a good [...]

Daily Downloads (Christmas Albums, Angel Olsen, and more)

Every day, Daily Downloads offers 10 free and legal mp3 downloads. Today's free and legal mp3 downloads: Branches: Songs for Christmas EP [mp3] Green River Ordinance: A Green River Ordinance Christmas EP [mp3] Over the Rhine: Even The Snow Turns...

Golden Bloom - Wonderful XMas Time (Paul McCartney)

One of my favorite bands - a corny, fun-loving group that goes by the name of Golden Bloom (here's their Outlaw Roadshow page) has gone and covered an over-the-top Christmas classic by everyone's favorite living Beatle, Paul McCartney (sorry Ringo). This is something that even the most skeptical of you can believe in. GOLDEN BLOOM Web / My / Fb / Tw

Carry me home, with a choir to greet us

MP3: Carry Me Home (with Choir! Choir! Choir!) – Hey Rosetta! As if the original version of “Carry Me Home” from Hey Rosetta! wasn’t already one of the best new Christmas-song standards written in the last few years, Tim Baker has to go and sing it with a whole choir of folks. All my seasonal […]

Nashville’s Historic RCA Studio A Saved From Demolition

In its heyday, RCA Studio A hosted an enviable number of early rock and country acts including Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton, the Beach Boys, and countless others, and it’s become a huge tourist attraction even though it’s still hosting sessions by Miranda Lambert and Kacey Musgraves. Back in June it was announced that the studio [...]

Stream Wale & A-Trak’s Festivus Feat. Pusha T, A$AP Ferg, Chance The Rapper & More

Wale continues his career-long Seinfeld fixation with his new A-Trak collaboration Festivus, released today in observance of the no-longer-fictional holiday. Festivus also represents a continuation of Wale’s mended relationship withShow More Summary

Bon Scott Biopic In The Works

As the original frontman for AC/DC, Bon Scott was one of rock’s all-time great cartoon characters: An id-driven caveman with a scratchy blues-yowl who never met a dick pun he didn’t love. The records he made with AC/DC are among the greatest, dumbest hard rock records in history, though the band didn’t hit its commercial [...]

Swings – “Heavy Manner”

Swings (fka Anchors 3), a young trio born out of the small but fierce DIY scene of Tenleytown, Washington, D.C., make music that’s aware of its history (particularly ’90s post-hardcore and post-rock) without being defined by it. After a couple of EPs, they’re getting ready to drop their debut LP next month. “Heavy Manner” is [...]

Watch American Football Play “Never Meant” In NYC

Normally I’m stationed in Ohio, but when I visited New York two months back to wrap up my Run The Jewels cover story, I also stopped by Webster Hall with Stereogum EIC Scott Lapatine to see the first show in a three-night run by the reunited American Football. Many feels were elicited throughout the night, [...]

Favorite Short Story Collections of 2014

These are the short fiction collections I have recommended most to blog readers, friends, and family throughout the year. All links go to the authors' contributions to the Book Notes series. I have reposted my original comments for each book....

Adventures – “Your Sweetness”

Back in September, the Pittsburgh-based band Adventures released an excellent 7? split with 2013?s breakout band Pity Sex on Run For Cover records. That label just announced they will be releasing Adventures’ full-length, Supersonic Home, in early 2015. “Your Sweetness” is the first single off the record; it’s dipped in the familiar sticky lyrical honesty [...]

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