1. Sardines have a lot of predators, let's face it. But they have a built-in defense against these predators called baitballing. When they are under threat, they swirl rapidly in a large spherical mass, becoming, essentially, a weapon. Some...
VIDEO COVERS NEW TODAY! BEAUTIFUL COVER TELLS A NEW STORY - While on tour together this summer, Chicago's Filligar and indie harpist Mikaela Davis (Rochester, NY) arranged and recorded this take on Spiritualized's "Too Late." it wasShow More Summary
Of all black metal’s many hybridized forms, none has produced a more rewarding body of work than folk-influenced black metal (or “pagan” black metal, if you’re trying to make it sound cooler), which frankly includes everything from Bathory to Agalloch. Two of that genre’s very best bands, no qualification necessary, are England’s Winterfylleth and Ukraine’s [...]
Earlier this year, New York Times pop critic Jon Caramanica wrote a piece about pop’s Summer Of Smooth, about how many of this year’s big warm-weather crossover hits were soft and breezy and immaculately produced and comforting pieces of throwbacky, slick pseudo-R&B. Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” drove the narrative, but it also encompassed Bruno Mars [...]
Linda Perhacs hasn’t released an album in 44 years, but her one record, Parralellograms, is an outright classic. When I saw her play her first New York show a few months ago at the Mexican Summer Anniversary it was absolutely breathtaking. Perhacs talked about how she was finishing her long awaited sophomore album at the [...]
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...
Just 24 hours after the release of the BBC's Sound of 2014 list, comes the alternative Blog Sound of 2014 long list, and yes I was involved again. Blog Sound of 2014 long list announced was originally published on The Blue Walrus.
It’s hard for a new band to build up much of a buzz this time of year, when every music writer on the internet is stressing over year-end lists or whatever. And yet here come Boston mosh-funk weirdos Guerilla Toss, who are bringing that old screechy Need New Body DIY spazz-attack style into the new [...]
Atlanta rap superballs Migos released the ridiculously, dangerously catchy mixtape Y.R.N. earlier this year, and everything we’ve heard from Y.R.N. 2, the forthcoming follow-up, suggests that we’re looking at similar levels of weaponized catchiness. The two tracks we’ve already heard, “Emmitt Smith” and “Ran Up The Money,” spent the weekend fighting for space in our [...]
Devendra Banhart’s deeply strange, oddly compelling video for “Mondo Taurobolium,” a song from his 2013 album Mala, is a trippy animation that takes place entirely in a world of cartoon ducks and wolves. Banhart voice-acts the main role, as a disaffected movie-star duck, while actual movie star Rose McGowan plays his girlfriend, and both get [...]
Just before Halloween we learned about Morning Phase, the first Beck album since 2008?s Modern Guilt that doesn’t require the presence of someone who can read sheet music to experience. Then, just before Thanksgiving, we heard a live rendition of “Wave,” which our own Tom Breihan described as “a simple and heartstoppingly beautiful new song” [...]
We’re teaming with PopMarket — the music shopping club that offers flash deals on vinyl and CD sets — on a contest that will deliver to one lucky entrant three sweet bundles of records from three of our favorite bands: Radiohead, the National, and Arcade Fire. Here’s what the winner will receive: The Radiohead bundle, [...]
Last week I was out here calling the young British soul singer Sam Smith our next Jeff Buckley after hearing his dumbfounding demo “Not In That Way.” For his latest song, which for whatever reason is being touted as his debut single, he’s back to the club-crushing theatrics he first displayed as the vocalist on [...]
As part of a recent promotional push, HP Computers hired the Chicago rap youngster (and recent Mixtape Of The Week honoree) Vic Mensa and visionary producer Clams Casino to head into the studio together and make a song. They had two days to make a song and a video and to decorate the studio, and [...]
On Saturday night, a Pearl Jam fan in Spokane held up a sign promising to let the band shave his dreadlocked head if they’d perform his request, “Brain Of J.” They brought him onstage to headbang with his formidable dreads one last time to the Yield opener, then Eddie Vedder busted out clippers for a [...]
I was lucky enough to be asked to be part of the BBC's yearly Sound of... poll this year, and with the long list announced I can now share the names of the bands and artists that 170 of the finest industry folk are picking to break out next year. BBC Sound of 2014 Long List Announced was originally published on The Blue Walrus.
Both individually and together, El-P and Killer Mike are two of rap’s best interviews. They’re funny, they’re gregarious, and they have a lot of shit to say. (This 2008 Killer Mike interview is probably my favorite interview that I’ve ever done, with anyone.) But they’ve been doing a lot of interviews lately, and evidently many [...]
Matt Bloom makes a case for reading in bars at The Bold Italic. Paste, Q Magazine, The Quietus, Rolling Stone, and Spin list the best albums of 2013. 25 online year-end "best books of 2013" lists were added to the...
New York City’s Forest Fire released their third album Screens back in September. They released a video for “Waiting In The Night” the same day as the album’s release, and today we get their second video, for poppy track “Passengers.” It features black and white footage of artist Maurice Thomassen working on a large painting, [...]
By the end of 1970, Neil Young was replacing his identity as former member of Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young, and becoming the solo performer we know today, playing a series of six shows at Washington D.C.’s Cellar Door. After the band had split up in July, Young released After The Gold Rush, which succeeded [...]