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Califone – “Slowness”

3 hours agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

There are many fine records in the Califone canon, but Tim Rutili's experimental folk-rock project has never sounded more vital than on 2003's Quicksand/Cradlesnakes. So I'm pleased to report that the album, which contains the awesome "Vampiring Again" and "Michigan Girls" among other highlights, is getting a deluxe reissue this year via Dead Oceans. They're…

video premiere: Laure Briard – Les pins des Landes

Toulouse, France artist Laure Briard shares the dreamy visuals for "Les pins des Landes", a modern yéyé dream-psych gem and one of the highlights from her beautiful new Sorcellerie EP, out now on Paris label Midnight Special. Directed by Aymeric Cattenoz. Watch below, and catch Laure Briard's magic live right here in Texas next month at SXSW. Continue reading…

DJ Premier & Miguel – “2 Lovin U”

6 hours agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

When Miguel was working on his sophomore album, 2015's great Wildheart, he recorded one track with DJ Premier, formerly half of Gang Starr and one of the greatest rap producers who has ever lived. But their track didn't make it onto the album. Instead, the LP featured an alternate version of that song, "Damned." On…

Book Notes - Rachel Aspden "Generation Revolution: On the Front Line Between Tradition and Change in the Middle East"

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, Lauren Groff, T.C. Boyle, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee...

Animal Collective – “Jimmy Mack” (Martha And The Vandellas Cover)

In 1967, the euphoric Motown group Martha And The Vandellas made it to #10 on the Hot 100 with their lovelorn-but-upbeat single "Jimmy Mack." In their recent live shows, Animal Collective have been covering the song. And earlier this week, Animal Collective announced that they've got a new EP called The Painters coming out on…

Summer Moon – “Happenin'” Video

The latest visual from Strokes bassist Nikolai Fraiture's band Summer Moon, for their single "Happenin'", is mildly reminiscent of Kevin Bacon's angry dance from Footloose, or my personal favorite parody by Bret McKenzie from Flight Of The Conchords. In place of Bacon or McKenzie, the video stars actor Samuel D. Evans and is shot in…

Book Notes - Raoul Martinez "Creating Freedom: The Lottery of Birth, the Illusion of Consent, and the Fight for Our Future"

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, Lauren Groff, T.C. Boyle, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee...

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Tinariwen (+IO:I) - "Ténéré Tàqqàl" [buy / beautiful music video] A warm welcome to travelers. Fresh water and food. Coffee from the stove. Directions given when asked. Soap and shower. Listening without giving unasked-for advice. Tea, if desired. Sugar...

Watch Carly Rae Jepsen & Lil Yachty’s “It Takes Two” Target Commercial

Carly Rae Jepsen, Lil Yachty, and Mike WiLL Made-It teamed up for a cover of "It Takes Two," for Target, and tonight the music video-length commercial that accompanies the song debuted during the Grammys broadcast. It was pretty ridiculous and kind of fun in a "oh here's a lot of shameless product placement" kind of…

Meursault – Klopfgeist single out now

Meursault – Klopfgeist from Song, by Toad on Vimeo. This is out today! Klopfgeist, the first single from the new Meursault album is released today, and the album is due in a couple of weeks, on the 27th. We’ve got an amazing all-day album launch extravaganza planned for Summerhall on the 25th to celebrate the […]

Watch Elvis Costello’s “Music & Memory” Alzheimer’s PSA

In 1989, Elvis Costello and Paul McCartney co-wrote Costello's single "Veronica," a song about Costello watching his grandmother suffer from Alzheimer's and dementia, wondering if it was at all comforting to her to be trapped in her memories. Talking to Rolling Stone, Costello calls the song "a wildly hopeful song about a dismal subject." And…

Beyoncé Sued By Messy Mya Estate Over “Formation” Sample

Beyoncé has been sued by the estate of New Orleans YouTube personality Anthony Barré, better known as Messy Mya, who was killed in 2010. She sampled one of his videos in her Lemonade track "Formation," and the new suit alleges that she never got permission from his estate. TMZ reports that the estate claims that…

Book Notes - Kelcey Parker Ervick "The Bitter Life of Bozena Nemcova"

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, Lauren Groff, T.C. Boyle, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee...

Father John Misty Talks Writing For Beyoncé, Lady Gaga

2 weeks agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Father John Misty was interviewed on Beats 1 about his forthcoming new album, Pure Comedy, and the third single from it, "Ballad Of The Dying Man," which came in quick succession after the first two. During the interview, he talked about his contributions to Beyoncé and Lady Gaga's most recent albums, on "Hold Up" and…

Book Notes - Steve Himmer "Scratch"

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, Lauren Groff, T.C. Boyle, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee...

Meursault Album Launch: Granfalloon All-Day Party at Summerhall

Meursault – Klopfgeist from Song, by Toad on Vimeo. Above is the video for Klopfgeist – the first single from the new Meursault album I Will Kill Again. The launch party is an all-day event at Summerhall called ‘Song, by Toad’s Granfalloon’, with a Granfalloon being defined by Kurt Vonnegut, who coined the phrase, as […]

Elbow – “Gentle Storm” Video

3 weeks agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Next week, Elbow are releasing a new album called Little Fictions. We've already heard early singles"Magnificent (She Says)" and "All Disco," and today they're sharing another new one called "Gentle Storm," complete with a video that serves as an homage/recreation of Godley And Creme's 1985 video for "Cry." Here's what Guy Garvey had to say…

Alicia Keys – “That’s What’s Up”

3 weeks agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Last fall, Alicia Keys released a new album, Here, and a few weeks ago she shared the Kaytrana-produced loosie "Sweet F'In Love." Today, in celebration of the singer's birthday, she's shared a new track called "That's What's Up" that samples Kanye West's Life Of Pablo track "Low Lights," which in turns samples a 2004 track…

Watch Billy Bragg Sing “The Times They Are A-Changin'” As An Anti-Trump Protest Song

3 weeks agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Bob Dylan's "The Times They Are A-Changin'," from 1964, is one of our all-time great protest songs, and the world needs great protest songs right now. And so Billy Bragg, the great veteran socialist singer-songwriter, has taken "The Times They Are A Changin'" and tweaked its lyrics to make it a song about our new…

Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer? Turns 10

4 weeks agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Kevin Barnes spent the winter on the verge of a total breakdown while living in Norway. He says as much on "A Sentence Of Sorts In Kongsvinger," the jubilant sixth track on Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer? Released a decade ago today and a decade into of Montreal's career, the album stands as this…

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