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The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

Admittedly, this is a bit of a weird week for 5 Best Songs. Not weird because the songs are stranger than usual (they’re not) or because they’re weak in some way (they’re super not), but because there’s no single track that casts a gigantic shadow over the others. But weirdness often makes for great spectacle. […]

Gacha – “Let Me Love You” & “Waterfalls” (Feat. TBA)

Berlin producer Gacha’s pearly, electronic comedowns are soothing above all. In advance of releasing his debut full-length Send Two Sunsets, we premiered the title track, and now he’s shared two others. “Let Me Love You” is not a Ne-Yo cover, but a lingering command that’s far more meditative than demanding. On “Waterfalls,” he’s once again […]

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

One of the videos getting a lot of notice this week is Calexico’s clip for “Falling From The Sky,” starring José González and an absolutely disgusting worm creature. I can recognize that it’s a very good video, but it’s not on this list, because I hate that fucking worm creature. It just skeeves me out. […]

John Metcalfe – “Just Let Go” (Feat. Natasha Khan)

Violinist John Metcalfe is an expert at bridging the classical and pop worlds, and his latest single does just that. “Just Let Go,” from Metcalfe’s upcoming The Appearance Of Colour casts Bat For Lashes singer Natasha Khan’s AutoTuned vocals against a mystically creeping orchestral slow build and, eventually, a deconstructed trip-hop thump. It’s a marvelous […]

So Anxious

Ginuwine - "So Anxious" Drake - "Legend" Here we have an object lesson in taking the things about you that you can't shake and spinning them into a superpower. Twice over. So, pre- the new(ish) Drake tape, had you thought...

The Infamous Turns 20

When Kanye West was recording My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy in Hawaii, he famously hung a sign on the studio wall that read “What would Mobb Deep do?” That means Kanye wanted people like Justin Vernon and Rick Ross to put themselves in the same mindset of two teenage Queensbridge hyenas, young geniuses at the […]

Giorgio Moroder – “Tom’s Diner” (Feat. Britney Spears) (Suzanne Vega Cover)

Giorgio Moroder’s new album Déjà Vu is his first in 30 years, and it also features a ton of wacky and unexpected high-profile pop star collaborations. The wackiest and most genius might be Britney Spears covering Suzanne Vega’s “Tom’s Diner,” which has made it online a little earlier than expected. Listen to Moroder and Britney’s […]

Shana Cleveland & The Sandcastles – “Holy Rollers” Video

La Luz frontwoman Shana Cleveland is releasing her solo debut with her other band, the Sandcastles, in May. We premiered the finger-picked rattler “Itching Around” a few weeks back, and before that she also shared the quiet, cat-stretch lazy track “Golden Days.” Now, she’s directed a drama-kid-weird video for yet another excellent song off her […]

Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments

Here at Stereogum we love musicians. But musicians do not always love us, especially this week. Amanda Palmer stopped by to address our criticism of her crowdfunding endeavors, though to her credit she stuck around and answered questions. We ranked post-punk band Wire’s albums worst to best and they were not impressed. Charlie Puth hasn’t […]

Planes Mistaken For Stars Announce Mercy Reissue, Promise New Music

The Colorado-by-way-of-Illinois band Planes Mistaken For Stars were ticketed for some degree of stardom when their first full-length album, Fuck With Fire, dropped in 2001. That was the same year that brought Thursday’s Full Collapse, Hot Water Music’s A Flight And A Crash, and Converge’s Jane Doe. In other words: a boom time for scathing, […]

Watch The Replacements Play New Song “Whole Foods Blues”; Studio Recordings, Box Sets, Book, Movie In The Works

The Replacements reunion keeps picking up steam. Not only is the band in the midst of their first U.S. tour since 1991, they’ve also got a bunch of new projects in the works. Co-manager Darren Hill tells Billboard that recording sessions in Waltham, Mass. and Minneapolis have yielded seven or eight “actual” songs (as opposed […]

Towkio – “Reflection” (Prod. Kaytranada)

I was gaga for Towkio’s gooey, ebullient “Heaven Only Knows.” We even chose it as one of the best songs that week, and given Chance’s assertion that.Wav Theory was one of the year’s best releases, anticipation began to build. “Reflection” is a total 180 from Towkio’s jazz-addled joy. It’s a warbly, EDM downer about […]

Malone Again Naturally

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Heather Woods Broderick – “A Call For Distance”

Yes, Heather Woods Broderick is Peter Broderick’s sister. And yes, she works closely with Sharon Van Etten, and has been a part of Horse Feathers, Efterklang, and plenty of other collaborations. This summer, however, belongs solely to Heather. She’s releasing her first solo album, Glider, through Western Vinyl, and “A Call For Distance” is the […]

Book Notes - Aline Ohanesian "Orhan's Inheritance"

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...

The Grateful Dead Reportedly Planning To Tour With John Mayer After Farewell Shows

When the Grateful Dead’s surviving members announced a trio of farewell shows in Chicago over July 4 weekend, the process was so fraught with complications — scalpers buying up tickets and hawking them for insane prices, camping permits denied — that they added some extra gigs in California the weekend before. That seemed like a […]

Lindstrøm & Grace Hall – “Home Tonight” Video

Space-disco wizard Hans-Peter Lindstrøm is getting ready to release Runddans, his unlikely collaborative album with Todd Rundgren and Serena-Maneesh’s Emil Nikolaisen, but that’s not all he’s got going on. He just linked up with Skin Town singer Grace Hall for the excellently graceful dance single “Home Tonight.” And now we get a “Home Tonight” video; […]

Remembering Bernard Stollman: 10 Essential ESP-Disk Albums

Bernard Stollman died this week at 85. Unknown to most but a legend to many, he was one of the most important non-musicians in the history of the 1960s jazz avant-garde. Stollman, a lawyer, founded the ESP-Disk label in 1964, initially so he could release Ni Kantu En Esperanto, an album of songs and poetry […]

Sia – “Big Girls Don’t Cry (Bleachers Remix)”

Sia Furler and Jack Antonoff are two music-business insiders now finding ways to weird up the mainstream on their own. Furler wrote hits for people like Rihanna before finding her own transgressive performance-art style of pop stardom. Antonoff, meanwhile, is a member of Fun. and a Taylor Swift collaborator, and he records excellently playful and […]

Mini Dresses – “Are You Real” (Stereogum Premiere)

Like so many great bands, Mini Dresses started out as a home recording project. Since then, singer/bassist Lira Mondai and guitarist Caufield Schnug have made an Austin-to-Boston move, acquired a Tascam 488 home recording console, and teamed up with drummer Luke Brandon. “Are You Real,” from the band’s upcoming cassette EP FOUR, exudes a groovy […]

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