beautiful, glitchy, melodic, warm and full of emotion, this collaboration between burial and four tet was simply my favorite song of 2012. artwork by chris peters
Flume is the stage name of 21 year old Harley Edward Streten. In 2011, Flume’s music was discovered and he was signed luckily after entering himself into an original artists competition managed by the Australian record company Future Classic. Last year the electronic producer and multi-instrumentalist created his debut self-titled album, taking over the music world with […]
One of the consistently surprising things about working in this city – although I dunno, maybe it’s the same everywhere – is that despite how small the music scene is here, with hardly any venues and very few promoters or labels, occasionally someone like this will appear with dozens of songs, and yet I’ve never […]
This year Boston-based alt-rock honor students Speedy Ortiz scored the Stereogum twofer that is cracking our 40 Best New Bands list (for major awesomeness) and our 50 Best Albums list (for Major Arcana). They’ll start off next year by following that album with a four-song EP recorded by Paul Q. Kolderie, a guy who knows [...]
2013 was yet another banner year for fiction. These are the 11 novels I have most recommended to friends, family, and anyone else who has crossed my path this year. All links go to the authors' contributions to the Book...
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Shannon Wardrop From: Maidenhead, United Kingdom I caught the pocket rocket Shannon Wardrop supporting Natalie McCool last month and was impressed, particularly by the lead track from her debut EP Medicine (Angels In Islington). She puts her powerful lungs to good use on her storming, rocking and infectious new single, the 60s influenced, I Got You. Show More Summary
Certain comments-section mainstays may disagree, but I maintain that Dreamchasers 3, the latest burst of frantic rap intensity from Meek Mill, is one of the year’s finest mixtapes. The tape opens with “I’m Leanin’,” on which Meek and recent-vintage Kanye West protege Travi$ Scott go in hard over a furious Cardo beat and both Diddy [...]
In that lost halcyon era known as the ’90s, Cibo Matto were two Japanese women living in New York (plus, sometimes, Sean Lennon) who made songs, frequently about food, that borrowed from kitschy ’60s pop and clubby rap. It’s weird to think about this now, but they once seemed like the coolest band on the [...]
In their nine-year existence, Salt Lake City’s Gaza produced three increasingly excellent albums of math-y, grind-y sludge: punishing, violent, very heavy music with deep grooves. Gaza called it quits earlier this year, but the band’s instrumental core — guitarist Michael Mason, drummer Casey Hansen, and bassist Anthony Lucero — stayed together. Those three formed a [...]
If you watched the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings joined Joan Jett & The Blackhearts as one of the most welcome and unexpected acts to belt out a song from a moving float. Jones’s appearance was a whole lot more impressive, too, when you consider that she’s going through cancer treatments; [...]
Don’t ever let anybody tell you Bob Marley is lame. It’s not his fault he got turned into a dorm-room icon for America’s bros or that many people annoyingly don’t go any further into his catalog than Legend. (Shout out to my best man John Ross for taking me slightly deeper into Marley’s world, even [...]
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...
Earlier this year we heard from Los Porcos, a seven-man ensemble featuring members of the now-defunct WU LYF. Los Porcos also featured members of FAMY, a London combo that has worked with WU LYF’s Evans Kati before — so, all in the FAMY. The band’s just announced its signing with Transgressive Records, home to Foals, [...]
Yesterday, the great Long Island rapper/producer Roc Marciano quietly released his new album Marci Beaucoup. Marci won Album Of The Week last year for his Reloaded and also dropped the very good mixtape The Pimpire Strikes Back last month, and there’s a very good chance he would’ve snagged Album Of The Week again yesterday if [...]
In 2013, Kanye West’s spoken word was more entertaining than most musicians’ music. All year, he’s been part ego supernova, part prophet, part philosopher, part petulant child, part motivational speaker, and “completely awesome at all times.” He could release one of those records of between-song banter like Robert Pollard’s Relaxation Of The Asshole and I’d [...]
The Fiery Furnaces’ Eleanor Friedberger gave us the supremely likable solo album Personal Record earlier this year, and she’s now made four videos with the reliably funny director Scott Jacobson. The latest of those is for the Personal Record song “My Own World,” and it stars indie actress Kate Lyn Sheil as a young woman [...]
My favorite album of 2011 was Past Life Martyred Saints, the gutwrenching and crazy-intense solo debut from the former Gowns leader EMA, and it wasn’t even close. After touring behind the album, Erika M. Anderson has been quiet for a while, but she’s now announced that this spring, she’ll release that album’s follow-up, which has [...]
In the weekly Atomic Books Comics Preview, Benn Ray highlights notable new comics and graphic novels. Benn Ray is the owner of Atomic Books, an independent bookstore in Baltimore. The Mobtown Shank is his blog, and his comic Said...
The Pixies 2013 has been a fascinating case study in what happens when a band stops operating like a band and starts acting like a business. After Kim Deal officially left the band, the band dropped the not-particularly-well-received EP-1, their first new record in 22 years, and named Muffs frontwoman Kim Shattuck — another ’90s-vintage [...]