This morning we saw Will Butler’s spazzy trailer for debut solo album Policy, and now the Arcade Fire member has shared that project’s lead single. It’s called “Take My Side,” and it’s a jumpy, wiry rock ’n’ roll track that fits in better with the Merge Records aesthetic than Arcade Fire’s own music does (see: [...]
It’s rare that I write about synthy discopop really, but I suppose that’s because most of it leaves me pretty cold. Silver Columns stick in my head as the last time I properly got enthusiastic about this kind of stuff I suppose, and that was fucking ages ago. It’s an interesting connection though, because Pete […]
If you’ve ever been to see the Minneapolis underground rap duo — and you should; they’re a good show — you know that the line outside the club is a hotbed of a very specific kind of enthusiastic dorkery. That line is where the duo filmed their new video for “Fortunate,” from their recent album [...]
Back when Apple pulled that whole U2 stunt, they also announced Apple Pay, a way to pay for products using your phone instead of a credit card. Bleachers star in Chase’s new ad for the service. Jack Antonoff’s band is pictured putting on a rooftop concert and paying for all necessary measures — guitar tune-up, [...]
Bloodshot just announced the signing of a band right up HearYa’s alley. Here’s the lowdown on Bloodshot found them. Refreshing to read that things like this still happen at SXSW in the midst of Kanye West PR stunts. Back in March we saw Nashville-via-Birmingham, AL group Banditos at one of those fly-by-night, hole-in-the-wall bars that [...]
Led Zeppelin’s reissue campaign continued this fall with shiny new versions of Led Zeppelin IV and Houses Of The Holy, and we’re giving away a package including super deluxe box sets of both albums just in time for the holidays. Each set retails for $104.88, so the total value of the prize is $209.76. Here’s [...]
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...
Philly indie rockers Cave People have shared another song from their debut EP Older, following “Cluster.” The band gets louder and more rollicking this time around; “Brace” is a moody guitar rave-up akin to the National’s early work but with David Tomaine hitting the high notes with the punchiness of a young James Mercer. Listen [...]
The Kills and the Dead Weather singer Alison Mosshart recently teamed up with Eric Arjes, a singer/songwriter from Nashville, for a brooding and synthy ballad called “Bad Blood.” The song made an appearance on a recent episode of The Walking Dead, which makes me wonder why Mosshart doesn’t soundtrack every episode of the show; her [...]
Brooklyn’s Yellow Eyes are still operating on the fringes of the American black metal scene, although their growing discography increasingly suggests they belong closer to the top. They were one of 2013?s 40 Best New Bands, and their Hammer Of Night LP found its way onto our list of last year’s 50 Best Metal Albums. [...]
If you’re prone to checking out AcclaimedMusic.net, you may have noticed that Kool & The Gang have but one song in the top 6000: 1980?s “Celebration,” nestled at #3383, between Fuck Buttons’ “Olympians” and Radiohead’s “Street Spirit (Fade Out).” The Gap Band have three songs on the list; the O’Jays have four. Chic’s absence from [...]
During most of the year, it’s extremely difficult for a major-label rap artist to get an album out. During the last six weeks of the year, though, those albums come fast and furious. I have no idea why that would be, but one of the biggest albums of this year’s fourth-quarter rap-album marathon is Rick [...]
16 days before 2014 ends, the Baton Rouge rap monster Kevin Gates will release a new mixtape, presumably because he likes making things difficult for those of us who are trying to make “best rap mixtape of 2014? lists. Gates has already shared a generous handful of tracks that will probably appear on his forthcoming [...]
Ghostface Killah has been voted the rapper most likely to release a concept album about a vigilante superhero driven by revenge every year since 1994, and now he’s doing it. 36 Seasons comes out in a couple of weeks, and we’ve posted the early tracks “Love Don’t Live Here No More,” “The Battlefield,” and “Double [...]
The Decemberists’ video for What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World single “Make You Better,” Parks & Recreation stud Nick Offerman plays the host of a low-budget 1970s German TV show where Colin Meloy and company are undertaking a mishap-laden performance. Bill Fishman directed the clip, which you can watch below. What A Terrible [...]
Grooms played Death By Audio’s farewell show last weekend, and the band’s relationship to the now-defunct DIY space runs deep. They’ve been practicing there since 2007, back when they were called Muggabears; principal songwriter Travis Johnson (the only original Grooms member remaining from those days) and A Place To Bury Strangers’ Oliver Ackermann ran their [...]
Williamsburg DIY venue Death By Audio, which became a staple in the Brooklyn scene after opening in 2007, has now closed its doors for the last time. On Saturday night, Lightning Bolt, JEFF The Brotherhood, A Place To Bury Strangers, and Grooms played the space out for good, but bands have been stopping by to [...]
The great and perpetually underrated Huntsville, Alabama rap duo G-Side were broken up for about a year, but they reunited last year and returned this year with an album called Gz II Godz. You probably haven’t listened to that album! Not that many people have! But you should! It’s great! G-Side are still going, and [...]
Jones - "You". There is a mechanic's garage on the corner. Where your little street meets the green, low-boughed boulevard, there is a small garage which always seems closed. Closed but not derelict: it is well maintained; clean windows,...
For the seventh straight year, I am aggregating every online "best of 2014" book list I find. Please feel free to leave a comment or e-mail me with a blog, magazine, newspaper, or other online media list I have missed....