Entries from January 2014

Slint’s Spiderland to Be Reissued as Mega-Deluxe Box Set

January 30th, 2014 · Comments Off on Slint’s Spiderland to Be Reissued as Mega-Deluxe Box Set

Slint’s landmark Spiderland, now 23 years old, will be reissued as a deluxe box set by Touch and Go in April. No other band was as largely overlooked during its relatively brief lifespan as Slint, which posthumously became one of the most influential and far-reaching bands to emerge from the American underground the 1980s. The […]

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Prince is Crazy, Contradicts Himself, Previews New 3rdEyeGirl Song

January 28th, 2014 · Comments Off on Prince is Crazy, Contradicts Himself, Previews New 3rdEyeGirl Song

To paraphrase Walt Whitman: Does Prince contradict himself? Very well, then. He is large, and he contains multitudes. Earlier today, The New York Times reported that two weeks ago Prince Rogers Nelson filed a lawsuit — well, his lawyers did on his behalf, anyway — against 22 bootleggers who allegedly posted unauthorized recordings of his […]

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Legendary Folk Singer Pete Seeger Dies

January 28th, 2014 · Comments Off on Legendary Folk Singer Pete Seeger Dies

There are not words sufficient enough to commemorate the life of or incalculably lasting influence of Pete Seeger. Just listen to the man sing.

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Phife Writes “#dearDILLA” Letter

January 26th, 2014 · 1 Comment

February would have been a big month for James Dewitt Yancey, better known as die uberproducer J Dilla, this year, were he alive. February marks both Dilla’s birthday — he’d have been 40 on Feb. 7 — and  release date of his magnum opus Donuts, released shortly after his untimely death in 2006. Since 2007, hip-hop […]

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Listen to Beck’s Beautifully Bummed-Out “Blue Moon”

January 20th, 2014 · Comments Off on Listen to Beck’s Beautifully Bummed-Out “Blue Moon”

I always thought Mutations was Beck’s most underappreciated record. My favorite of its many nifty tricks is how it sounds simple upon the first listen, then reveals more psychedelic layers upon each play. I’ve listened to “Blue Moon,” the first single from Beck’s upcoming Morning Phase, his first studio album since 2008’s Modern Guilt, probably […]

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Merge Plans Summer Festival Commemorating 25th Anniversary

January 15th, 2014 · Comments Off on Merge Plans Summer Festival Commemorating 25th Anniversary

Beloved and seminal North Carolina indie rock label Merge Records — home to such historically important indie rock bands as Archers of Loaf and Polvo and current chart-toppers Arcade Fire — celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, and Merge is throwing one hell of a yearlong party. There’s the Or Thousands of Prizes subscription series, […]

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Logan K. Young’s Top Albums of 2013

January 9th, 2014 · Comments Off on Logan K. Young’s Top Albums of 2013

Logan K. Young is the Editor in Chief at Classicalite.com. ALBUMS: Body/Head, Coming Apart (Matador) Lonnie Holley, Keeping a Record of It (Dust to Digital) Because Oxford American needs to see him. Wolf Eyes, No Answer: Lower Floors (De Stijl) Richard Youngs, Summer Through My Mind (Ba Da Bing!) Because Ba Da Bing! captured him […]

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Pixies Announce New EP, Release New Video

January 3rd, 2014 · 1 Comment

The Pixies — now with 100 percent more Paz Lenchnatin! — released to their website yesterday a new EP. The oh-so-cleverly named EP-2 is the follow-up to last year’s abysmal EP-1. (Which, if you’re anything like me, you were able to block from your mind with repeated listens to “Distance Equals Rate Times Time.”) If […]

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KFL’s Top Albums of 2013

January 3rd, 2014 · Comments Off on KFL’s Top Albums of 2013

KFL is a writer/lover of music, a drinker of coffee and a (begrudging) maker of lists. —————————————- Admission/Confession: I don’t bother defending my opinions these days; I find it to be an exercise in futility. Besides, I’m really fucking lazy. This is for posterity as much as anything. The List: 1. Phosphorescent, “Muchacho” (Dead Oceans […]

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Eric Greenwood’s Top Albums of 2013

January 2nd, 2014 · Comments Off on Eric Greenwood’s Top Albums of 2013

1. Lorde, Pure Heroine (Universal) I’m fairly certain I would not have surmised my most listened to album of the year would have been written and recorded by a 16-year-old girl from New Zealand. I guess it proves I’m not utterly dead inside that I can still be this taken aback. Pure Heroine is an […]

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