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Chromatics – “White Light”

A truly beautiful new Chromatics song has emerged to usher us into the weekend. “White Light” sounds like its title suggests, all soft tones and ethereal glimmers. Ruth Radelet’s sighing melodies here might as well be moonbeams. It’s a gorgeous piece of work; we owe Johnny Jewel our gratitude for continuing to clear out his [...]

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

Run The Jewels and Arca and Belle & Sebastian and a generous handful of other artists made really good videos this week, and I couldn’t find room for any of them. There were too many good videos this week. This is one of those weeks where everything in the top 5 is straight fire, though [...]

Watch 6 Songs From Showtime’s Lost Songs: The Basement Tapes Continued Starring Jim James, Elvis Costello, Marcus Mumford, & More

The all-star Bob Dylan tribute band known as the New Basement Tapes released Lost On The River, their album of refurbished Dylan songwriting scraps, earlier this month. Tonight at 9 p.m. EST Showtime will air Lost Songs: The Basement Tapes Continued, a special in which the band — featuring Jim James, Elvis Costello, Marcus Mumford, [...]

James Murphy Will Drum For Reunited NYC Art-Punks Dungbeetle This Weekend

Before James Murphy was an ultra-hip DJ, he was a punk. This weekend he’ll go back to those roots by sitting in on drums for NYC art-punks Dungbeetle at their reunion show. The reunion is taking place Saturday at the release party for the latest issue of Radio Silence at Le Poisson Rouge. Stephin Merritt, [...]

Skrillex – “Fuck That” Video (Dir. Nabil)

Hiro Murai has been seriously challenging Nabil’s stranglehold on the whole Best Video Director In The World thing this year, but here’s another strong entrant from Nabil. Skrillex recruited the director to turn his minimal uptempo Recess track “Fuck That” — OK, relatively minimal; the wub-wubs are barely perceptible! — into a street-fighting saga that [...]

Book Notes - Sean Manning, Jack Pendarvis, Heather Havrilesky, Phil Hanrahan, Laura Lippman, Emily Chenoweth "Come Here Often?"

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...

Watch Sky Ferreira Debut New Material & Cover Hole’s “Asking For It” With DIIV’s Zachary Cole Smith

Sky Ferreira debuted new material at the Belasco Theater in L.A. last night. She also brought DIIV’s Zachary Cole Smith on stage for a cover of Hole’s “Asking For It.” Additionally, Ferreira told Billboard that she’s working with Night Time, My Time producers Ariel Rechtshaid and Justin Raisen again on her next album as well [...]

Waves of Emotion

Circa Waves From: Liverpool, England Warning this review may contain some scouse musical stereotypes. See if you can find them all. There are no prizes it's just for fun. Wednesday 19th November was my first time visiting Heaven as you might expect from The Devil and I got a little bit lost. Show More Summary

mp3: Chromatics – White Light

Johnny Jewel keeps the hits coming with another previously unreleased Chromatics track, the dreamy, slow-burning... Read more »

YouTube Music Awards Will Return Next Year

YouTube inaugurated its Music Awards show last year but took a hiatus in 2014 after experiencing minimal viewership. Today, YouTube announced that the show will return in 2015 with a new priority: to make music “the headline act.” It seemed like an overwhelming feeling of discomfort was the headliner last year (Chris described the show [...]

The Smashing Pumpkins – “Drum + Fife”

Earlier this week, the Smashing Pumpkins released the fantastic “Tiberius,” the third single from their upcoming Monuments To An Elegy. As far as I’m concerned, that song was the single best thing Billy Corgan has done since Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness. (IMO, the first two Monuments singles, “Being Beige” and “One And All,” [...]

Oh Look, It Stopped Snowing: Interpol Gives First Interview About #Winterpol

Interpol survived Buffalo’s insane snowstorm and lived to tell about it. As Radio.com reports, guitarist Daniel Kessler spoke to KROQ’s Kevin & Bean about being trapped on a tour bus for 50+ hours amidst more than six feet of snowfall in western New York. Kessler explained that at first he mistakenly believed the tour bus [...]

Book Notes - Cassandra Troyan "Blacken Me, Blacken Me, Growled" and "Kill Manual"

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...

Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week - November 21, 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. Myopia by Mark Mothersbaugh...

Watch A Clip From The Documentary R.E.M. By MTV

MTV will be releasing REMTV, a six-disc retrospective chronicling R.E.M.’s legacy on the channel, later this month. One of the discs is the documentary R.E.M. By MTV, and today the band shared a five-minute clip from the film that discusses the succession of health problems that befell the band during their tour for 1994?s Monster. [...]

Perfume @ Hammerstein Ballroom, NYC 11/15/14

Japanese pop artists rarely come to the US. So when Perfume — the female vocal trio who’ve spent the last decade embodying a unique and amazing techno-pop sound and visual presentation, rising to J-pop prominence in the process — announced that they’d be playing Hammerstein Ballroom (as well as L.A.’s Hollywood Palladium), the response from [...]

Vitalogy Turns 20

Vitalogy was the dividing line between one understanding of Pearl Jam, the version that made them famous, and a different one. There are lots of schisms and permutations within the Pearl Jam fanbase. There are those fans that like everything, of course. There are those who were teens when Ten and Vs. became huge, and [...]

The Hanged Man – “The Island” Video

The former Those Dancing Days guitarist Rebecka Rolfart now makes dark, churning synthpop as the Hanged Man. Along with directors Sheila Johansson and Michelle Claesson Eismann, she filmed her video for her great single “The Island” on an actual Island in Sweden. It’s a stark, ominous black-and-white clip in which Rolfart wanders an abandoned landscape [...]

Tame Impala’s Next Album Will Be “Less Rock And More Electronic”

Earlier this month we heard “Daffodils,” Mark Ronson’s collaboration with Tame Impala frontman Kevin Parker, who is credited on three of the tracks on Ronson’s new album Uptown Funk. The Australian psych-rock band’s hugely successful breakout record Lonerism came out over two years ago, and up until now we haven’t heard much about its follow-up. [...]

Hamilton Leithauser – “Room For Forgiveness”

The former Walkmen frontman Hamilton Leithauser released his debonair, lived-in solo debut Black Hours earlier this year, and it was really, really good. This morning, Leithauser shared a new non-album song called “Room For Forgiveness,” previously available on a tour-only 7?. It’s an emotional, sozzled number, with backing vocals that push it into straight-up drinking-song [...]

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