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Morrissey Contends With “Shockingly Abysmal” Italian Venues, Shops World Peace Re-Release

Morrissey’s latest True To You monologue includes a takedown of the venues he played on tour in Rome and Milan (“both abysmal — Milan quite shockingly abysmal”), but it’s more positive than your average Moz bitch-sesh. He also expresses an “over-emotional thanks” for those who attended his shows in Italy, Spain, and Portugal: “It has [...]

Book Notes - Jesmyn Ward "Men We Reaped"

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...

CMJ: Twin Peaks, Happyness, Nai Harvest @ Rough Trade 10/23/14

Yesterday was a disgusting day in New York, and this is coming from someone whose favorite season is winter: wet coldness due to the obnoxiously persistent rain, and a particularly bone-cutting kind of wind (especially if you were, like me, near the East River). Given that, spending the day indoors, at an afternoon showcase at [...]

Klaxons Announce Final Tour

Klaxons have been kicking around the music world since 2005, at the height of something called New Rave, when every young band in Britain seemed to be playing spunky, angular, dance-infused indie rock. Along with Bloc Party and the Arctic Monkeys, Klaxons were one of the best of them. They’ve accumulated a strong discography over [...]

Watch Noel Gallagher Join Johnny Marr On Smiths & Iggy Pop Songs In London

Johnny Marr just released a new album, Playland, and Noel Gallagher just announced that he’s got a new album due out in March 2015, Chasing Yesterday, on which Marr will appear. So it doesn’t come as a huge surprise that Noel showed up at London’s Brixton Academy to join Marr onstage for a pair of [...]

Colin Meloy Teases New Decemberists Album With CMJ Busking

It’s been nearly four years since the Decemberists released The King Is Dead, their last album. The band debuted a couple of new songs at the Boston Calling festival over the summer, and now frontman Colin Meloy is building anticipation for the next record in the most ground-level way imaginable: Street busking. He’s in New [...]

Flying High

We Were Promised Jetpacks From: Edinburgh, Scotland Listen to Unravelling, We Were Promised Jetpacks third album, and you can see why U2 had to force their album on anyone unfortunate enough to have an iTunes account. Unravelling pisses all over U2 from a great height. Show More Summary

Låpsley – “Falling Short”

Among many other big names, XL Recordings has released music by understated indie staples the xx and superstar diva Adele, and the label’s latest signing, Låpsley, is something like the halfway point between those two talents. Holly Fletcher, the woman otherwise known as Låpsley, plays intimate, soulful singer-songwriter music with a tasteful digital fringe. “Falling [...]

She & Him – “Stay Awhile” (Dusty Springfield Cover)

She & Him, the duo of Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward, signed with Columbia earlier this year, and they posted a teaser for a new album back in August. Today, we finally learn the whole deal. The band’s new LP is called Classics, and it’s a collection of covers of old standards. The band recorded [...]

Domo Genesis – “STRICTLY4MYNIGGAZ”

With the ascendance of Tyler, The Creator and Earl Sweatshirt, fellow Odd Future members like Hodgy Beats and Mike G and Domo Genesis have gotten a bit lost in the shuffle. Domo, for one, is not ready to let that happen. Last night, he shared “STRICTLY4MYNIGGAZ,” the first taste of his forthcoming Under The Influence [...]

Book Notes - Lee Klein "The Shimmering Go-Between"

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...

The Antlers – “Doppelganger (Daniel Lanois Anti-Thesis Remix)” (Stereogum Premiere)

Legendary producer Daniel Lanois and esteemed indie-rockers the Antlers have a show together next month at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple. It’s called Anti-Thesis, a reference to their shared record label, Anti-, and it also features labelmates Tinariwen and Lonnie Holley. That’s the poster for it up top. To mark the occasion, Lanois — whose new [...]

Courtney Love Cast In Hip-Hop TV Drama Empire

Courtney Love just played a recurring role on the final season of Sons Of Anarchy, and she’s not done with TV acting. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Love will make the leap from cable to broadcast, becoming a recurring guest star on Empire, a new music industry drama from Fox. Lee Daniels, director of Precious [...]

Q&A: Team Spirit’s Ayad Al Adhamy Talks About His Tattoos

Sponsored by Dead Bolt Wine. Break into Dead Bolt wines responsibly. Since retiring from his position as the keyboardist in Passion Pit, Ayad Al Adhamy has become best known as frontman of the Brooklyn-based band Team Spirit, and founder of Black Bell Records. Team Spirit released their debut LP, Killing Time, last month, and if [...]

Mark Kozelek – “Christmas Time Is Here” (Vince Guaraldi Cover)

The announcement that Mark Kozelek would, in 2015, release an album of Christmas standards came last December, along with some of the songs that would appear on that album. We were given “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” and “O Come All Ye Faithful” in time to add them to our Christmas 2014 playlists, and today, [...]

Allo Darlin’ – “Bright Eyes” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

Last month, we shared Allo Darlin’s single “Bright Eyes” from their most recent record We Come From The Same Place, which we also posted for you to stream. Now we premiere for you the silly, tongue-in-cheek video for “Bright Eyes,” one of the emotional highs on Allo Darlin’s most recent release. Since the song [...]

Chicago Skrillex Show Leaves 16 Fans Hospitalized

Dance music shows are big, big business these days, and they tend to involve a whole lot of kids on a whole lot of drugs. So it’s not too surprising that we’ve seen reports of fans beings sent to the hospital at some of the bigger shows. Dozens were hospitalized at an Avicci show in [...]

Watch A Preview Of 60 Minutes‘ Foo Fighters Story

You’d think that the Foo Fighters’ HBO show Sonic Highways and their recent week-long Letterman residence would be all the TV exposure the band needs. Apparently not! With their new album Sonic Highways on the way, the band are about to be the subject of a 60 Minutes piece with Anderson Cooper. Cooper caught up [...]

Shorties (Nick Hornby on His New Novel, Stream the New Grouper Album, and more)

Nick Hornby talked to the Telegraph about his new novel Funny Girl. NPR Music is streaming the new Grouper album Ruins. Bill Moyers interviewed author Marilynne Robinson. The Washington City Paper reconsidered Fugazi's 13 Songs album 25 years after its...

BRAAINZZ – Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper

 I’ve written about BRAAINZZ before. They’re weird as fuck, but they happen to be a really rather good band once you get used to all the vocoders and time-warping and general love for making you wonder if you’re listening to music that was made on purpose or entirely by accident when someone had Logic open […]

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