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Panda Bear – “Crosswords” Video

“Crosswords” is the fifth track from Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper to get a video, following clips for “Mr Noah,” “Boys Latin,” “Tropic Of Cancer,” and “Come To Your Senses.” This one was directed by Mount Emult, and stars a very jovial dancer dude that uses a keycard to enter a building, which I […]

Ben Folds – “Oh My My” (Ringo Starr Cover)

Back in January, David Lynch presented Ringo Starr with the Lifetime Of Peace & Love Award at a benefit show for Lynch’s foundation. The concert featured a slew of artists performing songs from Starr’s vast catalog, among them Joe Walsh, Ben Harper, Ben Folds, The Head and the Heart, Brendan Benson, Bettye LaVette, Ark Life, […]

Lush Plan Reunion Album

Back in September, Lush announced that they were reuniting for their first shows in 20 years. Now, it looks like they’re recording some new material as well (without drummer Chris Acland, sadly, who committed suicide in 1996). As Reddit points out, a new biography for the band that’s currently posted on the website for their […]

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

I tend to value flashiness and fun over relentless weirdness when I’m judging music videos. This week, though, we got two exceptional relentless-weirdness videos, videos that do relentless-weirdness well enough that they stay interesting rather than numbing. Check out this week’s picks below. 5. Robin Schulz – “Show Me Love” (Feat. J.U.D.G.E.) (Dir. Zak Stoltz) […]

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

This week, the unavoidable question must be addressed: What is 5 Best Songs in a post-Art Angels world? (We found ourselves in a similar position earlier this year, when faced with 5 Best Songs in a post-E•MO•TION world.) So what is it? It is, in part, a world in which other artists pay tribute to […]

Book Notes - Jennifer Miller "The Heart You Carry Home"

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, T.C. Boyle, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee...

Stream WoodzSTHLM Lighthouse EP

Stockholm producer WoodzSTHLM (that’s pronounced Woodz Stockholm, I’m told) is releasing his Lighthouse EP today, and it’s one of the most hauntingly pretty musical suites I’ve encountered in a while. The set comprises five icy electronic ballads helmed by an array of vocalists, each track steeped in R&B’s dark side but presented with chamber-pop grandeur. […]

Stream The Spook School Try To Be Hopeful

“Sometimes I get so hopeful I make myself scared/ That I will wake up and the hope will disappear.” Everything you need to know about the Spook School’s outlook is right there in the title of their sophomore record: Try To Be Hopeful. The human (and, especially, queer) experience is typically centered around a series […]

This Week's Interesting Music Releases - November 20, 2015

Adele's 25 is the week's most celebrated new album. Natalie Prass's Side By Side EP and Shovels & Rope's covers collection Busted Jukebox: Volume 1 are my favorite new releases. The Grateful Dead's Fare Thee Well is a 2-CD...

FKA Twigs, Iggy Pop, Philip Glass, & More To Play Tibet House Benefit

The 26th annual Tibet House US Benefit will take place on 2/22 at New York City’s Carnegie Hall, and its initial lineup was just announced. FKA Twigs, Iggy Pop, Philip Glass, Sharon Jones, Basia Bulat, and Dechen Shak-Dagsay with Helge van Dyk will perform. All proceeds from ticket sales go to Tibet House US, a […]

Ty Segall – “20th Century Boy” (T. Rex Cover)

Our nation’s #1 garage rocker, Ty Segall, has covered many a T. Rex song over the years, most of them appearing on 7? EPs in 2011 and 2013. Goner Records is compiling those covers into an album called Ty-Rex for release Black Friday, and Spin has an advance stream today. The album includes Segall’s previously […]

stream the new EP from PC Music's Danny L Harle + download a bonus track

Danny L Harle's Broken Flowers EP is out today on PC Music / Columbia. Stream the whole EP — including a new version of the amazing title track — and download bonus track "Always Remember" below: Continue reading…

Atomic Books Comics Preview - November 20, 2015

In the weekly Atomic Books Comics Preview, Benn Ray highlights notable new comics, graphic novels, and books. Benn Ray is the owner of Atomic Books, an independent bookstore in Baltimore. The Mobtown Shank is his blog, and his comic...

One Direction Replaced Zayn With A Potato

With Zayn off trying to Timberlake himself, it obvious there’s something missing in the One Direction formula. So why not replace him with a potato and see what it can do? It’s a solid vegetable (?)! Fried, baked, julienned… it’s so versatile! Maybe it’s exactly what the boy band needs as they head off into […]

Walter Martin – “Jobs I Had Before I Got Rich & Famous”

When the Walkmen announced their hiatus in 2013, Walter Martin told us that he planned to release an album of music for children. It wasn’t an LP designed to counter Raffi’s reign; instead, Martin presented us with a collection of songs that adults and children could both understand well and listen to together. And so, […]

The Ghost Of Tom Joad Turns 20

Bruce Springsteen admits the ’90s were his “lost period.” “I didn’t do a lot of work. Some people would say I didn’t do my best work,” he told Rolling Stone in 2009. And it’s true. That decade occupies a strange space in Springsteen’s career. He had broken up the E Street Band: his gang; a […]

Bossie – “Tell It All”

Anne Douris, the Toronto singer better known as Bossie, has already proven herself to be a master of insanely fun, artful pop music — “There Will Be Time,” for example, glitters like a disco ball over a roller rink. Her latest single “Tell It All” maintains that sense of vibrantly colorful ’80s revivalism, but as […]

Chvrches – “Empty Threat” Video

Chvrches released the excellent sophomore album Every Open Eye a few months ago, and now they’ve given us the first truly great music video of their career. Chvrches themselves don’t appear in the video for the Every Open Eye track “Empty Threat.” Instead, the clip tells the story of a crew of high-school goths from […]

EMA – “Amnesia Haze”

EMA did the score for the film #HORROR, which was directed by Tara Subkoff and stars Chloe Sevigny and Natasha Lyonne. Today, she’s shared “Amnesia Haze,” the first track from the score, which she created alongside frequent collaborator Leif Shackelford. “Film work and scoring is fun for me because I get to make all this […]

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