Publishers Weekly previewed the best books of the summer. The Rumpus interviewed musician Stephen Malkmus. NPR shared an excerpt from Colson Whitehead's new novel The Noble Hustle. The Quietus reconsidered Pulp's His 'N' Hers album 20 years after its release....
If you’ve been paying attention to this year’s music festival lineup announcements, the bill for this year’s Austin City Limits festival won’t look especially surprising or adventurous. But this is one of the big festivals, and the sheer number of big names makes for a pretty impressive poster. As with last year, the show will [...]
Every day, Daily Downloads offers 10 free and legal mp3 downloads. Today's free and legal mp3 downloads: Cory Kilgannon: The Hollow EP [mp3] The Felice Brothers: Cherry Licorice + Four Amigos EP [mp3] Lindsey Cohen: "Speechless" [mp3] from Grace Under...
In keeping with the 2014 rule that everything musically good in Scotland seems to be coming from Livingstone at the moment (yes, I know, don’t ask), here is some excellent new stuff from Andrew R. Burns. I would normally have said “like alansmithee before him, he seems to be very much enamoured with Mac DeMarco” but […]
Sydney’s Movement drops what is probably their best song yet (although “Like Lust” continues to... Read more »
Every once in awhile you click on a video and are given such a jolt that you almost fry your motherboard. Watching Violent Shiver was one of those occasions. So then I watched it again and again. Booker has signed to ATO and will be releasing his full-length later this year. The PR piece described [...]
When a company can’t get the rights to a song that they want to use for a commercial, the go-to move nowadays seems to be to just hire someone to compose a nearly identical version of it. It’s happened to a countless number of bands: Beach House, LCD Soundsystem, the Black Keys, and many, many [...]
Though it’s been a couple years since their comeback album, Garbage have made a habit of releasing something worthwhile on Record Store Day. Last year they recorded a cover of Patti Smith’s “Because The Night” with Screaming Females lead singer Melissa Paternoster, and this year they dropped a single with two unreleased songs. First there’s [...]
The Vision for The Outlaw Roadshow was always a simple one. Find a better way to connect people with music and one other. And in doing so, Ryan Spaulding and Adam Duritz founded an ever-growing community of musicians and fans that continue to come together. Show More Summary
We last heard from Death Cab For Cutie in October when they posted some enticing Instagram pics that showed them in the studio recording what should be an epic post-divorce album from Ben Gibbard. No word on when that’s coming out but hopefully this boring mashup of ODB’s “Shimmy Shimmy Ya” and DJ Kool’s “Let [...]
If you haven’t opened your Record Store Day purchases yet, you may want to throw it up on eBay instead. Just two days after the big day, RSD exclusives are being flipped for ridiculous amounts of money. Any list like this is imperfect and this is probably already out of date but we’ve combed through [...]
This past weekend, for Record Store Day, Jack White attempted the “world’s fastest record” — recording and pressing vinyl copies of his new song “Lazaretto” in three hours and change. But “Lazaretto” is also the title track from White’s forthcoming solo album, and the live-in-studio version of it that White recorded on Saturday isn’t the [...]
Britpop turns 20 this year, and we’re celebrating at Stereogum in grand fashion all this week, in particular because several iconic Britpop albums are hitting the same milestone over the next several months. Arguably the biggest of those is Oasis’ debut album, Definitely Maybe, which will be receiving a massive reissue from Big Brother Recordings [...]
After two weekends at Coachella where they brought out some special guests and messed with their audience, Arcade Fire are heading to Los Angeles for a secret show tonight at The Roxy. In a Facebook post that has since been deleted (but was recorded by Spin), the band announced the show: “We’re playing a small [...]
Artist Natalie Sharp (who also records music under the name Lone Taxidermist) did something pretty cool to celebrate Record Store Day. She painted the album covers of some her favorite albums onto her face and it turned out weirdly beautiful but also kind of freaky. “I stupidly thought I could knock these out in a [...]
The prolific rock musician, producer, and record label owner, Jack White, has created yet another milestone in his 20+ year high-profile career. White, with help from collaborators, released what is said to be the fastest record every made – from the moment of the recording, through the pressing of the vinyl, to the distribution – [...]Show More Summary
Alexis Zoumbas - "Tzamara Arvanitiko". The man became rich with his crying violin. He took the instrument from hall to hall, from town to town, showing its weeping to the people. He cradled it in his hands, bowed and...
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...
In the early ’80s, U2, from Ireland, and the Alarm, from Wales, were peers: Two bands who came out of punk rock but who quickly learned how to write enormous stadium-shaking inspirational singalongs. The Alarm peaked with 1984?s Declaration and then slowly faded from view, while U2 had a slightly different trajectory. For a new [...]
At every gig they’ve played since their much-hyped 2011 reunion, Pulp’s set opener has been “Do You Remember The First Time?” It’s a typically Pulpian move, simultaneously tongue-in-cheek and incredibly revealing — and, of course, ultimately about sex. By starting their shows with “Do You Remember the First Time?,” Pulp concedes that reunion tours are [...]