by Andrew Sacher photo: Hannah Diamond of PC Music at BRIC House in May (more by Amanda Hatfield) Electronic pop collective PC Music brought most of their crew to NYC in May, and members AG Cook and Danny L Harle...
With another hot summer comes another wild PRIDE Week. For the next several days, the streets will be overlaid with streamers, rainbows, and an excess of alcohol all in the celebration of the LGBTQ community. And who better equipped to do that for us than the one and only Canadian synth-punk icon, Peaches. Show More Summary
Beat Detectives Climate Change [Not Not Fun; 2015] by C Monster Rating: I believe music is at its most powerful when the sounds alter the listener into thinking the medium is tangible, one even beyond the analog. All music essentially propels this notion, but conscious (mostly psychedelic) artists perpetuate and advance it. Show More Summary
In yesterday's Wall Street Journal, I wrote an essay on the history of easy-listening music and its 70th anniversary, which as you'd expect was completely overlooked (go here). Easy listening was meant to be overlooked. It's whole reason for being...
More fun than a politically charged hardcore album has any right to be.
Art by Stefani Akner It happens on track 13 of The Rising Tied, “Kenji.” It's the definitive moment on that project, the 2005 release by Fort Minor, that Mike Shinoda takes center stage and appears with no one to back him up. A sample...Show More Summary
Back on a good day in 2008, I sat under a hot tent in Golden Gate Park at the Outside Lands festival and talked with burgeoning talent Grace Potter; she was fiery and fascinating and we walked away having articulated that we totally could’ve been friends if we lived in the same place. In that […]
Soon after the release of the first single off her upcoming album, Abyss, Chelsea Wolfe shared another new track, “Carrion Flowers” — which was featured in the trailer for Dark Places. And now Wolfe delivers the perfect black-and-white video for the song, with eerie images shot in California and New York. Directed by Wolfe and […]
The Flood – Lade from Lade on Vimeo. A bit of dreamy pop here courtesy of Lade of Los Angeles, who co-directed his own video for “The Flood” with Andrew Gerety. It’s his first music video and it’s pretty amazing, so I hope you’ll give him a look and listen and wish him to a […]
Rhett Miller, dreamy frontman of Old 97’s and wearer of stylish button downs, premiered the new video for “Most In The Summertime” over at Salon today. The clip, which plays like a visual cousin to his video for “Come Around” from his...Show More Summary
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah are responsible for one of my most cherished memories of music consumption, because it’ll be the last of its kind. They inspired a visceral compulsion to spend $18 on an album from a band I had never heard of based on a rave review I read online. Show More Summary
Spare compared to Poème Symphonique, and, as a consequence, more dynamic. Anomalous bells and dings make guest appearances and ring over the usual ticking suspects: the rhythmic foundation: the thuds in the wood. Spring-loaded fever with disco sensibility. Show More Summary
Kevin Gates does not get tired. He’s very, very insistent about this. He doesn’t sleep, he doesn’t rest, he spends his time working six jobs. Me, I get about 11 hours of sleep a night, work one semi-full-time job, and am constantly exhausted. Show More Summary
At some point over the last few days, you’ve entertained the idea of purchasing Taylor Swift’s 1989 album. Hell, maybe you even did—or merely purchased just one "iTune" off it to be thrifty and ironic at the same time (given recent events). Show More Summary
Hate Eternal frontman Erik Rutan may have the strongest death metal pedigree of any living human. He’s probably best known these days as the driving force behind Florida’s well-regarded Mana Studios, where he’s engineered albums by such extreme-metal mainstays as Cannibal Corpse, Goatwhore, Vital Remains, and Tombs. (Plus, uh, the Mountain Goats.) But for death […]
An oddly satisfying rendition from John Linnell & co, recorded for AV Club's Undercover.
In 1981, the record business was in a lengthy post-disco slump, and labels were looking for quick ways to keep shareholders happy. MCA developed the idea of what it called "superstar pricing," raising the cost of certain albums (first done with Steely Dan’s Gaucho and the Xanadu soundtrack in late 1980) from $8.98 to $9.98. Show More Summary
Festival-ready Brooklyn synthpoppers HAERTS released their self-titled debut last year, and they’ve already followed it up with a new single. It’s an atmospheric, relatively linear take on “Everybody Here Wants You,” a song from the late Jeff Buckley. The original was a languorous falsetto hymn that appeared on Buckley’s posthumous album Sketches For My Sweetheart […]
In addition to that new book, Peaches also has a new album, Rub, coming out September 25 on I U She Music via INgrooves. It's got a couple exciting guest appearances, including past collaborator (and former roommate) Feist and...
Since 2009's I Feel Cream, Peaches has been expanding her artistic horizons, appearing in productions including Peaches Christ Superstar, her one-woman take on Jesus Christ Superstar, and Peaches Does Herself, a futuristic rock opera about her rise to fame. Show More Summary