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Stream Chris Weisman The Holy Life That’s Coming

The acoustic guitar has been humanity’s instrument of choice to eek out woes, observations, and romantic minutia for so many centuries that it’s astounding to think there’s anything worthwhile left to be done in the form at all. Yet with just a four-track and the aforementioned instrument, Chris Weisman’s The Holy Life That’s Coming comes […]

Livestream The BRIT Awards Right Here

The BRIT Awards are the UK’s answer to the Grammys, and just like the Grammys, the BRITs love Sam Smith. Smith led this year’s nominations, which also include the likes of Damon Albarn, Jessie Ware, FKA twigs, Chvrches, Coldplay, Alt-J, Charli XCX, One Direction, Beck, Pharrell, Lana Del Rey, St. Vincent, Foo Fighters, Sia, Beyoncé, […]

L.A. Band The Singles Take Legal Action Against Scarlett Johansson’s New Supergroup

After my initial surprise about the Scarlett Johansson/Este Haim/Holly Miranda supergroup the Singles wore off, one of my first thoughts was: There has to be some other band called the Singles out there somewhere. Turns out just such a band exists in ScarJo & Co’s backyard of Los Angeles, and they aren’t happy about sharing […]

Book Notes - Matt Burriesci "Nonprofit"

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...

Clare Maguire – “Don’t Mess Me Around” Video

Clare Maguire has been through some shit. After landing a once-in-a-lifetime record deal at the tender age of 17, the singer was poked and prodded into a pop star image that was the opposite of what the singer wanted for herself. Following the flop of her major label debut, she grappled with alcohol abuse, got […]

Watch Action Bronson Reenact The Recording Studio Scene From Boogie Nights

There Will Be Blood is a great, great movie, but for my money, Paul Thomas Anderson’s best film to date is 1997’s Boogie Nights, about the rise and fall of fictional porn star Dirk Diggler (played by Mark Wahlberg). At the crest of that fall, a delusional, coked-out Diggler attempts to move from porn to […]

Nick Diamonds – “The Sting”

Nick Thorburn (of Islands, the Unicorns, and Mister Heavenly fame) has announced a new solo album under the name Nick Diamonds. Thorburn’s first album under the Diamonds moniker was 2011’s I Am An Attic. The followup to that is called City Of Quartz, and he’s shared the first single from it, “The Sting.” It’s a […]

Simon Joyner – “Nostalgia Blues”

Off-kilter Americana legend Simon Joyner perked up my ears with “You Got Under My Skin,” an early preview from his upcoming album Grass, Branch & Bone. “Nostalgia Blues,” a seven-minute epic from the same record, is just as captivating. Joyner’s sorrowful, skeletal folk songcraft reminds me of everyone from Dylan to Reed to Oldham to […]

Watch The Trailer For Brian Wilson Biopic Love & Mercy

Beach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson is one of the most legendary figures in music, a guy who wrote and produced dozens of classic songs and helped shape the album as music’s preeminent artistic statement. He’s also a bit of an oddball, which makes him an ideal subject for a Hollywood biopic. Just such a movie […]

Kaki King – “Anthropomorph” Video

Guitar virtuoso Kaki King is billing her next album, The Neck Is A Bridge To The Body, as a multimedia project, and she’s teaming up with visual artists to bring her new compositions to life. King has always had the ability to create evocative imagery through few words, and in the video for “Anthropomorph,” Shantell […]

Algiers – “Blood” Video

Algiers are a Georgia gospel-spook trio who wield a double-edged sword of religion and politics to slice through the pasty, vapid mess of pop culture in America right now. In the video for “Blood” — only their second song ever — frontman Franklin James Fisher sits, barely restrained as he belts out the song’s dirge-like […]

King Cong

Viet Cong From: Calgary, Alberta, Canada Viet Cong's debut self titled album was released last week and I'm sorry to say I've not featured the band on the blog yet. The Calgary band, born from the Women (featured on the blog in 2010, Sleep Talking) have served up a brutal, unsettling album that demands to be taken seriously. Show More Summary

1 Terrifying Mashup Only ’90s Kids Will Understand

I’ve made no secret of my disdain for Limp Bizkit — I literally just published a Black Market column today in which that disdain was directly addressed — so it feels like some bizarre atonement (punishment?) to be forced to witness this: a mashup of Limp Bizkit’s 1999 song “Break Stuff” with the theme music […]

Watch A Scene FKA Twigs Choreographed For New Thriller Catch Me Daddy

Before she found her way to weird-pop stardom, FKA twigs was a dancer, and we see that side of her, to some degree, every time she drops another video. And she’s passing along the sacred knowledge of dance, too. The new British indie film Catch Me Daddy is a thriller about a Pakistani family whose […]

Tom Demac – “Smoke Stained Ivories”

“Smoke Stained Ivories,” the title track from techno producer Tom Demac’s upcoming EP, matches a brisk, shuffling house rhythm with luminescent synth melodies and pounded piano chords. It’s a gorgeous piece of work that reminds me of Laurel Halo in a Disclosure state of mind. Demac shared some background on the track with The Fader: […]

Stream Beech Creeps Beech Creeps (Stereogum Premiere)

Brooklyn’s Beech Creeps describe themselves as a three-limbed “rock ‘n roll Chimera,” a fire-breathing, mythological creature that’s terrifying because of the way it combines already known quantities of beast into one roiling mass. Continuing...Show More Summary

Turn To Crime – “Prince Of Slackers”

Slapdash Detroit postpunkers Turn To Crime, led by former Awesome Color frontman Derek Stanton, released an impressive debut album called Can’t Love last year. They’ve already announced plans to follow that one up with a new LP called Actions, which they recorded in Stanton’s Detroit basement studio. The first single has the on-the-nose title “Prince […]

Jenny Hval Announces New Album Apocalypse, girl

Norwegian experimentalist Jenny Hval has announced her third solo album, Apocalypse, girl, and shared a trailer for the project. Fellow Norwegian and noise musician Lasse Marhaug interviewed Hval early last year, and she enjoyed the conversation so much that she enlisted Marhaug to produce her next record. Along with Marhaug, Hval worked with her bandmates […]

The Black Market: The Month In Metal – February 2015

At the very end of January, a few days after last month’s Black Market was published, Tom interviewed Wes Borland — the guitar player in Limp Bizkit who dresses like he accidentally went onstage with the wrong band — and Tom, bless his heart, confronted Borland directly on my behalf, asking him (without my prodding […]

Lindstrøm & Grace Hall – “Home Tonight”

The Norwegian space-disco master Lindstrøm has made some beautifully zoned-out instrumental music, but he’s often at his best when he’s working with a vocalist, pushing his astral Italo thumps toward something resembling pop music. On his new single “Home Tonight,” Lindstrøm joins forces with Grace Hall, singer for the L.A. bedroom-R&B duo Skin Town. Together, […]

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