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Did Pharrell’s “24 Hours Of ‘Happy’” Rip Off Girl Walk // All Day?

14 hours agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Last year, well before “Happy” became the inescapable 10-week reigning #1 single it is today, Pharrell released a star-studded, globetrotting 24-hour music video for the song. It inspired more than 1,000 remakes and became the kind of viral sensation that everybody saw. That included Anne Marsen, a 24-year-old Brooklyn actress and dancer who couldn’t help [...]

Watch Boy George & Black Lips Cover T. Rex’s “Bang A Gong (Get It On)”

15 hours agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Atlanta garage-rock miscreants the Black Lips have a history of playing with random-ass famous people; one of the worst shows I ever saw was one where they backed up GZA at SXSW a few years ago. Things worked out a lot better earlier today in Philadelphia, where the band was playing one of WXPN’s Free [...]

Book Notes - Cara Hoffman "Be Safe I Love You"

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...

Bittersweet Melodies

BONOBO Bonobo‘s 2 hour set for BBC Radio 1?s Essential Mix  is all you need to really listen to this week with a great selection of reworkings by Bonobo himself and new tracks from artists such as Dark Sky, Maribou States, Sharon Van Etten, Kelis, and many others. Go enjoy the sunshine and get lost in this. […]

Book Notes - Jaime Clarke "Vernon Downs"

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...

Watch Solange Cover Kate Bush’s “Cloudbusting” At Coachella

The big news from Solange’s Coachella set came when her big sister Beyoncé joined her onstage for a giddy synchronized dance to “Losing You.” But Solange’s Coachella set was still full of indications that she’s the arty weirdo of the Knowles family. She trotted out her cover of Dirty Projectors’ “Stillness Is The Move,” and [...]

Django Django – “Porpoise Song” (The Monkees Cover)

The Monkees were a made-for-TV band designed to capitalize on the Beatles’ popularity and to engage in wacky sitcom hijinks. But in 1968, they made Head, a movie that’s earned a rep as one of the deepest, weirdest psychedelic nuggets of its era. (Jack Nicholson co-wrote it.) British postpunkers Django Django are the latest act [...]

Album Of The Week: Triptykon Melana Chasmata

The later, post-Optimus Prime death seasons of the original Transformers cartoon took place in the distant, futuristic year of 2006, when the Decepticons’ most powerful weapon was Trypticon, an actual city that would transform into a vast purple-and-black dinosaur. Trypticon spent a lot of time fighting against Metroplex, an Autobot city that would also turn [...]

A Sunny Day In Glasgow – “Crushin’”

After a prolonged absence, Philly dream-gloop beauty-conjurers a Sunny Day In Glasgow came shimmering back earlier this year with the new song “In Love With Useless (The Timeless Geometry In The Tradition Of Passing).” There was also talk of a new album, and now we know the details of said album. As summer begins, they’ll [...]

Preview Trent Reznor’s Score, Richard Butler’s “She” Cover In The Gone Girl Trailer

The first time Trent Reznor and frequent collaborator Atticus Ross got together to score a David Fincher film, it was The Social Network, and they won an Oscar for it. The duo worked with Fincher again on The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, and they’ve collaborated with Fincher once again on the forthcoming thriller Gone [...]

Telekinesis – “This Time Tomorrow” (The Kinks Cover)

In the upcoming compilation I Saved Latin! A Tribute To Wes Anderson, bands will cover a variety of artists whose songs have iconically popped up in scenes in Wes Anderson’s films. In case you don’t know the reference, the title comes from Jason Schwartzman’s perfectly read line from Rushmore. The first taste we’ve gotten from [...]

Bleeding Rainbow – “Glynis” (Smashing Pumpkins Cover)

One item you might want to look for this coming Record Store Day: Non Violent Femmes, a new compilation that features a bunch of female-fronted bands — Speedy Ortiz, Eternal Summers, Joanna Gruesome — from the indie-rock underground. One of the contributing bands is the Philly fuzz-rock unit Bleeding Rainbow, and they take on “Glynis,” [...]

Alicia Keys – “It’s On Again” (Feat. Kendrick Lamar) Video

Pharrell produced “It’s On Again,” the new Alicia Keys inspirational-disco number from the soundtrack to The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and Kendrick Lamar starts it out with a shouty verse, which means the song might have a stronger cast of talent than the movie itself. In the new video for the track, those three, along with [...]

The Week In Pop: What Is Ed Sheeran Thinking?

In recent years, pop music’s landscape has been transforming more rapidly than ever. But even as genre boundaries collapse and notions of good taste invert and guitars become inherently retro, one archetype that refuses to die is the sensitive guy with an acoustic guitar. Note that American Idol’s prospective pop messiahs are now just as [...]

Young Thug – “Stoner (Evian Christ Remix)”

The UK producer Evian Christ contributed to Kanye West’s Yeezus last year, and he’s also working on Kanye’s mysterious next album. Another guy who might be working with Kanye on the new album is Young Thug, the surging Atlanta rap weirdo whose career is blowing the fuck up this year thanks to two underground hits, [...]

Hear Arcade Fire’s Live Cover Of Blondie’s “Heart Of Glass”

It would appear that Arcade Fire’s embrace of disco and funk has already gone way beyond their Reflektor album. At a show in Houston last night, the band covered Blondie’s beyond-classic disco jam “Heart Of Glass,” with Régine Chassagne handling the vocals and the band doing a strong version of that song’s supple groove. Chassagne [...]

Hear A Snippet Of The Flaming Lips & Miley Cyrus’ “A Day In The Life” Cover

In recent weeks, Miley Cyrus hasn’t just shared her stage with the Flaming Lips; she’s also gotten together with them (and with MGMT’s Andrew VanWyngarden) to record a cover of the Beatles’ “A Day In The Life.” And according to Lips leader Wayne Coyne, that cover is “almost done mixin !!” Coyne posted a quick [...]

Watch Heems’ Japanese Commercial For Vitamin Water

In our recent interview with Himanshu Suri, the rapper and former Das Racist member mentioned that he’d been bouncing around different parts of Asia, going to Tokyo at one point. It’s unclear if it happened then or at a different time, but the man better known as Heems now has a commercial for Vitamin Water [...]

Lakutis – “Jesus Piece (Dash Speaks Remix)” (Stereogum Premiere)

NYC rapper Lakutis recently released Three Seashells, our Mixtape Of That Week. Its single, “Jesus Piece,” summed up so much of what made that tape so great. The sleaziness, the charisma, Lakutis simply saying the word “skeleton,” and later it came with music video that took all that and added plenty of blood and goop. [...]

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