Snootie Wild is a North Memphis rapper and a part of Yo Gotti’s CMG crew, and his twinkling, rumbling K Camp collab “Made Me” has lately been making the transition from regional hit to national hit. The new remix should seriously hasten that process. The two guests on the remix — slippery Chicago R&B singer [...]
“Around In A Maze” is a lovely retro power ballad on former Lavender Diamond guitarist Devon Williams’ latest solo album Gilding The Lily. Williams is releasing a digital single for another song from that album, “All I Have To Do,” and for the B-side he commissioned Ice Choir (aka former Pains Of Being Pure At [...]
Later this month, JEFF The Brotherhood, the duo of fuzz-rocking Nashville hessian brothers, will release Dig The Classics, their EP of cannily chosen covers. The EP includes the band’s takes on songs from people like Beck and Teenage Fanclub. And below, we’ve got their version of My Bloody Valentine’s guitars-bending-through-light classic “Come In Alone,” as [...]
Last year was a big one for Steve Arrington, a member of the influential Dayton funk band Slave — one of the most sampled bands in hip-hop history — and a solo star in his own right with Steve Arrington’s Hall Of Fame. He released Higher, a collaborative album with modern disciple Dam-Funk, guested on [...]
Over the weekend, both Thom Yorke and Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich teased the world by tweeting an image of a mysterious white vinyl record. We didn’t know what that meant, and we still don’t. And now Yorke has added another layer. He’s tweeted an image of a lyric sheet for “A Wolf At The Door,” [...]
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...
Manchester producer Andy Stott has been making music for about a decade, but he truly found his voice with a pair of grim and dubby EPs in 2011. Then, more importantly, he found another voice. Pairing with opera singer Alison Skidmore, Stott crafted 2012?s Luxury Problems, a breakthrough in every possible way. Though he did [...]
Before I get into this week’s picks, allow me to point out that Jennifer Lopez and Iggy Azalea made a video for a song called “Booty.” Hype Williams directed it. It is exactly what you expect it to be. It came out a few years ago, and it has five million views already. At this [...]
Mark Pellington is a music video director most famous for doing Pearl Jam’s iconic “Jeremy” clip. He also directed the movies Arlington Road and The Mothman Prophecies, and more recently, he worked with Chelsea Wolfe on her short film Lone. In 1999, Nine Inch Nails hired him to make the video for “We’re In This [...]
So, uh, Queen and Michael Jackson once recorded a song together. Did you know this? I didn’t know this. Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson, two of the greatest and most distinctive pop-music vocalists of all time, both recorded their parts for a power-ballad duet called “There Must Be More To Life Than This” during the [...]
The Guardian shared a preview of Haruki Murakami's illustrated The Strange Library. Stereogum listed the best cover songs performed by R.E.M. The Book Report is a new literary video series featuring Michael Schaub and Janet Potter. Treble listed essential modern...
Johnny Depp has been bros with Ryan Adams for a long time, and he played guitar on “Aching For More,” the B-side of Adams’ recent “Gimme Something Good” 7? single. And last night, when Adams and his band played London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire, Depp joined them onstage to wear a big stupid hat and to [...]
The former LCD Soundsystem member Nancy Whang is now half of the Juan Maclean, which means she’s largely responsible for In A Dream, your current reigning Album Of The Week. And on a new EP, she’s also tapping deep into dance music’s past. On The Nancy Whang Casablanca Reworks, Whang teams up with various dance-music [...]
Sun Kil Moon - "By The Time That I Awoke" (live at Haldern Pop Festival 2014). I have no recording of Sun Kil Moon's Wednesday night performance at Pop Montreal. Their "By The Time That I Awoke" sounded nothing...
Next week, Universal Music Group will release the George Harrison box set The Apple Years 1968-75, which collects Harrison’s first six solo albums, as well as a treasure trove of rare and unreleased songs. One of those bonus tracks is an instrumental alternate take of “The Inner Light,” a 1968 Beatles song that the band [...]
Talented, world-conquering musical spouses Beyoncé and Jay Z have been on tour together for months, and they’ve made it a point to counter divorce rumors on stage and in the studio. Well, here’s one way to demonstrate your oneness: According to DJ Skee, multiple unnamed sources have confirmed that the couple are working on an [...]
JUNGLE. spent the first half of this year building momentum that climaxed with the release of their debut album in July. Now they’re poised to ride out the second half of 2014 inviting other artists to remix the songs on that album. And just as this group knows how to write a tune and pick [...]
I have to believe Angel Olsen could do a killer cover of “All Right Now,” Free’s 1970 classic rock staple. But “All Right Now,” one of five bonus tracks on the deluxe version of Olsen’s awesome Album Of The Week-winning Burn Your Fire For No Witness, is an original. Although Olsen started rocking out on [...]
Strand Of Oaks released the intense and gorgeous album HEAL earlier this year, and just yesterday, we heard his sincere cover of the National’s “Pink Rabbits.” But Timothy Showalter doesn’t just cover his contemporaries in scraped-out indie. In the most recent episode of the A.V. Club’s all-covers video series A.V. Undercover, Strand Of Oaks take [...]
Next month, the newly honored Rock And Roll Hall Of Famer Yusuf Islam, who used to be named Cat Stevens, will release a new LP, his first in five years, called Tell ’Em I’m Gone. He’ll follow that up with an international tour that will, for the first time in 35 years, bring Islam to [...]