Last month, Brooklyn’s Small Black released Limits Of Desire, an absolutely lovely album of starstruck small-stakes synthpop. Today, they drop a video for “No Stranger,” one of its highlights. The clip tells the story of a dude who sees a girl on a train, thinks about talking to her, chickens out, and then imagines how [...]
Here’s Mikky Ekko‘s Benny Blanco + John Hill-produced new single/anthem, which serves as the first... Read more »
Music critics make mistakes all the time, and I made one two years ago, when I reviewed Austra’s debut album Feel It Break for Pitchfork. I gave that album a positive review, but it was one of those wait-and-see positive reviews, like, “They’re onto something here! Let’s see what they can do next time around!” [...]
Listen to Why You Running Away by Ady Suleiman, featured on the Radio 1 playlist from 17/06/2013
Yeezus has risen, Tom has weighed in, and you can hear it legally now. But if you want to dig a little bit deeper into your listening, Babylon Cartel’s Gianni Lee and Mike Blud have made a mix of songs they think Kanye West sampled for the album. The collection is not perfect — “Black [...]
Portland duo Blouse offer up minimal, gauzy track “No Shelter” from their upcoming Captured Tracks release Imperium. The cut is a full blast of throwback pop that sounds almost liquid. Check it out here. Imperium is out 9/17 via Captured Tracks.
Taken from Julianna Barwick‘s gorgeous Nepenthe, out August 20 on Dead Oceans.
Brooklyn’s Nude Beach write buoyant, boisterous punk-based rock music made for drinking or driving — it’s like they’ve taken all the best elements of your favorite Replacements and Cheap Trick songs, combined them, and used them in the service of crafting summertime party anthems. Following their excellent 2012 LP II, the band are back with [...]
The Daniel Portrait of Kamp Grizzly-directed video for Local Natives’ “You & I” is truly upsetting until the last twenty seconds. Puppy enthusiasts be forewarned: This clip takes place in a future where dogs become extinct. Fortunately, in this terrible future there are also dog detectives (not like Wishbone, who is a dog that is [...]
Deco Pilot From London, United Kingdom You Know What I'm Looking For, a track from London synth poppers Deco Pilot's new EP This City, sounds like the missing link between The Killers and Franz Ferdinand. Check out the video and marvel as style and substance coalesce. Go Visit Deco Pilot - Facebook : Website Go View Deco Pilot You Know What I'm Looking For
I never really got into Local Natives’ first album, but ever since i got my hands on their sophomore effort (Hummingbird), I have had it on repeat constantly. It’s an easy record to listen to, both pretty and breezy at times, but with still serious enough subject and lyrics to connect with you on a [...]
I swear “Pendulum”, the lead single from Portland band Pure Bathing Culture’s upcoming album Moon Tides(out 8/20), reminds me of some other song but I can’t put my finger on it (anyone?). I say that because the track i’m thinking of was catchy as hell and this isn’t any different. Simple and breezy with a [...]
If you ever wanted to see Yolandi from Die Antwoord pee her pants, now is your opportunity with their new video for “Cookie Thumper.” This is the least troubling part of the whole thing, as the song is seemingly about being victimized by a recently-freed-from-jail drug dealer. I guess it’s better than black face? Major [...]
Ambient-music soul-stirrer Julianna Barwick builds gorgeous landscapes out of her own voice, and her new album Nepenthe looms; we’ve already heard the early track “Forever.” “One Half,” the next song she’s shared from the album, might be the closest thing to an actual song, rather than undulating whisper-cloud, that Barwick has ever made, though it [...]
Thoughts on Film... by Chris Fullerton Chris Fullerton is a Music and Film writer. He lives in Austin, Texas. FIRST SONG FROM THE NEW EP! NEW THIS WEEK - “From the very beginning, this was a haunting muse for me,” San Francisco-based singer/songwriter ROEM BAUR explains about his new single. Show More Summary
In the two years since Wilco released their eighth album, The Whole Love, frontman Jeff Tweedy has busied himself with an impressive array of extracurriculars. He applied starkly organic production to Low’s recent The Invisible Way and Mavis Staples’ forthcoming One True Vine, the legendary soul singer’s “Johnny Cash meets Rick Rubin” turn. He helped [...]
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...
UK noiseniks Fuck Buttons are back with a record four years in the making, titled Slow Focus. It’s out this summer, which isn’t soon enough. “The Red Wing” is its third track, and the band’s Andrew Hung has made it a video true to the song/album title (very red, less-than-focused). Slow Focus the band’s first [...]
Here’s something sad: “The Rock,” the new song from Providence scraggle-rock traditionalists Deer Tick, has nothing to do with the movie star and occasional professional wrestler Dwayne Johnson. Instead, it’s a love song, and a perfectly decent one, with an assured build and a rousing horn line. But can you imagine how much better this [...]
In the spring of 2011, I heard Ally Einbeinder speak at Ladyfest Easthampton panel on “Women In Punk And Hardcore.” Sitting in a circle of folding chairs in the showspace at the Western Mass community-centric venue Flywheel, Einbeinder reflected on her frustrating experiences booking DIY shows in a male-dominated community, as well as playing bass [...]