Jonathan Bates of Mellowdrone — also, lately, M83 — works extensively on side projects alongside collaborators and as a producer, but nothing fascinates him like UFO folklore. That’s the driving creative force behind one of his solo projects, Big Black Delta. For this project, Bates has been revisiting his passion for musical discovery, trying out […]
As we reported a few days ago, the UK dance producer Powell recently used a sample of legendary producer and noise-rock curmudgeon Steve Albini introducing a song at a Big Black show long ago. Powell emailed Albini and asked for permission to use the sample, and Albini approved it, asking for no money in return. […]
The BBC and Vol. 1 Brooklyn previewed October's new books. The Guardian reviewed two new biographies of Lou Reed: Notes from the Velvet Underground by Howard Sounes and Dirty Blvd. by Aidan Levy. Porochista Khakpour talked books with Literary Hub....
The last time A$AP Rocky showed up on James Corden’s Late Late Show, he was a surprise guest on Rod Stewart’s Carpool Karaoke segment, popping up to rap a quick verse from his Stewart-sampling At.Long.Last.A$AP single “Everyday.” Last night, Rocky was the musical guest on the show, and he did the song once again, or […]
Every day, Daily Downloads offers free and legal music and/or stream. Today's free and legal mp3 downloads: Canon Canyon: Conducted by Thieves album [mp3] Deb and the Mentals: Feel the Mantra EP [mp3] Nonta: "Pulse" [mp3] Minden: Saint single [mp3]...
On The Tonight Show, the Roots members ?uestlove and Captain Kirk Douglas have a recurring bit called Black Simon & Garfunkel. They dress in mock turtlenecks like actual Simon & Garfunkel, they get that faraway look in their eyes, and they sing solemn, harmonized versions of current pop hits. They’ve done songs like “Shake It […]
(photo source) Dura - "Cochineale" [Out on October 13th. Pre-Order] So there is water on Mars apparently, and there was Super Moon Eclipse a couple of days ago. I saw a little bit but i mostly was looking at...
A couple of weeks ago, notorious curmudgeon Mark Kozelek canceled a Sun Kil Moon performance at the Ottawa CityFolk Festival due to a feud with the festival’s “unorganized promoters,” particularly Mark Monahan. Monahan explained his side of things in an interview with the Ottawa Sun, basically saying that Kozelek was just being an unreasonable crazy […]
Veteran Compton rapper the Game recently announced his upcoming sixth album The Documentary 2, a sequel to his 2005 debut The Documentary, and it’s absolutely massive. The first half of the 38-song double album is out 10/9, and it boasts a stacked list of guest features — Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Future, Dr. Dre, […]
I first heard about Son Little back around March. Since then I have been on the fence regarding his music. Kinda depended on which way the wind blew. But this track just won we over. Its a simple, beautiful track that just lets his talent shine on through. It makes me want to go home [...]
Janet Jackson’s big comeback album, Unbreakable, comes out at the end of this week. So far, we’ve heard three tracks from it — “No Sleeep,” the title track, and the Missy Elliott-featuring “BURNITUP” — and now a fourth has surfaced. This one’s called “S.E.X.L.I.N.E.S.” and it certainly lives up to its name, interpolating the beat […]
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The slow, improbable rise of gorgeous slowcore-folk trio Daughter brings me great pleasure. Elena Tonra is a masterful lyricist and vocalist, but it’s not just her that makes Daughter such a well-balanced, elegant act. Guitarist Igor Haefeli and drummer Remi Aguilella expertly and carefully construct the kind of wounded, dark pop prisms that let Tonra’s […]
I have no fucking clue what Swings’ lead singer, Jamie Finucane, is saying about 90 percent of the time, which leads me to believe that he doesn’t really sing; he emotes. The last single we heard off of the DC-based band’s forthcoming record, Sugarwater, pulled my heartstrings in dozens of different directions, and this new […]
As I write this, I’m sharing my office with a 130-pound yellow labrador named Flapjack. The last time I took him to a boarder, she was like, “You know your dog’s massively overweight, right?” And yes, I do. It’s hard to miss. He is a titanic mass of dog. He is big and dumb 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, T.C. Boyle, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee...
After previewing their new album Split Figure with two advance singles — “Like A Statue” and “Out Of Metaphors” — LA-via-Ohio group Line & Circle are streaming the whole thing in advance of its release. Here’s what the band had to say about some of the themes they explored on the record: In a modern […]
The hook for Nocando’s latest song nicks a line that’s been so overused it barely counts as a hook anymore: “I fell in love with a stripper.” But “Alaska” travels into colder territory from there, half lamenting, half skewering the ensuing relationship. As always, his wordplay is crisp and aggressive, interpolating words of loneliness to […]
In the Largehearted Word series, the staff of Brooklyn's WORD bookstore highlights several new books released this week. WORD Bookstores are independent neighborhood bookstores in Greenpoint, Brooklyn and Jersey City, New Jersey. Our primary goal is to be whatever...
Moody Pittsburgh electronic duo Zombi are coming out with a new record next month called Shape Shift, and we’ve posted two tracks from it so far: “Mission Creep” and “Pillars Of The Dawn.” The next song they’ve shared from it is called “Shadow Hand,” and the quietly rhythmic track feels like it could serve as […]