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Dolly Parton Won Glastonbury With This “Yakety Sax” Cover

3 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

To be clear: Dolly Parton won Glastonbury simply by showing up. The 68-year-old country music legend is not the type to show up at every festival every summer, but she blessed the UK’s biggest one with her presence this past weekend. She also figured out a way to pay tribute to her host country in [...]

The Black Market: The Month In Metal – June 2014

3 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Last week, Grantland published a thoughtful, compelling piece by Steven Hyden titled “The Sad But True Fate Of Pop-Metal.” In his essay, Hyden used the new Mastodon album, Once More ’Round The Sun, as a jumping-off point to lament the paucity (if not void) of contemporary metal in mainstream consciousness, especially relative to the genre’s [...]

Jon Hopkins – “Abandon Window (Moderat Remix)”

3 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Today, the adventurous and thoughtful British electronic producer Jon Hopkins releases the 12? single of his new version of “We Disappear,” the one that features the soul singer Lulu James. The single also features a new remix of the Hopkins track “Abandon Window,” an ambient number that appeared on his album Immunity, from Moderat, the [...]

METZ – “I’m A Bug” (Urinals Cover) (Stereogum Premiere)

3 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

“I’m A Bug” is one many fine minimalist outbursts by late-’70s SoCal punk trio the Urinals, but there’s nothing minimalist about METZ. The Toronto trio are the latest to cover “I’m A Bug” — joining Halo of Flies, Lili Z., Meatmen, Ceremony and Sex Cult — and they’ve turned it into one of their patented [...]

Watch Pearl Jam Play Rarity “Strangest Tribe” Live For The First Time

3 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Pearl Jam are known for their long setlists and unpredictable, meandering live shows, and they’ve got fans vigilant enough to monitor what songs they play every night. Those people must’ve been amped last night to hear that, while playing a show in Oslo last night, the band played “Strangest Tribe,” a song they’d originally released [...]

Shorties (A Streaming Nabokov Documentary, The Best Albums of 2014 (So Far), and more)

Stream a 2010 BBC documentary about author Vladimir Nabokov. Dazed listed the best albums of 2014 so far. Hyperallergic examined the lost art of book endpapers. All Songs Considered is streaming June's best dance tracks. Newsday features an excerpt from...

Eleventeen Eston – Two Stroke Vertical Climb

“Perth fantasy windsurfer” Eleventeen Eston drops his debut Delta Horizon cassette, sounding “like the soundtrack... Read more »

Pearl Jam Covered “Let It Go” At The Request Of Eddie Vedder’s Daughter

3 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

On Friday night, during a show in Milan, Pearl Jam, a band who plays a lot of covers, took a pretty extreme left turn, interrupting “Daughter” to briefly cover “Let It Go,” the juggernaut power-ballad from the Disney cartoon Frozen. As it turns out, Eddie Vedder had a very good reason for singing the song: [...]

The Week In Pop: Robin Thicke’s Paula Is Pitiful, But Don’t Pity Him

3 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

“Blurred Lines” did a lot of good for Robin Thicke. It made him a household name (and hashtag!), gave him his first #1 single, and basically secured his place in the fabric of pop culture for the rest of his life. But the song, its salacious video, and all the attendant success and controversy — [...]

mp3: Lusine – Two Dots (Chad Valley’s Turks & Caicos Edit)

Hugo Manuel aka Chad Valley drops a balmy tropical re-work of Lusine‘s “Two Dots” under... Read more »

School Of Seven Bells – “I Got Knocked Down (But I’ll Get Up)” (Joey Ramone Cover) Video

3 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Yesterday, we heard School Of Seven Bells’ cover of Joey Ramone’s “I Got Knocked Down (But I’ll Get Up),” a track that Benjamin Curtis, the group’s late production mastermind, put together in his hospital bed while he was dying of lymphoma. Curtis died late last year, and his bandmate Alejandra Dehaza has paid him tribute [...]

School Of Seven Bells – “I Got Knocked Down (But I’ll Get Up)” (Joey Ramone Cover)

3 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

When Joey Ramone was dying of lymphoma, he recorded the song “I Got Knocked Down (But I’ll Get Up)” about his battle with the disease. At the end of last year, we lost Benjamin Curtis, the former Secret Machines member who spent his last few years as the sonic mastermind in School Of Seven Bells, [...]

Book Notes - Megan Abbott "The Fever"

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...

Crater – Brew

sad slappy slop songs — Crater (@craterbabes) June 18, 2014 Here’s a throbbing new jam... Read more »

Frances Bean Cobain Warns Lana Del Rey Not To Romanticize Death

3 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

During a recent interview with The Guardian, Lana Del Rey said a bunch of provocative things, the most widely quoted of which was this: “I wish I was dead already.” Now, there’s no reason to take her at face value there; anytime Del Rey says anything like that, she’s essentially doing character work. Still, she’s [...]

Book Notes - Ariel Schrag "Adam"

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...

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

3 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

We’re right at about the halfway point of the year here, and we spent this week looking back at 2014 so far, and looking forward at what the summer will bring. But the week-that-was provided some excellent new tracks to keep us moving in the here and now. Here are the five best: 5. Honeyblood [...]

Watch Sam Smith Cover Whitney Houston’s “How Will I Know”

3 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Back when people actually watched American Idol, one of the classic mistakes a contestant could make was covering Whitney Houston. The judges would always caution singers, tell them that there was no way their versions could stack up to the original. (Maybe they still do this? It’s been a while since I watched that show.) [...]

The Ambiguity of David Thomas Broughton

The Ambiguity of David Thomas Broughton (teaser trailer1) from Greg Butler on Vimeo. I suppose this would be a good idea to quietly mention the David Thomas Broughton and Juice Vocal Ensemble album we’re going to be releasing in September (there’s a track from it on our current sampler). And perhaps subtly hint at the […]

Check Out Terry Richardson’s “Do What U Want” Video Lady Gaga Wisely Scrapped

3 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Earlier this week, New York Magazine published a cover story titled “Is Terry Richardson an Artist or a Predator?” That question has followed Richardson for years now — with some models accusing him of wildly unprofessional, exploitive, inappropriate, perhaps criminal behavior during photo shoots, and others defending him against those charges. Richardson has done lots [...]

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