Patrick Wall’s Top Albums of 2013

December 31st, 2013 · Comments Off on Patrick Wall’s Top Albums of 2013

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Patrick Wall is the man whose name you’d love to touch. But you mustn’t touch. People pay him to write things. KNEE MEETS JERK In Which a Beleaguered Music Journalist Attempts — and Fails — to Identify Ten Records Released Between December 2012 and December 2013 That Were Better Than All Other […]

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Robert Howell’s Top Albums of 2013

December 30th, 2013 · Comments Off on Robert Howell’s Top Albums of 2013

Robert Howell is a professor of philosophy at SMU. His latest book is called Consciousness and the Limits of Objectivity and is available at Amazon. Now that you are good and intimidated, below are his thoughts on a few records from the past year. ——————————————— I seem to be the only person who doesn’t like […]

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K’s Top 10 Albums of 2013

December 18th, 2013 · Comments Off on K’s Top 10 Albums of 2013

Looking at this list, I clearly had a dark, introspective year. So, there’s that. –@kerryrm Still Corners – Strange Pleasures Continuing what they started on Creatures Of An Hour, Still Corners deliver more of the same ethereal dream pop that I can’t resist. Strange Pleasures is like the soundtrack to a long drive across a […]

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Fiona Apple Tosses Heckler, Plays New Song

October 7th, 2013 · Comments Off on Fiona Apple Tosses Heckler, Plays New Song

Come on, people. You know Fiona Apple is very sensitive. She does not have thick enough skin for heckling, especially when it’s about her appearance. I have to admit I thought something was amiss when I saw her last September. She looked way too gaunt, but I know better than to yell my thoughts at […]

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Lorde Live on Good Morning America

October 7th, 2013 · Comments Off on Lorde Live on Good Morning America

I’m unabashedly obsessed with this song- and the whole album for that matter. I’ve deliberately avoided the backstory on this girl, but it’s becoming increasingly more difficult now that she has the number one song in America and is cropping up on ubiquitious shows like this.

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Britpop Conspiracy: Guardian Interview with MBV’s Kevin Shields

October 4th, 2013 · Comments Off on Britpop Conspiracy: Guardian Interview with MBV’s Kevin Shields

This interview with My Bloody Valentine’s Kevin Shields is worth a read even without the conspiracy theory that Britpop was pushed by the Labour Government in the mid-90’s (ha!). ‘But when it is jokingly suggested that, had Shields released m b v in 1994, as initially planned, he could have kiboshed Britpop, his mood changes. […]

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David Yow Fronting Girls Against Boys Covering Joy Division

September 18th, 2013 · Comments Off on David Yow Fronting Girls Against Boys Covering Joy Division

David Yow fronting Girls Against Boys covering Joy Division’s “She’s Lost Control” doesn’t really need an introduction, but Yow’s is funny nonetheless: “If you like boring? songs by bands from the 70s and 80s, you might like this song.”

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STREAM: Throwing Muses “Sleepwalking-1″

August 28th, 2013 · Comments Off on STREAM: Throwing Muses “Sleepwalking-1″

The Throwing Muses’ trajectory of out of left field alterna-art-pop has been anything but normal, which makes perfect sense when you consider bandleader Kristin Hersh’s mental health rollercoaster over the years. The band broke up in the late 1990’s only to return in the early aughts with just as much fire and intensity as when […]

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Laura Marling Plays “Master Hunter” on Letterman

August 27th, 2013 · Comments Off on Laura Marling Plays “Master Hunter” on Letterman

Laura Marling is such a force to behold in a live setting. She’s both entreating and more than a little intimidating. This live version is just as sinister as the video for this song from one of my top albums of the year.

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STREAM: Tears for Fears Cover The Arcade Fire’s “Ready to Start”

August 20th, 2013 · 1 Comment

Tears for Fears have entered the studio to record the follow up to 2004’s reunion effort Everybody Loves a Happy Ending, which didn’t find near the audience it probably should have. That Donnie Darko momentum didn’t quite have the legs the duo was counting on, but never a band to give a wit about time […]

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Japandroids Play “Adrenaline Nightshift” on Letterman

July 2nd, 2013 · Comments Off on Japandroids Play “Adrenaline Nightshift” on Letterman

These guys make up for the roll call of references with a shit-kicking rock ‘n roll sound. I hadn’t thought of the Bruce Springsteen connection before I saw this live version of “Adrenaline NightShift,” but it’s definitely there. And also forgiven. Remember when people said The Killers sounded like Springsteen? Man, people are idiots.

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VIDEO: Nine Inch Nails “Came Back Haunted”

June 28th, 2013 · Comments Off on VIDEO: Nine Inch Nails “Came Back Haunted”

I have to admit I think the new Nine Inch Nails song is great. Trent Reznor injects this comeback single with everything that was ever good about his band: Bracing synths, machine beats, aggro guitars, and Reznor’s idiosyncratic whisper/wail combination. All of it works exactly as it should in “Came Back Haunted.” It’s already one […]

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9 Seconds of “Alex Chilton” Is Better Than None

June 28th, 2013 · Comments Off on 9 Seconds of “Alex Chilton” Is Better Than None

I was giddy as a schoolkid this morning when I saw news of The Replacements rehearsing “Alex Chilton” off the band’s fifth LP, Pleased to Meet Me. No word yet on who’s playing guitar or drums with Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson at their upcoming Riot Fest appearances in August and September. Word is they […]

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VIDEO: Pixies “Bag Boy”

June 28th, 2013 · 3 Comments

I feared something fishy was up when the Pixies announced Kim Deal’s departure so … politely. It’s been common knowledge that they wanted to record a new record and Deal was the sole hold-out. I actually don’t care whether this new song is good or not. (And for the record, it’s ok). It just seems […]

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Kim Gordon Talks Life Post-Sonic Youth

June 26th, 2013 · 1 Comment

Stereogum just posted a great interview with Kim Gordon, where she opens up about life post-Sonic Youth: Also when you’ve been in a relationship for a really long time and that comes to an end … you know, so my identity was so tied up with Sonic Youth and my relationship and my marriage and […]

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The Dismemberment Plan Announces New Record

June 26th, 2013 · Comments Off on The Dismemberment Plan Announces New Record

It’s mind-boggling to me that The Dismemberment Plan‘s final album, Change, came out 12 years ago. I used to be able to mark years by what music came out. I lost that talent about a decade ago. Records don’t represent years anymore. Maybe that’s just what happens as you get older. But I still associate Change […]

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RIP: Devo Drummer, Alan Myers, Dies of Cancer

June 26th, 2013 · Comments Off on RIP: Devo Drummer, Alan Myers, Dies of Cancer

DEVO – Booji Boy / “Jocko Homo” (SNL, October 14th 1978) from Isak Borg on Vimeo. Alan Myers, Devo’s “human metronome,” has died of cancer. Myers played with Devo for ten years from 1976 to 1986, leaving after the band’s Shout album over creative differences. Slicing Up Eyeballs has the details. Former Devo band mate […]

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STREAM: Gauntlet Hair “Bad Apple”

June 20th, 2013 · Comments Off on STREAM: Gauntlet Hair “Bad Apple”

Though not as aggressive as the clanging, reverb-drenched racket of its debut, Gauntlet Hair returns with more cryptic post-goth. The duo’s sophomore LP, entitled Stills, is out July 16 via Dead Oceans. Despite being produced by Jacobo Portrait from Unknown Mortal Orchestra, it actually doesn’t sound like shit. [via Stereogum]

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CHVRCHES Performs “The Mother We Share” on Jimmy Fallon

June 20th, 2013 · 2 Comments

This band has been beaten into my brain via Sirius XMU, and it’s a good thing I like it because I’d have been forced to find a new station by now. Despite the overexposure, this song is still catchy as hell. CHVRCHES debut LP The Bones of What You Believe will be out in September […]

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STREAM: Arctic Monkeys “Do I Wanna Know?”

June 19th, 2013 · Comments Off on STREAM: Arctic Monkeys “Do I Wanna Know?”

And just like that a new single appears. Arctic Monkeys have thrown a brand new single up on iTunes today. It definitely stays true to Queens of the Stone Age influence that has coursed through the last few records. And it’s certainly an odd choice for a single, ignoring the upbeat aggression of its early […]

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