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Next year, YouTube will celebrate its 10th anniversary. For nearly a decade, then, music videos have belonged almost entirely to the internet. Once upon a time, video directors made their work for TV, expecting you to run across their images when you were flipping through channels. By the time YouTube hit its second year, that [...]
Back in August, James Murphy teamed up with IBM to make an album based on U.S. Open tennis data. Murphy and co. built a kind of algorithm using IBM Software that takes tennis match data (serve speed, number of aces, and several other things that I don’t understand) and generates it into music cues, creating [...]
Wondering Sound reports that the pioneering rap producer Larry Smith, the man responsible for Run-D.M.C.’s simple and crushing sound, has died. The longtime rap insider Combat Jack spread the word on Twitter after speaking with Smith’s family. Smith was 63. Smith, who grew up in Queens, started out as a session musician. In 1979, he [...]
We’ve already heard one club-ready remix of Jessie Ware’s “You & I (Forever),” but Corbu have taken the track in a decidedly different direction. The Brooklyn dream-pop band have converted Ware’s love song into a shimmering shoegaze production verging on trip-hop. It sounds as sultry and optimistic as the original, but in an entirely different [...]
Faerground Accidents From: Sheffield, England Today we take a brief break from the glut of Christmas related songs on the blog (don't worry there are still more on their way) for a late entry to the candidates for the Devil's top 14 for 2014. Show More Summary
The video for Marilyn Manson’s crunching, seething new single “Deep Six” is about an undulating CGI black worm with Marilyn Manson’s face. Or maybe it’s about an undulating CGI black worm who swallows Marilyn Manson. Either explanation seems plausible. Also, that worm swallows a woman who doesn’t have any nipples. That’s pretty much all you [...]
Black Mountain frontman Stephen McBean also leads the sometimes-great side project Pink Mountaintops, and they released a deeply strange album called Get Back earlier this year. The French lifestyle website April 77 just recruited the band to release a new two-song 7?. The A-side is a bleary, twangy rocker called “Asleep With An Angel.” It [...]
Real Estate played the Music Hall Of Williamsburg in Brooklyn last night, and they performed an unreleased song described by Alex Bleeker as “a beautiful, sephardic tune.” Stereogum reader Joey Garza shot some video from the balcony; on YouTube, he notes, “It still has that signature mellow groove that’s characteristic of a good Real Estate [...]
In the weekly Atomic Books Comics Preview, Benn Ray highlights notable new comics and graphic novels. Benn Ray is the owner of Atomic Books, an independent bookstore in Baltimore. The Mobtown Shank is his blog, and his comic Said...
The clanging, expressive Michigan post-hardcore band La Dispute released a very good album called Rooms Of A House earlier this year, and they’re heading out on tour in a few months with like-minded road warriors Title Fight and the Hotelier. They’ve also just shared a video for the intense, slow-building “Woman (Reading).” Director Niall Coffey [...]
33 is Los Angeles musician Mary Pearson, formerly one-half of Brooklyn tropical electronic psych experimentalists and old-school Band To Watch High Places. She released her debut single “Inside Stuff” earlier this month, and today fellow LA imports and basketball fans Liars have delivered a typically ominous remix. What had been a beat-driven minimal daydream is [...]
Fatboy Slim’s big beat breakout track “The Rockafeller Skank” felt like a giddy novelty in 1998, when it came out. But it hit huge, and the song, when you run across it now, is still nearly as much of a goofy blast as it ever was. The speaker company Bose has now put together a [...]
McSweeney's features a new short story by Kelly Link. Flavorwire listed the best song lyrics of the year. 31 online "best books of 2014" lists were added to the master aggregation at Largehearted Boy yesterday (bringing the total number of...