Motion picture soundtracks have always fascinated me. In the Soundtracked series, composers and/or directors offer commentary on their film's soundtrack, and share insights into the creative evolution that melds music into the final film. Rachel Mason's The Lives of...
Ultimate Painting were one of those acts that I had numerous times on my SXSW schedule but managed to miss at every turn. From what I’ve heard, that was my loss as their melodic psych-pop wowed audiences throughout the fest. Since then I’ve been spinning their 2014 debut with regularity and ruing my misfortune. So [...]
Even though it’s coming out in a little over a month, we still don’t know all too much about Miguel’s third studio album. We know it’s called Wildheart, we have one confirmed single with “Coffee” (the Wale-less version, of course, which is much better), and we know it’ll be out on 6/30. Other than that, […]
Simple Minds performed at the Billboard Music Awards last night, their first American TV performance in 20 years. The last time they appeared on television was in 1995 when they performed on Jay Leno and David Letterman as musical guests, but they returned last night to celebrate the 30th anniversary of “Don’t You Forget About […]
The Killers got their name from a fictional band in a New Order music video back in 2001, and now things have come full circle: NME reports that Brandon Flowers has been working with the iconic band in the studio. He’s played with the band live a few times before, but this is the first […]
Spoon’s Kill The Moonlight classic “Paper Tiger” is a masterpiece of white noise and empty space, a glorious song-skeleton fleshed out with little more than a beating heart. Daniel’s new version of the song with Austin rockers Sweet Spirit trades minimal for maximal, somehow maintaining the same hair-raising tension from the original by filling in […]
One Direction made an appearance on The Late Late Show last night, where they participated in a game of dodgeball with fellow UK export James Corden, who co-wrote their “Best Song Ever” video. This was the group’s first televised appearance without Zayn Malik, who announced that he needed to leave One Direction in order to […]
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...
David Letterman has long been a champion of deeply strange American voices, as you know if you’ve ever seen footage of him interviewing Captain Beefheart. Tom Waits first appeared on Letterman’s NBC show in 1983, and he’s been on a number of times over the years. With a week left before his retirement, Letterman had […]
The Australian band Crowded House originally recorded “Don’t Dream It’s Over,” and it became one of those slow-rock, dreamy hits that characterized the late ’80s and early ’90s so well. Their version came out in 1986, which was before Miley Cyrus, Ariana Grande, or I was born, but maybe like me, the two pop stars […]
We don't know a whole lot about Australian girl-boy duo Yuma X, but the one track they have to their name has been the most played song at Walrus Towers this week. Introducing: Yuma X was originally published on The Blue Walrus.
LitHub interviewed Maggie Nelson about her new memoir The Argonauts. Stream new music from Dawes. The Nervous Breakdown interviewed author Jillian Lauren. The Washington Post recommended hipster albums to put your baby to sleep. CarolineLeavittville interviewed author Ellis Avery. Fanzine...
There’s a good chance you’ve listened to Pulp’s deathless classic “Common People” a few hundred times without ever considering the possibility that it could be about a real person. That’s one of my favorite songs, and the thought never crossed my mind until last week. But as The Guardian points out, Jarvis Cocker affirmed that […]
Pipes + Sky return with a glittery new dream-pop jam, produced by Chicago’s Christian Rich... Read more »
When Nardwuar interviewed Sleater-Kinney for the first time in 1999, he gave them nerdy jumpsuits to wear for the duration. Now, sixteen years later, he met up with the group during their reunion tour for another interview, and brought the same jumpsuits along with him, minus drummer Janet Weiss’, who kept hers but didn’t have […]
During many of the recent anti-police brutality protests in places like Ferguson and Baltimore, Lil Boosie’s 2009 mixtape track “Fuck The Police” has become a street-level anthem, a thing to chant when you’re facing down a phalanx of riot cops. Since recording that track, Boosie, who now uses the name Boosie BadAzz, has served a […]
Up until a few months ago, the only thing I could’ve only told you one thing about Ellen DeGeneres’ musical tastes: She knows all the words to “Shoop.” Lately, though, DeGeneres has been bringing a ton of indie-rock heavy hitters — artists she really seems to love — to her show: Sharon Van Etten, Courtney […]
Weehawken, New Jersey singer Jordan Bratton has that enviable combination of undeniable talent and impeccable style. Bratton sings pop-minded R&B with a youthful edge, so YOUTH is a perfect name for his upcoming EP. I’m fond of his Chance The Rapper collab “Prisoner,” and when his Fabolous-featuring “Danger” made it into The Week In Pop […]
Hiatus Kaiyote is a group from Australia I heard in my friend Dave’s car on... Read more »
Here’s a recent one from this Swedish band. I like the singing a lot and... Read more »