[directed by Helen Reed. Fantasy is out June 25 on Jagjaguwar / via]
Ben Fountain lists the top 10 books about Haiti at the Guardian. SPIN lists the 100 greatest drummers of alternative music. Morning Edition interviews basketball coach Phil Jackson about his new book, Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success. Music Ruined...
Last month, Cassie, the queen of breathy-robot electro-R&B, released her insanely great RockaByeBaby mixtape, which would still be the year’s best mixtape if Chance The Rapper’s Acid Rap hadn’t come along. The tape ended with the twinkly, luxurious “All My Love.” And now the Brooklyn dance producer Kingdom has reworked the track, though he didn’t [...]
Oh his new album Wrote A Song For Everyone, the former Creedence Clearwater Revival yowler John Fogerty has recruited a whole mess of famous people to help him revive a bunch of his old band’s songs. The album’s roster of guests is a pretty schizophrenic one; it’s got My Morning Jacket, Dawes, Jennifer Hudson, Kid [...]
[taken from Koreless' Yugen EP, out today on Young Turks]
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Kanye performs new Yeezus (allegedly) track “Black Skinhead” (allegedly) on SNL; watch the performance here.
Frank YangWho: Laura Marling What: English folk artist whose prodigious talent is dwarfed only by her prolific output; Once I Was An Eagle will be her fourth album in just over five years, and she’s barely 23 years old. Why: Eagle is out May 25, but Marling is kicking off her North American tour behind [...]
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...
Kjell B PerssonKnow what the worst thing about not going to SXSW this Spring was? Not missing SXSW, but not having my previously annual late-Winter vacation. In fact, save for a weekend jaunt to New York last November, the last time I got out of the 416 was Labour Day – that’s well over eight [...]
The-Dream made a video for his absolutely bananas track “IV Play” — one of the best songs of the year, for my money — and it could not be any more boring. You have Director X as craftsman here! He got Onyx and 50 Cent rapping in a hockey rink! Drake to reenact his bar [...]
Right now, Titus Andronicus and the So So Glos are on the so-called “Bring Back The Dudes” tour, bringing sweaty and messy punk-rock singalongs to bars across this great nation. And both bands came together onstage to end a recent set at the New Orleans venue Siberia. The So So Glos guys drunkenly paid homage [...]
Hello again from Brighton. Ian and I are down at the Great Escape again this year, and will be joined later in the week by Mrs. Toad. I like The Great Escape. Brighton is an awesome place to be, which is important if you’re going to try and lure Mrs. Toad to a music festival. [...]
Next month, the excellent young British dance duo Disclosure will release Settle, their truly exciting debut album. I’ve heard it, and it’s one of the two or three best albums I’ve heard all year. And yesterday, the duo’s two brothers played a live-in-studio session at Maida Vale Studio’s for BBC Radio 1. During their three-song [...]
Denis NazarovThough at least some of his current profile comes from being associated with the same Montreal scene that produced Grimes, those expecting more electro-pop cotton candy from Devon Welsh of Majical Cloudz had best adjust their expectations. His full-length debut Impersonator is electronic, yes, but is also spare, haunting, and unflinchingly emotional, circling heavy [...]
Mikal Cronin’s video for “Change,” one of the many delightfully fuzzed-out power-pop songs on his truly excellent new album MCII, is probably the best alienated-kid-at-the-house-party music video since Jimmy Eat World’s “The Middle.” In this one, directed by Claire Marie Vogel, Segall plays for a house full of punks while an actual invisible man wanders [...]
It’s kind of a stretch to connect James Murphy’s most recent dismissal of an LCD Soundsystem reunion with the release of “Get Lucky“, which happened within a few days of each other, but it’s still worth noting. After all, it has now been seven years since Murphy waited “seven years and fifteen days” (another reference [...]
Taken from Julianna Barwick‘s Nepenthe, out August 20 on Dead Oceans.
Craig KiefSpring is only barely here – the past few days’ weather notwithstanding – but the concert announcement machine is already making eyes at Autumn with the unveiling of a couple of pretty high profile tours coming through town when the leaves start to change and the days get shorter. Sam Beam, the walking epitome [...]