Entries from February 2014

Lily Allen Names Her New Album Sheezus, Wins the Internet This Week

February 23rd, 2014 · Comments Off on Lily Allen Names Her New Album Sheezus, Wins the Internet This Week

Lily Allen has announced the name of her new record with the following post on Instagram: “Oh Christ” adorned with the above photo. This is amazing. Kanye West is going to hate this so much, and I can’t wait to see his reaction. And here’s the video for the second single off Sheezus, “Hot Air […]

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STREAM: Broncho “It’s On”

February 23rd, 2014 · Comments Off on STREAM: Broncho “It’s On”

It’s amazing what the exposure from being featured on the closing credits of an episode of Girls can do for you. It’s not that Broncho’s (soft “ch”) blend of garage punk with obvious pop hooks wouldn’t stand up on its own, but being christened with Lena Dunham’s seal of approval is an automatic 7″ seller. […]

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VIDEO: The Notwist “Kong”

February 23rd, 2014 · Comments Off on VIDEO: The Notwist “Kong”

I’m so glad I pre-ordered this album before hearing a single note. You earn that type of loyalty when you put out a mind blower like 2002’s Neon Golden. Both tracks I’ve heard off the forthcoming Sub Pop release, Close to the Glass, have exceeded expectations. “Kong” harkens back to the band’s poppier, Dinosaur Jr. […]

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Larua Marling Debuts New Song on NPR Session

February 23rd, 2014 · Comments Off on Larua Marling Debuts New Song on NPR Session

Continuing promotion for 2013’s startlingly haunting Once I Was An Eagle, Laura Marling recorded an intimate (is there any other type from her?) session for eTown, a program on NPR, where she premiered the live staple “Born To Love.” She also covered Townes Van Zandt’s “Colorado Girl.” I. Can’t. Look. Away.

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Numero Group Conitnues Unwound Reissues with Rat Conspiracy

February 23rd, 2014 · Comments Off on Numero Group Conitnues Unwound Reissues with Rat Conspiracy

The Numero Group‘s meticulous reissue campaign of Unwound’s storied discography continues with Rat Conspiracy. Collecting the band’s Kill Rock Stars debut, Fake Train, it’s expansive follow-up, New Plastic Ideas, and an assortment of 7″ singles, radio sessions, and compilation appearances, Rat Conspiracy reveals the band arching towards its creative apex. Limited to 1000 pressings, this 32-track […]

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VIDEO: Damon Albarn “Everyday Robots”

February 23rd, 2014 · Comments Off on VIDEO: Damon Albarn “Everyday Robots”

As we continue to wonder whether or not this extended Blur reunion will actually produce any new music, lead-singer Damon Albarn puts us off once again with his first proper solo album. Due April 29 on XL, Everyday Robots is an exploration of time and memory against a backdrop of hazy, electronic ether and, of […]

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Alex Turner’s Mic-dropping Brit Awards Speech

February 23rd, 2014 · Comments Off on Alex Turner’s Mic-dropping Brit Awards Speech

Arctic Monkeys racked up again at the Brit Awards this year, taking home Best British Group for the fourth time and its well-deserved third Best British Album for AM. Lead singer Alex Turner used the occasion to drop an irony-laced speech that was a winking piss-take on the “state” of rock ‘n roll. Reactions have […]

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VIDEO: St. Vincent “Digital Witness”

February 23rd, 2014 · Comments Off on VIDEO: St. Vincent “Digital Witness”

I’ve always been intrigued by St. Vincent’s music but never fully engaged. Everything she produces is extremely stylized, but the substance often seemed a bit lacking. Evidently, Annie Clark’s 2012 collaboration with David Byrne did her much good, as “Digital Witness” has an immediate and profound impact with its bracing funk syncopation and paranoid social commentary. If […]

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RIP Devo’s Bob Casale (Bob2)

February 23rd, 2014 · Comments Off on RIP Devo’s Bob Casale (Bob2)

The founding Devo guitarist died from complications that lead to heart failure earlier this past week. He was 61. Devo had released its first record in 20 years back in 2010. Something for Everybody was a remarkably un-embarrassing foray back into Devo’s world of quirky synth-pop. Vice has unearthed an amazing photo archive of rare shots […]

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CHVRCHES Cover Arctic Monkeys’ “Do I Wanna Know?”

February 23rd, 2014 · Comments Off on CHVRCHES Cover Arctic Monkeys’ “Do I Wanna Know?”

This hit last week, but I’m still obsessing over it. I always assumed Arctic Monkeys would be difficult to cover because so much of the band’s appeal rests in Alex Turner’s cadence, but CHVRCHES do justice to Turner’s slinkiest riff to date with this ethereal interpretation. Or maybe it’s just that I could listen to […]

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STREAM: Bleeding Rainbow “Images”

February 22nd, 2014 · Comments Off on STREAM: Bleeding Rainbow “Images”

Wow, the new Bleeding Rainbow is going to be amazing, if this first single is any indication. Much more aggressive than last year’s heavily MBV-influenced Yeah Right LP. I keep playing this over and over and cannot get enough. The new record, Interrupt, is out Tuesday via Kanine.

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Drew Harkins’ Top Albums of 2013 (better late than never edition)

February 20th, 2014 · Comments Off on Drew Harkins’ Top Albums of 2013 (better late than never edition)

You think you’ve got game, and then you meet Drew Harkins and you throw the game away because you just can’t win. Deerhunter, Monomania (4AD) Pick your favorite review of this album: a.) Monomania is a willfully inscrutable/abstruse nocturnal garage pastiche of shopworn indie standards, pieced together meticulously from a post-nothing fakebook, delivered with mesmerizing […]

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De La Soul Offers Entire Catalog for Free for Valentine’s Day

February 14th, 2014 · Comments Off on De La Soul Offers Entire Catalog for Free for Valentine’s Day

De La Soul’s seminal debut, the witty and weird and wonderful 3 Feet High and Rising, was released 25 years ago. In honor of that quarter-century mark, De La Soul’s offering a free download of its entire catalog for 25 hours on the group’s website. The download bonanza will begin on Friday, Feb. 14 at […]

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Owls Return After 13-Year Hiatus

February 4th, 2014 · Comments Off on Owls Return After 13-Year Hiatus

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Merge Reissues Richard Buckner’s Bloomed; Buckner Extends Living Room Tour

February 4th, 2014 · Comments Off on Merge Reissues Richard Buckner’s Bloomed; Buckner Extends Living Room Tour

Bloomed, released in 1994, was Richard Buckner’s first record, and his first great record. Unfortunately, it was released on an imprint of an unsympathetic major label that gave Buckner very little support in terms of promoting the record, leaving it to languish and die. Twenty years later, Buckner, since bounced from the major-label circuit after […]

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