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2 Chainz – “Freebase” Video

A couple of months ago, 2 Chainz released the deeply fun EP-length Freebase mixtape. And after making videos for “Trap Back” and “They Know,” he’s gone full ridiculousness and turned his video for the title track into a parody of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” 2 Chainz directed the video himself (or, at least, I’m assuming “Dos [...]

Does Run The Jewels Have a Case Against Apple’s New MacBook Ad?

Apple includes a lot of music references in their new ad for Macbook Air titled “Stickers”: stickers for labels like Warp, Kompakt, DFA, and Stones Throw. But one briefly glimpsed sticker has rapper El-P really angry. According to El, the company has ripped off the Run The Jewels hands graphic that graces the album’s cover. [...]

Records / Angel Olsen: Burn Your Fire for No Witness

So there’s this Ergs! song that I just discovered, and in the three-odd months I’ve spent trying to write and rewrite a review for Burn Your Fire for No Witness—a triumphant, utterly confusing record with subtleties I call shitstorms—it’s...Show More Summary

Thank Arcade Fire For The Unicorns Reunion

Arcade Fire have been so big for so long that it’s easy to forget they emerged from the Montreal underground scene as long-dormant indie-pop quirk-masters the Unicorns, whose Nick Thorburn later went on to form the long-running Islands. In fact, as Thorburn points out in a new interview, the Unicorns actually took Arcade Fire on [...]

DOOM & Bishop Nehru – “Om”

Masked underground-rap fixture DOOM recently teamed up with the young New York rapper Bishop Nehru to record the new collaborative album NehruvianDOOM, and first single “Darkness (HBU)” featured Nehru rapping over an old DOOM beat. It seemed possible, after hearing that, that DOOM’s actual involvement in the album would be minimal. But “Om,” the latest [...]

Book Notes - Lance Olsen "[[ there. ]]"

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 5 Best Videos Of The Week

I don’t think I’ve done this before, but there’s a lyric video on this list. Its presence will probably annoy you. But if you think you can make a better lyric video, go ahead. Please. This week’s picks are below. 5. Katy Perry – “This Is How We Do” (Dir. IKYWTrouble) Those fonts! Those ’80s [...]

Future – “Coupe” Video

Future’s contribution to the Adult Swim Singles Series, “Coupe,” arrives with an animated video in which Future street races the devil. It’s a cartoon because Adult Swim, get it? Get it!

Petting Sounds

Heavy Petting Zoo From : Swansea, Wales Crash from Welsh dark rockers Heavy Petting Zoo is the latest in a long line of storming singles from the Too Pure singles club. The single is much more nuanced, more complex than you'd expect from a band who share their name with the title of NOFX's sixth album. Show More Summary

A Sunny Day In Glasgow – “Bye Bye Big Ocean (Ice Choir Remix)”

A Sunny Day In Glasgow came back out of nowhere earlier this year with Sea When Absent, and it’s their best album. Now the group will release the 5-song No Death EP, which comes with a remix of the opening track “Bye Bye Big Ocean.” The remix is done by Ice Choir, the current moniker [...]

Girl Band – “De Bom Bom”

Dublin’s Girl Band have already proven themselves masters of scraping noise-punk that matches early-’00s urban chaos of Liars and Black Dice with confrontational Midwest clamor of the Jesus Lizard/Big Black pigfucker persuasion. “De Bom Bom,” the quartet’s latest harrowing single, affirms that mastery. “De Bom Bom” is the best kind of nasty — plus, any [...]

LVL UP – “Soft Power”

It’s been three years since LVL UP released their debut album, Space Brothers, and a lot has happened in that time. The band went on an extensive tour, they released a great EP and another great split with Porches., and members Dave Benton and Mike Caridi built their label Double Double Whammy from a place [...]

Shorties (An Excerpt from Emily Mandel's New Novel, Merge Records' 25th Anniversary, and more)

Read the first chapter of Emily Mandel's forthcoming novel Station Eleven. Paste listed the best album released by Merge Records for every year of the label's 25-year history. Co-founder Laura Ballance shared a label playlist at the A.V. Club. SPIN...

Lil Wayne Is Launching A Sports Management Company And Cristiano Ronaldo Is His First Client

Jay Z famously had to sell his minuscule share of the Brooklyn Nets in order to launch a sports management company and represent athletes such as baseball star Robinson Canó. Now TMZ reports that noted sports fanatic (and fellow Mr. Carter) Lil Wayne is launching a sports management company of his own, and Portuguese soccer [...]

Air Release Vinyl-Only Museum Soundtrack

The music made by the long-running French duo Air always sounded like it was meant to soundtrack something — and often, it was soundtracking something. Now the duo has composed a series of ambient recordings inspired by artwork in the Palais De Beaux Arts De Lille. Music For Museum (in a nice reference to Eno’s [...]

Daily Downloads (Emily and the Complexes, Sleeves, and more)

Every day, Daily Downloads offers 10 free and legal mp3 downloads. Today's free and legal mp3 downloads: The Cordial Sins: "Before the Bend" [mp3] Emily and the Complexes: "You Won't" [mp3] from Dirty Southern Love Rose-Erin Stokes: Not Alone EP...

Watch Tori Amos Play “Wild Way” On Conan

We have a couple of decades of evidence that good things happen when you point TV cameras at Tori Amos; witness, for instance, this video of Amos playing “Winter” on The Tonight Show is 1993 and reducing Jay Leno to a stuttering mess. Last night, she did it again, performing entirely solo (just her and [...]

Phantogram – “Never Going Home (Thom alt-j Remix)”

Earlier this week, Phantogram recruited Future Islands to remix “Black Out Days,” a song from their new album Voices. And now, Phantogram have solicited another remix, this one from another more-popular-than-you’d-expected festival-mainstay band. Show More Summary

Watch Tweedy Breeze Through “Summer Noon” On Fallon

Spencer Tweedy, son of Wilco frontman Jeff, has probably watched his dad perform on TV at least a handful of times. Last night, Jeff was on TV again, and Spencer was up there with him. The two Tweedys have formed the new band Tweedy together, and their Sukierae, their first album as a unit, is [...]

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