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mp3: Lydia Ainsworth covers “Wicked Game”

We’ve established that we’re unabashed fans of the “Wicked Game” cover in general, whether the... Read more »

gorilla vs. bear’s songs of 2014

Following last week’s definitive albums of the year list, we present our favorite songs of... Read more »

The Who Play “A Quick One, While He’s Away” For The First Time In 44 Years

2 weeks agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

True story: Last summer, at the longstanding Columbus, Ohio community festival known as ComFest, I saw two separate local bands cover the Who’s epic song-suite “A Quick One, While He’s Away,” unbeknownst to each other. It was a crazy coincidence, especially since the actual Who haven’t played it in 44 years. That changed Sunday night [...]

Freeway & Girl Talk – “Lived It” Video

2 weeks agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

There are few things in this world more life-affirming than watching local rap stars moving through their hometowns, shaking hands and kissing babies. Philly veteran Freeway teamed up with mash-up monster Girl Talk for the Broken Ankles EP earlier this year, and their new video for the seen-it-all song “Lived It” ends with the two [...]

video premiere: Katie Gately – Pivot

As we’ve already mentioned, Katie Gately is creating playful and occasionally unsettling next-level vocal “pop”... Read more »

video premiere: Princess Chelsea – No Church on Sunday

New Zealand’s Princess Chelsea channels some heavy retrofuturistic vibes in the wonderfully surreal, Simon Ward-directed,... Read more »

Book Notes - Nicholas Rombes "The Absolution of Roberto Acestes Laing"

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...

Book Notes - Dolan Morgan "That's When the Knives Come Down"

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...

Check Out Dave Grohl’s Unearthed, Chili Peppers-y Solo Track “Hooker On The Street”

2 weeks agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

In the Seattle episode of Sonic Highways, Dave Grohl revealed that Kurt Cobain kissed him on the lips while in the bathtub after hearing Grohl’s early demos for what would become Foo Fighters. “Hooker On The Street,” a previously unreleased Grohl demo that surfaced in the episode, is spicy in a different way. Specifically, it [...]

Mr. Oizo – “HAM” Video (Dir. Eric Wareheim)

2 weeks agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

In addition to his duties as one-half of comedy duo Tim And Eric, Eric Wareheim has a long history of directing music videos for some pretty great artists, including including Beach House, Flying Lotus, Depeche Mode, and MGMT. His next project is a video for French electronic musician Mr. Oizo, and it stars John C. [...]

Acura’s Got A Commercial With Julian Casablancas Music, Too

2 weeks agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

A song from the Strokes recently showed up in a commercial for the Volkswagen Golf, and it looks like another car company has snagged the honor of a Julian Casablancas-performed song to soundtrack their ad. Acura’s new holiday commercial uses Casablancas’ cover of “I Wish It Was Christmas Today,” the Saturday Night Live recurring classic [...]

Rae Sremmurd – “Illest Walking” Video

2 weeks agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Mississipi rap duo Rae Sremmurd (of “No Flex Zone” fame) have shared a video for their new single “Illest Walking.” The track features a heavy beat laid over some ominous-sounding Christmas bells. The video sees the two of them dressed up in Jason Voorhees-style hockey goalie masks intercut with some footage of them performing live. [...]

Korallreven – “November Rain” (Guns N’ Roses Cover)

2 weeks agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Swedish pop duo Korallreven have shared a sparkling cover of Guns N’ Roses’ “November Rain.” Their version of the Use Your Illusion ballad filters the track through their icy production style and gives it a more modern feel. Introducing the song, the band said they were inspired by Swedish guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen’s “Arpeggios From Hell” [...]

premiere: Korallreven – November Rain

Swedish duo Korallreven premiere a twinkling hyper-pop cover of the singular piano power-ballad of my... Read more »

Gorillaz – “Feel Good Inc. (James Blake Remix)”

3 weeks agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

“Feel Good Inc.,” the De La Soul collaboration that probably still stands as the single best-known Gorillaz song, is now nine years old. At some point in the past nine years, James Blake put together a remix of that song. It’s remained buried until now. Rich Reason threw Blake’s remix into a recent Fabriclive mix, [...]

Tegan And Sara – “Walking With A Ghost (Manila Killa Remix)” (Stereogum Premiere)

3 weeks agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

“Walking With A Ghost” — and its corresponding White Stripes cover — is arguably the song that catapulted Tegan And Sara to a new level of fame. On an album filled with cyclical choruses and straightforward but layered sentiments, “Walking With A Ghost” is the best example of the form. “[It] was my way of [...]

Watch Peter Gabriel Debut New Song “What Lies Ahead” In Italy

3 weeks agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Recent Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame inductee Peter Gabriel debuted a new song at a show in Torino, Italy on Thursday night. It’s apparently called “What Lies Ahead” and it opened the acoustic portion of his Back To Front tour. This is Gabriel’s first original song since the Oscar-nominated WALL•E theme “Down To Earth” [...]

Book Notes - Cassandra Troyan "Blacken Me, Blacken Me, Growled" and "Kill Manual"

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...

The Hanged Man – “The Island” Video

3 weeks agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

The former Those Dancing Days guitarist Rebecka Rolfart now makes dark, churning synthpop as the Hanged Man. Along with directors Sheila Johansson and Michelle Claesson Eismann, she filmed her video for her great single “The Island” on an actual Island in Sweden. It’s a stark, ominous black-and-white clip in which Rolfart wanders an abandoned landscape [...]

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